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Tasting Middle Eastern Food at Abunawas Restaurant Jakarta

Are you a big fan of delicious mandi and biryani rice?

With lamb or chicken, both are so good by the way, on top of the rice?

Then join me here in this post as I am taking you to one of the best restaurants serving Middle Eastern food in Jakarta. Abunawas Restaurant.

Are you familiar with the Middle Eastern food? I have been enjoying more and more Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food when I was in New York City. My hubby loves lamb a lot and Middle Eastern food has been very famous fo their lamb menus. Since we lived in Astoria and there are many mosques as well as moslem communities in some parts of if, we also found many restaurants serving these wonderful cuisines and they are halal! Not to mention the famous Halal Guys, the food cart selling delicious chicken and lamb gyros as well as falafel. Oh my... I really miss them! That is why up until now we really miss this type of food.

So back to Jakarta, we do have some choices when it comes to Middle Eastern food. As you have probably be aware of, there are huge Arab communities in Jakarta and they do have their authentic restaurants. This place, Abunawas Restaurant, has been very famous for it Arabian cuisine and the setting as well as the ambience of the place is also beautiful.

When you arrive, the front part of the building is so lovely and it directly reminds of the jazeera, complete with shoe-horse shaped patio and door. As you step in, you will be transported to the Middle East as the coordinated theme and accents used depicts the unique Arabian cultures.




For sure the health protocol is implemented so the mask in obligatory and your temperature will be checked and you have to wash your hands or use the hand sanitizers. and physical distancing is also in place.

Abunawas Restaurant, Jakarta
health protocol is implemented.

As you can see here, the interior is wonderful and I really love the details. It reminds me of La Alhambra in Granada, Spain, as well as La Mesquita in Sevilla, Spain. The fresco, the color choice, the ceilings, the walls.. they are just lovely! I feel so nostalgic when I saw all this beautiful setting. It has wonderful murals and amazing sofa that I would like to bring home LOL. Take a look at them here.

Abunawas Restaurant, Jakarta, Indonesia

Look at the murals!


I am IN LOVE with this sofa!

Now.. Let'
s take a look at the menu here!

As I have mentioned before, they are very famous for their mandi and biryani rice. You can have this rice with chicken, lamb or fish. All of them are so good! There is also Zurbiyan rice but I haven't really tried it.


You can have the menu in individual plate or portion, or the portion for two, which for me, can accommodate 4 hungry people. 

Quarter lamb or chicken over your choice of rice is people’s favorite. You can have mandi or biryani rice, or half - half on them. Complete with spicy sauce as you like it.

Middle Eastern Food at Abunawas Restaurant Jakarta
Chicken over half biryani, half mandi rice

If you order any dippings, like babagamush or hummus, you will get the pitta bread as well. I also tried the cheese samosa and I love it. Tabouleh is so good and fresh, although I would love to have more lemon and fresh tomatoes on it so it has more kick.


I managed to try the smoothies as well. It has I chose the one with peanut butter, which is very nice and creamy. I guess the name of this beverage is Iskandaria Peanut Smoothie. It has a nice ring one it, right! Next time I will try the one with dates I guess!

Iskandaria Peanut Smoothie, anyone?
The restaurant has two floors so you can choose where you are going to eat. You can also have the tables or the ‘tent’ where you can sit on the floor for full Arabian experience. They have private rooms you can use as well. I love the ambience, it’s pretty with fountain, cave-like and tent-like decoration, murals on the wall and Arabic accents.

the tent looks so exotic

It has spacious parking lot, so it won’t be a problem. I am not sure it is disability friendly though, especially for those with impaired mobility. It has spacious room but to reach the second floor will certainly be problematic. I hope they will fix it soon.

So, what do you think? Will you try the food here? I will definitely be back here again soon with my hubby!

Stay safe and healthy, everyone.


Sambel Hejo Sambel Dadak - Rumah Makan Sunda Djaman Doeloe yang Instagramable

Ada yang familiar dengan sambel dadak?
Sambel hejo?
Ayam goreng basah?
Oncom dan leunca?
Sayur asem?
Tumis peda?
Cimplung?
Karedok?

Aduh, baru dengar namanya aja aku sudah ngiler!

Kalau suka makanan Sunda, aku punya tempat yang oke bangeeet untuk menikmati makanan Sunda yang enak. Untuk aku yang foodie (baca; DOYAN MAKAN #danfotomakanannnya), bahagia banget bisa ketemua restoran yang oke, tempatnya keren, dekat rumah, harga friendly dan menyenangkan. Di sinilah tempat yang paling oke untuk menikmati hidangan khas tanah Pasundan! Apalagi restonya yang bernuansa vintage pasti bkin kamu nggak tahan untuk ngga berfoto ria. Instagramable bangeeet soalnya.

So, let me take you to SAMBEL HEJO SAMBEL DADAK RESTAURANT!
Karena restorannya ada beberapa, kali ini aku ajak yang paling dekat dengan rumahku di Rawamangun ya.

Sambel Hejo Sambel Dadak - Rumah Makan Sunda Djaman Doeloe yang Instagramable

Sundanese delicacies and menu are their signature so you make sure you try their wonderful menu.

If you are familiar with Sundanese food, you can definitely enjoy ayam goreng basah, fresh veggies or lalapansambal dadak (chili sauce a la Indonesia that is freshly made) and sambal hejo or the green chili sauce, sayur asem, peda, tempe and tahu

I know I should translate them all ini English but it's good to know the real name in bahasa Indonesia :).


The set menu from Sambel Hejo Sambel Dadak Restaurant Rawamangun


Whenever we come here, we always order the package for two and get some additional a la carte menu such as sayur asem or gurame bakar.
We love the nasi liwet and the hot tea they serve for free here.
Maybe because it is served in a vintage tea jug like what my hubby and I used to have when we were kids.


the vintage tea jug and otak - otak at Sambel Hejo Sambel Dadak Restaurant

Here are some of the menus that we love!

First, as appetizers, we have otak - otak or grilled fish cake.

Otak - otak or grilled fish cake at SHSD Restaurant


Then my kids' favorite is cimplung or the Sundanese potato fritters.
It's a bit different from the usual perkedel kentang and we love it.



And of course, I love the sambal as well as the signature fried chicken here, ayam goreng basah.
They both are match made in heaven indeed!






What I really love about the Sundanese food is that it has a lo of fresh veggies. It matches the sambal or the fresh chili sauce that they are preparing on the spot based on request. It tastes like heaven (for me)!

The restaurant as I said is pretty.
You can sit inside, on the second floor, or even on the terrace. 
They do have tons of vintage items, some are even from my parents' childhood.
And that's exactly what I love about this place


Restoran Sambel Hejo Sambel Dadak - Rumah Makan Sunda Djaman Doeloe yang Instagramable

They have a mini studio in the back where you can take picture using the vintage costumes and all the properties. It's really cute indeed. you will definitely love this place! 

My family and I didn't want to mis the opportunity to take all those cute photos, for FREE!
And here are some of the photos taken on our last visit there.
Tell me what you think about!

Restoran Sambel Hejo Sambel Dadak - Foto vintage

Free Vintage Family picture at Sambel Hejo Sambel Dadak Restaurant

The service is good as well. 
Fast and friendly staff. The price is very reasonable for a lovely place like this!
Come check out my video about this lovely place on YouTube.




I keep coming back to this place with my family and friends. If you are  around, don't miss this place! Kabari yaaa kalau mampir ke sini! oh ya.. Ini tempat dan alamat lengkapnya ya.




Cheers and have a great day!
See you on the next culinary experience ya.

WW: TimeOut Market NYC, Dumbo, Brooklyn

TimeOut Market, NYC

Apparently there are so many stories, photos, and videos that I have not published in my purple world, my blog. One of them is the story about Time out market NYC, located in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

I visited this lovely food court back in October 2019. 
That was way before the coronavirus pandemic. Now this place is temporarily closed, but I sincerely hope that it will open again after the pandemic is gone. Timeout, a free magazine that you can easily find in many corners in the Big Apple, gives us a lot of information and awesome guidance about what’s going on in NYC, including the latest, hippest and most-wanted restaurants and food vendors across the city. I really enjoy reading it. It’s like having your personal guide showing where to eat, what show to enjoy or parties to attend.



The Timeout Market in NYC houses around 21 food vendors, starting from Asian, Mexican,  Italian, Mediterranean, American, and many more. All of them are well curated and famous already, like Fish Cheek, Juliana's pizza, Alta Calida, Clinton St. and more.





So here are some photos that I took while strolling around Dumbo and stopped at timeout market for a delicious lunch. I really like this area because it’s so alive in you can feel the vibe.

The view from the 2nd floor








My spicy veggie Ramen

Crispy Chicken in rice bowl with roasted seaweed

The famous blueberries pancakes from Clinton St. Baking Co

Bon appetit
It is located at Water St., Dumbo, Brooklyn. As I have mentioned, it is temporarily closed now due to COVID - 19. But I guess they will re-open once everything is better.




The view near the Market

I also put them in my YouTube channel so feel free to watch it as well 



Well, what do you think? Will you come and eat here as well?
Which menu do you think you will choose?

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WW: Festival Jajanan Bango 2019


Festival Jajanan Bango 2019

Festival Jajanan Bango 2019

Have you guys heard or probably joined this event before?
Festival Jajanan Bango 2019 is the annual Festival held by Bango, one of Indonesia's leading brand for sweet soy sauce, which features traditional and popular Indonesian culinaries from different parts of the country. 


Welome to Festival Jajanan Bango 2019

It was certainly packed with food enthusiasts and those craving for Indonesian traditional food and those famous food outlets as well as hawkers. 


spent quite some time here.

There were around 83 vendors joining this event. Truly heaven for foodies like me LOL.


Tongseng, anyone?

Check out some photos taken during this event and tell me which one is your favorite!


Ready to enjoy...


Panggung utama di FJB 2019

Soto Betawi..with all its condiments


Check out as well my video about this festival which was held on 16 - 17 March 2019 at the 
parking area of Squash Field, Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex.




So that's some of the spoiler from the complete story, which I will share at the later stage.

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Top Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet for Breast Cancer Prevention

blueberries are packed with antioxidants
Studies have shown that one out of eight women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. Even though medical science has revealed a lot about certain cancers such as breast cancer, there’s still a large amount of uncertainty surrounding prevention and treatment. However, it has been shown that incorporating certain foods into your diet can aid in preventative efforts. Here are just a few foods to include in your diet to help reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Apples
Apples have countless health benefits, so it shouldn’t be all too surprising that they’re helpful in aiding breast cancer prevention. What is surprising, however, is that you have to eat the right part of the apple to reap these benefits. The peel of the apple, as it turns out, has the most nutrients when it comes to cancer prevention, so always keep the apple in its natural skin before enjoying it.


“If you normally peel your apple and toss away the colorful wrapping, you’re also tossing away a rich source of antioxidants, fiber, and other compounds needed for anti-cancer nutrition. Lab studies suggest that apple peel can actually fight the spread of cancer cells. The good news is that you don’t need exotic varieties -- this research used readily available Red Delicious apples, so add them to your breast cancer prevention shopping list,” writes Madeline R. Vann on Everyday Health.

Walnuts
Nuts have a wide range of health benefits, but walnuts, in particular, are known for their healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These one-of-a-kind nutrients help the body fight inflammation. Plus, experts say walnuts can help to literally slow down the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice. With this in mind, it certainly makes sense to keep a bag of walnuts in your pantry to enjoy as a snack or top with certain meals.

Fish
As another great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish deserves a place on this list. Certain types of fish are also sources of lean protein and thus a wholesome part of an overall cancer prevention diet. This is especially true because many dietitians advise against the consumption of red meats and processed meats, which includes bacon and packaged deli meats. Instead, pick out some fresh sardines, tuna, salmon, or mackerel, which are omega-3 rich and ideal for cancer prevention.

Berries

Berries have long been considered a ‘superfood,’ and for good reason. Dark-colored berries like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that may help to reduce the growth of tumors and breast cancer cells. With that in mind, grab a frozen bag of mixed berries during your next trip to the supermarket, or pick up some fresh ones to top a bowl of oatmeal or cold cereal.


Ultimately, it’s not difficult to incorporate these hearty foods into your diet as part of a cancer prevention lifestyle. Of course, it’s always best to consult your doctor for the most accurate and personalized preventative care insight.

I sincerely hope we all can benefit from all this goodness!
Stay healthy, people

Annecy, France in Half a Day



So, where will you go when you only half a day to explore one beautiful town?



Last trip to Geneve, Switzerland, this February, I had a half day on weekend as I arrived in Geneve at 10 in the morning.

The first place I had in mind was Annecy, a beautiful town in the border of France and Switzerland dubbed as the Venice of the Alps.




When we were living in Geneva back in 2007 - 2011, Annecy was certainly one of the most visited towns. Driving less than 1 hour from GE, we usually took families and friends coming to Geneve and staying with us to this wonderful town. Spending a day or slightly a half day here is marvelous, especially for those who enjoy traditional French food, beautiful landscape, and other wonderful vista mother nature can offer.  

Annecy is also famous for its annual Venetian Carnival. 
Le Carnaval Vénetien à Annecy.


Le Carnaval Vénetien à Annecy in 2009

Yup, like Carnevale Venezia, the one being traditionally held in Venezia, Italy, but this time it is conducted in Annecy, the Venice of the Alps. 
Now, you know why this wonderful town is nicknamed likewise.


Carnevale Venezia 2009





As we went to Carnevale Venezia in 2009, we were excited to see some similar costumes and grandeur environment during the Carnaval Vénetien at Annecy, held approximately 1 - 2 months after the one in Italy or around March - April.



My hubby and I at Carnevale Venezia
Well, what would the Carnevale and le Carnaval be without those glittering masks, glamorous costumes and great pose?


In green...Venezia, 2009

You can compare these photos, taken in Venezia, and the ones up there and down here taken in Annecy during the Carnaval.

The difference is of course the background.
But the fun remains the same!


My hubby and friend were happy to pose with these cute ladies and their puppy!

Now, of course there are so many interesting things to do and places to visit in Annecy.
Including the annual Carnaval I was talking about before.
But since I last visited Annecy in February and only have a half day, merely 5 hours, here are a shot list of places and things you might want to consider for a half-day itinerary.

So, ready to explore Annecy, France in Half a day?

Let's start it with its famous lake, Lac d'Annecy.



Lac d'Annecy is beautiful and huge.
As the third largest lakes in France, the lake cover around 28 km square surface of clean water. Super clean so you can see the bottom of it when you are strolling around its bank.
In fact, this lake is coined as the cleanest lake in Europe, as I read in Wikipedia.



No wonder it becomes everyone's favorite spot.
From the romantic  Pont des amours and walking along Quai Napoleon III, you are more than welcomed to enjoy Jardin de l'Europe

On the other side of Jardin de l'Europe, you will find the Hotel de Ville or Mairie d'Annecy, the city town hall. 


Annecy in Half a day


This charming city hall is of course a beautiful photo spot.

Hotel de ville..


Or you can also walk on Canal du Vassé, slightly off the lake but heading to the same direction, pose a while and immortalize yourself in one lovely picture!

at Canal du Vassé, back in 2009 :))

Just simply strolling around, sitting on the grass or in one of the many benches there, or reading your favorite book will bring you peace and joy!
As for me, I keep taking pictures (you bet!)

Next, we have Vieille Ville Annecy, the old town.
As many old town in Europe, Vieille Ville Annecy is indeed charming with its petit restaurants, shops, boutiques, churches and lovely old apartments. 

Saint Franćois de Sales church in Annecy

All those centuries old shops and petit alleys are cute.

ready to shop?

For me, just walking around its cobbled alleys and enjoying every corners of this old city is a pleasure. Whenever I found some lovely corner, I just take a snap or pose :).

One corner of the old town.
The old part of Annecy is also famous for its Palais de l'Îles, the old mansion as well as prison now turned into museum, built on top of Le Thiou, the river outflowing from Lake Annecy. The last time I went here it was under maintenance.


the Palais is the petit one above the water

And of course, don't forget lunch time!
There are so many restaurants and cafes scattered around Quai de l'Îles or Quai Perrière, near Le Thiou and the old town. My favorite delicacies here are the crepes a la Savoyard, but as we were super hungry after arriving from NYC, we chose full blast menu at Le Sarto (go check lesarto.com for more info), au bord du Thiou



There we ordered the creamy mushroom soup, salad savoyard sans jambon, fondue Savoyarde - the cheese fondue with speciality from this region, 'Cafe des Paris' - the famous steak with special butter sauce, cocotte des mules marinières - the pot of clamps with butter and herbs, and creamy chicken and musroom a la Savoyard.
They tasted marvelous!
Please feel free to enjoy the photos of those lovely food.








And last but not least, Château d'Annecy, the Castle of Annecy.
A little hike up the hill at the back of the Old Town of Annecy, you will find this lovely Château. It's another beautiful castle built around the 12th century, with its famous Queen Tower. Wiki said it used to be the residence of the Counts of Geneve.

Too bad when we arrived there it was 15 minutes before closing time and being Swiss, the lovely guard didn't let us in even when we plead as we came a looong way to this beautiful place. So, if you happen to be here, make sure you check the opening hours and the last entrance. I could only take a few pictures from outside.



From the Château, we just simply walked back to the Old Town and enjoyed the beautiful weather and lovely atmosphere


And last sweet touch, don't forget to get your favorite gelato in one of the ice cream and waffle kiosks at the Old Town!




And finally, as the sun set down, we were heading back to Geneve.





Here's the map to give you clearer direction in this beautiful city of Annecy.




So, that's Annecy, France in half a day.
How do you like this town? Do you like it as much as I do?
Do you also enjoy exploring little town?
What's your favorite?