Locavore Ubud Review- Eating Local at Locavore Bali

Locavore Ubud Review- Eating Local at Locavore Bali

When we left Ubud 2 years ago, anyone who read the last of my Ubud blog posts would assume I would never return. In fact, when I left, I too assumed I would never return. But, when the chef at Locavore Ubud invited us for lunch, I suddenly found an excuse to return to Ubud. I’m glad I did. Because Locavore Bali is unlike the Ubud I knew before. Read Locavore TripAdvisor Reviews – Updated 2018 Here is our restaurant Locavore review: Why We Returned to Ubud During our last week living in Bangkok, we attended an award ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, hosted by The World’s 50 Best. I’m still not entirely sure how we ended up on the invite list. I will assume it is because we met Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, the 2015 best restaurant in the world. Or, that I am a budding culinary author with my recent publication of the Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna, home to the 2016 best restaurant in the world. Sometimes, it’s just luck. Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. We showed up at the W Hotel in Bangkok, where the top echelon of the Asian culinary world rubbed shoulders. We were fancy for one night. We tried to fit in. We drank Champagne. We sat in the large ball room and awaited the announcement of the top 50 restaurants in Asia. Only one of which we’ve actually eaten at. But, we met the chef during that visit, so I felt a little more fancy. At one point they announced the top restaurant in Indonesia, and without...
The Fast Boat to Gili – How to Travel to the Gili Islands

The Fast Boat to Gili – How to Travel to the Gili Islands

The three Gili Islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno, are located close to the island of Lombok, and a boat ride away from Bali.  Although a very common add-on to a trip to Bali, it is not entirely intuitive how to travel to the Gili Islands. This post walks through my tips on how to travel from Ubud to Gili Islands, including how to take the fast boat to Gili. Book a Fast Boat to Gili Before Heading Out to Bali There is a traditional, more public style ferry from Bali to Gili, which are slow, make tons of stops, and can take up to five hours or more. The fast boat to Gili is a better option. Fast boats to Gili are advertised at every tourist town in Bali, with tour operators selling tickets for different companies, each of which promises the “fastest boat” from “Bali to Gili.” It is hard to weigh your options on how to get from Ubud to Gili unless you know someone who recently traveled there and can share either a great or a bad story.   Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner.   What is the first step in how to get to the Gili Islands from Ubud? We booked our ticket in Ubud, through our friend Komang. She showed us a brochure from her friend’s tourist office, advertising a round trip ferry, including air conditioned transit from any hotel in Ubud, or the south Bali beach areas, for about $120 a person. Komang informed us they would sell us the early boat from Bali to Gili for $50 roundtrip. My...
Anomali Coffee – Review of Anomali Cafe Bali

Anomali Coffee – Review of Anomali Cafe Bali

It took some time to find Anomali Coffee, my perfect cafe in Ubud. We lived in Bali for about a year and a half, most of the time spent building a new business. We loved the two villas we lived in, but often wanted to escape for a productive morning outside of the house. One where we could also enjoy amazing coffee. And, after drinking coffee at cafes around Ubud, we found Anomali Coffee to be our favorite! Read Reviews of Anomali Coffee Ubud Here Anomali Ubud – The Details Anomali Cafe is located on Jalan Raya Ubud, just off the corner of Jalan Hanoman It is open most days from 7:00 am to 10:00 am There is additional seating upstairs There is motorbike parking just outside The Anomali Coffee menu includes not just beverages, but pastries, desserts, and a decent food menu too. Check out the breakfast Anomali menu It’s possible to purchase freshly ground beans at “cafe Anomali” – try the Black Pearl! Anomali Coffee Seminyak includes the coffee roaster for the Bali locations   Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. Why Anomali Cafe Ubud? During our first few weeks living in Bali, I made my way to KAFE a few times, mostly because it seemed to be expected of all newbies and yogis in Ubud. KAFE is owned by the same company that owns the Yoga Barn. They specialize in vegetarian, vegan, and raw foods, and are known for their selection of smoothies and juices, with things like spirulina and maca. It is the go-to meeting place for the New Age hippies in town. I, however,...
The Most Fun Hotel in Legian Bali – The Stones Hotel

The Most Fun Hotel in Legian Bali – The Stones Hotel

There are a few reasons why people travel to Bali. Some come for relaxation at the sheltered resorts in Nusa Dua. Some come to find inner peace by practicing yoga in Ubud. Some just come to have a good time. And, if that is the goal for your Bali holiday, then the most fun hotel in Legian, Bali, is THE place to be! Legian Beach in Bali There are several main beach areas in Bali, and Legian might require a bit of an explanation. When arriving at the Bali airport in Denpasar, people usually head either east, south, or north. To the east lies Sanur, one of the more laid back beach areas of southern Bali, which offers a chill beach area, with no surfing waves in site. To the south of the airport lies The Bukit, a nubbin that sticks out of the tip of Bali. On the west coast of The Bukit are stunning cliffs, and rocky beaches. On the east coast of The Bukit lies Nusa Dua, the family friendly, resort area of Bali. Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. Heading north of the airport in Denpasar, well, that is where the fun is to be had! From Kuta, closest to the airport, north to Canggu, the relaxed hippy beach community. In between are 2 main beach areas: Legian and Seminyak. Each offers amazing sunsets and great surfing waves. Generally, people are drawn to Kuta to party and Seminyak to dine and shop. But, Legian is sandwiched in between. And, it is the perfect combination of the two. Cocktails at The Stones Hotel The Stones Hotel in Legian is...
The Most Fun Hotel In Seminyak – Courtyard Seminyak

The Most Fun Hotel In Seminyak – Courtyard Seminyak

The Courtyard Bali Seminyak holds a special place in our hearts. It is why I was happy to return for our fourth stay there. When we were living in Bali, the Courtyard became our go-to hotel when we wanted a fun beach break. During our most recent stay, I firmly came to the conclusion that it is the most fun hotel in Seminyak! Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. We recounted our first experience staying at the Courtyard Seminyak over 2 years ago. While living in Bali, we visited a friend who was staying in Seminyak. We cashed in a free night certificate from our Marriott Rewards credit card. Having experienced Courtyard Hotels in the US, we were shocked to find what we did in Bali. At the time we said “It’s Not Your Grandma’s Courtyard.” When we last stayed the hotel was pretty new, but in the last two years, they’ve come into their own. I was happy to return to our home away from home in Bali, and see what they’ve done. What we found was the most fun hotel in Seminyak, and some great food options! It was nothing but a surprise. Introducing What The Truck What The Truck opened in 2016, long after our departure from Bali. But, we had been following along on their Instagram account, and were curious to test it out. When living in Bali, one of our favorite places to eat was at our local padang, which served up a mix of meat and vegetables, over rice, slathered in curry sauce. We ate there at least once a week. One of our treats was enjoying their...
The Best Brunch in Bali – Starfish Bloo

The Best Brunch in Bali – Starfish Bloo

Sometimes you have such a great experience when traveling, that you do your very best to recreate it. I knew it was a tall order when returning for brunch at the W Seminyak. But, we tried our very best to enjoy the best brunch in Bali, just one more time. Our First Visit to Brunch at W Seminyak While living in Ubud, we had a strange message from a long lost friend. Someone we knew many moons ago, when living in D.C. and in Chicago. Through his moves, and our travels, we had sort of lost touch with Tyler. Then, suddenly, he was visiting Bali, with his partner, Luigi. We made our way down to the beach for a night, staying our very first time at our Bali home away from home, Courtyard Seminyak. We planned our visit around brunch. What better way to break the ice after many years apart than attending what we heard was the best brunch in Bali. It was a memorable experience. Over glasses of sparkling wine, mimosas, bellinis, and who knows what else. Over plate upon plate of seafood and luxury treats. With a view over the blue seas of Seminyak, we caught up with Tyler. In a lot of ways, it was like we had never been apart. The four of us enjoyed our brunch. Immensely. Maybe a bit too much. We were the very last table to leave, and in true W Hotels fashion, they just cleaned up the party around us. Monday was a rough morning to say the least. Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. Our Return to The...