Bali food tour N.02

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hey hey, me again, talking about food. Again..
Let's get right into it, we've got a lot more bali food to cover.

Alchemy & Seeds of Life

Me and my travel friend visited Ubud for a day. We did a tour to see all te amazing spots like; waterfalls, rice fields, monkey forrest and temples. As well as a little food tour to see what all the vegan cafe's in Ubud had to offer. The once we went to worth mentioning were Alchemy (top pics) and seeds of life (bottom pic). 
Alchemy was a raw food cafe/shop/yoga studio, they had a wide a sortiment of foods. Including a salad bar, smoothie bowl bar (which I had, you got to chose your smoothie and fruit/toppings of choice) and a menu cart from which we shared te raw pizza and cauliflower sushi. Wow that was pizza was just amazing and very filling. The sushi was okay, I just prefer real rice sushi. The smoothie bowl was also delicious and fun because I got to chose every element I wanted in there. 
Seeds of life: 
Here we went a couple of times just to get dessert, they had a assortiment of raw cheesecakes which we just couldn't keep ours hands of off. The right were the cauliflower buffalo wings which were really tasty but a little to "under cooked", I get it its raw (not cooked above 40 Celsius) but still not entirely my thing. The left was a burrito filled with just all the veg and a nice dip on the side. I enjoyed it but I could've done with a bit more sauce, it was a tat dry. 
The atmosphere was very serene. You had to take off your shoes to enter and could sit on a bench filled with cushions, it really zen. 

Betelnut Cafe & The shady shack & Sea Circus 

To not make it a very long review I'll keep it short and simple with these three.
Betelnut cafe (changgu):
This is not a vegan restaurant but they are very open to it and can make almost every meal vegan. We had a buddha bowl which was good but a bit simple and a burrito that deservers for sure a recommendation.
It is usually quite busy so we didn't sit there for long. Didn't feel like the place you can really chill/talk and eat, more of an eat and go situation.
The shady shack (changgu):
This was one of our favorite restaurants, they had silky latte's and lovely carrot cake. The two vegan burgers they had where also finger-licking good. The gnocchi however a bit to sour from the lemon but eatable.
The shack really feels like an upgraded beach hut, there is a big tarras with cosy sitting spots and inside the shack there is bar settings which overlooks the rest. The vibes are very chill and the music is great. We loved just chilling here.
Sea Circus (seminyak):
Also not a vegan restaurant but they had a taco-tuesday deal with jackfruit taco's so we had to give it a try. We shared the taco's which tasted very sweet/salty and pleasurable at the same time. The vegan burger was appetizing but the crunchy fries where the show stealer. They also have a good cocktail menu!
This restaurant is known for there colorful outside graffiti wall, however inside is just as colorful. Decorated in an old school diner kind of way. Serves great as a family going out for dinner spot.

That was it for today! I do still have one more post coming up so we won't have to say goodbye to bali food just yet.

Yours faithfully,

KLM Vegan Meal Review

Monday, October 15, 2018

Hi globetrotter, I mean why else would you read an airplane meal review. Or maybe you are just a curious person, if so, same.
Let me start with a disclaimer, in saying that no airplane food can truly be like really good. So if I say "excellent" know that it's probably just decent but for the sake of writing a fun-to-read review I am gonna use terms like that.
Me and my vegan friend flew from Amsterdam to Bali and back, during both flights we got three vegan meals.

The first being a dinner. It included; water,  a cup of butter (with I left cuz I had no idea where to put it on), a small salad and a meal consisting of mashed chickpeas, quinoa and a brown bean/onion/bell pepper stir fry. The salad was ok, the dressing was definitely needed. The big meal however was surprisingly tasty, the chickpea puree was nicely salted, the quinoa not overly cooked and the stir fry decently spiced. And the fruit tasted fresh. I cleaned the plate.
The Second was a breakfast. Including; water, again a displaced cup of butter,  fruit, coconut yoghurt and a pearl couscous orange "oatmeal".  The fruit was yet again fresh, I ate it with my yoghurt with was very good, didn't taste to artificial.  The big meal was a bit weird, it took some getting used to. Eventuality I decided I liked it, although I didn't finish completely but that was more due to me being full.
Lunch was served last, this all due to arrival time schedule. It consisted of yet again a water, kimchi salad, fruit salad and a main course of steamed vegetables, rice and a corn/onion/brown bean stir fry.
The kimchi salad was fresh and just the right amount of spicy. The fruit salad of lychee and peaches with a strawberry was a bit small but still very refreshing. The main meal was a bit boring but still good. The vegetables weren't cooked till there was no nutrients left what so ever, thats always a plus. The brown rice (like not white but brown, thats great, got to give them credit for that) in comic with the stir fry was pretty fine as well. Definitely ate it all. 
the first meal on the flight back was a past dish (past is my fav food for if you didn't know). It included pasta obv. with steamed vegetables and a tomato sauce with greens, water, bread with now a useful cup of butter, fruit, salad and a weird pudding. The fruit and salad were fresh but the bread was quite dry. I put my salad with the butter on it which made it eatable. The pasta dish however was enjoyable, my standerds are quite low I must admit. My childhood order was always "pasta with nothing", yes I literately ate plain pasta, no sauce/no cheese. Don't judge. 
The second meal was let's say inventive? It included fruit, orange juice, bread, butter, and a roast dinner. The fruit was fresh and nice, the OJ packaged, not a fan of that. The bread with butter I let untouched since I had no salad to juicify it with. Then I gave the weird pudding a try, I mean I had to for the sake of this post but it wasn't enjoyable let me tell you that. It tastes plane and the syrup was way to sweet in my opinion. I did eat the one peach on it though, that was nice. The roast was actually quite toasty for a warmed up meal. The spinach/mushrooms/tomato and beans were nicely spiced and the tomatoes not to soggy.

Overall I wasn't at all let down by KLM's vegan meals. Tops were the fresh fruit/ kimchi salad and all the mean meals. Flops were the weird pudding for sure and the very drie bread.

Hope you found this somewhat useful or enjoyable. If not sorry. There is still coming a part two though. I'm flying to Hong Kong in a week!

Yours Faithfully,

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