EAT | SARI ORGANIK (Ubud, Bali)

Its been a long time between blog posts, so I thought I would start with a tranquil stroll through the rice paddy fields of Ubud. At the tail-end of a girls' trip, I scheduled in a few days of solitude to unwind and rest the liver. Fuelled by the encouragement of my dear friend Andjelka of Life Curator, I found solace in dreamy Ubud bidding farewell to the bustling streets of Seminyak. 

I followed in my friend's footsteps; wandering the markets, slurping a PB&J smoothie at Alchemy, stocking up on coconut kefir and alkaline water, finding guidance at AmrtaSiddhi (an Ayurvedic Health Centre), and seeking out Sari Organik. Home to organic food and the best nasi campur of my life! Make sure you order a cold ginger tea and soak up the sunshine with a good book in hand.   

To discover soul nourishing adventures in this corner of the world, check out Curated Ubud: A Travel Guide With Soul.

Sari Organik Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

LELLO LELLO GELATO (Seminyak, Bali)

Imagine a life without gelato? That's right ... you can't! 

*Sadly Lello Lello Gelato is no longer open*

Lello Lello Gelato is the sweetest little gelato shop in Seminyak.  The good folk have been operating for over six months now and always scoop with a smile.  You can tell that Lello has been a long labour of love.  Gorgeous little sayings adorn the walls, beautiful mosaic tiles lay cool under your feet as you peer into the length of the freezer bursting with bright colours and seductive folds.  With plenty of room to lounge about, you choose your weapon, find a pineapple cushion and snuggle on in. 

Flavours range from traditional Stracciatella (vanilla and choc chips) to the stunning flavours of local fruits,  see the pretty hues of my scoop of Dragon Fruit below.   You can dream away the afternoon with a bowl of Mojito or Gin & Tonic or drop in for an outrageous dose of Green Smoothie (yes, gelato - parsley included) after your morning yoga.

 Coconut, Tangerine & Mint + Dragonfruit

Coconut, Tangerine & Mint + Dragonfruit

A true taste of Italy, with a Messina twist, on the busy streets of Bali.   They even serve a shot of water with your gelato to cleanse the palette.  Next time I am definitely going to stop in for a roti at their pop up curry stall and end the night with a gelato degustation.   Life just ain't complete without gelato. 

 The gorgeous little curry pop up at Lello Lello.  Next time I am definitely hitting up a serve of roti.

The gorgeous little curry pop up at Lello Lello.  Next time I am definitely hitting up a serve of roti.

STREET FOOD (Seminyak, Bali)

Tempeh is a traditional soy product which you can find all over Indonesia.  I really need to brush up on my Bahasa as the street vendors cater for the local workers and don't speak much English. This guy with the awesome mullet was just gorgeous but all I could gather was that he was serving up tempeh and various other deep fried goods for lunch.  

A CONVERSATION WITH Charlie Hunton - Sea Circus, Bali

Let's run away with the circus or just straight to Sea Circus, a quirky little space in Seminyak serving coffee, cocktails and gorgeous eats.  Here is my conversation with the lovely Charlie Hunton. 

Who are the ringmasters behind Sea Circus?

Charlie Hunton {London} and Josh Herdman {Melbourne}

The food at Sea Circus is amazing. Who is the brains in the kitchen?

We have a lot of fun curating the circus menu. Both Josh and I are voracious travellers. We collect flavours from sleepless stateside cities, sleepy mexican beach towns and everywhere in between. Since opening we have worked with a few key chefs {from Australia & New York} to keep the menu fresh and the food fun.

What other adventures have the owners had with venues?

Josh owns a retail shop just next to Sea Circus, called Bali Boat Shed.

Do you have anything else bubbling?

Maybe... just maybe!

It feels as though Mister Zimi breathes the perfect Sea Circus attire! Are the businesses related or just really good friends?

Mister Zimi are close friends of ours in Bali. Josh knew Jimi from Melbourne. Charlie became Bali besties with Zoe. We pretty much arrived here at the same time and instantly bonded over island life and growing businesses ... and maybe a few cocktails too!

Your Rocket Fuel coffee was the best icy cold coffee I have ever tasted! What is the process?

We got hooked on this one too during to a Five Senses barista trip to Bali earlier this year. The bean is a custom roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. The process is an 8 hour cold extraction. The taste: light and floral.

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What are your favourite dishes on the menu at the moment?

Easy. The pulled pork taco, the snapper ceviche and the churros. {yes, i may have Mexico on my mind}. Although I am super excited about a dish we are about to get onto the menu: acai bowls. My fiance lives in Hawaii and when i'm over there this is my daily breakfast. The acai bowl is to Hawaii as the croissant is to Paris. Excited to get this superfood into Bali!

Where are your favourite 3 Bali haunts other than Sea Circus ....

For a drink at Sunset for blow your mind cocktails?

Potato Head

For coffee?

Revolver

For traditional Indonesian fare?

Any local 'Padang 'joint if i'm wearing havaianas. Or Mamasan/Sarong if i feel like putting on my Chloe heels.

For an escape?

Raw food at Yoga Barn in Ubud.