Innovative Mexican!

Aribar has followed the trend. Mexican cuisine was all the rage in Bali in the 1990’s but then almost disappeared [with the exception of good old TJ’s] over the past decade. Now they are re-appearing all over Bali, from Canggu to Ubud, and all points in between. Aribar is one of the better ones, operated […]

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Interesting Menu

Soul in a Bowl may have suffered from a few hiccups in its early days but that is not the case today. It is now firing on all cylinders. It is a small pleasant space with very professional management and a menu that makes me smile. What a change from my early look at this […]

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Marzipan Chocolate Brownies

We had a block of Dijon’s marzipan in the freezer for what seemed an eternity. I thought I‘d use it for a strawberry tart. Then I came across the recipe that inspired this one. These brownies are a delicious departure from traditional ones. The next time we baked them, we made our own marzipan. It’s […]

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May 23, 2018

Massimo has become a Sanur institution. His Jln. Danau Tamblingan restaurant in Sanur is constantly full of diners, the gelato stand at front forever busy. However the ever-smiling Massimo has never been one to rest on his laurels. Whilst other chefs in Bali excel in creating their new dishes, Massimo continues to explore and re-engineer […]

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May 23, 2018

Time To Go Cash Free? #justtappit With the bass beat thumping and dance floor jumping, you fumble through the crowd and your pockets as you head toward the bar for your next beer, only to find your wallet’s gone walkabout along with your cash! What should you do? Just tappit of course! A relative newcomer […]

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May 23, 2018

U.S. Citizens Corner. Low income U.S. vets and their families are eligible for a non-service connected supplemental tax-free monetary benefit under “Aid & Attendance” on the Veteran’s Administration website. You must be honorably discharged, over 65 and served at least 90 days during the Vietnam war era (but not necessarily in combat). The application process […]

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May 23, 2018

Bali put on highest security alert following bombing of churches in East Java Following the terrorist bombing of three churches in Surabaya on Sunday, May 13, 2018, Police in Bali and related security agencies have tightened security precautions island-wide. Balipost.com reports that the Bali Police Command has placed the island on a “Siaga Satu” alert […]

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May 23, 2018

Bali Banjar Culture Club (10 June) The theme of Bali Banjar Culture Club’s this week is ‘Watching Bali: readings from The Painted Alphabet and Other Works’ by Diana Darling. Many readers may have heard of the novel ‘The Painted Alphabet’ by Diana Darling which is often available in Periplus and other quality book shops. The […]

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May 23, 2018

WEAVING BETTER FUTURES Commitment works miracles, over time. Ask the 700 families living in Muntigunung on north Bali’s drought-prone mountain slopes, where eight months every year with no rain or other natural water sources make it challenging to survive. The Muntigunung Social Enterprise, formed by Daniel Elber and other big-hearted expats several years ago, has […]

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May 9, 2018

Question: I have less of a current problem and more of a preventative question. I was recently accepted into the university of my choice, but it is halfway around the world from all my friends and family, and I have never been very good at keeping in touch with people. Instant messenger and Facebook help, […]

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