Bucharest, a Surprising Foodie Destination

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 13 July 2016.

We’re talking about one of my favourite topics this week: Foodie Paradise! Who doesn’t love to eat during travelling?! For me it is one of the most essential things to do while travelling. Trying out new cuisines is a must so I always make the time, but it also doesn’t mean that I splurge all the time. I also cook (if I stay at an apartment) and make simple sandwiches too, it really depends on my mood. It is important for me not to get hangry (hungry and angry)!

When I moved to Bucharest in 2012 to study there for several months, I was a little worried about the food scenery. I know very little of Romania, I know absolutely nothing of the food there. I was a little nervous when I arrived but also curious of what I would find. I just hope the city/country wouldn’t leave me hangry all the time.

I was pleasantly surprised from my second day in Bucharest.

I lived at the university dorm, and near it was a shopping complex called Carrefour Orhideea. I spotted a restaurant called La Mama and was told they serve homecooked-like food. So I went and tried it. I loved their simple dish with its familiar taste. They had the perfect rosemary oven baked potatoes that I can still remember its taste until this day, and the chicken schnitzel was just the perfect combination with the potatoes. I also ordered their homemade iced tea lemonade which was refreshing. To top it off, the cost of my meal was not expensive (compared to Western Europe where I resided before).Read More »

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Kuliner Salatiga yang Legendaris dan Tak Terlupakan

Salatiga adalah tempat saya menghabiskan masa kecil, dari TK hingga SD. Saya ingat hari-hari saya di kota kecil yang adem ini sungguh menyenangkan. Walaupun kota ini kecil, menurut saya banyak sekali tempat makan yang enak. Tempat-tempat makan ini biasanya dikelola oleh sebuah keluarga, memakai resep andalan turun temurun. Mungkin karena ini lah makanan yang sederhana bisa terasa sangat lezat.

Tentunya saya sudah beberapa kali berkunjung ke Salatiga karena masih banyak sekali teman-teman keluarga di sana. Saat di sana kami selalu menyempatkan diri untuk mengunjungi tempat-tempat makan yang dulu sering kami datangi. Ceritanya ingin nostalgia. Beberapa tempat makan ini masih seperti dulu, ada yang sudah berubah sedikit, ada pun yang sudah tutup (sungguh sayang sekali!). Selain itu, kami juga kerap diajak untuk mencicipi tempat-tempat makan baru.

Kali ini saya mau berbagi informasi kuliner di Salatiga, baik yang legendaris maupun yang baru namun tak terlupakan.Read More »

Healthy Bites in Yogyakarta

I have been really enjoying my hometown lately. Despite the horrible traffic (that is getting worse by the minute), Yogyakarta is slowly turning into a city with interesting culinary choices. There are so many cuisines here from local food to Indian, Italian, French, you name it. I have to admit that not all those cuisines are worth trying since many are adjusted to the likings of “Yogyakartans” (hence sickly sweet :P), but there are some worthy of trying.

With the rise of many health-conscious communities in Yogyakarta, I also see many health-conscious restaurants popping up here and there. This really makes me happy!

Here are some of the places to eat in Yogyakarta that I consider to have high awareness of their food source and to ensure that their food is of the highest quality. I know that “healthy” is too big of a word so what I mean here is that these places offer a balanced diet menu, with lots of veggies options and often even vegan and vegetarian options. These places do not use MSG and make the effort to use mostly local products.Read More »

Favourite Noodles of Petaling Jaya

It's been a while since I posted here, really am trying to be a better blogger LOL but I am failing miserably (obviously).

Anyway, this time I'm gonna be writing about food, everyone's favourite topic.

I have a little confession with you, I am a little tired of "Malaysian food". Don't get me wrong, it's not that the food in Malaysia is bad, it is not. I've written plenty about my favourite cuisines in Penang, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur, but it's just ever since my treatments in Malaysia, I associate Malaysia with hospital visits. As I used to stay for a long period of time in Malaysia for my hospital visits, having the same kind of food over and over again really made me frustrated. I missed Indonesian food and I just grew tired of nasi lemak and friends.Read More »