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 »

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Discovering Clisson, the Italian Gem in France

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 11 May 2013.

It was a fine Spring day in France. Winter was finally replaced by joyful Spring and it brought the sun with it. With the sun shining and a warm temperature, my feet, as usual, started to itch begging me to find a new place to explore.

“Let’s bike to Clisson” suggested a friend.

Since only two of my friends had bikes, they decided to do a Nantes-Clisson bike trip while I put on my summer short and headed for the train station with the rest of our gang. It was only March and I was in shorts, I couldn’t believe it. I intended to absorb as much sun as possible, just incase dull weather took over in the next few days (it didn’t!).Read More »

Eating My Way Through Porto

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 1 August 2013.

When people come to the small city of Porto in Portugal, most expect a unique gastronomic experience. For that matter they are definitely in the right city. Located near the sea, Porto offers a wide range culinary delights that will spoil you rotten. With so many cafes and restaurants, all boasting to bring the best Portuguese food, I sometimes feel overwhelmed and it’s easy to land in an over-priced restaurant with only standard quality meal.

I was of course over the moon when I found out about Taste Porto Food Tours run by a local, André. There is nothing I love more than knowing a city guided by a local who knows the city best. Even better with André is that he knows where all the amazing places to eat that us newcomers wouldn’t know.

In Porto, to find authentic Portuguese food, you will have to go directly to its talented locals. Beyond the beautifully-tiled churches and gorgeous narrow alleys, you will start to smell onions being fried and the aroma of sardines filling your nose, making your mouth water. There are so many different kind of cuisines in Portugal and I find the cuisines to be different than that of other parts of western Europe remembering the different culture influences. More spices are used, more flavours are combined – the Portuguese are ones that are brave with taste and are not afraid to spice up their meal.Read More »

A Personal Note on Pompeii

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

I have been thinking to write this post in such a long time. Pompeii is a very important place for me, it is the place that first triggered my curiosity to travel and so I didn’t want to write a lame post about it hence the long thought on writing about it. So I hope this post gives enough credit to the place.

How all it all began

The first time I heard about Pompeii was when I was in my history class in my local primary school in Leeds, England. I was in year 6, and my curiosity for history was probably provoked by the enthusiasm of my teacher. She was always excited in telling us events in the past, and this one was no exception.

“Do a project on Pompeii!” she once said.

She briefly told us that Pompeii is ancient Roman city which was buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. I immediately had my weekend planned, to spend all day in the city library. Back then, internet wasn’t so happening and library was always packed with people. I borrowed maybe a dozen book, thick ancient Roman history books. Some looked thick, some looked glossy with pictures. I was in heaven.Read More »

Sintra, Where Fairytale Comes to Life

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

Dek, you’re not going to wear that to Sintra are you?” asked Febbie to me one sunny morning in Lisbon as we were preparing our trip to Sintra. Dek, from adek, is an Indonesian word for little sibling. She looked at my clothes from top to bottom, a simple tank top and short with red trainers. Almost abruptly, she walked towards her bag and took a tube dress with colourful red patterns.

“I bought this in Bali, isn’t it gorgeous? Wear it, it’s the only dress that can compliment that red shoes of yours. You’re going to SINTRA for goodness sake! You’d wanna look like a princess!” convinced Febbie to puzzled me. I surrendered as she ordered for the tube dress to be put on.Read More »

Amazing Cafés To Visit

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

When I’m not busy cycling around a city or getting lost in some cobbled-stone streets, one of my absolute favourite things to do in a city is to go to a cute café and rest my feet for a while. Sipping a cup of coffee and biting my way through a delicious cake while enjoying my surrounding is a great way to absorb a city’s atmosphere.

A café is also a great place for people watching, if you happen to be in a local café, you’ll be seeing locals  doing everyday things like talking, gossiping, writing and a café is a great place to look at these details. These are a few of my favourite cafés during my travel. Each one is unique. Some are small and secluded, others are famous ones.Read More »

Beautifully Eerie Paris

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

Cemeteries are cool, they really are, or at least in this part of the world anyway. I am terrible at facing cemeteries back home in Indonesia. Most cemeteries around my city is terribly scary plus the fact that people make up tons of horror stories doesn’t help boost up my confidence either. Cemeteries are not for tourists in my city and probably most cities in Indonesia, except if you are looking for some supernatural forces pointed by some supernatural guide, which is sometimes available, but they are not for me.

The cemeteries in Europe however, gave me such a different view. I remember my days living in Leeds, England. My family lived right next to a cemetery of an old church. The cemetery looked slightly abandoned and I did feel scared at first but I got used to it and enjoyed admiring the lovely tombs. It changed my whole perception on cemeteries. They can be lovely and beautiful.Read More »