The Canelé Taste-Off

  Yesterday I got chatting to a lady who has children at the same school as me. After a bit of conversation we realised that we actually live a few streets apart from each other (not such an unusual coincidence in Jakarta, as many of us expats seem to dwell in just a handful of suburbs). Anyway, we then got to talking about why we chose our Continue Reading

Astrid Hadywibowo’s LIN Artisan Icecream

  On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon in downtown Kemang, having just enjoyed a delicious sushi feast followed by a couple of hours shopping at the nearby Lippo mall, it was time for ice cream! The suggestion was made that we visit a particular ice cream shop, "You know the one Mum, it says 'I Scream Ice Cream' on the window". How do the kids spot Continue Reading

Tropical Flowers of Indonesia

How can you walk past the beautiful and vibrant flower shops of Jakarta and not be drawn in by all that colour! Take the time to stop and have a look. The vendors are often keen to share their knowledge and are happy for you to simply look and appreciate. But the bonus is that you can walk away with an armful of beautiful locally grown flowers for a very Continue Reading

An Introduction to Jamu – and How To Make Your Own

Jamu is the name for traditional herbal therapy in Indonesia and most typically involves the consumption of tonics, expertly prepared by Jamu ladies using traditional ingredients sourced from nature. The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 70% of all Indonesians use Jamu on a daily basis to enhance their health, treat a myriad of Continue Reading