oh ! i've never eaten so well in all my life as this week in bali...so many colourful healthy fresh fruits and salads...it was divine deliciousness!
each morning during our artmaking sessions nicole's friend dayu set up a juice bar ready to make us amazing juices and smoothies on demand, complete with real bamboo straws to drink through.
we ventured out in groups and all together to so many great places to get food from - each place blowing our minds with taste, presentation and the bargain price for such a feast!
we all fell hard for alchemy in ubud - a raw vegan cafe with an amazing ambiance as well as incredible alive food...some of us were not ashamed to dine there for lunch and dinner on the very same day...and then hit it up for lunch again the following! the raw california rolls were out of this world, and their salad bar so overwhelming with creative choices...and their raw chocolate...well, theres a reason i don't have a photo of those...they were in my face too fast! note their takeaway containers above...swoon! (snacks for our outing one day, packed by a local friend of nicole's)
alone with the juices and smoothies, dayu brought balinese treats for us for morning tea each day. delicate and beautiful - it was such fun to unwrap the leaves and see what sweet treat was inside - it normally involved coconut which i always think is a good thing!
we had the chance to try lots of balinese food as well as a javanese meal one day - the presentation always being as exciting as the taste. oh the fun of not having to cook at all - let alone be served these artful dishes - it was a dream.while half our group was spening the afternoon at the silversmith, the other half went to dayu's house - she lives in the traditional family compound and gave us a tour of her lush property boasting avocado, papaya and cacao trees (as well as a pig and about 100 ducklings) amongst other things that i was too distraced by the adorable ducklings to recall. dayu is a woman of many many skills - and all of us loved getting to know her as the week unfolded - one of her passions is raw food, and so our group got a beautiful outdoor lesson on how to make jamu - a traditional balinese health drink with fresh turmeric, and raw chocolate mouse from the cacao. totally inspiring ! and when i add something into our family meal plan other than toast/cereal i may just try my hand at these at home...
so now that i have well and truly worked up an appetite from this blog post i shall sign off, and dream of tropical fruits and not a dirty dish in sight !
we ate well. very, very well.