Restaurant Series: Enjoying Food in an Art Sanctuary

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I first read about ARTOTEL (Thamrin) from a magazine and thought it was a pretty cool concept —  an art-inspired boutique hotel featuring original works of ART by emerging local artists. What a great platform for Indonesian artists to showcase their art (mainly contemporary) to both locals and tourists! There and then, I made a mental note to visit the hotel sometime soon.

Sometime soon came in the form of yesterday afternoon when Agent D and I decided to check out RoCA Restaurant housed inside ARTOTEL for lunch.

IMG_7046[1] Exterior of ARTOTEL.

Our driver doesn’t work on weekends so we cabbed there from church. Once our taxi turned into Jl. Sunda (a small road), we spotted it at once. In fact, it’s actually quite impossible to miss. The exterior is wayyyy too eye-catching. Because RoCA Restaurant is located within the hotel, it is open 24 hours. Awesommme. Now you know where…

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Open: Ruth’s Chris Steak House (FOODIES, Mar 2016)

THE GASTRONOMY AFICIONADO

Finally, it is time to embrace a new guest from New Orleans – a reputable envoy from the steak house business that will show Jakartans the real taste of perfection.

The tongue twisting name of Ruth’s Chris Steak House may sound unique or awkward for some, but back at New Orleans – the city where it was born, this powerhouse name actually bears a fine chemistry between tradition, great reputation, and business experience for more than 50 years.

New Orleans itself is a crossroad of civilizations, between European colonists and Creole – the mixture of many nations for centuries. The coexistence between these civilizations created a culture that influences the rich lineup of menu that Ruth’s Chris Steak House has been introducing to people since its early days.

Ruth's Chris Steak House (1)

In 1965, Ruth Fertel took over Chris’ Steak House – the original steak house since 1927. She then taught herself with the…

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Planet Earth for Foodies: We Welcome You & Your Empty Stomach!

Nepheliad Atelier

Luscious mangos grow abundantly in our deep seas, their trees nesting close to the tangled vines of sour green grapes that thrive in the salt-water climate. Diving is not only a trek into the wilderness but also an edible adventure into nature’s cuisines. Many of our experts combine the fertile strength of the grapes with rice wine through years of preservation – the results are out of this world!

In the summer, the African plains are saturated in a flavor of pomegranate cider – a sweet and syrupy aroma that encourage its inhabitants rise with the sun and practice productively. Meanwhile, their neighbors in Europe dine exquisitely on steaming rice pudding and raw honey drizzled onto pears. They have rather picky appetites and strictly ban products like tomato soup and can openers. Unfortunately, we have never found out why.

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Road trip in taiwan – Keelung night market

Darwin on the rocks and around the world

Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island.

The flight from Manchester to Taipei airport was a long one, and the 4 hours stop over in Dubai were a bit painful. I thought Emirates was a good airline company, but I have to admit that the service was really poor on that flight and we had to wait almost 2 hours before getting a bit of water. Our seats were broken and we couldn’t lower them.. so it was impossible for me to fall asleep ! Thankfully, they had a good selection of tv shows and films 🙂 All the hostesses seem overwhelmed and didn’t really know how…

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The Commissary

New York City and Ocean Grove

Picture of Commissary Garage at Fauzia's Food Cart in Bronx New York by Mary Catherine Messner mcmessner

A good commissary or garage is very important to every street food vendor. This is where food can be bought or prepped, where carts and trucks are loaded in early morning, and where, at the end of the day, they are emptied, cleaned and stored. Each commissary is different, and as in all things good ones are hard to find. But once found, you stick with them.

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Tastings: The Ingredients to a Great Event

Daily Cookie

tastingAfter each event, we meet with the client to debrief on all aspects of the project: the successes, the areas for improvement and the highlights.

We prepare for the debriefs by listing the ingredients to a great event.

Food has a starring role and plays an integral part in just about every event. Who is at your table is key, but what you serve on that table is just as important.

Enter tastings.

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Yesterday we sampled some good old southern comfort food at Loretta’s Last Call in Boston.  This tasting was significant because the event is a themed event which our guests are not all accustomed to, nor is it a popular cuisine here in the city. We asked the Chef to come up with a menu that showcased the venue’s flavors and that would appeal to the masses.

There were only two of us at this tasting so a…

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Healthy fried rice: YES, thats what I said!

Flatter that Fanny fitness

Healthy Cauliflower Fried “Rice” healthrice.jpg

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cubed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (I use BRAGG’s AMINOS) found at Walmart etc…
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp green onions, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop head of cauliflower into florets and place in food processor (I just use a Ninja blender-works great) . Pulse until it starts to resemble rice; set aside.
  2. Heat a large wok (or skillet) over medium heat and drizzle in sesame oil. Add onion, peas and carrots and sauté  until tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce (BRAGG’s AMINOS), brown sugar, ginger and red pepper flakes; set aside.
  4. Slide veggie mixture to one side of the wok and add…

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The rustic Griffintown Cafe

Come and Eat with the Gladiators

Hello Gladiators!

Last weekend, after a tour of the City, going from here to there, we ended up at the Griffintown Cafe. If you haven’t been, its a go to. It offers a rustic comfort, excellent brunch and if you re up to it, live jazz nights.

Not our first visit, and definitely not our last, it was once again very good. Although this time around they were out of crab cakes… which I have yet to try since the last time we were over I got the same ” sorry we re all out” ; I opted this time for the eggs benedict. As the rest of the menu, delicious. Homemade breakfast potatoes, excellent hollandaise, greens and fruits on the side with coffee of your choice. Happy Customer!

We also had the huevos divorciados. Poached eggs with tortillas, chili and avocado with a side of pulled pork. Simply delicious!

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