Kahvehane: Mimiti Coffee & Space (Qubicle, Jul 2016)

Begitu menjamurnya third-wave coffee scene di Jakarta ternyata membuat Bandung tidak ketinggalan untuk memperkenalkan pemain terbarunya yaitu Mimiti Coffee & Space. 

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Mimiti datang dari Bahasa Sunda yang berarti ‘awal’ atau ‘permulaan’ dan rupanya penampilan coffee shop ini sudah mengundang banyak pecinta kopi, fashion, serta hipsters lainnya untuk berkunjung. Pemunculan mobil taksi Jepang sungguhan di depan coffee shop ini dengan suasana minimalis mengesankan konsep arsitektur kekinian yang lazim kita lihat di Jepang atau negara-negara Skandinavia.

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Udara kota Bandung yang sejuk selalu menjadi alasan tepat untuk bisa ngopi santai di kebun Mimiti yang cukup luas ini. Dengan dinding-dinding semen yang tidak dicat, kursi-kursi earthy, meja logam, dan brewing room dengan jendela-jendela besar semakin mengukuhkan eksistensi Mimiti sebagai the hippest coffee shop di Bandung. Kalau memang ada kekurangan, itu datang dari jalan Setiabudi yang bising dan penuh kendaraan, terlebih ketika akhir pekan.

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Bagaimana dengan kopinya? Mimiti menggunakan house blend beans untuk mini La Marzocco espresso machine-nya. Noah’s Barn dipilih sebagai roaster untuk coffee beans yang satu ini. Selain itu, Mimiti juga menyediakan berbagai micro batch lainnya, yang saat ini tersedia, dari Tanzania serta Kolombia untuk manual brewing.

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So now you have a brand new place to visit in Bandung. Give it a try soon!

MIMITI COFFEE & SPACE | Jalan Karang Sari no. 1, Bandung | IG: @mimiticoffee

Original link: http://qubicle.id/story/open-mimiti-coffee-space

Eid Mubarak!


Wishing you a great Eid with your family and relatives. It’s time for forgiveness, for togetherness and for the feast!

With love from @kecilmamil &@gastronomy.aficionado

The Classics: Ikan Mas Bakar Rica Ny. Filly (FoodieS, Apr 2016 & Qubicle, June 2016)

Paying a homage to Taman Ismail Marzuki is not always have to be art-related. For FoodieS, there is one interesting visit after the legendary soto Betawi restaurant that resides here. It is the Ikan Mas Bakar Rica Ny. Filly.

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Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) is an establishment of utmost importance for the citizens of Jakarta and the whole country. For decades, it has been known as a strong bastion of art and education.

Over the past few years, TIM has also seen a number of improvements from the recently refurbished cinema, a modern building for the art institute, and a new public library for family. It also houses the one and only planetarium in Indonesia as well as hosting festivals or art and theater shows regularly.

In addition to these wonderful perks that people can enjoy upon their visit to TIM and the dynamic changes outside on the busy street of Cikini, there are two things that actually remain timeless here.

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The first one is the legendary restaurant of Soto Betawi H. Ma’ruf which is widely renowned as one of the oldest in Jakarta, paving its way to prominence now since the early years of independent Indonesia. Back then, Haji Ma’ruf himself carried his merchandise on his back and serving soto Betawi nearby Gondangdia Station.

The second timeless eatery inside Taman Ismail Marzuki is a Manadonese-style grilled fish shack. Serving the hungry Jakartans since 1984, the restaurant stays true with the old recipes of Ny. Filly’s – the late matriarch of the family. It is actually rare to see a Manadonese restaurant specializing fully with fish since most of these restaurants of this genre usually serve the whole cuisine, especially here in Jakarta.

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The use of freshwater fishes such as carp and gourami is another interesting aspect from Ikan Mas Bakar Rica Ny. Filly, while other seafood restaurants in Jakarta would normally introduce the use of saltwater fish instead as their signature dishes. In addition to that, the fact that this establishment has been in the business for more than thirty years intrigues us further.

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Upon our arrival, it’s clearly seen that the restaurant maintains a classical look with the use of bamboos that dominate the whole interior. Despite of the age, it is kept neat and clean. While it is comfortably air-conditioned inside, feasting a hearty lunch or dinner on the alfresco side of the restaurant sounds like a good choice too. After all, visiting the leafy and relaxed neighborhood of TIM is a good change of pace once in a while.

However, it is best to reserve first if you wish to visit during the rush hours. Mind you that especially during lunch, Ikan Mas Bakar Rica Ny. Filly is a famous choice for students, the patrons of this art institution, office workers from around the vicinity, and up to top government officials.

The signature menu here is the carp, grilled in a very rustic stone oven and smeared with the all time favorite rica-rica sauce. Additionally we can ask for the carp to be fried, served with sour broth, or cooked with the rich and spicy woku sauce.

Alternatively, if you are not up with the challenge of eating the bony carp, you can always opt for other fish such as gourami, kuwe (trevally), or the baronang (spinefoot).

The result from cooking in a stone oven is unimaginably beautiful. The fish, while very fresh, possesses the appetizing smoky feel thoroughly. It was also well marinated and the application of rica-rica sauce makes it not just savory with a hint of spiciness, but also refreshing. The flesh itself was well-cooked, moist, and tender. At this stage, nobody will mind with the small bones from the carp and that’s exactly because Ny. Filly’s recipe works really well.

What comes next is to savor it while it’s hot with rice, a simple stir-fried water spinach with garlic, and more rica-rica sauce with another favorite Manadonese relish – the sambal dabu-dabu.

Clearly, what the restaurant offers and the whole atmosphere are the nostalgic values for Ny. Filly’s fans since its humble beginning some 32 years ago. It may have struggles at the beginning but its perseverance and the wonderful recipes behind the food are what that brought them through until this very day and we hope, far to the future.

IKAN MAS BAKAR RICA NY. FILLY | Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jalan Cikini Raya no. 73, Jakarta | T: +62 3193 6535

Not halal-certified
Unsuitable for vegetarians

Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm

Spend: IDR 50,000 – IDR 75,000 / person

Featured on FoodieS Apr 2016 & Qubicle May 2016

OPEN: AMKC Atelier (FoodieS, May 2016 & Qubicle, Jun 2016)

The recent appearance of AMKC Atelier as Plaza Indonesia’s latest and currently the hippest eatery has garnered a large number of visitors day in and out. Crowds gather during dining hours not only to enjoy its unique cakes and desserts but also AMKC’s inventive savory fares.

AMKC’s success this early owes to not just the reputations of the owners – chefs Adhika Maxi and Karen Carlotta, but also the inspirations behind the dishes and the undying love for food from the Jakartans. Located on the prestigious ground floor of the mall, AMKC with its minimalist décor, white tones and black seats impresses not just discerned diners but also hipster eaters.


Years spent on perfecting the well-known Union restaurants in Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall, and the deli at Grand Indonesia have established the names of this couple. Not to mention of course, their previous spell abroad and how they were inspired from French cooking techniques while professing the love for Indonesian flavors.

Karen Carlotta has been known as the one who catapulted the success of red velvet cake during the younger years of Union. Meanwhile Adhika Maxi, known for his love for comfort food, has been devising inventive lineups for AMKC utilizing premium ingredients.


Among the highlights from AMKC are the truffle angel hair with sea urchin, Hokkaido scallops with lemon XO vinaigrette, the Black Angus fried rice with chili jam, and also the soto mie with the short ribs. Meanwhile Karen boasts her forte in pastry with beautifully intriguing cakes inspired from Indonesian delicacies like es teler, martabak, and pisang ijo.

There’s no telling until when the dynamic duo will continue to surprise the foodies of Jakarta, but with AMKC opens for everyone, you are in for a treat for a long long time.

AMKC ATELIER | Plaza Indonesia, Lvl 1 E-17, Jalan MH Thamrin no. 28-30, Jakarta

Not halal-certified
Some dishes may be suitable for vegetarians

Opening hours: Daily, mall opening hours

Featured in FoodieS May 2016 issue & Qubicle Jun 2016

Photography: Rian Farisa

10 Tips for Maintaining Your Health After Ramadan (via Productive Muslim)

10 Tips for Maintaining Your Health After Ramadan | ProductiveMuslim

Every year, the Holy month of Ramadan provides us with the opportunity to eliminate unhealthy eating patterns and gives our overburdened digestive systems a much needed break. During this sacred month, the rituals of fasting, night prayer and reading the Holy Qur’an on a daily basis can have a transformational effect on our overall sense of well-being and contentment.

However, now that the blessed month of Ramadan has passed and the Eid ul-Fitr festivities are over, here are 10 tips for maintaining the incredible health benefits and habits that you worked so hard to gain in Ramadan.

1. Fast Twice a Week

Try fasting two days a week after Ramadan. Scientific research has shown that intermittent fasting is beneficial for the body and mind. Studies have shown that periods of intermittent fasting speed up the process by which the wastes left by dead and damaged cells are removed from the body. Scientists believe the failure of the body to get rid of this excess waste regularly results in an increase in the appearance of chronic diseases, especially those associated with ageing, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Fasting has also been shown to result in physical and mental benefits, such as improved memory, sleep, concentration and increased energy. Occasional fasting has also shown to accelerate the activity and growth of nerve cells.

To follow the sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), try to fast on Mondays and Thursdays. Abu Hurayrah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Deeds are presented on Monday and Thursday, and I love that my deeds be presented while I am fasting.” [Tirmidhi]

Also, try fasting the 6 days of Shawwal. There are enormous spiritual benefits to fasting in Shawwal.

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal will be (rewarded) as if he had fasted the entire year.” [Muslim]

2. Have 2-3 Meals a Day

Make a habit of eating 2-3 regular meals a day (similar to Ramadan), rather than 6 small ones. The sensation of hunger between meals, contrary to popular belief, can be of great benefit to our physical health. According to a study published by PLOS ONE, the sensation of hunger may actually protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

The feeling of hunger can also have spiritual benefits too. Ibrahim ibn Adham said: “Any one who controls his stomach is in control of his deen, and anyone who controls his hunger is in control of good behavior. Disobedience towards Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is nearest to a person who is satiated with a full stomach, and furthest away from a person who is hungry.”

3. Eat Dried Fruits

Keep eating those dried fruits that you made a habit of eating during Ramadan.

Allah’s Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Whoever has dried dates, then let him break the fast with that, and whoever does not, then let him break the fast with water, for indeed water is purifying.” [Tirmidhi]

Dried dates and figs are both excellent source of iron, fiber and antioxidants that protect against harmful free radicals, which are associated with ageing. If you have a sweet tooth and must have dessert after meals, have three dates instead of a dense, nutrition-deficit piece of chocolate cake.

Allah’s Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.” [Bukhari]

4. The 80/20 Rule

Practise the 80/20 rule and eat only until you are 80% full. A good way to do this is to eat slowly, so you are aware of your satiation level while you eat. Eating on the go or while watching television are surefire ways to overeat and hinder your body’s ability to properly digest what you consume.

During Ramadan, the ritual of fasting allowed us to consciously recognise our body’s hunger and satiation signals. Therefore, avoid returning to mindless eating habits and most importantly beware of overeating, as the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was reported to have said: “The people who most eat their fill in this world will be the most hungry on the Day of Resurrection.” [Ibn Majah]

5. Use the Rule of Thirds

Ramadan was an excellent opportunity to learn how to plan our meals carefully and avoid the after-iftar slump that hindered our ability to pray taraweeh comfortably. After Ramadan, use the rule of thirds to keep your daily energy levels up and prevent the sense of heavy-headedness that often follows a heavy meal.

Our wise Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) once said: “A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.” [Ibn Majah]

6. Take a Probiotic Supplement to Maintain Digestive Health

The excessive consumption of sweets that followed the long days of fasting in Ramadan and that were a big part of Eid celebrations, may have taken its toll on your digestive system. Try adding a probiotic supplement to your daily regimen to replenish the levels of good bacterial flora in your intestines. Studies have shown that probiotics can also help keep colds and infection at bay as well as improve women’s health and metabolism.

7. Nurture Your Emotional Health

Do not neglect your emotional health; rather, look to continually strengthen it. One of the things we miss the most when Ramadan is over is that feeling of well-being and satisfaction after days and nights dutifully immersed in soulful supplication, night prayer and reading the Holy Qur’an. Meditation has been proven by researchers to behighly therapeutic for individuals suffering from depression, anxieties, phobias and addictions. It is no wonder then that a month spent in spiritual ‘spring cleaning’ has such a calming and restorative effect on our state of mind and level of contentment.

One way to rekindle the feeling of spiritual well-being is to wake up 20-30 minutes before Fajr for night prayer and dua (supplication).

Abu Hurayrah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Our Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted, descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the latter part of the night is left, and says: Who supplicates Me so that I may answer him? Who asks Me so that I may give to him? Who asks Me forgiveness so that I may forgive him?” [Muslim]

Also, do not forget to make the practice of reading the Qur’an and performing dhikr an intrinsic part of your day.

8. Keep the Sadaqah Flowing

Keep the sadaqah flowing and reap the mental health rewards of giving. If you were supporting disadvantaged families in Ramadan, continue to do so after Ramadan. The act of giving, whether of your finances, skills or time, is extremely rewarding not only in the Hereafter but also here on Earth. Evidence has shown that small gestures of kindness or more significant ones, such as volunteering in the community, can substantially increase your overall sense of happiness and satisfaction.

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 261]

9. Be a Good Role Model

Remember that you are a role model for others in your life, whether they are your friend, sibling or children.Therefore, Ramadan was a great opportunity to model great behaviour for young children. It also allowed them to witness the fruits of delayed gratification after a long day of fasting.

And if you are a parent, remember that your eating habits and behaviour will shape your child’s attitude towards food for the rest of their life. Be a good role model and demonstrate a healthy approach towards making food choices and performing regular exercise.

10. Abstain From Smoking and Make Exercise a Priority

For smokers intending to quit, Ramadan was an ideal time to gradually stop smoking and eventually curb the harmful habit altogether. Once Ramadan is over, if you are a smoker, do not give in to the temptation of having a cigarette after meals. Continue to replace this addictive and toxic habit with healthier ones such as exercise.

Stay motivated with positive self-talk, pat yourself on the back for making good food choices and make exercise a priority by sticking to your workout schedule. During exercise, your body releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine that together improve your mood, keep you feeling healthy, fit and strong.

The Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “There are two blessings in which many people incur loss. (They are) health and free time (for doing good).” [Bukhari]

Finally, always remember that great health maximizes productivity in all areas of your life. Make your health a priority, treat it as a blessing and you will begin to see amazing benefits, In sha Allah.


Original link: http://productivemuslim.com/10-tips-for-maintaining-your-health-after-ramadan/