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Foodie Flicks: The Scarecrow (2013)

In a dystopian fictional future, quite really close to our current reality, the protagonist Scarecrow is getting tired of working for a food factory under disguise of anything natural or organic. He sees so much behind the screen of those pretentious food products and that there are animal cruelty done in the name of productivity. Until one day, the Scarecrow decides to start his own way, organically and back to basic. From here, he wants to inspire the rest to start ‘cultivate for a better world’.

Well, it’s the face of the current America (or perhaps the rest of the world) with the food industry and its GMO produce that profits billions of dollars every year. It’s an eye-opener for an animated short film and powerful enough to convey the message in just under four minutes of its duration. Not to mention that the short film is also empowered by the harrowing atmosphere created through Fiona Apple who sings the soundtrack ‘Pure Imagination’.

The Scarecrow 1

If you already watched Food Inc., then consider this one as pretty much the same but shorter and more colorful (although it’s still dark anyway), The Scarecrow is a must-watch for those who care about what we eat, what everyone is eating, and how the food industry should behave.

PS: Despite of the controversy behind the initiator this video, which was Chipotle – a famous Mexican chain restaurant, in the eyes of the Americans. Let us just instead learn from the message found in the video and share it if you care or even better, act your own way or together, against the machine.

By the way, The Scarecrow as a game is downloadable for iPhones and iPads.


The Scarecrow 3


Director: Brandon Oldenburg, Limbert Fabian

Music: Fiona Apple (‘Pure Imagination’)

Genre: Animated short film, sci-fi, cautionary drama


Pictures taken from various sources

Foodies Lists: Three Buns (The Foodie Magazine, May 2014)

For quite some time now, Jakartans have been eagerly awaiting for a cool burger joint to open in the city. Thanks to the Potato Head family, the wait is over, with the opening recently of Three Buns.

Three Buns opened with a bang and is a shot in the arm for the Jakarta culinary scene. It is a prime example of how a fresh eatery concept, or in this case – a burger joint, can get all the rage!

Three Buns 1

The first visual you see when you arrive at Three Buns is the old van at the façade, which doubles as the order counter. The space is actually designed as a warehouse filled with wooden block furniture and has a multi tier design. Green plants and focused lighting add to the mood and feel. Since it is not your typical burger place, the bustling open kitchen wherein the staff is busy preparing the burgers becomes a focal point. Their long bar towards the right of the space is where their creative nostalgic sodas and bottled cocktails are dispensed.

The heart and soul of the burger-making operation is Chef Adam Penney, who has been brought in from London specifically for Three Buns. A veteran of some of the UK’s finest restaurant kitchens, Adam was previously behind the enormous critical success of London’s ‘Patty & Bun’–a burger restaurant described by Time Out as having “a reputation for London’s finest burgers” and the “burger supremo.” His cooking marries his rigorous classical training with a deep passion for simple and honest food with hard hitting flavors.

Chef Adam Penney
Chef Adam Penney

The gourmet burgers and sides demonstrate Chef Adam’s talent, love of high quality meat and sauces and years of research to create the perfect burger. Using the finest Australian Brahman beef and a bespoke artisan bun, and cooked precisely to medium unless otherwise requested. The ‘Baby Huey’–a classic cheeseburger with slow cooked ketchup, smoky mustard and paprika mayo–and the ‘Burning Man’ garnished with roasted jalapeno peppers, cheese and a Japanese mayonnaise made with shaved bonito and seaweed kombu are the highlights. For sides, you can choose from their ‘Naughty Fries’–twice cooked, hand cut potatoes smothered in a gochujang (the Korean condiment rich with spicy, umami flavor) béarnaise and beef chilli–or the ‘Wing Its’–twice fried yoghurt milk breaded chicken wings in a spicy sauce. The individual dessert puddings of ‘Spiced Chocolate’ or ‘Lemon Posset’ are a perfect ending to a great meal.

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World-renowned mixologist Dre Masso creates cocktails which reflect the restaurant’s philosophy of simplicity, innovation and quality. House-made natural sodas, craft bottled cocktails as well as frozen coladas are perfectly paired with the burgers.

You may want to say that the crowds queuing outside before opening hours may be exaggerated, but I would want to believe that there is a reason why everyone is flocking to Three Buns. Give it a try and tell us what you think.



Jalan Senopati no. 90, Jakarta – Indonesia
Telp: +62.21.2930.7780



Opening hours: 
Everyday, 11am – 12am


Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE May 2014 edition

Download it for free here via SCOOP!

Written with: Jed Doble

Photos by: Dennie Benedict

Quikskoop™: The Stacks Burger

A media invitation some time ago brought me to The Stacks Burger, a new venture by the same owner of LIN Artisan Ice Cream and Papabubble. Positioned still within the same property of the prior, The Stacks Burger occupies the bigger portion of the building blueprint.

While Astrid Hadywibowo has been known as the lady who brought artisan caramel candy making and liquid nitrogen ice cream for the first time to Jakarta, she decided to introduce us to her version of ramen burger that hit the abroad Western shores quite recently.

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A number of options are available for you to choose from the beef patty, fish, and also chicken. For those of you who prefer the classic bun, The Stacks Burger provides it as well. However, it’s actually quite an interesting experiment if you try first with the noodles.

Firstly the noodles are mixed altogether with eggs and then grilled upon order. While the condiments and the fillings are rather modest, The Stacks Burger compensates these with a fulfilling patty of good amount of juiciness, meatiness, and generally well-flavored.

Each burgers came in with French fries and if you are Indonesians, I bet you will agree to me that by using noodles, you’ll get full easier than just buns. You might still need the extra chili sauce or the BBQ sauce but satisfied was the feeling that I had after having the burger.

It may be a long and rocky road for The Stacks Burger due to the competition, especially that currently there’s this Three Buns with its elaborated concept, but let us see how The Stacks Burger can keep up with it and write its own glorious history in time.


Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Jalan Taman Kemang I no. 6, Jakarta – Indonesia

Opening hours:
Everyday, TBA

RSVP: +62.21.7179.4393

Facebook: The Stacks Burger 
Instagram: @TheStacksBurger

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

Taking It To The Streets: Jakarta Food Truck (The Foodie Magazine, Mar 2014)

As a new addition among other traditional food trucks found around the office buildings of Kuningan-Setia Budi, Jakarta Food Truck ushers a fresh concept on how to compete with the rest while satiating the appetite of everyone!

Food trucks may not be a new concept worldwide and also in Indonesia. For many years we have seen food trucks selling bread scouring our neighborhoods and some stationed in strategic locations for freshly made food although most of them usually provide prepared food for takeaway.


In conjunction with the renewed spirit of the food truck businesses in the USA, several creative Jakartans made an initiative to revive the whole concept into something fresh and engaging. One of the few that caught our attention was Jakarta Food Truck (JFT), owned by Ari Galih Gumilang – known as a celebrity chef in several local TV shows.

His take on the food truck business is to whip up some casual American food and of course, traditional Indonesian nasi rames (rice and different sides) to make it appealing or everyone. Additionally, some dessert creations and soft drinks are also available. The truck itself was heavily modified and everything is made fresh on the spot.


Upon seeing the menu, it was hard to resist having their grilled dishes for lunch. We had two huge beef ribs bathed with generous BBQ sauce and a Sloppy Joe to further enhance the indulgence. Both came with French fries which you can substitute with rice, and classic coleslaw to further enhance the American style lunch.

Want something else aside from the ribs and sloppy joe? Sure! JFT also has grilled spicy chicken and bangers & fries and for bun maniacs, the beef or chicken schnitzel. If you care for rice dishes, there are rice combos which have spicy anchovies, fried eggs and beef stew.


The Jakarta Food Truck is parked around Kuningan-Setia Budi from Monday to Fridays and around Kemang on weekends.


Unsuitable for vegetarians

Address: Jalan Setia Budi – in front of Wisma Bakrie, Kuningan (weekdays) and Jalan Benda no. 46C, Kemang (weekends) – Jakarta, Indonesia

Opening hours: Everyday, 10am – 3pm (weekdays), 10am – 5pm (weekends)


Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE March 2014 edition

Download it for free here via SCOOP!

Photos by: Dennie Benedict

Foodie Trailer: Food, Inc. (2008)

“The industry doesn’t want you to know the truth about what you’re eating. Because if you knew, you might never want to eat it.”

– Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

As a conscientious foodie with conscience, I decided to brace my fear and watch this powerful, mind-blowing documentary. If you want to know it before I share you the reviews, you can check the full videos available on Youtube. But later, if time allows me, I will breakdown the details to make everyone know about the bitter truth of food industry.

For now, you can watch this trailer but do brace yourself, lads! 🙂