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From Malang to Surabaya: Best Western Knows it Best (Day 1)

Sekian tahun berlalu sejak terakhir bertandang ke kota Malang dan Batu di Jawa Timur. Sebagai urang Bandung yang merantau di Jakarta, tentu ada kerinduan tersendiri ketika mengunjungi kota-kota berhawa sejuk dimanapun itu. Beruntung kesempatan itu datang ketika menghadiri perhelatan para blogger bersama Best Western OJ Hotel, Malang.

Perjalanan kali ini kita mulai dari Bandara Halim Perdanakusuma. Ya, inilah kali pertamanya saya menginjakkan kaki di bandara ini untuk menumpang pesawat Citilink dan tidak untuk menurunkan penumpang ketika tengah menaiki sebuah shuttle bus yang menghubungkan Bandung-Jakarta. Ah akhirnya!

Long story short, tibalah kami di Bandara Abdul Rachman Saleh milik kota Malang setelah satu jam mengudara (dan setengah jam taxi ketika di Halim). Pertama kali berjumpa, ternyata bandara yang satu ini sudah kece tampilannya. Bagian keberangkatan telah selesai direnovasi dan terlihat mumpuni dari urusan kapasitas, namun untuk bagian kedatangan semua masih kebalikannya. Namun melihat suasananya yang rapi ketimbang banyak bandara lainnya, sepertinya Malang sudah dengan hangat menyambut kami semua.

Segenap jajaran pengurus Best Western OJ Hotel dari kota Malang dengan sigap telah mengirimkan satu mobil Innova untuk menjemput kami dan kendaraan telah dilengkapi dengan minuman serta makanan ringan. Perjalanan dari bandara sebetulnya tidak yang terlampau jauh namun rupanya kota seperti Malang saja sudah dilanda kemacetan. Beruntung chauffeur kami dengan sigap menempuh jalan-jalan tersembunyi hingga tiba di hotel dalam waktu kurang lebih setengah jam.

Up close and personal with Best Western OJ Hotel

Setelah sambutan hangat dan perkenalan, tidak lama para blogger kenamaan asal Malang dan Surabaya juga berkumpul untuk kemudian bersama santap siang bersama di Pandanwangi – all-day dining restaurant yang terletak di lobby level hotel ini.

Kegiatan hotel tour telah menanti setelah kami menuntaskan makan siang yang nikmat. Pada lantai setelah lobby, terdapat beberapa fasilitas-fasilitas pada satu lantai yang sama yaitu berbagai ruangan meeting, gym, dan swimming pool. Berlanjut pada lantai lainnya terdapat area bersantai dan cafe dimana kita dapat melihat bangunan hotel ini hingga ke lantai tertinggi yang dikelilingi kamar-kamar di setiap lantainya. Tour kemudian diakhiri dengan berkeliling melihat-lihat berbagai tipe kamar di hotel ini dan menyambangi Skyroom, rooftop restaurant tertinggi di kota Malang!

Ah tidak sabar menanti waktunya santap malam di sini, namun sebelumnya ada satu perjalanan seru yang akan kita tempuh terlebih dahulu!

Up to Batu we go!

Satu hal yang tidak pernah terlewatkan ketika bertandang ke Malang adalah berkunjung ke Batu! Ibarat Bogor-nya Jakarta ataupun Lembang-nya Bandung, Batu yang sejuk nan hijau ini semakin dipenuhi wahana dan atraksi untuk liburan keluarga di akhir pekan.

Setelah tempo hari bersama keluarga bertualang di Jatim Park, kali ini kami diajak menuju Museum Angkut yang kekinian. Kategori kekinian di museum ini bukanlah berbentuk Scandinavian architecture atau berisi anak-anak muda dengan celana jogger dan kacamata Owl, tapi justru muda tua saling bergandeng menikmati kreasi manusia dari jaman baheula dengan roda ataupun baling-baling. Tidak lupa, Museum Angkut juga memiliki acara flash mob yang dinanti-nanti dan food court terbuka dengan berbagai jajanan seru!

Sekian jam berlalu dan Museum Angkut ternyata menarik untuk dikunjungi terkhusus untuk kali perdana. Sembari menyimpan harapan agar dapat kembali kelak bersama keluarga tercinta, tibalah waktunya untuk kopi sore sejenak dan segeralah kami melesat menuju Pos Ketan Legenda.

Memilih cabangnya yang sudah lebih mendekat ke kota Malang ketimbang warung utamanya yang lebih kecil dan crowded di alun-alun kota Batu adalah keputusan yang tepat. Itulah sebabnya dengan senang hati kami meluangkan waktu bercanda tawa sembari menikmati segelas wedang uwuh yang ditemani ketan yang diselimuti parutan kelapa dan kacang kedelai yang ditumbuk halus. Jangan lupa yang harus dicoba di sini juga adalah… ceker ayam super pedas!

Viewing Malang from the top

Perjalanan malam ini ditutup dengan jamuan makan malam di lantai puncak Best Western OJ Hotel. Sebagai pemegang rekor bangunan tertinggi di kota ini, pengalaman menikmati panorama kota Malang tanpa interupsi menjadi sebuah keharusan.

Skyroom sendiri terbagi atas dua bagian – outdoor serta indoor dengan bar yang terletak di antaranya. Sebagai salah satu restoran yang paling hot di kota Malang, tentunya tidak aneh ketika kami mendapati malam tersebut bagian outdoor telah disewa untuk sebuah acara reunian. Namun menduduki bagian indoor juga ternyata tidak kalah seru. Adanya live music santai dan berbagai suguhan santap malam menambah nyaman suasana.

Bahkan terhitung hingga nyaris tengah malam tiba, kami masih menikmati waktu bercengkerama dan disuguhi demo cara memasak lamian. Tentu beberapa teman blogger dengan antusias mencoba membuatnya meski tentu tidak mudah. Makan malam diakhiri untuk kami-kami yang berkapasitas lebih dan ikutan memesan semangkuk lamian segar yang baru diolah dan dipadu padankan dengan sup sapi dan daging.

Akhirnya tiba waktunya beristirahat dan hari esok siap kami jelang. Surabaya, kami akan segera datang!


BEST WESTERN OJ HOTEL | Jalan Dr Cipto no. 11, Malang | +62 341 368 888 | www.bwojhotel.com

VIDEO: Tasty Tries Indonesian Food (via Tasty)

Yes, we have seen the Buzzfeed version about this so how about Tasty turn this time? Let’s find out what they say about Indonesian food served by Simpang Asia!


Credit: Tasty, Simpang Asia

Here are the Reasons Why You Should Become a Coffee & Tea Aficionado

We are now becoming more enthusiastic than ever with the art of drinking tea and coffee. I personally still find it fascinating to see some who are willing to go any length for the ultimate pleasure. As someone who enjoys both coffee and tea, here are my thoughts on why we should keep up with the trend based on my observation as a foodie and a global citizen.

Coffee is the talk of the town. Single origin batches from certain estates that produce high quality coffee are highly prized. Albeit some coffee shops would argue about the profitability in the long run when dealing only with single origins, it seems that individual drinkers are too enthusiastic to bother about that. It’s always a hype whenever we encounter geisha beans for example at a local coffee shop and certainly it attracts everyone! At the end of the day, a small batch of this rare find would end up somewhere in the hands of a true aficionado.

While coffee is still pretty much the talk of the town, Jakarta is also celebrating more appearances of tea houses as well. A few years ago, they had seen better days but the age of discerned foodies has arrived and revive the business. Foreign brands have been introducing their products here for quite some time to ride on the momentum. Interestingly, Indonesians brace the competition by also presenting tea more properly this time. Aside from familiarizing people with the concept of drinking tea as an art, we are also exposed with literally limitless variants of tea from all over the world.

Nowadays, coffee aficionados would invest their money on hand grinders, expensive espresso machines, or the popular manual brewing gadgets. Not surprisingly, tea lovers would also do the same to achieve that perfect cup. From learning the techniques to collecting different types of tea from different countries; they would also spend more on cups, affordable electric kettles, and up to the rare, decorative tea pots from all over the world!

One important thing to highlight here is certainly not about how expensive our gadgets should be to appreciate the finer things. Even for starters, you can already enjoy so much from the most affordable gadgets you can spend for now. A word of advice, befriend the experts and you will know what to buy first and why.

In addition to that; classes, competitions, and conferences make us feel more connected with the whole industry. We get to know more about the diversity of the products, the experts who set the examples, about the farmers and how we should appreciate their hard work, and many more. Certainly we can always start with the know-how to maximizing its potential fully in our cups.

I suppose at this point, we might want to agree that the colorful world of tea and coffee is not just about its geeky side or how methodical we should be for perfection. There’s always the sunnier side about it and that is about having fun with it, exploring the endless possibilities, and spending the extra dime for the best beans or the gadget of your dream!

Berrywell: Jakarta’s Freshly Made Healthy Lifestyle (mise en place, Vol 18 – 2017)

While Bali may have been the first and foremost in Indonesia when it comes to wellness and healthy living, Jakarta is quickly following the same path. Despite its whole different stature compared to Bali and also known as one of the busiest capital cities in the world, the latter is actually linking itself comfortably with the healthy, post-industrial lifestyle.

Known for its smoothie bowls and cold pressed juices, Berrywell has opened up three outlets and each has its own specific demography to serve. Opening up strategically while staying relevant with the market are the keys for survival, explains Kareyca Moeloek as one of Berrywell’s owners.

Its first outlet was opened inside Fairgrounds of SCBD – an important business district in the heart of Jakarta. Of what used to be a place for nightlife for decades, Fairgrounds has transformed itself as one of the pioneering lifestyle hubs in Jakarta. Here, Berrywell is competing to cater a crowd who would specifically look for healthy treats after exercise or for the fast-paced businessmen who would seek fulfilling yet healthy lunch.

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Meanwhile at Plaza Senayan, Berrywell is serving the unpredictable mall-goers who may not always have specific target in mind when it comes to where to eat, but the shopping mall is a representation of Jakarta’s wealthier class on the south, which in the end works right with what the store has to offer.

Lastly, its latest outlet at the newly opened lifestyle hub Shophaus on the wealthy neighborhood of Menteng is probably the most suitable of all. The neighborhood itself can be easily reached by people coming from the northern part of the city. “But it’s not without its problems”, says Kareyca.

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Equipments, especially hand blenders and cold press juicers, are prone to breakdowns admits Kareyca. Quality yield as well as after-sales service and availability for spare parts are important factors taken into consideration before choosing the equipments. As for the logistics; Berrywell utilizes the speedy, reliable, and affordable online motorcycle taxi service to tackle not just the traffic but in case of immediate request for restock from the outlets. Lastly, proper education and confidence to instill upon younger, inexperienced employers are also paramount, especially since Berrywell is very open for part-timers.

There’s a specific standard of design for every Berrywell’s outlet and the one at Shophaus is the smallest. “We are operating with two freezers here and we had to work around the space to make it comfortable not just for us to work but for our customers as well,” explains Kareyca while showing the concealed parts of where they store the ingredients.

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As for the menu, Berrywell utilises local ingredients whenever possible especially for the fruits. The use of coconut water in some of their smoothie bowls menu and cold press juices portrays the characters of Berrywell strongly. Native to Indonesia, coconut is considered as super food and it works nicely with Berrywell’s formula of fruits, vegetables, and imported berries and grains.

Social media technology plays an important part to further introduce Berrywell’s existence to the world. However Kareyca admits that it is currently done casually but in the end, it’s growing really well thanks to the strategic positioning that Berrywell had done since day one at Fairgrounds and following next with the last two outlets.


BERRYWELL
www.berrywell.co.id


Original link: http://miseenplaceasia.com/berrywell-jakartas-freshly-made-healthy-lifestyle/

Namaaz Dining: Precisely Molecular (mise en place, Vol 17 – 2017)

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Namaaz Dining has always been the talk of the town for the past few years. Not only that it is a full-fledge restaurant specializing in molecular gastronomy, but it is also championing Indonesian cuisine as the star of the show.

Digging a bit deeper about the inspirations behind this restaurant, one can conclude that Namaaz Dining is clearly an embodiment of different disciplines inter twined into a beautiful synergy.

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There’s a sense of artistry derived from the background of Andrian Ishak, the chef proprietor who happens to have talents in music and painting. There’s a nationalistic fervor with the all-Indonesian lineup on each of the restaurant’s creations. Last but not least, the chef’s modernist preference with molecular gastronomy gives the ultimate touch for the whole restaurant’s theme.

Perhaps there’s only one so far in Indonesia a restaurant so faithful with Indonesian cuisine translated into these funky yet adventurous techniques. Admirably, Chef Andrian so far has successfully created different themes every season, numbering around one hundred recipes in total for the past four years of the restaurant’s existence.

molecular3On daily basis, the kitchen is bustling with activities and the staffs are all employing different gadgets and techniques rarely seen anywhere else. To date, Namaaz Dining opens only for dinner and by reservation only. A typical dinner here is a seventeen to nineteen-course meal and presented theatrically to create the amazement of the patrons.

For instance, the “Childhood”theme came purely from the pre-digital time, around two decades before the last millennium. It was the time when Chef Andrian experienced different flavors, habit, and customs in his childhood days. It is as simple as savoring the sweetness of geranium which was commonly bred in many households back then or how exciting it was to compete his pet snail in a race against his friends after school.

molecular4One of the highlights of that particular season was the tea bag and a donut, diluted with hot water to produce the flavor of Surabaya’s iconic dish of beef rawon soup or the gel-like Betawi beverage called bir pletok inside a test tube and covered with a geranium. The most mindblowing was perhaps ‘a sheet of paper with a pencil’. Once rolled together and eaten it tastes like sayur lodeh, Indonesia’s iconic cooked coconut soup with vegetables.

There’s no telling what will come next from Chef Andrian’s brilliant interpretations of Indonesian cuisine. So, if one considers himself as a true gourmet, then a visit here is clearly a must.


NAMAAZ
www.namaazdining.com


Original link: http://miseenplaceasia.com/precisely-molecular/