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Burgreens Organic Eatery: Deliciously Healthy!

Memang sudah selayaknya kita bersyukur hidup di negeri ini karena masih begitu banyak opsi makanan segar yang dapat kita olah sendiri. Di Indonesia, makanan masih bisa didapat dengan mudah dan murah dari pasar-pasar tradisional dan tidak sepenuhnya mengandalkan produk olahan pabrik.

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Berbeda dengan negeri-negeri lain di Barat khususnya yang mengandalkan makanan cepat saji maupun olahan jadi. Di sinilah konon permasalahan kesehatan justru dimulai, terlebih ketika harga makanan jenis ini lebih murah ketimbang makanan segar. Ketika kita diburu waktu, kebutuhan, serta daya beli yang terbatas; tentu opsi cepat ini akan menjadi prioritas sehari-hari dan segi nutrisi bisa jadi terabaikan.

Namun banyak juga yang sebetulnya tidak tahu bahwa bisa jadi produk-produk segar yang kita peroleh sehari-hari itu juga tidak sepenuhnya sehat, maka dari itu timbullah kini gerakan yang lebih menyadari secara detail akan apa yang kita konsumsi. Gerakan ini tidak hanya mempromosikan clean eating, vegetarian, dan juga lingkungan hidup; namun juga memberikan apresiasi lebih terhadap petani, peternak, serta para chef dan restoran yang berjuang untuk memberikan yang terbaik bagi para end consumer dengan produk yang tidak hanya segar namun juga organik, non-GMO, serta sustainable.

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Crispy Tofu Teriyaki Salad

Meskipun genre seperti ini lebih lazim ditemukan di Bali, tapi satu restoran di Jakarta ini bergerak cepat membangun kesadaran tersebut. Burgreens yang memiliki beberapa lokasi ini cukup jeli dengan mengayomi para petani untuk memasok mereka dengan bahan-bahan terbaik dan Max Mandias selaku chef juga begitu kreatif dalam meraciknya.

Tidak heran bahwa kedatangan saya pertama kali ke cabang mereka di Tebet justru mengundang decak kagum di dalam hati. Terbelalak secara harafiah ketika mengecap rasa yang begitu kaya dan tekstur yang beragam serta berwarna dari makanan yang tersaji di sini, seolah membangkitkan kembali kesadaran bahwa makanan itu bukan sekadar untuk pemenuhan hajat hidup saja namun juga untuk menghargai tubuh dengan memberikan yang terbaik.

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Tempeh Gomashio

Bisa dibilang tempat bermukim Burgreens di Tebet ini ideal luar biasa. Berada di lantai tiga sebuah bangunan yang tidak melebar, Burgreens bertetangga dengan Organiklub yang juga menyediakan sayur mayur, daging, serta produk-produk organik dan berkualitas. Tidak hanya itu, bagian teras Burgreens memiliki pemandangan langsung mengarah ke taman Tebet yang hijau dan rapi. Bagian teras ini ketika hari sedang sejuk sungguh ideal untuk ditempati sembari menikmati makan minum yang bergizi.

Dari segi menu, Burgreens lebih bertemakan Barat dan sebagian Asia. Menu-menu seperti pasta, burger, dan nasi cukup mendominasi di samping berbagai sate sayuran serta salad, jus, dan kudapan sehat. Menariknya, untuk mengelevasi berbagai sayur mayur yang dipergunakan, tidak hanya Burgreens mengandalkan kesegaran namun juga racikan bumbu dan saus yang tidak kalah nikmatnya. Ini menjadikan pengalaman kita menikmati makanan vegetarian lebih berwarna dan berkesan.

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Bisa dibilang berbagai kudapan serta makanan yang saya nikmati saat itu memiliki cita rasa kuat, segar, sekaligus memenuhi ruang-ruang kosong dalam perut ini. Dari segi harga tentu tidak murah, terlebih mengingat faktor-faktor yang telah disebutkan di atas tadi. Namun demi kesehatan sekaligus kepuasan; pengalaman bersantap di sini menjadi sebuah keharusan tersendiri.


BURGREENS ORGANIC EATERY
Halal-friendly
Suitable for vegetarians & gluten free

Addresses:

  • Jl. Flamboyan No. 19, Rempoa, Bintaro, Jakarta – Indonesia
  • Organiklub, Jl. Tebet Barat Raya No. 49 C, Tebet, Jakarta – Indonesia
  • Jl. Wijaya II no. 73, Dharmawangsa, Jakarta – Indonesia

 

Menu Highlights: The Vegetarian Dishes of ST. ALi – Jakarta

As of this moment, I bet that many hipster foodies and coffee lovers of Jakarta would already have visited ST. ALi – Melbourne’s prominent third-wave coffee shop, at Setiabudi Building.

Which is why this time, I’d rather not talk about ST. ALi’s marvelous piccolo and its fantastic cold brew latte, or even about how these champion baristas like Matt Perger or Yosua Tanu served their finest for us. It was such a delightful experience for me personally and many would tell you the exact same thing about what happened to them being served personally by these idols.

That’s why, it’s all about between me and Chef Mark Richardson’s food here. However then again, it will be not at all about their the juicy burgers or anything meaty. This post will tell you about one thing and one thing only – ST. ALi Jakarta’s vegetarian offerings!

I figure, why not tell the readers a bit about my experience with vegan stuffs because the ones I had here were golden.

Okay, here are what I have tasted so far:

ANCIENT GRAIN SALAD

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First of all, this is a beautiful vegan dish and even an omnivore like me wouldn’t want to miss it. Chef Mark smeared the Middle Eastern’s labneh or one would say, the Greek yogurt, on the plate fully until it fills every corners.

He then stylishly spread the crunchy pearl barley and quinoa. He also put seeds and nuts all over the place. Okay, that’s the crispy part. So how about the zing needed to make this all work?

Yes, the chef put some segments of orange and lemon dressing on top of the fresh herbs. Not forgetting also, the labneh itself already has the citrus-y feel as well.

Lastly, the smoky flavor came from the delicious torched cauliflower. BANG! It was a fulfilling healthy lunch for me.

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MY MEXICAN COUSIN

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So, this one has an interesting twist. While the name refers to something, of course, Mexican – but apparently what it holds inside is a mash up of interesting stuffs from many cultures that Chef Mark cleverly conjured.

The corn fritters may came from Chef Mark’s discovery as a chef somewhere, but apparently it is very similar with Indonesia’s perkedel jagung but different only in terms of shape and the crispy skin.

The big treats from perkedel are soon matched by the glorious poached eggs, giving the lifeline of flavors for the whole dish.

As soon as you mix and match everything and the dish became deliciously messy, then came the perfectly matched corn & cucumber salsa with Indian kasundi.

I never thought that salsa can go well with this Indian-style relish. It gave a hint of herb-ish flavors and spiciness, which is a very good idea. A fine addition to the old salsa flavor that we all love so much.

However my favorite part came next – the sliced halloumi that gave a really good cheese-y flavor and certain sharpness, plus the fresh green salad on top of these beautiful creatures.

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So as a conclusion, I still cannot decide which one favors my palate most since I like them both. But do let me know which one do you actually choose at the end of the day, okay?

Other than these two, feel free to discover other vegetarian-based dishes which are also available here. Don’t forget to pair it with the coffee, of course!

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ST. ALi
Not halal-certified
Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Setiabudi Two, GF
Jalan HR Rasuna Said, Jakarta – Indonesia

Website

Opening hours:
Daily, 7am – 6pm

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Fun Food Facts #5

Fun Food Facts #5:
FRESH VS FROZEN FOOD

Video credit: AsapSCIENCE

It’s naturally coming to our senses when somebody came up with the subject to compare between fresh and frozen food, we’ll immediate choose side as the fresh food FTW right?

However, these cool guys as AsapSCIENCE actually proved that sometimes it doesn’t work that way based on some facts. There are proofs that frozen food could be more nutritious than the fresh!

Find out about here through this video:

Pantry 101: Grains of Wisdom (The Foodie Magazine, Jan 2014)

Nutritionists encourage us to start our day with grains to provide us with high energy and nutrients. For some of us, we get curious about these magic grains, but we don’t really know what to choose. This month, we present you with a selection of grains which you can easily find in the supermarket to supplement your diet.

The Foodie Magazine - Quinoa

Quinoa
Resembles couscous and used mainly in baked goods, soups, and salads. Quinoa came in many colors such as red, black, and white, and it is also packed with nutritious elements like fiber, manganese, magnesium, iron, and essential amino acids that our bodies need.

The Foodie Magazine - Millet

Millet
Originated from India and several African countries, millet is known for its versatility and a good alternative to rice. It is often used in pilafs, salads, soups, multigrain bread, and even pasta. Millet also helps to control glucose levels and packed in proteins.

The Foodie Magazine - Flaxseed

Flaxseed
Although not exactly categorized as grains, flaxseed’s rich nutrients make it one of the most sought after healthy food nowadays. Loaded with Omega-3, fibers, and lignans – a powerful antioxidant component found 75 to 800 times more in flaxseed than other plant foods!

The Foodie Magazine - Barley

Barley
Known popularly for its unique nutty flavor and chewy texture, barley is a grain that is versatile and can be applied in many food and beverages. Barley’s soluble fiber can lower cholesterol and reduces risk of coronary heart disease. While its insoluble fiber reduces the risk of colon cancer and diabetes!

The Foodie Magazine - Buckwheat

Buckwheat
Used extensively in cooking and often made into gnocchi in Italy, soba in Japan, and as blinis to complement the caviar. So, not only it is delicious but also good for your cardiovascular system, lowers the diabetes risk, prevents gallstones, and many other benefits!

The Foodie Magazine - Oats

Oats
Probably the famous grains in the whole world, oats is the source of energy for millions as they start their day. Rich in manganese, selenium, phosphorus, fiber, magnesium, and zinc; clearly many don’t have to seek for other grains because of its popularity, unless you’re in for the unique kinds.

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE January 2014 edition

Download it for free here via SCOOP!

 

Foodies Lists: Loving Hut (The Foodie Magazine, Jan 2014)

Loving Hut’s message to the whole world is all about peace, love and harmony, and most of all, to promote the healthy vegetarian way of life. Ching Hai, a spiritual master and entrepreneur who founded the restaurant chain has successfully brought Loving Hut around the world with hundreds of outlets and some of them of course, in Indonesia.

With its feminine brand design, yellow colored interiors and pictures of international celebrities who have adopted a vegan lifestyle decorating the restaurants, it’s not hard to find Loving Hut. Especially nowadays, the growth of Loving Hut in Indonesia has been very promising as it has opened numerous outlets in Jakarta and other cities.

Although all of the items are made with wholesome plant-based ingredients, there is no reason for the non-vegan to not stop by and enjoy the dishes. Each outlet of Loving Hut has a distinctive menu that incorporates many cuisines and leaves plenty of room to explore based on the original recipes as well. Notables on the menu are Chinese, Indonesian, Western, and a little bit of Vietnamese, together with healthy drinks and juices.

Loving Hut - Kung Pao

Interestingly enough, their soybean-based kung pao exactly tastes like the real thing and well-paired with vegetable dishes like stir-fried broccoli. Of course, other options like noodles, Indonesian rice dishes, and even pizza or steak are also there for you to pick. With the spirit to save the environment and to bring the sustainable diet for the earth, this might be the place to start the world’s food revolution.

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LOVING HUT
Halal-friendly (please check for the certification)
Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Various locations in Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia
Telp: +62.21.2553.9369

Website: http://lovinghut.co.id
Facebook:
Loving Hut Indonesia
Twitter: @LovingHutID

Opening hours: Everyday, mall opening hours

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE January 2014 edition

Download it for free here via SCOOP!

Photos by: Dennie Benedict