POSTED May 09, 2013
An Aussie bush picnic is one of those simple, special things. So let’s go picnicking!
On a recent ‘Biker’ convoy road trip, we found ourselves at Noble Falls. It’s an hour out of Perth on Toodyay Road.
Tip: Pull on your comfy, bush walking sneakers and get the latest ‘Sports Luxe’ look happening. Trackies are trendy!! They’re a ‘Must Have’ item this season!! They’re tapered and slouchy and are perfect for picnics, parties or…anything!
After a ‘play’ on biker Geoff’s new toy, it was time to celebrate bush, picnic style!
It’s so easy if everyone brings something and it all gets muddled in the middle…pot luck style!! Compulsory tho… a bottle of Veuve (thank you Rhonda), a basket of olive bread and nibblies for starters. Cheers!!
Time to slip away and enjoy the tranquility of the bush, before the main BBQ feast begins! Wearing, Sports Luxe slouchy, 3/4 trackies and a muscle tee. Finally, trackies have come of age and are now ‘streetwear’ instead of ‘housewear’. They’re tapered, detailed and even come in leather.
Nothing beats a barbie in the bush…flies and all! Think BBQ’d Spicy King Prawns, Marinated Chicken, Roast Vege salad, Spinach salad, Rhubarb Tart (from Subi Famers Market), Macaroons, Fruit platter and Thermos coffee. Yummo!!
So, if you are still deciding on a Mother’s Day treat, then here’s a tip. Gift Mum a pair of ‘Sports Luxe’ trackies! Score!!! (Try Witchery, Country Road, Seed and Bassike)
Next, pack a picnic and take Mum on a family bush picnic where she can relax, celebrate and feast on fab bush tucker. Perfect…Mother’s Day is all sorted, in true Aussie Style!!
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POSTED May 04, 2013
We’ve journeyed around Bali, shopping, sightseeing and eating! Now we’ve reached the final post in this Bali Blog series! This blog is a snapshot collection of random pictures. They capture some of the essence of beautiful Bali. Enjoy xx
I walked in the footsteps of these early morning fishermen…
I smiled at the comical beach cleaning army…
I adored these twin girls…
I was astonished by this early street sweeper…
I gazed at the morning line-up…
I was stopped in my tracks by a Balinese ceremony…
I relaxed Cabana Style…
I gazed in awe at the exterior shutters at Potato Head…
I oo’d and aa’d at this hand-painted antique rick-shaw…
I marvelled at the W Hotel sunset… and finally appreciated the real reason for this Bali Getaway!! Spending precious Father/Daughter time with Henry… The Great!
He’s ninety-one this year and for over twenty years, Dad has made the journey to beautiful Bali. At first, with mum and now with me. It’s our special time to be shared with…
very special friends… Nicole and her darling Mum, Lorraine. Cheers to..
The most amazing Grandy (lad) ever… Henry xx
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POSTED May 02, 2013
When it comes to homewares, Bali is ahead of the game! The Balinese are talented craftsmen and their wares are outstanding.
If it’s Homewares you’re after, take an empty suitcase! There are tempting treasures to be found. I’ve known of chandeliers and enormous silver Champagne Buckets to be lugged on board as “hand luggage”!!
There’s a fab little ‘Strip’ of homewares stores in Jalan Kayu Cendana, Seminyak (near Grocer & The Grind Cafe). HOBO is the STAR of this strip. Anna Pretty (ex Zara Home and Habitat) is the Creative Director and her worldwide experience ensures that HOBO stocks bespoke Balinese pieces. Stunning!!
Right next door to Hobo is ‘HOUSE of FEATHERS’. It’s a lifestyle collection inspired by spirit and a sense of freedom.
You’ll find a quirky mix of colourful, embroidered tablecloths, napkins, baskets, and nik-naks. Fabby Kim, (Above L) was staying at our hotel, The Royal Beach. She too knew about this groovy little homewares strip. We both goo-gaaad at the amazing products in-store.
Also on this Strip is Uma and Leopold ‘CASA’. A combo of casual clothes, handmade pottery, hand-painted cushions and unusual gift items.
Next up is Kody & Ko! Its a colour blast!
Full of funky, on trend items. Not to be missed.
Also next to Grocer and Grind Cafe is stunning, stylish and ever-fabulous VINOTTI LIVING. One of THE BEST Homewares stores in Bali.
Sorry, no more pics, as many stores don’t allow photos to be taken.
Below is a tried and tested Homewares list. Big THANKS to special friend, fellow Bali lover and Homewares expert, Brenda for sharing some of her fave, secret stores!
* ALTA MODA… Galleria for tablecloths any colour. Three floors of fabulous fabrics. Think white, damask tablecloths made to order, any length with matching napkins for that extra long, difficult to cover Christmas table. Very, very cheap!
* HAVELI… Jl Basangkasa No 15 & 38. Manchester, haberdashery and tableware.
* GENEVA Handicraft Supermarket… Jl Raya Kerobokan. el cheapo, one stop supermarket for all nik-naks for the home. Value!
* SHALOM Glass and Craft… Jl Laksmana Oberoi. Venetian Mirrors
* RBW-Iron Furniture… JL Drupadi, Seminyak for candelabras.
* In Decor… Jl Raya Kerobokan for attractive silver vases, bowls, champagne buckets ($50 in Bali, over $200 in Aust). Unique pieces.
* PIGMENT ROUGE… Factory in Kerobokan, but stores are in Legian and Seminyak. Beautiful lamps, vases, ornaments and paintings.
* WHYNOT… Jl Nakula for lamps and furnishings
Please share this AndAndrea Homewares guide with other Bali Lovers. Ta Ta aa xx
POSTED April 29, 2013
Bali truly is a paradise for shoppers! This AndAndrea shopping guide will cover everything from beach hawkers, to Designer Clearance ‘Pop-Up’ stores, to a secret Salon stocking exclusive Red Carpet gowns. So, lets go shopping…
It’s amazing what fabulous wares you’ll find being sold by the hawkers on the beach! From beautiful Lombok pearls and silver jewellery, made by ‘Johnny Silver’ (on the beach opposite Kumala Panthai Hotel), to beads, sarongs, hand-crafted wooden ornaments, sunglasses, watches and kites. Some treasured bargains can even be bought whilst multi-tasking! That is… eating a pineapple, having your toes painted and lying on a lol-a-bout, at the beach! Tip: A lot of what you see displayed beautifully in the shops in Seminyak, can be purchased for half the price, on the beach!
When shopping in Kuta, make a plan to go early. It’s cooler, cheaper (morning prices) and not so crazy busy! The footpaths are much improved, but still manic, so wear super comfy shoes! The markets and stalls are full of ‘Rhonda’s Mine’ singlets and dodgy goods. There ARE some very good buys, if you have the patience and love to barter! Tip: In Kuta, checkout the very popular, ‘Bagus’ (fixed prices) stores for watches, wallets and jewellery.
If heading up the main strip of Jalan Legian, pop into beautiful ‘BIASA’, for anything cotton. Try, ‘UMA EXTRA’ and ‘SABIA’ for fabby, casual, on trend pieces. Visit ‘FROM’ for quality loose tees. Try ‘ET Club’ or ‘ZABAGLIONE’ for beaded, pom-pom bags and ‘NUMERO’ for quality designer shoes and bags.Tip: Take a detour and wander along Double-Six (wholesale) Street. Look out for Aussie, ‘Margaret’ shop! For made to order leather pieces, then DOLPHIN Leather, off Padma St. in Garlic Lane is the place to go.
Once in Seminyak on Jalan Oberoi ( it’s also known as Jalan Laksmana) the shops are very upmarket. It’s the Rodeo Drive of Bali, so be prepared to pay more! Pop into JOY Jewellery (opp SHAKUHACHI) and remember take your old pieces from previous trips, for a complimentary clean. My necklaces (Above L) look brand spanking new now, after a free clean!
Do pop next door and say ‘Hi’ to the gals at ‘THE PRISONERS of ST PETERSBURG’! A funky little shop with Ksubi sunnies and unique accessories.
If you’re looking for dressier clothes, then ‘MAGALI PASCAL’, ‘LULU YASMINE’ and ‘UMA & LEOPOLD’ sell exquisite silks, classy dresses, flimsy tops and leather bustiers. Whilst the unique PAUL ROPP collection is bursting with colourful bohemian maxis and palazzo pants.
A Designer Clearance POP-Up store in Bali. WooHoo!! It’s called ‘ONE LOVE’ and it’s in Jalan Kayu Cendana off Jalan Oberoi. Think Shakuhachi, State of Georgia, House of Wilde, Follow, MLM, Bamboo Blonde and One Love Vintage. Some pieces are shop soiled or several seasons old, but there are some fab buys… if you have time to hunt thru the racks!
YESSSS, the one you’ve been waiting for! DON’T MISS the ‘it’ store on the strip…’DENIM’!! Full of groovy ‘Givenchy’ animal bombers, drool worthy tees and leopard studded loafers. Edgy sunnies as well. An AndAndrea MUST VISIT… just looking, just looking!
Finally, if it’s a Red Carpet, couture ball gown or wedding gown, or a stunning cocktail dress that you’re after, then the best kept SECRET in Bali is the ‘BEADED BOUDOIR’! Those who know, know! I visited Miss Sandra’s luxurious salon on a previous trip and was absolutely amazed at the one-on-one service and incredible range of stunning gowns. After calling and making an appointment, you will be given the villa’s address and it really is a WOW experience!! Plus, you’ll love her darling poodle collection too!
Beaded Boudoir pictures courtesy of Shermine.
So, from the Beach to the Boudoir, you can shop till you drop, then pop into a Day spa for a foot massage, followed by a cocktail! Enjoy shopping in Bali.
Next up in this Bali series…Homewares Shopping!
Thanks so much for sharing the AndAndrea love around… aa xx
POSTED April 27, 2013
The food in Bali is sensational! Yum, Yum, Yum!!
From my fave English High-Tea at Biku, with owner Asri (above), to…
traditional Suckling Pig, at a little cafe near our hotel, in Dyana Pura. There truly is something for EVERYONE!!
Use this post as a foodie guide and think of me when you visit these tried and tested AndAndrea faves.
KUTA : KORI (Poppies Lane 11), UN’S (Poppies Lane 1)
LEGIAN : PEARL French Restaurant, PAPA’s Italian, ZANZIBAR, LANAI, COCOON, BLUE OCEAN, SEASIDE, QUEENS TANDOOR.
ZULU : Vegetarian, casual, good value. Amazing little Vego joint in Dyana Pura! Always overflowing with customers! All the locals know it!!
BIKU : Voted best Bali Cafe in 2011. Owner Asri, moved to Bali from Sydney, over 25 years ago. FAB cafe with scrummy brekky, salads and burgers for lunch. Cake and coffee all day, High-Tea (THE BEST), Tarot Readings optional. Indonesian Nasi Goreng and satays or ‘homestyle’ dinners in the evening. The mango and passionfruit mini pavlova is a family delight. Casual vibe and great value. Love Biku! Do book! Don’t miss out.
W HOTEL: Mad Hatters inspired teaparty! Fabby waiters, death by cake! A holiday treat, even if you’re not staying at THE W, it’s WORTH A VISIT!!
LACALACA: New little Mexi joint. Happy, vibey, great value, fun, friendly casual place.
ULTIMO: Never fails! Every trip, takes me back to Ultimo. Home-style, Italian cooking. Great service, good value, good food and always buzzing. Ask to sit in the outdoor garden. Do book.
PETITENGET: Owned by two Aussies and has an alfresco garden and indoor glass ‘conservatorium’ if it’s raining. Delicious, popular and reasonable. Like, Like!
THE BISTROT: Moroccan owner, charming decor, great vibe. My first visit and would definitely return. Fab service and yummo food.
MAMA SAN: Spice sensation! ( Ask for less spice if you dont like a firey mouth!!) Value for money, as food is top notch, but not cheap! Try the roti.
SARDINE: A very, very special place! French owner, chef. Seafood lovers paradise. Duck to die for! Book ahead. Love, Love!
METIS: Extra special. Adore this place. Go early on a Friday at 5 o’clock for the VERY popular Happy Hour. Drinks are half price (around $5) and tasty tapas is complimentary! There’s a DJ and always a great crowd. A must!
YES, YES, YES…
On past trips I have eaten at all of the cafes listed below, but didn’t get to these on this trip. However, I would still strongly recommend… SARONG, LA LUCCIOLA, WARISAN and the H’UU BAR for dining delight.
POTATO HEAD for a sunset drinks, STARFISH BLOO at the W Hotel for Passionfruit Mojitos and tapas.
SEA CIRCUS (great for families), GROCER & GRIND (coffee, cake, rolls etc), CAFE SEMINYAK (coffee and juice), BALI DELI (coffee and snacks) THE JUNCTION and SOHO (newish and haven’t been to this one but heard good dinner reports!)
KU DE TA : Still LOVE this place! Fab brekky. Beautiful meals. Great to share tapas, a jug of Sangria and watch the sun go down.
ECHO BEACH, CANGGU:
On a Sunday arvo, try the seafood beach BBQ at Echo Beach or if you want a great cafe, of course its got to be, BETELNUT!!
‘It’s a wrap’ for foodies. There’s loads more places, but these are my faves. I haven’t listed the addresses, as ALL the Blue Taxi drivers know these spots!! Enjoy and please share this AndAndrea love with anyone who you know is going to Bali.
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