As a foodie, I have come to appreciate the many delightful creations one can concoct in the kitchen…and, as a traveler, I’ve learned to source out the best crumbs while satisfying my soul here & there.
That expressed, enjoy the visuals…
Had a slice of carrot cake and my first ever cappuccino (that lil’ brown bottle contains the syrup for sweetening my cap) at Habitual in celebration of my Grandma’s 89th Birthday…Happy Birthday Shug!!! ~in Umalas, Bali – Indonesia~
So much to say… Everyone that I’ve encountered thus far has been absolutely gracious and accommodating. It started with my taxi driver from the airport, next was the woman that helped me locate the correct platform at the train station in Bologna, then onto the woman that I allowed to go in front of me on the train and when she realized I was struggling with my luggage she helped me lift it up the stairs and even wheeled it all the way down the car of the train to my seat (clear at the other end) before she vanished into thin air (or so it seemed), after that it was the lady at the currency exchange that gave me a piece of paper allowing me to get the same rate (if not better when it improves) at other sites around town, then onto Ms. Andretti Jr. (the taxi driver that picked me up at the train station in Florence) whom had just gotten back from her vacation yesterday, next it was Carlo (the brother of the lady whom’s villa I’m staying at on the ground floor) who showed me how to operate everything in the flat that I’ll be staying at along with where to get dinner. Then it got even better when I walked 7 blocks to a little trattoria down the hill steps away from the Roman door in the heart of the historical center of Florence where I encountered my ever so handsome waiter – who just happens to have red hair (I have a thing for gingers, if you didn’t know) and after he seated me I looked across the room and spotted two sisters!!! Diana’s here on holiday from Oakland and Michelle lives and works in Portland, Oregon; which is just down the way from where I live back home…awe Italy I adore you already and I knew I would! Y’all those two glasses of house wine has me a bit tipsy, so I’m going to shower, make my bed and call it a night – given that it’s 12:07 am here. Catch you on the flip side! ~at Trattoria Ruggero in Firenze, Italy.
At Caffe’ Mi Piace, everything (from the fava beans, green beans, shrimp, octopus, potatoes and the stuffed pasta) tasted absolutely yummy! ~Firenze, Italy~
Having a bit of sangria over a very tantalizing conversation, under the cover of a new moon. ~at La Finca in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Dinner at Old Man’s was tasty at best! ~in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Simplicity on a platter…my appetizer at Lucid Jazz Lounge along with a lil’ spark to wet my whistle. Thanks again David Pierre-Louis for the wonderful evening! ~in Seattle, Washington~
…and yet another great book I just finished along with my meal of choice during this time of the year…a nice hot bowl of pho! ~in Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada~
At Betelnut…I thought I’d try their Mahi Mahi Toro Tostada along with a dragon fruit, banana & coconut smoothie. I’ve already devoured my slice of raspberry cheesecake…now, it’s time for these taste buds to tango with the melody of flavors you see before you! ~in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Digging into a delicious plate of vegetarian nasi campur…red rice, long beans, sambal, tempe, and roasted coconut shavings. I couldn’t begin to tell you what those other three piles are…that said, everything was delicious! ~in Kerobokan, Bali – Indonesia~
Capresse salads have always been my favorite and to have been able to eat it in Italy at that pizzeria was like a dream come true! ~in Firenze, Italy~
A light snack is all one needs sometimes…along with a cup of rosé tea and a good book. Mangoes, cucumbers, along with some red & yellow tomatoes is just what this body needs on this balmy afternoon in Bali. ~on my front porch at Kus Garden Villa in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
I enjoyed a rather late lunch at one of my favorite cafe’s…having a bit of Bungalow Living’s ginger tea, an almond croissant and their delicious salmon bagel, as a little jazz melody floats around my ears on this humid day in Canggu. ~in Bali, Indonesia~
Enjoying a rather delightful conversation, paired with one of the most flavorful dishes I’ve tasted in a long time. ~at the Jamaican Pizza Jerk in Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada~
You know how I do…it’s my day off and I feel I deserve a little nutritional pampering, even though I try to do well by my body every day. This evening, I’m treating myself to several sips of Kukchia tea, a bowl of Dahl soup, a bevy of veges fused together in what they’ve named the Dragon Bowl (an assortment of grated organic vegetables, pomelo, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, sizzled Tempe, served over a bed of buckwheat noodles aka soba with toasted sesame dressing and shredded nori), topped off with two slices of sourdough bread…pairing all of this with a good book and all seems ok in the world, if only for this blissful moment. ~ at Down to Earth Cafe in Oberoi, Bali – Indonesia~
Chai tea & cheese cake does a body good! ~at Bungalow Living in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Mango, Coconut, Strawberry and Mixed Berries…all of my favorites in one cup. I could’ve chosen up to six varieties for the size of cup I selected, but I didn’t want to appear too greedy. ~at Gelateria Yogurteria Porta Romana in Firenze, Italy~
Getting ready to bow my head, to give thanks for tonight’s meal…The Green Mile (pesto sauce, marinated atrichokes, mushrooms & marinated feta) accompanied by Wild at Heart (mixed rucola, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella draped in a balsamic dressing), and of course I may as well finish off that bottle of SB. ~courtesy of Pizza Club on Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
I’m literally glowing from head to toe…this meal and the food I’m about to purchase afterwards (in the other part of the cafe’s grocery store) is realigning my being! That massage & body scrub I treated myself to after picking up my first paycheck yesterday helped a little bit, too! Thankful for my weekend, allowing me the time to be brave enough to drive around and find this place after two months, not knowing it was less than a 10 minute drive away…bliss in Bali! By the way, that basket is storing my groceries, how cute is that! ~at Earth Cafe in Oberoi, Bali – Indonesia~
Treating myself to a scrumptious salad and of course my all time favorite acai smoothie at Pulp Art, because I deserve it! ~in Umalas II, Bali – Indonesia~
Portage Bay Cafe – you’ve been missed…it feels so weird to be back in the U District. So much has changed, but your flavor is still the same! ~in the University District of Seattle, Washington~
My last meal at Trattoria Ruggero was uttlerly divine! I ate here for lunch on Monday, because they aren’t open on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and got a little tispy off of this dessert…freshly cut peaches in white wine and a little sugar. Thank you Paula, Daniele & Ivan (the red head) for making a space for me at your lovely restaurant. ~in Firenze, Italy~
Changing it up and trying something new…thank you for the recommendation Anna & Iila. Jabulani Cafe is divine. ~in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Salty Caramel Crepes and Mint Tea are just what I needed to finish up my celebratory foodie fest…ah, my tummy is in heaven. ~at SugarCane in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Found myself here at Sugarcane again… Fruit platter: mangoes, pineapples, watermelon, papaya, grapes, oats, yogurt and one fruit in particular that I can’t recall the name of along with their filling green smoothie. ~in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Hoping that this (Mee Ped Yang soup) & ginger ale will soothe my tummy, because something has her upset. ~in Bangkok, Thailand~
Savory lamp chops. ~dinning on the rooftop of The Dome in Bangkok, Thailand~
Having a little paella and Thai tea. ~at Pratunam Mall in Bangkok, Thailand~
A well deserved bowl of coconut ice-cream along with a watermelon smoothie should keep me from melting in this atrocious heat, while I’m walking around Chatuchak market, in Bangkok, Thailand~
A night of deep convo over a couple of pitchers of Sangria and a lil’ Grappa allowed for some secrets to be shared by those that fell under the spell of the spirits (liquor is a truth serum) along with the investigative questions I posed. ~at La Finca in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Popped in to a place that’s been on my list for some time now called Sugar Cane, and I must say I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to marvel in their nutritionally balanced menu of featured culinary delights. Their ‘Green Smoothie’ is the BEST I’ve had since living in Bali! The atmosphere is relaxing and has quaint seating arrangements perfect for lounging, working, and of course nourishing your palate. Looking forward to returning and teasing my tastebuds with all they have to offer. By they way, the owner uses natural sugarcane as well as honey to sweeten up her selections…that alone reminds me of home. ~in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Having lunch with some fellow teachers at Xich Lo Warung. ~in Kerobokan, Bali – Indonesia~
Having brunch at La Lucciola, while enjoying the view of the ocean. ~in Seminyak, Bali – Indonesia~
Treating myself at one of my favorite cafes…Bungalow Living. ~in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Treating myself to a well deserved and utterly delicious plate of penne pasta, slathered in pesto at the Garage. ~in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Tonight’s dinner is done! Pan seared salmon, steamed broccoli, corn on the cob and a cucumber salad topped with sliced tomatoes, feta cheese & black olives. Oh, and I’m washing it down with some coconut water, that has a few cubes of frozen strawberry juice in it. In addition to being serenaded by the drums and chimes being played by those celebrating a ceremony off in the distance… ~at Kus Garden Villa in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
A little cheesecake goes a long way…it truly makes my day! ~at a pizzeria in Firenze, Italy~
Seeking a bit of refuge in Dayu’s Warung with an Englishmen in toe… ~in Ubud, Bali – Indonesia~
Enjoying a little bit of heaven in my own special corner of Firenze, at Caffé Mi Piace.
Having a spot of ginger tea and a slice of some ever so deliciously fruity draped cheese cake. ~at Bungalow Living in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia~
Reading & Relishing at Bungalow Living in Canggu, Bali – Indonesia.
So, due to not having a SIM card i.e. wifi. I ended up stepping into this little ristorante near the academy, mainly because I could hear them playing James Brown and the owner (Cosimo De Vita) kindly shared his personal wifi password allowing me to feel “connected” again…so, while I waited I indulged in a little grappe 💥and all of a sudden it got 20 degrees hotter! ~at Langolino Gastrobar in Firenze, Italy~
You’re more than welcome to come over and share some time…
Feasting on flavor ~ Baked salmon, steamed beets, and a salad with heirloom tomatoes & an Asian pear.
Tuesday nights’ call for Vegetarian Tamales & Ginger Beer. 🌯🍺
I’ll even cook for you while we fellowship.
Food Photography by
J.R. Trotter Photography