Monday, November 16, 2015

Coconut Flour Pancakes with Coconut, Maple & Chocolate Sauce

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Winston received the "Colour Basics Coupe Dinner Set" as a gift from Maxwell & Williams.

Recently, I was approached by Maxwell & Williams and asked whether or not I'd be interested in doing some food styling for them to promote their range for the Spring season. If you have been following my blog the past few months, you would've noticed that this blog has taken a slight change in direction. The food review aspect has taken quite a backseat and this blog has become more focused on home cooking and food styling. I get asked quite often as to why this is so. 

To be honest, the real reason is that I'm just too lazy to take my camera out to restaurants anymore. And even if I do, the photos might not be up to scratch for me and I am really hesitant about posting photos from my iPhone like I used to. That said, I do intend on making a comeback to food reviewing one day because there's always so many places that I've experienced, truly enjoyed and really wish I could share about. 

After doing this for over 4 years now, I can surely say that the experience of blogging is honestly nothing short of a journey for me now as it has since the day I started. Constantly evolving, hopefully growing; and the landscape of this blog really is a reflection of who I am as a blogger. There are changes in my subject, focus, photography and even writing. I like trying new things and challenging myself creatively along the way. To me, this is what makes blogging so exciting. 

Right now, I am really passionate about food styling ever since my food photography workshop in April. I love looking at interesting food photos and I am constantly in awe by the creativity behind each of those photos. I feel so inspired to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and be more adventurous in food photography too. It is for that reason why I was actually really looking forward on taking up this opportunity and collaborating with Maxwell & Williams.

Speaking of stepping outside your comfort zone, I was initially quite worried as soon as I opened the package (if I'm being honest). I mean, it was really blue. Something I'm not used to. I wasn't sure how I'd get to showcase and highlight food on a plate as striking as this. What colour tones do I want in the food or overall picture? What colour or texture do I want for the surface or the backdrop? What do I even make? After much thought, I decided to just embrace the colour and all its vibrance head on. I wanted to make something with lots of colours on the plate it so that the blue wouldn't stand out as much. Also, I wanted to highlight the colour yellow and make it a big component of the dish as I thought that yellow looks pretty good against blue. Pancakes it was. I decided to go with a neutral surface to help accentuate the colours on the plate too. 

Finally, I wanted to get some soft shadows in the shot to soothe the overall picture as I was worried that all the colours might be too loud and confronting. After many, many attempts, I think I finally got what I was trying to achieve out of these pictures. I must say that I really enjoy this dinner set now. The size, shape and colours actually work really well and I enjoy using them very much. Am thankful for this gift set from Maxwell & Williams.

Okay and as for this recipe, I really wanted to make something healthy-ish because I'm still on my diet. The result was an accidental vegetarian and gluten free recipe (gasp). This coming from Mr Carnivore over here. Anyway, the pancakes were actually really light and fluffy and the dessert was very well received overall when I made it for some friends on the weekend. They definitely dug this healthier alternative and so did I. Little positive steps go a long way, I say. Plus, this recipe is so easy to make.

I highly recommend you give these pancakes a go. Definitely a keeper of a recipe, if you ask me.

Coconut Flour Pancakes with Coconut, Maple & Chocolate Sauce

(pancakes adapted from this recipe by Nourishing Days)


Coconut pancakes:
4 eggs
1 cup light coconut milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey or real maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
Coconut oil *

* I use coconut oil spray as I find it more convenient to cook with

Chocolate sauce:
4 tbsp coconut oil
50g dark chocolate
2 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of salt

To serve:
Fresh berries (I used raspberries and blackberries)
Fresh figs (sliced to quarters)
Slivered almonds


1. Heat a non stick pan on low-medium heat. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Mix in the coconut milk, vanilla and honey or maple syrup.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the coconut flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt until well combined. Form a well in the middle of the bowl. Slowly pour in the wet mixture while mixing slowly until well combined. 

3. Spray the pan with coconut oil spray or add a small knob of coconut oil. Ladle a few tablespoons of batter into the pan. Spread out into a circle (of approx. 4 inches in diameter) with the back of the spoon. Once the pancake forms bubbles on the surface (approx 1 - 2 minutes), flip to cook for a further minute or so. Cooking times may vary and practice makes perfect. I didn't get the hang of it until my 3rd or 4th pancake. 

4. Remove pancake and set aside on a plate. Repeat process with remaining batter until all pancakes are cooked. Give the pan a quick spray or small knob of coconut oil each time before adding the batter. 

5. For the chocolate sauce, combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and place in microwave in 30 second bursts until chocolate is all melted. 

6. To serve, pour chocolate sauce over pancakes and garnish with berries, figs and almonds.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Beetroot & Gin Cured Salmon Gravlax

 Don't you just love the colour of that beetroot?

Following on from my previous post where Shellie made the incredible Goats Cheese & Roasted Grapes Tart with Parmesan Crust Pastry at the food photography workshop back in April, she also made this seriously amazing Beetroot & Gin Cured Gravlax.

I kid you not, these two dishes really were one of my highlights from the trip (and trust me, there were many). This gravlax was just delicious to eat and because it's such a big piece of fish, it made for the most amazing leftover to eat. I was snacking on it for breakfast the next morning or even after we got back from dinner because I just couldn't resist. Paired with some lovely toasted bagels spread with cream cheese, sliced red onions, dill and capsicum, it really was perfection in a bite.  Plus, I just couldn't get over the sheer vibrance of the beetroot stain on the fish. Just stunning.

I guess that because I grew up in a small town in Borneo, my love for seafood really is undoubtedly inherent in me. So much so that whenever I go out for brunch, I am quite predictable as I almost ALWAYS get the cured fish dish and not even bother reading the rest of the menu. If not, I would at the very least get a side of the cured trout or salmon to go with whatever I'm having.

This is why I was so inspired by what Shellie made for us that day. It wasn't just delicious (even better than a lot of the ones I've had and paid for in cafes), it looked rather simple to do too. Plus, it was a hell of a lot cheaper when you made it yourself because you've got heaps to share. Oh, I made this as well a few months ago to share with my cousins when we all went away to Lake Entrance for a weekend getaway. Again, it made for a great breakfast dish.

A recipe that I would definitely make again!

This was the one we ate at the workshop made by Shellie. Again, too good!! And isn't her styling just gorgeous?

Beetroot & Gin Cured Salmon Gravlax

(adapted from this recipe by Jamie Oliver)


Beetroot cure:
2 large fresh beetroots (peeled and quartered)
1 orange (zested)
2 lemons (zested)
2 juniper berries (bashed)
5 tbsp rock salt
2 tbsp demarara or brown sugar
50ml gin
800g side of salmon (from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger)

Herb cure:
1 small bunch fresh dill (finely chopped)
1 small bunch fresh tarragon (leaves picked, finely chopped)
5 tbsp freshly grated horseradish (optional but recommended)
50ml gin

To serve:
Brown bread or bagels
Fresh dill
Red onions (finely sliced)
Yellow capsicum (sliced)
Cream cheese dip of choice


1. For the first cure, blitz the beetroots, orange and lemon zest, bashed juniper berries (if using) in a food processor until you get a fairly smooth paste. Transfer into a bowl and stir in the rock salt and sugar. Pour in the gin and give it a good mix.

2. On a large baking tray, place a layer of aluminium foil at the bottom and another layer of cling wrap on top. Lay the side of salmon skin-side down on the cling wrap and slowly pour over the beetroot cure. Use a spatula to spread it all over the salmon flesh. Once it is well covered, wrap the salmon tightly in the cling wrap. You may need a second layer of cling wrap for this if it is not big enough. Place it in the fridge for 24 hours.

3. The next day, take the salmon out of the fridge and carefully unwrap the cling wrap. Using a spatula, push the cure to the sides. Remove the salmon and discard the cling wrap and the beetroot cure. Hold the salmon over another large tray or dish and slowly rinse off the cure with 100ml water or gin. By now, it should have shared its wonderful flavours with the fish and turned it a really vibrant colour.

4. For the second cure, mix together the chopped herbs, grated horseradish and gin in a bowl. Place another layer of cling wrap on top of the aluminium foil on the baking tray. Put the salmon on the cling wrap, skin side down, and pack the herb cure onto the salmon using your hands. Make sure you cover all the flesh, you don't want any air getting to it. Wrap it again in the cling wrap. Use a second layer of cling wrap if required to tighten it. Pop the salmon back in the fridge for another 24 hours.

5. The next day, your salmon will be perfectly cured and ready to eat. You don't need to rinse off that second cure, simply push most of it to the side to discard (leaving some on top for presentation). Remove the skin with a sharp knife and slice the salmon as finely as you can. To finish, pile the sliced gravlax on a plate and serve together with toasted bagels or brown bread, fresh dill, capsicum, red onions and cream cheese dip (I used spring onion from my local deli). Enjoy!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Goats Cheese & Roasted Grapes Tart with Parmesan Crust Pastry


How's everyone enjoying their weekend? 

As for myself, I spent it catching with uni friends for dinner on Friday, going for coffee with a friend on Saturday and then another family dinner (baby shower and cousin's belated birthday) on Sunday night. Spending lots of quality time with close friends and family really is the ideal weekend for me. Once upon a time, I used to be one for going out late every night but not anymore, no thanks. Nothing crazy, nothing too hectic. Gives me time to run my errands on the weekends too. Geez, how old do I sound? 

Anyway, I first tasted this tart that my friend Shellie made when I was at Daylesford earlier in the year attending a food photography workshop that she and Ewen was running. Fantastic weekend. First of all, it looked absolutely drop dead gorgeous as soon as she laid it on the table. Once we took our first bite, our eyes completely lit up and almost felt like the world had stopped for a quick second. It was sensational in every sense of the word.

I knew then and there that I HAD to recreate this tart at home too. I loved the sharp and garlicky flavour of the creamy cheese which was balanced absolutely perfectly with the sweet, caramelised, roasted grapes. This combination was unreal. To finish off, that parmesan crust pastry was seriously the best thing ever. So crumbly and flavourful it complemented the flavours of the filling so damn well. I've definitely found a favourite savoury pastry crust with this one and will be making it a lot in the future too.

Right, I'm getting hungry just describing the tart. Trust me when I say this is good. Hope you get a chance to make it too.

This was the one that Shellie made at the workshop... Life changing ;p

Goats Cheese & Roasted Grapes Tart with Parmesan Crust Pastry 

(adapted from this recipe by Iron Chef Shellie)


Parmesan Pastry
125g butter, unsalted 
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil 
4 1/2 tbsp water 
2 pinches of salt 
1 1/2 cup plain 
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, shredded 
1/3 tsp black pepper 

Roasted Grapes
Few bunches of seedless red grapes 
1 tbsp olive oil 
Salt and pepper 

Goat Cheese Filling
3/4 clove garlic 
1 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary 
320g goat cheese  
1/4 cup thickened cream
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil 
3 tsp fresh lemon juice 
A few tablespoons of water 
Salt and pepper to taste 


Parmesan Pastry
1. Preheat the oven to 210ºC. In a medium size oven-proof bowl or dish, add the butter, oil, water, and salt. 

2. Place the bowl into the oven for 15 minutes. Wear oven mitts, possibly a long sleeve shirt, and hold the bowl away from your face, when removing from the oven, as the butter may splatter. Place the bowl onto the counter, with a pot holder or towel underneath. 

3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, shredded parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the hot butter. It is important to still be cautious of the hot butter, it may still pop when you add the first bit of flour. Also, remember that the bowl is very hot, so wearing oven mitts while stirring is ideal. Stir the mixture until combined. Let it sit and cool for 5 minutes. 

4. Once the dough is cool enough to handle, press the dough flat with your fingers and up the sides of a tart pan/mould. Prick the shell with a fork 10 or so times. Once you have finished forming the tart shell, place the tart shells onto a baking sheet and place in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.  

Roasted Grapes
1. After baking the tart, turn the oven to 200°C. Arrange the bunches of grapes in a single layer on a baking tray lined with baking paper. 

2. Toss with the olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. 

3. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until the grapes begin to burst and the juice around them starts to thicken. Remove and set aside for later.

Goat Cheese Filling
1. While the tart shells are cooling and grapes are in the oven, make the filling. In a food processor, add the garlic and the rosemary. Pulse several times to chop/mince finely. 

2. Then, add the goat cheese, cream, olive oil and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding as much water as necessary to keep it moving and to make it creamy, but make sure not to add more than 1/4 cup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

3. Once the tart shell has cooled and grapes are roasted, pour the goat cheese filling into the tart shell. Smooth the surface with a spatula, if necessary. Finally, add the roasted grapes from earlier. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sesame Crusted Tuna Tataki with Sesame & Ginger Dressing


So, NOBODY  believed me when I told them that I've decided to go on a diet. 

"Why the hell are you going on a diet, WINSTON?" 
"You don't need to go on a diet!"

See, the main reason why I'm doing this is because I've got a big trip to Malaysia, London and Paris in December/January and I know for a fact that it's going to be one hell of an eating trip. I've sort of started to look after my health and fitness the past year so I don't want to go too out of control. Plus, I really wanted to challenge myself to do something like this seeing as I've never actually been on a diet before.

The thing is, my diet isn't the type where I'm starving myself to lose weight. I'm still eating a fair amount but I'm just substituting everything to clean, healthy, wholesome foods. And because I've got a certain amount of calories and macros (i.e. composition protein, fats and carbs) to take in each day, that just means I pretty much have to eliminate eating out altogether and just stick to my homecooked meal plans each day. As much as I can, anyway. 

It's been 3 weeks out of my 8 week challenge and I'm already starting to feel healthier by the day. Sure, the occasional hunger pangs and cravings are inevitable but I do what I can. It's especially hard on weekends because there's social obligations involving food that I can't get out but I just do what I can. If I'm being honest. I'm really curious about what the effects would be to me physically and mentally after 8 whole weeks of this.

Anyway, my good friends Ashley, Adrian and I had plans to catchup the other night. We do this from time to time where we'd do a potluck and just watch loads of TV at someone's house. I wasn't sure what to do because normally we have the most epic of feasts when we do but I had already started this diet. Being the great friends that they are, they suggested we have a Japanese themed dinner instead because it's healthier and they wanted to accommodate as best as they could -- so nice of them. 

I wanted to make something clean, fresh and healthy so decided to cook up this Sesame Crusted Tuna Tataki (or seared tuna). It was delicious. The dressing was especially addictive really and love the smell of toasted sesame seeds. Unreal.

Anyway, this dish is really quick and easy to make. And yeh, if you, like me are looking for something healthy to eat too then this one's for you. Tick, tick, tick. Oh, and if you are as lazy as me you could also make a quick salad out of it. Just shred it all up and toss it with some sliced zucchini, Japanese seaweed, pickled ginger and edamame beans. YUM-MO.

 Fun Japanese salad made with them tuna tataki

Sesame Crusted Tuna Tataki

(adapted from this recipe by


For the tuna:
200g sashimi grade tuna loin
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1 tbsp olive oil

For the dressing:
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sunflower or olive oil
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp fresh ginger or horseradish (finely grated)
1 tsp sesame oil

To garnish (optional):
Finely sliced spring onions
Finely sliced chillies
Edible flowers 


1. Mix the sesame seeds together in a plate. Pat the tuna dry and roll it around in the plate of sesame seeds so it is evenly coated.

2. Heat up a pan and add the olive oil. Sear the tuna for 30 seconds each side on all 4 sides. The tuna is meant to be rare in the middle. Remove onto a chopping board and slice to 1/2cm thick.

3. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl until well combined.

4. To serve, place the tuna on a plate and drizzle generously with the dressing. Garnish with spring onions, chillies and edible flowers, if using.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Candied Orange Segments with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

And before you know it... It's October already and we are well into the Spring season. The year has gone by so quickly, it's almost unbelievable.

I may seem a little inactive on this space but have definitely still been experimenting in the kitchen a lot and taking photos regularly. Finding the time to share them has always been a struggle what with trying to balance work, exercise, family and family. I now have a bit of a backlog of great recipes that I've tried that I can't wait to share.

I made these candied orange segments because I had ingredients leftover from when I made my Salted Chocolate Tart with Spiced, Candied Orange

I brought a container full of these babies to a dinner party and it wasn't long before they were gone. I've always been a fan of the combination of salty and sweet. These candied orange segments are a fun and easy snack to make and I definitely recommend people to try!

Hope to be back soon with another post. Until then, happy eating! 

Candied Orange Segments with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

(an original recipe)


2 oranges 
1 1/2 cup water
3 cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
5 star anise
80g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
Sea salt flakes


1. Slice the oranges in half before slicing it again to 1/2 cm thick to form segments.

2. Bring the water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and star anise to a boil in a pot. Once boiling, add in the orange segments and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until oranges become soft. Drain and set aside.

3. Place the dark chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave in 30second bursts or until chocolate completely melted. 

4. Spread a small dollop of chocolate on each orange segment. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Travel Guide to Seminyak, Bali

Last week, I went on a trip to Bali with some of my closest friends and it was without a doubt one of the most incredible trips of my life. I'll be honest, I had slight reservations about the place because of the reputation Bali tends to have for being too "tourist-ey" or "a party town"

That said, my experience was truly amazing. The places we went were beautifully put together and everyone we met made us feel so welcomed and comfortable. Besides that, the quality and selection of bars and restaurants we experienced really is second to none and complemented with stunning views and breeze of the ocean everywhere we went.

Because a lot of my foodie friends I know had been to Bali before, I got to put together a really great itinerary based on their recommendations and some research that I've done on my own. I loved sharing the photos from my trip on Instagram (@winceeee) and thought it's best I shared our itinerary here on the blog as well in case there's people who's traveling to Bali too and want to know where we stayed, what we did and where we ate as a guide.


We found our villa on Flipkey and must say we were extremely happy with our choice. For us, this one stood out from the crowd as we were looking in the price range of AU$250 or under per night for 4 people. It ticked all our boxes, including:
- New condition (only built last year)
- Convenient location (10min away from city centre)
- Great pool (love the lighting at night and lush greenery)
- Nice toilets (lots of stone with skylight you feel like you're showering outdoors)
- Rooms facing the pool (something nice to wake up to)

Besides that, they were so accommodating to our requests while we were there and really went out of their way to help us out in any way that they could. It was very much appreciated. 

---> Link to villa: HERE

We seriously fell in love with our villa and loved everything about the place. We couldn't get enough of the pool as well and was used it as much as we could whether it's first thing in the morning after we woke up, just before we need to head out anywhere, after we got back in the afternoon or even at night after we got back from dinner. Too good.

And I highly, highly recommend you guys get one of these inflatable pool toy/lounge things because it's the best thing ever if you've got your own private villa!! I was searching high and low for it and finally found this one online from Toys R Us for AU$30 and it was INCREDIBLE. Didn't even matter that I had to bring it all the way from Australia and back. It was so big and fun to use and even came with a cup holder loved loved loved it. Please get one too, you won't regret it.

---> Link to pool lounge: HERE

Day 1:

1. Check in to our villa

Quick dip at our hotel pool before heading out! Looked too good and we couldn't wait!

2. Late lunch at Santan Restaurant @ The Seminyak Resort & Spa

Modern Indonesian meal. Delicious food with great presentation. We had the Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Mie Goreng (fried noodle) and it was great. Sure, we could've gone to somewhere really cheap and local to have the same dish but no way would it have been as beautiful as this. Plus, it was really tasty and we had to be at the resort anyway for our massage later. 

---> Link to restaurant: HERE

3. Massage treatment at The Kahyangan @ The Seminyak Resort & Spa

Stunning facility. A little pricey but I wanted to experience the spa at a 5 Star resort specifically with a view of the ocean. The whole spa area was great I enjoyed our time here.

---> Link to spa: HERE

 4. Dinner at Moonlite Kitcheen & Bar

Modern Asian meal. Was actually one of my favourite meals from the trip. Food was absolutely stunning and still remained quite true to the traditional Asian flavours but executed in a rather refined way. Beautiful place to eat if you want to have some local flavours during your trip. 

After a great meal here, we headed straight back to our villa for a night dip in the pool and some champagne. Great way to cap off our first night in Bali, I must say.

---> Link to restaurant: HERE

Day 2:

1. Exploring Seminyak Square

This is the main town centre in Seminyak with lots of shops and cafes to check out too. Just a place to stroll after we woke up and took a morning dip just before our lunch reservation.

2. Sunday brunch at The W

I've heard so much about the sunday brunch buffet at The W from numerous people who's visited Bali and it seems like one of those meals that you really need to experience when you're here. Our meal was sensational. The seafood was delicious and I loved the selection of food that you got here. Great spread of East and West options. And so glad I got to have my Babi Guling here too! I made a special request for a table with a clear view of the ocean and definitely recommend you do too! Such a great experience. Definitely recommend it. Sooooo crazy full after this meal. Perfect time to head straight back to the villa for another quick dip and some drinks as the weather was too hot to do anything else.

---> Link to restaurant: HERE

3. Massage at our villa

After a quick dip following that massive lunch, we booked an appointment for a massage at our villa and it was FANTASTIC. You got to enjoy a great session right at the comfort of your own villa and what I liked was that it was so breezy because it was outdoors and you get to listen to your own music to relax too. I had Spotify going. Plus, it was only AU$15 for a whole hour and hands down the cheapest massage we've ever gotten. So damn good too.

4. Sunset at Jimbaran Beach

This is such a beautiful place to visit when you're in Bali. Great view of the sunset and also love walking along the strip past all the great restaurants where they've got tables and chairs placed on the beach itself for people to enjoy their meal as they watch the sun go down. I'd eat here too if we didn't have a dinner reservation already.

5. Drinks at Rock Bar @ Ayana Resort & Spa

The Rock Bar was a place that we really, really, really wanted to come to to watch the sunset after seeing all the photos of the place online. Unfortunately, the place was a little far and we couldn't make it in time. That said, we still got to head to the Rock Bar for drinks before our dinner. Had no idea that this bar and resort was that famous and I can see why. The resort itself was incredibly beautiful and the bar was se all along the edge of the cliff. 

---> Link to bar: HERE

When we got to the bar, there was a woman singing on a small stage on a raised island set back from the cliffside where she's facing the people enjoying their drinks and atmosphere of the bar. On top of that, we could feel the gentle breeze from the ocean as well as hear the waves crashing in the background. Sensational feeling. Oh, and my cocktail was damn good too. It had beetroot in it.

6. Seafood dinner at Kisik Restaurant @ Ayana Resort & Spa

I was researching on the Internet for a place to have great seafood. I really wanted to have lobster that night as it's something I almost never have and wanted to treat myself this trip. I rang around asking each seafood restaurant if they had lobster and this was one of the very few that actually said yes.

Food here was seriously AMAZING. If you are looking for a place to have seafood, this really is the place to come to. And boy, that lobster was really incredible! So glad we came all the way here for the Rock Bar and this gorgeous seafood dinner. Please come.

---> Link to restaurant: HERE

Day 3:

1. Waterbom!!!

Trip Advisor voted Waterbom as the top activity to do in Bali and it was something that we've been looking forward to all trip. I absolutely love water theme parks even though I get scared shitless so damn easy. They had some seriously mother effing scary rides and also other really relaxed ones. It was so great to have overcome the really challenging ones with your best mates. The whole place was so much fun and I really recommend people check this place out and challenge themselves to trying out every single ride, no matter how scared you are. It was an experience we will never forget.

---> Link to Waterbom: HERE

Feels so good to have conquered Waterbom!!!

2. Lunch @ Restoran Sederhana

Besides Babi Guling, I think that Nasi Padang really is the other thing that you must eat when you're in Bali. Basically, it's a very traditional Indonesian type of food where you get to eat a large array of local delicacies. The staff basically brings a large number of dishes to your table and you just eat whatever you want from it. You don't have to eat all of it (but we did) and they will just charge you for the dishes you've eaten. Make sure you check out what else they've got at the shopfront too. So delicious.

---> Link to restaurant: HERE

3. Massage @ Jari Menari

We definitely felt like we needed to relax after that intense session at Waterbom. My good mate Bryan recommended this place to us and after doing a bit of research, turns out it was one of the most popular massage places in Bali too. We really enjoyed our session here although if I'm being honest, I still preferred the one back at our villa. 

---> Link to spa: HERE

4. Dinner @ Sardine Restaurant

I've heard so much about this restaurant and thought it was the perfect place to come to on our last night in Bali. The setting was really beautiful and what's special was that it was set against a paddy field. It sounds weird but was actually very breathtaking and hard to describe in words. All I will say is that you absolutely have to be here.

The food was Modern Asian and although if I'm being honest the food wasn't as memorable as I thought it would be but I still got to have my lobster (again) and like I said, you really have to come here for the dining experience.

---> Link to restaurant: HERE

5. Drinks @ Motel Mexicola

One place that you really must visit when you're in town as it's known for making you feel like you're in downtown Mexico. The vibe was buzzing and has a great DJ that kept pumping out awesome tunes to get us in the mood and on our feet. It's obvious that everyone there seems to be having a great time. Great place for a night out!

---> Link to bar: HERE

Day 4:

1. Lunch at Seminyak Italian Food @ Double-Six Luxury Hotel 

Okay I must be honest by saying that I really couldn't stand the name of this restaurant but believe you me when I say that the quality of food here was quite outstanding. Every dish that came out of the kitchen really hit the spot and was delivered to near perfection. I especially loved my clam pasta with zucchini flowers and also the beef parmigiana. It was crumbed to perfection and used real authentic Italian tomato sauce and mozzarella. Fantastic food here. Again, it was great to be able to sit outdoors and enjoy the view of the ocean and its breeze. 

---> Link to restaurant: HERE

2. Massage at our villa (again)

It was our last day in Bali and we really enjoyed our massage at the villa so much that wanted to squeeze in another session before we left! Soooo good.

3. Sunset and drinks @ Potato Head Beach Club

This place is so packed and I now understand why. It's buzzing but not sloppy and has incredible views of the ocean for you to catch the sunset. There's also a lawn for people to go sun bathing as well as a pool for people to take a dip if they want. Plus, great drinks are a plenty. I loved the whole vibe of the area and spent at least 2 hours here. So stunning. Was honestly the perfect place to visit on our last day just before we had to head straight to the airport to catch our flight home.

---> Link to beach club: HERE

Final thoughts

I must say that I really enjoyed Bali a lot more than I thought I would. The place really exceeded all my expectations and we had the best time there. I hope people find this post helpful and please feel free to contact if you have any questions about my trip or Bali. Happy to help.

It was a jam packed 4 full days in Bali and I'm glad I got to share the experience with some of my closest friends that I actually haven't seen in years. Missing all those good times together already!


This was the inflatable pool lounge I was telling you about... BEST!!!!

Ending the trip with the most perfect sunset. Bali, I'll be back...