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DIETS & LIFESTYLE

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Most adults have experimented with one or many diets to achieve the perfect body image. From miracle pills to water diet, many would go to great length to sheds those extra calories.

Extreme dieting usually ends up with a case of eating disorder and most likely to cause what it is called a yoyo diet, where you diet to lose 10 kg but after you succeed you lose track and gain it all back and more. What is recommended is a change of lifestyle that surpasses the idea of getting a chiseled body but more on the history of food, animal welfare and most importantly overall health.
1. Paleo The name Paleo comes from The Paleolithic Age, the era of hunters and gatherers. A person on a Paleo diet believe that humans should stick to the diet of the ancestors which consist only of red meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables. Grains, legumes and dairy as they require extensive processing and were not consumed by our ancestor are not included in the diet. Benefit: weight loss, incr…

A Cup of Java

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The term “a cup of Java” is commonly used to describe a cup of coffee. But why “Java”? Java is one of the main islands of Indonesia that back in the 17th century was colonized by the Dutch and coffee beans were the main commodity. Until today, the term is still used by those who enjoy a hot cup of black coffee in the morning.
Coffee bean origins are not the only thing that matters in the modern coffee world; Brewing methods, from French Press to Moka Pot, roasting technique from light roast to dark roast, not to mention the many types of milk that can be used from full fat cow’s milk to almond milk.
Remember going to a modern specialty coffee shop for the first time? A regular cup is called a Tall and they actually serve a cup that can contain close to a liter of specialty coffee drinks. A Coffee shop is more than a place to get your cup of strong black coffee that is desperately needed before dealing your boss and colleagues on a week day.
For now, let’s get back to basics and get to kn…

Wedang Jahe

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Ginger has been known as a medicinal spice, it is very common to have a ginger and lemon tea when we are feeling under the weather. Indonesia, being a country that is obsessed with strong and complex flavors in food and drinks, has the perfect ginger drink that will surely kick start your body. 


Wedang Jahe is the country’s version of ginger tea, packed with other medicinal spices that will not only boost your energy but also satisfy your taste buds. The combination of sweetness from palm sugar and the heat coming out from ginger, nutmeg and cloves is balanced out by the fragrance of lemongrass.

The best part of this drink is that it is super easy to make and it does not need any fancy ingredients.  
Ingredients 200 Gr Fresh Ginger 160 Gr Palm Sugar5 PcsClove1 Pcs Lemongrass1 PcsNutmeg1 Pcs Pandan Leaf1 LtrWater






Method

Slice and roast fresh ginger in a hot pan without oil until it releases the fragranceIn a separate pot, put the roasted ginger and the rest of ingredients. Boil for approxim…

The Perfect Bolognese

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Sometimes perfection comes in the shape of something familiar. The Italians have given the world iconic dishes, Pizza, Pasta and Gelato to name a few. When talking about Italian cuisine, it always focuses on using the best ingredients in the area and bringing out the flavors that characterize the region.

Everybody, unless they have been living under a huge rock in the middle of nowhere, has heard of Spaghetti Bolognese, a pasta dish with beef ragù cooked in tomato sauce. Ironically, in Italy, Bolognese sauce is served with tagliatelle, a wider type of pasta, so when travelling to Italy do not expect to have spaghetti with your Bolognese. The sauce originated from the city of Bologna, hence the name. It is a city located in the north of Italy close to the mountains. The earliest documentation of a meat-sauce (ragù) was back in the 18th century in the city of Imola, not far from Bologna in a cookbook by Pellegrino Artusi. The sauce was specifically named “Bolognese”.

Cooking Bolognese sau…

Happy Feet

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Our body is our temple and we should make a conscious effort to take care of our body. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are the popular measures taken by most people. Massage and reflexology are now also seen as ways to take care of our bodies. In modern western society, there are skeptics who see massage therapy only as a form of leisure but in the medical field, since 1970 in the US, massage therapy has been used to help patients to relieve pain. 

There are many types of massage therapy that give different benefits to the body. Swedish massage, Thai massages and Reflexology are the most well known therapies in the world. Reflexology is a style of massage that works mostly on the feet and hands. It is believed that the nerves on the bottom of our feet and in our palms connect to various parts of our inner works. It involves application of pressure to specific points.  For example, the toes and feet indicate your neck and head area, while the heel area connects with the pelvic area.…

Healthy Dessert: Bubur Injin.

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There is always room for dessert!
The ongoing trend is all about healthy eating and cutting down added sugar but once in a while, indulgence is necessary. Every country has their own type of dessert, cakes, flan, pie, mousse, you name it. From the creamy Italian gelato to the sweet and refreshing Indonesian Es Campur.

While most Western style desserts are heavily based on butter, sugar and eggs, Indonesian desserts mostly have a delicate balance of sweet and savory. Coconut is used in every way possible, coconut flakes, coconut milk, coconut sugar, all things coconut. Sticky rice, rice flour, mung bean flour, sweet potato and cassava are commonly used as star ingredients.

One of the most popular desserts in Bali is Bubur Injin or Black Sticky Rice Pudding. This dish is part of a wide range of Balinese traditional desserts usually sold in traditional markets and a regular staple on any Balinese Buffet in most hotels. 



Bubur Injin is made from black sticky rice boiled with water, pandan lea…

Dim Sum

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You have seen it in most every Chinese Restaurant, small savory and sweet items steamed or fried placed in bamboo baskets. What is actually dim sum?

Dim sum originated with the Cantonese in southern China. The root of dim sum is yum cha, a Cantonese word which literally means "drink tea". Travelers would stop by for snacks at the small tea houses along the streets. The province of Guan Dong is the most famous province that still holds on to yum cha tradition. In Hong Kong and Guan Dong, food is one of the main part of the community. Streets are packed with food vendors and 24 hours restaurants are not a rare sight. Yum cha brunch is a common weekend activity where friends and family gather round at a round table and enjoy steamed or friend Dim sum.
On early days, drinking hot tea during a meal was thought as a contributing factor to weight gain but as it was proved to be otherwise, many vendors started to create more variations of dim sum. In a typical Dim Sum menu, there are 4…