SOLEIL AT THE MULIA BALI

So after a long wait – here it is my post on Soleil at The Mulia Bali. I remembered I was half past dead – because of the sun ( don’t get me wrong, I love the sun – but the sun was way too “happy” to see me on that day.) but thanks for it sunny! After a full tour of the Mulia (thank you Mika and Diana) J -we head back to one of the many restaurants in the resort, which is Soleil. At a glance, the Soleil is the rendition of Mulia Jakarta’s Orient8. It was a chic, and classy looking restaurant – and most importantly cool (re: the temperature). We met Adhi there – which is the Director of Communication at the hotel.
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Our luncheon is filled with many colorful dishes – which is way too pretty, and all sticking with Mulia’s virtue – pure attention to details.  Plus, with a gorgeous view of the pool and the ocean, I can’t imagine on how ones’ dinner can be perfected during the sunset – of course, with a bottle of wine. I thank you again for the pleasant (well, delicious as a matter of fact) meal, The Mulia Bali – and yes, you should definitely put this place, and resort on your itinerary!

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BEING A BLOGGER

As I’m writing this post, I’m 10 hours away from celebrating my 23rd birthday. As I was sitting in the church today this morning, I can’t help to think what happened to me for the past years. And Lyon + Mia, was a huge part of my year : ) It was during these times, last year — that I wanted to create a food blog — which you all are seeing right now. Henceforth, do give me this chance to write this post, as a tribute to what being a food blogger gave me for the past year. c's grand hyattI made many friends – many many friends — many of them are great, exceptional, and talented people who I adored for so long (Muthi for the good laughs and inputs. Haseena for teaching me many things about wine. Mia & Malinda from Mandarin Oriental for supporting me so much. Denverino Dante, my mentor and ex boss. Deisy Wong & Risti Brophy – magnificent fun ladies. Mullie, Ellyna, Andry, Rian, Ruby, Alin, Hans, Eddy, and many more bloggers I can’t say one by one.  For those of you who don’t know, the reason I started blogging was to share my experiences during my work. When I was a writer, I got so impatient when I have to wait a month, to maybe 2 months to see my writings flashing across the magazine. I wanted to make it faster. Upon my first few posts, I told my mom about this blog. She said, and I remembered, “You can’t even taste what you ate inside your own home. If you can’t do a simple thing like this, then how can you write a proper blog?” Her word bang me to the ground. It’s true. I can’t identify a lot of dish. But I do know which one is nice, and which one aren’t. Hence, I make a promise to step up the game. Whenever I go for another interview, I make myself to ask every single question on the ingredients used on the dish. Thankfully, I managed to know what I ate now. Hence now, my mom are getting irritated because of my continuos comments on her dish — sorry mom. I’m just trying to make it better : ) halal bihalal dewi magazineThe second thing that I learned is about the purpose of food itself. This learning experience have just hit me during the Halal Bihalal invitation by Dewi Magazine. It was held at The Grand Cafe at Grand Hyatt Jakarta a couple of weeks ago. Many thanks to Dewi Magazine, and my good friend Muthi for this special invitation. The dinner was attended by several notable names, such as: Ni Luh Sekar, Editor in Chief of Dewi Magazine, Lala Timothy, film producer — who has produced several box office movies, Modus Anomali & Pintu Terlarang, acclaimed Indonesian designer, Didiet Maulana, has long been a notable icon for fashionistas, and the Jakarta city inhabitants, and several food bloggers and activists including Rita Satar from Yayasan Jantung Indonesia, and Melanie Camaro from Planet Organik, along with one of the founders of Aku Cinta Masakan Indonesia, Santhi Serad. Our dinner rambled on about how fast the appreciation of society towards Indonesia are increasing — and how we must preserve it, as the International folks had acknowledged our present ( remember when Rendang was dubbed as the number 1 food in the world by CNN International? ). sotoA statement from Didiet Maulana himself hit me. “The purpose of food is not only to satisfy your hunger. But, its also a way of communicating between each other.” I have tasted many talented cooks, and chefs to Michelin Chefs which has expressed their passion, and love towards others through what they know best – cooking. We as people then on managed to share the experiences we have amongst others. I ate a lot with my folks, cousins, and friends, and it all came perfectly to me that we are all bounded by what we share, and what we have, while we are sitting at a table, and immerse ourselves with what we eat. To think about it again, food can often be a perfect ice breaker ; ) I can say that this is the best things that I learned through my food blog, Lyon + Mia. Not only that I can learn so many things, and meet many new friends, but it’s about the later phase — on creating the relationship that counts. I’ll see you all on the next post!

MARU-MARU, TAMA-TAMA

Welcome back folks! Sorry for the long absence – I was away on a holiday! I hope you all are well. This post, I’ll be bringing the story from one of Jakarta’s renowned ramen place, Marutama Ra-Men. Before I start, I would like to thank the team at the place for inviting me, and some of the beloved food bloggers to taste the newest menu on this place. What did we have? Let’s check it out.
IMG_2785IMG_2768Starting our meal, we have the Chawan Mushi – do note that all the portions of the meal served throughout our dinner has been served in a slightly smaller portion – as we have to cramped up a lot of food : ). I find this chawan mushi quite nice — it’s been a while since I had a bowl of Chawan Mushi. The shimeji mushroom is present in quite a generous proportion which spruced up the overall flavours of the dish.
IMG_2771The Chicken Karaage here is definitely a must try! I find it delicious – plus, it’s not oily unlike many other karaage on other restaurants. When the menu say its deep fried juicy chicken leg, be prepared to experience the true meaning of juicy!
IMG_2769Again, like the Karaage, the Gyoza here also presents a same feature — which is not too oily. Yes despite the photo may depict some presence of oil, it doesn’t stick deeply in the Gyoza once you eat them. Hence, it’s quite nice and very soft. There’s two options of Gyoza, the chicken or the pork. I had the chicken and it’s quite decent to order this dish to be shared among yourselves.
IMG_2772Dish no 4 is the Tamago Ra-Men. This is one of the newest ramen in the menu. Now to be honest, I’m not a ramen person. I always find them repellant, perhaps due to the oil it leaves out on my taste buds. However, I’m always willing to try out new things to find the perfect ramen. This ramen, thankfully managed to please my taste! As you can see the soup doesn’t have a thick texture, which you may usually find at other ramen place — which is caused by excessive use of MSG. I’m glad to tell you that you won’t find it here. This ramen has a medium texture which is easy for you all to digest. The egg also adds up a certain flavour on your soup. If you can have additional meat, do have it – as it’s so good! Oh plus, you can have the noodles according to your preference, hard, or soft way.
IMG_2776The Miso Ra-Men is perfect for you who loves vegetables. Served with homemade miso sauce, and tori-paitan soup, the miso ramen is recommended for you all who wish for something more smoother in taste. I honestly prefer Tamago Ramen as it’s richer in terms of its flavour. However, again, if you really love vegetables, you should order this ramen – it’s also accompanied by chicken or pork.
IMG_2778For rice addicts! (see how much we have to eat) – thank goodness for the smaller portion : P — have the Katsu Curry Rice! If you love the Katsu Curry Rice at Sushi Tei, you’ll definitely love it here. Reasons being: the katsu is way crispier – and two, the curry has a softer texture, with a more balance, and smoother flavours. I personally like this as it doesn’t leave you that I-ATE-WAY-TOO-MUCH food feeling. Recommended!
IMG_2779And alas, for the final dish, the dessert, we have the Vanila Ice Cream which is served with Dorayaki and Matcha Red Bean – along with slices of green apple. I have to say that this dessert is very refreshing as the dorayaki managed to balance the sweetness of the ice cream and the matcha red bean. Plus, you can have the juicy bites of the green apple once you’re completely done with all of it.
There’s still many other dish which are ready at Marutama Ramen. So, go on now, and I’ll see you there! The Marutama Ra-Men Jakarta branch is present at Plaza Sentral Senayan, eX Plaza Indonesia, Puri Indah Mall and Living World Alam Sutera. Itadakimasu!