Monday, April 29, 2013

Bali: The Food of My Island Home by Janet de Neefe

Bali: The Food of My Island Home by Janet de Neefe
Balinese cuisine is known for a very spicy taste. It can even cause stomach pain for people who are not accustomed to eating. Such as foreign tourists from Europe and America who are not accustomed to eating spicy foods. But for the Balinese, the food they eat, if not noticeably spicy, it will not feel good.

Balinese seasoning made ​​from a variety of local spices. Mixing spices for seasoning Balinese, reaching up to 15 types of spices used. Many spices that are used to make food taste delicious. The concept is used in the manufacture of this spice is, diversity if combined would be more beautiful.

When Janet De Neefe travelled to Bali 26 years ago she fell in love – not only with a man, but also with the island's fascinating culture, warm people and mouth-watering food. Since then, Janet has been collecting Balinese recipes, teaching local cooking methods and heralding the delights of this colourful cuisine, and in this book she shares all that she has learned.

Follow Janet on a spice trail through Bali and its rich food culture, with chapters exploring sambals, rice dishes, curries and coconut, street food, ceremonial food, modern offerings and sweets. Each recipe is accompanied by an insight into the local culture, while key Balinese ingredients – such as kencur, candlenuts and shrimp paste – are explained in an extensive glossary. The recipes will surprise and inspire: there are well-known dishes such as Gado Gado and Chicken Satay, while more unusual offerings include Pork Spare Ribs with Tomato Sambal, Minced Prawns and Coconut in Banana Leaves, and Black Rice and Tangerine Tart.

But Bali is more than just a cookbook – it is also an incredible photographic journey. Arresting images sit alongside the recipes and tell the story of this lush island and its people: men collecting sea water and leaving it to evaporate on volcanic sands in order to harvest salt; grandmothers making huge rounds of fresh tofu in backyard sheds; teenagers lining up at bustling market stalls for delicious sticks of chicken satay; street vendors crouched over their grills, fanning away the billowing smoke.

About The Author

Melbourne-born Janet De Neefe first travelled to Bali in 1974 with her family. She returned 10 years later, fell in love with a local man and decided to make this island her home. She has founded two restaurants in Ubud, Casa Luna and Indus, as well as the Casa Luna Cooking School, which attracts hundreds of visitors each year, all eager to absorb the secrets behind Bali's spicy and fragrant cuisine. De Neefe also founded the annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. She still lives in Ubud with her husband and their four children. Bali is her second book.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bali is the purpose of drug trafficking

Bali is the purpose of drug trafficking
Bali as a small island with an abundance of beauty, a place very attractive tourist destination. However, many tourists who come to with all the profits earned by the Balinese, is also being targeted by criminals. Be a very good target to take advantage of the crimes committed. The most dangerous act of evil for the survival of generations of Balinese people is drugs.

Bali became a very lucrative targets by drug traffickers. Due to a very small island with a population that many, and the economy is getting better in Bali, Bali as a target of drug trafficking by criminals. Target lucrative but dangerous for the Balinese. Because it can destroy the existence of the next generation in Bali.

Drugs in Bali is not only trafficked by local people, but also by tourists who come to Bali. They come to Bali to bring drugs then sold to the people of Bali. Drug deals are common in bars, cafes, night clubs, hotels. Places like that are often used as a transaction. Sometimes they sell drugs openly unto the night club visitors. Visitors who forget to introspective, will be tempted by the seduction and temptation on offer from the effects of the drug obtained.

Drugs are not only sold to foreigners who come to Bali, but also by local people. Usually these drug dealers is a big network. They have a network that is difficult to be tracked by the police. So where the drug dealers are very difficult to eradicate.

Tuesday this week, police arrested a Malaysian drug syndicate, and the city of Medan, North Sumatra, supplying drugs to South Kalimantan, Bali, Lombok, Surabaya, and Malang. Various types of narcotics are found, methamphetamine, ecstasy, erimin or happy five, and methamphetamine in liquid form. Supplied bookie named Mursal alias Ever, Malaysians. The drugs were sent to Banjarmasin, Bali, Lombok, Surabaya, and Malang.

Disclosure of narcotics network inter-state controlled Mursal from Malaysia, starting from the arrest of three suspects in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, on 16 April.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Underpas in Dewa Ruci, Kuta Bali, is nearing completion.

Underpas in Dewa Ruci, Kuta Bali, is nearing completion.

Dewa Ruci is a large statue that stands firmly in the middle of a very busy intersection. Now at the intersection Dewa Ruci, created a new way. At the junction of the new road, through the underground. Purpose made new roads, at intersections Dewa Ruci, is to parse traffic congestion, which often happens there. Congestion is often the case, making stress the tourists, because tourists have to spend a lot of time to get through the intersection Dewa Ruci. The crossing is the only way to go by tourists, from Ngurah Rai airport, Nusa Dua, and Jimbaran.

Underpas in Dewa Ruci, Kuta Bali, is nearing completion.At the junction of Dewa Ruci, has made an underpass, to break the bottleneck. Road construction is almost complete. Targeted for completion in June of 2013 this. Looks workers to quickly complete the project road builders below, from morning until night. Chase the desired target by the government. This path should now be used before AFEC conference, to be held in Nusa Dua.

When construction underpass at the intersection Dewa Ruci, congestion is unavoidable every day, from morning to night. Because the road to be traversed from various parts, put together by the police officer. So that congestion can not be avoided. Tourists who pass the statue Dewa Ruci often feel bored and annoyed. Because they waste a lot of time just for the journey across the junction Dewa Ruci, up to many hours.

The plan at the intersection Dewa Ruci trafficlight not be in pairs. So motorists no longer have to deal with congestion at the red light at the intersection. So the vehicle can move on to the destination without any stops. Vehicles coming from Ngurah Rai airport to Kuta will be via underground roads heading west.

It is unknown as to what will happen at the intersection Dewa Ruci later. To be sure a lot of lane changes and traffic that will occur.

Kuta Beach Bali 2013

Kuta beach sunset, week of April 21, 2013

Kuta Bali is the area's tourism industry is very well known up to foreign countries. Even today Kuta has been referred to as an international city by the tourists. The name was given by the tourists who come to Bali. It is very inappropriate designation given to Kuta. Because in Kuta there are many tourists from various countries. Travelers from ASIA, Europe, Africa, America, all of them come to visit Bali and Kuta, which is very famous.

Kuta area is the most crowded in the coastal region, namely Kuta Beach, with white sand beaches, and waves that are well suited for surfing. Enjoy the sunset during the afternoon, while enjoying a drink very easily purchased in the area of Kuta beach.

On the day last week, I passed Kuta beach during the afternoon. It has been very long time I did not visit Kuta, although I live in Bali. For four years I have never visited Kuta beach. Day last week I had the opportunity to stop by. While taking a break after tired of driving a car on the road is very congested.

Kuta beach, week of April 21, 2013

Many changes occurred in Kuta, especially in the area of Legian, and Kuta Beach. Development and rejuvenation of the hotel, restaurant, sidewalk decorated and embellished. Many shops that repair the building, so it looks very interesting. Many also built a new hotel. Kuta so now more organized, but it is more crowded. As a result of ever-tang construction stalled by the investors and inflate.

The Government is also very concerned about the condition of roads and pavements in the area of Kuta beach. On the sidewalk that was very hot by the hot sun, the government made a shade planted with very beautiful. So it is very convenient to use sidewalks for pedestrians who cross it.

Walking in Kuta Beach Bali

Kuta beach area also looks well. Advanced about four years ago. Kuta beach area populated by small traders. So it looks very shabby and dirty. But this time the traders been laid out in such a way that lehis coastal areas clean and tidy.

In Kuta, especially in the area of Kuta beach, the parking area is very frustrating for the visitors. Visitors are having trouble finding the parking area of Kuta area, especially the area of Kuta beach. Not infrequently, many tourists have to park their vehicles far away from the beach. So that tourists have to walk very far to be heading to the beach. Unfortunately the government building parking area is too far from the beach, about two kilometers from the beach. So that the tourists who want to go to the beach to walk very far.

Street on Kuta Beach Bali

Across the Kuta beach, the north, many new hotel built by the developers. Inna Kuta Beach Hotel also has undergone changes in decor, more modern and elegant. The hotel formerly Bali architecture. But now more elegant and minimalist look.

A mole in front of Kuta beach became a place tourists been very interesting. Many reputable products offered in the mole. But the price is very expensive for local tourists.

Street on Kuta Beach Bali

While at Kuta beach, we could hire a bench to lie in the hot sun, while enjoying beverages are sold at the Kuta beach. For men who like to drink cold beer, the beer is very easy to find sellers Kuta beach area. Almost all merchants offering drink cold beer.

Beachwalk in Kuta Bali