Sabtu, 28 Juni 2008

Tea Parade

Tea is come from China. The tea plant is also called as Camellia sinensis.
It was said that tea has been there for 6000 years ago. This plant became famous after China made it into commodity, same as silk and porcelain. And now, tea plants have been spread over the world. Because of that, the tea plants become various. It is because of the climate and soil in each place in the world. Tea has many benefits like prevent various diseases and help to improve concentration.

There is 3 kinds of tea, they are:

1. Green Tea
This tea isn’t processed with culture processing. So the original color of tea leaves doesn’t change.

2. Black Tea
This tea is the opposite of green tea. Black tea is fully processed with culture processing. The result is the tea leaves become black. Compared to the green tea, black tea has more aroma and flavor.

3. Oolong tea
This kind of tea is variation of black tea and green tea. Because this tea is only processed with half culture processing. Because of that, its flavor and aroma are between green tea and black tea.

Variation of tea above can be divided again, for example:

1. Aroma tea: This tea is mixed with fruit or flower aroma.
For example: Jasmine, Lemon, Mango, Peach.

2. Herbal tea: This tea is mixed with seasoning, plants, that can be eaten,.
For example: Ginger, Clove, Pepper.

3. Chai Thai: This kind of tea is unique because of using Vanilla aroma and roasted corn.

4. Moroccan Tea: This kind of tea uses green tea. But it is mixed with sugar and peppermint.

5. Masala Chai: This kind of tea is usually drunk in India. Its compositions are black tea, water, milk, and seasoning.

6. English Breakfast Tea: This tea is made from the tea that grows in Srilanka or Assam.

7. Irish Breakfast Tea: this tea use black tea that got from Assam. This tea is rich in malt.

8. Earl Grey Tea: This tea is got from Srilanka and India, also using esensial bergamot oil.

9. Darjeeling Tea: This tea is good to be drunk in the afternoon. Its leaves are picked from very high place. To be drunk, Darjeeling Tea is usually mixed by fruits aroma.

10. Bubble Tea: This tea is popular now. The tea is mixed with fruits aroma, shaken, and added tapioca pearls.

Kamis, 26 Juni 2008

Mie Ceker Bandung

Mie Ceker Bandung

Tebet Barat Dalam No. 76
Jakarta Selatan
DKI Jakarta - Indonesia
PHONE : (021) 831-5568

For noodle fans, don’t miss this unique food from Mie Ceker Bandung.
Of course, like its name the noodle that served here is noodle served with ceker (chicken feet). Since it was opened March 2002, it was always crowded by visitors. One of its most favorite menu is Mie Ceker Spesial. It is contain: noodle, fried dumpling, meatball, chicken feet, and slices of chicken meat.
The secret of the delicious chicken feet is located at washing and processing the chicken feet. The nail of chicken feet must be “pedicure” first. Pedicure in this case means cut and cleaned. To make the stinky smell disappear, the chicken feet is boiled in the water and the water is always changed. So, the chicken feet’s fats don’t get out.
The rooms prepared for the visitors to eat are comfortable enough. This restaurant is clean enough and provides rooms with Air Conditioner.

Minggu, 22 Juni 2008

Kampung Daun-Indonesia Culture Gallery & Cafe

Kampung Daun

Jl. Sersan Bajuri Km. 4,7 No. 88 RR1
Bandung (West Java) -Indonesia
Phone : 022-2787915, 2784572, 2784573
Fax : 022- 2787881

“Welcome to our village, Kampung Daun”
This friendly greeting greet you when enter Kampung Daun Culture Gallery & Café area. The atmosphere in this place is full of friendliness, peace, and homey.

To introduce the uniqueness of village around Java (Indonesia) to the visitors who most of them come from big cities, Kampung Daun serve various things that you can enjoy. Especially for people who feel bored with Big city’s lifestyle, that Kampung daun is the right choice for you to visit.

Here you will find various characteristic and uniqueness of rural that still traditional but elegant. In this café , you can find huckster who sell traditional Indonesian food such as “dodol lipet, gulali, and harum manis”. And also you can enjoy local entertainment such as music. It will be more felt like in a village

Kampung Daun is located in a small valley, Cihideung region, in north Bandung city. Its location is 4,7 km from entrance of Sersan Bajuri Street, near the Terminal Ledeng intersection. Way to Lembang.

You can choose the food place as you like. You can choose hut with wood chairs or without it (it’s called lesehan). Or just lay down enjoying the fresh air in this area. If you want to enjoy the unique natural rock cliff, feel the fresh of waterfall, you can walk a little deeper. There, you can find high rock cliff.

Waterfall at Kampung Daun

Romantic atmosphere will be felt at night. Along the entrance to Kampung Daun, you will be welcomed by colorful lampion. Torches that blazes on the left and right side if the road makes the trees looked like silhouette dance follow the wind.

Night at Kampung Daun

The food decorations become the main attention too. Various accessories such as plate made of bamboo and fruit as rice bowl, all decoration is natural. The most of menu that served by Kampung Daun is traditional menu. Don’t forget to enjoy the favorite food such as “Kampung Daun Timbel rice”.

Nasi Tutug Oncom
Steamed rice mixed with crushed oncom (Sundanese fermented peanut cake)

Bandrek & Bajigur
Traditional warming beverage of Indonesia's West Java region

Nasi Gudeg
Traditional javanese salad with rice

Hot tea

Tapas y Vino- a traditional authentic Spanish

Tapas y Vino

111 London Road
Twickenham, TW1 1EE
Nearest Transport: Twickenham
020 8892 5417

Tapas y Vino is a traditional tapas restaurant offering authentic Spanish and other Mediterranean cuisine to enjoy with family and friends.

mixture of traditional and specialty dishes covering Spain, the Mediterranean and even delving into Northern Africa. The restaurant is decorated with a Spanish feel and has tables packed in pretty close together so you can get a good look at what your neighbours are eating and perhaps make a new friend or two as well.

Service was mostly friendly - the Serbian restaurant manager was keen for a chat and to tell us about the second branch of Tapas y Vino which will be opening in Kew. The other staff were less friendly though possibly more Spanish.

The wine list had a good range of prices, though I was disappointed not to see a few more Spanish options on the list. We choose a mid-priced Rioja which was very enjoyable.

We were pleasantly surprised by the food - it was actually pretty good. We started with Toast of Catalan bread topped with goats cheese, and the Spanish cured Iberian Jabugo ham. I do love a good goats cheese, and this one was smoky and rich.

To follow we had three of the 'speciality tapas' - the Scallops with risotto and squid ink sauce, the Oxtail in red wine, potatoes & carrots, and the Snails with Jabugo ham cooked in pastry. The scallops were my favourite, and I love how your tongue goes so black from the squid ink ; )

We weren't completely full, so decided to have a dessert as well. How could we resist the Chocolate & Almond Bastilla - a flaky pastry parcel filled with oozy chocolate mixed with almonds.

Sabtu, 21 Juni 2008

Tangawizi-Delicious authentic North Indian cuisine

406 Richmond Road
Twickenham, TW1 2EB
Nearest Transport: Richmond
020 8891 3737

The Michelin award winning Tangawizi restaurant is a vibrant, exciting place to be. Sit back, relax and enjoy the warm atmosphere whilst traditionally clad waiters serve you delicious authentic North Indian cuisine.

Tangawizi is a small Indian restaurant located in East Twickenham, just over the bridge from Richmond. As a rule I don't eat Indian food - not that I don't like it, but because is doesn't agree with my delicate constitution. However, after reading a rave review by a professional reviewer that I have met (who said it is one of the best Indian restaurants in London at the moment) I decided to give it a try. Oh, and did I mention that living only a ten minute walk away made it too hard to resist.

Set in a small, narrow restaurant, Tangawizi is kind of dark and very purple. We were given a table at the front of the restaurant, so we "wouldn't be disturbed by the large group" at the rear. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful - can't remember the last time I had such lovely service. We felt so welcome - ok, I know that is not as important as the food, but it helps to make the meal an even more enjoyable experience.

To start, we enjoyed the complimentary papadams, which we dipped in a sweet mango chutney. Then we moved onto the Tangawizi aaron platter - which included a selection of tasty treats such as chicken tikka, juicy lamb chops, tiger prawns, paneer tikka, seekh kebab and chowk ki tikki.

We then shared a Koli curry (mild chicken and coconut curry) with some basmati rice, and side dishes of Saag paneer (soft cottage cheese with spinach) and Dal makhani (urad dal and red kidney beans cooked with cumin seeds). And of course some Naan bread to help mop up that delicious coconuty sauce. I loved every dish we had, though the Dal makhani was particularly special.

Serving sizes were generous and we had ordered way too much - no problem, the wonderful staff just packaged up the left-overs for us to take home.

Jumat, 20 Juni 2008

A Cena-Family-style Italian restaurant

A Cena

418 Richmond Road
Twickenham, TW1 2EB
Nearest Transport: Richmond
020 8288 0108

A Cena as a simple family-style Italian restaurant with a modern twist.

So as the sun comes out and people start flocking into Richmond, here's a quick tip for you Italian fans out there. It's called A Cena (literally 'To Supper' I think) and it's on the lhs just over Richmond bridge. Book if you want to go - it's popular among the locals for a VERY good reason.

A Cena has a fabulous cosy atmosphere, just perfect for the winters evening we visited. It is moodily lit, with tasteful dcor and a relaxed yet classy vibe. Service through out the evening was professional and the food lived up to the rumours we had heard - it was excellent.

Whilst perusing the menu and catching up on gossip we enjoyed a glass of Proseco and some Italian breads with olive oil.

Starters all sounded great so we couldn't resist. We ordered the Wild Boar Salami; the Risotto Amarone della Valpolicella; the Artichoke Fritti with lemon; and the Pan fried Scallops with Anchovy & Rosemary Sauce. We all had a taste of each and no one was disappointed.

Main courses were even better - the Grilled Ribeye Steak with Tarragon butter, Creamed Spinach & "Patatine Fritte" (aka chips!) was fantastic. Also excellent was the Pot-Roast Guinea Fowl with Marsala, Braised Leg Meat, Chestnuts, Savoy Cabbage & Potato - it just melted in your mouth.

Somehow we managed to squeeze in some desserts....the White Chocolate Mousse; and the Chocolate & Coffee Cassata which was rich and mmm - good!

Rabu, 18 Juni 2008

Almond Snack Mix

It's 3 p.m. on a Saturday and your stomach is growling. You ate lunch at noon and dinner is at least three hours away. "I'll just have a snack," you think and head to the kitchen. Here a Healthy Snacks Recipes:

Cut out the "bad" fat!

  • 1/3 cup whole unsalted almonds
  • 2/3 cup multibran or whole-grain cereal squares
  • 1/2 cup low-fat granola cereal without raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried apricot halves, cut into strips, or golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread almonds in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring once or twice to ensure even baking. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together remaining ingredients. Stir in cooled almonds.

Cook's Tip: If all the snack mix isn't likely to be eaten on the day you make it, we recommend using golden raisins. The moisture of the dried apricots may cause the cereal to lose its crispness over time. Be sure the almonds are completely cooled when you add them to the mix; otherwise, they will make it soggy.