Sushi Hiro group just can't stop with the surprises, can they? Following successful ventures like Sushi Hiro, Sushi Go and Santhai, now they're adding Kanpai to the list, and I am pretty sure that they're going to be a hit soon! Kanpai is located just few shops away from Sushi Hiro, both align at Rukan Garden House and should be easily noticeable from the eye-catching exterior and neon lights beaming through the glass! I think the name itself already gave you hint on the concept of this restaurant, yes it's heavy on the Japanese vibe with Sumibiyaki, Izakaya Bar concept!
I just landed back from Jogjakarta, and so excited about writing this blog post for you as it's my first ArtJog experience among their 11th exhibition and I have so many pictures to share to you. Truth be told, I don't have the biggest knowledge in art and I don't wanna act like someone who has a lot to say about something that I don't have deep knowledge about, I might be one of those people who visually enjoys art, but one thing that I am fully aware is that no matter what we do or what craft we made, each and everyone of us has the right to like/dislike certain things, and some may express it in an extreme way, but absolutely not me, because I don't wanna act like a smart-ass, that's why this post will mainly consist of pictures that I took with short captions for some pictures, this time, please enjoy the pictures.
I am typing this post with such joy as the exhibition that I've been wanting to go for so long is now here, in my hometown Jakarta, and yes it's the "Life is The Heart of a Rainbow" by Yayoi Kusama, rumors spread that there would not be anymore of this serie after the last one in Singapore, but clearly it's not true as starting tomorrow until September 9th 2018 everyone's invited to experience "Life is The Heart of a Rainbow" at Museum MACAN Jakarta!!!

Previous entry about Museum MACAN -> click HERE
If you are familiar with the restaurant Mbah Jingkrak and have never heard of the following, then you're on a right entry and time at the moment as I'm about to introduce you one of my favorite Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta, and I have a lot of reasons behind my love.

WARUNG MJS - SETIABUDI

by on 06.48.00
If you are familiar with the restaurant Mbah Jingkrak and have never heard of the following, then you're on a right entry and time at ...
Flip Burger just launched their CIK'N items, which is basically their fried chicken items! I have been a fan of their burgers ever since they launched their first outlet in Senopati and it's nice to see the business grows to this giant with more and more outlets coming. I came to their launching event yesterday at Flip Burger Kelapa Gading and disclaimer: in no way this blog post is an ad, this will be a short blog post with brief review.
There are a lot of things to do out of town if you fancy something with different vibe, or simply when you're tired of the town, well when it comes to me, I like to do things that revolve around food, so a little family getaway to a restaurant with different vibe (and view) could do much to me. A few weeks ago, I went with my mom and dad to Bumi Sampireun, a new restaurant owned by the same people who own Talaga Sampireun and located in Vimala Hills, Puncak.
The highly anticipated Devon Cafe from Sydney is NOW OPENING in Jakarta, I have been waiting for this to open for quite some time and it finally did!!! Went to have a quick lunch here earlier today, most likely to feed my curiosity on whether their Jakarta branch would perform as good as their Sydney one!

DEVON CAFE JAKARTA

by on 04.48.00
The highly anticipated Devon Cafe from Sydney is NOW OPENING in Jakarta, I have been waiting for this to open for quite some time and it...
It was back in 2016 where I had Lune for the very first time and that particular experience was a bliss, that very first bite introduced me to the best croissant that I've had in my life, even beating the one that I had in Paris. It was sensational, the kind of experience that I had to repeat, and glad I did on my latest trip to Melbourne last week.
I asked my Melbournian friends for brunch recommendations and which one from Higher Ground, Top Paddock or Kettle Black is better, apparently I just knew from my friends that the three restaurants are owned by the same owner and that's why each carries this exact same Ricotta Hot Cake on the menu (dang!), then my friends came with comparisons, they say the best food is in Top Paddock, the best ambiance belongs to Kettle Black for its white clean ambiance (and best for pictures), but Higher Ground is one of the newest establishment from the group, then after some considerations, finally decided to try out Higher Ground for the industrial look that I like (from Google) and the fact that it's new so I can make a fresh quick review about it.
Higher Ground is located at Little Bourke st. and it's just a sweet 15 minute walk from QT, where I spent my nights in Melbourne, anyway in case you've never heard, Melbourne has been voted the world's most livable city for 7 years in a row, and it's personally a city that's so easy to explore and very walkable, most places within the city can be easily accessed by foot, anyway I like to do a little cardio before indulging on the big feast! As I stepped inside, I was very pleased by the look of this gorgeous cafe: it's almost like this warehouse (or power station) redecorated, details added here and there and voila, a "high-level" industrial cafe to cater your lust for hipster cafes, along with the expectation that the food better be good.

The energy that morning was great, especially since I was going to meet a friend of mine, Jethro, whom I haven't met for 5 years since the uni days!!!  Somehow fate "arranged" us to meet here, in Melbourne, just grateful!
We arrived around 8:30 AM and were lucky as there was no queue, but in just around 30 minutes after, the queue started looking crazy and so many people were outside the building as we finished dining here, so my suggestion is to wake up early and be here around 8 AM-ish to avoid queues.

Ok quick virtual cafe tour!

 Higher Ground is a two-storey cafe, somehow the vibe of the second floor is a bit more intimate.
Expect to find various sweet and savory brunch menus here, quick scan of their menu and the food sounded fancy like Spiced Cauliflowers & Scrambled Eggs ($19.50), Eggs on Toast ($14), Benedict Eggs with Dried Cured Ham, Emmental Bearnaise on Sourdough ($20.50), Steamed Market Fish ($26) to their best selling Ricotta Hot Cakes ($21) which has gone viral for the beautiful presentation!

Skinny Cap
Didn't try this one as this belongs to my friend, but I gotta admit the Soy Latte here is pretty good!
 Eggs on Toast with extra Avocado ($14)
Undoubtedly expensive for $14 but to be completely frank with you, the scrambled egg is very good: fragrant, beautifully seasoned and salty. If you fancy, you're given the chance to choose between Poached or Sunny Side Up instead of Scrambled, and no doubt about the Australian avo (extra $3), they're just the best!
Ricotta Hot Cake ($21)
This Ricotta Hot Cake has been among my personal food bucketlist for quite some time and to finally be able to experience this was (hyperbolically) monumental, it feels so good to be able to tick off something you've really wanted to do or try in your life! A lot claimed this to be the best Ricotta Hot Cake in the world (especially Kettle Black's) but since they're in the same group, well...

Anyway I would not disagree, I haven't tried a lot of Ricotta Hot Cakes in my life, probably just three including the one at Paddy Hills Singapore and in comparison to the three, this one's indeed THE BEST one I've had so far! Didn't expect the portion to be that big and unfortunately I didn't manage to finish the whole thing (probably just 1/3), but I like just how moist and fluffy the cake was and altogether this wonderful play of texture, flavor, and festive toppings in a plate! The sweetness was perfect (even after drenched in maple syrup at the bottom) with Ricotta, Blueberries, Strawberries, Double Cream, Sugar Sprinkles, Edible Flowers and Crunch and Maple Syrup dressing!
Maybe it was the ambiance, or maybe it was the company, but I had a good time at Higher Ground. I have to come back and explore more food to give full review about the food, but what I had was really not bad at all, particularly the Ricotta Hot Cake. Short to say, Higher Ground is one of the happening cafes with super deco and well put concept. Going to revisit when I'm back in Melbourne for sure!!!

Higher Ground Melbourne
650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
03 - 8899 6219
Opening hours:
Mon-Wed: 7 AM-4 PM
Thu-Fri: 7 AM-late
Sat: 8 AM-late
Sun: 8 AM-4 PM
Average spending for two: $40
Dresscode: none, casual

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HIGHER GROUND MELBOURNE

by on 02.53.00
I asked my Melbournian friends for brunch recommendations and which one from Higher Ground, Top Paddock or Kettle Black is better, apparen...
NOW THIS IS SUPER EXCITED!!!!! The long awaited Sisterfields Jakarta is opening this Saturday, March 10th 2018 at PIK Avenue and yours truly got the very first exclusive preview of this uber famous Bali cafe and I am actually typing this post here as we're still having a meeting for the grand opening (and I happen to be one of the host). Do note that this wouldn't be a full review of the restaurant as the restaurant's still doing some construction (posted the progress on my Instagram Stories) and perfecting the food, this was a private food tasting session and I'd like to give you guys the sneak preview of some of my favorite dishes and what you can expect here, including some new menus that's only available in their Jakarta outlet.
The positive response to the previous Tokyo posts have been a bliss for me and I am now even more excited in sharing my experience and stories from the trip with you!
February 14th 2018: celebrating Valentine's Day at Tokyo DisneySea, the place that a lot claim to be the happiest place on earth (wait that might be Disneyland) but really any day spent at Disney resorts is uplifting and joyful, definitely one of the most unforgettable highlight of the trip!
If you've read the first part of my Japan winter trip, I mentioned there that a ton of you requested me to do a review on the Suntory Clear Milk Tea (anyway should I write a single blog post just to review it?), and the next day the post's uploaded, even more requested me to do the review on the Coca Cola Peach which happens to be Coca Cola Japan's newest release and when I was there it was just being released for a few days! Call it the bliss of lazy days without the 'ambitious' subtext, I was lucky that I accidentally found it on a random Seven Eleven when we were strolling Shibuya! I went to various 7/11, Family Mart and Lawson when I was in Japan but now that I think about it as I am writing this post, out of let's say 20 convenience stores that I went to, that time I think only 3 stores which carries this Coca Cola Peach, maybe the distribution was not even then, but I believe you can easily find it now!

COCA COLA PEACH

by on 02.31.00
If you've read the first part of my Japan winter trip, I mentioned there that a ton of you requested me to do a review on the Suntor...
What a wonderful holiday that I just came back from! If you guys followed my Instagram and watched my Instagram Stories, you should know that I just came back from my winter trip in Japan (damnit has it been week two weeks since I am writing this post) with my friends and it was such a memorable one that I am super excited about writing this travel series for you! Normally I would go with travel guides and individual restaurants review, well that too, but I am feeling the 'story telling' kind of post this time. The first part of the Japan blog posts will be about my first day in Tokyo, that day we explored mainly Harajuku and Omotesando area.
Is it really another February on another year? Wow.

Call this the month of love or whatever your illusion is telling you but I just want to keep it damn real, I believe everyday is a blessing and needed to be grateful at, but each month is just the same month, I do like July and December best tho! July because it's where my birthday is (sometimes I even think that birthday's nothing special) and December because I love the spirit of Christmas in my heart, even though reality is the Christmas vibe in Jakarta is lacking spirit by time.

I believe you should grow love each and everyday in your life, not necessarily because it's freaking Valentine's day and you act like you have this burst of love this month. I might previously open this blog post with sweet-sweet words but lately I just want to keep it real, and by time I've learned that nothing in this world that's stronger than the power of love, and when I say love I don't refer to the love for your partners, but as simple as that little act of kindness like helping others, the love for friendship, relatives, your parents and more.
To love is being kind, and truth is sometimes no matter how kind you are towards some people, some might just want to take advantage of you or take you for granted in the first place, but your anger should never be the reason why you want to stop being nice, otherwise you've changed. I'd take being happy than cool any freaking time.
Chopstix is one of those restaurants that you can already consider 'iconic' for they have been in the business for a very long time and still maintaining their existence along with their humble and comforting dishes! Recently I visited their Plaza Indonesia outlet which just experienced a major makeover and revamped to this more Mediterranean looking with warm maroon color, beautiful drtails and earthy tone.
OMG I HIGHLY ANTICIPATE THE ARRIVAL OF THIS AND SO GLAD THAT PISON COFFEE NOW OPENS IN JAKARTA!!!!!
There's a new ramen house in Gunawarman, Senopati called Yoisho Ramen that just opened for public two weeks ago (as this post is written), first, I love the name, Yoisho is actually a Japanese word that's normally used as the word of encouragement to oneself of others, short to say, even before trying, it kinda made excited.

YOISHO RAMEN - SENOPATI

by on 08.42.00
There's a new ramen house in Gunawarman, Senopati called Yoisho Ramen that just opened for public two weeks ago (as this post is wri...
First of all, loving the catchy name of this newly opened Thai restaurant in Kota Kasablanka that I visited a couple of days ago. Don't be too serious, just SANTHAI.
This post has been highly requested and I've actually wanted to post this on my blog since a few weeks ago, but when it comes to skincare reviews I wanna give the products at least two weeks trial to find out what I like and dislike about the products, and fast forward since the day I got these rosehip oils, it's been a month already and here I am finally doing the review, comparison and have a fair judgement towards these two highly popular products!
Holla everyone! Might be just a tad too late to say this but anyway HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I promise myself to be more positive in 2018 and I remember praying before going to sleep on January 1st that I didn't want to ask for things and instead being grateful that I've made this far, but if you ask me, all I really want is to become happier and happier each day, 2017 wasn't the easiest year to cope mentally, but it's still a good year because there are so much to be grateful for, and I always believe that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.