More Than Curries: Food in Sri Lanka

As with many of our trips, the lure of sampling a new cuisine was a major drawcard for our holiday to Sri Lanka. It took us a while to find our culinary way, to work out where to get some decent meals and appreciate what was on offer. There were a few missteps and average …

To Peel or not to Peel

Every savvy world traveller understands the importance of staying healthy while travelling. All the guidebooks include food safety guidelines, particularly for travelling in Asia or third world countries, and all will include a version of this primary key rule: If you can cook it, boil it, or peel it you can eat it…otherwise forget it.  …

Here’s to Keeping Your Fluids Up in Bali!

I have to admit it, and I hate to admit it, but I am finding myself getting increasingly addicted to Coke Zero!! Now I know you’re all out there thinking “What? …How could you, a dietitian, drink that poison?” Well let me elaborate a little: Bali is HOT, so very hot and humid that you …

Babi Guling: Nose to Tail Eating

Babi Guling is a Balinese institution. The word is Indonesian and the literal translation is ‘Rolling Pig’. Otherwise called Roast Pig or Suckling Pig.  The word being Indonesian is unusual as most of Indonesia is Muslim and they don’t eat pork! So this delicacy is only found in Bali (and a couple of other small non-Muslim areas). It is a must …

Gili Islands: More Child Friendly Than You Think

reflections of the Gilis There are three islands that make up the Gili Islands, off the north-east coast of Lombok. Gili T is well-known as the party island. What is less known is that there is a great kid-friendly option in the Gili Island group, Gili Meno. We spent five nights there and it was surprisingly …

Surviving on the Roads of Bali

Driving in a different country certainly comes with its challenges. When we started driving here in Bali it all seemed like chaos, and after our first adventure of driving the wrong way down a one way street we have quickly learned to navigate the streets a bit better, and adjust our driving to the ‘Bali style’. There …

Places To Play Outdoors in Ubud

Playing in a  cubbyhouse During the last six months we have found some good child friendly places to eat in Ubud, but finding a range of playgrounds to entertain the kids has not been as easy. Flat land is obviously too valuable for the Balinese to create playgrounds like we are used to in Australia, either the …