CICIP CICIP CHOCO PIE

By July 26, 2014 Recipe
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Sebenarnya ini bukan post resep sih, cuma mau sharing pengalaman kami mencoba Lotte Choco Pie pertama kali. Beberapa waktu lalu sebelum bulan puasa kami diundang ke launching Lotte Choco Pie. Jujur, kami baru pertama kali melihat bentuk choco pie ini. Padahal aslinya choco pie sudah populer di Korea dan Jepang sejak tahun 70an. Camilan ini terdiri dari dua lapis soft cake, di tengahnya ada selapis marshmallow, lalu keseluruhan kue dibalut dengan lapisan cokelat. Teksturnya lembut dan crumbly. Lotte Choco Pie ini dibungkus satuan jadi bisa disimpan di tas (buat stok buka puasa atau pengganjal perut kalau pas kejebak di jalan, misalnya).

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Kami penasaran lalu akhirnya googling mencari cara menikmati choco pie, selain dimakan langsung tentunya. Akhirnya nemu 3 cara makan choco pie yang suka dilakuin orang Korea atau Jepang. Cara pertama: dibekukan. Lotte Choco Pie (tak perlu dikeluarkan dari kertas pembungkusnya) disimpan di freezer selama minimal 30 menit. Hasilnya, lapisan marshmellownya lebih padat dan tidak terlalu lengket.

Lalu cara kedua adalah melelehkannya di microwave (foto feature image). Keluarkan choco pie dari kertas pembungkusnya, panaskan di microwave selama 10-20 detik. Seru melihat marshmellownya mengembang dan meluber, lalu mengerut kembali waktu dikeluarkan dari microwave. Choco pie yang dihasilkan jadi lebih lembut dan gooey. Tapi hati-hati kalau dipegang panas sekali, jadi enaknya dimakan pakai garpu.

Yang ketiga adalah mencelupkannya ke minuman hangat, bisa susu, teh, atau kopi. Kami memilih mencelupkannya ke dalam kopi susu. Rasanya jadi lebih creamy. Sejauh ini, cara ketiga adalah cara favorit kami buat makan choco pie.

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Kalau kamu gimana? Punya cara lain untuk menikmati choco pie?

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LONDON ART SCENE: SOUTHBANK & SOMERSET HOUSE

By July 25, 2014 contributor, Places
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Ketertarikan saya kepada budaya dan seni berasal dari waktu saya kecil, di mana keluarga besar saya penuh dengan seniman dari berbagai bidang. Namun di Inggrislah saya menemukan budaya dan seni. Di sini kesenian sangat diunggulkan dan merupakan salah satu kebanggaan negara. Hasil – hasil kurasi seni Inggris menjadi benchmark internasional mulai dari Seni Kontemporer hingga Seni Teater.

Dukungan untuk seni dan budaya juga datang dari berbagai pihak termasuk politik.  Jadi museum-museum dan galeri-galeri didukung untuk dapat membuka pintunya kepada publik secara gratis. Perusahaan-perusahaan teater kecil juga dapat subsidi untuk mengembangkan karyanya. Nah, London tentunya adalah pusat kesenian Inggris di mana kita bisa menikmati berbagai jenis karya. Intinya, accessible art for everyone!

Bagi saya, Southbank dan Somerset House adalah wilayah pusat seni di London. Tempat kunjungan pertama, Southbank Centre, terletak sekitar 5 menit jalan kaki dari stasiun Waterloo. Acara-acara yang diselengarakan Southbank Centre berlangsung sepanjang tahun. Kafe dan restaurant juga selalu buka, jadi pusat kesenian ini selalu aktif. Saya juga sering mampir ke dalam Southbank Centreuntuk menikmati pertunjukan gratis. Saya pernah lho tiba-tiba nonton konser Jazz, lalu kali lain tiba –tiba ada brass band, atau bahkan pameran fotografi. Jadi kalau ke London, coba deh kunjungi Southbank Centre ini.

Saat musim dingin, biasanya di luar Southbank Centre ada Christmas Market, dan pada musim panas ada tenda sapi ungu untuk festival seni pertunjukan, Udderbelly. Nah, di Udderbelly ini ada pertunjukan sirkus teater  yang lain dari sirkus biasanya, komedi, teater anak-anak dan banyak hal lainnya. Tahun lalu di Udderbelly saya nonton sirkus teater, Flown.

Buat yang suka belanja atau lihat barang-barang dengan desain yang keren, ada dua toko di bagian dalam dan sebelah Southbank Centre yang isinya sarung bantal sampai stationery dengan desain terbaru. Oya, ada juga toko dekat Southbank Centre, tepatnya di depan Royal Festival Hall, yang produknya didesainkhusus untuk seni teater. Nah, di sini saya beli bungkus kado yang akhirnya saya jadikan poster. :D

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WE LOVE: ALL NATURAL VIMALA BATH & BODY SERIES

By July 22, 2014 Loving
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Earlier this year, we stumbled upon one this local all natural bath and body products on Instagram account named Vimala. Their sleek and simple designed products caught our attention. So, we contacted Vera and Michella, the owners of Vimala, to be part of our first Afternoon Delight program.

It turns out that Vimala is not just another product with nice packaging. We’re not an experts in beauty and skin care and we barely change our skin care products. But we do love Vimala, because we know it’s one of those products that made with love.

Despite the fact that their educational background are fashion and design strategy, Vera and Michella are believers in natural remedies. They started to make their own all natural bath and body products on weekends. They do everything by themselves, from sourcing, handpicking, and testing the best ingredients to making, and cutting each bar of soap to product photography and answering on and offline enquiries. It’s always fascinating to see a growing home business. 

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loving-vimala-skin-care-collage-livinglovingWe also love Vimala for the quality. Me and Miranti really like their lip balm. It really helped nourishing our easily dried lips during this fasting month of Ramadhan. It’s actually one of the best lip balms we’ve ever tried. I also recommend bug free body mist. I’ve applied this repellent spray every single night, and it protected my skin from mosquito bites. Read More

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SIMPLY UNIQUE TEKUNI KERAMIK

By July 18, 2014 Loving
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When Jesika first contacted us to inform about her products, we fell in love instantly with this simple yet unique ceramicware. Tekuni Keramik was established in Bali to delivers fun simple functional everyday items yet has a classical vintage appeal to it. Jesika, the owner, once worked for Jenggala Keramik Bali as Product Manager for almost 5 years. But her passions is to be able to produce ceramic collection from her own hands, she likes throwing and making with clay. So after 2 years resigned from Jenggala, she started her own studio.

She wanted to make products that are endless, affordable, fun and perfect for gifts. She came up with Tekuni Keramik which used most local materials available, except some of the colorings that probably were imported from overseas by her suppliers. Animals and nature are her biggest inspirations. Jesika thinks that they are endless creations and great companion to brighten up our everyday lives. Just like this little bunnies in Tekuni’s Rabbit Collection and landscape-inspired Cylinder Vases.

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You can also feel the clasiccal vintage touch in their Vintage Vases and Enamel Cups collections.
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All items are handmade and hand drawn to meet the final details. You can see their other collections on Linoluna and Littleloop gift shop. And if you plan to go to Bali, do visit their studio at Clei Pottery, jl. Raya Ketewel Gg. Kecubung Sari 1, Gianyar. You can also find some of Tekuni Keramik’s product at Homemate Store, Seminyak; Littleloop Gift Shop, Ubud; and Widely Project in Bandung.

All photos, except the feature image and the last picture, courtesy of Tekuni Keramik.

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DRESS YOUR WALL: WOVEN WALL HANGINGS

By July 17, 2014 Decor, Inspiration, Loving
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We always always love to decorate plain wall with lovely things, and this is the reason why we decided to have our own Dress Your Wall section. Last year, I followed this Jesus Sauvage Instagram account and fell in love with her weaving works. Since then, woven wall hanging became one of my wall decor obsessions.

If you go to Pinterest, you’ll find that there are A LOT kinds of woven wall hangings. In fact, this handmade wall art is probably part of ‘the rise of 70s’ we saw on a decor trend over the last few years. Some of these woven wall hangings are showing vibrant colors and fluffy textures. But there are the ones with muted colors and more sophisticated look too.

Here are some of my favorites. :)

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I can’t get enough of woven wall hangings with a touch of modern by Jesus Sauvage

 

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and colorful hangings by Natalie Miller is Miranti’s pick!

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The vibrant colored and rich textures wall hangings by Maryanne Moodie

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and these lovely ones from Native Textiles

And believe it or not, I even decided to learn how to weave. It was strange, because I’m not a knit or crochet person, and I can’t sew. But I found weaving seemed easier to follow so I bought this ‘weaving loom starter kit for kids’ and started to make my own woven wall hangings. Hooray! :D

Anyways, are you into this fabric wall decor? or do you have your own favorite weaving artist? :)

Photos courtesy of Jesus Sauvage, Maryanne Moodie, Natalie Miller and Native Textiles.

Feature pfoto courtesy of The American Edit

 

 

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