48 Hours in Bali

Eat. Swim. Sun. Repeat. 

Add a little shopping, snoozing and boozing, and last weekend's jaunt to our friend's villa in Bali can be summed up by the above.  

I had previously stayed with said friend on my last (and first) visit during the great 'round the world trip of 2013, and she didn't disappoint by taking us around to all new places to eat. (This is to say new to me; not necessarily recently opened). Being the only part of Indonesia that is predominantly Hindu rather than Muslim, a significant amount of pork was consumed by all. After spending time in Jakarta you do start to miss it.

Highlights include decadent ribs at Naughty Nuri's in Ubud followed by cocktails and an inspirational tasting menu at Room 4 Dessert, as well as brunching on traditional food at Nasi Ayam Kedewatan (everything tastes better when consumed in a neat little hut) and a lovely farewell dinner of freshly grilled seafood at the beachside Menega Cafe, where our prime table rested not even fifty feet from the waves lapping up on the shore and a five-piece Indo mariachi group played English-language hits by the likes of John "Lemon."

I tried to photo-document the weekend, but only ended up with the paltry five pictures below. Guess I was too busy stuffing my face and basking under the blue sky that's never visible in Jakarta.

 Church visible from the villa balcony. 

Church visible from the villa balcony. 

 Dog watches his owner's kids surfing. 

Dog watches his owner's kids surfing. 

 The ribs. 

The ribs. 

 The pool at the villa. 

The pool at the villa. 

 Brunch at Nasi Ayam Kedewatan. 

Brunch at Nasi Ayam Kedewatan.