Coconut Oil and Chilli

Balinese cooking is deeply weaved into local traditions and customs. Food plays a major role in Balinese ceremonies and offerings too so it should be no surprise the amount of care and attention that goes into preparing a meal. Spices are carefully selected to add flavour to even the most ordinary of ingredients and traditional cookware (such as volcanic mortar and pestle for grinding) are still preferred over modern appliances.


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Morning Market

When we were in Bali last April, we signed up for a cooking class that included a morning market visit with Casa Luna in Ubud. Casa Luna is run by Janet de Neefe, an Australian writer and entrepreneur who fell in love with a Balinese man following her second visit to Bali in the early 80s and has since moved there, started a family and launched several business ventures. Alongside Casa Luna, a restaurant and bakery, she also runs a guesthouse (which she also lives in). While for most Australians hers is a household name, we only recently got to know about her through the workshop and the books she’s published that include a beautiful Balinese cookbook.

The morning of the class, we walked over to Casa Luna to meet with the other fellow travellers who had signed up for her class (the majority of which were from Australia and New Zealand, but there was also a nice couple from Mexico on honeymoon and an American family of four). Once everyone had arrived, we all walked over to the market a few blocks away.


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Tins and Trinkets

Travel back in time at the Ecological and Folklore Museum in Folegandros.

Our tour guide was this energetic old lady who barely spoke English, but we spoke in hand language. She didn’t really need to explain much anyway. Most of it was self-explanatory, except for a few odd items.


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Faros Market

John and I stopped by Faros Market on our way back from watching the sunset by the lighthouse at the southern tip of Santorini (epic view from there by the way). We had no idea it was a farmer’s market until we pulled up and were originally going to pop by for a coffee before heading back to Fira where we were staying.


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Super Goofy

Tucked away within one of Mykonos’ busiest streets is Cafe Suisse which makes tasty crepes, ice cream, cakes and coffee. We tend to stick to local or fusion places when we travel to delve deeper into the cuisine and culture, but something drew us in. There was something different about this place so full of personality.


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Tomato Fritters and Fava

Megalochori is a picturesque village located on the south western plain of Santorini that dates back to the 17th century. Tucked away within a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, you’ll come across beautiful historical mansions behind intricately carved wooden doors, traditional white-washed houses and charming courtyards shielded from the Santorini sun with flowering vines. Megalochori was actually home to wealthy wine merchants exporting the glorious Vinsanto that the island is known for and a great effort has been made to restore it to its former glory.


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Jackie Kennedy’s Sandals

Mykonos is, hands-down, the best Greek island to go shopping on. You’ll find little boutiques lining the island’s twisted roads with unique pieces you can’t find elsewhere.


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