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Published: August 23rd 2018
We made it through our last night in Kuta without any more noticeable quakes. Kristy had us signed up for a morning Indonesian cooking class at Bamboo Shoots.
We had a quick early breakfast before checking out and taking a grab to class.
Before the start of our 9:00 class, we were offered breakfast which we turned down. There were six other students in our class. Two pairs of students were from the same small town in Australia. The other couple was from the Netherlands.
On the agenda for class was:
-Chicken Satay (peanut sauce)
We got a little instruction from the teachers and went to work. We started by chopping up some vegetables and herbs. Then came some grinding with mortars and pestles. We had three mortars going at once and made ingredients for each of the dishes. Making the peanut sauce for the satay was perhaps the most difficult part of grinding. We will no longer take good peanut sauce for granted. The Beef Rendang was one of the first things to get put on the burner. The beef needs to be
slow cooked for a couple hours to get tender and seasoned.
We went through the dishes. Each was pretty good with none standing out as spectacular. We were a little disappointed with the set up of the class because the recipes and procedures for each dish were not distinct. Afterward, it is hard to say which dishes were easier and which were more difficult.
From the cooking class, we took a grab all the way to Ubud
where we checked into our final hotel of the honeymoon. We stayed at the Shtala,
about 15 minutes outside the city. The hotel was very nice and on par with the Sheraton in Bali, despite costing significantly less.
We took advantage of the free shuttle into Ubud city and departed at 3:00pm and were dropped at the Coco Supermarket
. Ubud was a cute small artsy town that has clearly had tourist interest outpace infrastructure upgrades. The town is plagued by notoriously horrendous traffic
and walking the sidewalks is not much better. The shops that line the streets are lovely and higher-end than anything we saw in Kuta.
There was a nature walk
along a ridge northwest of the city that we
wanted trek. Finding the entrance to the hike was not obvious from the street. We had to walk along a driveway that led back to a resort before peeling off and crossing a small bridge. From there, the path was clear. The hike was paved and generally followed the contours of the ridge. The views from the path were mostly obscured by thick vegetation; however, near the middle of the hike, there is an overlook. At the end of the trail, there are few shops, restaurants, and hostels. We each had a coconut at the Karsa Kafe.
Unfortunately, the coconut was not good at all. We paid and left both coconuts mostly full.
Back in town, we negotiated the streets to find Warung Puspa’s
for dinner. The restaurant was small but had great reviews and was not located on the main busy streets. The menu had several appealing options including jackfruit rendang.
In the end, Kristy had the pumpkin soup and Brad played it safe with a chicken curry.
After dinner, we walked to the Coco Market where we were to be picked up by the shuttle. We got there early and did some shopping. There are many unique (for Westerners)
snacks sold in Asia. We picked up a few odd flavored candies and chips, some spices, and a coke for Brad.
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