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  • ross1948 08:15 on August 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , nasi putih, NOW! magazine, , , resto competition, , telor puyuh, ,   

    A Warteg Contest? Wanna Win Perkedel Kentang? 

    I see that Now! Jakarta magazine is again holding its annual ‘best dining out’ competition, by which their readers can nominate restaurants, cafes, bars etc., which they consider the finest  in town.



    I append below the link which takes you to it.


    Even the simple act of entering gives you a chance to win a voucher, so why not?

    But whilst there are an enormous range of categories, places offering Thai, Chinese, Italian etc, and of course Indonesian cuisine, and the range includes Live Music Venues, and Sports Bars, there appears to be no separate category of warungs/wartegs.



    Those little eateries could, I suppose, be designated Indonesian restos, but they’re not, really. They’re in a class of their own!

    More  to the point, they probably have more customers than all the other categories put together.

    You can eat your fill of well-cooked and tasty local dishes…



     perkedel kentang, telor puyuh, tempe, tahu, pare and nasi putih –use Google to identify them for yourselves!


    …for under Rp.20,000  – and that includes an iced tea!

    So should I try to stage my own competition for this seemingly neglected but extremely popular group?

    No, not me, because I’d need to nominate my own fave place, and then it would cease to be my sort of place, full of locals at lunchtime but a haven of peace and quiet where I can lounge in the arvo with a book, a cigarette and a Rp.3000 coffee, chatting idly to the owner and staff.

    But some Indonesian blogger should consider the idea!


  • ross1948 20:24 on April 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , NOW! magazine, , Prohibition Bar   

    NOW! It’s Time to Leave Indonesia? No Way! No Surrender! 

    I see from NOW! magazine, an English-language glossy published here in Jakarta, that we have a new bar in town, called ‘Prohibition.‘ http://nowjakarta.co.id/prohibition/

    Unfortunately, the otherwise fulsome review of its amenities does not make ANY mention of how much a beer costs, which tends to make me think it is VERY expensive.



    So I shall avoid it until I hear differently.

    However, what makes me bring in NOW! magazine to an RRA post is the excellent editorial, which sums up, admirably, the frustration that foreign friends of Indonesia are feeling, over the grotesque political parodies we’ve seen recently.

    It runs through the reasons we had for hope, and the realities that have made us sick at heart.

    But the NOW! Editor should not, as their PR email seems to suggest, contemplate leaving Indonesia after 36 years here – longer by far than I – because what would that benefit this lovely country?  

    …he feels like leaving…?

    For my part, I’m in it for the long run, till death do us part.

    I don’t expend energy on every horrific mockery of justice I read about in the local media, because needs must..I also have an overseas readership to consider.

    By meeting their needs, I am also motivated by the belief they will read the things written about local events…

    …softly, softly… 



    That’s what friends are for, right?

    • no-surrender-9


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