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Kitchen Insurgency: Bali’s Newest Food Blog is Born!

by Susi, 4 February 2011

Brand-new blog Kitchen InSurgency comes stuffed with witty commentary and epicurean insights. Author and newbie blogger, Karen Waddell puts her moxie where her mouth is, sharing secret recipes, kitchen tips and food lore from Bali. She and her husband Gusky are the pair behind Bali Good Food Co, who brought us Batan Waru,  Terazo, Siam Sally, Cinta Grill and the Cinta Inn in Ubud. Yummy. I’m downloading Karen’s recipes immediately.

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      • February 11, 2011

      Hi Susi, I don't think this is Bali's first food blog, many people have started food blog in Bali before Karen.

        • Susi
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        • February 11, 2011

        Yeah, I didn't think it was the first Bali food blog either . . . then I looked around the web . . . and it seems to be the first . . . couldn't find any others! Funny, that.

        • Susi
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        • February 14, 2011

        Go for it, Eva! We have a great disadvantage here. It is primarily a tourist economy, and so restaurants can get away with "murder" food-wise and price-wise. Most short-stay tourists don't complain, because it doesn't matter, they're not coming back to eat there anytime soon anyway . . . and the restaurants know they are not going to come back, so ANYTHING GOES. A restaurant here can get by on advertising alone . . . they just get the bodies in the door . . . and what they put on the plate doesn't matter at all . . . it's high turnover, almost no repeat clients . . . so the actual standard of food, atmosphere and service here is very, very low. A few great food blogs would be a good thing for Bali! Share the knowledge, skills, recipes, and insights into what kinds of great cuisine can be created here . . in restaurants, at home, and for visitors when they get back home after their Bali vacations. It's a perennial mystery to me why Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore can consistently produce excellent food across all price ranges . . . and we here in Bali cannot. We have the ability to grow and catch and cultivate all the best ingredients. We have millions of graduates from the culinary departments of tourism training schools, we have prestigious chefs from all of the world . . . and yet . . . there is very little truly good food in Bali. It's a real shame. So blog on, Eva!!! Bravissima!!!

          • Susi
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          • February 14, 2011

          But hold on a sec . . . there is NO way that Bali can become known as a place where people can enjoy dining well . . . unless the ridiculous taxes on wine are repealed . . . the world of global gastronomy goes hand-in-hand with appreciation and enjoyment of fine wine . . . one of the greatest and most refined pleasures of life. The art of enology has been intertwined with the development of human society, democracy, art, religion, and the fellowship of mankind in most of the developed nations of the world since a few millenia ago . . . how Indonesia can overlook this is beyond my comprehension. Wine is not an evil, it is one of the basic elements of civilised and refined society the world over. It has nothing to do with drunkenness or debauchery, quite the opposite. How Indonesia can miss this is totally beyond me. Look at Hong Kong, which recently removed ALL import duties on wine. They are reaping enormous economic rewards by hosting some of the most lucrative wine auctions in the world. Furthermore, they are making their small city-state a world centre for gastronomy, with as many Michelin starred restaurants as most European countries. The world has taken notice. Singapore has long-since rolled out a similar welcome mat to the world of fine dining and enology, and not only have they reaped grand sums from the moderate taxes imposed on imported wines, they have also generated a large and thriving economic sector based on appreciation of fine food and the fine wines that accompany it. To do so is to welcome the world's most educated, moneyed, refined, aware, alert, active and constructive people. To do otherwise is to flip them the birdie. Indonesia is flipping the birdie to the most valuable, innovative, intelligent, active and positive people in the world by upholding their ridiculous policies on wine imports. And they are cutting off their golden egg laying goose at the knees. The golden egg laying goose, of course, is tourism. The Jakarta elite who make their foreign bank accounts fat on proceeds from Bali's popularity are eroding their own income by excluding Bali from the short list of nice places to go in the world. Bravo. I love seeing Indonesia shoot itself in the foot . . . again and again and again and again . . . they have everything . . . they have more . . . they have what is unique to Indonesia . . . and they seem to deliberately choose to commit economic, social and cultural suicide . . . oh well, what can we say . . . if they really want to crash, burn, suffer, stomp on their poor and their farmers and preclude the possibility of enjoying the normal opportunities available to others around the world then they are doing a very fine job. Whatever. As long as those 2,000 people in Jakarta who grab all the money from the whole country and see no farther than their cosmetically altered noses are feeling happy and jumping the list for Birkin Bags, nothing will change.

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      • February 13, 2011

      Yeah, you are right, I tried to google them but can't seem to find any. It is strange, I thought many people here blog about food. Anyway, thanks for sharing this, at least now I feel less alone blogging about food here.

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      • February 14, 2011

      Well I have been posting creative recipes using Indonesia ingredients since I moved to Bali in 2009, but haven't really done any reviews on restaurants, mainly because I am too lazy to bring my camera when I eat out. Will try to do more.

        • Susi
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        • February 15, 2011

        Wow, Eva, that is so cool! I checked out your blog and it's FULL of great recipes, beautifully designed. I love it! Putting a link on my "blogroll". My husband, Bruno is also from Milano, and he LOVES to cook. He's always looking for new recipes, especially ones that you can make here in Bali. We don't have a full selection of ingredients here, and also the tropical climate makes some recipes very tricky or impossible to do. We are so happy to find your blog!

    • hi susi and eva, i am goign to be in Bali at the end of June and will be celebrating my 34th birthday there. i'll be with 7 other adults and we're staying in a villa just outside of seminyak. we've been to bali before and been out for dinner at la lucciola, ku'de'ta, cafe bali and a couple of other places. can u wonderful ladies recommend a GREAT new place that is delicious, outside and has a lounge for us to have a few drinks at too?

      • Karen
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      • May 31, 2011

      Hey love the blog - first saw it mentioned in my favourite restaurant in Ubu the wonderful Batan Waru. Wondered whether you could share the inside recipe secrets for their terrific chicken martabak and ginger fizz drink? Would love to try them out at home.

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