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E4 H Bali Style

Ubud Bali has more Vegan and natural food restaurants than anywhere I have been…ever. many feature local Indonesian rice, spice and seafood based meals. Others are raw, vegan yoga food. Of course, prices vary from modest, $5-7 for a simple meal to $10-15 for a banquet. Ginger, chili, lime, and coconut are basic to many dishes. The heat on most dishes makes even the locals break out in a shower of sweat, which is cooling in the end.

I’m on the lookout for red rice as it is more nourishing than basic white rice. Sometimes these are mixed, with shrimp, small amounts of chicken or rogue and veggies and stir fried. Local beer is inexpensive and a valuable quencher to the flaming hot food.

The standard salad is cucumbers and carrots marinated in vinegar. Red or grqeen onions may come with it. Not a lot of greens, as they spoil quickly in the tropical heat and bacterial environment. Lots of fresh fruits and fresh juice from papaya, melons, mangosteen, bananasand pineapple. I found that freezing fresh pineapple cools me off best after being out on walks or traveling to and from UBUD from the small village of Petelu, where I am staying with a remarkable local painter, Yan Suryana and his family.

Given the large local Balinese family size, which can have 6-10 children, plus several elders, its a starch based diet for the locals. No paleolithic Western A Price diet here. Lunch is the main meal. I eat yogurt and fruit, with seeds or cashews for breakfast and often dinner. It’s too hot to eat heavier than that for me. A nice time and place for a cleansing diet.

The people are so sweet and smile a bunch which makes my heart glad that we are one despite our different language and background.

Namaste, Ed

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Bali ease

Day two in Bali, Indonesia, a true tropical paradise. Staying in Petalu, a village outside of Ubud, the cultural center. Surrounded by rice paddies and thousand of birds, most notable Great White Herons. Rice  in it’s early growth stage looks like wheat grass.

Invited to village temple for ceremony last nite. Dressed in male sari with traditional head scarf. Dazzling gamelon music, authentic village dancing by young girls, offerings to local dieties, prayers, chanting, more dancing and gamelon music. Everyone in the village, over 300 strong, old and many young, praying outdoors as one, in the evening.

I was honored to be invited to come and was the only caucasian. Didn’t understand the language, but felt the good heart of the community. Great way to feel the spirit of the locals, rather than depending on doing business at shops or restaurants.

Bali is a place of origin for many spices, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger. Chai spices. Curry spices as well. Indonesia is the home base of tempeh, which I enjoyed yesterday with vegetables in a green coconut curry. White rice served with all dishes, every meal. I ask for red or brown rice, which can be found. Had Nasi gorem today for lunch. Stir fried noodles and vegetables. Probably cooked in palm oil.  Also served with rice (I passed on the rice).

Found book in local library on traditional medicine and herbs of the region. Will study that as time passes. Very relaxed here. Great place to be at ease.

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