Culinary Cave at Ritz Carlton Bali

Soto Pesmol

Have you heard of a culinary cave? This new culinary trend can be found at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali  as they introduce Bejana, the resort’s signature Indonesian restaurant. Bejana, from the Indonesian word for a tradition culinary vessel, presents a unique mix of five-star-flair and relaxed ambience. Sure to be a top dining destination in Bali, Bejana features a variety of indoor and outdoor seating with dramatic views of the resort and the Indian Ocean. Located on the upper-cliff, the restaurant is open for dinner and is home to the ‘Culinary Cave,’ an exciting gourmet learning center which allows guests to discover Indonesian cooking through hands-on experiences with the Chef.

Bejana Outdoor View

“Indonesia has a very rich culinary heritage, and Bejana embraces this tradition. By serving our unique take on Indonesia’s most famous dishes and types of cuisine, we take our guests on a journey through the Archipelago,” says Karim Tayach, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Bali.

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Designed by Burega Farnell, the restaurant sits on three different levels. The upper-level houses the Culinary Cave, featuring an open kitchen with three state-of-the-art cooking stations for learning and demonstrations, as well as a large, wooden chef’s table. A step down, in the middle of the restaurant guests will find a private dining room for 12, as well as several intimate tables especially designed for couples with a romantic atmosphere complimented by a small garden and bar. The last level is set on an open-air wooden deck, featuring cozy lounges and casual outdoor seating. The intricate Balinese design was influenced by traditional elements from local craftsmen and creates an exceptionally elegant environment with a rustic edge.

Bebek Betutu

The menu presents dishes from different regions of Bali and Indonesia, such as Soto Pesmol, a spiced coconut and seafood soup originally from Jakarta, and Bebek Betutu, a Balinese roast duck in Banana Leaf. Local inspiration is also reflected in the bar where mixologists have re-imagined some of Indonesia’s most beloved traditional beverages into special libations for guests. Bajjigur is a unique aromatic warm beverage from West Java, usually enjoyed on cooler, rainy days and sold from traveling carts. Bejana’s spin captures the flavors and aromas of the original, with creamy coconut milk, sweet brown sugar, exotic warmth from ginger with hints of pandan leaf and lemongrass, but offers extra indulgence with the addition of Myers Rum and Malibu.

Joined by a highly skilled team, Chef Made Suriana has created a farm-to-table experience at the Culinary Cave. Beginning with an inspiring visit to nearby traditional markets in the morning, guests will join Chef Made as he sources the freshest local ingredients. With their bounty in hand, guests return to the resort and continue to pick and harvest the according herbs and spices from the resort`s Chef`s garden, and bring it to Bejana where Chef Made teaches them how to prepare traditional Indonesian food in the Culinary Cave. The exciting morning concludes with a festive lunch allowing the group to sample the dishes they have just created.

What’s New in Nantucket

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I have never been to Nantucket, but I know where I want to stay! The Nantucket, the island’s only luxury all-season destination resort which in January 2015 will unveil an entirely new wing of five Cottage Guest Suites.  The new wing suites, designed by Kevin O’Brien, will have a glamorous yet breezy coastal living vibe- the inspiration is a classic and aspirational beach home but with a twist.

The hotel is very geared up to wellness and will shortly launch The Art of Cabin Fever later this month until Spring 2015 – designed to bringing mind & body together through a cozy hunker down and hibernation program including everything from specially tailored massages in the boutique spa, mediation classes, daily yoga, heated outdoor hot tub with detox cocktails, healthy fondue by the outdoor fire pits, a fully stocked library in each room with specialist book recommendations, luxurious Marine Mer Sea bath experiences, an appointment with a nutritionist etc. It’s a unique take on the ever popular digital detox, perfect for guests to contemplate the year ahead and for mastering the art of mindfulness!

Lastly Spring will see the launch of “Sea For Yourself”- a one-of-kind island hopping experience for guests between The Nantucket hotel and the sister island resort (same owners) on Martha’s Vineyard, Winnetu Oceanside  – so guests can visit both properties and islands within the one trip.

This week is the famous island Christmas Stroll (Dec 4-7). With it’s seasonal fall and winter activities, off season is the ideal time to visit Nantucket free from the crowds and at a great price – discounted rates start at $175/night on weekdays and $350/night on weekends. While the exterior is classic Nantucket 1891, the nautical chic interiors feature all the modern conveniences to enjoy breezy coastal living.

Why to Travel To Keystone Colorado

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As the snow continues to melt and spring fades into summer, Keystone Resort officially kicks off the season June 13 with a variety of outdoor adventures designed for families and friends who want an authentic Rocky Mountain getaway. With temperatures rarely exceeding 75 degrees and opportunities for summer entertainment available around every corner, guests at Keystone Resort can play, stay and explore while enjoying an effortlessly healthy and active vacation. Here are just a few reasons to travel to Keystone Colorado this summer:

Women Mountain Biking at Keystone

Active Outdoor Activities

Planning a vacation that gets family and friends moving is easy at Keystone. Whether guests are ready to tackle a 2000 calorie burner hike or seek new adventures with a “Bike 101 Downhill Mountain Bike Clinic,” active adventures are available daily on-and-off the mountain. Also, with two world-class golf courses, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities and challenging mountain roads perfect for running, walking or biking, Keystone offers outdoor pursuits designed for any active lifestyle. I am ready!!

Serenity in the Mountains

For those looking to escape the hectic pace of everyday life, Keystone offers a variety of peaceful wellness opportunities devoted to mind, body and spirit. Whether partaking in a mountaintop yoga class at 11,640’, stand-up paddle boarding on Keystone’s five-acre lake, horseback riding through the Arapahoe Nation Forest or hiking among aspen groves, the resort’s breathtaking mountain vistas and pursuits are meant to inspire and excite while guests connect to the more important things in life. Sounds so amazing!!

Indulge and Refresh

After a long day of fast-paced adventures or channeling ones inner Zen, Keystone guests can visit the resort’s spa featuring over 10,000 square feet of amenities including a relaxation room, an outdoor heated pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a eucalyptus steam room and a dry sauna, providing hours of peaceful serenity. Also, treat deserving muscles and melt stress away with specialized treatments such as a bliss facial and massage journey or coco-luscious body wrap with the Keystone Spa’s professional and experienced staff. Yes please!

Food to Nourish and Invigorate

After a day well-spent participating in a number of health-minded activities, prepare to sit back and enjoy a signature cocktail or health-conscious meal. Boasting three AAA four-diamond rated restaurants, award winning chefs and après decks with spectacular views, Keystone offers culinary experiences that are the perfect complement to any activity-filled day. Plus, Keystone’s Chefs are proud to provide meals that utilize locally-sourced proteins, fresh produce and are always created with the finest natural ingredients. Whether enjoying Colorado brews on the Village patio of 9280’ Taphouse, cocktails and appetizers river-side at the quaint Ski Tip restaurant, which ranks among Open Table’s Top 100, or savoring a local game-inspired meal at the historic Keystone Ranch, the resort’s culinary offerings are a palate enticing experience. And with such action-packed days, savoring a delicious dessert can be a well-deserved treat.

Rest and Relax at an Affordable Rate

With more than 800 accommodation options, Keystone offers lodging for every size group and budget. Reconnect in a comfortable condo with the “Rocky Mountain Getaway” package and receive incredible rates when staying five or more nights, or create new memories with friends and family when booking the “Choose Your Own Adventure” package for discounted lodging and à la carte activity options—perfect for shared experiences and individual adventures. Whether staying in the heart of River Run Village, or escaping to a creek side condo, guests will enjoy amenity-packed options complete with full kitchens, barbecues, decks, balconies and hot tubs with mountain views. Plus, with any two or more night stay Keystone lodging guests will receive “Play for Free,” including free scenic lift tickets for children 12 and under, a free guided hike, a free yoga class and free nine holes of golf after 4 p.m.

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Apple Festival at Ritz Carlton, Downtown, Atlanta: Travel Tuesday

Who loves apples? I just received news about the coolest fall apple event in the south! Executive Chef Julio Delgado of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta will travel to Ellijay, Georgia, this month to select crisp fall apples for a special menu to be presented in Atlanta Grill in recognition of the annual North Georgia Apple Festival. The á la carte menu will be presented from October 21 to 31 in addition to the restaurant’s popular dinner menu.

“Georgia’s plentiful orchards in the Blue Ridge Mountains yield more than 20 varieties of apples,” said Chef Delgado. “My mission is to bring the best apples home for our guests to enjoy.” Check out this menu!

 

APPLE FESTIVAL MENU 

Starters

Curried Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

Spice Smoked Chicken, Scallions, Lime Cream

North Georgia Waldorf Salad

 Red Delicious Apple, Kale, Pecans, Toasted Quinoa, Yogurt-Cider Dressing

Raw Rome Beauty Apple

Bibb Lettuce, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, Almonds, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entrées

Crispy Pork Belly and Granny Smith Apple Cobb Salad

Blue Cheese, Avocado, Cucumbers, Tomatoes

Caramelized Ginger Gold Apple and

White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Veal Breast, Arugula, Pickled Jalapenos

Sautéed Scallops

Roasted Matsu Apple, Braised Short Rib, Celeriac Roulade

Desserts 

Apple Cobbler, Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramelized Apple Spice Cake, Apple Brandy Ice Cream

I want to go, don’t you?  For reservations, please call Atlanta Grill at 404-221-6550 or visit www.opentable.com

Downtown’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city with a splash of glamour. The hotel is surrounded by the state’s centers of law, finance and government, and is minutes from the Georgia Aquarium, Philips Arena, Turner Stadium and the Georgia Dome. For information and reservations, please call 1-800-241-3333, the hotel at 404-659-0400, a travel professional or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/atlanta.