Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interesting Blogs About Indonesia

While I don't have any new or exciting photos or stories to share so far this week (the usual here... lots of rain [which foiled our Car Free Day biking plans this past Sunday], an attempt to buy bedside lamps turned into an experience akin to our bedsheet fiasco...), I have discovered some Indonesia-centric blogs that may be of interest if you don't have a full picture of what Indonesia looks/feels/tastes like (since I am still a little bit chicken about taking photos of people/asking people if I can take their photos).  If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to check out these great blogs!



Mobile roadside tailors using what I think may be the vintage featherweight Singer sewing machines that my mom is always looking for for her quilting buddies (I had been promising to take a photo of this and share with Martha, but hadn't yet):

Image from We Love Jakarta
Image from We Love Jakarta

Shoeless construction workers on every corner: 

Image from We Love Jakarta
Image from We Love Jakarta

I've also found some great blogs about Indonesian food (I know there are tons of Indonesia food blogs in Bahasa Indonesia, but I didn't think those would be as useful to share with my Bahasa Inggris-speaking audience!):

Indonesia Eats has a ton of recipes that I want to try (and share on my other blog) once I decipher the ingredients at the grocery store (I've learned the basic ingredient names, but some of the very specific types of coconut, etc., escape me).  I'd love to take a stab at cooking with tempeh, which is used pretty frequently here in Indonesia.  Perhaps this tempeh sate from Indonesia Eats?

Image from Indonesia Eats

Cooking Tackle has some absolutely beautiful photos of Indonesian food and some tasty looking recipes, too.  I'd love to try some of the stuffed banana-leaf dishes they have here, including the nasi bakar rica-rica from Cooking Tackle:

Image from Cooking Tackle
I'd also love to try Cooking Tackle's version of the Balinese lemongrass fish satay, sate lilit Bali.  It's so fragrant and delicious!

Image from Cooking Tackle

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