Brrrisbane!

Aku tidak punya rencana perjalanan tahun 2015. Tentu aku ingin berwisata tapi aku jarang merencanakannya jauh-jauh hari. Tapi kalau ditanya ingin ke mana, aku ingin sekali ke Jepang. Eh, tapi ada seseorang yang mengajakku ke Brisbane, Australia pertengahan tahun ini. Seseorang itu bilang bahwa ia ada acara di suburb Brisbane yang aku lupa nama daerahnya. Dia mengajakku ke sana, dengan catatan aku jalan-jalan sendiri. Ya karena dia ada acara itu.

Aku harap rencananya mengajakku tak sekadar wacana. Aku sangat girang apalagi mengingat visa turis Australia-ku baru hangus tahun depan. Tahun lalu, aku juga sempat ke Brisbane, namun hanya beberapa jam saja. Yang aku lakukan hanya berjalan-jalan di sekitar pusat kota Brisbane dan Chinatown. Makanya, aku ingin mencicipi sudut lain daerah Brisbane. Aku ingin melihat koala, pergi ke salah satu pulau pasir terbesar di dunia: Moreton Island, ikut tur hantu ke kuburan di daerah South Brisbane, naik The Wheel of Brisbane, tapi… ada hal lain yang ingin aku lakukan mengingat hobiku adalah makan dan belanja =))

Chinatown, Brisbane. Dok. pribadi.
1. Taste International Cuisine

Australia yang multikultural membuat sangat mudah untuk menemukan restoran masakan negara sana negara sini. Di Brisbane, aku ingin mencoba makan di Kathmandu Newa Chhe’n, restoran yang menyediakan masakan Nepal dan Tibet, lalu di Torba Restaurant & Lounge yang punya menu masakan mulai dari Ukraina, Bulgaria, Romania, sampai Rusia, dan Best Friends Kainan untuk makan masakan Filipino!

Wondering apakah di sana punya balut...

2. Street Food di Brisbane

Brisbane punya Eat Street Market di Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, yang buka setiap Jumat dan Sabtu. Eat Street ini bukan bazaar makanan biasa, tapi ada hiburannya seperti live performance. Eh tapi untukku sih, makan saja sudah merupakan hiburan, hahaha. Makanan yang dijual di sana sangat bervariasi, dari popcorn, seafood, churros, wuah banyak! Di Brisbane juga ada banyak foodtruck, seperti Vira Lata yang menjual makanan khas Brazil. Ada lagi, The Pasta Cruiser, yang menjual pasta segar dengan saus home-made.

The Pasta Cruiser. Source: mustdobrisbane.com

3. Supermarket Tour!

Aku suka belanja terutama di supermarket. Hanya dengan melihat permen makanan ringan asing yang belum pernah aku coba, rasanya bahagia. Aku ingin mengunjungi supermarket umum seperti Woolworths, tapi juga ingin pergi ke supermarket etnik, seperti Asian supermarket yang banyak ditemui di Chinatown, maupun supermarket Timur Tengah dan Afrika. Dan ya! aku sudah mengantongi namanya!

Bamboe di salah satu Asian supermarket. Dok. pribadi.

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Itulah tiga rencana yang ingin aku lakukan terkait makan dan belanja di Brisbane. Oh ya, tentang judul artikel ini, hmmm pertengahan tahun berarti musim dingin, aku cek di Brisbane suhu tertinggi 24 derajat celcius dan terendah sekitar 13 derajat. Itu mungkin tidak terlalu dingin... tapi... aku pernah pergi ke Gold Coast dan waktu itu bersuhu 14 derajat, aku kedinginan! BRRRRR! Mungkin karena lemakku kurang tebal ya jadi kedinginan. #kemudianngaca

Kalau kamu, tahun 2015 ini, rencana pergi ke mana?

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Referensi:
www.visitbrisbane.com.au
http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/

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Peruvian Dinner Party

I was on my way to faculty library, but a huge banner stopped me a while. The banner said that there was a seminar (9/12) held by Faculty of Humanity and Peruvian Embassy for Indonesia about Peru and Machu Picchu! So then, I changed my walking route to the seminar venue.

I have been wanting to Machu Picchu for years, so I was excited to join the seminar. More than that, traveling to Peru is one of my mom's dreams. I hope we can go there soon. *pray* 

In the seminar, we watched a documentary movie by Discovery Channel about Machu Picchu. I'm not gonna tell you what is in the movie, this blog supposed to be foodblog, hahaha. After watching movie, there was a lecture about Peru by Global Jaya School principal, half-Peruvian half-American, Pak Nicolas Puga. Fantastic lecture but still I'm not gonna write about the lecture.

The participants were given a questionnaire which we should fill in after watching the movie. The questions are all about the Machu Picchu which the answers could be found in the movie. Interesting fact for you guys: food storage building in Inca era called qullqa or quolqa. Similar with 'kulkas', right?

Who got score above 70, will get the chance to be finalist to get doorprize. And my name were shouted! Woo-hoo~~ There were 10 persons, and all of them got the doorprize.

The doorprize: dinner invitation at Peruvian Ambassador's house! So excited! H.E. Roberto Seminario, the Peruvian ambassador to Indonesia told us that there would be a chef who just came from Peru who would be the chef for dinner.

I've never tried Peruvian cuisine before so it would be my first experience.

I arrived in front of the ambassador house around 19.00 but other seminar participants hadn't arrived yet. I was afraid to enter the house by myself coz the house very huge like what I saw in the sinetron. So I waited them in near of Pos Satpam, interviewing the satpam to kill the time. The satpam said that there are many ambassadors live in that area. And near the pos satpam there is a house which is for sale. Interested? He told us the price is around 60 Billion Rupiah. Let me check how many the zeros......

"You have to have for minimum six maids and don't forget, the gardener. Even if I get the chance to live here, I don't want to, Mbak. The electricity monthly bill very expensive Mbaaakkk," the satpam told me.

Then the other participants arrived, the we went inside. You can imagine lah, standing party, chatting and drinking, and all the guests are ambassador, deputy ambassador, etc etc. The waiters served drinks, I took one glass of them which is Peruvian national drink, Pisco Sour which resulting me half mabok. Sigh.

I also tried Chicha Morada, a purple colored drink which made of corn. Another interesting fact, Peru is producer of more that 400 species of corn. Then the dinner time came, I was so excited. The dinner consists of appetizer, main course, and dessert.

The appetizer is Ceviche. Ceviche made of chunks of raw fish marinated with lime juice, with sliced onions, chili, salt, pepper, etc. It is so spicy but I love the freshness which Ceviche gave so I tried to tahan the hotness of Ceviche. It is more like sashimi but with special 'sauce'.

Peruvian ceviche.
The main course: Ají de Gallina. Chicken with creamy sauce made of cheese and aji chilli. Served with sticky rice. I love this. This food tastes like curry or opor but the creaminess is from the cheese and not spicy at all.

Peruvian cheesy chicken.
The last one for dessert was Arroz con Leche y Mazzamorra Morada. It is sticky rice pudding with some 'sauce' or 'jelly' from purple corn. With condensed milk also and cinnamon. I also love this, the sweetness from the sticky rice and the sourness of the 'jelly' is a matching combination.

La dessert.
It was great dinner experience. New cuisine for my tongue, and new friends from other faculty. I'm not sure the Spanish name of the cuisine, I only googled it. Coz the waiter I asked even didn't know the name of the food.

What's your most favorite foreign/international food, guys?


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