Leaving Seminyak and Heading to Ubud!
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April 6th, 2008 – by: martinikitty13
More pool time, and then brunch at La Lucciola, an italian restaurant built like a 2-tier beach shack on the beach. Very lovely location! Service, however, was quite spotty. They don't take brunch reservations, but we had called ahead to say we needed a table for 16. When we arrived they wanted to split us up in two tables. We wanted to combine tables so we could sit together and that was quite a battle. We were offered strange excuses that having one table versus two tables would throw the kitchen staff off - which was strange since they would still have to serve 16 of us even if split up.
After brunch, I went into town to buy medicine for my swollen foot. I apparently am allergic to hydrocortizone because it was just making my leg and foot worse and worse. I opted for a chinese "magic oil" which cost like $1USD. I remember my mom using it on me so I figured it wouldn't poison me. The label said it was good for headaches, nausea, giddiness, bug bites, skin irritations and so on.
Random note (weather): We've been extraordinarily lucky with weather. It does rain but we always manage to miss it somehow (very cool). And the rain comes in short spurts and it's so humid, you dry relatively quickly.
Random tip (money changers): When changing money, make sure you go to an authorized money changer. There are lots of illegitimate ones out there who do give better rates, but they are trying to scam you. Make sure when you put down your cash, you count it out and state the total amount.
It finally came time for the group to split up. Some of us were headed down to Ubud (the site of the novel "Eat Pray Love") and others were returning home. We said our goodbyes and then V, A, J, C, C and I hopped into a car for Ubud. The drive was very pastoral and lovely. (Driving here is quite dangerous - I wouldn't advise it so hire a driver since there are no street signs or lights, and the roads are quite narrow; not sure what the traffic rules are but them seem rather arbitrary.
We spent a little time exploring our little haven and the lovely serene pool, and then we were headed to Mozaic - the restaurant I've been dying to try (since I can't get reservations at French Laundry where the chef here trained).
- delicious savory cheese puffs with truffle oil (to die for!)
- mandarin foam with carrot and ginger puree (very interesting and flavorful)
- blue fin tuna tartare (good, but not unique)
- seafood medley with fried softshell crab, fish, scallops, etc. (very tasty)
- beet salad with gelee (I liked this but J hates beets)
- oysters with cucumber salsa (fresh and briny and sweet)
- foie gras tortellini (rich and decadent)
- seared foie gras (delish!)
- lamb chops (so tender and yummy)
- braised pork asian style (good but I wasn't blown away by this)
- buttery mashed potatoes (i think it was like a stick of butter per serving .
- fruit sorbet
- cheese course
- chocolate cake (so so)
- passion fruit tart with coconut ice cream (very nice blend of flavors)
- petit fours
All in all a wonderful meal. The wine pairings were also delectable and a mix of old world and new - i.e., european and chilean, australian... J is sort of a wine snob so he criticized the wine pairing, but I enjoyed it immensely (as did everyone else). Now I just want to curl up and sleep. :)
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