BGS Bali is a hidden gem in Canggu. In all of Bali, we have the best almond milk latte! Stop in for some of the best coffee in town, as well as wifi, surf supplies, munchies, beverages, and a group of friendly faces who will quickly become your new best friends.
BGS serves the best Almond Milk Latte on the island – and after knocking back hundreds (if not thousands) of these thick, creamy, and vanilla-roasted cups of gold, we can confirm this big coffee claim. You won’t wanna just grab-and-go either, because BGS is also where you’ll find friendly faces in a community-driven space that also sells all of your surf essentials, from boards and fins to wax, tees, and bikinis too. Just don’t be surprised if you’re still propping up the bar ’til late, buzzing off their brilliant brews and discussing the morning’s surf report with locals, resident ex-pats, and even their Bali dogs.
A cafe that you can call home
When we are at home, we feel comfortable, we don’t wear any shoes and can seat comfortably as and when we like, the same as when you are at BGS Coffee Bar. There aren’t many seats in the cafe, but many just find a spot at the corner of the floor and read their book. We were surprised about this situation as if you did that in Singapore you will only receive many stares instead. This is one of the places we kept heading back to during our trip.
The branch at Ubud is located up a hill away from the busy streets, which makes us realize we can stay there all day. On the other hand, the branch we visited in Canggu is more busy and hippy when many people crowd around and have a chat.
BGS Ubud Address: Jl. Penestanan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud Operating Hours: 7.30am to 8pm
But have you heard the new thing about smoothies? You can put them in BOWLS. Yes, bowls. Why, you ask Because you can make them into even more of a complete meal with the simple addition of a few blend-in ingredients and toppings. Count me in! This smoothie bowl is absolutely delicious. Plus, it’s simple (as always), requiring just 10 minutes to make, and entirely customizable. We provide a basic round-up of ingredients for you to start with so you can then experiment and make this bowl your own.
The basic idea, in my opinion, is to make a slightly thicker, more nutritionally dense smoothie (with things like avocado and nut butter) and then top it with some game-changing ingredients, like coconut, hemp seeds, granola, nut butter, etc. You get the drift.
Basically, anything in your pantry that will take your smoothie from a tide-me-over snack to a seriously-substantial meal.
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Coconut Green Smoothie Bowl
Frozen Green Smoothie Pack from Mark & Spencer (follow the recipe on the pack)
1 banana; thinly slice
roasted coconut curls
Follow the instruction from the pack and add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds, or until creamy.
The weather in Singapore is so hot, that it is always a good idea to find some ice cream & waffles cafe to chill at. Enter Ri Ri Cha 日日茶 (not to be confused with Ri Ri Hong 日日红) at Sago Street which is focused on tea-flavored ice cream. If you find some of their offerings such as Nian Gao Waffles familiar, that is because it is opened by the same folks behind The Better Scoop located at Serangoon and Sembawang.
18 ice cream flavors (Single $5.50, Double $10) are available, with old favorites such as Pi Pa Gao, Honey Chamomile Butterfly Pea, Tie Guan Yin, Osmanthus Oolong, and Chrysanthemum Goji Berries. Outlet-exclusive flavors are more tea-focused, such as Corn Silk Tea, White Peach Oolong, Matcha Butterfly Pea Soy, Jasmine Green Milk Tea, Longan Red Dates, Tangerine Peel Pu’erh, Da Hong Pao Pineapple, and Roselle Smoked Plum.
Classic Waffle is priced at $6 whereas their signature Nian Gao Waffle and seasonal Ong Lai Pineapple Waffle at $6.80. The Nian Gao Waffles ($6.80) were as delightful as I remembered them to be, with a layer of chewy “Nian Gao” (a traditional Chinese New Year cake) made from glutinous rice flour embedded within the waffle.
Adding a chewy texture in contrast to the crispy nature of a waffle, it is similar to how we usually pan-fried our Nian Gao with eggs, except in the form of a waffle that is more airy.
Ri Ri Cha 日日茶 Address: 24 Sago Street, Singapore 059020 Opening Hours: 12 pm – 10 pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Hermosilla occupies a corner unit on the ground floor of a multi-use building by modernist Spanish architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto that was completed in 1952. As a starting point for the restaurant’s interior scheme, Plantea Estudio looked to the earthy tones of the building’s dark red-orange bricks and the way they subtly change colour as the light shifts throughout the day.
The main idea was to colour the environment with various complementary tones that reinforce this broad, natural spectrum of light and colour. The colours are enlivened and distinguished from each other or tempered and blended, depending on the moment.