Petty Elliott visited Flores in search of its best ingredients and found a perfect romantic island getaway.
Bali, the island of the Gods needs no introduction. I lost count how many times I visited Bali. It has been famous as a tourist destination for decades. Although its very crowded in the last few years Bali has been building a fresh element to its unique personality among the most special places to visit in the world – its food.
In my two trips to Aceh recently I found many surprises and lots of inspiration. The character of food in this, the northernmost province in Sumatra, is rich and heavy, laden with spices and frequent use of coconut. Given its history of trade with South Asia and the Middle East, it is hardly surprising that Acehnese cuisine has Indian and Arab influences. These extend both in terms of cooking techniques and the use of selected spices such as cumin, cardamom, star anise, fennel seed, cinnamon and pepper.
Manado, North Sulawesi is a special place to me as I was born there and lived there until I was 13 years old. The lush greens of coconut plantations, beautiful coral reefs of Bunaken Island and water rafting the wild mountain rivers are among many vivid childhood memories.