Waistline & spending increases in Bali – the money pot lightens as our waistlines expand.
Local fresh fruit, rice or noodles and vegetables with the odd banana pancake thrown in was what we had dined on during the first two weeks of our trip around the less touristy East Coast of Bali. It was satisfying, nothing amazing, but nothing terrible either and it was keeping us fuelled for all of our daily adventures. It had been two weeks on this journey so far and we were feeling pleasantly trim. No alarming holiday weight gain here we thought smugly to ourselves. That was, of course, until we hit Ubud and Seminyak, wonderful touristy towns of Bali where there were a myriad of food options to choose from.
Ubud and to a further extent Seminyak were the undoing of our budget and waistlines! Before we arrived in Ubud we were sitting well under our $100 AUD per day budget for everything including accommodation, food, drinks, entertainment, land travel and anything else that came up. But as each day dawned and we searched for the ever elusive good coffee shop, as well as trying out funky cafes and restaurants our budget surplus quickly transformed into a deficit.
Ubud food highlights for us were; Earth Cafe which is vegetarian, healthy and delicious. Kafe which served up all kinds of different meals to suit anyone’s tastes. And my absolute favourite Taco Casa where I could customise my burrito exactly to my liking. I am a creature of habit and if I love something I will keep going back. Taco Casa slotted into this category and became our nightly dinner haunt for five nights in a row… much to Ricky’s embarrassment!
The deficit then came into full swing once we hit Seminyak. This was partly my fault due to a tattoo I received as a birthday gift from the family (read about that here) and partly due to the fact that Seminyak is pure foodie heaven. We were absolutely spoilt for choice and while these places had nothing on Australian prices, they were a touch more costly than our previous rice and vege meals…. but totally worth it!
We had finally found coffees that we could drink for enjoyment rather than their energy boosting properties only, and the doughnuts, the burgers, the pastas, all of these amazing meals served to perfection and tasting better than any restaurant at home for a third of the cost.
Highlights in Seminyak for us included Frankenstiens (more so for the dinner time show but also decent food), The Coffee Library, Cafe Organic and Dough Darlings (you have to try the mozzarella donut – seriously!!).
We were being spoilt for choice in this lovely part of Bali. Our taste buds were zinging but the slightly out of control budget needed to be curbed as did the amount of rich food we were consuming & so onto Phuket, Thailand it was to enjoy but also to focus on our health and our spending.
xx Travelling Fresh