Cooked in an on-site commercial kitchen, the Bali cuisine at the blogging retreat was incredible. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feature colorful and healthy options – heavy on pumpkin, dragon fruit, green vegetables, and delicious variety. Dietary restrictions are easily accommodated, with vegetarian, pescetarian, and gluten-free options.
You will never be hungry as there are snacks every morning and afternoon. Snacks vary between smoothies, veggies with homemade hummus, fruit plates, heaping bruschetta, and truffle French fries.
La Laguna & The Lawn
You’ll enjoy a handful of meals and a few happy hours outside of the villa in Canggu and Ubud. We had a blast at La Laguna, a gypsy paradise with more photo ops than one can capitalize on during one happy hour.
We also enjoyed the Lawn, a trendy spot with rope lights, white umbrellas, and natural green carpeting of grass. Our last day, we closed out a Jungle Fish, a poolside oasis surrounded by jungle and rice paddies just north of Ubud.
It’s incredible to see how many trendy new spots have cropped up in the last 3 years since I visited Bali, when Potato Head in Seminyak was all the rage.
Old Man’s, a surf bar, is a local favorite for Sunday nights on the beach in Canggu. (Apparently Sunday night is the night to go out in Bali.)
Smoothie bowls are a core category of the Balinese food groups. There are ample fresh fruits grown locally for chefs to source vibrant and tasty ingredients. Check out this dragon fruit, strawberry, banana, coconut, and goji berry rainbow!
Breakfast at Nalu Bowls was equal parts beautiful and delectable. With bowls named after surf breaks from around the world, there is an option to appeal to every taste and color palette.
It’s just plain fun to drink out of a coconut in Bali. These local, fresh coconuts are hydrating and contain electrolytes. I sipped on this one while we worked at Outpost, an awesome co-working space in Ubud near the Monkey Forest.
Locally brewed kombucha is a refreshing afternoon treat when you are trying to soak up all the knowledge you can. *Pro tip:* the probiotics in kombucha help to bolster your immune system, which is perfect when you are adapting to the natural bacteria in a new place like Bali, or trying to ward off any bacteria spread in the dry air of your trans-oceanic jet.
A Latte, Please
I recommend stopping at a co-working space for your daily latte or cup of joe. Bali has the best range of co-working spaces I have seen. It seems to be a tradition that you leave your shoes at the door (reminds me of Hawai`i) and enter as your best self.
Each has its own unique character, but they all have attributes that set them apart – sensational views, a pool to cool off in between items on your to-do list, a lust-worthy menu, and even showers to meet the varied needs of the digital nomadic demographic.
Cocktails by the Pool
You can’t go wrong with a cocktail by the pool. There are so many unique and fruity options, dressed up with everything from palm fronds wrapped around your glass, to bamboo straws, to whipped cream and cherries. Cheers, Salud, bottoms up!
Avocado Toast … & More Bowls
I could pretty much subsist on food consumed from a bowl in Bali. There were so many options for smoothies, salads, rice bowls, noodle bowls, and every delectable combination you could imagine. This was my last meal in Ubud before heading to the airport – so good to board a long haul flight with a belly full of green.
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