Eating vegan in Ubud, Bali

Dear readers,

My time in Bali was predominantly spent in Ubud where my volunteer accommodation was located. I did travel at the weekends but the restaurants I’m going to mention are all in Ubud. I stayed on the outskirts in a small area called Penestanan Kaja, which had few tourists aside from us volunteers. I feel it was able to give me a true sense of what Bali life is really like for the Balinese people!

Vespa

Admittedly I ate a LOT of my meals here considering it was just a few steps from my IMG_2370.jpgaccommodation. Vespa is a cute, small cafe approximately a 30 minute walk from the centre of Ubud (if I remember correctly :p). The cafe boasted a large menu with vegan options. The cuisine ranged from Indian, with their potato or pumpkin dosas, to their Japanese inspired vegan sushi. They also offer simpler dishes such as pasta and their stacked grilled vegetable plate, which you can see in the photo directly below. I was very impressed by the consistent standard of high quality delicious vegan food I was able to eat there. I would definitely recommend it if you get want a change from Balinese or Asian dishes!

 

Yellow Cafe

This gem of a cafe was found tucked away on the hill dividing Ubud centre and Penestanan Kaja. Next door to a yoga retreat this basic, back to nature, relaxed feel to the place made it my favourite of all the cafe’s I visited. Unfortunately, this cafe was not fully vegan but it did have some seriously delicious vegan dishes- like this rice flour crepe topped with chia chocolate, desiccated coconut, bananas, agave maple syrup and strawberries. Totally scrumptious!

 

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I tried their banana and date smoothie as well which tasted like caramel ❤ On another occasion I had their avocado toast without the feta cheese which was so good as they mashed the avocado up and served it with lots of basil and tomato.

 

 

 

Buddha Bowl 

Located nearer the centre of Ubud this restaurant made some delicious stir fried noodles with tofu. They have a predominantly Asian cuisine (particularly Vietnamese), which is nice if you’re trying to avoid the mass of restaurants catering to tourists with their western food. It is not fully vegan but still worth a visit if you’re ever passing by  🙂

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Dayu’s Warung 

The only 100% vegan restaurant I had the pleasure of visiting whilst in Ubud. They serve vegan and raw vegan food here! After glancing at their menu you can see their emphasis on healthy homemade food. They had a large menu with a huge range of dishes. I tried their sweet potato sandwich which was incredibly filling and full of nutrients. By the time I neither me nor my friend could hardly move but it was worth it :p . Unfortunately I completely forgot to take a photo of our dishes but thought I’d mention the restaurant anyways 🙂IMG_2192

Those are all the places I visited in my brief time in Bali. I wish I had had chance to try them all but most of my time was consumed volunteering which is a much more important cause than my stomach…. I suppose 😉

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

Bali, Beautiful but damaged

Dear Readers,

During my travels I spent 3 weeks volunteering in bali, a beautiful island in Indonesia. I had a wonderful time there exploring the natural beauty the island has to offer, meeting another like-minded vegan girl who joined me in teaching Indonesian children about caring for the environment.

 

 

Discovering secret waterfalls, watching monkey’s in their natural habitat and climbing barefoot through a hidden canyon were just a few of my favourite moments. Its safe to say Bali was my favourite country I visited in the 3 months I was away.

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Bali, although beautiful, is undergoing an environmental crisis. Little do most people know that this small island contains the 2nd highest amount of plastic waste in the world after china. With respiratory illness being listed as the number one killer. The pollution has been a result of the growing tourism, lack of education to the local people and the amount of rubbish that washes up during the rainy season.

Originally banana leaves were used as packaging by the local people, but as times developed and through tourist influence of their culture, the use of plastic bags took over from the previously used leaves. Local people would originally throw their banana leaves to the ground once used, as these would biodegrade and therefore would not be a problem. Unfortunately Local people still keep up this habit, but this time it’s plastic bags being tossed away. This has resulted in rubbish everywhere on the streets.

Bali is overflowing with rubbish, particularly in the built up touristic area Kuta, which I had the unfortunate experiencing of visiting for a night when there was a mix up with our hotels. Needless to say it wasn’t a highlight. 

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Just teaching the children highlighted the huge issue with lack of awareness amongst the locals. When presented with these photographs (we found online) of the devastation in Bali (see below the photos I showed to the children) the children immediately denied it, claiming we were wrong, it could not be Bali.

There is no awareness of recycling or the damage plastic does to the environment. Such as releasing dangerous toxins into the air or killing sea life. Nobody understands that it won’t just disappear, its there for the long run.

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The time spent with the children was trying and difficult, having to start from square on. We had to start by teaching them simply why we need the environment, before we could even touch upon how rubbish damages it or what we can do to solve the crisis. Unfortunately, the children did not seem to appreciate the seriousness of the situation; continuing to throw their plastic trash around the school and damaging the surrounding area. It was an eye-opening experience. I now understand just how bad the situation has become in this beautiful island.

Nevertheless I throughouly enjoyed my stay ❤

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I will be writing soon about the restaurants I discovered whilst there so stay tuned!

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx