Signora Pasta

Spending Saturday night, we chose this one place we have always curious about, Signora Pasta at Entertainment Center Bintaro.

The place was crowded. Almost full, with only 2 tables left, we chose the non smoking area, though the air conditioner was a bit too much.

I was impressed with the ambience. Dominated with brown in color and soft happy music in the background. Foods and beverages were sent out almost non stop.

The waiter quickly took our orders, which were Frittura Mista, prawn and calamari fritters, Capricciosa, mushrooms, capers with beef pizza, and a Penne Al Salmone, penne with cream sauce and salmon. As for the beverage, we both ordered a Bunga-Bunga, mix of lemongrass, lemon and a bit ginger (I think).


Frittura Mista


Capricciosa


Penne Al Salmone


Bunga-Bunga

It was, all, delicious.
I like best the texture of the pizza bread. It was in between crusty and doughy. The calamari and prawn were also perfectly fried. Unfortunately, the dipping was not as tasteful as the fries. The salmon penne was also tasty and aromatic, with all the herbs sprinkles. But the highlight for tonight, its the Bunga-Bunga. Fresh and it has a warm after taste. And husband ended up with another cup of Bunga-Bunga 🙂

The Wind Chime, Down Scaling The Up Scale

Got a 4 days getaway to Bandung few weeks ago and I decided to got to this place based on this review. And there we were.

The place is called The Wind Chime, though the wind chime elements are a little bit off, more like The Pan House since they put (good) comments on the pan and hang them along side the porch.

I made a reservation prior our arrival, thought had to anticipate the dinner rush. Turned out, we are the only customer since we came at 6.30 PM til we left at 8.00 PM. Errr?!

And the fiasco started with the only-one-chicken-entree menu, which finally I had to order it though I was not in the mood of chicken breast (again). Wie ordered a tiger prawn menu cost IDR 275k, which I thought would be worth it.

For appetizer, we ordered the infamous escargot.

Here they were..

Both our entrees got mashed potato in it and it was completely flat, no taste in any sense possible. And the garnishes somehow are not enhancing the flavor of the meat, since those meats (both the chicken breast and the prawn) could use a flavor enhancement. Even the basic salt and pepper I couldn’t taste.

The only savior of the night is the escargot. Olive oil and parsley is the key. Though they came out not as expected, as the snails were drown into the mushrooms.

A friend of mine was ordering a tenderloin and came out not as expected as well. I saw him struggling cutting the tenderloin.

For a down scaling like that we have to pay almost IDR 700k. What a Bummer! Totally not recommended and certainly not going back for a second down scale.

 

The Windchime
Jl. Sawungguling No. 10 A
Bandung – 40116
Jawa Barat, Indonesia
ph. +62(22) 423-9963

Civilized Critics (Appreciation for Sushi Tei Management)

Many fear criticism. Being the criticized, being the critics, and some prefer to keep the ‘golden way’. And that’s no surprise at all, since critics are made to reveal flaws and weaknesses.

But also, in the contrary, there are some people who just love criticism, especially being the critics. In worst case, critics are like predator and the criticized are like the prey.

That’s why criticism has a negative tone and people are busy to promote on how to convey a constructive critics.

I was one of those who fear criticism since I saw its negative tone instead of its constructive impact, and been busy (only) to promote how criticism can be constructive.

Well, no more now 🙂

Through one event, I learned to befriend with criticism. It happened just yesterday, Monday, August 13th 2012. My husband and I decided to have lunch at Sushi Tei in Pondok Indah Mall 2. I have always liked their sushi and ramen. Since my husband wanted the ramen to be the spicy one, finally we ordered their new special Ramadhan menu, Pirikara Soumen few selections of maki.

Not too long after we ordered, the food came along. We were digging the Pirikara Soumen, it was delicious until we found dead maggot in the Pirikara Soumen. The digging reached the bottom of our stomach.

I asked my husband whether we wanted to complain to the restaurant. He has no comment at that time.

And so, I decided to call the waitress and asked them about what is it in our Pirikara Soumen, is it some kind of ingredient. I asked her to confirm with the chef.

A little bit later, the store manager, Bapak Tedy Yanto, came to our table and apologized. He explained that it was indeed a dead maggot, and perhaps came from the vegetables in the Pirikara Soumen. He asked whether we wanted to change the menu to other selection. My husband and I can’t helped not to laugh and told Bapak Tedy that the Pirikara Soumen is already in our stomach. What’s the solution of that?

I sensed a bit pause in Bapak Tedy’s reaction and I waited for him to come up with another solution. And he did, by offering to discharge the bill for the Pirikara Soumen. We agreed.

Then Bapak Tedy went to take care of the bill and gave a comment card for us to fill.

I wrote down what’s necessary to comment on. That dead maggot in the food is totally NOT acceptable. I also wrote down my identity as complete as possible. I thought I have to be able to take responsibility for my rave comment.

We paid the bill and left the restaurant.

On our way, I decided to share my experience in my twitter account.

My intention was pure sharing my experience. And for Sushi Tei to improve their service since they are one of favorite restaurants in town. Mine too, but unfortunately this event really hit me in the stomach.

And then I got bunch of mentions in twitter. Only proving that Sushi Tei is everyone’s fave.

Few hours after later, I got a phone call from Ibu Monica, as the operational of Sushi Tei. Apologizing for the unfortunate event, thanking for giving the commentary on comment card and twitter, telling that investigation team has been dispatched to improve their service and asking whether there’s something they can do to make up the unfortunate event to us.

I say, that is one good management! Only within hours they already responding customer voice.

I said on the phone to Ibu Monica, that it would not be necessary to make up the unfortunate event since the bill was already discharged, we fully understood the situation and hopefully we all can learn from the event to be better, as in Sushi Tei can improve the service and we can be better customer by convey the constructive criticism.

I also share my appreciation to Sushi Tei management via twitter.

 

And that’s how I finally befriend with criticism. I am not afraid of it anymore.
Really, criticism can be constructive and beneficial for all of us, when we convey and accept it right 🙂

Once again, my sincere appreciation to Sushi Tei management for resolving this unfortunate event. You just prove you’re Big.

Bandung 0 KM

With little one, at 0 KM.

 

To pick up, the less little one, and here they are.

With the one who has never lose the spirit and light (also love) <3

Was a tiring journey, sleepy weekend, but lots of fun! 😉

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Itinerary Bandung, 28-29 January 2012

Stayed at POP Hotel Bandung on Jalan Peta
which is the budget hotel version of Harris. Not bad at all! Not so spacious but cozy. Located aside a new mall called Festival Citylink, I’d say the rate under $30 is reasonable. Breakfast is provided as quick bite, banana leave wrapped nasi uduk with spicy chicken and bean cake and hot tea/coffee.

Dinner at Bakso Malang Enggal on Jalan Burangrang
cheap and delicious meatballs and fried/pouched dumpling in clear soup. Self-serviced, pay as you take system I liked the most!

2nd breakfast at Eleven Seven Porridge at Jala Kebon Jati
which offers chicken, prawn, beef, pork and fish porridge. Unfortunately the chicken and fish, which is the highlight menu here, was out when we came 🙁 Selection of dim sum is the next option as we had prawn hakau, siomay, angsio and half portion of roast pork. It was okay, not as expected though.

Lunch at Radja Ketjil on Cihampelas Walk
we had our appetite fulled here! Yum yum and yum! The highlight menu should be the fried casava 😉

And the we get some snacks at Kartika Sari on Jalan Juanda a.k.a Dago

Highlight is Not Always a Delight

Heard about this place a lot. Some sort of happening in Jogja, a place to be to hang out as youngsters in Jogja. Blandhongan Coffeeshop (warkop: warung kopi), which has a branch called Semesta Coffeeshop.

And so, today, this heated afternoon, I decided to pay it a visit. As I came in, the place was not as crowded as I expected, I suppose due to the wrong timing of mine (youngsters don’t hang out in the middle of the day, granny :P). Found myself a seat, which is not so clean. Ashes’re everywhere, dusty and hot humid.

After waited for few minutes, I figured the place was self serving. And so I ordered in the cashier, a cup of coffee (Kopi Cangkir) for only Rp 3.500. Since the cashier guy asked me, is that it?, which made me feel a bit ‘cheap’, then I ordered a fried mushroom for Rp 8.500, for a total of Rp 12.000. It is indeed cheap but I feel like being robbed because actually I have another plan for lunch.

And so, here they are..

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The Kopi Cangkir.
And it shocked me. So clumsy. I did pity the classic cup. 😐

 

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Fried Mushroom.
A bit soggy, taste poorly.

Well, I guess this conclude that a highlight does not necessarilly a delight.
At least in my humble opinion..

 

Semesta Coffeeshop
Jl Abu Bakar Ali No 2
Kotabaru Yogyakarta

Borneo


The island I came back for the second period.
The first one was around 2003 or 2004 ( I forgot!!) for an On Job Training in Bontang, East Kalimantan. And the second period recently Real Job Not Training in Sampit, Central Kalimantan.

A little bit about Kalimantan or Borneo as it was called in the past, as explained by Aunt Wiki here, is the third largest island in the world and the land of so many rivers.

From the first visit, I get the idea of the third largest island in the world, cause travel via land from town to town can take days. I personally just had the hours travel from Bontang to Samarinda. And I felt the largeness of the island already.

And after the second visit, I get the idea of the land of so many rivers. So many rivers in terms of amount and ‘real’ river in width and depth. Mahakam and Mentaya rivers are two of that so many rivers. And in these rivers, ships make port. I’m not talking about small boat, but a ship. KM Leuseur was one of the ships I saw made port in Mentaya river. It was a 3000 men of capacity ship. And my mind had its protest for being set that ‘river’ is not for a ship to make port, instead in this island, so many ‘rivers’ to make port on.

The etymology of ‘kalimantan’ is derived from Sanskirt ‘kalamanthana’ which means island with burning temperature. And indeed, it is since Kalimantan lies in the equator line. Pontianak, West Kalimantan is famous as the Equator City.

Coming to this island, the first and the second period, makes me realize how rich we are as a nation and how poor we are in managing that wealth.

Some snapshots from the second period.
The first period snapped in hard copy. 😉

figured H.Asan must be a filthy rich folk

standard vehicle

this single-one way baggage belt is very interesting :)) wait til my bag is (literally) fell on my feet

its a restaurant but I fell in love with a pair of shoes they put in the cashier, unfortunately its not for sale

and last but not least, this blue house serves yummy ‘soto madura’