Canggu – a food odyssey

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows that I spend most of my time in Sanur or on Nusa Lembongan. However part of the reason I moved to Bali was to see all the different and beautiful parts of this country. So recently The American and I have been to Ubud and to the mountains and last week we ventured to Canggu – a perfect combination of rice fields and beach living.

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I wasn’t sure what I expected from Canggu other than a few days rest; instead what I found was too many food choices (heaven for a foodie like me) and the coolest villa/B&B accomodation.

I found United Colors of Bali on Trip Adviser and it was the cool styling of the villas with all their colours that drew me in. Also the fact that when I emailed the villas, the actual owner emailed me back virtually straight away with the rates and villa availability. The personal touch these villas had was evident in the styling and in the staff, who just couldn’t do enough for you. The villa had a great lay out, gorgeous private gardens, huge bathroom and the view from the bedroom window over all the greens of the rice fields was stunning to wake up to.

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Add to that the nicest breakfast balcony with a beautiful view over the whole property. Even if you aren’t a breakfast person, try the toast. At least an inch or so thick, freshly made, topped with fluffy eggs or home-made jams…add coffee and I’m instantly happy! I followed up breakfast with a massage in the poolside bale. I don’t normally rave about massages, I tend to get fidgety half way through and want to leave. But this was easily the best massage I’ve ever had…I think. I fell asleep but considering I normally can’t handle massages, falling asleep is a credit to how good the masseuse was.

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A grazing lunch followed starting at Echo Beach where we had snacks and beer while watching brave surfers on crazy huge messy waves. Bit of shopping in the new shops near Echo Beach then a quick motorbike ride to Old Mans. Great people watching spot (men wearing scarves seem to be the ‘in’ thing in Canggu at the moment) with a good vegetable green curry.

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Grazing was the theme for the day as we ended up at Lacalita for dinner. A friend emailed me an awesome list of great places to go and we were working our way through it. Lacalita was highlighted on her list and I can see why. Fresh ingredients, great flavour combinations and a killer cocktail menu. The tapas or sharing menu is great, try the fondito which is virtually 90% cheese so naturally very very good for you and worth driving there just for that! My fave were the fish tacos with a spicy tomato, onion and chilli salsa. The American’s were the slow braised pork tacos with pineapple salsa. Lacalita is very funky in decor and styling, especially with its enormous floral chandeliers.

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The next day we came across a new-ish Mexican place called Taco Love. If in Canggu, you need to try this place. Small but decorated in Mexican colours and brightness, the menu is simple but made fresh to order and insanely good. Vegetarian nachos and Jalapeno poppers for me, which are huge Jalapenos filled with cheese, bread crumbed and then deep fried. One popper was medium heat, the other needed to be cooled down with a frozen margarita…or two. Any excuse for a second margarita really.

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The last place in the Canggu food odyssey was Watercress. Cool decor, funky furnishings, Revolver coffee kiosk inside and an awesome menu and wine list. Fresh Vietnamese vegetarian spring rolls, tempura vegetables with laksa followed by Revolver coffee affogato. Loved everything about this place so please add this to your list of Canggu hot spots to go.

PS Watercress do amazing food but also have some good house rules to live by too!

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