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Last week, I had a sudden urge to bake ginger snaps.  However, due to a freaky heatwave where the temperatures out here jumped from the comfortable mid- to high 70’s Fahrenheit to an astounding high record temperature of 112F.  Now that the temperature has dropped, I spent this weekend on a ginger snap baking spree.

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I love ginger snaps, but I prefer to make them because they just taste better homemade with quality ingredients and because I really haven’t found any on the market that have the kind of ginger punch that I desire. I want my ginger snaps to be really gingery and enjoy biting into candied ginger bits.

I baked Saturday and Sunday using 2 different base batters. On Saturday, I made a base batch using a basic molasses cookie recipe I found a while back. Taste-wise, that first double batch turned out great – I made half plain, and half spiced. The only problem is that they were a little too fragile for shipping, because they’d break with a simple light jostle. I wanted to send some to my sister and a friend and having the cookies turn into crumbs en route just would not do (though I suppose they’d make a good ice cream topping).

Thus, I reworked my recipe on Sunday to make it a better cookie in both taste and hardiness for shipping and transport to my knit night. The result is a quadruple (!) ginger cookie that is great for hoarding all to myself gifting and sharing. I think altogether from both baking days, I made about 5 dozen of the Super Gingery Ginger Cookies and about 4 dozen that are spiced with a clove mix.

And because I’m so nice, I converted my own chicken scratch and shorthand into something readable and am sharing my recipe with y’all! 😉  The following recipe has the option for you to make a spiced version as well.

Super Gingery Ginger Cookies

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Ingredients
¾ cup organic unsalted butter, softened
1 cup organic brown sugar
1 organic cage-free egg
¼ cup organic molasses, unsulphured
1 ¾ tbsp fresh minced ginger
2 ½ cup organic whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger powder
¼ tsp sea salt
¾ cup chopped crystallized ginger
¾ cup chopped non-crystallized candied ginger

Variation: Spiced Super Gingery Ginger Cookies (optional)
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp cardamom

Directions

  1. In a  large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together with hand or standing mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, egg and fresh ginger.
  2. In another bowl, combine and mix flour, baking soda, ground ginger and sea salt. If you are making the Spiced version, also add in the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. With your spatula or a large wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir in chopped ginger. Chill dough, covered, in refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Shape dough into 1” balls and place approximately 2” apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies have flattened a bit, browned and starting to crack on the top. Cookies should be slightly crisp at the edges and soft and chewy in the center.

Additional Cooking Notes: To prevent the pieces from sticking together when chopping the non-crystalized candied ginger, which has the texture and stickiness of gum drops, toss them with about 1 tbsp of organic granulated sugar. If you want a softer, chewier cookie, shorten the bake time. Conversely, if you like your ginger snaps to have more snap, bake them a little longer. And of course, if you want them extra gingerly, but not super, reduce the chopped crystallized and candied gingers by ⅛ to ¼ cup each. If you can’t find the non-crystallized candied ginger (I got mine at Trader Joe’s), you can substitute it with the crystallized ginger. If you can manage to make your cookies last longer than a day, the ginger flavor tends to strengthen more after 1 or 2 days.

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L-R: Non-crystallized candied ginger; Crystallized ginger; Grated fresh ginger.

Enjoy!!

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Food Allergies

If you’ve been following my tweets over the last several weeks, you’ll know that my elimination diet is no longer one. It has been really challenging and depressing and has morphed more into a pre-elimination sleuthing diet.

As it turns out, I came to the realization that many of the veggies and fruits I love cause immediate reactions in the form of lip/mouth itching, tongue tingling/numbness, throat irritation. face bumps & itching and soft palate (roof of mouth) swelling.

So far, of the foods I’ve tested (or have known about), I’ve found that I’m allergic to the following foods:

Vegetables

green beans;  red leaf lettuce; oak leaf lettuce; romaine lettuce (but cooked is not so bad); artichokes; cabbage; spinach, raw (highly likely, need to test again); edamame (soy)

Fruits

honeydew melon; cantaloupe; pineapple; tomato; apples; figs (though I don’t have a problem if they’re cooked); grapes (highly likely, need to test again)

Meats/Fish

ahi tuna; Alaskan cod; I don’t really eat any other meat but poultry, so I won’t be testing other meats or game.

Other

stevia; sunflower seeds, raw

I’m pretty sad about the edamame allergy discovery. I was vegetarian for over a decade and while I am no longer one, my diet is still largely vegetarian most of the time. I don’t like many meats and generally don’t eat enough protein, so I usually get my protein from soy and other legumes. It’s not a good sign in the legume department given that I’ve already had reactions to green beans and edamame. Sigh. While I don’t know if I have sensitivities to them, at least I don’t seem to have an allergy problem with almonds & cashews.

I still need to test a few lots more foods. Then after I find out more culprits and figure out what foods I can safely eat while trying to keep healthy, I’m going to start over on the elimination diet to find out possible food intolerances and sensitivities.

For those of you who have food issues, I’m sharing a list of food families and foods commonly associated with various  allergies (i.e. latex, ragweed) that I compiled for myself using information from my allergist and other information I gathered from my own research. Click here for the document.

People allergic to birch may also have allergies to almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, carrots, celery, cherries, chicory, coriander, fennel, fig, hazelnuts, kiwi, nectarines, parsley, parsnips, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, prunes, soy, strawberries and wheat.

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So, I’ve been on this Elimination Diet for 2 weeks now. The whole point of the elimination diet is to pinpoint what foods I’m allergic and sensitive to.  While a person may not to be allergic to a food, one can still be sensitive and/or intolerant of it.  (I talk about it my plan and allergy history in this post here.)

Well, I knew that it’d be challenging and was up for it, but I had no idea how hard! It turns out that some of the foods I thought was “safe” for me to eat during the elimination period are foods to which I’m actually having allergic reactions!! Thus, my elimination diet will have to be considered a pre-elimination diet. I need to first identify what foods to which I may be getting immediate allergic reactions. Then once I identity those foods, I’ll probably need to start over on a true elimination diet to identify foods to which I might be merely sensitive or intolerant. This royally bites. The frustration certainly does not help me function and be productive when I’ve also got a major case of the blahs, but I am trying to stay positive.

For healthy eating, Essentially Healthy Food has some great ideas on lettuce wraps. Click on photo to get to their site for the lettuce wrap article.

Because of my multitude of allergies, I figured that of the few safe foods I could eat were sweet potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, brussels sprouts, chicken and fish. Safe oils and sweeteners are extra virgin olive oils, grapeseed oil, stevia, agave nectar and maple syrup.  Most of my foods I get either pesticide-free or organic. Imagine only being able to eat those foods through the course of at least 2-4 weeks.  All those veggies have certain odors…yeah, and I sure smell good when I sweat!

I was wondering why I was getting oral symptoms sometimes when I ate cabbage so I started testing that and some of my “safe” foods by themselves.  It turns out that I am allergic to cabbage and several varieties of lettuce!! My throat gets scratchy pretty much upon immediate consumption, and in most cases, part of my soft palate (roof of my mouth) gets puffy and tender.  In the case of fish (I tried wild ahi tuna and wild Alaskan cod) and stevia, my lips, cheeks and neck itches and I get tiny bumps on my cheeks, which then turns to eczema.

Because of those reactions and my concern over eating enough and balanced calories, I decided to change gears and try to figure out what low-suspect foods might be okay. I’ve since added steel-cut oats, cauliflower, almonds, pistachios and cooked spinach. I think later, when I restart the a true elimination diet, I will cut out the oats and test my tolerance and sensitivity to it. We’ll see what I can really eat first though. I love veggies, but I’m pretty sick of yams, chicken and broccoli right now, and all the veggies I can eat tend to cause bloating. ugh.

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I love baked whole sweet potatoes, but another great way to enjoy them is to slice them, toss them in some EVOO, sea salt and bake into healthy fries!

Garlicky Sweet Potato Fries Recipe With 2 Dips

I really love whole baked potatoes, but I got tired of eating it that way almost everyday, so I made myself some baked sweet potato fries. Unfortunately, I could only eat them without the dips or pepper during my elimination diet, but I hope y’all will at least enjoy them for me.  Here’s my basic recipe (please note that I mostly cook with the “a little of this, and a little of that” method, so these measurements are general guidelines):

Fries:
5-6 organic sweet potatoes, washed and sliced into about 1/4″ thick (use more if yours are small)
2-3 tbsp organic extra olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, minced (use more if you like extra garlic!)
sea salt
cayenne or white pepper
parsley

Dip 1 – Plum Sauce:
3 organic plums, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 tsp of fresh grated ginger
fresh lime juice (1/2 or 1 whole one depending on size and taste)
juice of 1 orange
honey or organic raw agave nectar
1/8 tsp salt
cornstarch (optional)

Dip 2 – Spicy Mango Mayo:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mango
1/4 tsp sambal hot sauce
zest of 1 lime

Toss the sweet potatoes (make sure that they’re dry) in a bowl with the EVOO, salt and pepper. Salt and pepper according to your own preferences and taste. Spread them out on a greased cookie sheet in a 450 degrees F pre-heated oven, making sure that the slices are not too close together or touching. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until edges are crispy, centers tender and golden brown, turning occasionally. During the last 5-10 minutes of baking, sprinkle and toss the minced garlic with the fries – Be careful not to burn yourself when you do this. Garnish with some chopped parsley and more pepper if desired. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving, but serve it warm!

Dip 1: combine all the ingredients except for the cornstarch in a saucepan until it boils, turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. If it’s too runny for your taste, add some cornstarch according to package directions to thicken. Add the honey or agave nectar to taste. The sweetness of the sauce will actually depend on your plums, so make sure you taste it before adding your sweetener. The final sauce should be a little tangy and sweet.

Dip 2: Combine all ingredients. To add a twist, you can also add some curry powder or a little bit of dijon mustard. I hate cilantro, but I think cilantro lovers would enjoy this dip with some finely chopped cilantro.

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While I’ve been to several TNNA trade shows, I’ve never been to the one in Columbus until now. (For those of you who don’t know, The National Needleart Association (TNNA) holds 4 trade shows a year. As far as knitters, crocheters and the yarn industry is concerned, the 2 big ones to go to is the summer show in Columbus, OH and the winter show held either in Long Beach, CA or San Diego, CA. Columbus is the biggest one.)

When I attend TNNA, I usually go wearing 2 hats: retailer and designer. This time, I went wearing those 2 hats, plus one of an exhibitor since I am now a member of Stitch Cooperative.

I Scream for Ice Cream

One of the first thing everyone who has been to Columbus tells me is “Go to Jeni’s ice cream!” It’s like a mantra. Even non-knitterly folks who’ve been to Columbus tell me to eat at Jeni’s. While I may be quite smare sometimes, I’m not stupid not to heed that kind of advice!

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My virgin Jeni’s experience consisted of Meyer Lemon Blueberry with Gravel Road on a cone. It was actually my second breakfast. I love being an adult! Having ice cream for breakfast really is not bad at all because my selection met all the important food groups: fruit/veggie, protein, grain and dairy.

Stitch Cooperative

Stitch Cooperative is a pattern distribution company comprised of several top indie designers. It’s designer owned and run. Yarn shops can buy hardcopy patterns from Stitch Coop and also get involved with the digital affiliate program (basically, just sign up, add a link and get money when customers buy pdf patterns!).

Stitch Coop members recently decided to add a few new designers and yours truly was included in that new member group. I was floored and so very honored and flattered to have been selected and  invited to join such an esteemed group of designers such as Shannon Okey, Annie Modesitt, Stefanie Japel, Kristi Porter, Miriam Felton, just to name a few!

To help network, brand and just to have fun, Stitch Coop had a party at TNNA. The party was graciously and generously sponsored and supported by Bijou Basin Ranch and Buffalo Gold. The very clever Annie Modesitt had a decorative stamp made with our logo and our sponsors’ logos with which we stamped tables, napkins and gave ourselves and our guests “tattoos.”

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Photos, clockwise: (1) Kristi Porter and Miriam Felton. I love Miriam’s face!; (2) Shannon Okey was the only one daring enough to sampe her chest; (3) me and my arm tattoo; (4) party-goers and invited guests.

While the party was fun, we also had some business to attend to, which involved a meeting we had with Team Ravelry. Of course, you can’t have a decent meeting without a nice little bar, an adorable baby or some bad-ass toenails. I ended up being the de facto photographer, though I think I did a poor job if it (hey, it was a very looong day with little sleep the night before, and I had already drank half of my vodka tonic).

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Photos, clockwise: (1) You really can’t have a decent meeting without a bar, thanks to Annie and Shannon!; (2) a blurry picture of (L-R) Kristen TenDyke, Jess Forbes, Robin Chachula, Stefanie Japel and Mary-Heather Cogar; (3) Shannon enjoying her drink; (4) Miriam Felton, Dora Ohrenstein, Sarah B., and Casey Bobfather Forbes; (5) Mary-Heather, Stefanie with baby Olive (cutest ever!) and Kristi Porter; (6) Shannon and Stefanie found out that they had the same polish colors (unplanned!) when they shared the same ottoman. The other foot is mine.

TO BE CONTINUED….NEXT POST: TNNA-part 2

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My second day in Bali started with a stroll around the resort gardens and a breakfast that included lots of rambutan.

Bali Silver

Our main goal for this second day was to go up to Ubud, a town known for its arts and artisans. Along the way to Ubud, we stopped at an Australian-owned jewlery company and factory that produces high-quality handcrafted Bali silver sold exclusively for export, except for sales to the tourist market in the on-site showroom. We toured the factory and then of course, escorted to their in-house shop.  I was permitted to photograph the factory studios, but of course, not the any part of the showroom except structural fixtures.

Click on photos to enlarge.  Row 1, L to R: 1. Rows of work benches; 2. Annealing a pendant frame; 3. Setting decorative elements to the bezel; Row 2: 4. Sizing a ring; 5. Polishing a bracelet; 6. Finished bezel-set turquiose rings.

Given my interest in jewelry fabrication and silversmithing, my dad jokingly suggested that I stay behind and offer to apprentice and learn from them for 2 years in exchange for my free labor.  I’m not that industrious.

Batik

After the silver factory, we headed towards one of the many batik centers. Several artisans sat in a pavillion working on batik as a live demo for tourists. Some tourists were so crass that without asking, they would lean into the artisan and touch them and their work while they are actively working and applying the designs just to get a photo and a closer look! Geez! I really wanted to slap those uncouth tourists on behalf of the artisans.

The composite above shows various steps and aspects of textile art production (click to enlarge or go to my Flickr set to see larger individual images).  Row 1: 1. Tools of the batik-making process; 2. Various types of natural waxes and resins used for the resist, including a pine resin; 3. Carved stamps used to stamp images; 4. the first step of a batik with the main images drawn with the resist; Row 2: 5-8. Artisans carefully drawing swirls with the tjanting (the pen-tool used to apply the resist); Row 3: 9-11. Artisans working in different stages of the batik process. 12. A partially completed batik; Row 4. 13. Washed fabric with a partial design hung to dry; 14. the wax/resin pot; 15. Artisan sewing a garment; 16. Loom; Row 5. 17. Hank of yarn hung on a loom; 18. Yarn reeler; 19 & 20. Looms  on which traditional cloth is woven.

Of course being in such an environment and my love of beautiful textiles made it hard to resist wanting to buy a whole bunch of batik fabric and garments. Despite having lots at home as well, I did buy a few select pieces.  These lovelies always make good presents for good crafting friends anyways. The problem comes when I can’t decide which ones to part with!

Hindu Temples

Another one of our stops on the way up to Ubud was a large Hindu temple.  Prior to entering, visitors are encouraged to provide a small donation and are required to wear some sort of ceremonial wrap skirt/covering over their legs before entering. I’m not sure what the skirt’s significance is, but all the skirts were colorful and festive.

The temple complex is a very large outdoor complex surrounded by a decorative perimeter wall.  Several  different altars and pavillions dot the landscape inside.  I assume that each pavillion is dedicated to a different diety. Every part of the temple is decorated with intricate carvings and stone work with orange bricks. While some pavillions have very simple straw-thatched ceilings, others have very elaborate fresco and gold-gilded decorations, as show in the photos below (last row).

After visiting the temple, we went to a Balinese restaurant with a lovely garden and located next to a rice paddy field, where Mr. CD ordered us some more delectable Indonesian cuisine and specialties.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Our next stop on this very eventful day was among my favorites: Monkeys! We went to the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, where nearly 350 macaque monkeys live. According the the forest website, the sacred forest

“is a demonstration of the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature. In Bali, sanctuaries such as the Monkey Forest are usually in sacred village areas, often surrounded by temples. These cultural sanctuaries are not only an important part of Balinese heritage, but also an important part of everyday live.” (sic)

Mr. CD bought bananas to feed the monkeys. Boy, are they cunning when when know you have bananas! They will pull on your pant leg and jump on you to beg for a banana. If you are not careful, they will steal it from your hands.  And if a baby monkey has a banana as a larger more dominant monkey approaches, the baby will drop the banana and run.

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My favorite part of the monkeys are their mohawks!

Starfish at Jimbaran

We walked around the main Ubud areas mainly helping my stepmom find some batik dresses.  I tried a few on, but none of them fit my bodacious overgrown boobs. 😦 (Well, if they did, they were made for larger people and I ended up looking preggars.) We also bought a few other small souvenirs, trinkets and gifts for friends.  Mr. CD was very helpful in price-negotiations with the vendors and shops.  Bargaining and negotiation prices is a very common practice in many countries, just not common in the U.S., not even that much in flea markets and swap meets, where it’s practically the only place you can bargain in the U.S.

My dad wanted to buy a carving from one shop and no matter how many times he tried to get the shop owner to lower her price (in English), she would not budge.  My dad was about to give up and was getting ready to approach the counter when I told him to wait as I ran across the street to fetch Mr. CD. Upon seeing and realizing that hubby’s  Indonesian, I could tell that the shop owner was not happy. Of course having a native speaker present was very helpful with everything, especially since he managed to get the lady (begrudgingly) to lower her price after at least 3 failed attempts by my dad.

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After Ubud, our trusty driver drove us down to Jimbaran, where we watched another sunset while dining beach side at the Blue Marlin Cafe & Seafood Grill.  We ordered various seafoods and had them grilled to order.  The food was fresh, although not superb. However, the fruit juices they served were rich, thick, sweet and super yummy.

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While waiting for our food, I strolled the beach by myself and met a waiter who was releasing a live starfish that had washed ashore. He was kind enough to hold it up for a while so that I and another tourist could snap some photos, however in the process, the starfish stung him. oops!

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A perfect end to a perfect day.

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Originally, our plans did not include Bali. Hubby talked about taking us to the mountainous regions of Bandung. So, I was not prepared or packed for Bali at all.  Well, I suppose, even if I did pack a swimsuit, I wouldn’t really have taken a dip in the ocean because we didn’t really have that much time and neither my dad or my stepmom really swim. (Stepmom is really afraid of water.)

Nonetheless, I was just happy to have gone! I do admit to having a little pity party syndrome in that we only went for 2.5 days — not enough in my book! At least this way, I can convince the hubs that I need to go back again in the future.

Our trip (flight, hotel and driver) was generously and graciously arranged by hubby’s sister. We stayed at the lovely Bali Dynasty Resort in South Kuta and hired a driver to chauffeur us around the island.

Upon our arrival, our first stop after a visit to the U.S. Consulate’s office regarding my stepmom’s passport “problem” was a non-Chinese meal. We were all happy for the change in cuisine and dined one some super Indonesian and Balinese food.

Tanah Lot

Afterwards, our driver took us to watch the sunset at Tanah Lot, a rock formation on which a centuries-old Balinese temple sits. Tourists and visitors are only allowed access up to the ocean temple after they have been annointed and purified. I didn’t make it up there since the line was really long and I was the only one who could cross the waters to Tanah Lot. (Both dad and Helman had open sores on their feet and stepmom didn’t want to cross the water.) Instead, I observed others getting purified, played at the base of the rock formation, and took some self-portraits. Luckily, my klutziness was kept at bay and I did not slip on the slippery rocks with the evening tide at my knees as I crossed the waters.

Sunset at Tanah Lot

After my frolic in the water and getting my capri pants totally wet (I didn’t hike them up enough), we walked up to a cliff area and sat at one of the cafes for some drinks and to watch the sunset.

I snapped away as the sun set. No matter how many photos I snapped, I still cannot capture the allure of the whole experience.  How do you capture 360 degrees of color changes around you as you inhale the warm ocean air and listen to the symphony of crashing waves?

Nothing can compare to the actual experience, but I did snap enough photos to remind me of the trip and to show the progression of the entire sunset, shown below in 2 composites and in chronological order.

Composition 1: Sunset progression at Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia

The first 6 images on the second composite were taken with the zoom lens.

Composition 2: Sunset progression at Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia

After the intoxicating sunset, we had not intended on stopping in the market area designed to allure tourists.  However, this large and scary critter caught our eye:

Yep, a large and ugly bat. I’ve only seen tiny and less intimidating fruit bats. This one by comparison is ginormous. The bat-owner was letting the bat climb on him and had the bat on display for tips.  Eww. Gave me the heebie-jeebies.

Luckily, our day did not end with the bat. We found another delightful Balinese restaurant and ordered up some local cuisine. Since hubby is “local” (relatively speaking), he ordered for us and we ate every. single. morsel.  Nom. Nom. Nom.

Indonesian food in L.A. is no comparison. In fact, I don’t think I’ll eat Indonesian food in L.A. ever again – it’s always too salty, greasy and contains too much MSG. It’s like saying Panda Express serves real Chinese food.

pping in the market area designed to allure tourists.  However, this large and scary critter caught our eye:

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My main purpose for going to Indonesia was to visit my in-laws with my dad and stepmom. We met my hubby in Jakarta. (I left first to Taiwan and flew from Taipei to Jakarta with my dad and stepmom, who flew there from Houston, Texas.) Quite a global journey, eh?

Bribes

We almost couldn’t get out of the airport upon arriving. I don’t want to go into too many details in such a public forum, but we were sent from one official to another for a “problem” with my stepmom’s passport. Since Indonesia does not have a great record when it comes to corruption, we suspected that all those officers wanted bribes and when we didn’t give them anything, they sent us to their “boss” and so forth. I really didn’t know how to give a bribe, nor did we want to offend anyone who was ethical by offering. I did communicated with the officer in English and hinted that we’d be open to giving him a bribe by asking if we needed to pay a fine. i think because we were women and a bit dense about all that bribery stuff, they let us go after a 2 hour cat-mouse game…I guess they got bored too. Besides, how to you slip money for a bribe? I am not that slick. According to many Indonesian residents, police and other personnel expect bribes and some of their actions are designed to solicit bribes. Lately, the government has been cracking down on that practice, so the officer probably was not bold enough to ask for one directly or respond to my question about a “fine.”

Afraid that we may encounter additional problems upon exiting, we did visit the U.S. Counsel in Bali, who inspected my stepmom’s passport and informed us that there was nothing wrong with it and all her passport pages were okay. We had no other problems and a pleasant experience after the airport incident.

Jakarta

The city of Jakarta is very urban, crowded, polluted and dirty.  The dispartity between socio-economic status is quite remarkable and wide.  My in-laws don’t really get out much and there are areas in the city that they felt were not very safe to venture into, so we mostly were limited to perusing giant urban malls.  All the malls and higher-end neighborhoods have lots of security personnel that check cars and purses for bombs and other dangerous items. However, the inconsistency in which all the checks were conducted does not really make one feel any safer.

Everywhere you drive, there are street vendors that walk between the cars selling everything from statues, water, fruit and snacks.

Other than visiting family and people-watching, I don’t find Jakarta particularly interesting.  I’m sure there are great foods and other finds there, but my FIL and MIL only eat Chinese food. Some of the restaurants we went to didn’t even have good Chinese food, especially the over-priced restaurant that served a tiny and scary-looking piglet (which I did not eat at all) and an overcooked lobster.

One thing that I did enjoy in Indonesia, whether in Jakarta or on the island of Bali, is the all the yummy tropical fruits. The 2 fruits indigenous to the archipelago of which I don’t like at all are durian and salak (also, snakefruit).

My favorites are rambutan, mangos, papaya, coconut (fresh ripe ones only) and mangosteen.

The photos above show the following, from Right to Left, starting with the top row:
1. Rambutan, star fruit  or carambola and banana; 2. Salak or snake fruit; 3. Mango juice; 4. Duku or lansa; 5. Pink Guava juice; 6. Salak or snake fruit; 7. banana, star fruit or carambola, and papaya; 8. papaya juice; 9. Mangosteen; 10. Duku or lansa; 11. Mango; 12. Coconut; 13. Jack fruit and rambutan; 14.  Mangosteen; 15. fresh Lime soda

While I love fruit and veggies, one thing that I did not want to try was this:

No Eggplant juice for me!

Dad, stepmom, MIL, FIL

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