Sorted Deli: Grain Free.Naturally Sweetened – You name it, they have it! — Reviewed!

Sorted Delicatessen is one of its kind restaurants which offers grain-free, gluten-free delicacies on the menu. The food is not only healthy but also lip-smacking. Right from the breakfast, to Salads, Sandwiches, Wraps, Burgers, Pizza everything is wholesome. Patrons following different diet patterns can order for the customised dishes as well. The nutrient contents are mentioned against each dish so that you get to know how much intake of calories, fats, protein, carbs is going. Sorted Deli also has nutritious bread, wraps for sale too.

I was there for a relaxed lunch and tried the following....
  • Tomato Basil Soup
  • Flash Salad
  • Mushroom Quesadillas
  • Mushroom and Caramelized Onions Wrap
  • Cauliflower and Whey Protein Four Cheese Pizza
  • Berry Smoothie Bowl
  • Assorted Dessert
The bowl of warm tomato basil soup is what you need for a cool winter evening. The lip-smacking on point taste of basil (not overpowering) elevated the lunch mood scenes. A perfect way to start a meal. 

Next up was the Flash Salad which had the lovely concoction of fresh crunchy veggies like lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes served with the cranberry vinaigrette. The salad was colorful and filling but it could have gone to the next level if some more flavours were added to it.

One of the showstopper dishes was the Mushrooms Quesadillas. Flavourful sauteed mushrooms with caramelized onion and cheese stuffed in a buckwheat crepe were heavenly. The salsa and guacamole served on the side were equally delectable.

Mushroom and Caramelized Onions Wrap
was served next. Wilted spinach, mushrooms, onions wrapped in a quinoa wrap was served with a portion of delicious sweet potato chips and salad. This was all healthy though quesadillas were still my choice.

Love the range of pizza base at Sorted. From Cauliflower to Almond crust, we tried the Four Cheese Pizza on the cauliflower and whey protein base. Bit chewy. The flavours were bang on, as of course, extra cheese never disappoints!

Also, tried the huge and filling Berry Smoothie Bowl. It had the mixed berries yogurt finished with kiwi slices, papaya, granola, chia seeds an coconut flakes. The consistency was a bit thinner. The smoothie bowl had no added sugar hence the natural tartness from the berries was evident in the bowl.

The assorted desserts were like a surprise package. Not even a single dish had added sugar! Strawberry Cheese Cake, Tiramisu, Sweet Potato Kala Jamun, Lemon Tart, and Keto Chocolate Tart were the part of the platter. The Sweet Potato Kala Jamun and Chocolate tart stood apart and were a super favourite of one and all. Also, those on Keto have to try the most heavenly and guilt-free chocolate tart!

Overall, a perfect place not only for health freaks but food-lovers also.

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Bali : All you need to know before booking!

Lush green landscape, pristine beaches, heritage ancient temples, vibrant nightlife, fluvial rivers, gorgeous paddy fields and oceans to sit and lost in breeze while watching fiery sunset is what defines Bali.

I used to dream about the divine place. Bali has certain charm which attracts you towards it. Had done virtual tour through Youtube, articles, images ad was really fascinated about the versatility of the place. One day, I had that urge to go as soon as possible. Started planning itineraries, places to stay, what to eat, where to shop and all. When we start planning a trip for the first time to an unknown country, every-time we are clueless as in where to start from. My homework starts with penning down bullet points in my diary (yes, I am old school! I love writing on paper). Here are the points I consider before going on a trip...
  • Best time to visit
  • Flight Tickets and Visa, if required
  • Currency Exchange
  • Accommodation
  • Things to pack
  • Places to Visit
  • Local Transportation
  • Places to Eat and Shop
Best time to visit Bali:

Usually, May to October is the dry season and is considered to be the best in terms of weather as the peninsula creates some of the best waves. However, July and August are the peak and overly-crowded because of the holidays, this time the Bali is the busiest. January-March the weather was also good with partial rains.
Flights Tickets and Visa:
When I was looking for flights in January 2018, there were no direct flights and since it was the last minute, the flights were expensive too.
Tip: Please book atleast 6 months ahead of the trip and you can save loads.

After looking at so many portals, settled with the one website offering good rates but the flights were booked in 3 slots with different PNRs. That means every time we have to check-in and check-out our baggage but we compromised that on the cost of travel. Now, it is quite easy as there are direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai to Bali (Denpasar Airport) which takes around 8-9 hours travel time. If you have time crunch, my suggestion would be to select flight which reaches in the morning so that the day is not wasted and you can indulge in the activities the same day.

Bali does not require Visa on Indian Passports until 30 days and if you wish to extend your stay the cost of the visa is US $35. However, there is visa on arrivals for Indians which is more like entry or exit permit which is stamped on your passport once you reach there. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and should have enough space for the visa sticker. Penalty for over staying is IDR 300.000 per day. Also remember, day of arrival counts as day one and the day of departure as full day.

Currency Exchange:
Money exchange in Bali is done with major currencies like USD and the centres for it can easily be found on Airport or nearby resort areas. I would recommend to carry Travel Card or USD if possible and if not get a small amount of your currency exchanged to pay the taxi bill from airport. You may find better rates outside the airport.

There are self authorised exchange centres too but PT. Dirgahayu Valuta Prima (Green board) are good. All such places might need valid passport or ID. We carried Travel Forex Card and withdrew from BCA ATMs. Please check with your bank over the withdrawal charges. Travellers cheque are accepted too but the rates will be slightly lower. Do check on your mobile the current exchange rate before taking any decision.

There are so many luxurious and prime properties in Bali along with the good and economic AirBnB, homestays or hostels, villas which are home away from home. Let me make it easy for you to choose from a wide variety of hotels and resorts ranging from $15 to $70. One can opt as per their budget. Each area has different sets of facilities and services as per your taste. For eg., if you are looking for sun, sand and surfing choose your hotels in Kuta, Seminayak, Nusa Dua or Sanur. They have so many luxurious hotels at really good rates offering spa, sight-seeing, dinner at beach. 
If greenery, rice fields, culture is your type, go for stay in some balinese style home with beautiful architecture and modern amenities stay in Ubud. You can get some of the fab properties at AirBnB.
Let's limit this post for the first four important points....More tips, suggestions on your way in the next post. Stay tuned...:)

Yellow Flower Cafe – A must visit place in Ubud, Bali! — Reviewed!

Bali is on the tourist radar and is soaring high on the travel map. Here are the useful tips which you might find handy while planning a trip to the island of gods.
I can not take foodie out of me even when I am travelling. Being a vegetarian, there are handful of choices on an island. However, Bali is an exception. It is a heaven for vegetarians and especially vegans. One of my most favourite Vegan/Vegetarian cafes in Ubud apart from the Zest, Ubud is Yellow Flower Cafe where I used to visit almost every single day! Yes, it is basic yet charming because of the delectable authentic Balinese food they serve. The Cafe is more of a warung (family run business) and one can feel the warmth and love right from when the order is taken till you exit. Ladies in the traditional attire make fresh food on order in the small yet neat kitchen.

The Yellow Flower Cafe is located on the Jl. Rayan Campuan where you can park the bike and take the stairways to the beautiful location. It might be confusing for the first time but it is worth a try. If you are lucky, you will get to view the gorgeous Mt. Agung on a bright, clear day. The cafe have perfect view overlooking a volcano, fields and nature.

Yellow Flower Cafe has some interesting authentic balinese and vegan friendly menu. The dishes ranges from Frappes, Kombucha, Smoothie Bowls to Breakfast bowls, Tapas, Salad, Nasi Campur. I will be sharing the scrumptious dishes which I tried and were a must try at the place.
Here we go....
  • Energy Smoothie Bowl (4.5/5)
  • Tropicana Pink Smoothie Bowl (5/5)
  • Feta Avocado Toast (5/5)
  • Nasi Campur (4.5/5)
  • Savoury Pancake (4/5)
I can definitely rely on the smoothie bowls The Yellow Flower Cafe has to offer. The cocoa based Energy Smoothie Bowl is a treat for choco lovers! Packed with cashews, sunflower seeds, dates, chia, coconut, banana, raw cocoa for energy topped with crispy granola, bit of chocolate and coconut flakes. Loved it. It was rich, thick and sinful.

Another must have and highly recommended dish is the bright, creamy, thick and super scrumptious Tropicana Pink Smoothie Bowl. Dragonfruit, berries, banana, cashews, honey topped with crunchy granola and fruits. A healthy, semi- plant based dish was soul satisfying, nutritionally rich and a perfect snack!

Feta Avocado Toast is a ultimate healthy and delicious breakfast in a dash. Forget the conventional toast and go for this one. Smashed avocado and crumbled feta are generously topped on a toast served with seasoned tomatoes slices are a treat for taste buds. Highly Recommended!

Next from the main course was the traditional Nasi Campur. A plate of rice topped with stunning varieties of curries and side dishes. The meal is quite popular in Malaysia and Indonesia. A nourishing plate is just what you need for a quick meal.

Another filling dish from the menu was the Savoury Pancakes. Organic Rice Pancakes were generously filled with veggies, avocado beans and feta cheese. It was light on tummy. However, the Avocado Toast was still ruling my mind! ;-)

Do not forget to try the super delicious crunchy coconut macarons
Enjoy some of the photos...