Since moving back to Jakarta, it’s been fun learning all about my hometown again, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new people. I’ve especially enjoyed eating all the Indonesian food I haven’t tasted in a while, so it’s like tasting all these delicious food for the first time! My food experience recently catapulted to gastronomic levels when I was invited by the Omar Niode Foundation to the Super Brunch event at Dharmawangsa Hotel. What’s a “Super” Brunch? Read on to find out!
The Omar Niode Foundation is dedicated to social and educational purposes, and focuses on programs and scholarships in Food, Agriculture, and Culinary Arts. The Foundation hosted this bloggers gathering to celebrate National Bloggers Day as well as for bloggers to network and share ideas. When I arrived, fellow bloggers were engrossed in snapping photos of the endless buffet offerings, and I excitedly followed suit. We were seated in a elegant room modeled like a bookworm’s heaven, with tall bookcases stacked with rows of classic literature. After a welcome by the Foundation and each blogger introducing themselves, we were welcomed by Chef Vindex Tengker, the Hotel’s Executive Chef and Top Chef Indonesia judge. He explained about the Super Brunch Map (yes, the brunch buffet was so large, a map was absolutely necessary) and recommended us to try the unusual, rare global cuisine offered today.
Some highlights include the Cote De Boeuf, which was a beautiful grilled organic beef brought all the way from Spain, along with the wild boar prosciutto, 15 varieties of Italian cheese, 6 types of oysters, and 8 different types of caviar. Choosing which food to try first was a major dilemma! Being a cheese lover, I was amazed by the cheese fondue table, which featured a special machine to melt the huge wheel of Swiss cheese. From the foie gras, Spanish seafood tapas, giant lobster thermidore, to the Indonesian traditional desserts, each dish was a discovery of new flavors and sensations, and source of animated conversations.
The Super Brunch event is hosted only 3 times a year, on Easter Day, after Eid, and Christmas Day, and features international delicacies and rare ingredients brought in just for the event. With the brunch buffet starting from 11:30am to 3pm, it gives ample time for food aficionados to indulge and delight their taste buds.
Throughout the brunch, each of the 10 Indonesian bloggers shared their blogging experiences. It was an interesting mix of beginner bloggers to veterans bloggers, who mostly identify themselves as food bloggers. Each had a strong passion and appetite to continue growing their blogs, and write about the causes they care about. Having just recently moved back, I learn more about the blogging communities in Indonesia and was amazed by how active they are! The brunch was a wonderful experience with inspirational company, renewing my motivation to continue travel blogging and promoting Indonesian tourism to the world.
Thank you Omar Niode Foundation for the amazing opportunity to meet new friends, share blogging ideas, and expand my culinary palate!