Saturday, 1 September 2012

THERE IS NO PLANET B!, Via Via Cafe, Yoygakarta, Indonesia

Via Via Cafe in Yoygakarta, Java, Indonesia:  THERE IS NO PLANET B!
With a goal to explore sustainability and social responsibility in South East Asia, Kenny Peavy and Jamie Raskin set out from Thailand on bicycles made from Bamboo in late June 2012. 

Their Project:  GREEN Riders 

Their destination:  Bali, Indonesia.

Along the way they have discovered communities engaging in eco-tourism, a school with a recycled playground, University students that made recycled bicycles from scrap parts and rode them all the way across Malaysia and a group connecting people with olde fashioned village life in Singapore called the Ground Up Initiative.




By far, one of their favorite discoveries was Via Via Travelers Café in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.




Via Via offers more than delicious food it is also a café with a social conscience.


Their daily menu is complimented by a full array of tours and courses based on sustainable principles with emphasis on respect for local people, their culture and nature.








The food they serve is locally sourced and in many cases, organically grown.  In every case, their food is healthy and a superb choice for weary travelers.


When GREEN Riders visited Via Via Café they were in the mood for something other than rice.  So they INDULGED!



First, an appetizer:  fried tempeh served with homemade chili sauce



Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and is a staple in the Indonesian diet.  Because it is cheap and a good source of protein it is eaten daily fried, grilled and mixed in with different rice dishes.





Next up, falafel with yogurt sauce!  A mixture of mashed chickpeas and herbs formed into tiny balls and deep-fried.  Falafel is not usually found on the menus in Indonesia, which makes it a delightful treat for travelers lucky enough to find themselves at Via Via Café.





An incredible chicken cashew salad with FRESH vegetables.  When you are on the road traveling it’s sometimes hard to find fresh veggies and raw salad in local stalls and restaurants.  At Via Via Café you will be treated to cool and crispy salads that hit the spot.




Lamb Rogan Josh served in pita with a crispy side salad 



And to finish it off with a delectable lamb  Rogan Josh spiced to perfection with a crispy and refreshing salad stuffed inside pita!

So if you find yourself traveling in this part of the world and want to have a good fresh meal at a café with a conscience or even if you want to take part in one of their many tours or courses Via Via Travelers Café is an excellent choice!

Your time will be well spent.  Your belly will be full of good food and you will know your choice has benefited the local community with a socially responsible and sustainable approach.  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!

Reason to visit: Socially responsible, environmentally friendly, cozy atmosphere for travellers that want good food with less environmental footprint


For more information about GREEN Riders:


For more information about Via Via Café:

http://www.viaviajogja.com/

Environmental Consultant, sustainable food choices, sustainable living, earth friendly
Kenny Peavy - The Yum List Environmental Correspondent

Kenny grew up in rural Georgia, USA running around in the woods flipping over logs looking for creepy crawlies and catching crawdads and minnows in the creeks in his back yard.  He always wondered what those things were and how Nature connected them all together to do their work.

He has spent his life exploring the forests, rivers, mountains and oceans of this great big ole world, asking questions about Nature and trying to unravel and understand Nature's mysteries at secrets.

Currently, Kenny serves as Founder and Director of the Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA website coming soon!) as well as Earth Matters Consultancy

His latest adventure, GREEN Riders, found him mounting a bamboo bicycle and riding it from Thailand to Bali, Indonesia while filming a video series about sustainability and social responsibility in South East Asia (GREEN Riders videos can be seen here!)

Til this day he is still trying to unravel Nature’s mysteries and find answers to the questions he asked back in rural Georgia nearly three decades ago!  But....

One thing he knows for sure: Our daily lifestyle choices, especially the food we grow and eat, have a profound effect on the environment and Nature.  Knowing more and learning more about how all things are connected is the key to making wise daily decisions and choices that will lessen our environmental footprint and impact on the planet we all share.  EAT WELL!  EAT WISE!

7 comments:

  1. That lamb certainly looks good...

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  2. Great find! I remember the tempeh in Jogja.. delicious stuff and great or vegetarians too... But Bali still had the best food - babi guling and bebek benggil.. i still need my meats ! LOL

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  3. Wah I wanna try the tempeh!!! ;D LOOKS APPETIZING!

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  4. a great outing... i love to try all the food... especially fried tempeh served with homemade chili sauce

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  5. tempeh! it's something i enjoy eating whenever i can in KL, but i figure it'd be even better to munch on indonesia! :D

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  6. To tell the truth, I've never tasted Tempeh. Is it really good?

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