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16
July

Cassavapeel is rarely used. It is immediately thrown away for animal feed. But it is different from the people of Sumedang in West Java. They process cassava peel to be a special dish, called ‘Kadedemes or well-known as stir-fried cassava peel which is often eaten as side dishes mixed with rice. According to the Sundanese traditional language dictionary written by Raden Satjadibrata, Kadedemes means “feeling affection for things which are not usually used by other people.

Kadedemes is made from cassava peel, shallots, garlic, red chilies, green chilies, cooking oil, sugar, salt, and flavoring. The cassava peel is first cleaned and boiled until it is softer. The well-done cassava peel is sliced thinly. Then, it is sautéed with various spices. If you like spicy food, you can also add some pepper to taste. Kadedemes is better eaten warm with hot rice. When eaten, the cassava peel texture is certainly not as hard as the original one. But, it is also tasty and delicious.

Even though it is made from unused cassava peel, Kadedemes is very rich in protein that is useful for the body, such as a source of nutrition, and a source of carbohydrates which contain high levels of vitamin B, vitamin C, tannin and starch. For those who are interested in enjoying this dish, you can find Kadedemes in many restaurants in the Sumedang area with relatively affordable prices, about Rp. 5,000 to Rp. 10,000 per serving with rice.

14
July

Mountain peak tourism parks are trending in Samarinda, the capital of East Kalimantan. One of which is Mount Lonceng Tourism. The new tourism destination is located at Mount Lonceng on Jalan Dwikora RT 17 Mangkupalas, Samarinda Seberang. The area of Mount Lonceng Tourism is about 4.5 hectares. It’s not a complicated access to this tourism location. From the main road to Mount Lonceng, tour is about 500 meters. The parking area is quite large, you can pay a parking fee per vehicle of three thousand rupiah. Entering the tourism area is charged five thousand rupiah per person.


Besides having a beautiful view, Mount Lonceng has historical value. During the colonial period, this mountain was used as a place for indigenous fighters to spy on immigrants, either enemies or the arrival of merchant ships entering Samarinda via the Mahakam River. On top of this mountain is placed a very large bell.  The bell will ring as a signal. This big bell is what makes the local people call it the Lonceng or Bell mountain. Mount Lonceng Tourism has been open to the public since February 2020. Before becoming a tourism spot, Mount Lonceng was a stretch of land with various types of plants and where various telecommunication transmitters and television stations were built. Previously, there were two local youths, who wanted to turn this mountain area into an agricultural area but they were unsuccessful. Then, both of them saw the potential of the mountain to become an interesting area to see natural charm with the background of Samarinda City and the Mahakam River. Finally, they made the Mount Lonceng area as a tourism spot via Instagramable


To add to the attraction for taking selfies at Mount Lonceng, 5 facilities have been built in the shape of a boat, giant hands, giant bird's nest, swings, heart-shaped symbols, and giant arrows. On weekends, 1,000-1,500 visitors come to visit.  Even though it is crowded with tourists, during the pandemic, health protocols are still applied. Visitors who enter the Lonceng Mountain Tourism area must wear masks. In addition to being crowded in the morning until noon, Mount Lonceng tourism is also crowded in the afternoon and evening. Because at night, tourists can see the sparkling lights and the beauty of Samarinda City.

13
July

Traveling to Magelang, Central Java is not only about Borobudur Temple. Not far from Borobudur Temple, there is a tourist village of Karangrejo that you should visit.This tourist village is not only beautiful with a variety of tourist activities, Karangrejo is also one of the villages that has managed to obtain Sustainable Tourism Village certification from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in early March 2021. The location of this tourist village is in Borobudur subdistrict, Magelang, Central Java.

Karangrejo Village through the Village Economic Center (Balkondes) and Tourism Awareness Community (Pokdarwis) offers a variety of attractive tourist activities. This 174-hectare village has several tourist attractions. There are Punthuk Setumbu, Chicken Church or Bukit Rhema. There is also Karangrejo Orchard and Barede Hill.Besides tourist spots, this village also offers tour packages around the village, including to these tourist spots. If you want to visit these tourist spots, you can take the "Dolan Desa Karangrejo" tour package offered by the village-owned enterprises, the Village Economic Center and Tourism Awareness Community. Some of the packages available include Short, Medium, Long, Sunrise and Comparative Study packages.  For the Short package, the price is IDR 250,000 per pax. The facilities include two visits to the selected tourist attractions, transportation around the tourist village as well as food and drink. Medium package, the price is IDR 350,000 per pax. The facilities are two visits to the selected tourist attractions, visits to the village micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) products, transportation around the village as well as food and drink. Long package, the price is IDR 450,000 per pax.The facilities are three visits to tourist destinations, visit to micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) or educational practices, transportation around tourist villages as well as two-times food and drink. Sunrise Package, the price is IDR 350,000 per pax, minimum of four pax, including sunrise facilities at Punthuk Setumbu, breakfast, visit to the village micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) and transportation around the tourist village.The last one is Comparative Study Package, the price is IDR 250,000 per pax, a minimum of 20 pax. The facilities include two sources from the village-owned enterprises and Tourism Awareness Community, two sightseeing tours, food and drink as well as transportation around the tourist village.

You can also enjoy the beauty of Karangrejo by traveling around in a Volkswagen (VW) car. The price is IDR 175,000 per pax. The tour duration is 4 to 4.5 hours. You can also get around by jeep, andong or horse carriage and ontel bicycle. Karangrejo village has water tourism too. You can also choose a rafting tour, which stimulates adrenaline.You will be invited to go down the river for about 12.5 kilometers in 3.5 to 4 hours. This tourist village also offers outbound tour package at a price of IDR 100,000 per pax. It includes welcome drink and snack, a place for outbound, sound, outbound trainer, outbound equipment and lunch. The outbound duration is 4 to 4.5 hours. That was Indonesian Wonder.

12
July

Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara offers many beautiful and amazing beach tourism destinations. One of them is Tanjung Aan Beach. You will feel different things when you take a walk on this beach because of the texture of the sand which is not common compared with most other beaches where the beach sand is usually small and fine grains. But on Tanjung Aan beach, the grains of sand are in large round shapes like pepper, so that the local people call it pepper beach or flour beach. The beach is surrounded by several hills. You can easily reach the hill to see beautiful beach views from a height.Around this beach, you will see several wooden umbrellas with knitted straw as the roof which is one of the attractions of Tanjung Aan Beach where you can lie down under the umbrella while enjoying young coconuts that are sold on this beach. On this beach there is also a restaurant that provides a variety of cuisines from local and other regions.

Tanjung Aan Beach is located about 75 kilometers from Mataram City. If you are from Mataram City, you can use a private motor vehicle, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. You can also rent a motorbike or car from Mataram City to reach this beach, because if you use public transportation, it’s only wasting time and is quite inconvenient.

Besides lying down and relaxing under a thatched umbrella while enjoying the beauty of the beach, visitors can also swim and surf, because the waves at Tanjung Aan Beach are not too big so it is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. The right time to surf is in the afternoon, because at that time the sea level will start to rise, making Tanjung Aan Beach the right place for surfing.

If you want to spend the night at Tanjung Aan Beach, you can stay at a Rotel (hotel house) or inn belonging to the local residents. With the Rotel, visitors can stay with the house owner and eat together, so that intimacy is formed between visitors and local residents. Each Rotel has a different price, depending on the facilities offered by the homeowner.

07
July

Meat Village is located in Tampahan District, Toba Regency, North Sumatra. This village is one of 34 spots for developing Lake Toba tourism which was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Located under the hills with a population of approximately 900 people with a village area of approximately 300 hectares, the residents of the Meat Village make a living as fishermen and Ulos craftsmen. The  Meat Village is also one of the locations for the annual '1000 Caldera Tent' event. This event is the only village community-based festival that aims to develop tourism through an artistic and cultural approach.

In addition, the village which is estimated to be 300 years old also has several traditional Batak houses; one of which is decorated with typical Batak carvings. There are also paintings of people wearing VOC uniforms worn during the Dutch colonial era. Villages that still uphold their culture through traditions that are still being carried out today are the advantages of this tourism village. The facilities for tourists who visit this village are quite complete, ranging from homestays that are being built, restaurants typical of the Meat village community to toilets that are kept clean.

The village can be reached within 30 minutes from Sisimangaraja XII International Airport or Silangit Airport by motor vehicles and it presents a stretch of green hills from a height with the arrangement of village hamlets located far apart in the background. At first glance, the scenery looks like New Zealand or the rice fields in Bali. The green hills with terraced rice fields and a view overlooking Lake Toba fascinate anyone who comes to visit.

08
July

Tumpang Koyor

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The Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, recently proposed the City of Salatiga, Central Java to be nominated for Creative City of Gastronomy to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). According to Mayor of Salatiga, Yuliyanto, as a miniature of Indonesia, Salatiga is a place where various ethnicities and tribes mingle with culinary diversity with unique flavors. This fact has resulted in meaningful acculturation which is the uniqueness of Salatiga City; one of which is a variety of cuisines. Mayor Yuliyanto also said that Salatiga is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, with a long history of rich cultural heritage and culinary variety. In Salatiga's long history, one of the great legacies of its food recipe is Tumpang Koyor, which was found in the Serat Centini manuscript in 1814.

Tumpang Koyor, this Salatiga typical food may seem unattractive. But the taste will make you addicted. The main ingredient is Tempe Semangit. Tempe Semangit is the one that has been fermented to an advanced stage for up to two until three days. Among the Javanese people, such tempe is often called Tempe Bosok or rotten. Tempe is what makes this dish so special. The other main ingredients are Tetelan and Koyor or Tunjang. Tetelan is a piece of beef which is actually a piece of meat that is attached to the bone. Meanwhile, Tunjang is cow's trotter. Cooking Tumpang Koyor uses spices, such as shallots, garlic, Kencur, lime leaves, Salam, Galangal, and chili, and then mixed with coconut milk. This dish is called Tumpang because when it is cooked, it uses a pan that is placed on the stove for at least two hours.

A portion of Tumpang Koyor is usually served with tofu skin. When eaten, there is a combination of savory, spicy, slightly sour, with a soft texture. The dish is usually eaten with a serving of warm rice or a bowl of porridge. In Salatiga itself, it is not difficult to find Tumpang Koyor. There are many restaurants selling this special food at a relatively affordable price. It is around Rp25,000 to 30,000/serving. Do you want to try it? Come to Solo City, Central Java.

06
July

ONGOL-ONGOL

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When having a culinary tour, especially Indonesian traditional snacks, you will find a variety of traditional foods that are almost the same in several regions in Indonesia. For example, if you are on a culinary tour in areas on the island of Java and Sangihe Islands, North Sulawesi, you will find a traditional snack called ongol-ongol. This wet cake has a chewy, soft texture with a sweet taste. This cake can be round, square or rectangular, depending on the taste of the maker. However, ongol-ongol is usually rectangular.

Ongol-ongol is made from dry sago flour, palm sugar, pandan leaves, salt, and water. These ingredients are mixed and cooked until done. Then the dough is moved to another container. After the dough is cool, ongol-ongol is ready to be served with a sprinkle of grated coconut on top. Because it uses brown sugar, ongol-ongol is brownish. But now, you can find ongol-ongol with a variety of colors, because it uses dye.

Besides having more variants of colors, now ongol-ongol is also made from various foodstuffs, such as pumpkin, purple sweet potato, cassava, and glutinous rice. Ongol-ongol is usually eaten with a cup of hot tea or coffee. It is not difficult to find ongol-ongol, you can find it easily in traditional markets. The price is quite affordable, around Rp5,000 to Rp10,000 per serving.

05
July

Flores is one of the islands in East Nusa Tenggara. The island is famous for its various exotic lakes. One of them is Lake Lotus in Pota Village, Sambi Rampas District, East Manggarai Regency which is very different from other lakes. The lake is named Lake Rana Tonjong which is the second largest lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) lake in the world after the same lake in India. In the East Manggarai language, 'Rana' means lake and 'Tonjong' means lotus which means Lake Lotus. The pink lotus flower, which blooms, is very beautiful. The plant only grows on water and has leaf morphology in the form of a wide round leaf with a diameter of about 5 to 10 centimeters. The uniqueness of this lotus plant is that its stems stand straight and do not spread like other lotuses with a height of approximately 3 meters. In fact, this lotus flower can bloom depending on the water that enters the lake.

Lake Lotus has an area of 2.5 hectares. The Lotus flowers always bloom from April to June every year. Even, the lotus seeds can be eaten by the local people to cure various diseases. The protein content of this lotus seed is very high. The residents around this lake, who come from Pota Village, always take the fruit to eat. It tastes like peanuts. Uniquely, this giant lotus cannot grow anywhere else. This type of lotus is only found in two places, namely in India and in Pota, Sambi Rampas, East Manggarai. To visit the place, you can enjoy the beautiful lotus flower in bloom. Don't forget to capture it with your camera.

Lake Rana Tonjong is located in lowland surrounded by hills in the west, south and north, while in the east there is a fairly large area of rice fields belonging to the local community. Lake Rana Tonjong is also a natural habitat for freshwater fish, rice field snakes and frogs, as well as some white swans, eagles and storks that also want to find prey here. If you want to come to Lake Rana Tonjong, you can travel from Ruteng, the capital of Manggarai Regency via Reo to Pota. Then, your journey continues to Rana Tonjong with a distance of about 90 kilometers and can be reached in 4 hours by motor vehicles.

02
July

The dance is created from the fairy tales of the people of Ogan Kemering Ilir, South Sumatra. It tells about the greatness of a princess, who has strength in her index finger. Allegedly, when the princess points her finger up, the thunder will blaze.

Generally, Puteri Telunjuk Sakti dance is performed by five or more female dancers. It depends on the size of the stage. But, the number must be odd, because one person must act as the princess. The dance movement is dominated by hand movements which symbolize women have power, namely in their actions. At the beginning of the dance, four dancers will form a sitting cross-legged formation, and the princess will continue to dance by getting on a higher place. At the end, all the dancers will take out a dagger and draw it into the sky as a symbol of the true power of women. The dance is accompanied by a combination of traditional South Sumatran musical instruments, including drums, gongs, percussion, and other percussion instruments, and it is also given a touch of accordion as a characteristic of Sumatran Malay music. These various musical instruments are combined with other modern musical instruments, such as guitar and bass.

The dancers of Puteri Telunjuk Sakti wear traditional South Sumatran clothes which are dominated by gold color. The head is decorated with a siger which is equipped with a knitted jasmine flower. While the bottom part of the dancer's clothes is wrapped in black Songket cloth with floral motifs. The left and right hips of the dancers are equipped with scarves and tucked into a dagger.

The dance shows the masculine side of women. In this case, women are actually strong figures and even have hidden strengths. By taking the fairy tale of the princess in its movements, the dance of Puteri Telunjuk Sakti breaks the hegemony of masculine culture. The dance also shows how the people of Ogan Komering Ilir really respect the position of women.

29
June

Sego Boranan

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Sego Boranan

Having a culinary tour is not only about Soto Lamongan. There is also Sego Boranan, which is delicious too. Sego boranan consists of rice, spices, urap, rempeyek and other side dishes such as empuk (fried flour) and pletuk (peanuts and aking rice crumbs).Urap is a dish, which contains cooked vegetables mixed with seasoned grated coconut. While rempeyek is fried rice flour filled with peanuts. Sego Baronan is usually hunted every Lebaran Eid festivity arrives. But now, the typical food of Lamongan can be enjoyed in every corner of Lamongan city.

The word boranan derives from the rice container, which is made of woven bamboo. Usually this container is carried by using a scarf. To look more attractive, the seller of Sego Boranan will serve it by using pincuk from banana leaves and woven bamboo plates. In its serving, Sego Boranan is covered with urap. Don't forget to add urap seasoning from the grated coconut, stir-fried spices and some sambal or chili paste.

                                     
For the side dishes, a variety of choices are offered. These include chicken, offal, milkfish, omelet, salted egg, tofu, and tempeh. Another unique side dish that is not found in other foods is Sili fish, which is more expensive than the other side dishesSili fish is a freshwater fish that can only be found wild in swamps or rivers. This typical Lamongan rice is usually sold around the city markets in Lamongan for 24 hours. The price varies. For one portion it is usually sold Rp10,000, but specifically for Sili fish, one portion can be Rp15,000 to Rp25,000 depending on the size of the Sili fish.