Review: Atman Kafe Ubud

I am holidaying in Ubud, Bali now. I found accommodation on one of the main roads (Jalan Hanoman or Hanoman Street) to make sure I could walk to important areas (cafes, restaurants, ATMs, and convenience stores) without catching a taxi. It is so much more convenient having everything within walking distance.

Along Hanoman Street there is a placed called Atman Kafe. This place seems to have two different areas, a big restaurant to the left and a smaller cafe to the right. I went into the cafe on the right because it seemed less crowded.

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The place has air conditioning and free WiFi. It seemed clean and neat. There are tables, but rather than providing individual chairs they provide cushions and pillows where you can stretch your legs and more easily mingle with other people. I actually prefer this setup because it is more cosy.

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While the ergonomics are not ideal, you could easy place a laptop on your lap and get some work done here.

If you’re sitting at the back, there is an opportunity for you to talk to random strangers if you are a solo traveler, although no one was at the cafe when I entered, and many travelers in Ubud seem to be very shy.

Atman Kafe serves meat but had an extensive range of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free food.

I ordered the vegan hot chocolate with cashew milk and Stevia. The hot chocolate was served to me alongside a small cylindrical glass container that has brown powder. I asked the staff what this brown powder was and whether I should mix it in my hot chocolate. Their English was not great, but eventually someone told me that this brown powder was the Stevia. I mixed the Stevia into the hot chocolate and drank it. It was okay, but it wasn’t that sweet. I was under the impression that Stevia was supposed to make the drink sweet.

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Vegan hot chocolate

After the hot chocolate, I ordered a large vegan margherita pizza. I expected vegan cheese to be used but instead it was replaced with crumbled cashew nuts. It wasn’t that bad, and I appreciated a vegan pizza option.

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Vegan margherita pizza

Following the pizza, I ordered a coco oil latte, which is a latte that had coconut oil in it. It sounded odd, so I felt I needed to try it. I suspect it is capitalizing on Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee fad (coffee mixed with coconut oil and grass fed butter).

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Coco oil latte

Consuming fat with your coffee supposedly increases your energy, but I certainly didn’t feel energetic after my coconut oil latte. My fingers were greasy as well.

For all this, I paid 130K rupiah (about US$10).

This place accepts credit card but charges a 3% surcharge, so it’s best to pay with cash. Make sure the cash you use has been converted using a fair exchange rate without commission or fees.

Message to Dairy Farmers: Make Almond Milk Instead

Dairy farmers in Australia and Britain are complaining about not being paid enough. It turns out that the dairy business is not that profitable.

My advice to any dairy farmers is that they should sell their farm right away and get out of the dairy business. With the proceeds of their sale, they should move into a different business, such as making almond milk.

Making dairy milk involves handling cows, which means artificially inseminating them, feeding them, killing their babies, extracting their milk, and cleaning their feces. The dairy business involves very difficult and costly torturing and slaughtering of cows and all that evil doesn’t even pay the bills because dairy milk only sells for $1 per liter.

Almond milk, on the other hand, is easy to make. Just buy almonds, mix it with water, put calcium, emulsifiers, etc in it, and sell it for $2 per liter (or more).

With the rising popularity of the vegan and paleo diets, demand for dairy is only going down. Jump off the leaking ship before it sinks!

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Google Trends results for “paleo” (in blue) and “vegan” (in red) as of May 2016

Fry’s Soy and Flaxseed Schnitzels

My local Woolworths seems to be getting more and more vegan meat options. I have blogged earlier about Linda McCartney vegan sausages.

It is great that Woolworths stocks Linda McCartney vegan meats. Not only do I like this company’s sausages but I also like their vegan sausage rolls. However, I am not fan of the Linda McCartney vegan pies (more detail in a future blog post).

Lately it seems Woolworths is stocking more vegan meat from the Fry’s Family, which is a South African brand.

I recently purchased Fry’s Soy and Flaxseed Schnitzels. They were easy to prepare. All I needed to do was pop them in the oven. The crumbs and flaxseeds on the outside had a crunchy texture and was nicely flavoured. Flaxseeds are also high in omega 3.

The picture on the box (see image on the right above) makes the schnitzel look large. It fills almost half the plate. In reality (see image on the left), the schnitzel pieces seem much smaller, each schnitzel about the size of a human fist.

Although the outside of the schnitzel is crumbled, the inside is firm and uniform. I like to eat this schnitzel with avocado because the moist creaminess of the avocado complements well with the dry crumbled skin of the schnitzel.

The protein in Fry’s vegan schnitzel is mainly made of soy protein and wheat protein. Each schnitzel has 8 grams of protein. The schnitzel also has iron, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.

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Cooking instructions and ingredients
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Nutritional information

All in all, this schnitzel is very tasty and very nutritious. Woolworths also seems to have other Fry’s food available, such as a falafel burger (which I didn’t like) and stir-fry strips (which I like). I will review these other products in greater detail in a future blog post.