At Jakarta EAT Festival, Spice is King

The Ministry of Tourism aims to develop ‘culinary tourism’ with a focus on spice, as part of efforts to promote the diversity of Indonesian cuisine. In September, the Jakarta Eat Festival (JEF) invited culinary insiders to discuss how they could showcase Indonesia’s culinary riches to the world. Spice is considered the main local product that

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Thai Food Festival at Le Meridien Jakarta

Le Meridien Jakarta is currently hosting a Thai Food Festival. This month, enjoy a  wide range of moreish Thai delicacies and take in a cultural performance organised by Tourism Authority of Thailand.  Thai Food Festival runs until mid October where the guets could enjoy number of dining promotion at Le Meridien Jakarta. Photo courtesy of

Classical Concerts: Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and more…

If Haydn had been composing his oratorio “The Creation” in the late 1990s instead of the late 1790s, might he have found something like Stephen Hawking’s public lectures “The beginning of Time” or “Life in the Universe” to be a more compelling subject matter than the Judeo-Christian Creation story? How would that have turned out?

Orchestral Dining at Lyon

NOW! Jakarta was thrilled to co-host with Victorian State Government of Australia and Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, a dinner concept of outstanding quality, featuring the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Victorian State Government of Australia and Mandarin Oriental Jakarta organised a outstanding dinner, featuring the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOW!JAKARTA The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is an

Fairmont Jakarta Hosts Chef Jose David for “Taste of Spain”

In conjunction of Spanish National Day, Fairmont Jakarta welcomes award-winning Chef from Spain, Jose David Fernandez to do a special dining experience featuring fine spanish cuisine, starting from 10 to 14 October. Guests can enjoy mouthwatering flavours of Spanish cuisine in a 7-course tasting dinner at VIEW Restaurant and Chef Jose's signature creations on Sunday Brunch

101 Travel Sketch Aims to Add a Different Dynamic to Tourism in Jakarta

Following a tour of three cities, the 1O1 Travel Sketch has arrived in Jakarta. On 3 and 4 November, over 300 sketch artists are expected to participate in the fun urban sketching experience and create a unique way to promote the city’s landmarks.   Titled “Sketching Unites Us”, the Jakarta edition of 1O1 Travel Sketch is set to explore a

At Taste New Zealand 2018, A Focus on Sustainability

“Taste New Zealand” returned this October with a focus on New Zealand’s innovations in food technology.   Photo courtesy of New Zealand Trade Enterprise/NOW!JAKARTA Organised by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), this year’s event discussed some of the country’s sustainable food practices. Held on 5 October at The Dharmawangsa Hotel, the event a range of New Zealand

At ‘Into the Woods’ Exhibit, A Focus on Timber from Japan’s Nara Prefecture

This November, a range of wooden items from Nara Okuyamato Japan will be featured in the ‘Into the Woods’ exhibition at Dia.Lo.Gue, Artspace, Jakarta. The exhibit will explore  wood designs and craftsmanship following the collaboration between designers in Japan and Indonesia. Into the Woods exhibition will take place on 8 – 11th November 2018 at Dia.Lo.Gue Kemang. Photo courtesy of Nara/NOW!JAKARTA

Exploring the Story of Cognac at Hennessy Declassified Exhibit

Founded in 1765, the opulent French cognac brand Hennessy has revealed its secrets though an exhibit at Pacific Place Jakarta. The travelling exhibition “The Hennessy Declassified” has visited many cities across Asia and has arrived here at last. Set up in a series of five “rooms”, each narrates a part of the brand’s journey across eight generations. Hennessy product collection is showcased at the

Grab Hosts “GrabFood Nusarasa” to Celebrate Indonesia’s Culinary Diversity

Singapore-based technology company, Grab, has been making inroads in Indonesia with its ride-hailing and food delivery services. It is currently hosting a food festival “GrabFood Nusarasa” highlighting the many delights of Indonesian cuisine.   “GrabFood Nusarasa” festival continues until 19 December. Photo courtesy of GrabFood/NOW!JAKARTA Users can select from a special menu of dishes from

At the Foot of a Willow

Before reading this article, might I suggest listening to Gioachino Rossini’s “Assisa a piè d’un salice”, particularly as sung by Frederica von Stade, or Montserrat Caballé. Read on while, or after. Cellist Samuel DeCaprio and renowned Indonesian pianist Edith Widayani will be performing duo recital titled The Art of Chamber Music – Song Without Words on 20

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