AYANA Zeitgeist

Translated from German, Zeitgeist means "the spirit of the moment", and is the key principle underpinning AYANA's service philosophy. Here, we share our inside tips and favorite haunts to help you experience the AYANA Zeitgeist.

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In an attempt to minimize awkwardness during social events, Well-Placed-Insider has learned a thing or two about Wine Etiquette from AYANA and RIMBA’s experts. These came in handy during the recent Penfold’s wine dinner at Dava restaurant and Banfi wine dinner at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. For those who missed these Bali events, you can put the dos and don’ts of wining and dining into action at our next wine dinner!

1. Important: When clinking glasses, it is a must to make eye contact with the other person. Otherwise, according to French superstition, you’ll risk seven years of bad luck (read: bad sex). We do not want that.
2. On the table, your wine glass goes to the right of your water glass.
3. While taking a sip, you should look politely look into your glass and not at another person. Unless you are shamelessly flirting.
4. If someone is toasting you (promotion, engagement or for just being you), you are advised to not take a sip. A quiet smile and a nod should suffice before expressing your gratitude.
5.The most common mistake: Many people think you only need to hold white wine by the stem (so you don’t warm up the wine), but experts say you should hold red wine by the stem, too, so you can see its color and clarity (or at least pretend that you understand what color clarity in wine actually means). Failing to do so could result in some wine snob calling you a “bowl grabber”.

Notes if you are the host of the occasion:
1. The host’s duty is to make sure glasses stay filled. So keep an eye on your guests’ glasses.
2. They say white wine drinkers end up drinking more than red wine drinkers. Well, maybe this tip proves it. You should fill red wine glasses 1/3, white wine glasses 1/2. But the ones who drink the most are sparkling wine lovers as their glasses must be filled at least 3/4.
3. When pouring wine, do not forget to give the bottle a twist to prevent drips. It also makes you look a lot more stylish.
4. Last but not least! Apparently you should clink glasses with each person without crossing anyone’s arms. Now I am beginning to wonder… have I ever cross-clinked? Anyway… time to start practicing my new wine etiquette. Cheers!

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The Rock Bar bartenders were in very fine form last week, representing not only Rock Bar but Bali in the national “VIVE Mixo Concept” Mixologist Competition in Jakarta. They not only won, but took out all top 5 spots against 21 other bartenders from 10 different cities. A huge feat and we are very proud of the boys!!

We stole five minutes from team leader Elva to find out what it felt like to rock such a huge achievement.

How did it feel to be a part of such an amazing competition? Were you nervous?
It was so exciting! We have been preparing for the last month. We won the last competition in the series which took us through to the finals to not only represent AYANA in Bali also. Of course I was very nervous, especially when we found out how good the competition was.

So what was your secret weapon and winning concoction?
It was a Chamopolitan which is a combination of vodka, cranberry jelly, lime, homemade chamomile sugar powder and a ahomemade chamomile infused vodka spray.

It sounds like a dream, not a drink. Maybe it will be next on the menu at Rock Bar! What in your opinion is trending at the moment in the world of cocktails?
Simplicity is very big at the moment. It’s all in the small details and how the drink is made as well as where the ingredients are from. At Rock Bar we are really focusing on Balinese ingredients and getting all of our garnishes locally and making sure they’re all homemade or homegrown. It’s back to basics in the world of cocktails.

In saying that, what is your fave Rock Bar cocktail?
I like our Whiskey Rock and Sour and I like mixing it up and using dark rum sometimes instead of whiskey.

Thanks for stopping by Elva! I think you deserve a drink after all of this.
If you’d like to meet Elva and our rock star team, you will find them down at Rock Bar each night, breathing fire, juggling those homemade garnishes and of course smiling behind our infamous glass topped bar – they have always got a reason to smile and this win is just another one!

AYANA and RIMBA was chosen to host the fifth annual Asia Pacific Pay TV Operators Summit 2014 (APOS 2014). In between meetings and star studded gala dinners, the participants spotted familiar faces such as Angie Miller from the Season 12 of American Idol, celebrity Chef Rachel Allen, the legendary tennis champ Martina Navratilova and other TV personalities. There were even apparently an appearrance of Darth Vader! It was an amazing event and the whole AYANA and RIMBA team was honored to be part of it.

Angie Miller hypnotized the audience with 'Never Gone'

Rachel Allen and her ear to ear smile, and who wouldn't smile looking at these treats?!

"So this back-hand stroke is not good enough, Martina?"

May the force be with you!

AYANA's Champa Garden transformed to a melting pot of traditional Javanese and Balinese culture for the gala dinner.

The just-launched UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant was transformed into HBO's satellite studio. Looks like a box-office movie party in the making!

Check for more pictures here!