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Sate My Love: Queens’ Indonesian Food Bazaar


I’ve been really home sick lately. Like really, really home sick. The downside to living eight billion miles away from home is just that, it’s eight billion miles away. A plane ticket home costs an arm and a leg, a phone call puts you back another set of arm and leg, and (very) lonely holiday seasons. For me personally, the biggest downside is not having the delicious oh so god damn delicious food that Indonesia is all about.

Growing up in Jakarta, food was such a significant part of my life. Not only that I was so lucky to have a mama that to this day is still the best cook I’ve ever encountered, delectable food was just everywhere. There are tons of amazing restaurants all over the city, covering all kinds of Indonesian food. Please note that Indonesia is an archipelago of umm I don’t know, nineteen THOUSAND islands, with over three hundred different original tribes and cultures. And Jakarta being the capital, the hub of the country, is where all those people from all different islands and backgrounds come to live. This my friends, means that in Jakarta, you can get so many different kinds of food. The street food industry alone is effing ridiculous! In a day’s worth, you can have dozens of different food vendors passing your house, all selling yummy dishes from a makeshift cart, for super cheap. I MISS IT SO DAMN MUCH.

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Easy Peasy Puttanesca: Spaghetti of the Whores


I have spent the last month eating and forgetting to blog about it. I am a bad, bad food blogger, flogger if you will, you can punish me if you want.

Because I’ve spent the last month eating well and getting real obese, this month I am not. The money well is completely drained, and all there’s left is canned food. Oy vey! But no worries, there’s always puttanesca: The naughtiest of all pasta. Based on my very extensive five minute research (which was really just reading this Wikipedia page), the name of this dish translates to “Whore’s Spaghetti”. How bold! How refreshing!

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Beers and (More) Dumplings: Vanessa’s Dumpling House


I should just really call this whole site the dumpling blog. The Blumpling. I think that has a nice ring to it, right?

So yes, you are now reading a post about dumplings. Again. Yes.
I love dumplings. Who doesn’t?
Especially when they are 8 for $3.75. If that’s not recession proof I don’t know what is.

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(Soup) Dumplingtown!


This post is dedicated to my friends miss Dewi (aka Debon) and miss Yuli, who introduced me to Joe’s Shanghai a few years ago. I don’t remember when exactly, but I remember that it was a glorious pork-broth-y beautiful day.

Gentlewomen and gentlemen, I am so proud to be able to share with you this magical experience. I think I started this blog solely for this moment. If you’ve been there already, we are now soup sisters. Or soup siblings, if you’re one of those unlucky ones who have been born a man. Boo. If you have never been there, fasten err loosen your seat belt, and let’s go!

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Dollar Dollar Dollar Beers

so last week sarah and i went to the Green Rock in hoboken for happy hour. we’ve been there a few times before, but only for happy hour. i really don’t know what the night scene is like over there because i’m usually already good and drunk by 6. because of this:



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Pasta Blues


i will keep this one short because 1. it’s not so memorable and 2. i got yummy soup dumplings post coming up. and soup dumplings rock. so. hard.
but that’s later..

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Of Meat and Marys


So I went to a birthday party Saturday night and had a few too many beers (do you know that a Jameson and a beer cost fifteen bucks at a dive in the LES? Yeah, neither do I! GRRR!) (Guess I’m spoiled by Brooklyn, where a drink costs nothing more than a fiver and a smile).

After a few hours of fun, falling asleep on the train, missing my stop and ending up a stop from Coney Island, I went home and passed the heellss out. I woke up a few hours later, hungry and hungover. Lucky me, it was Sunday, and Sunday means BRUNCH! Read the rest of this entry »

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Choripan Island!

I work in Hoboken.
And that’s all I got to say about that.
If you have nothin nice to say, don’t say nuthin! That’s how that saying go, right?

Hoboken, albeit very yuppy and absolutely wretched by default because it’s where my office is (come on, no one likes going to work!) (unless you’re food critic?) (i’m kidding again, my office is wonderful, really, i love my job, please don’t fire me, i’m very poor), actually does have some nice things:

– the pretty view of manlessttan (see previous post)
– clean streets
– the fancy daycares with them KinderVans (seriously one of the craziest things i’ve ever seen, though also the cutest! really! it’s like the babies are on a movie studio tour!)
– pretty Jersey people, if you’re into that (ed note: me not so much)
– and oh yes, pretty good restaurant scene!

Actually, let me clarify that. I’ve never been out to theBoken (yes, let’s start calling it that) at night, so I don’t really know what the dinner scene is like. However, lunch is pretty cool. One avenue away from my office is a main strip (Washington?) where they have oh I don’t know, eight million restaurants a block? They’re good and please go during lunch because duh lunch-specials and you might run into me! In which case you will immediately compliment this blog and offer to buy me the most expensive thing on the menu. And it’s not even that expensive, it’s lunch! Read the rest of this entry »

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welcome to my food blog. my name is mia. i’m a 30 year old food obsessed indonesian (jakarta born and raised, woot woot) who’s been living (happily) in brooklyn, new york, for the past eleven years. i am not a chef, nor a culinary writer. but i know what i love (read:food) and i’m here to share the love.

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