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Cha-Cha-Chain Me to The Tables at Cha Cha Chicken – LA

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My dear shimmering glistening beautiful little cherubs, I dare you to tell me that the picture above is not the most beautiful sight you’ve seen today. Amiright amiright? You’re welcome.

Okay peeps, today I will take you to a magical place called Cha Cha Chicken. This place is seriously off the hook delicious. It’s a Caribbean joint in Santa Monica, LA. Yup, we are still in LA. I have saved the best for last for this place is ridiculous. Do you guys know that Henry IV was such a chicken fiend that he once said, “I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday” ? True story. Well if dude was still kickin’ it today, he would’ve said “I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a cha cha chicken in his pot every Sunday,” because their chicken is bananas.

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Another Day Another (LA) Diner – Swingers

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Hello good people of the interwebs, we are now nearing the end of my LA posts from last year’s trip. I got another one after this one and then we are done done done. I’m actually going to LA again in a few weeks to have some sun day fun days with two of my girlfriends. We are going to shop on rodeo drive check out some thrift stores, hang out with super hot celebrities get drunk at some random dive bar, drive to malibu in a sick convertible probably get lost taking the bus since none of us actually know how to drive, and eat at some super classy gourmet spots spend at least 4 hours chasing the Kogi truck. It’s going to be epic.

Anyways, this post is about Swingers, a diner that my friend Alan took me to on the last day of my trip. I think there are two locations, but we went to the one in Santa Monica. Dudes, Santa Monica is rad. You see what I did there? I’m writing about LA so I used “rad” instead of “cool”. I’m such a brilliant writer.
Seriously though, it’s rad. I liked the shops and the restaurants, and it totally doesn’t hurt that it’s right near the beach. A real beach, not like Coney Island. It was awesome. We walked around for a bit and then we went to Swingers for breakfast.

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Testing blogging on the go

Okay so I know I’ve been MIA yeah yeah bad blogger I get it. I have hundreds of backed up pictures and I’ll get to them. And oh, I miss you guys too, my sweet cherubs.

Anyways in an attempt to get myself out of the dark ages, I bought myself a fancy little toy: the new iPod touch (4g). While it’s beautiful and sexy and stuff (hd video cam and front facing camera!!!), the regular camera sucks major ballage. So it’s prob won’t replace my trusty laptop for regular posting, but since there’s a wordpress app I figure it’ll be great for blogging on the go! So here’s my first attempt.

I cant caption or embed pics on this thing so they’re all at the end of this post. Anyways the pics are from a few mins ago (OMFG technology!) from my lunch date at Sri Thai, my absolute favorite Thai joint in Hoboken. I went with my impossibly good-looking coworkers, Sarah and Ryan. I got shrimp fried rice, S got fried tofu and duck salad, and R got BBQ beef. Babes, they were delicious!

So there you go. Blogging on the go. I hope this doesn’t look like crap, I can’t preview it for some reason. Sorry for the crappy pictures!

Kisses and garlic breath,

Mia.

PS: typing on a touchscreen is the suck. You bitches better appreciate!

Filed under: Hoboken

Black Bear Bar and Grill

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So I have just gotten approved for a one month leave of absence by my company for a home visit this summer. That’s right, one whole month! To say that I am ecstatic is a complete understatement. It’s been seven years since I’ve been home and dudes, it is time. I miss my mom, my dad, my three brothers, and my sister. I miss Jakarta, and most of all, I miss the food.

Anyways, in preparation of this visit home, I need to lose ten pounds! Yes, I am aware that I am (kinda) thin and I don’t necessarily need (or want!) to lose weight. However, due to the omgdeliciousness of Indonesian food, I know I’m going to be eating like damn heffer for every second of every day that I am there. So, to anticipate the inevitable weight gain (at an estimated ten pounds haha), I need to lose that weight so when I come back to good ol’ NYC I will at least look the same.

I’m going home in July, four months from now. Considering that I am lazy and just ridiculously weak-willed when it comes to dieting, I figured it will take me about three months to do this (at the superhuman pace of three pounds lost a month).SOOOOOoooo, that leaves me about a month to eat whatever I want. I started this wonderful fat-filled 30 days by eating a gigantic lunch at the Black Bear in Hoboken.

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Greasy Sexy in New Jersey – Tun Tavern

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One weekend last month, my friends and I went to Atlantic City for a little road trip. I was craving a relaxing, serene vacation weekend where I can drink like an idiot and lose money at blackjack tables, so naturally AC came to mind.

I’ve been to AC once, seven years ago, with my boyfriend at the time and some friends. We went for just one night, stayed up the entire time, just to gamble gamble gamble. I barely remember it because I was so sloshed. Hey, I was at a tender age of 22, I don’t have to justify my actions!

Anyways, this time, as a mature 29 year old working lady, I decided to class it up a little and stay at the Trump Plaza hotel where every single thing was gold, gold, gold. Seriously, chandeliers, carpets, bed furnishings, curtains, chair cushions, dresses on drunk ass Jersey girls, GOLD. It was incredible. I felt so classy. Not.

I had a really good time. I did lose $125 at the blackjack tables though, but I expected that. I’m a very unlucky gambler. That’s why I only do it once every seven years.

Anyways, on the Saturday we were there, we woke up hungover, craving beers and greasy food. My friend Ryan suggested we go to Tun Tavern, a brewery slash restaurant. So off we go.

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Boozy Birthday Brunch 2010

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Hi y’all! How’s 2010 treatin’ you so far?

Mine kind of blows so far, actually, it’s been insanely sucky, but I’ll whine to you in a separate post. This post will solely be dedicated to the anniversary of another year’s past since my parents did the dirty and made little ol’ me! Aka: my birthday!

I turned 29 last month. 29? What? That’s insane! You look like a baby! Thank you, I know. Thank you God for making me Asian. PS: I feel like I talk about being Asian so much in this blog. But I AM one, and hey I got Asian Pride! Asian Asian Asian Asian Asian x 100000

Sorry about that.

Anyways, this year I decided to not have a raging party to celebrate the burfday. I had a bangin party last year, and to be honest, 29 isn’t really like a magical uber important milestone anyways. Next year though, watch out. I’m going all out. Crystal, coke, and hookers. Y’all invited.

So this year I decided to have a little soiree at one of my favorite brunch spots in BK: Sette Enoteca.

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Dim Dimmie Dim Dim (Sum)

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It was one of those days. I woke up with an insatiable craving for steamed meat in baskets. Dim sum, babes!

I love, love, luuuurrrrrvvee (imagine me purring here) dim sum! We Asians prefer the savory stuff for breakfast to those sweet syrup-drenched dishes you Emricans eat. Pancakes and french toasts? Yes, they can be absolutely delicious and I certainly have fond memories of eating them (Usually made by dangerously sexy breakfast companions, meow!) (Note: this really only happened twice, but I wanted to seem in-demand, rawr!), but I’d take dim sum any day.

This particular day, I woke up STARVING. I grabbed a friend and off we went to the closest place to my apartment that would have an authentic dim sum experience: Brooklyn’s Chinatown.

See, not many people are aware of this adoraballs little ‘hood in the Borough Park. When people think Chinatown, they think Manhattan. While the Manhattan one is huge and densely packed with every imaginable Asian restaurant, the Brooklyn one has one clear advantage: it’s closer to my house.

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

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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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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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