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Brekkin’ It at the San Francisco Westin St. Francis Hotel

Hello gorgeous! Happy Easter ya’ll. Hope you guys are enjoying this ridiculously amazing weather. Me? I’ve been sick as a dog these past few days. I had to miss out on the sunny days, the perfectly chilly nights, the martinis, mimosas, and today’s Easter feast. Bummer, I know. But hey, at least I finally ran out of excuses not to blog. I’ve finally uploaded a bunch of pictures and here we go, let’s look at food!

So I spent the majority of last week in good ol’ California. That’s right. Yours truly was pimpin’ it West coast style. What!
I was in San Francisco for a business trip (yes I have a day job) (no it’s not related to food) (SIGH) for three days. I’ve been to SF a few times before and this time I spent 99% of the time working. I originally wanted to check out some of the grub at SF’s Chinatown, supposedly AMAZING, but alas, I didn’t have the time. I did however, make up for the lack of outdoor foodgasms by having delicious room-service breakfasts on company dime. And who doesn’t like room-service? It’s the best thing ever! Having professionally made food delivered to you while you’re lying in a super plush king-sized gazillion-thread-count-sheet-ed bed? Aaaaah. I can feel my muscles relaxing as I’m typing this in. The only thing missing was a sexy bed companion to share the food with. But then again, if you have a sexy bed companion in said heavenly bed, who cares about food? (I do, I still do)

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Black Bear Bar and Grill


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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Cooking with Paper : Cod en Papillote


Hello my good people! How are you today? Are you having the chillest, laziest, best weekend ever? No? I am! Today I even took a three hour nap. Three hours! I fell asleep with E!’s Oscar special on and I dreamt that I was working some gigantic jewelry diamond expo and I was assigned to handle Madonna, and she was such a bitch and made me run around looking for 1920’s jewelry. Yeah, it was weird.

Anyways, a few days ago I was inspired to cook something healthy and easy. At that point, I had been gorging on seriouslyawfulbutofcoursedelicious food for days and my body was begging for mercy. I went to the supermarket and went straight to fish counter and asked my oh-so-sweet counter dude, what’s the freshest today? He said COD! COD! COD! Okay fine, he didn’t say it like that.

So I got the cod, which by the way did look super sexy and fresh. As I was walking around the aisles, I saw a box of parchment paper. A-ha! I figured I was going to roast the fish (healthiest, most delicious thing ever) and upon seeing the parchment paper I immediately knew I was going to do it en-papillote style. I know, check me out with my fancy culinary lingo. I’m Joooooooooooolia Childs!

Cooking en-papillote is super easy. It’s mess free, fast, healthy, and babes, so dramatic. When you open that pouch on the table and you take a whiff of the aroma released right under your nose… aaaah. It’s sinful really. Anyways, when I got the cod and decided to cook it in this way, it was a bit of an experiment. I had never done it before, and I don’t even have a recipe for one. I figured it’d be easy enough, and that I would take pictures just in case it came out decent and blogable. So the fact that I am writing this, obviously means that it came out good and that I am a kitchen genius. Bow before me, you peasants!

Just kidding! It did came out good, but it could’ve been a lot better. I learned a few things along the way and I figured that you guys would enjoy this recipe. So let’s do this!

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Greasy Sexy in New Jersey – Tun Tavern


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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Fridge Clean-Up: Kimchi Fried Rice


I made this recipe on the day of the Superbowl. I had a super delicious brunch that morning and had a few hours before I had to leave to watch the game at a friend’s house (hi Alex!). I was getting hungry again and I didn’t really feel like eating Superbowl food for dinner. While I appreciate a good slice of pizza, this Asian soul was craving something that tastes a little closer to home.

I only had an hour before I had to leave for the game and looking at the contents my nearly empty fridge, only one recipe came to mind: kimchi fried rice! Fast, delicious, spicy, and easy, oh so easy.

In general, you can make fried rice with pretty much anything. Trust me, I’ve tried it. Spam fried rice, hot dog fried rice, even bacon and apple fried rice (not for the faint-hearted). As long as you have the basic ingredients (rice, soy sauce, etc.), you can have this hearty dish in twenty minutes. This particular afternoon, I also had a half empty container of kimchi(most delicious friekin thing ever), a handful of frozen shrimp, and leftover crab meat.

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Listicle: Kitchen Wishlist

So the computer I use to do all my work and fun stuff, i.e. blogging, is totally on the fritz. Some nasty viruses infected the hard drive and the laptop has been in the shop for 5 days now. I haven’t been able to do my freelance work (I have 2 jobs, yeah, I’m ambitious), haven’t been able to watch my downloaded Korean dramas (yes, I’m a nerd), haven’t been able to access my food pictures, hence not being able to write blog posts. I am DYING!

Anyways, due to this majorly catastrophic event, I came up with a different kind of blog posts, aside from the regular restaurant write-ups and recipes. Listicles! Those are always fun, and so easy to do! I’m lazy (but also ambitious, ha), so easy things delight me.

Without further ado, I present you with my first listicle: kitchen wishlist! I am poor (but ambitious!), bad with saving money, and am proud owner of solid bank-breaking weaknesses such as sales on Gilt, overpriced speakeasy-style cocktails, sushi-grade salmon fillets (dude they are so expensive ferreals), etc. etc. So… being perpetually poor, I have a list of fabulous things I wish I own and since this is a food blog, I’ll only list food-related products duh.

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Boozy Birthday Brunch 2010


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)


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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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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