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Casual night at Belly Inc

 

So here’s another new establishment in PIK (it’s getting endless).

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By its exterior and general impression on its recent buzz, Belly Inc doesn’t exactly hold the top spot on my list. As with plenty of other eateries around the area, you can sit down and have a proper meal without dressing up or paying much. Little did I know that something so casual is worth the drive, especially when you’re starving on weeknights.

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3-day Bandung trip: My life-turning weekend

 

Hey guys! It’s been a helluva ride in the past few days for me. If you follow me on social media, you may already know that I’m recently engaged :) THANK YOU for the prayers and congratulations <3

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This post is going to be really long (you’ve been warned), and it’ll partially be about how he did it, partially about the stops we made throughout our 3-day-2-night getaway to Bandung. You may skip right ahead to part deux: the places we went, but you can also read from the beginning till the end. Hopefully between my wordiness you’ll find inspiration from the cusp of our 3-year-7-month journey together. As to why I’m blogging about it, it’s because this is an important chapter of my our life that I want to keep alive forever :)

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Let’s get our hands dirty at Cajun Claws

 

Late last month, I was invited to a casual tasting sesh at one of the hottest place to get seafood in town, Cajun Claws.

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Thing is, it’s not just any old seafood. You’ve seen emulations of crab shacks in town already such as Holy Crab, Cut the Crab, and Mr. Crabby. But this is Princess Tiana with a whole lot of knife-edged claws. As the founders emphasized, “We’re not selling presentation here. We aim to give you a taste of Louisiana.” And they did.

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Finally tried out Ippudo ramen, Jakarta

 

Ippudo is one of the copious new restaurants in town that I’ve been wanting to try. I’ve heard good things about the joint from LA and Singapore residents, and when the first Ippudo joint opened in Indonesia about 3-4 months ago, crowds were lining up at the storefront like swarms. How can you not be curious?

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Now that the hype has died down, there wasn’t any more lines, and you don’t even have to reserve a seat (which is a normal thing in some of the most beloved ramen joints in Jakarta). So we finally try it out.

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Casual Japo-Italiano dinner at Popolamama, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta

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Grand Indonesia is one of those malls that keeps the booming F&B industry alive: This year, they’ve decided to replace a spacious fountain area with the popular Japanese pasta chain, Popolamama.

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A portmanteau of popolare and mama, the 1995-established chain aims to bring the popular Italian notion that the best foods are those made by mothers – freshly homemade, crafted with care, and delightfully filled with love.

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Head north to The Playroom + Milkbar

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So there’s a fairly-upscale, billiard-equipped, trending new space opened 3 weeks ago in Pantai Indah Kapuk (Yeap, another one).

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The space covers 2 separate business joints, with one offering your meals and another a bar for enjoying ice creams. It’s located right beside Optik Melawai, so you’ll find it on the street parallel to Tekko, Leko, and Sate Khas Senayan.

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Stuff I recommend other than galettes at Kitchenette, Jakarta

 

By now I’m sure you’re no stranger to Kitchenette, one of the few hot spots in town that are still hot. Part of the reason is because it’s owned by local F&B giant Ismaya Group. They’ve been tested through time and budding groups of competitors in recent years, but the group only continues to grow because they’ve done a great job at keeping up with quality standards.

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