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Sasa of Sasasunakku is dedicated to fighting "hangrrr," a term she defines simply as "Anger caused by hunger." Her warnings about hangry people ("Do not approach, do not attempt to share any of their food and do not put fingers near mouth until he or she can be fed and talked down to a reasonable state") are irreverent and hilarious... but you can also tell that she's serious! Fortunately for everyone, there are plenty of snacks here to keep hangrrr at bay.


The food on this site is truly unique. Sasa started blogging as a way to connect with friends around the world (she was born in Japan and has lived in New Zealand, Thailand, the U.K., France, and now Austria), and she focuses both on recreating the foods she misses from her multiple homes and exploring the food of her current one. The result is an eclectic mix of recipes, the names of which -- like that of her blog itself, which roughly translates to "Sasa snack" -- aren't always easy to pronounce.

There’s chirashizushi, a Japanese concoction of rice, omelet, sushi, and nori; germknödel, an Austrian yeast dumpling filled with plum jam and topped with poppy seeds and melted butter; and cicerchia soup, which may sound exotic but is just a version of the ubiquitous bean-and-vegetable soup (“cicerchia” is a type of chickpea). There are also recipes for bagels, English muffins, cheesecake brownies, and familiar foods with a little twist, like slice-and-bake shortbread cookies with sour-sweet sakura sugar. Reading this blog inspires not only cooking but travel, or, at least, armchair traveling through cooking, with Sasa as your energetic guide.

Austrian yeast dumpling