Commissary | Los Angeles

November 26, 2014

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary is one of LA's newest hot spots. It's housed in a green house on the roof top of the Line Hotel. They focus on fruits and vegetables but they also have meats as well! Their menu is all in pictures – which could be either fun for some who love a little mystery or not so fun for others. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by menu's – there is either way to many options or so many descriptions that everything sounds good. For the Commissary I like the surprise of it all. We picked items based on how we were feeling – lots of vegetables please! We ordered the corn, roasted carrots, deviled eggs and a few other things. Everything was quite tasty. The roasted carrots were among my favorite. I've got to take a stab at making these at home. Below you'll find a recipe for some roasted carrots to try at home!

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com

ROASTED CARROTS WITH PESTO recipe from gaia health blog
INGREDIENTS
Colorful Organic Carrots, washed with some of the stems remaining
Pink Himalayan Salt
Coarse Ground Organic Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PESTO
1 Bunch Basil
3 Garlic Cloves
Handful of raw pine nuts
2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 cup Parmesan

PREPARATION
1. Drizzle carrots with olive oil and sprinkle with Himalayan Salt. Place carrots in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 375°.
2. Remove from oven and turn carrots a bit then place in the oven on broil for 5 minutes.
3. Chop basil, garlic, pine nuts together finely then combine parmesan and lastly olive oil. Drizzle over roasted carrots.

Commissary
The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Koreatown, Wilshire Center
Phone number (213) 368-3030

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA

November 25, 2014

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
I've been dreaming of the day when I have my very own house to call my own that I can decorate and design as I please. Until that day comes, I’ll be taking notes and pinning away on my Pinterest boards. When Lincoln invited me to check out their Black Label Home in LA inspired by their new Black Label collection, of course I said yes! Lincoln Black Label is a unique luxury ownership experience centered around four designer themes that were carefully curated and brought to life using rare and high-end materials. I got a chance to chat with Janet Seymour, the design manager at The Lincoln Motor Company as well as the interior design team, hOmE behind the Black Label Home in LA, to hear all about Lincoln Black Label and how they transformed the home to reflect each of these themes.

Lincoln Black Label / blog.jchongstudio.com
Their creative process, as Janet explains, is never formulaic – it is always fluid. Inspiration sparks, leading to idea after idea that leads to another that leads to another. She prefers to keep it that way so they are constantly thinking and evolving. When they started the design process three and half years ago, they had a ton of theme ideas which they’ve since narrowed down to four exclusive Lincoln Black Label themes:
Oasis inspired by the luxury Adrere Amellal eco-resort in the Siwa Oasis Saharan. Oasis vehicles have neutral shades throughout the interior that are calm and relaxing.
Center Stage a dramatic interior environment inspired by a photo of a woman wearing a black coat with a Flaming Foxfire Red fur collar. Center Stage gives you the feeling of a dark theater on opening night just as the red curtains go up.
Indulgence influenced by a piece of beautiful antiqued deep brown leather that reminded the design team of rich indulgent chocolate. Indulgence brings together different shades of chocolate that make you feel decadent.
Modern Heritage sparked from a primarily black and white photo of an equestrian woman on a white horse but with a distinct red harness. Modern Heritage vehicles are classic and elegant – clean lines, black and white interior with a hint of red accents.

Lincoln Black Label / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label is the ultimate luxury experience, and the Lincoln Black Label Home in LA truly reflected that. The three-story house in Hollywood was particularly amazing. Each room was designed with a specific theme in mind. The hOmE team had a strong palette presented to them, and I was excited to see how they would interpret it. I was able to check out the home before they started designing as well, and I love how each theme translated so perfectly.

Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom (BEFORE) / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

Modern Heritage was my favorite look, which isn’t surprising – it is perfect for those of us who love the modern clean aesthetic - high contrast in black and white and a pop of red. In the bedroom, they used whites and neutrals in the bedding and accented the room with red books and a red throw. The room felt clean and refreshing but not overly stark. One of my favorite features of the Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage line is the use of Venetian leather in the vehicle. The white leather is so incredibly soft, and they’ve also included a subtle red stitching on the console and seating, small details that definitely shine through when you sit inside of the vehicle.

Lincoln Black Label Center State / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

My second favorite room had to be Center Stage. Dark tones with strong accents of red and gold surround the room. The abstract golden art panels above the bedroom were screaming “take me home!” Center Stage is all about drama and theater and the room reflected this – the red velvet throughout the room had a ‘wow’ factor, and can we take a moment to look at the incredible velvet sofa? I’ll take that too, please.

I would be happy living in just one of the rooms in the Lincoln Black Label Home. They’ve certainly inspired me to redesign my space to be a little more luxurious. I asked the hOmE team for suggestions on how to transform a room without replacing everything inside (key for those of us still renting), and they said to “Create a focal point and reflect that object or light fixture with a mirror”. I totally agree that a simple focal point and mirrors can change the aesthetics of a room (and make it seem larger!).

Be sure to check out the additional photos of the house below and Lincoln Black Label. What room would you want to live in?


Lincoln Black Label Oasis / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Oasis . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Oasis . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Oasis / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Indulgence / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Center State / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Parmesan Thyme Potato Stacks

November 18, 2014

Parmesan Thyme Potato Stacks / blog.jchongstudio.com
10 days away from Thanksgiving! This year will one of be one of the first times in a while that I'll be in California for Thanksgiving (and maybe even Christmas). I'm typically traveling somewhere. I'm excited and looking forward to spending thanksgiving at home this year. I think these parmesan thyme potato stacks are the bomb! They are flaky and crispy and just plain perfect. Not only do they taste delicious they look awesome too. They are easy to make and definitely a welcoming edition to a Thanksgiving dinner table.

Parmesan Thyme Potato Stacks / blog.jchongstudio.com
Parmesan Thyme Potato Stacks / blog.jchongstudio.com
Parmesan Thyme Potato Stacks / blog.jchongstudio.com
PARMESAN THYME POTATO STACKS print this recipe! | recipe adapted from what's gaby cooking
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
2 teaspoons thyme leaves, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon thyme leaves for garnish
Flaky salt and freshly cracked black pepper
8-10 Yukon Gold or German Butterball potatoes, sliced thin (about 1/16 inch thick)
PREPARATION
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Melt butter then toss potato slides to evenly coat. Add parmesan, chopped thyme, kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, toss to coat well.
3. Layer the potato slices into stacks on baking sheet. Bake until the edges and tops are golden brown and the centers are tender, 45 to 55 minutes.
4. Let potato stacks rest for 5 mins then remove and sprinkle additional thyme, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and serve.


PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Persimmon Bruschetta

November 11, 2014

Persimmon Bruschetta / See and Savour
I'm heading home this weekend to celebrate one of my very best friends wedding. I'm excited to be going home but it's certainly going to be a chilly weekend! Looking forward to eating at all my favorite Atlanta spots and even playing tourist in my own city while I show Y around. Make sure to check my instagram for some snapshots from the weekend.

Anyhow, I've still got lots of persimmons at the house from our fruit picking adventure so I decided to make some persimmon bruschetta. These are tasty and would be delicious as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvres at dinner. Have you started your Thanksgiving dinner list?!


PERSIMMON BRUSCHETTA print this recipe! | recipe adapted from food52
INGREDIENTS
4 Fuyu persimmons, peeled and cut into thin slices
1/2 cup fresh tangy goat cheese (at room temperature)
1/2 cup fresh ricotta
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup toasted pistachios, coarsely chopped
8 slices crusty bread
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
coarse ground black pepper
sea salt
PREPARATION
1. Brush bread with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, and toast until crisp and lightly browned.
2. Mix together ricotta, goat cheese, and mint.
3. Dollop cheese mixture on warm toasts. Lay 3-4 slices of persimmon on each toast, and sprinkle with coarse pepper and sea salt flakes.
4. Drizzle with warm honey and sprinkle with toasted pistachios.


PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Salted {3 Month Trial} – Herb Cocktail Meatballs with Honey Mustard Sauce

November 06, 2014

I'm not sure how many of you caught my guest post over on Vanessa's blog Noirve a couple weeks ago but if you did get a chance to read it you'll know that before I was a photographer and designer my dream was to become a pastry chef. I wanted to decorate cakes all day even attended a culinary program in pursuit of that journey. I learned that the program I wanted to take required me to take learn the other essentials in cooking - like butchering meat (which at the time I wasn't interested in.) The truth is I enjoy cooking but love to eat more – and I think I am a better eater than cook! :)

Anyhow enter in Salted a new chef-driven education company that just launched online – a new type of cooking school. They've worked with over 50 celebrity chefs including some chefs that you might recognize from the blog world like the ladies of Spoon Fork Bacon and Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking. I've always found it mesmerizing to watch chefs in their element and what better way to learn how to cook than in the comfort of your own home with chef's you love.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse of what they are doing. You can browse some of Salted courses for free or sign up for 100% access to all of the exclusive courses and video tutorials in their library, in addition to other benefits. Or hey that favorite foodie friend of yours would probably love this for the holidays!

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HERB COCKTAIL MEATBALLS WITH HONEY MUSTARD SAUCE recipe from Salted by Spoon Fork Bacon
INGREDIENTS
HONEY MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:
Whole grain mustard (1/4 cup)
Mayonnaise (1/8 cup)
Honey (1 tablespoon)
White wine vinegar (1 teaspoon)
Cayenne pepper or hot sauce (to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

MEATBALLS:
Ground beef (1 pound)
Oat flour (1/3 cup)
Egg (1)
Fresh thyme, chopped (1 tablespoon)
Fresh dill, chopped (1 tablespoon)
Fresh oregano, chopped (1 tablespoon)
Ground mustard (1 teaspoon)
Ground ginger (1 teaspoon)
Olive oIl (3 tablespoons)
Salt and pepper to taste
PREPARATION
1. Prepare the dipping sauce by adding the mustard, mayonnaise, honey, white wine vinegar, and cayenne pepper or hot sauce to a small bowl. Whisk together, season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
2. To make the meatball mixture, place the ground beef into a large mixing bowl. Add in the oat flour, egg, thyme, dill, oregano, mustard, and ginger. Season with salt and pepper. With a clean hand, gently mix the ingredients together. Do not overhandle the meat or it will become tough.
3. To form the meatballs, take about one tablespoon of meat mixture and roll it into a smooth, round ball. Set aside and repeat with the remainder of the mixture.
4. Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to coat the bottom of a large skillet or frying pan; heat on medium high. Once the pan is hot, add 5-7 meatballs depending on the size of the cooking surface. Do not overcrowd the pan.
5. After 3-4 minutes, turn the meatballs. they should have a brown sear on the first side. Keep turning the meatballs after 3-4 minutes until all the sides have a golden brown crust.
6. Once the meatballs are cooked on each side, place them onto a prep plate to rest and release any juices. transfer them to a presentation plate and serve with toothpicks and a side of the honey mustard dipping sauce.



PHOTOS BY SPOON FORK BACON

S'mores Rice Krispie Treats

November 04, 2014


There was actually no firewood allowed where we were camping in Big Sur so I came home with a lot of s'more making materials! So I decided to make some S'mores Rice Krispie Treats – omg yum. I remember attempting to make rice krispie treats as a kid. I melted the marshmallows in a pan but forgot the butter which made for a a huge mess – I also happened to use a nonstick pan to melt the marshmallows so everything was stuck and burnt onto the pan. I think that was the last time I tried to make them on my own. I'm older and wiser now – these were easy to make! I actually made this twice since I've been back the recipe I'm sharing is the doubled version because I liked how it made thicker squares. If you don't want to make that much you can cup the recipe in half for 1 inch thick squares.


S'MORES RICE KRISPIE TREATS print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
1 stick of unsalted butter
24 jumbo marshmallows
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 cups Rice Krispies
6 graham crackers, crumbled
1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
PREPARATION
1. Oil a 9x9 pan and set aside. In a large bowl combine, rice krispies and graham crackers. Keep mini marshmallows and chocolate chips nearby.
2. Melt butter over medium heat, once butter has melted add vanilla extract and turn heat to low. Add jumbo marshmallows – continuously stir the marshmallows until mixture is smooth.
3. Mix the melted marshmallows together with the rice krispies and graham crackers – then add addition marshmallows and chocolate chips (I add this a little after so it isn't so hot and some pieces melt but not all).
4. Mix well and then transfer mix into 9x9 greased pan. Oil your hands and lightly press the mixture into pan. Allow treats to set for 20 mins, remove and cut into 16 pieces.

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG


Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

October 31, 2014

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad / See and Savour
I went on a road last week along the coast down from Big Sur it was spectacular I'll be sharing more pictures from that trip soon. On the back home we stopped at a persimmon farm and picked 27lbs of fuyu persimmons! I remember eating persimmons as a kid – we didn't have them often growing up in Georgia I don't think they were as readily available as I find them here in California. The fuyu persimmons are the squatier looking persimmons that can be eaten while they are still firm or wait till they are soft. The flavor is sweet and cinnamonish.

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad / See and Savour
Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad / See and Savour
So now I've got a ton of persimmons that I've been eating as a snack but thought I could combine them into a few of my meals too. Here is a delicious persimmon and pomegranate salad. I love the colors of the the persimmon and pomegranate combined – could be a beautiful salad for a dinner party perhaps?

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad / See and Savour

PERSIMMON AND POMEGRANATE SALAD print this recipe! | recipe adapted from valleybrinkroad
INGREDIENTS
SALAD:
3 cup herb lettuce mix
2 fuyu persimmons, cut in small wedges
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
pecorino romano
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
DRESSING:
1/8 cup sherry vinegar
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of honey
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
PREPARATION
1. Combine all ingredients for dressing into a jar and shake vigorously until well combined, add additional olive oil, salt or pepper as necessary. Set aside. Combine all ingredients for salad, toss in a few tablespoons of dressing.

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad / See and Savour
Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad / See and Savour

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad / See and Savour

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

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