See and Savor with Marlene Franco

December 30, 2013

See and Savor w/Marlene Franco
Mumbaii / See and Savor w/Marlene Franco
Dahi Vadas / See and Savor w/Marlene Franco
marlene is my long time college friend from savannah! though it's been a while since then, marlene and i reconnected since we were both out in los angeles. so happy that we did as she is my new freelance buddy – be sure to check out her shiny new blog when you get a chance.

where do you want to go?
There are so many places in my wish list that I would love to visit. One that has been on my mind for a while now is, India! There are so many things about it that fascinate me. Its culture, folklore, major colorfulness, cuisine, street markets and the list goes on.

what do you want to eat/drink while you are there?
I would love to taste dahi vadas—deep fried balls made of ground lentils and served with yogurt and sprinkled with spices. A savory snack...Yum!

your favorite place to see and savor?
Peru is definitely one of my favorites! I visited Lima and Cusco several years ago, and it was such a wonderful experience. Seeing Machu Picchu and other inca ruins was mind blowing, but there is also so much more to explore while in Peru! Their cuisine is so tasty! Some of my favorite dishes are ceviche, lomo saltado (strips of sirloin steak stir-fried with tomatoes, onions, peppers with steak fries and served over rice) and papas a la huancaína (boiled potato with a creamy yellow aji chili sauce). Oh! And for dessert, suspiro limeño, a silky caramel-like base topped with a light and creamy liqueur meringue. Delightful!

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PHOTOS VIA CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL AND INDIAN SIMMER | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

See and Savor with Jade Broadus

December 26, 2013

See and Savor w/Jade Broadus
Galapagos Island / See and Savor w/Jade Broadus
Ceviche / See and Savor w/Jade Broadus
jade broadus is my travel all-star friend, blogger at vagabond3 and social media manager over at travel mindset. i can't even begin to name all the awesome places she has been just check out her blog if you don't believe me. fun fact about jade – her and her husband won around the world tickets on a virgin australia twitter challenge!

where do you want to go?
Ever since I knew what the Galapagos Islands were, I've wanted to travel there and experience it for myself. My husband and I are huge animal lovers and search out animal encounters or ways to see animals in their natural habitat on every trip we go on. I would love to walk on the beach with the sea lions, snorkel with seals, dolphins and turtles, and fall asleep on a boat while listening the waves around me.

what do you want to eat/drink while you are there?
The two things that I've been told are absolute musts are seafood ceviche and encocados, a fish or lobster dish served with a coconut cream sauce and rice. And since I love tacos, I wouldn't mind a few fresh fish tacos while we are at it!

your favorite place to see and savor?
London is always my first answer, as I lived there for six months and cherish that experience very much. It's a total walking city with some of the best food and cultures from around the world all within a short tube stop away. My other, less known place, would be St. Augustine, Florida. It's a small fishing/beach town with an old Spanish fort and the best fried shrimp and grits you'll ever eat.

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PHOTOS VIA TREVOR COLE AND DRIZZEL AND DIP | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

See and Savor with Lindsay Stetson

December 23, 2013

See and Savor w/Lindsay Stetson
New Zealand / See and Savor w/Lindsay Stetson
Lamb / See and Savor  w/Lindsay Stetson
today i'm excited to welcome, lindsay stetson – she's the very talented designer behind mstetson design and new mom of baby stets! i'm so grateful to be able to call lindsay my friends, she's been an inspiration and one of my go-to pals for all things business. let's see where she wants to jet off to.

where do you want to go?
I would love to visit New Zealand; we have a few friends that have lived there and it looks—and sounds—amazing. The scenery, the people, the adventures that await whether on the sand or in the mountains.

what do you want to eat/drink while you are there?
Known for its lamb, I would definitely have to try that… well, lamb, and, of course, a Tim Tam Slam — this is a 9-month pregnant lady talking here!

your favorite place to see and savor?
This is hard, but I think my favorite place right now is from our road trip in August. We travelled through 14 states for a one-week reunion with family in North Carolina. We munched on barbecue in all the southern states, but found our favorite at B's Barbecue in Greenville, North Carolina. Who knew we'd love vinegar-based bbq pork sandwiches?! I still crave it months later.

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PHOTOS VIA DAVAODUDE AND ALEXANDRA COOKS | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

See and Savor with Beth Kirby of Local Milk

December 20, 2013

See and Savor w/Beth Kirby
Norway / See and Savor w/Beth Kirby
Faviken & Noma / See and Savor w/Beth Kirby
i can't even begin to describe how obsessed i am with beth kirby of local milk she's got an impeccable eye. both her photography and curation is amazing – she's probably one of the pinners i most frequently re-pin from. if you don't follow her go follow her now asap. i'm thrilled to have beth on my blog and even a few extra photos from beth for you too!

where do you want to go?
I'm nomadic by nature; wanderlust is in my veins. Portugal to Egypt to China to the comfortable ease of Provence and every corner in between, I can think of very few places I don't want to go. That said, right now I'm drawn to Scandinavia, probably born out of my interest in surreal landscapes, Elder Futhark runes, & nordic chefs. If I had my way I'd spend a few months trekking through Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

what do you want to eat/drink while you are there?
I wouldn't be able to visit Scandinavia without visiting Faviken & Noma. Those two restaurants are virtual culinary pilgrimages, and Chef Magnus Nilsson & Chef René Redzepi are both endless sources of inspiration and not just a little bit of awe. I would spend the entirety of my time eating as much seafood as possible, but I especially need (yes, need) to try Nilsson's signature dish: fresh scallops smoked over juniper branches.

your favorite place to see and savor?
I'm drawn to places in the world where the veil is thin. Ancient forests, precipitous mountains, and megalithic tombs. Ley lines and holy land. I'm also, of course, drawn to places with a rich culinary culture & vibrant local food movements. The place I've found in the world that has all of this and also happens to feel like a second home is Ireland. Spiritually it resonates with me like a bell, and the food we had during our travels there was remarkable. Ireland is very closely tethered, still, to farm life & the countryside, and I want to savor everything they have to offer: Burren Smokehouse salmon, Cashel Blue & St. Tola cheeses, homely brown bread, and foraged treasures like chanterelles, wild garlic, elderberry, nettle, seaweed, and sloe. I'm smitten with every facet of that country: the people, the food, the landscape, and the mystical vibrations. I can't wait until I have the chance to return!

Ireland / Beth Kirby
Ireland / Beth Kirby
Ireland / Beth Kirby
Ireland / Beth Kirby

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PHOTOS VIA RAWMEYN AND FAVIKEN MAGASINET | IRELAND PHOTOS BY BETH KIRBY | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies

December 18, 2013

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com
these cookies are some the best i've made recently, double chocolate goodness with an hint of salt. these cookies were super moist and soft – borderline brownie cookie. perfect for those chocolate lovers in your life. best of all they are gluten-free and taste like a real cookie! (at least i think so... as do my friends!) i liked mine topped with a bit of sea salt but i think a few peppermint pieces would be a perfect addition for the holiday.

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com
Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE SEA SALT COOKIES print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
bittersweet chocolate bar (i used a 5ounce one but you could go up to 10!)
1 stick (8 tablespoons), cubed
1/2 cup of cocoa
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
PREPARATION
1. preheat the oven to 350º. divide chocolate bar in half and chop one half into very fine pieces of chocolate shavings and cut the other half into chunky pieces.
2. in a food processor (or blender) combine the almond flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar; pulse together.
3. combined cubed butter, pulse until a cornmeal type dough is formed. add eggs and finely shavings of chocolate, combined well then fold in chunky pieces of chocolate.
4. drop a tablespoon of dough a few inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. bake 8-10 minutes – remove and top with a pinch of sea salt, cool, and enjoy!

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com
Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

See and Savor with Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen

December 16, 2013

See and Savor w/Adrianna Adarme
Japan / See and Savor w/Adrianna Adarme
Sushi / See and Savor w/Adrianna Adarme
you guys have seen adrianna on my blog a few times but in case you need a reminder, she is the mastermind behind a cozy kitchen. if you're not following her blog you should, as she is always cooking up delicious things – you'll see more from adrianna on the blog next year. oh! and if you're looking for the perfect gift for your pancake loving friend be sure to check out her book here.

where do you want to go?
Going to Tokyo, Japan would be dreamy.

what do you want to eat/drink while you are there?
Everything! Sushi, of course, but also the best yakitori, udon, ramen and soba. To drink? Probably lots of beer and sake. And in between meals, I'd definitely head to a cat cafe and pay money to pet and hang out with a bunch of apathetic cats.

your favorite place to see and savor?
If people have the opportunity to travel, I think everyone should visit Switzerland. When I was a teenager, my family took a road trip all over Europe and we drove through Switzerland (from Germany to France). It was just like the movies - snow capped mountain-tops, with red trains swerving through the mountains and lakes that were the most majestic blue-green color I've ever seen.

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PHOTOS VIA TOKYO AND SUSHI POTAGER | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

See and Savor with Julia Kostreva

December 13, 2013

See and Savor w/Julia Kostreva
Venice / See and Savor w/Julia Kostreva
Brownies Salted Fudge / See and Savor w/Julia Kostreva
have you guys heard of julia kostreva? perhaps not, but i'm certain that you've seen her work that peach and orange notebook that i saw floating all over pinterest! ladies if you're looking for the perfect iphone case – she's got you covered! i was lucky enough to meet julia this summer at designer vaca – such a sweet gal and also an avid traveler too! lets see where julia's taking us today.

where do you want to go?
I’m building a list of places I want to go in Asia - Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Korea. But, in this very moment, I am craving an escape to Venice. The water makes it feel like an island of treasures. I’ve been there once with my family, once with my sister, once with a summer love, and I’d be silly if I didn’t want to go back again just for the romance of it. The tiny alleys and hidden quarters have a million things to discover.

what do you want to eat/drink while you are there?
The jewish quarter, or the Venetian Ghetto, has a wonderful thing for pistachios - and they are amazing. Venetian pistachio cake. Baklava with pistachios instead walnuts. Pistachio gelato. Pistachios on pasta. I’d love any of these treats, especially a fudge brownie with pistachios and sea salt.

your favorite place to see and savor?
Anywhere in Italy. The flavors are so rich and heartwarming. It’s a place where everything is fresh, and life goes just slow enough to really pause and enjoy it.

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PHOTOS VIA ELIAPHAN AND DAGMARS KITCHEN | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

Travel Essentials – #mykindofholiday

December 12, 2013


as i mentioned my holiday traditions aren't so traditional – tomorrow, i'm kicking off #mykindofholiday – a two week trip with my sister to south america. i'm looking forward to our first 'solo' trip without our parents, exploring the city and of course some good food. but first i thought it would be fun to share with you all my packing essentials/tips. over the years i've gotten my packing method down and i always surprise my travel companions with how lite i pack, anyone remember my fun packing video from southeast asia?

fig. 01 no matter where you are going hot or cold – it's always a good idea to pack a light jacket. weather is always a bit unpredictable and some places really love ac.

fig. 02 zip baggu's are one of the best things for travel EVER. i use them for my shoes, small electronics, personal items etc – i keep 4 or 5 of these in my suitcase at all times. the small pouches help you stay organized so you aren't digging out of a giant bag to find those small goodies.

fig. 03 of course you can't leave home without your passport, i love this passport case because not only does it look sleek - it has a slim profile yet lots of pouches for your other cards and important travel documents.

fig. 04 when i travel i pretty much never ever check my luggage unless it's beyond my control – so typically that means i've got one suitcase and a personal item which is my camera/laptop bag. because of this i never have an actual 'purse' – this is why i absolutely love this bag. it folds down and is completely flat, easy to pack but nice enough for me to tote around the city. i know the price seems a bit silly for a nylon bag, but it's one of the best travel things i own.

fig. 05 this space saver is also another travel must – it has two sides, one for clean clothes the other for clothes that need to be cleaned. it helps compact your clothes – don't ask my how but i lay everything flat and zip that bad boy up it's a miracle how much stuff will fit into those space savers. i highly recommend them for any traveler.

fig. 06 i think i always travel with flip flops it's not that i wear them around the city but in case you decide to go to the hotel pool or in those emergency cases where you don't want to step in that bathroom without something between you and the floor.

fig. 07 i used to travel with a ton of toiletries but i've slimmed it down a lot – pretty much every hotel has shampoo and conditioner and while it might not be what you're used to it will save a lot of room if you don't pack your own. i love this human gear gotoob for liquid essentials – it keeps everything in the tube and no all over your stuff. my other two must haves 1. burts bees and one love organics skin saver – this stuff works wonders.

fig. 08 of course i never leave my house without a camera! most the times i just carry my my iphone – sometimes i take my dslr and thanks to target- i've got a new gopro for my south america trip. i'm looking forward to making some fun videos with this when i get back.

while i'm away i have a few fun post scheduled for you as well as a few guest popping in too! let me know if you have any packing tips for me before i head out.

1. JACKET   •  2. BAGGU   •   3. PASSPORT CASE   •   4. LONGCHAMP BAG   •   5. SPACE SAVER   •  
6. HAVAIANAS   •   7. GOTOOB, BURTS BEES and SKIN SAVER   •   8. GO PRO

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Gifts that Give Back with Given Goods

December 11, 2013


who doesn't love getting gifts? but what if you can give a gift that also gives back to someone else when you make a purchase? enter given goods a marketplace for products that give back. check out their website where you can read about how each product gives back in a certain way like providing jobs for communities around the world. either way your gift will make a big impact on someone else life too, whats not to love about that? here is a round up of some of my favorite items from the site.


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1. THE CLASSIC   •   2. HAND IN HAND BATH SOAPS   •   3. STRIPED SCARF   •   4. SADDLE TOTE   •   5. LUX STRAP   •   6. ROBE  •  
7. CAKE STAND   •   8. LAKELAND LAPTOP BAG   •   9. TRAVEL WRAP

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Coconut Marshmallows

December 10, 2013

Coconut Marshmallows / blog.jchongstudio.com
i made marshmallows! although when i was making them sometimes i felt like i was making tofu :) i don't really eat marshmallows often but when i saw this recipe i wanted to give it a try. it was actually pretty fun and easy to make and they would make nice little gifts wrapped up for the holidays. i'd like to make them again but a double batch so i can get big and fluffy marshmallows! i followed urban posers recipe exactly except i used knox gelatin because that what i had access too and it worked just fine. hope on over to her site to view the full recipe.

Coconut Marshmallows / blog.jchongstudio.com
Coconut Marshmallows / blog.jchongstudio.com

Coconut Marshmallows / blog.jchongstudio.com
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Gifts for the Hostess

December 09, 2013

gifts for the hostess / blog.jchongstudio.com
i don't think i could ever have too many kitchen accessories would you agree? last year all i wanted was glass tupperware this year i'd like some new spatulas! here are some of my favorite things for your hostess friends! what's on your holiday hostess wishlist? see more of my holiday giftlist and wishlist here.

1. POLKA DOT CAKE STAND   •   2. SERVING SPOONS   •   3. ROLLING PIN AND PEG STAND   •   4. WOODEN UTENTSILS   •  
5. GOLD PINCH BOWLS   •   6. MAIKO BOWL  •   7. JAPANESE COPPER GRATERS   •   8. CERAMIC MUG   •   9. ENAMEL SAUCE PAN  •  
10. SILICONE UTENSILS

LAYOUT BY JENNIFER CHONG

Home is a Click Away + {$500 Airline Gift Card}

December 06, 2013

Eat Drink an Be Merry / Campbell's Homestyle Soup $500 Airline Giftcards! - click for details
december is here. a few days until i explore south america with my sister, 14 days until the end of my 20's, and 25 until the new year. there is something about the holidays that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. growing up i've never had very typical holiday traditions. unlike most families, my mom works on the holidays (she is a hairdresser and yes, asian's seem to really love to get their haircut on the holidays!) so our holiday dinners usually consisted of some sort of chinese take out. as i grow older and start building my own holiday traditions, it seems that every year, i find myself hopping around the globe and rounding out the year at home. i love traveling – exploring new places and meeting new faces – but nothing compares to the comfort and familiarity of being at home. seeing the people you love, catching up with some of my favorite faces and even enjoying chinese take out for dinner – it's what makes home, home. sometimes getting home for the holidays can be tough and really expensive, but campbell's homestyle soup is helping you get home this season. check out this video and enter to win a $500 airline gift card. entering is easy – all you have to do is visit the site and upload your own photo or pin their photo of what makes you feel nostalgic about home.

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Gifts for Her with Baba Souk + {$150 giveaway!} + 15% off

December 04, 2013

BabaSouk $150 giveaway + 15% off with code JCHONG
so you're starting your holiday shopping and you're stumped on what to get. do you remember baba souk? i interviewed her online shop this summer. baba souk is a great place to get you started – she's got tons of treasures for all your girl friends. i'm loving the dream pillow and cheese tray.

and what's a holiday without a little giveaway? babasouk and i are partnering to help you fill all those gifting needs this holiday – once you log in with your facebook or email below, you will be prompted with a few different ways to enter! to gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – and if you already follow just enter your info and you'll get automatic entries. and if you just can't wait – you can enter CHEERS for 15% off your order til december 11 and free gift wrapping – who can argue with that?

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1. IPHONE SLEEVE   •  2. MERRILY CARDS   •   3. RING DISH   •   4. RAW QUARTZ EARRINGS   •   5. CHEESE PLATES   •  
6. SOMI NECKLACE   •   7. DREAM CLOUD PILLOW   •   8. BASIL HERB POSTER   •   9. COIN PURSE

PHOTOS VIA BABA SOUK | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

Ginger Molasses Cookies

December 02, 2013

Ginger Molasses Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com
for thanksgiving i made these ginger-molasses cookies for my friends, really happy how they turned out, soft and chewy with a hint of ginger. not to mention they made my house smell warm and lovely. for recipes like this one i love using my blendtec, throw everything in and blend it up! though the batter is pretty thick, i think i may have made my blender work a little too hard! opps :P



Ginger Molasses Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com
Ginger Molasses Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com
GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES print this recipe! | adapted from grourmande in the kitchen
INGREDIENTS
1 cup almond butter
3 tablespoon of molasses
2 eggs room temperature
3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
1/4 cup of coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of salt
PREPARATION
1. preheat the oven to 350º and line baking sheet with parchment paper
2. in a bowl, mix together almond butter, molasses, eggs and ginger. sift together dry ingredients and combine to wet mixture, until well combined. batter will be thick!
3. drop the dough with a teaspoon or melon baller onto the baking sheet, 2 inches apart bake for about 8 minutes. allow cookies to cool on a baking sheet – they will initially be puffy, but will flatten. enjoy!

Ginger Molasses Cookies / blog.jchongstudio.com
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG


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