Coconut Carrot Noodles

March 31, 2014

Coconut Carrot Noodles  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Coconut Carrot Noodles  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Coconut Carrot Noodles  / blog.jchongstudio.com
I'm off in Paris this week but I'll be sharing some fun adventures from my Superstition Mountains with you later. Be sure to follow me on instagram @jcongstudio so you don't miss out on any of my travel adventures. So today I don't have a recipe for you (sorry don't hate me!), but rather some photos of this Coconut Carrot Noodle soup I made while I was working on another project last year. It's one of those other recipes that I can't remember what I put in it exactly and haven't really made it since. I really loved how all of the colors turned out but I thought Carrot Noodles weren't really working for me. Maybe I really need to look into one of those spralizers since I think those would feel more noodle like. What do you think? For now if you're dying to have some of this maybe try this recipe or this one for your fix.

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Weekend Snapshots

March 27, 2014




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It's been a while since I've shared some weekend snapshots with you but since I just got back from Superstition Mountains I thought it would be a great time to share some sneak peeks on this new storytelling app called Steller. It's sort of like Instagram meets Blogging! It is great for sharing stories on the go. They've got an assortment of layouts and typography to help you tell your story. Be sure to check it out!

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Chiang Mai, Thailand

March 25, 2014


During one of my long weekends teaching I took a bumpy bus ride from Nongkhai to Chiang Mai - to do some further exploring. Chiang Mai was quite beautiful and filled with lots of mountains. I did some hiking, visited some small villages and saw a lot of temples. For those of you who are going to Thailand and want to ride the elephants I would discourage you from doing so. Watching the way they steer the elephants in the right direction is a bit saddening – at least from my experience the few places I saw with elephant rides seem to be the same.

Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
I often think when I travel how lucky and spoiled my life can be. Everyone I met in Thailand was so resourceful - they didn't have much but they didn't seem to need much either. On the morning of one of my hiking trips this man (above) built us a raft made out of bamboo! with his hands! And then we used that raft to get to another part of town. Riding the raft was a lot of fun but I remembered thinking 'I hope nothing goes wrong cause I have a lot of tech gear in my bag I wouldn't want to lose!'.

Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com

Chiang Mai - Wat Phra That Doi Suthep / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai - Wat Phra That Doi Suthep / blog.jchongstudio.com
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – one of the beautiful and popular temples in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com

Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com

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Honey Mustard Salmon with Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

March 20, 2014

Honey Mustard Salmon with Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad
Food bloggers got skills. I know some of you might think I'm a food blogger but I don't spend hours in the kitchen perfecting recipes. Most of the time I'm adapting someone else's and/or made it enough for myself that I think it's food enough to share ;P When I cook I tend to not measure and really ad-lib my way through a recipe, sometimes. Maybe I will remember to write down the recipe right away other times or sometimes I completely forget. Like this recipe opps! But I've since made it again so I figured out my no-recipe, recipe. I was making a quick and simple lunch with what I already had in the house. It was easy and fast hopefully you will enjoy it too. And even if you do a little ad-libbing yourself I think it might turn out okay :)

HONEY MUSTARD SALMON WITH SHAVED BRUSSEL SPROUT SALAD print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
4 Salmon Filets
2 tablespoon Honey
2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
Juice from small lemon
salt and pepper to taste

salad:
16 ounces of Brussel Sprouts, shaved
1 small Fuji Apple, sliced thin.
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
PREPARATION
1. Preheat broiler. In a small bowl combine honey, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice for salmon filets. Coat all filets and place in the broiler for about 5 minutes or until cooked through and lightly brown.
2. In another small bowl combine rice wine vinegar and honey. Toss together brussel sprouts and apples.
3. Allow salmon to cool before placing on top of your brussel sprout salad!

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What I'm Packing – Backyard Adventure

March 18, 2014


Backyard Adventure packing
I am so excited about a trip I have with REI Adventures next week. I'm headed to Superstition Mountains for a four day weekend adventure. REI is my go-to spot for getting assistance on what I should pack for my trips including places like Half Dome and Manchu Pichu. I've got my backpack fitted just for me and wanted to share with you some of the things I am packing with me. (I wouldn't consider all of these essentials you can check out REI.com for a backpacking checklist.)

fig 01.
Snacks! Nut butter and energy chews are some of my favorite go to snacks. I remember the first time I went hiking and my friend handed over some energy chews – It was a serious bolt of energy. It was hard not to want to eat the entire bag, I would say these are definitely a life saver for helping me get through some of my tougher hikes.

fig 02. GoToobs are in my everyday travel packs and my backpacking pack. I like to transfer things like sunblock into the smaller containers to conserve on space.

fig 03. Headlamp plus an extra pair of batteries, so you can see after nightfall.

fig 04. Lifeproof Waterproof Case to get all the shots along the way including the ones in the water and a Mophie Juice Pack to keep your battery lasting. I know you are thinking isn't the point of backpacking partially to get away from technology? Yes but this is a much lighter and easier way to capture the moments a long your trip instead of lugging a DSLR!

fig 05. I love this Playtapus Hydration pack. I prefer this version over camel backs because it has an extremely wide opening so it's easier to clean. I also like to use a bite valve cover to keep the bite clean.

fig 06. Layers. I tend to always be hot so when I hike I am usually in a a tank top but once the night falls it's time to layer.

fig 07. Who says backpacking can't be cute? Love these To-Go Ware utensils. For eating while on the go.

fig 08. This sleeping bag will keep me warm on my spring trips through late autumn – fun tip I learn from the guys at REI is purchasing a compression bag to stuff your sleeping bag in to make it even more compact. (Also you can zip together the men's sleeping bag to make one giant sleeping bag! how cool is that?)

While backing can sort of be a love/hate relationship for me the reward you get after making it to the top is well worth the fight to get there. Over the next month I'm going to share some of my favorite backcountry spots in addition to some on my wanderlust list all over the US over on Pinterest. I hope you will join me on this adventure!


1. JUSTIN'S NUT BUTTER AND ENERGY CHEWS  •  2. GO TOOBS   •   3. HEADLAMP   •   4. LIFEPROOF AND MOPHIE JUICE PACK   •  
5. PLATYPUS HYDRATION PACK   •   6. HALLINA SHIRT   •   7. TO GO WARE   •   8. JOULE SLEEPING BAG

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PHOTOS VIA REI.COM | LAYOUT BY JENNIFER CHONG

Revisiting Thailand – Nongkhai + PhonPhi Sai, Thailand [Part Two]

March 13, 2014

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When I decided to take the time off, I knew I wanted to travel but I also wanted to volunteer as well. Teaching English in Thailand was one of the most amazing experiences I've had to date. I admit though there both exciting and frustrating moments. Some of the kids had a huge desire and passion to learn English while others wouldn't give you the time of day. Seeing how the school system was run and how differently it was from the US was helpless some times. I thought I would be stationed at one school but rather they divided us up and alternated schools each week so were never able to spend a ton of time with each class. Such good memories with these kids, I hope to one day return to see them.

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One of the things I remembered most was watching the kids mud fish and make bricks out of left over mud. There was a lake nearby that they had to drain, once the lake was drained the kids dug through the mud and fished out the fishes! (And yes, we totally ate them after...) After all the fish were out, they took the mud and made small bricks. I call that resourceful.

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Sticky9

March 12, 2014


Have you guys heard of Stickygram? Well they just launched their new branding Sticky9! I am addicted to these little guys, they are so much fun and the best way to bring your instagrams to life. My refrigerator has become a grid of memories. Sticky9 also offers puzzle magnets, mobile phone cases, and ipad cases – fully customizable with your own photos in different layout options (and some new fun news is that they will be launching bigger magnets on March 18!).

I use them to print my favorite instagrams and person photos from trips. The process is really easy all you have to do is log into your instagram account from the Sticky9 website and choose the product and layout you want. Then you can pick your favorite photos. If you use borders on your photos you might consider uploading the photos again without the borders since the magnets come with a thin white border. Also another tip if you have photos you want to print but don't want to upload to your public account you can create a private instagram account for those photos.



Recently they sent over the iPad case for me to check out. So much fun to see my photos on a product case, it would be a perfect gift for a special friend or family. The case is a polyurethane tablet cover that protects the front of your screen and also acts as a stand by folding the edges over. It attaches onto the case with two little magnets and stays on well! "The printing isn't as saturated and vibrant as the magnets but the cover isn't bulky like other covers which I love. Be sure to check out Sticky9 new site and get yourself some magnets!



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PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Coconut Chocolate 'Truffle' Macaroon

March 06, 2014

Coconut Chocolate 'Truffle' / blog.jchongstudio.com
Have you guys ever had a Hail Merry Maracoon? They are flipping amazing. My no sugar perfectly chocolate go to fix. They are made with real simple ingredients so simple... I figured I could probably make them at home – cheaper and maybe even better! Perhaps it is a bad thing though because I can literally eat 20 of these in one sitting, probably more actually. I like to use Noble Maple Syrup and some good unsweetened cocoa powder.

I've been experimenting with different types of flavors – like strawberry. So far it hasn't turned out quite the same but when I find a new flavor recipe I like I will be sure to share. Would love to know what you think!

Coconut Chocolate 'Truffle' / blog.jchongstudio.com
Coconut Chocolate 'Truffle' / blog.jchongstudio.com
Coconut Chocolate 'Truffle' / blog.jchongstudio.com

COCONUT CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Shredded Coconut, unsweetened
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
4 teaspoons Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
PREPARATION
1. Add all the ingredients into a blender – pulse until combined. Scoop out with melon baller, shape truffles and place on parchment paper.
2. Refrigerate until firm – option, to sprinkle with cinnamon and cocoa before refrigeration. Enjoy!


Coconut Chocolate 'Truffle' / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Revisiting Thailand – Nongkhai + PhonPhi Sai, Thailand [Part One]

March 04, 2014

Nongkhai, Thailand / blog.jchongstudio.com
In the winter of 2010 I took two months off from work and traveled through Southeast Asia and taught English in Thailand between some weekend adventures. I made a fun video before I left but I realized I never really posted many photos from my trip. So I thought it would be fun to revisit some of those photos and share them with you all. I absolutely LOVE Southeast Asia it is probably hands down my favorite place to visit and the place I suggest the most to any traveler.

I was fortunate to be able to spend a good amount of time in SEA being immersed in their culture. I lived with a Thai family for a portion of my trip that was absolutely splendid. My all time favorite thing in Thailand is the delicious cheap food it offers. I'm pretty sure I ate banana roti pancakes (what the lady below is making) and fresh squeezed juice every single day for $1. Literally, it was the best.
Making Banana Roti Pancakes / blog.jchongstudio.com
Making Banana Roti Pancakes / blog.jchongstudio.com
Nongkhai, Thailand / blog.jchongstudio.com
Nongkhai, Thailand / blog.jchongstudio.com

Of course I visited lots of temples and ate a ton of street food while I was there. I really wish the we had night markets here like they do in SEA. The crazy sculpture below was from a sculpture garden in Nongkhai called Sala Keoku.
Nongkhai, Thailand / blog.jchongstudio.com
Nongkhai, Thailand / blog.jchongstudio.com


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