The Mill | San Francisco

April 30, 2014

The Mill SF / blog.jchongstudio.com
A couple of weeks ago I made a quick trip to SF of course I had to stop at my usual favorites Tartine Bakery and B Patisserie but I've heard a few good things about The Mill so decided it was time to pay a visit. They are known for their bread and toast! I believe their toast selection changes daily, I can't recall the exact toast we had - something with brown sugar and maybe honey? It was tasty but it doesn't beat my Tartine Bakery or B Patisserie though I really love the atmosphere of The Mill.

It's big and bright and filled with natural light. A large communal table and smaller tables on the side, perfect place to sit and read a book or get some work done. While the one toast I tried didn't blow my mind, I look forward to trying some of their other toast combinations next time I am in town.
The Mill SF / blog.jchongstudio.com
The Mill SF / blog.jchongstudio.com

The Mill SF / blog.jchongstudio.com
The Mill SF / blog.jchongstudio.com

The Mill SF / blog.jchongstudio.com
The Mill SF / blog.jchongstudio.com

The Mill SF / blog.jchongstudio.com
Have you been to The Mill? What was your favorite toast combo?

THE MILL
736 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
b/t Grove St & Fulton St in Alamo Square

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Korean Tofu Soup

April 24, 2014


I love Asian "soupy" things. I'm not really sure why I call it "soupy" I described that to a friend once and he made fun of me... I mean yes it's just soup. But Asian soups are my comfort food - ramen, pho, taiwanesse beef noodle soups... the list goes on. As much as I love it I really never ever make it at home (I actually rarely make much Asian food at home, maybe because I always fear the ingredient list to be long and scary) Anyhow after coming home from a two months of pretty much non-stop eating out the last thing I wanted to do was eat out some more so I decided to take a stab at making my own Korean tofu soup. Some people think I'm crazy for craving this so much especially in the middle of the heat. Something about the bubbling hot soup that I just love. I researched a few recipes online and adapted them to make my own it was closest to the Bon Appetit one. Though it isn't quite the same but it definitely filled my craving.

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KOREAN TOFU SOUP print this recipe! adapted from Bon Appetit
INGREDIENTS
1 cup kimchi
1 cup of kimchi liquid
2-3 tablespoons of Gochujang
2 green onion, chopped
1 package of silken tofu, cubed
1 package of enokitake mushrooms
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

PREPARATION
1. In a large pot over medium heat - add kimchi, gochujang and cook until they begin to brown about 6-8 minutes. Add 1 cup of kimchi liquid and 5 cups of water and bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and allow kimchi to stew for 30-40 minutes.
2. Add tofu, enoki mushrooms, fish sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Then bring water to a boil and add sliced beef until fully cooked.
3. Before serving crack the egg and top with green onion and sesame seeds, the soup should be pipping hot to cook the egg!
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

A Parisian Break [Part 02]

April 22, 2014

Paris / blog.jchongstudio.com
So besides visiting the plethora of museums there is probably this thing called the Eiffel Tower that you don't want to miss. It's of course always super crowded there but you can't go to Paris and miss this right? My grandparents lived in Paris so as a child Paris was my "Disney" because we spent most summers visiting. I remember sitting at the Jadin Du Champ de Mars eating baguettes with butter and sugar on top with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. Or you can also head over to the other side to the Jardin Du Trocadéro for another beautiful view too. Thanks to my host Pullman Hotels they suggested a river cruise ride around the Eiffel Tower. It was a pleasant ride but I'm still a big fan of exploring the city on foot.

Du Pain Et Des Idees/ blog.jchongstudio.com
Du Pain Et Des Idees / blog.jchongstudio.com

Liberte / blog.jchongstudio.com
Next on the list? Patisseries! Carbs, sugar, more carbs! When in Paris, you just have to right? I definitely have a bit of a gluten belly after being back but happy that I indulged a lot while I was there. Du Pain Et Des Idées was the first stop - 'snails' as my friends Rick and Bora refered to them as. They were tasty, flaky, sweet but not too sweet. I also tried the banana chocolate croissant oh what I would do for some of those right now. I also really enjoyed Liberté. I had some sort of apple turnover which was kind of amazing.

Streets of Paris / blog.jchongstudio.com
Liberte / blog.jchongstudio.com

Le Jardin des Plantes / blog.jchongstudio.com
Le Rech / blog.jchongstudio.com
I definitely ate to my hearts content and some I had things like meat pies at Bofinger Paris and perfectly prepared pork at L'Esprit du 12ème but my all-time favorite meal was at Le Rech. An Alain Ducasse restaurant all about 'de Poisson' aka fish. I'm typically not a big fish eater but I was so impressed and charmed with my meal here. The host was incredibly friendly and the food was prepared to perfection. The breads and salted butters there were like crack I finished half a stick of butter all by myself. If you come to Paris Le Rech is worth the visit.

Paris Riverboat Cruise / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pullman Bercy / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pullman Bercy / blog.jchongstudio.com
While my stay was short I was happy to call this hotel my home. Whenever I got back to Paris I definitely want to set up shop at their Bercy location. Who has heard of a loft style hotel room?! (and with a great view!) Frankly I think I would be quite happy living in this hotel room. Comfy bedroom upstairs and a beautiful living/office space below. All I need is a kitchen but hey there is always the the restaurant downstairs right?

As a special treat here is a Panna cotta recipe from Pullman's Pastry Chef Olivier Michelet

Panna Cotta from @accorhotels / blog.jchongstudio.com
PANNA COTTA print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
Panna Cotta
Cream 500g
Sugar 80g
Gelatin 2 sheets
Paste 150g brown
Whisky 10g

Tangerine Coulis
Tangerine puree 200g
Sugar 30g
1 sheet gelatin

Tangerines
Chestnut
PREPARATION
1. For the Panna Cotta add cream + sugar to a sauce pan and bring to a boil, add chestnut paste and hydrated gelatin mixer.
2. For the Tangering Coulis – combine puree and sugar and bring to a boil, add hydrated gelatin.
3. Put the panna cotta in a glass halfway allow panna cotta to cool then top with the tangerine coulis then alternate again with Panna Cotta.
4. Add the Clementine and chestnut ice segments


While I didn't get to visit all the small shops I wanted to you can check out Happy Interior Blog, Pret-a-Voyager and Design*Sponge for some suggestions!

+ THANK YOU TO ACCOR FOR PROVIDING MY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THIS TRIP AND BEING A WONDERFUL HOST! +
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

A Parisian Break [Part 01]

April 17, 2014


When you get an email asking if you're interest in going to Paris for a few days what do you do? You pack your bags and go, because they say Paris is always a good idea right? Even though I've been going, going, going I didn't want to miss this opportunity. So I packed my bags for a 11 hour flight to Paris. I arrived in Paris in the morning and headed to the hotel, Pullman La Defense for a quick nap before I started my day. For my first meal in Paris I enjoyed a tasty feast by Chef Jean Paul Corbillet at Quinte&Sens – foie gras, fish cooked in the tandori and a delicious chocolate pear for dessert. The folks at Pullman were great host, the La Defense hotel was located right next to the metro and about a 20 minute ride into the city. The weather was fantastic while I was there 70's and mostly sunny – so what do you do when you've got a limited time in Paris?

A Parisian Break / blog.jchongstudio.com
A Parisian Break / blog.jchongstudio.com

Musee Orsay / blog.jchongstudio.com
Musee Orsay / blog.jchongstudio.com
Musee Orsay / blog.jchongstudio.com

First thing on the list is buy a museum pass and explore to your hearts desire. Because two days isn't enough time to check out all the museums I picked my favorite three to explore Musee Orsay, Centre Pompidou and of course the the Lourve. I'd say that Musee Orsay and the Lourve should be on everyone's list. If you a fan of modern art you should add Centre Pompidou. One of my favorite ways to explore a city is walking (and because sometimes the transit system can be intimidating - though the Paris one isn't at all!) I did the museum tour walking from museum to museum. It's a long walk but I did my fair share of eating so a few extra miles for me wouldn't hurt.

Centre Pompidou / blog.jchongstudio.com
Centre Pompidou / blog.jchongstudio.com

Centre Pompidou / blog.jchongstudio.com
The Lourve / blog.jchongstudio.com
Macarons from Laduree / blog.jchongstudio.com
More to come on what I ate in Paris in my next post but oh! I must share my tragic macaron story. My friend Marisa told me to check out Pierre Herme for some delicious macarons. I'm typically not a big fan of these but I decided to pick up a bunch for some friends back at home, so I loaded up the boxes and bought two for myself to try. They were quite delicious I had a mint chocolate and a passion fruit mixture – soft and chewy with a little bit of crunch. I toted the bag with me all day and set it down on a train ride but doze off. When I woke up I realized it was my stop so I ran out but left the macarons. By the time I turned around to retrieve them it was already too late. Jetlag you got the best of me, but hopefully I made someones day with some delicious macarons!

+ THANK YOU TO ACCOR FOR PROVIDING MY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THIS TRIP AND BEING A WONDERFUL HOST! +
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad + {$250 Williams Sonoma Gift Card}

April 14, 2014

Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad #sweetsurprisesweeps / blog.jchongstudio.comSpring time! Yep remember those Sunshine Sweet Corn I told you about last year? Well they are back and it makes me super excited to know that Summer is right around the corner or if you're living in Southern California we're making everyone jealous. :P I've whipped up this easy Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad perfect for the afternoon snack or pack it up for an afternoon picnic. I was heading over to a friends house so I decide to pack some up for her. I used some canning jars and attempted to wrapped them up in fuoshiki method but that didn't quite work as planned so I used a string instead. Don't they look cute?

My friends over at Sunshine Sweet Corn are holding a contest to celebrate the Spring sweet corn – three winners will win $250 gift cards to Williams-Sonoma to help them cook up their favorite corn recipe. To enter hop on over to their contest page here and pin your favorite sweet corn recipe with the #sweetsurprisesweeps.



Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad #sweetsurprisesweeps/ blog.jchongstudio.com
Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad #sweetsurprisesweeps/ blog.jchongstudio.com
Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad #sweetsurprisesweeps/ blog.jchongstudio.com
Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad #sweetsurprisesweeps/ blog.jchongstudio.com

BACON, CORN, AVOCADO AND TOMATO SALAD print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
5 Super Sweet Corn Ears
1.5 Cups of Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 Large Avocado, diced
8 Slices of Bacon, diced
1 Lime
3 Tablespoons of chopped Cilantro
Salt
PREPARATION
1. In a skillet cook the bacon over medium to high heat until crispy and brown and set aside.
2. Pull back the husk and remove the silks on the corn. Holding the folded husk - char the corn over an open flame (I used my gas burner) rotating as you go. Once charred allow corn to cool and then slice the kernels from the cob.
3. In a medium bowl combine corn, cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, and cilantro. Then add lime juice and salt. Fold in bacon. Season with extra salt if needed.
4. And just for fun - wrap these in some butter lettuce to make it a wrap!

Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad #sweetsurprisesweeps / blog.jchongstudio.com
Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad #sweetsurprisesweeps / blog.jchongstudio.com

Bacon, Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad #sweetsurprisesweeps / blog.jchongstudio.com

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PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Honey and Sriracha Roasted Cashews

April 10, 2014

Honey and Sriracha Roasted Cashews / blog.jchongstudio.com
My friend Aaron was raving about these ultra addicting Sriracha Cashews he was having from Nature Box the other day. He suggested that I tried them so I looked them up and thought it was funny that the ingredients didn't actually contain any Sriracha sauce. So Instead of buying them I set out to create my own. Since I've never tried the Nature Box kind I can't say they taste the same but I do think these are pretty addicting. I like the spice but if you can't take the heat you cut the Sriracha in half.

I'm off in SF this week so I'm going to see what Aaron thinks about this home made version. If you make these would love to hear what you guys think!

Honey and Sriracha Roasted Cashews / blog.jchongstudio.com
Honey and Sriracha Roasted Cashews / blog.jchongstudio.com
Honey and Sriracha Roasted Cashews / blog.jchongstudio.com
Honey and Sriracha Roasted Cashews / blog.jchongstudio.com
SRIRACHA AND HONEY ROASTED CASHEWS print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
4 cups of Raw Cashews
1/2 cup of Honey
2 tablespoons of Sriracha (use less if you can't take the heat!)
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 thumb size grated Ginger
3 tablespoon of Sesame Seeds
PREPARATION
1. Preheat the oven to 350º. In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, sriracha, ginger and olive oil. Pour mixture with raw cashews and stir until evenly coated. Fold in sesame seeds.
2. On a lined baking sheet (don't forget to line the baking sheet or it makes for a little messier clean up!) spread cashews evenly onto sheet tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. Once golden allow cashews to cool before serving!

Sriracha Honey Cashews / blog.jchongstudio.com
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Travel with REI Adventures > Superstition Mountains [Part 03]

April 08, 2014

Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
For our second day out – we used a lot of these stacked stones called Cairns to serve as markers for different trails we were on. Most of them are quite large but I loved these little petite ones we passed by.

Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
While we were out in the desert there was a few beautiful plants and animals popping around. We were lucky to spot a few Gila Monsters, an orange and black lizard creature with a venomous bite. I think I really just enjoyed saying Gila Monster!

Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Day two highlighted one of my favorite reasons to hike. To see things I can't see any other way. We took a side hike to La Barge Creek where we spent some time sunbathing and enjoying the nice and chilly waters. This side excursion was my favorite parts of the hike - a peaceful slow moment with nature.

Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
As we approached the end of our second day we set up camp at Second Water Springs and enjoyed a lovely Pad Thai dinner. That's right people PAD THAI while backpacking, who knew I could be so excited for dehydrated foods! It was actually quite tasty, so much so that I'd eat it at home if I was lazy to cook ;)

Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
On our final day we had a 800ft climb to the top - where we were greeted with some beautiful views. It was a biter sweet moment at the top – almost the end of our trip but the thought of having a clean shower was on the top of my mind. Once we approached the end of our hike we had victory meal (and drinks for some!) at Tortilla Flat Saloon, a fun restaurant filled with dollar bills literally all over the place.

Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com
A big thank you to REI for inviting me to join them on this exciting adventure and my guides Sarah, Dove and Gary. Be sure to check out what REI Adventures has to offer on their site. I am sure you will not be disappointed. Now who wants to go to Patagonia with me?

Superstition Mountains w/REI / blog.jchongstudio.com

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PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

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