LA Farmers Market

July 15, 2014

LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
At 9 am there are no blue skies yet, welcome to June gloom in LA my friends. Even though June mornings start off cloudy I'm happy that the sun shines here 95% of the time. I get asked a lot if I miss home (Atlanta) I do but I don't know that I could ever go back unless the LA weather went with me. Besides having amazing weather my other favorite thing about LA is the fact that its a destination for travelers. I'm always happy when friends want to visit. I remembered when I first moved here there were all these spots I wanted to visit and slowly the place that was a vacation destination slowly becomes home and those spots I've always wanted to visit become a place I'll go 'someday'. The LA Farmers Markets is one of those places I haven't spent a ton of time at though I've always been very interested in learning more about. So a few weeks ago I partnered with Travel Mindset and took a tour with Viator to learn and eat my way through the original farmers market.

LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
Besides the cloudy skies it was a great day at the farmers market. Our guide, Andrew, arrived early to meet us. We had a very small group which was nice an intimate. It didn't feel like we were at a Disney theme park. We introduced ourselves, got to know everyone and started our tour. Andrew was informative and knowledgeable. Did you know the LA Farmers Market is one of the oldest markets in the US and about to celebrate their 80th anniversary? The market started out as a way for local farmers to sell their fresh produce directly to consumers. Eventually wives brought homemade goodies like breads, cookies and jams to the market and not long after butchers and food stands started to appear. Now the LA Farmers Market serves as a place to buy produce, meat, seafood, groceries and enjoy tasty flavors from around the world.

Bob's Donut • LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
Bob's Donut • LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
Our first stop was at this iconic doughnut shop where we enjoyed an assortment of doughnuts and coffee. Bob's Coffee and Doughnut's prepares some tasty doughnuts fresh everyday - the old fashioned way, by hand!

Pampas • LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
One of my favorite stalls was this Brazilian churrascaria restaurants where you can buy roasted meats by the pound. The plate above was shared between two people, a healthy sampling of food I'd say! We also tried a variety of foods like tacos, falafel, cheeses, and ended with a sweet treat! I also learned some fun facts about the market, like the fact that I could buy some meat at one stall and have another stall cook it for me. I love that idea of knowing exactly where you're food is from so this idea makes me giddy inside.

LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
LA Farmers Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
It was a fun tour and a new way to learn about the city I call home. If you're not familiar with the history of the LA Farmers Market I'd recommend you take this tour. Now that I've marked that off my list there are a few other tours that I would like to check out, like this helicopter tour of Orange County. Anyone want to join me?



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LA Chapter | Los Angeles

June 10, 2014

Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
A couple of weeks ago I headed to the LA's new Ace Hotel to check out the new space and have some brunch at LA Chapter with Alyse. I always love discovering new space and sharing meals with friends. The space is pretty – exactly what you'd imagine an ACE to look like in LA. I especially love the roof top bar area even though I don't drink I wouldn't mind spending some time up there. The dining area is filled with random celebrity drawings – like Michael Jackson and Britney Spears when she shaved her head.

 Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
While I think we both thought the food was alright – I'd say the Ricotta Pancakes were a delicious order and definitely more than enough to split for two. Dessert for breakfast!

Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com

Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com

Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
Ace Hotel LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
Have you been to an Ace Hotel before? Which location is your favorite?

LA CHAPTER
927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.235.9660

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Orn Hansen | Long Beach

February 18, 2014

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
It's been a while since I've done a local small shop. Quite frankly I sort of ran out of local shop ideas, so if you're a reader and have some long beach favorites please let me know! Anyhow, last fall Orn Hansen popped into town, right next to Lord Windsors. It's a welcoming addition to this Long Beach corner and it excites me to see shops like these pop up in town. Orn Hansen caters to both men and women from clothing and jewelry to handmade soaps and leather goods. Everything in the store is made in the US and even a good handful of local LB artist are represented in the store. Be sure to check it out on your next visit to Long Beach!

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com

ORN HANSEN
306 Cerritos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
714.402.8097

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Death Valley

November 14, 2013

Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
death valley was such a drastic contrast to sequoia as you can imagine. lots of trees and greenery to a whole lot of nothing, but i thoroughly enjoyed it. we visited bad water basin which is the lowest point in the us - the floor was filled with salt (i may or may not have picked up a piece to try...) it felt a lot like walking in icy cold snow a crunch with every step. there is actually a small pool of water note how it got it's 'bad water' name. i like how the salt crust forms hexagonal honeycomb shapes all around the area.

Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
right outside of death valley we also visited manzanar. manzanar is one of ten camps where japanesse american were incarcerated during world war II. it has a small museum that was really well designed and informative – the view at the manzanar monument has a beautiful view of mt whitney (the tallest point in the us). definitely worth a quick trip over.

Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com

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Sequoia National Park

November 13, 2013


a lot of people ask me if i miss seasons since i've moved to la and sometimes i do but i do a good bit of traveling so luckily i get to experience the the ones that i miss. a couple weeks ago i headed out for a short road trip to both sequoia and death valley (more on that later). thankfully the parks just opened back up after the federal government shutdown – i can't imagine all the people who were turned away! my friend and i spent a day in sequoia, where everything looked perfectly fall - the air was cool and crisp. i got to see general sherman – the worlds largest tree! i absolutely love the textures you find on the trees i would have love to take a piece home to try an attempt my own bryan nash print. will share some photos from my death valley later this week!

Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com


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Love and Whiskey | Irvine, California

October 31, 2013

Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
just discovered this new gem in irvine – love and whiskey. a great boutique in tucked away in park place. yes you heard me a cute boutique in irvine! they carry an assortment of women's and men's clothing – a mix of local and domestically produced and even cause-driven brands like 31 bits and krochet kids. one of my favorite things they carry is tanner good – the most incredibly crafted leather goods. i had the pleasure of chatting with owners sarah and mike on my recent visit. such a pleasure visiting their shop!

Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
tell us a little bit about love vs whiskey and how it began, what were you doing before you opened your own retail space?
sarah - before opening our own retail space, i worked 19 years in retail management for companies like nike women, d & g, bally, st. john and tse cashmere. love & whiskey began when we were asked to expand our first location deer lovely/whiskey tango 1977 into a 2nd location. we believe in evolving as a company, so we didn’t want to do the exact same thing as our first retail space. we wanted it to be refined. we combined the names of our original stores into love & whiskey and began curating our favorite brands... some old and some new.

what can people find at love vs whiskey, what makes you different than other retailers?
a unique selection of nicely curated items from a variety brands and local artists that changes and is updated frequently. people can also find whiskey tastings at our store every third thursday of the month. guests can pop in, enjoy a whiskey cocktail, and shop!

Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
whats the most important thing you’ve learned since opening your business?
that i am a really good buyer and to be confident when i feel strongly about new styles or when i want to take a risk.

what has been your favorite moment so far?
our favorite moments are when clients comment that there is finally a “cool” shop in irvine. irvine is known for everything looking boring and the same. we set out to be different so it is nice to be noticed for that exact thing.

Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com

three other local favorite shops?
analog at the oc mix at soco in costa mesa
tankfarm in seal beach, ca.
laguna supply co. in laguna beach, ca

LOVE AND WHISKEY
2967-A Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
949.660.5659

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