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Opps! I definitely didn't mean to go on a hiatus but I thought I'd pop in and say hello! If you follow me on instagram you'll notice I've been spending a lot of time at the Munchery studio. Munchery is a chef driven food delivery service that began in San Francisco and recently launched in Los Angeles (also available in New York and Seattle). The chefs in LA have developed some amazing meals for you to enjoy at home without the hassle of ordering out or picking up. Unlike ordering from other delivery services where you might get your food mildly warm rather than pipping hot Munchery delivers your meals chilled so you can heat and eat when you are ready!
It has been a fun learning process to work along side the chefs watch them R&D and come up with these great dishes. If you think creating a tasty meal is challenging on its own imaging having to taste just as good after it has been chilled and then reheated. Munchery has been the answers to a lot of my meals lately and I love my Munchery dinners!
Vegetarian Soba Noodle Salad - so yummy!
Of course sweets are always on my menu - here is one of the behind the scenes of the making of their Key Lime Pies.
If you live in the LA area (particularly West Side) or SF, Seattle and New York and haven't tried Munchery yet - check them out - use this link to receive $20 off your first order. Enjoy
Oh hey! January has come and gone – oh how the year will pass us. Here are some snapshots from my outings in January, though it was relatively quiet for me working on a big new project!
I did get a chance to check out Gjusta, another sister restaurant to one of my favorite breakfast spots Gjelina. While I loved the space - Gjelina still has my heart for breakfast. The citrus salad on the right was from a project I'm working on - doesn't it look tasty?
I've been building my real life Pinterest board in my studio and collecting some new props – loving some of my new ceramics! What are your favorite places to shop for unique kitchen goods? Would love to hear them!
Till next time - be sure to follow me on @instagram for the latest :D
I can't believe that I started this blog seven years ago, It's been a crazy fun ride. Thank you for following along – your kind words and thoughts make me smile every day. 2015 will be a slow start but look I look forward to sharing more adventures with you soon!
Hi there! I'm working compiling all my photos from my recent roadtrip – but wanted to let you all know I've been sharing a few things some other places on the interwebs. Check out Jojotastic where I'm sharing a photologue from my travels to Luang Prabang Laos. Over on Noirve I'm sharing bits of my studio and the story of how I got started. Hope you all enjoy reading!
One of my favorite things about school was all the new back to school supplies – as an adult I still get really excited about binders, folders and notepads. When I heard that See Jane Work had a line at Office Depot I was thrilled. New year means it's time to get all my business tax papers in line from 2013 and start new folders for 2014. Today is the day, to get it done. (And to start all those resolutions you've made!) Here are some things I like to do to keep myself organized.
Clean and clear your desk. I always try to start my day with a clean desk, though it tends to get messy as I work through the day. I think a clean desk makes for a less anxiety filled day. If you have a ton of important papers put them into binders or properly labeled folders. If you don't need the hard copy - SCAN everything and save it on a hard drive.
Keep only what you need. On the same note of keeping your desk clean and clear. Don't leave anything on your desk that you don't use on a daily basis.
File receipts. I keep all important receipts in one of these expanding cases labeled by the month.
Keep desktop accessories to a minimum. As tempting as it is to buy those cute trays and organizing boxes – try to keep those at a minimum. I've found that those boxes just helped me save more clutter because it was hidden even though I didn't really need it.
For more office space inspiration and organization ideas check out this board
In case you don't follow me on instagram I wanted to take the time to say thank you for following along and reading this blog. 2013 was a good year. I left my full time job to pursue another passion of mine. I was nervous and scared but I made it! I can proudly say I made it in my first year as a business owner. I met a lot of wonderful and talented new friends, saw new parts of the world, and ate a lot of good things. I wouldn't be where I am without the support of all my family, friends (new and old) and you – I truly appreciate all the comments, love, and support here. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to make a living doing what I love everyday, and thankful to have you all along the journey. I cautiously proceeded in 2013 but in 2014 I am ready to challenge myself further take bigger risk and accept failure when and if it happens. Reminding myself that failure isn't bad it's part of the journey to success. Thank you for following along, for your support and your kindness. I look forward to sharing some amazing and wonderful new things with you all in 2014. Wishing you all a wonderful and successful new year!
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.
hip hip hooray! i am a long time fan of heath ceramics so when they invited me to be apart of their heath 10 campaign to celebrate the past 10 years of heath i couldn't have been more excited. i've adored all of their products and love their shop, so i am happy to be one of the 10 contributors sharing my inspirations from the last 10 years on their pinterest page. you can read a little interview on the heath blog and follow my pins. a very special thank you to the heath team for having me!
it's july and it's hot, what better way to celebrate summer time than with an ice cream party? but really is there ever a bad time to have an ice cream party!? last week with the help of target and jonathan lo of happy mundane we hosted a simple ice cream social at his pad.
i was excited to have our friends together, jon has a great eye so i asked him for his help picking out some pieces to bring our party together. we picked up lots of good stuff and of course some things to fill our sweet tooth for the day.
happy monday! i've been pretty busy with work lately and haven't been able to catch up on blogging, so today i leave you with some macarons i photographed from napolens macarons – don't know how to make these but naomi from bakers royale has lots of recipes for you.
i'll have some snapshots from my recent trip to san francisco for you over the next few weeks, stay tuned!
happy friday! design*sponge was one of the first blogs i ever read so i couldn't be more thrilled to share my fruit and nut bar recipe on their blog today. *happy dance* please hop on over to d*s to check out the rest of the photos and full recipe. special thank you to kristina and grace for having me!
have a wonderful weekend, i'll see you guys here next week with a little bit of what i did in nyc.
happy new year! it's 2013! is it just me or the older you get the faster the years go by? looking back at 2012, i feel so blessed and fortunate for all the wonderful people i meet, places i saw and things i accomplished. i went into 2012 with a positive and hopeful attitude and i was pleasantly surprised. over the break i watched a lot of movie trailers and oddly enough will smith's words from the trailer after life really resonated with me – "fear is not real, it is a product of thoughts you create, danger is very real, fear is a choice" so in 2013, i'm going to try fear less and take more risk. heres to a fearless 2013!
it's hard to believe another year is passing and my birthday is approaching in 16 days! since it's around the holidays most people tend to be traveling or with their families. but luckily i don't need much i just want good company and delicious food and that pretty much makes my birthday complete. this year, i want something a little different. together with the support of you, my friends and family – i want to raise $1,000 for feeding america.
you all know how much i love my food and i've been fortunate enough to never have to worry about food on the table. millions of americans are struggling with hunger everyday. did you know that most individuals struggling with hunger aren't homeless or in poverty? feeding america is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. they help feed america's hungry through food banks and engaging our country in the fight to end hunger. you can read more about feeding america's mission here.
i am excited to share with you all a little recipe i put together for rue magazine's latest holiday issue. i made a paleo/grain free pumpkin chocolate chip loaf you can see the images on page 84 and download the recipe there too! it was a ton of fun to shoot and i was so thrilled to be included. i hope you all enjoy and if you have any questions on the recipe feel free to ask!
oh! if you are looking for some great gift guides – there are lots of ideas in the magazine, and you can also see mine too!
i can't believe we are approaching the end of november and the year is approaching an end. this year i have so many things to be thankful for - i've made some big changes in my life and wouldn't have been able to do so without the incredible support from my friends, family and the amazing internet/blogging/creative community. i constantly remind myself how blessed i am. to all of my readers and followers, thank you and have a wonderful thanksgiving!
hi! the time has finally come, i am off on vacation to japan and taiwan for a few weeks. i have a few post scheduled and even a few guest stopping by. be sure to follow me on instagram at @jchongstudio or twitter for my on the go travel updates!
need some inspiration? i'll be speaking in chicago with a group of very talented and amazing people at the re:design / inspire conference on september 23-24. it's not too late to sign up, please say hello if you are attending!