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?



PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

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

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG
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Pine and Crane | Los Angeles, California

May 22, 2014

Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
A couple weeks ago Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things came to visit for some LA fun and to celebrate Will of Bright Bazaar's brand new book (for all you color lovers - definitely pick one up for yourself). I've been excited to check out Pine and Crane the newest hippest Taiwanese restaurant in Silverlake, so we decided to spend the day in Silverlake before meeting up with our friends.

I really loved our visit to Pine and Crane – Vivian Ku, the owner/chef kindly welcomed us into her restaurant which was named after her grandfather's noodle company. I loved hearing her story – Vivian has worked in various restaurant in the past and then studied at CIA to get a better understanding of cooking techniques. The produce at the restaurant comes from her very own family's farm nearby. Sure you can go to SGV for some delicious Taiwannesse food but I can promise you that the experience at Pine and Crane will feel totally different.

Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
We ordered - all of the cold appetizers that they had for the day which rotate daily, scallion pancakes, spicy shrimp wontons, beef roll, dan dan noodles, and mapo tofu. Yes you read that correctly we got all of that for lunch, the portion sizes are good we wanted to try an assortment of dishes so we got more than enough to fill our bellies for lunch and then some for later. I loved all the dishes but my stand out favorite were the spicy shrimp wontons. Best wontons ever (Vivian what kind of magic sauce you got in there!?). Also I have to say I LOVE the milk tea at Pine and Crane the Passionfruit black tea which was also quite delicious.

Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Besides having great food you can see from the photos they did a great job with the creative and decor - the ambiance feels so different from any other Taiwanese restaurant you'll go to. If you're in LA stop by Pine and Crane today. Thanks to Vivian and Moonlyn for welcoming us into their space.

Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pine and Cranes | Los Angeles, CA  / blog.jchongstudio.com
I had so much fun hanging out with Jeanne and exploring Silverlake totally wish she lived closer to me. To check out the other places we visited check out our steller story here .

PINE AND CRANE
1521 Griffith Park Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.668.1128

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Tokyo Fried Chicken Co. | Los Angeles, California + Soy Glazed Carrots with Bacon

May 14, 2014

Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting of Elaine, restaurant operations and Kouji, chef and owner of Tokyo Fried Chicken. I'm a fan of TFC so when they asked if I'd help capture the restaurant I couldn't say no! I had such a blast shooting with them getting to hear Kouji's story and of course chowing down on some tasty fried chicken.

Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com
The chicken is like a combination of Southern fried chicken and Japanese karaage chicken, flavored with soy, ginger and garlic served with ponzu sauce. My favorite is their spicy ponzu, I was lucky enough to take some home but you can also get your own by stopping by their restaurant.

Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com
Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com


The side dishes also have Japaneses and Southern influences like soy glazed carrots with bacon, curried cream corn, truffle edamame and of course some mac and cheese. My favorite things to order include the crispy fried chicken skins, the dinner set with mac and cheese and sauteed lotus root and I love their Yuzu lemonade!

Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com
Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com
Tokyo Fried Chicken was kind enough to share their soy glazed carrots with bacon recipe with you so you can try it out at home too! If you're in the LA area and haven't check them out yet definitely add them to your list!

Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com

SOY GLAZED CARROTS WITH BACON print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
1 lb. baby carrots, sliced lengthwise
1/4 lb. unsalted butter
3 oz. bacon bits
1/2 lb. brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
salt
pepper
PREPARATION
1. Blanch carrots to al dente
2. Saute carrots in butter
3. Add brown sugar and soy sauce mix well then fold in bacon bits
4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste

Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com
Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com
Tokyo Fried Chicken / blog.jchongstudio.com

TOKYO FRIED CHICKEN CO.
122 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
626.282.9829

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

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

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

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