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

Superba Snack Bar's Cocoa Pasta w/ Butternut Squash, Kale and Ricotta [Part 02]

October 23, 2013

Making Cocoa Pasta / blog.jchongstudio.com
who would have know that cocoa pasta would be so delicious? when adrianna was telling me about it, i wasn't sure what to expect. cocoa actually added this beautiful richness to the pasta that was unexpected. it isn't by any means a sweet pasta – the butternut squash is actually the sweeter enhancement rather than the cocoa pasta. on your next visit to la be sure to stop by superba or if your adventurous in the kitchen continue reading to make it at home!

Making Cocoa Pasta / blog.jchongstudio.com
Making Cocoa Pasta / blog.jchongstudio.com
Making Cocoa Pasta / blog.jchongstudio.com

Making Cocoa Pasta / blog.jchongstudio.com
Making Cocoa Pasta / blog.jchongstudio.com
Cocoa Pasta w/ Butternut Squash / blog.jchongstudio.com
Cocoa Pasta w/ Butternut Squash / blog.jchongstudio.com

SUPERBA SNACK BAR'S COCOA PASTA w/BUTTERNUT SQUASH, KALE, AND RICOTTA print this recipe!

INGREDIENTS
cocoa pasta:
1/2 cup cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
3 1/2 cup caputo 00 flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
6 large eggs
1/4 cup water (this measurement may vary)

butternut squash sauce:
quick pickled chiles:
2 fresno chile or California green chile, thinly sliced
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 garlic clove

sauce:
1 (2 pound) butternut squash, halved and seeds scooped and discarded
Olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1/2 garlic clove)
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
salt
4-6 kale leaves, stems removed
1/2 cup fresh ricotta, divided
black pepper
2 tablespoons pumpkin oil, divided

PREPARATION
cocoa pasta:
1. in a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, caputo flour and salt. using your hands, make a well in the center of the flour. crack each of the eggs into the center of the well. mix the entire mixture together until the dough forms. if it’s dry, you may need to add a bit of flour. this will depend on the humidity that day. i added about 1/4 cup of water.
2. flour the counter, liberally. dump out the dough and knead the dough until smooth, about 10 minutes. wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest on the counter for 30 minutes or transfer it to the fridge to rest overnight. *if you do let it rest overnight, be sure to remove it from the fridge 2 hours before rolling it out; if you don’t, you’re gonna be in for a workout - read: super cold dough = hard to roll.
3. flour your rolling pin and lightly flour your counter. cut the dough into thirds and roll out one of the thirds until it’s about 1/4-inch-thick. set your pasta maker to “2”. pass the pasta through the maker. after each pass, set the maker up by one…”3”, “4”, “5” and then stop at “6”. cut the pasta sheet into 1-inch strips for pappardelle. repeat the process with the remaining dough.
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1. place the sliced chiles in a mason jar or small bowl. in a small saucepan, add the water, red wine vinegar, sugar and garlic clove. heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the liquid reaches a light boil. pour the hot vinegar mixture over the sliced chile, allow them to cool to room temperature. so here’s the deal: if you have time, allow the chiles to pickle overnight. this is ideal. but if you don’t, start this step first so the chiles have the longest time possible to pickle before you serve the dish.
2. preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. rub the butternut squash with a teaspoon or two of olive oil and place the squash halves flesh-side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. transfer to the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes, until the squash is tender when poked with the tines of a fork.
3. scoop out the butternut squash flesh and transfer to a blender or food processor. add the minced garlic, pour in the heavy cream and melted butter. blend until very smooth, about a minute. add a few pinches of salt to taste and then set aside.
4. to a large pan, add two tablespoons of butter. cook until the foam and bubbles subside and the butter turns brown in color and smells wonderful and nutty, about 2-3 minutes. add the kale leaves and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. pour in the butternut squash puree and heat until very warm.
5. meanwhile, bring a liberally-salted pot of water to a boil. cook the pasta for about 30 seconds to a minute, until al dente. transfer the pasta to the skillet with the butternut squash sauce, along with a few chiles; toss the pasta until completely coated. divide between plates. top with a dollop of ricotta, a sprinkling of black pepper and a drizzle of pumpkin oil. serve immediately.

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG IN COLLABORATION WITH A COZY KITCHEN | CHECK OUT OTHER POST FROM THIS SERIES HERE

Superba Snack Bar | Los Angeles [Part 01]

October 21, 2013


this week adrianna and i are taking you inside the kitchen of superba snack bar. located in venice – superba looks like a corrugated box cut in half but in a really cool way. they have house made pastas, small plates and an awesome fried chicken at dinner. i wouldn't say its quite italian but definitely inspired by. we got together with chef jason neroni to watch him make his magical cocoa pappardelle pasta. stay tuned for a recipe you can test out yourself at home! you can check out more pictures on a cozy kitchen!

Superba | Los Angeles / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superba | Los Angeles / blog.jchongstudio.com


Superba | Los Angeles / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superba | Los Angeles / blog.jchongstudio.com

Superba | Los Angeles / blog.jchongstudio.com
Superba | Los Angeles / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG IN COLLABORATION WITH A COZY KITCHEN| CHECK OUT OTHER POST FROM THIS SERIES HERE


Petals and Pops | Seal Beach, California

September 26, 2013


Petals and Pops / blog.jchongstudio.com
Petals and Pops / blog.jchongstudio.com
i just discovered this adorable shop in seal beach called petals and pops of course you can guess what they carry! but besides making beautiful floral arrangements and filling your soda pop cravings, they have an assortment of home goods, magazines and chocolates. while i never typically fill my home with flowers, i really did want to bring an arrangement home with me. really glad to have this cute boutique in the neighborhood!

Petals and Pops / blog.jchongstudio.com
Petals and Pops / blog.jchongstudio.com

Petals and Pops / blog.jchongstudio.com
Petals and Pops / blog.jchongstudio.com



PETALS AND POPS
214 Main St
Seal Beach, CA 90740
562.936.0131

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Sugarbird Sweets

August 20, 2013

Sugarbird Sweets / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sugarbird Sweets / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sugarbird Sweets / blog.jchongstudio.com
last month i had the pleasure of photographing for kei okumura of sugarbird sweets, talk about fun and tasty! kei recently moved into a new kitchen and their new space is beautiful, filled with gorgeous light. i got some behind the scenes action of her team baking up some delicious treats, it smelled heavenly and it was hard to not devour everything until after we finished shooting.

her signature items are scones and teas. honestly i'm not much of a scone gal, i think they are always too dense and dry, but the scones at sugarbird sweets didn't disappoint. i tried a bite from probably every singe scone on her menu and each was soft but not too cakey and full of intense flavor – in a good way. the tea's are all crafted by kei herself, they smell and taste amazing – perfect combo with her scones.

sugarbird sweets is available online and at select retailers around los angeles. be sure to check her out if you are local (and go early!).

Short Cake - White Peach Crisp with Brown Butter Walnut Crumble | Los Angeles [Part 2]

July 09, 2013

White Peach Crisp with Brown Butter Walnut Crumble / blog.jchongstudio.com
i loved our visit to short cake and meeting with hourie sahakian, the head baker. you could feel the love by watching her work – and to imagine she has a gluten intolerance is quite remarkable for all the amazing things she bakes up. here is the delicious white peach crisp recipe adapted just for you all to enjoy at home!

Short Cake | Los Angeles [Part 1]

July 08, 2013

Short Cake /
Short Cake /
Short Cake /
so excited to share a new collaboration with the ever so talented adrianna adarme of a cozy kitchen. if you're not familiar with a cozy kitchen, please go check her out right away! she just released a beautiful cookbook all about pancakes!

i know a lot of times i am sharing photos of a beautiful restaurant or meal that i've had. if you don't live near by or don't have a trip planned you can't do much with the information besides bookmark it for a later visit. adrianne is a wiz in the kitchen and with her help we are going inside some of our favorite la spots to bring you a little piece of their kitchen into yours. we'll share some stories of the restaurants and later bring you a recipe you can make in your very own kitchen.

today we have the popular short cake, an adorable pastry shop located in the farmers market at the grove. they carry pies, cakes, breakfast pastries, and specialty gluten-free items as well as salads and sandwiches all with the the highest-quality, seasonal ingredients.

David LeFevre for Beer West

June 17, 2013


David LeFevre Manhattan Beach Post / blog.jchongstudio.com
David LeFevre Manhattan Beach Post / blog.jchongstudio.com
earlier this year i had the pleasure of meeting and photographing david lefevre chef and owner of manhattan beach post and his newest restaurant fishing with dynamite for beer west magazine. it was truly an honor to meet david, besides having an incredible palate he has a great eye for design. i loved chatting with him about the design and inspiration behind fwd check out his real life pin boards! you can read the article here and be sure to check out both of lefevre's restaurants when you are by manhattan beach!



check out the tear sheet from the article below.

Oh Hello Friend | Orange County

May 15, 2013

Oh Hello Friend / blog.jchongstudio.com
have you guys heard of oh hello friend the cute and craft blog of danni hong? she recently opened up her very own brick and mortar store in orange county! you can find an assortment of great gift ideas and vintage finds at very reasonable prices. i got the chance to ask danni some questions about the store and her blog, her is what she had to say!

can you describe the process of starting oh hello friend, what were you doing before you started?
starting oh, hello friend was a slow process and has been a labor of love. this year actually marks the 5th year we’ve been in business. i was working as a graphic designer when i started the blog and etsy shop.studying graphic design in college really helped in starting my own business since i could do all the design myself.

how did you expand from having an online shop to your very own brick and mortar?
we started selling at craft shows shortly after i started my shop on etsy. we did our first craft show in 2009. people have always asked us if we owned a shop. last year, we decided it was time to open a retaillocation and our shop opened in february 2013! our online presence is still very helpful and people who don’t live in the area still support us by ordering online.

Oh Hello Friend / blog.jchongstudio.com
Oh Hello Friend / blog.jchongstudio.com

The OC Mart Mix | Orange County

May 08, 2013

The OC Mart Mix / blog.jchongstudio.com
The OC Mart Mix / blog.jchongstudio.com
The OC Mart Mix / blog.jchongstudio.com
after visiting rolling greens my friend jon told me to check out the oc mart mix. fun space filled with lots of little shops for everyone including a cheese shop, outdoor home store, clothing, and yummy snack/eateries. i enjoyed a pitaya bowl with pineapple, kiwi, bananas and coconut so delicious.

The OC Mart Mix / blog.jchongstudio.com
The OC Mart Mix / blog.jchongstudio.com

The OC Mart Mix / blog.jchongstudio.com
The OC Mart Mix / blog.jchongstudio.com
OC MIX MART
3313 Hyland Avenue Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Graphic Design © Jennifer Chong

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