Commissary | Los Angeles

November 26, 2014

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary is one of LA's newest hot spots. It's housed in a green house on the roof top of the Line Hotel. They focus on fruits and vegetables but they also have meats as well! Their menu is all in pictures – which could be either fun for some who love a little mystery or not so fun for others. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by menu's – there is either way to many options or so many descriptions that everything sounds good. For the Commissary I like the surprise of it all. We picked items based on how we were feeling – lots of vegetables please! We ordered the corn, roasted carrots, deviled eggs and a few other things. Everything was quite tasty. The roasted carrots were among my favorite. I've got to take a stab at making these at home. Below you'll find a recipe for some roasted carrots to try at home!

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com

ROASTED CARROTS WITH PESTO recipe from gaia health blog
INGREDIENTS
Colorful Organic Carrots, washed with some of the stems remaining
Pink Himalayan Salt
Coarse Ground Organic Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PESTO
1 Bunch Basil
3 Garlic Cloves
Handful of raw pine nuts
2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 cup Parmesan

PREPARATION
1. Drizzle carrots with olive oil and sprinkle with Himalayan Salt. Place carrots in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 375°.
2. Remove from oven and turn carrots a bit then place in the oven on broil for 5 minutes.
3. Chop basil, garlic, pine nuts together finely then combine parmesan and lastly olive oil. Drizzle over roasted carrots.

Commissary
The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Koreatown, Wilshire Center
Phone number (213) 368-3030

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA

November 25, 2014

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
I've been dreaming of the day when I have my very own house to call my own that I can decorate and design as I please. Until that day comes, I’ll be taking notes and pinning away on my Pinterest boards. When Lincoln invited me to check out their Black Label Home in LA inspired by their new Black Label collection, of course I said yes! Lincoln Black Label is a unique luxury ownership experience centered around four designer themes that were carefully curated and brought to life using rare and high-end materials. I got a chance to chat with Janet Seymour, the design manager at The Lincoln Motor Company as well as the interior design team, hOmE behind the Black Label Home in LA, to hear all about Lincoln Black Label and how they transformed the home to reflect each of these themes.

Lincoln Black Label / blog.jchongstudio.com
Their creative process, as Janet explains, is never formulaic – it is always fluid. Inspiration sparks, leading to idea after idea that leads to another that leads to another. She prefers to keep it that way so they are constantly thinking and evolving. When they started the design process three and half years ago, they had a ton of theme ideas which they’ve since narrowed down to four exclusive Lincoln Black Label themes:
Oasis inspired by the luxury Adrere Amellal eco-resort in the Siwa Oasis Saharan. Oasis vehicles have neutral shades throughout the interior that are calm and relaxing.
Center Stage a dramatic interior environment inspired by a photo of a woman wearing a black coat with a Flaming Foxfire Red fur collar. Center Stage gives you the feeling of a dark theater on opening night just as the red curtains go up.
Indulgence influenced by a piece of beautiful antiqued deep brown leather that reminded the design team of rich indulgent chocolate. Indulgence brings together different shades of chocolate that make you feel decadent.
Modern Heritage sparked from a primarily black and white photo of an equestrian woman on a white horse but with a distinct red harness. Modern Heritage vehicles are classic and elegant – clean lines, black and white interior with a hint of red accents.

Lincoln Black Label / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label is the ultimate luxury experience, and the Lincoln Black Label Home in LA truly reflected that. The three-story house in Hollywood was particularly amazing. Each room was designed with a specific theme in mind. The hOmE team had a strong palette presented to them, and I was excited to see how they would interpret it. I was able to check out the home before they started designing as well, and I love how each theme translated so perfectly.

Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom (BEFORE) / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

Modern Heritage was my favorite look, which isn’t surprising – it is perfect for those of us who love the modern clean aesthetic - high contrast in black and white and a pop of red. In the bedroom, they used whites and neutrals in the bedding and accented the room with red books and a red throw. The room felt clean and refreshing but not overly stark. One of my favorite features of the Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage line is the use of Venetian leather in the vehicle. The white leather is so incredibly soft, and they’ve also included a subtle red stitching on the console and seating, small details that definitely shine through when you sit inside of the vehicle.

Lincoln Black Label Center State / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

My second favorite room had to be Center Stage. Dark tones with strong accents of red and gold surround the room. The abstract golden art panels above the bedroom were screaming “take me home!” Center Stage is all about drama and theater and the room reflected this – the red velvet throughout the room had a ‘wow’ factor, and can we take a moment to look at the incredible velvet sofa? I’ll take that too, please.

I would be happy living in just one of the rooms in the Lincoln Black Label Home. They’ve certainly inspired me to redesign my space to be a little more luxurious. I asked the hOmE team for suggestions on how to transform a room without replacing everything inside (key for those of us still renting), and they said to “Create a focal point and reflect that object or light fixture with a mirror”. I totally agree that a simple focal point and mirrors can change the aesthetics of a room (and make it seem larger!).

Be sure to check out the additional photos of the house below and Lincoln Black Label. What room would you want to live in?


Lincoln Black Label Oasis / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Oasis . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Oasis . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Oasis / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Indulgence / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Center State / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

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

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