Great Britain [Part 02] Brighton

November 05, 2015

Brighton London/ blog.jchongstudio.com
Oh Brighton. I expected so little out of this seaside village but I fell in love with Brighton. I can't quite put into words exactly why but I felt like things just fell into place here. I city was so charming and lovely the people were so welcoming and warm. I spent two days here and I'd highly suggest visiting if you're in London. It's a short one hour train ride away from the city and it's like a little escape.

Nineteen Brighton / blog.jchongstudio.com
Nineteen Brighton / blog.jchongstudio.com
I stayed at Nineteen Brighton, a B&B that feels like you’re staying at your friends place. The room was comfy and you can get a simple breakfast in your room every morning. The location was really central to everything in Brighton, I literally walked everywhere here.

Brighton Museum/ blog.jchongstudio.com
On my first day there I checked out the grand Royal Pavilion then walked across the street to the Brighton Museum Art Gallery. The featuring exhibit was Pierdom by photographer Simon Robert which showcased photos of piers from all around the UK, including piers from Brighton.

42 Juice Brighton / blog.jchongstudio.com
42 Juice Brighton / blog.jchongstudio.com
One of the things I loved so much about Brighton was how central everything was. I didn't have to go far to get somewhere and everything was a few blocks away from each other. While walking around I stumbled upon 42 Juice and popped in for some Tumeric Immune juice to help me fight off the cold. I love the atmosphere of the space and the simple packaging for everything.

Brighton Pier/ blog.jchongstudio.com
In the morning I walked by the pier and loved the calm scene it provided. The pier is home to a ton of rides and attractions but I really appreciated the "calm before the storm" before the pier gates opened. Right next to the pier you can take a ride on the Brighton Wheel – a smaller less extravagant version of the London Eye but it provides a nice view of the city.

Silo / blog.jchongstudio.com
Silo / blog.jchongstudio.com
I remember reading about Silo before I visited and I knew I wanted to make a stop. The big letters outside stopped me in my tracks – love the graphic look of the outside. Silo is known for being one of England's first zero waste restaurant – which means they recycle all of their waste. They have a special compost machine to process all of their food scraps, nifty right? I just popped in for something warm to drink and I tried of of their pastries (which were delicious) though what I really wanted was a loaf of bread, look how gorgeous they are! Silo | 39 Upper Gardner Street

Workshop / blog.jchongstudio.com
I fell in love with so many shops in Brighton but definitely one of my favorites was workshop. Beautiful home and kitchen goods, the ceramics were lovely and many handmade treasures in this little boutique. Walking through the Laine's and around Brighton you'll definitely find something for everyone but here are some of my favorites.

Workshop | 13a Prince Albert Street // Home and kitchen goods
Edited | 3 Gardner Street // Eclectic interiors and home-wares
Utility | 28a North Road // Household goods and beautiful cleaning tools
Mister Smith Interiors | 23 New Road // Interiors and wallpaper
Two Kats and a Cow | 167 Kings Road Arches // Gallery and gift shop
Lavender Room | 16 Bond Street // Women's accessories and lifestyle shop.

64 Degrees / blog.jchongstudio.com
All of my meals I had in Brighton were so memorable. Small town or not they definitely have a great variety of food offerings here. My favorite was dinner at 64º Degree. The restaurant is small but offers and open dining experience where you can watch the chefs work their magic on your food. It's so much fun to watch their attention to detail as they cook and well the food is spectacular. They offer a lot of small plates so do yourself a favor and go with a friend because there is so much you'll want to try there. I really loved the cauliflower and cod and their calamari was to die for. 64º Degree's | 53 Meeting House Lane

Two other great places you should try...
Food For Friends | 17-18 Prince Albert Street // Such an amazing place for vegetarian food. I tried a sampler platter that was really delicious and beautiful. It gets crowded but it's a great spot for lunch.
The Chili Pickle | 17 Jubilee St // A street food inspired Indian restaurant. The chef from 64º Degrees told me this was one of their favorite spots and now I know why! The tandoori chicken platter was so juicy – chicken usually isn't my go-to but it was wonderful. Try any of the street snacks I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Sunset in Brighton / blog.jchongstudio.com
On my last night I was resting in my room and decided that I should catch the sunrise along the beach. It was an incredible sunset with a vibrant painted skys over the West Arches. I literally was chasing the sun it was such an amazing moment. Thank you Brighton for such a wonderful stay. I look forward to visiting again soon.


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Great Britain [Part 01] London

November 03, 2015

London, England / blog.jchongstudio.com
Growing up my family traveled to Europe a lot, particularly France. My grandparents lived there so my mom would take us to visit every summer and also tack on a vacation to a neighboring country. I was lucky enough to travel so many places around like Switzerland, Italy, and Belgium but for whatever reason we never went to the UK. So when Travel Mindset and Visit Great Britain invited me for a week in London and Brighton how could I say no?

As an adult I always imagined London to feel like a big city in America since English is also the main language there, but I was so surprised at how different it felt. I felt foreign (in a good way) in a city that spoke the same language. I was drawn to the diverse culture, the beautiful architecture and there is something about those black taxi cabs that I loved! Here are a few of my favorite things I did while in London (Part Two on Brighton up next!).

London Cabs! / blog.jchongstudio.com

Mondrian Hotel London, England / blog.jchongstudio.com
I spent most nights at the Mondrian Hotel it's on the South Bank and it was a very central location to Tate Modern, London Eye and many more London destinations. The rooms were modern and perfect for my time in London. If you want to stay somewhere a bit more royal definitely check out the Egerton House in Knightsbridge, I stayed their one night and the room was so lavish - felt so royal.

London Frieze / blog.jchongstudio.com
London Frieze / blog.jchongstudio.com

There are SO MANY galleries in London, but if you happen to find yourself in London in October be sure not to miss London Frieze. It's an incredible display of art from around the world. It only happens once a year but it was definitely a favorite. If you miss Frieze don't worry there are plenty of other museums to fill your creative inspiration. I really enjoyed Serpentine Galleries (pictured below – it consist of two galleries right across from each other), Tate Modern and the Design Museum. The Design Museum is small but they had a wonderful exhibit on Designs of the Year 2015 showcasing exactly that. The exhibit is interactive and you can even vote for your favorite design.

Serpentine Gallery, England / blog.jchongstudio.com
Serpentine Gallery, England / blog.jchongstudio.com

Borough Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
Borough Market / blog.jchongstudio.com
I wish I had been able to spend more time at Borough Market. It's one of London's oldest food market and any food lovers dream. There is an assortment of fresh foods and packaged food to fill your appetite for days. I saw some amazing mushrooms, seafood galore and you can even find a roasted pig in the market!

Albion / blog.jchongstudio.com
Shoreditch O'dells / blog.jchongstudio.com
Shoreditch Labour and Wait / blog.jchongstudio.com
The Shoreditch neighborhood is perfect. It has a bunch of cute shops and wonderful cafes and restaurants. You could spend a whole day walking around this area as there is so much to see. I really loved the shops in the neighborhood. Be sure not to miss these shops in the area;
Albion Cafe | 2-4 Boundary Street // Cute cafe for lunch also carries an assortment of packaged foods
Labour and Wait | 85 Redchurch St // Home and kitchen good store old timey goods
O'Dells Store | 24 Calvert Ave // Men's accessories, including beautiful leather goods and home goods
Ally Capellino | 9 Calvert Avenue // Women's bags and accessories
Paper and Cup | 18 Calvert Avenue // Coffee shop that gives back

London Flower Market/ blog.jchongstudio.com
Paper and Cup / blog.jchongstudio.com
While I was in London I got a chance to meet my instagram friend Arlina. She just moved to London so it was nice to explore something together with her. We decided to check out the Sunday Flower Market at Columbia Road. Although we came out with some beautiful flowers the market itself was crazy, it was packed with people so it was really difficult to navigate through. We enjoyed taking a break from the crowds at Paper and Cup, a cute place to stop for drinks and a snack!

London Tower Bridge / blog.jchongstudio.com
Another thing I loved about this city is the fact that I could walk to so many places and get around without a car. One day I walked from the Design Museum pass the London Tower Bridge to the Borough Market then took the tube to Shoreditch and then walked to White Chapel Gallery. Being able to see a city by foot is such a pleasure especially living in LA. Of course I also took a few rides on the tube cause that's something I totally remember wanting to do growing up. It's similar to riding the train in NYC but at times it gets really crowded but it makes you feel like a local!

Smokehouse / blog.jchongstudio.com
Smokehouse / blog.jchongstudio.com
I got sick the day I arrived in London so my appetite was small – but I did enjoy some nice meals. If you're looking for a casual atmosphere with good food check out Smokehouse Islington. As the name implies it offers a great selection of smoked meats and more. Their menu has dishes inspired from French cuisine to traditional British and even Asian flavors! Smokehouse | 63–69 Canonbury Rd

I'm going to share my weekend adventure to Brighton next. It's a seaside village a train ride away from London and I absolutely loved it. Stay tuned.

THANK YOU TO TRAVEL MINDSET AND VISIT GREAT BRITAIN FOR HOSTING MY TRIP
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A Coastal Road Trip

December 09, 2014

Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Earlier this fall I took a little road trip along the coast – we drove up to Big Sur and worked our way down the coastline – San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Malibu. It was my second time in Big Sur but my first time driving along the coast. The road trip was magical – I highly recommend everyone take a week off and explore. Our trip from Big Sur back home was about five days which we realize afterwards certainly wasn't long enough to see all the sites we wanted to see.

Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur Bakery/ blog.jchongstudio.com
The mocha at Big Sur Bakery was so beautiful I couldn't help but take photographs. Marble mocha goodness!

San Luis Obispo / blog.jchongstudio.com
San Luis Obispo / blog.jchongstudio.com
The Tuesday Night Market in San Luis Obispo is awesome, definitely plan accordingly.

Malibu / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

A few things...

October 28, 2014

Luang Prabang, Laos / See and Savour
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!

Jennifer Chong Studio /

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG




Scenes from Chicago

October 14, 2014


Couple of weeks ago I was in Chicago to visit my friend Sarah and dine at Alinea (For those of you who haven't heard of Alinea — check out the documentary on Chef Grant Achatz and others called spinning plates). I love Chicago, once upon a time I actually wanted to live there but realized I can't take the cold!

Chicago was wonderful – the weather was perfect. We went to the Art Institute of Chicago, walked through Millennium Park, had delicious Mexican food at Big Star, saw some animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo (which is free!) had brunch at Range.

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Tsukiji Fish Market – Life & Thyme

October 01, 2014


Have you guys heard of Life&Thyme? It's an online magazine (and hopefully soon to be print - more on that below...) focused on food culture and filled with stunning photography. A couple of weeks ago I was honored to be able to share my photo essay from my trip to Tsukiji Fish Market on Life & Thyme. I hope you all take a moment to check it out!

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Life and Thyme has become a site that I love checking and reading – the photography and stories are beautiful so I am really excited to see this online publication come to life. BUT they need our help! Take a moment to check out their kickstarter below and contribute a few if you can.




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