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.




PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Travelogue | Seattle, Washington

August 14, 2014


Because I can't blog about every place I visited (well I could...) I thought it would be easiest to create a quick list of all the great places I visited while in Seattle. If you find yourself in Seattle – check out these great spots. I will add that 98% of these places are food related :P

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Café Presse 1117 12th Ave – Neighborhood: First Hill
Great for lunch or dinner. Try their Croque madame or Steak-frites.

Hello Robin + Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream 522 19th Ave E – Neighborhood: Capital Hill
Ice cream and cookies how can you go wrong?

Totokaelo 1523 10th Ave – Neighborhood: Capital Hill
Perfect place for window shopping – this store is filled with designer fashion and home goods. The store is a bit of a gallery in itself.

Espresso Vivace Roasteria 532 Broadway E – Neighborhood: Capital Hill
People watch while enjoying a Cafe Nico – not quite like your in Europe but the drink is a great afternoon pick me up.


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London Plane 300 Occidental Ave S – Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
A beautiful space to grab a quick bite, shop for unique home goods or flowers.

Bar Sajor 323 Occidental Ave S – Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
A nice place for dinner – beautiful inviting space. Check out the full post on Bar Sajor here.

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Kedai Makan 1510 E Olive Way – Neighborhood: Capital Hill
Malaysian street food – try Nasi Goreng - Malaysian fried rice with a sunny side egg. They don't have seating but you can order your food and sit at the bars nearby!

Paseo Multiple locations
Oh man this was probably one of my favorite places in Seattle. Everyone talks about the Paseo press sandwich but the grilled prawns sandwich is hands down way better in my opinion.

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Bar Sajor | Seattle, Washington

August 12, 2014

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While in Seattle shooting Broadcast I spent a few extra days eating my way through Seattle. I'll share a list of all the places I stopped but wanted to highlight this other gem, Bar Sajor. Chef Matt Dillon who is also the mastermind behind some other notable Seattle spots like The London Plane and Sitka and Spruce opened Bar Sajor in 2012. Located in Pioneer Square this space is beautiful – with a rustic white look and open kitchen that feels like a old but hip modern home. The place is heavenly.

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Since I went with a big group we decided to order a few different items to we could get a taste of it all. We started with some bread and butter, Smoked Whole Milk Yogurt and continued with Natural Morels, Sugar Snap Peas, Fire Roasted Broccolini with a Poached Egg, and Warm Dungenuss Crab. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The yogurt was a favorite among the group and the broccolini was a hit too.

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Bar Sajor
323 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
206.682.1117

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Waterfront Diner | Camana Bay, Grand Cayman Islands

July 29, 2014

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The Waterfront Diner was a restaurant that wasn't on my original visit list but after our Camana Bay food tour – we got a special tour into this restaurant so I was excited to come and try it again and see it in the daylight. I loved the decor and the vibe of the restaurant. We showed up for breakfast on a weekday morning so we had the restaurant mostly to ourselves. We ordered the island french toast, cinnamon bun and the eggs Florentine. Although everyone talked about the cinnamon bun our favorite was the island french toast. Soaked in coconut milk and flakes of coconut it was the perfect breakfast treat.

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Waterfront Diner Camana Bay, Grand Cayman / blog.jchongstudio.com

Waterfront Diner Camana Bay, Grand Cayman / blog.jchongstudio.com
Waterfront Diner Camana Bay, Grand Cayman / blog.jchongstudio.com
For more Camana Bay dining ideas check out their site here.

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WATERFRONT URBAN DINER
Camana Bay in Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands


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Jessie's Juice Bar | Camana Bay, Grand Cayman Island

July 24, 2014

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Jessie's Juice Bar was one of my favorite stops in the Grand Cayman's. I discovered it on the last few days of my trip, which was likely a good thing as I probably would have spent all my money on the amazing fruit juices and smoothies. In addition to their juices they carry a variety of salads, sandwiches and snacks - including paleo and gluten free ones! Minimally processed foods + cute decor and packaging makes for a good stop in my books.

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Jessie's Juice Bar . Camana Bay, Grand Cayman / blog.jchongstudio.com

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Try the Sun Salute while you're there!

JESSIE'S JUICE BAR
Market Street
Camana Bay, KY1-9006, Grand Cayman

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Grand Cayman Islands [Part 02]

July 17, 2014

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How beautiful is this scene? It was quite dreamy. We spent a lot of time on Seven Mile Beach and in George Town which are both nice and filled with things to do. We even ventured over to the East side of the island for a bit as well.

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Sunshine Grill . Grand Cayman / blog.jchongstudio.com
When we first arrived we had overheard some people talking about Sunshine Grill. It was right across from our hotel but we were a bit skeptical. Though we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived and had some fish tacos and calamari. It had a combinations of Caribbean and Asian flavors from the Thai Chili sauce. Nom nom nom...

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Anyone want to buy this house for me?

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Camana Bay is one of Grand Cayman's newest towns. It reminds me a bit of Santa Monica's 3rd Street but not. It's more community driven with small shops, eateries, commercial and residential real estate. It felt like the most modern part of the city. The center is really beautiful and they definitely spent a lot of time on the little details and design. See that mosaic there? It's part of the observation tower and the mosaic runs from the top to bottom depicting the marine life – the detail is stunning in person. There were quite a few shops I loved here but I'll share those with you later!

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Botanic Park, Grand Cayman / blog.jchongstudio.com
Besides marine life we did see some bright green iguanas at the hotel and even saw this blue one at the Botanic Park. These little guys were so cool.

Blue Cilantro . Grand Cayman / blog.jchongstudio.com
Blue Cilantro . Grand Cayman / blog.jchongstudio.com
We ate a lot of seafood in the Cayman – all of the seafood was so good, especially the yellow fin tuna, scallops, and red snapper. Blue Cilantro, was another nice little spot for a fancy dinner meal.

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See part one here!

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