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orange balloons... 23 May 2016

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

I feel so grateful to be surrounded by people doing creative things simply because they want know it will make someone—maybe some stranger they have never met—happy. Last week, my friend Jihan from Geronimo Balloons put up this balloon installation outside her studio in Echo Park. It was a two-day job so Ruby and I drove by two mornings in a row on the way to school/work to see the progress. This was day one above...

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

And, this was day 2 after it was completed. I mean, this child was seriously in balloon heaven. You can't help but smile when stumbling upon hundreds of orange balloons. Thanks, Jihan, for being awesome.

{Installation by Geronimo Balloons, photos by Oh Joy}

the most beautiful açai bowls... 5 May 2016

Frozen Açaí Bowls

Even though I live in Los Angeles (the land of the super healthy), I can't say I live that gluten-free, macrobiotic, eat-some-oxygen-for-breakfast kind of life. I like being healthy when I can, but I also love things that taste good (hello donuts and fried chicken). And the combo of those two things can be hard to find.

In walks Amazebowls, a company I came across at a recent event and fell in love with their açaí bowls. If you're not familiar with açaí, it's a berry from South America that has been coveted for its health benefits. And, it actually tastes good (like blueberries mixed with a touch of chocolate). So we asked Amazebowls to share a recipe for Açaí Bowls with us so we can all recreate this deliciousness at home. This was the best and most beautiful breakfast ever (I ate two the day we did this shoot)...and makes for a great snack or pick-me-up pretty much any time of day...

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happy friday + oh joy eats this month... 13 Nov 2015

Trois Familia / Los Angeles

Happy Friday guys! After our recent survey, those of you not living in LA said that sometimes I tease you with photos of the food that I eat here. I totally get it and photos of food tease me, too (especially if I can't have those things like RIGHT NOW). But, I love food and love sharing my favorites. I'll still share some Los Angeles spots with you from time-to-time, but instead I'm going to share a few of my favorites each month all in one post. So every month, those of you who are in LA or those who plan to visit soon can still get a round-up of new spots to eat at in Los Angeles if/when you are in town next ;) Click below to see my favorites from this month...

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apple pie adventures... 12 Nov 2015

Apple-picking-2015

It's finally feeling like fall here in LA in the last couple weeks, and I'm just loving it. As a child of immigrant parents, we never did seasonal things like apple picking (my parents just weren't aware of it because it wasn't a part of their culture). So it's been fun starting new traditions like this with my own family. Since we all love apple pie so very much, a few weeks ago, we took the kids apple picking so that we could show them what goes into (eventually) making an apple pie. Click on the video below to see our Apple Pie Adventures and subscribe to the Oh Joy channel for more videos!

And if you want to recreate my favorite apple pie, see more below!

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{oh joy eats} hong kong egg waffles! 22 Oct 2015

hong kong egg waffles

OMG. Have you guys tried these before? Yesterday, we took a out to San Gabriel (an area East of Los Angeles with a large population of immigrants from China and Hong Kong) to get some Hong Kong egg waffles at a little spot called Fresh Roast.

hong kong egg waffles

hong kong egg waffles

We got the regular egg waffle filled with chocolate. They pretty much taste like waffles and pancakes had a baby in the shape of jumbo packing bubbles. You can pull them apart and just pop those suckers right in your mouth. They are just SO FUN to eat.

hong kong egg waffles

hong kong egg waffles

We also tried a green tea (matcha) waffle filled with coconut which has a nice texture and tasted more savory then the sweeter chocolate version. It was warm and chewy in the middle with light crispy edges. And really just a nice, fun breakfast to have. 

If you want to try and make them yourself, it looks pretty easy if you have the right pan. I found this one from Williams-Sonoma that looks perfect and makes me want to try them at home (like right now). Or, next time you're in the LA area, check out this little spot!

Fresh Roast | 308 S San Gabriel Blvd. | San Gabriel, CA 91776 | 626-451-5918

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

oh joy team field trip to the broad museum... 16 Oct 2015

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles

Everyone in Los Angeles who loves art is all a buzz about The Broad museum which opened recently in Downtown LA. It's an incredible architectural space filled with amazing, cool, and kooky modern art built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. To celebrate our designer, Angie's, last week before she goes on maternity leave, we took an Oh Joy team field trip to get some colorful inspiration.

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles 

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles

The Broad Museum / Los Angeles

 

It was filled with work by some of my favorite modern artists including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, Jeff Koons, and more. And, of course, the breath-taking piece that is Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room. If you're in LA or plan to be in LA soon, you have to go. Tickets are free through the end of this year, but it books up fast so reserve in advance.

Also, wishing our talented designer, Angie, a safe and happy delivery to her second babe coming soon! We'll miss you!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

career day / bakers... 30 Sep 2015

Career Day with Sweet Laurel Bakery

Career Day with Sweet Laurel Bakery

Career Day with Sweet Laurel Bakery

When I asked Ruby if she wanted to visit a couple of awesome ladies who make "treats", of course, she screamed with excitement. What Ruby didn't know was that the bakery I was about to take her to for "Career Day" is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free! I, personally, don't have any food limitations or allergies, but when I come across food companies that make me crave their food or treats even without "all the normal stuff", I am immediately fascinated. So Ruby and I took a trip to see Laurel Gallucci and Claire Thomas of Sweet Laurel Bakery, and they showed us how to make some amazing Coconut Chocolate Chip and Caramel Sandwich Cookies that I am craving as I write this. Here's a peek into this amazing baked goods company started by two friends united by a love of whole food...

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{oh joy eats} ohana seafood company... 1 Sep 2015

Ohana Seafood Company / Los Angeles

One of the things I missed most during my past pregnancies wasn't alcohol, but sushi and other forms of raw fish. It's one of my favorite things to eat. I know raw fish isn't for everyone, but if you're into it, then poke (which is very popular in Hawaii) is one of my favorite ways to eat tuna. One of my favorite local restaurants, Black Hogg, recently closed and turned into Ohana Seafood Company. While I was sad to see the original restaurant go, Ohana's version of poke is out of this world and I now crave it daily. They offer options with rice, kale, kimchi cucumbers, glass noodles, edamame and other toppings with the tuna for a healthy and filling meal.

Ohana Seafood Company / Los Angeles

You choose a base poke and a bunch of sides that come all together in a simple bowl. Add an aqua fresca, and you feel like you just drank straight out of a watermelon or pineapple while sitting on the beach.

Ohana Seafood Company / Los Angeles

And my favorite combo is the tuna with chili mango...a little tangy, a little spicy, and so so good! There are two locations for Ohana—one in Silver Lake and one in Downtown LA— and is a must if you're a poke lover. I've been here three times in less than two weeks (insert embarrassed emoji face).

Ohana Poke (Downtown LA) | 130 E 6th St. | Los Angeles, CA 90014

Ohana Seafood Company (Silver Lake) | 2852 W Sunset Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90026

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

{field trip} pygmy hippo shoppe... 19 Aug 2015

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

It's been a while since we've shared some of our favorite places for retail therapy here in Los Angeles. And I'm excited to share this little treasure with you. Pygmy Hippo is like a modern day curiosity shop located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. They've got lots of tiny, kitschy, and quirky gifts, books, jewelry, and other various things to ooooh and ahhhh over...

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

It's such a fun, little shop to explore and find something for that person who already has everything. And now, I suddenly want a ton of crazy cool pins, an eye necklace, and a mean girls nesting doll set!

If you're in LA, you can visit them at the address below. If you're not in LA, they have a smaller selection online right here!

Pygmy Hippo | 306 N. Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 323.501.6187

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

unplug and play! 18 Aug 2015

Oh Joy Unplug and Play

I have a love/hate relationship with being so connected all the time. In some ways, I use the excuse that it’s part of my job to know what’s happening. But I also find that I can’t fully decompress from work unless I let myself just be and be present in the moment. One thing I learned more so after having kids is to appreciate the joys of simple things. 

Oh Joy Unplug and Play

An outing doesn’t have to be so far away or fantastical to be special, but there are so many little places in our immediate vicinity to go and do and explore and play in. As long as we're prepared with our first aid kit, we're ready for whatever happens during any outing. 

Here’s a little video we made with one of our long term partners, Johnson and Johnson, that shows how we explore one of our favorite places near our house. By coming up with games to engage your kids in at any location (near or far), we can make an adventure out of anything.

No matter whether you have kids or not, I encourage you to take the challenge, put away your phones for a day (or at least an afternoon), and get out there to #UnplugandPlay, too!

P.S. Visit Healthy Essentials to learn how you can build your own first aid kit.

// Credits //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
Creative Direction: Joy Cho 
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Your Favorite Song" by Katrina Stone

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