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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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the most stunning cakes... 7 Apr 2016

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

...by Cordy's Cakes...are you drooling yet?!

family meal: chinese chicken salad... 31 Mar 2016

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about how we do something called "family meal" at the Oh Joy office where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team. That way, we only have to worry about bringing lunch one day a week and it gives us a mid-day break where we all sit down to lunch and enjoy a meal together. Last time, I shared our crafting assistant, Jessica's, Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich and today, we're sharing this Chinese Chicken Salad that our Creative Producer and Stylist, Julia Wester, makes...that I LOVE so much! It combines so many textures and flavors and is one of my favorites for lunch.

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

You'll need (serves 4):

- 2 cups romaine

- 2 cups of shredded/pulled chicken breast

- 1 cup shredded carrots

- 1 cup shredded cabbage

- 1/2 cup chopped green onions

- 1 cup fuscilli pasta (pre-cooked)

- 1/4 cup sliced almonds 

- 1/2 cup crispy chow mein noodles

Chinese chicken salad dressing

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and toss with dressing! Now, we are fully aware that Chinese Chicken Salad is not rooted in anything actually from China. It's an Americanized version of a salad that has become a staple at cafes and restaurants. For me, it combines lots of great textures and flavors and with the addition of pasta, makes a salad that actually leaves me feeling full! It's so easy to make and SO good!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and recipe by Julia Wester}

the cutest kid's cookbook ever... 14 Mar 2016

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

We see a lot of books come through this office, and this one—The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth—is one of the most well-done books I have ever seen. Through colorful photos and amazing illustrations, it gives a ton of ideas for plant-based snacks and meals that kids can help make in the kitchen. I am not even vegetarian or vegan, and it seriously makes me want to make these recipes for (and with) my kids.

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

I mean, it's ridiculously cute, right?!? I've really been trying to eat more vegetables lately myself and this book inspires me to get more veggies into my body as well! Congrats to Ruby Roth on her beautiful new book! It goes on sale in a few weeks and you can pre-order it right here and see the adorable trailer here.

{Photos of the book here by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

one potato, two potato... 29 Feb 2016

Mini Baked Potatoes

Ever since I was allowed to use an oven (probably in middle school), one of my favorite things to make when I wanted to eat something filling, yet easy, was a baked potato. Especially when I was broke in college, I ate my fair share of baked potatoes slathered with butter and a ton of cheese. No matter when you make it, it's just so satisfying.

Combining the comfort of a baked potato with some unexpected ingredients, we made these mini baked potatoes which are perfect for making when people come over...or for a late night snack for yourself...

Mini Baked Potatoes

Here's how:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Place small yellow dutch potatoes in a baking dish or baking sheet.

3. Bake covered for 30 minutes, and then uncover and bake or another 10 minutes until golden brown and give in when squeezed.

4. Top butter, salt, and extra toppings of your choice!

Here are some combinations we love...

Mini Baked Potatoes

1. Peas, proscuttio, basil, and a dash of pepper is like an artisanal sandwich in miniature potato form.

Mini Baked Potatoes

2. Edamame, pomegranate seeds, green onions, mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of spicy korean chili seasoning tastes savory with an asian twist.

Mini Baked Potatoes

3. Peaches, walnuts, ricotta cheese, and a drizzle of honey is creamy and a tad sweet almost like a sweet potato.

Are there any other baked potato toppings you make and love?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, production by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong}

the cutest cookies... 26 Jan 2016

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

I visited Japan almost six years ago and am still inspired by the attention to detail and craftsmanship there. These cookies by Henteco bakery in Tokyo are just ridiculously cute. And, they now have a book, too!

{Photos by Henteco}

making dinner easier... 14 Jan 2016

Oh Joy Kitchen

I am not one of those people who can make dinner from scratch every night. Or even most nights. By the time I get home from work, I have a few hours with my kids before they get to bed and I want to maximize that time as much as possible. We try to cook mostly on the weekends when we have more leisurely time. So during the week, we often use services that help make meal preparation easier and faster. Since there are so many out there and I'm always in search of the best, I have tried a lot of them. I wanted to share my favorites with you in case you're like me and just need a little help every so often...

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mini pancakes! 5 Jan 2016

Mini Pancake Toppings

I could eat pancakes any time of day. I've been making pancakes a lot more lately because my kids love them (especially when they are bite-sized), they don't take a lot of time to make, and it's a fun food for kids to help make. I like to make a big batch of these mini pancakes and then put out a bunch of toppings so everyone can make their little stack special and pick their very own toppings. 

Mini Pancake Toppings

I'm not ashamed to say I use pancake mix—it's just so easy to have on hand and there are so many good ones out there like this Beekman 1802 pancake mix (from Target!) we used. Here are a few of our favorite topping combinations right about now...

Mini Pancake Toppings

1. Blueberries, sliced persimmon, and ricotta cheese — this is like summer on a pancake. It's fresh, healthy, and delicious.

2. Shaved chocolate and coconut flakes — for the chocolate lover, this adds a little extra sweetness that makes it such that you won't need anything else.

3. Sliced almonds, sprinkles, and whipped cream — I like to call this the birthday cake pancake. This is extra special and fun for a birthday breakfast!

Mini Pancake Toppings

Of course, you can drizzle honey or a little maple syrup on any of these, but I find that all these naturally sweet toppings do the job to satisfy that sweet tooth!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

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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{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}

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