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my favorite lobster rolls in {los angeles}... 15 Jan 2014

Son of a Gun lobster roll

Lobster rolls are probably my favorite kind of sandwich. It can be really hard to find a good lobster roll on the West Coast, so once I find a good one, I keep going back for more. Here are a few of my favorite lobster rolls in L.A. right now...

The tiniest lobster roll in all the land is from Son of a Gun. It's bite-sized, buttery perfection and should not be shared.

Son of a Gun | 8370 W. 3rd Street | Los Angeles, CA 90048 | 323.782.9033

Blue Plate Oysterette lobster roll

I tried the lobster roll from Santa Monica's Blue Plate Oysterette at a lobster roll showdown called the Lobster Rumble a couple months ago, and they had my vote for best lobster roll that night. The roll has the perfect mix of butter, salt, and creaminess with just the right touch of herbs and spices.

Blue Plate Oysterette | 1355 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90402 | 310.576.3474

Salt Air lobster roll

Finally, a great lobster roll to share is this bun of goodness from Salt Air in Venice. It's a pure and simple lobster roll that tastes fresh, light, and just creamy and buttery enough. Get it with the mushroom toast, and you'll have a meal that's seriously legit.

Salt Air | 1616 Abbott Kinney Blvd. | Venice, CA 90291 | 310.396.9333

So, are you guys drooling yet? Do you love lobster rolls as much as I do? And if so, what are your favorites where you live?

{Photos by Oh Joy}

a little pizza party... 8 Jan 2014

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

We're very lucky to have a lot of entrepreneurial friends and see behind-the-scenes of different kinds of businesses. Recently, we were invited to our friend's pizza shop to have a pizza-making lesson with their son and his two besties (Ruby being one of them). Short of toddler Zumba, this may have been the cutest thing I have ever seen...

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

The kids loved the process of making something from scratch and getting to see how it's transformed into something you can actually eat. The grown-ups got in on the fun, too. I can't say my pizza toss is as good as Garrett's (on the left), but it's pretty fun to throw dough in the air, regardless...

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

After lots of flour in our hair, dough on our fingers, and toddler kisses to be had, we had a fun lunch eating the pizzas we made with the kids. Doing things like this always inspires me to create more moments like this at home where we can have Ruby be a part of our meal-making or baking process. Thanks so much to Garrett, Marisa, and little Cam at Tomato Pie for having us! We love you guys!

P.S. A cute video from the lesson if you'd like to see...

a sweet new year... 6 Jan 2014

Happy 2014 from Oh Joy!

Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and celebrated the end of 2013 in a way that made you feel ready to embrace the new year ahead. Tomorrow, I'm going to share a few things I'm thinking about for 2014. But in the meantime, I wanted share this sweet little treat we sent out to clients and colleagues this year...

Oh Joy | sprinkles

Oh Joy | sprinkles

Oh Joy | sprinkles

Inspired by idea of sprinkling joy wherever you can, we found beautiful glass jars and filled them with sprinkles/edible pearls/non pareils/quins in a variety shapes, sizes, and colors. It was fun to see on Instagram what my friends did with them...

Oh Joy | sprinkles

Whether you have a jar full of sprinkles or not, I hope it inspires you to toss a little bit of happiness wherever you go this year...

{Photos by Oh Joy. Instagram photos from Bonnie Tsang, Mrs. Lilien, and Ban.do. Sprinkles from Gloria's, glass jars and gold caps from Freund.}


currently snacking on... 19 Dec 2013


It's the time of year where we fill our bellies with an extra dose of sweetness. I don't know about you, but there is an insane amount of chocolate and cookies and sweet treats of all sorts in my home and my office right now. And because I love crunchy things, I'm pretty obsessed with these chocolate bars by Ticket Chocolate. The flavors include a waffle pecan chocolate bar, grasshopper pie chocolate bar, and hazelnut cherry stuffing bar. They all have chunks of crunchy goodness and are almost like extra chocolate-y cookies...yessss, please...

{Photo by Oh Joy}

my favorite thai dish to make... 17 Dec 2013

Oh Joy | Thai Green Chicken Curry Recipe

Growing up in a Thai family, people always assume that I can make really great Thai food. But I never really had to learn how to cook since my parents owned a Thai restaurant, and I could just go there and eat any time I wanted. Only since living in LA—where I'm far from the comfort of my parent's home-cooking and where there's an abundance Thai grocery stores—have I started learning how to cook some of my favorite Thai dishes. I recently made this for a friend's birthday dinner, and it came out so great that I wanted to share this recipe with you. This is my favorite Thai dish to make...green chicken curry. It's spicy, sweet, a little tangy, and full of so much flavor. It's my kind of comfort food.

One thing to point out about making this dish is that it tastes so much better when you use all of the ingredients listed (usually from a Thai or Asian grocery store). You can certainly make a simple curry using coconut milk and curry paste, but when you have access to key flavor enhancers like kaffir lime leaves and Thai basil, it makes a world of difference. And, it's still super easy even with the special ingredients. Here's how to make it...

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a cozy winter meal... 6 Dec 2013

Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed Pumpkins | Oh Joy

The last few days have starting feeling like winter here in Los Angeles (well, our version of winter anyway) so I've been craving warm and comforting foods lately. While I'd happily enjoy a chicken pot pie or some baked mac and cheese, I'm trying to make healthier options that are still filling and warm for this chilly time of year. So I asked my friends at Heirloom LA to teach me a fun recipe to share with you all. It's so tasty, comforting, and crazy delicious...Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed Pumpkins! Yes, you heard that right, folks. Click below to see how and also to get the recipe for a vegetarian version, too.

Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed Pumpkins | Oh Joy

Here's the recipe...

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last minute thanksgiving inspiration... 23 Nov 2013


I have a special little weekend post for you guys! With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes, centerpiece DIY's, and decor inspiration I've been collecting this month to inspire merriment, beauty, and lots of good eats with your nearest and dearest this coming Turkey Day. See more from my Thanksgiving Sharing and Caring Pinterest board right here and my own sweet centerpiece right here.

Follow Joy Cho / Oh Joy!'s board Thanksgiving Sharing & Caring: Oh Joy + Target on Pinterest.

{Sources: lace pumpkins by Mon Carnet, pumpkins by The Daily Basics, cranberry orange sorbet by The Vintage Mixer, roasted carrots by Cannelle et Vanille, cake by Confetti Pop.} 

vedging out... 20 Nov 2013


Okay, vegetarians and vegetable enthusiasts...I need your help! Bob and I have realized we don't eat nearly enough vegetables. We want Ruby to eat well-balanced and healthy meals, and cooking for her has made us more aware of the lack of vegetables we consume ourselves. So we've decided to make one vegetarian dinner per week in addition to being better about making sides that go with our non-veg dishes. But I have the hardest time coming up with vegetable-only meals that don't leave us hungry again two hours later.

We went to the best vegan restaurant in Philly last week called Vedge, and I was blown away by the deliciousness of what they were able to whip up without any meat. I think vegetables get a bad rap for being tasteless, but it's just a matter of what you do with them. I'd love your suggestions for some delicious, filling, and tasty vegetarian meals that non-vegetarians would also love to eat! If you have any suggestions, please leave the link below, I'll add the favorites to my recipes board and start experimenting away! Hopefully, it will inspire me to come up with some new concoctions to share my progress with you all...

Follow Joy Cho / Oh Joy!'s board Recipes on Pinterest.

{Sources, left to right, top to bottom: Sweet potato tahini crostini by Love and Lemons, Linguine with asparagus and egg by Martha Stewart, Cauliflower and broccoli cheese by Jamie Oliver, Super green toast by Det Grona Skaffieriet.}

a sweet thanksgiving... 13 Nov 2013

Oh Joy | A Sweet Thanksgiving Cone-a-copia

One of my favorite holidays is coming up: Thanksgiving! This holiday brings together family and friends to celebrate all the wonderful things that happened this year over delicious food and lots of merriment. Plus, it jump-starts the holiday season and includes some of my favorite foods to indulge in. This year, we're hosting Thanksgiving at our house, so I wanted to come up with some simple ways to decorate the Thanksgiving table for guests using something sweet and unexpected—ice cream cones!

You can watch the how-to video below on how to make a cone-a-copia, napkin ring, and place card holder all using ice cream cones. This is my favorite video to date, so I hope you guys enjoy it!

Oh Joy | A Sweet Thanksgiving Cone-a-copia

Oh Joy | A Sweet Thanksgiving Napkin Ring

Oh Joy | A Sweet Thanksgiving Placecard

Check out my finished Thanksgiving table in the video above and see all sources for the ingredients used below... 

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Video: Modshift
Music: "Gotta Have Him" by Emily Hearn
Production assistant: Julia Sir
Hair and makeup: Danielle Walch

Ingredients and sources used: Ice cream cones, test tubes, gold edible spray paintstoneware cake standbamboo skewers. My top is Phillip Lim for Target. Edibles: snap peas, baby carrots, green beans, grapes, and popcorn. Flowers used: dahlias, red hypericum berries, and ranunculus.

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. To see more Oh Joy videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

{oh joy eats} hinoki & the bird... 7 Nov 2013

Hinoki and the Bird | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Hinoki and the Bird | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Hinoki and the Bird | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Living in a great food city with new restaurants popping up weekly, it can be tough to keep up with what's hot and new here in Los Angeles. While I'd love to visit a new place every weekend, life takes over and it's just not possible. I've been wanting to have dinner at David Myer's new restaurant, Hinoki & the Bird, since it opened earlier this year but reservations aren't easy to get or the only reservations times available are just not doable (dinner at 10pm—no thanks!). My solution is to go at lunch instead—it's less busy, a great sampling of the dinner menu, and so much easier to get in!

So Bonnie and I went to have lunch at Hinoki & the Bird to see what all the buzz was about. My favorite dishes of the meal included these two appetizers (above)—a lobster roll with green curry and Thai basil and the chili crab toast with spicy cucumber and coriander. Each bite was full of Asian-inspired flavors, yet light and savory.

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