Less carbs

Ever since I started Dish Crawl Co, it's been hard to keep healthy. As such, I've been going through waves of feeling as if I've eaten a lot and very, very much. I'm often confused as to how much I've actually eaten. In order to stay accountable, I will write down what I plan to eat less of:

- Need to eat less carbs (cut down on bread, noodles, rice). Goodbye to bread at the beginning of the meal.

- Cut down on desserts (croissants, ice cream, boba, cake). These are not necessary, and will need to eat more fruit to replace this.

Goals and accountability

Goals can't exist without accountability. For this reason, I'll leave my goals here in plain sight, in order to be held captive to them. Thus far in 2017, though it's been a strong year in many regards, I have fallen short of a few goals in my personal and professional life. In a strong push to combat this, here are my goals:

1) Traveling: I'd like to travel more to broaden my perspectives about the world, to experience different lifestyles, and to understand culture of other people live. More specifically, by the end of 2017, my goal is to visit Los Angeles many times, San Diego, Vancouver, and New York City. In 2018, my goal is to visit Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

2) School: I plan to finish school as soon as I can.

3) Business: By the end of 2017, I plan to hire a full-time Operations Manager to assist me on all day-to-day activities. This would give me the opportunity to start my next venture by February 2018.

4) Lifestyle: Treating yourself right is key. By summer of 2018, I plan to rent my own place in order to sleep, eat, and feel better. It's crucial to have a quiet, calm environment to sleep in, and the food we put into our body on the daily, dictates how we ultimately feel. This would also give me the opportunity to fully schedule my day, hour-by-hour, which is important to me.

5) Fitness: I've been meeting my fitness goals, but aim for growth. Once I'm able to eat better, I can leverage that into greater gains.

Hold me accountable.

 

7 things

1) develop an abundance mindset. and stay positive.

2) not everyone will like what you do. some may even hate it for no reason. accept this.

3) people only see the end result, and fail to see the journey in-between.

4) happiness comes from the smallest things in life. children and animals. the sun when it is out. drinking a cup of tea. dining out at the city's hottest restaurants does not make one happy.

5) invest in today.

6) treat others exactly how you want to be treated.

7) health is everything. eat extremely healthy and exercise at least 5 times a week.

 

16 hours a day

24 hours in a day, 16 of which are waking. 10 hours go to work. 2 hours go to eating. 2 hours goes to commuting. 2 hours goes to leisure activities. Lift each other up and I'll gladly fit you into my life. Otherwise, don't waste my time.

Status quo

We must always seek to challenge status quo, not for the sake of rebelling, but in search of what's right versus what's wrong. If we fall into tradition without consideration, this lack of evaluation and awareness is very dangerous.

I pray that I lead by example as my work as an entrepreneur and relationships with others conforms as such.

 

Instagram

There are many reasons why I've been on social media less lately, but the main reason boils down to authenticity and lack thereof. I really dislike how Instagram misrepresents who I am as a person and how people who view it can make such broad assumptions about my life. Unfortunately, if you've been following it, know and understand that the image on Instagram is not me, and it is only my work. While I enjoy my work, I do not consider my work an extension of who I am as a person, my likes, dislikes, my personality, the struggles that I face on a daily basis, or anything other than it is just merely my work. At the end of the day, I'm just an individual with an average life, and Instagram fails to encapsulate such, that it is painfully disconcerting when people reference my Instagram as an extension of myself. It is seriously dissonant.

I'm very thankful for the endless support that I've received for my work, but understand that I do not have to post on Instagram when asked to (I've been asked where I was at least 100+ times the past month), and I prefer to get to know people in real life. I want to hear about your hopes and dreams, your struggles, who you are as a person, rather than see things in a light that is just so fucking one-sided and empty.

Social Media

What bothers me most about social media is the artificiality of it. Someone's life may look all put together, but in reality it is far from it.

musings of a food photographer / food entrepreneur

It isn't always easy. This is a subject that's deep and personal to myself and I haven't really been able to put it into words. Many friends and acquaintances look upon me and my work and say you're an inspiration or a similar expression of "your life must be super exciting."

Let's get back to the drawing board though.

Everyone's journey is invisible. You're unable to see what's actually going on in someone's life. You're able to make assumptions and attributions based off the minutes or hours you seem them, and the rest you fill in the gaps with social media.

What bothers me about social media is that people do not understand each other. There's a huge connect between the who you really are versus the facades that are visible.

For business reasons, I must continue to put up jer.chung as it is a brand and not a person, however much I consider myself an artist and not so much a business person.

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I've recently realized my mistakes in my life. It dawned on me that I have to fix them. I can't repeat the same mistakes.

I sometimes have these suppositions that I am not doing enough with my life or maybe that I screwed up things in the past regarding my career, academic, or love life. As if it's indicative of imposter syndrome.

I sometimes wonder whether I'm doing the right thing with my life, to simultaneously burn myself out with an MBA program while trying to run my own food tech startup. Whether it's easier to just join a 9-5 and to be a sheep like everyone else.

But no, most people are wrong in this world. This is why leaders comprise such a small portion of the world. And even so, many leaders are wrong.

I reconcile that it's in my best interest to stray away from the norm, to keep fighting for what's right, and being authentic to who I am. I realized that I never want to work a 9-5, but there may be a day if this all fails that I might have to, temporarily or whatnot.

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Would I recommend anyone to be a food photographer / food entrepreneur? I'm not so sure.

I don't mean this to be a piece that resonates with other liberal millennials hogwash - a subtle reference to how we are always whining and entitled. The hustle is difficult and requires constant attention, planning, and action.

It requires an immense amount of attention and even if you're burnt out tired, you need to be responsive via email and calls and be willing to meet and drive long distances while it's raining really hard outside.

There are days of ups and downs - where I feel like I made it and can rent a house in SF, or also days where I feel I'm going to starve over.

I'm good with action and impulsivity, but not planning. And it's sometimes scary, not knowing what will happen next.

Entrepreneurship is a difficult journey, because no one tells you what to do and you must hold yourself accountable for everything. Your friends and family will be there to root you on, but have no idea what you're actually doing.

It's a journey that I'm not so sure I'd recommend to everyone; it does take a certain type of personality type for it to all work.

Stay hungry,
Jer

Purpose

People are on constant auto-pilot. Traditional success these days means going to school for 20 years, graduating from high school, college, and graduate school with a fresh MBA in hand. Those degrees grant you a shitty 9-5 job with an $80K salary surrounded by people you don't even know, doing things to impress people you don't know at all. Then, you may get married and work for the rest of your life to pay the debts of your childhood. They live without purpose.

Purpose is all that matters, because at the end of the day, all you have is yourself. If you're constantly lying to yourself to impress others, tons of regret is going to start building up.

This fact that people are constantly on auto-pilot is something that bothers me very much. It's because society has imposed great demands upon itself to create bullshit and make everything seem OK, when they're really forgetting to cover their ass.

Here in Silicon Valley, it's astounding that we're constantly trying to innovate, when in all honesty, we've haven't gotten the greatest inkling of what to do with the problems right in front of us. Things that really matter - people starving on the streets everywhere, for instance.

People just don't seem aware of their existence and the greater purpose of their lives. Many lack authenticity. They're busy constantly. Blowing off things that really matter - family, close friends, their health. They're just in this rat race to make more money, dealing with more bullshit, just to impress the people around them that they don't even know.

At the end of the day, many seem content with just watching TV and drinking beer. Calling it a day. Going to Costco and Target on weekends. Not really taking their time to see the sky, or watch the stars at night. Not enjoying a good meal over weekends. Things that are normal.

This is ultimately why a city like SF appeals to me so much as opposed to Silicon Valley. People seem more normal, and at the same time paradoxically weird. They're weird, because they're just doing normal people things - drinking coffee at cafes, walking their dogs down Hayes Valley, chatting with friends over mimosas during brunch, chilling at Mission Dolores, watching the boats at the Marina, or eating at a classy restaurant. Living life.

I'm unabashedly a work in progress myself. I know my purpose and am working on myself every day. I'm always looking to improve my health through lifting and running, and constantly curious on how to improve my relationships. I'm also strongly in tune with my moral compass and know that it'd be wrong to follow the path that society dictates, though it has not been an easy path to follow at all. Today, I identify as a food photographer and entrepreneur. My dream is to help restaurants around SF and around the world. Through a variety of services stacked upon each other, we focus on helping different aspects of restaurant business, as well as those who are chefs or really enjoy eating. Ultimately, I want to be able to run a small company remotely, from where ever in the world I am.

That said, my plan of action for Dish Crawl Co includes expanding the food photography workshops to other cities on the west cost of the US first. These workshops have been focused on building a larger presence for restaurants, as well as helping eaters better their food photography to attract more clients. I am first owning the process of food photography workshops and food photography in SF. After, we will expand to a city such as LA or Seattle. My hope is that once we've taught someone food photography and how to build your brand, they will be able do food photography under us with many restaurants through the different cities.

Currently, I'm building out the different resources, such as ebooks, guides, and videos. Once these are all in place, eaters learn a lot from our free content as well as paid content, if they do choose to buy them. There will also be ebooks, guides, and videos for restauranteurs to study to help them boost their customer base. At the workshops, we will have these guides available for eaters to read. We are also opening the private coaching for eaters, currently starting at $270 per 2 hours - the price will increase.

This is why I've been working so hard at my food photography and Dish Crawl Co. I don't want to be another cog in the machine that deals with shit every day. It scares me to see and hear about it, and it's also extremely motivating to see a few others join me on this journey of making it every day.

This is my purpose - now what's yours?

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Check us out at Dish Crawl Co!

 

5 Best Restaurants in San Francisco You Need to Eat at Right Now

Through the past many months, I’ve been able to experience some of SF’s top restaurants. What’s most interesting to me that expectations and reality often don’t match.

Some restaurants when I least expected it, exceeded my expectations. Others fell a bit short, and I felt surprised. To me, good food isn’t about price tag, service, or ambience. It’s about state of mind that I’ve reached when encountering some top tier food. Good food can be found in any cuisine. In my case, I’ve found cheap good food as equally comforting as designer food. And while New American cuisine is my favorite and Traditional American cuisine rests on the other end of the spectrum, I’ve encountered a few Traditional American restaurants that comforted my soul. It happened when I bit into double hash burger (hi, Scotland Yard) slathered with bone marrow aioli, beef lean and grilled to perfection, and brioche bun buttered like no tomorrow.

Recently, I had the honor of dining at Rich Table, which really showed me how judgement we are as humans. Before going in, I already had these preconceived opinions, knowing that it’s one of the top .1% of restaurants of SF, let alone SF Bay Area. The bill came to a humble $128, wouldn’t I expect to be sipping away to god’s nectar - or at least something like Project Juice in the form of solids? The dry aged rib eye from Los Angeles was amazing - lean, flavorful, yet no wow factor. It’s as though I were waiting for the angels to come out from the beef.

While my experience was greatly positive, the cuisine came across as too try hard, even for someone who really enjoys the creativity that stems from New American cuisine.

It's too easy to form judgements about something just based off photos. I'll have to monitor what I'm thinking subconsciously because apparently I'm supposed to not have opinions before going into restaurants. This is why social media (especially Instagram and Yelp) is so unfortunately powerful to the success of restaurants. And especially if a critic (like Michael Bauer of SF chronicle) posts an unpopular opinion, it's potentially destructive to the growth of lesser known more deserving restaurants.

Here is a quick round-up of 5 great restaurants I’ve eaten at within the past couple of months:

Scotland Yard: I’m actually not a fan of Traditional American cuisine; yet, Chef Jason Raffin, who has experience overseeing Marina’s Bin 38, set my expectations high, and the execution ultimately exceeded expectations in every way. What interested most is that Scotland Yard infuses New American cuisine into Traditional American. That is, Chef Raffin designed the menu to reflect American comfort food, yet many he infuses other cultures into his food. The Korean fried chicken, for example has candied kumquats, nigella seeds pepitas, gochujan ginger glaze, and parsnip puree. It is a clear standout dish, along with the double smash burger. I’d dare to say Scotland Yard has the best burger in SF (many critics like Causwells, with no good reason).

3232 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94123, scotlandyardsf.com    

 

Rich Table: I impulsively tried the tasting menu which costed $128 after tax and tip. I started the meal with some bites of 7 things with a side of pear cider. The anchovy dip was delightful. I enjoyed the seared foie gras toast. These 7 things spoke to me about the chef’s likes and recent experiences. Chef just returned from a trip from Asia - namely Japan and India. As such, the curries were imbued with so much flavor. The Alaskan halibut was accompanied by Japanese green curry. The chitarra was beautiful - great contrast of flavor from wasabi and farmer’s cheese - tasted sweet, savory, and spicy. The burrata was accompanied with strawberry gazpacho and country ham - beautiful contrast of colors and flavors. To finish, the grilled ribeye was perfection with black garlic, ramps, and snap pea chimichurri. Lastly, the dessert started with a palate cleanser: a macaron hybrid. For the dessert main, I had a chocolate crisp with mint ice cream topped with chocolate mousse. It was decadent, rich, and memorable.

199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102, richtablesf.com    

 

Omakase: I had the 10 piece omakase. Needlesstosay, this 10 piece platter was the best omakase I’ve had in my entire life.

665 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103, omakasesf.com

 

Cockscomb: I’ve been here two times and had amazing experiences. I was happy to see Michael Bauer’s recent 3 star reviews of the place. Cosentino’s space is rustic, spacious, and very masculine. It feels like a butcher’s shop and very well is. Cockscomb is the king of meats in SF. I enjoyed a half dozen of oysters to start, some terrine, and pork belly sandwich with fried clams. The variety of oysters was magnificent. Loved the small sweet oysters. The terrine consisted of chicken and foie gras, pickled quail egg, salad, and crostinis. It was beautiful. Then, the sandwich was extremely rich and crunchy, flavorful… something that I’d dream of in a sandwich every single day. The bread was fresh, crunchy, crispy, buttery -- I’d pretty much eat lunch here every day if health were no issue.

564 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, cockscombsf.com    

 

Corridor Cafe: This place is phenomenal. From pastries and coffees, to HK style milk tea and wraps, Corridor Café is like the pret-a-manager (grab-and-go) of SF. I feel that we need more grab-and-go cafes in SF. In the current state of the market, we have two kinds of restaurants - one that caters to the extremely high-end and the other that caters to the general public in the form of hipster modern casual fast food. This is evinced by places like Asian Box, Sajj, Glaze, Roam Artisan Burgers, Super Duper, and much more. With Corridor Café, many people are in a rush to get something quick to eat and want something simultaneously healthy and tasty. The croissants, whether plain or chocolate, are to die for. They're extremely buttery and melt in your mouth. The HK style milk tea is as authentic as genuine ones from HK. They’re also same owners as the top name restaurants Trestle, Stonesthrow, and Angel. Whole heartly recommend.

100 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102, http://corridorsf.com/