This summer FlyerBites documented & filmed it's 1st feature in the kitchen with a creative female chef in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. Her name is Lauren Jones, better known as "Lovely Oven". Born and raised in sunny Malibu, California, Lauren has paved her way into her own world of recipe development and food photography since 2006. One glance at her mesmerizing food and you're quick to fall in love with her creative yet, delicious looking dishes. Within narrowing down several recipes, we decided to mix a twist on a little Southern classic (Shrimp & Grits *Quinoa-style) along with some inspiration from Lauren's recent vacation oversees with a (Moroccan Almond & Orange Blossom Cocktail), that will equal the perfect easy to make meal right in your kitchen as well. 


You'll find full recipe & ingredients, directions of how to make, while discovering more about

 Lovely Oven 

+ more background behind her culinary journey. 

QUESTION 1: How did you get involved in recipe development and food photography? And what do you hope to do with your craft? 

"Back in 2006, when food blogging was beginning to take off, I launched my very first blog, The Sizzling Spoon (R.I.P.) Creating recipes and sharing them with loved ones and friends has always been a passion of mine. I continued with The Sizzling Spoon throughout college, taking a break from food blogging once I graduated and started selling real estate. About one year ago, I launched Lovely Oven when I moved from Los Angeles to New Orleans. Lovely Oven has become a platform where I share recipes I develop, style and photograph. 

Now through Lovely Oven, I am able to create recipes for health and fitness brands, lifestyle and even home décor brands. It’s been years of experimenting in the kitchen that has brought me to this point and I couldn’t be more excited for what is to come!"


  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 small leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • Kosher salt
  • Sea Salt – Jacobsen Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 ears of corn, shucked
  • 6 basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 extra-large shrimp (1 pound), peeled and deveined, heads left on
  • Chile powder
  • Crumbled cotija cheese, for garnish

QUESTION 2: What have you learned about cooking since moving to NOLA?

"Where do I even begin?! You can imagine how different it was, growing up in Malibu, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, and then moving to New Orleans, LA. I’ve become a lot more familiar with Southern cuisine since then. As silly as it sounds, I hadn’t enjoyed real Southern food before moving to NOLA. Many dishes (i.e. gumbo, shrimp and grits) are staples in peoples lives that have even been passed down multiple generations. I love learning different varieties of those core recipes and experimenting with my own touches. Recently, I created my very own version of shrimp and grits but w/ quinoa, which y’all can find on Rasharie’s website.

That recipe is the perfect example of my California roots making an appearance in a popular Southern dish."

1. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the leeks and garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes).

Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Whisk in the quinoa and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender.

(about 25 minutes)

Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and season with salt and pepper; then keep warm.

2. Using a skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the corn and cook over moderately high heat

.. turning, until charred (10 to 12 minutes).

Cut the kernels off of the cobs and transfer to a large bowl.

Stir in the basil, cilantro, scallions and season with salt and pepper + olive oil.

3. Wipe out the skillet and melt the butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat

.. turning, until just cooked through

(about 3 minutes).

QUESTION 3: Favorite New Orleans dish? A few of your favorite New Orleans restaurants?

  • Central Grocery’s Muffaletta sandwich 
  • Bananas Foster 
  • Homemade Gumbo

As for restaurants, I love Saba and No. 7. The food at Hotel Peter and Paul is also extremely impressive. A huge fan of all three!

4. Spoon the quinoa grits into shallow bowls

..top with the grilled corn and shrimp, garnish with chile powder & cotija cheese and serve with lime wedges.


What's your Top 3 favorite recipes you've done?

  • Browned Butter Salmon with Garlic Chips.
  • Tiramisu Trifle with Old New Orleans Rum.
  • Crispy Pork Chops with Parmesan Crusted Fennel.


Serving Size: 1 drink

  • 2 tablespoons of Rum
  • ¾ cup of almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon half and half
  • ice cubes; one handful
  • orange zest
  • orange slices
  • ground cinnamon; sprinkle
  • 1 cinnamon stick to garnish

1. Combine the first seven ingredients: rum, almond milk, orange blossom water, almond extract, honey, orange juice and half and half in one cocktail glass.

2.         Add a handful of ice to the drink. Stir so that the drink is properly chilled.

3.         Sprinkle orange zest and cinnamon on the top.

4.         Thinly slice the remaining oranges to use as garnish and throw in a cinnamon stick while you're at it!

 QUESTION 5: Anything you would like to promote?

"I’m excited to announce the official launch of Lovely Oven’s new website. If you’re interested, head on over to www.LovelyOven.com and check it out!"

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Photography: Kristin-Lee Moolman / Styling: Suzanne Koller 

Corset dress in Japanese denim: $810

Sunglasses: $480 

Leather shoes: $625 

Oversize jacket in Japanese denim: $1,100

Sunglasses: $480

 Brass ear cuff with Swarovski crystals: $420

She's black + beautiful and comes with an unpredictable fashion taste .. I don't know a better combo title for someone than RIHANNA! Her latest partnership with Bernard Arnault and LVMH [being the first black woman to design for the luxury fashion house] has the world gone, cray! There's no better option for this position than the Barbados beauty | ..girls follow, guys love, and everyone in between just fall to her feet. You can check out some pieces from her line, “FENTY”, mostly under $1K with statement shades, textures and structure pieces for your wardrobe.


Launching May 29th, 2019 on Fenty.com

"I will not back down from being a woman, from being black, from having an opinion. I’m running a company and that’s exactly what I came here to do. I don’t know if it makes people uncomfortable or not, but that’s not even my business, you know? I do know that the reason I’m here is not because I’m black. It’s because of what I have to offer. That’s what they’re invested in. And the fact that I’m black is just that: a fact." 

-Rihanna x T Magazine

Suit jacket in cotton canvas w/ fanny pack: $1,100 

Pleated suit trousers in cotton canvas: $485 

Leather shoes: $625

Striped puffed-sleeve shirt in cotton: $600

Striped corset dress in cotton: $990

Embossed calfskin shoes: $670



In the Valley: w/ Chase N. Cashe

While in Los Angeles a few weeks ago | I had the pleasure of speaking with an amazing artist, creative entrepreneur and expert on all things wavy .. Chase N. Cashe.  If you've never heard the name, I'm sure you've come across him one way or another. Whether he's producing for one of your favorite artists, to tweeting from a relative mindset of our generation or seen his brand: Can't Buy Respect floating through the Internet & in real life. 

Chase granted me the pleasure of photographing his beautiful home and interviewed him on a vary of subjects. Check out the interview and gallery below:


"Chase N. Cashe is a lifestyle, ya feel me? It’s a way of thinking for sure, for sure. It’s definitely just a thought process, not somethin' I can really be as a person. Music, entertainment and having a talent is something I feel like a lot of people have; I’m just in an industry where I had to figure out some sorta moniker to sell myself on it. There’s a certain side of my private life that I don’t want entertained with my art, simple as that! So, I rather be Chase cause it seems like it’s a personal name when you say it. When I was in my person as my real name (Jesse) I feel like people treated me a certain way as if they knew me and then when I created this world of my own and made people respect it, they treated me differently and I enjoyed it. Chase N. Chase is just a way of living. I grew up on James Bond so, that was something that always had interchanging characters but, they would all fit the same mold but brought their own style to it. Each James Bond got the same mission, but got they own babes, own whips, own tools but, the mission is to change the world and save the world. Lol So, I feel like that’s what I am more than anything."

  • What has been a major highlight in your career?

"Being able to transcend into different fields! Having plaques on the wall, that shit just be like, visual stimulation in the morning to remind myself, ‘This is what got you here.’ I still drive myself to make beats and shit but, to be able to design & come from music and have multiple streams of income from various places, that’s the most exciting thing. 

The most exciting thing is to be able to live this shit to keep it real with you. To be able to live music and then be able to say, ‘ya know what? If I wanna go do a fuckin’ shoe, I can do it!’ A lot of these ideas I had when I was first gettin' in the game but, it just seemed like the outlook for everybody else wasn’t matching up with my outlook. Once the times started changing and I started seeing like, ‘oh you’re not gonna be a crazy dude that’s not trippin’ on record sales’

 .. cause everybody was trippin’ on record sales and owning their masters and I respect that but, for me that just ain’t my end goal. I’m here to live my life at the end of the day and I feel like as long as I can do that and I can enjoy it, I don’t gotta predict my life. The highlight of my life is the structured random-ness about it. It’s kinda random, I don’t be knowin’ what’s comin' sometimes but, the shit be working out! It keeps a good balance of appreciation in my life instead of expectation. 

Another highlight is being able to be around other people that inspire you in this shit, to keep it ALL THE WAY 100 with you. That’s a real thing to be able to meet people that’s on the same accord as you, can’t beat that."  

  • Why was music the field you chose to get into first over everything else you’re doing now?

"Coming from New Orleans everybody know music! I just truly believe that. New York knows Hip-Hop & we know MUSIC from a stand point of .. LIVE! That’s why people trust me and my opinion so much cause I come from a place that specializes in feeling. I specialize in that feeling of energy so, that’s just what I went with. I didn’t get into music from a technical stand point, I got into it just from being submerged in lifestyle. Cash Money over here, No Limit over here, Funky Pirate over here .. Aaron Neville, Charmaine Neville, Allen Toussaint, second lines. Who wasn’t in the band coming up in school? Or somebody you knew was in the band (on the snare drum, on the trombone, on the tuba etc.) I got into it cause I was an aficionado expert at music from living it. So, when I came out here there were people listening to music and I was living music. It was something that was just everywhere in New Orleans, so it was natural for me to get into."

  • What are your plans in the Art/Design world?

"To inspire a generation of black people to stop having “Rooms To Go” and to stop thinking that furniture isn’t an investment. I’m trying to get people aware to their senses and the things they wake up with and understanding why you don’t need to have a room full of grey furniture because, that’s not inspiring. Just because you’ve seen how people decorate furniture on TV or how your grandma or mom decorated, they may not have had a heightened sense (or they might have had that but, probably didn’t have the money.) Just trying to make what I would consider: affordable mood affecting design for our people, whoever that is, mines specifically but, more importantly just people in the mindset of, “I work hard for this money, I know I gotta have these things around me for a long length of time, if I’m gonna buy a couch ..i’m gonna buy a COUCH!”

Even fuckin’ with AUUDI & AM8ER, even outside of me designing everything, me putting myself in a space as a person that made it in hip-hop knowing that’s what this generation of modern black kids is gonna be listening to (even if you don’t wanna be a rapper, you probably gonna be listening to rap trying to be a painter, a doctor whatever profession you tryna be) you’re gonna be listening to hip-hop. As a person who made it in entertainment, I feel like I’m best suited to be able to represent a client that’s inspired by that."  

  • What are your dream cars?

"Well, I got my main one: W140 BENZ big body, that was a classic car in that era. I just remember seeing it in commercials all the time and use to be amazed like, “I want that shit!”. God bless, I was able to get one! Umm.. most people who follow me would be able to tell you the next one: G Wagon that’s just always been a favorite of mines. Porsche (various models) Targa. Ferrari Super America, it’s one that didn’t really get produced that much and then it used to be in video games like, “Need for Speed” as a kid. 

Alot of the things that I want now, are things that I dreamed of and thought about when I was young. It make me feel like a kid everytime I get in my car, ya feel me? I feel like a kid when people react to my car and umm.. I can drive my car as a young man and run into somebody that in 97’ and 98’ when my car was out, and they was gettin’ money and they be like, “Yeah man, I wanted that shit too, dawg .. that’s what’s up!” Lol

My fifth favorite is a McLaren SLR Benz the two door joint & Chevy Impala Lowriders. I love every car Jay Leno got, definitely wanna be like him ..that was one of my idols growing up."

  •  In 2015, you released a book titled: "Life is Good & Generous Vol. 1" a book of motivational tweets. Do you plan to release another book of some sort? 

"Yeah, I'm gonna put out an archive. A book of photos and then around the photos, (once again bringing up what Pharrell did) .. interview people who know me well and then get them to give their perspective on my life. I would like a third party approach or someone who witnessed me live my life instead of me just living it and trying to recount it."




architect: Miguel Angel Aragonés

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

photos: Joe Fletcher


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