When you spend hours and hours of mindless web surfing, looking at all those awesome things that you need (OKAY not necessarily need but absolutely want but you somehow really really need – whoa.) or are just real good eye candy but they rarely make it to the light and just sit there in your bookmarks, sad and lonely.
Well, I wanted to create a little space where I could share stuff that catches my eye and keep as a reminder to myself that – hey, maybe, just maybe one day you can have this. Since, honestly I rarely splurge on myself.
With no further due, this is the first weekly DIGS.
Quality establishments for fine handmade pizza here in San Diego are generally far and thin. We are always continuously in the search for new locations and aspiring new flavors. Fortunately early in our search for local fare, we found URBN Coal Fired Pizza/Bar in the North Park neighborhood and it has a set a standard when judging the pizza pies that come across our table.
From delectable appetizers like their Thai chili coal fired wings to their ever growing craft beer list featuring brews from local brewers such as Stone Brewery and Russian River. They specialize in creating beautiful tasting New Haven style pizzas featuring a variety toppings that you can customize to your tastes. From the very basics of mozzarella and pepperoni to testing the very limits of your hunger with eggplant and pancetta. The full menu for URBN can be viewed here.
URBN Coal Fired Pizza/Bar 3085 University Avenue San Diego, CA 92104 • 619.255.7300
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
– Hunter S. Thompson
Scars were meant to come with pride. Many coward in the fear of getting older, they begin
to squabble with their aged flesh, and begin nasty quarrels with mother nature for the wrinkles she massages into our tender eyes. Take pride in what you and mother nature have wrought into the bones and skin you call your own. It has so many stories to share, so many inspirations to ignite in the budding bodies and growing minds after you.
Take pride in what you make. Craft it to outlast a lifetime.
“Made and Crafted” is a series curated to showcase apparel and dry goods that are built today with a fine array of qualities and construction methods by an ecclectic mix of prideful craftsmen and artists. Here you will find handsome footwear, a collection of superior tools, to the wicked socks that can adorn your toes and so much more, I’ll be displaying a variety of items that can be supplemental to your every day life and displaying utility far beyond what you expected. I’ll be documenting the aging process of several of the items I own myself and retelling the stresses and strains I apply to them through the efforts of my own life. Here mere objects become essentials in your life to becoming a retelling of your life.
For quite some time I’ve marveled and drooled over the pieces being produced by the remarkable talent at Ebbet’s Field Flannels. From cutting and sewing their own line of vintage inspired reproductions of sports apparel right in their factory in Seattle, Washington to working closely with a variety of designers featuring J. Crew, Jack Spade to Supreme and more. When they finally collaborated with one of my favorite garment companies, Nashville based denim famous Imogene and Willie, my feet and hands quivered in excitement at the thought of owning such a wonderful piece. Incredible double stitched constructed, a soft faded indigo blue wool, and a thick cut leather adjustment band so you make sure you get the right fit every time. Truly soft to the touch and a baseball cap worn like no other.
I’ve had this piece on my desk and on my head daily. Even with the wool fabric, I’ve really utilized this cap as a four season accessory. It’s light, breathable and sewn with a construction capable of withstanding anything I or the California weather has to throw at it. It’s truly a remarkable piece that I’m looking forward to adding years to it and telling stories with it.
(via design* sponge)
A fine use of more than just table scraps! I’ve been looking for a small starter project to work with Pendleton Woolen Mill‘s fabrics. This looks like just the right one. Project written by Matt from Wood & Faulk via Design Sponge.
(via the fox is black)
I have a confession (if you know me this will not surprise you): I am in no way a cook. But after years of scrolling and drooling over an abundance of foodporn images brought on by countless hours spent in front of a screen, I’ve decided to take a crack at improving my culinary skills. I’ve been wanting to make a cast iron skillet (inspired by this post) for a while. It was surprisingly easy and I was pleased with the results. Check it out:
- 5 Small Potatoes
– 5 Eggs
– Smoked Bacon (I used about 7 strips)
– 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
– Assorted Spices
1. Cut the bacon in little pieces and the potatoes in semi-thick slices.
2. Heat up a stir fry pan with 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (or the cooking oil of your choice), place bacon and potatoes and stir for 5-7minutes (you want to watch that the potatoes don’t get fully cooked since they’re going to get baked) apply spices generously or according to your taste.
3. Place potatoes and bacon in cast iron skillet and sprinkle half a cup of the mozzarella cheese on top.
4. Crack the eggs and distribute them generously over the potatoes.
5. Add spices and sprinkle the rest of the cheese.
6. Preheat your oven at 350° and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Hope you guys enjoyed this.
Amanda Visell is a Los Angeles based painter, sculptor, and all around pop culture chewing artist who produces solely for the nostalgic yearning spirited kid at heart. Recently she has hand craved and painted a set of wonderful wooden figurines staring the original character’s from George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise. Created as uniquely large blockly incarnations of the cult inducing characters, the wooden figurines are in line with Visell signature use of 1960s-style design and she champions a visual and production throwback to quality wooden toys we see so little of today. The little details from the hand painted wooden box packaging to the small accessories accompanying each figure (i.e. Darth Vader’s light saber, Leia’s mirror and comb). It’s truly no wonder why toy lovers and Star Wars fanatics raced to purchase these wonderful pieces of art that embellishes a significant pop icon of our culture.
Very few of these pieces are left for purchase, but here is hoping that Amanda will be producing more in the future. Much more of her work can be seen and purchase at her artist cooperative website Switcheroo, and at her own personal website AmandaVisell.com.
Words: Cruz / Styling: Leah