Archive for December, 2012

Dig This Jive’s Happy Hour Picks for December 2012

| December 27, 2012

Featured in this final month of happy hour picks in San Diego are hot sake and fried chicken nuggets in Kearny Mesa, tacos made with made-to-order corn tortillas in Bankers Hill, New Zealand-inspired comfort food in Downtown, elk sausage and wild boar in Hillcrest, and New Haven thin-crust pizza in East Village. For more happy hour food photos, check out Dig This Jive’s Happy Hour album on Facebook.

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Monday: $1 to $3 food and drink deals from 5:30-7:00 p.m. every day but Friday at Tajima Izakaya. You won’t leave this happy hour hungry, sober or broke. Try any (or, in my case, all) of the $3 deep-fried dishes on the happy hour menu: panko-crusted Kobe beef patties dubbed Kobe Beef Katsu, fried chicken nuggets known as Karaage, and the Agedashi Fish Tempura. Supplement them with $1 carafes of hot sake. And throw in a $1 bowl of freshly boiled, bright green edamame for some fiber. Just know that this Tajima, also known as Tajima 2, is located on Mercury Street. | Tajima Izakaya hosts happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There are no happy hour specials on Fridays.

Tuesday: $3 and $3.50 tacos all night long at Barrio Star. This Bankers Hill beacon offers a merry-go-round of options on the weekday commonly associated to taco alliteration. Simply choose a $3 protein (chicken, carnitas, soy chorizo, tofu) or a $3.50 protein (steak, salmon, fish) and it will be nestled in made-to-order corn tortillas and delivered to the table a la carte. Double-down on Barrio Star’s Taco Tuesday deal when you dine between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., during which you can also order a glass of the Barrio margarita or sangria for $5. | Taco Tuesdays take place only on Tuesdays. Barrio Star hosts its regular happy hour daily from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., during which a la carte tacos are discounted from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: $2.50 sliders from 3:00 p.m. to close at Bare Back Grill Downtown. Six types of sliders are offered during this Wednesday night special: the Bare Lil’ Lamb (lamb burger), the Lil Bittie (beef burger), the Kiwilango (beef burger), the Queenstown Fave (beef burger), the Meso Tasty (chicken burger), and the Cluck & Squeal (chicken burger). To know what each is made up of, simply review the ingredients listed under their big-brother versions on the regular menu; each slider is a mini version minus the lettuce and tomato fixings. And don’t be surprised if your plate echoes Pollock’s most abstract of paintings. The sliders are so juicy, you’ll need a small side of Bare Back Grill’s (BBG) fatty fries ($3.50) to sop up the splotches they’ll leave on your dish. BTW: organic, grass-fed beef is the standard at BBG. | Happy hour specials at Bare Back Grill are different every day; call (619) 237-9990 for current information. The $2.50 slider special is only available on Wednesdays.

Thursday: $3 pork ribs with charred tomato from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Tractor Room. Happy hour at this sibling to Hash House is an oldie but a goodie. Tractor Room describes their happy hour food offerings as tapas-sized portions of their appetizers. That’s like calling the Green Giant a hobbit. The meaty pork ribs are served as a pair and criss-crossed over a chunky potato salad. The wild boar and mashed potato spring roll is halved and easily the equivalent of two spring rolls at a Thai restaurant. The elk sausage ravioli is a crisped, coaster-sized pillow stuffed with ground elk and spices. And they’re each only $3. Eat any two of these and you’ve got a cheap yet gourmet early bird dinner. | The Tractor Room hosts happy hour Monday through Friday only, from open to 6:30 p.m. They open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Friday: $4 and $5 drink specials and FREE pizza samples from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Basic. And by “samples,” Basic is downplaying the truth because what they make available to we happy hour vultures isn’t some Costco teaser of pizza. No, these “samples” are full-on slices of pizza, the kind that fills the width of a normal paper plate. Plus, they don’t tray pass these thin-crust beauties. They set out large pizza after large pizza next to the bar in the lounge, leaving each one out for patrons to take as little or as much as they want. I scold myself for not knowing about this deal until now. | Basic Pizza hosts happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. except during Padres Games and special events.

(Photo caption, left to right: karaage and edamame from Tajima Izakaya, photo taken by Christine Pasalo; a carnitas taco from Barrio Star, photo from the Facebook album of Barrio Star; the Cluck & Squeal slider from Bare Back Grill in Downtown, photo taken by Christine Pasalo; pork ribs with charred tomato from Tractor Room, photo poorly taken by Christine Pasalo; olive pizza sample from Basic Pizza, photo taken by Christine Pasalo.)

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Star Wars Snowflakes

| December 21, 2012

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Designed by Anthony Herrera, a graphic designer based in San Luis Obispo, California, this paper art is parsecs beyond cool. Which, put another Star Wars way, puts them closer to Hoth than Tatooine.

How can you get your hands on them? Well, you can either shell out $21 for decals of snowflakes featuring storm troopers, Yoda or Leia, or you can make any one of 24 flakes yourself by downloading Herrera’s handy (and FREE) PDF diagrams.

Just remember that if you opt to go DIY, there is no try. After printing the PDF and cutting and folding the diagram, this Ewok flake took me a little more than 45 minutes to cut out. After using small scissors to cut out the easily accessible parts, I turned to a Helix retractable pen knife and a cutting mat to cut out the finer details of the face–the spots on its forehead, the eyebrows, eyes, ear holes, and cheeks. The flakes vary in detail; looking through the collection, there are ones that could take fewer and ones that could take more than 45 minutes.

Ewok-snowflake-2-adjustedIf you’re game to cut one out, here are a few tips from my experience:

  • The diagrams come in circles and squares. When folding a diagram that’s the shape of a circle, the final fold is an accordion tri-fold (pictured right). My fold was slightly different from what Herrera instructed, but it worked.
  • Once folded, get a firm grip on the flake and cut out the GRAY portions with small precision scissors.
  • For the finer details, consider using a pen knife with a new blade (for optimal control) and a self-healing cutting mat.

(Both photos taken by Christine Pasalo.)

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The Versalette by {r}evolution apparel

| December 12, 2012

GREY-VERSALETTES_1For Henry David Thoreau, caring about clothes was a matter of either/or: either you paid attention to how you looked or you were focused on becoming a better person.

“I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience,” he wrote in Walden.

No offense to HDT, but what if you could have both?

Enter Kristin Glenn and Shannon Whitehead. In 2011, they launched {r}evolution apparel, a clothing line aimed at active, eco-conscious women who are interested in looking good with minimal effort. They raised over $64,000 on Kickstarter and, as of March 2012, the first of their 10-piece collection became available to the masses.

Known as The Versalette, the piece’s sustainability isn’t just in its fabric, which is made from 50% recycled cotton from factory cutting room floors and 50% recycled water bottles. It’s also in the 20 ways you can wear it. Want a dress cropped at the knee? How about a long skirt? A tunic? Halter top? Scarf? Shoulder bag? All of it has been designed in to The Versalette. In fact, each piece of the future {r}evolution apparel line will not only be versatile in and of itself but also in combination with each other, providing the minimalist-minded with over 100 different looks.

To get the word out and to find out more about what it means to be sustainable, the ladies went on a self-proclaimed “sustainable fashion tour” in the summer of 2012. They traveled from Vancouver to San Francisco, documented their conversations and reflections, and produced an eight-episode web series they call the {r}evolution reels. Seeing as how they sold out of the first production line of Versalettes three months after the tour, I’d say it was a success in ways beyond education.

As of the publication of this post, the only color available is that reliable, old-faithful of neutrals–charcoal. No news yet on when Versalettes in other colors of the original palette (which included indigo, sage green, and cherry) will be available, so keep an eye on {r}evolution apparel’s blog and Facebook page.

(Photo from the {r}evolution apparel website.)

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My Picks: Things to do in San Diego, December 8-9

| December 07, 2012

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Saturday, December 8, 2012:

  • 12:00 p.m. Enjoy the nation’s premier holiday festival. This year marks the 35th celebration of Balboa Park December Nights. Do a tent crawl down at the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages and get your fill of tastes from around the world; just remember to pay in cash. Catch a number of FREE, live performances at one of the various event stages such as the Bon Temps Stage or the Organ Pavilion Stage. Arrive at 5:00 p.m. and enjoy FREE admission into participating museums until 9:00 p.m. (I recommend checking out the annual LEGO Train exhibit at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.)
  • 7:00 p.m. Bask under the glow of Graffiti Beach. This hip South Park shop that took over the space once filled by Velo Cult celebrates the release of their Holiday Online Magazine with a runway show featuring independent brands like CHIME and Paper Bird Jewelry. Before and after the show, peruse the shelves to find something fun to gift or to keep. To get in to the event, simply RSVP.

Sunday, December 9, 2012:

  • 12:00 p.m. Art. Music. Shopping. Hosted bloody mary bar. No cover. Voyeur in Downtown San Diego hosts the Projekt 619 Boutique Blowout Sale until 5:00 p.m. San Diego shops selling their goods include two of my favorite North Park spots, Hunt & Gather and HOME, East Village favorite 5&A Dime, and more. Just be cool and don’t spill any of those complimentary bloody marys on anything.
  • 6:00 p.m. 50% off all drinks at the place named after an Aesop fable. The Lion’s Share celebrates its first anniversary with two gracious moves. First, they’re offering 50% off their menu of craft cocktails, beer and wine all night long. Second, they’re holding a raffle and all of the proceeds will be donated to Operation Santa: San Rafael el Arado, Guatemala. Raffle tickets run $1 a pop. Among the prizes up for grabs are a two-night stay at the Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown San Diego, a $100 gift card to Craft & Commerce, and Fernet Branca swag. With generosity like this, I look forward to many more years from The Lion’s Share!

(Photo credits from left to right: Photo by Richard Benton, from Balboa Park’s December Nights Press Photo page; cover of the holiday issue of Graffiti Beach Magazine; flyer for the Projekt 619 Boutique Blowout Sale from the Facebook page of Haven Boutique; flyer for the one-year anniversary celebration of The Lion’s Share from the Facebook page of The Lion’s Share.)

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Winter Woodland Whimsy a la Kelli Murray

| December 03, 2012

San Diego artist Kelli Murray has released a sweet line of holiday cards on her Etsy page. Dubbed “Vintage Yuletide,” the collection is made up of six original designs featuring garlands, pine needles, antlers, branches and poinsettias. Too tough to choose one favorite? Then buy the boxed set ($20) which includes two cards of each design. Individual cards run $3.50 each.

The cherry on top: Kelli is offering a matching set of yuletide gift tags for FREE on her blog!

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Kelli Murray’s Vintage Yuletide cards are sold via her Etsy page. Photo from Kelli’s Etsy page.

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