Have a safe welcoming of the new year. On to the next…
Earlier today, I grabbed lunch with Gary Benzel, Mr Fuzz and Arik Acosta. I’ve heard so much about Mona Lisa’s Italian Deli, but for some reason I’ve never had the chance to make it out there until earlier today. Still family owned by the Brunetto family, Mona Lisa’s deli prepares everything fresh and aims to provide high quality offerings at wallet friendly prices. We ordered their Caprese Sandwiches over a few Oranginas. Two thumbs up!
Nestled along Beech and India lies Gary Benzel’s Igloo Shop. This is, hands down, the best place to buy hard-to-find design publications and design related goods in San Diego. Here, you’ll find an arrangement of goods from Arkitip, Jack Spade and HunterGatherer alongside prints by Geoff McFetridge and Todd St John. Last night, we made our way to Igloo to drop off a few gifts that Arik had purchased for Gary.
This is Mr Fuzz. The famous K-9 behind the Igloo register. Apparently, he knows a few tricks. High five!
You can pretty much go anywhere during this part of the year and find San Diego transplants gravitating to their former waterholes in hopes of making a few impromptu reunions. Neill’s old roommate was in town and we decided to take the night away over a few pints. We started the night in North Park and worked our way south… to South Park.
Saul Q will be hosting a New Years shindig at El Dorado between 6-10AM on January 1st. Yes, you read it right. 6 o’clock in the morning. Stumble your way into the new year. Zombies!
We eventually ended up at Skull Kontrol’s Too Many Creeps to achieve their billed, “Maximum Joy”. This was, of course, right after we made a special visit to the residence of Mr. Sundar.
Arik Acosta is back for a quick visit from Japan. Upon arrival, he left me with these witty, well designed pens produced by the Japanese clothing retailer, Beams. The pen on the left (which doubles as a thermometer) reads, “Please, Calm down! Calm down!” On the right is a popular Toyama cold remedy. Japan is an awesome place. I’m way overdue for another trip.
Came up on these for a whopping $2 each at a local Old Navy store while I was shopping for gifts. Not bad at all. Comfy too. I’m gonna be honest, I would actually recommend these over my J.Crew ones in the fact that they actually stay up. Nothing worse than quitter socks that fall down your leg. Great gift idea, no? Happy Holidays!