Two of our best friends recently moved to San Diego, a city I’d been to twice but didn’t remember much about. However, if these guys were moving there from “sunny” Boston I knew it was a city worthy of not one City Map but 2.
Introducing our San Diego City Map and San Diego RNR Marathon Print personalized for runners. (You can also personalize the text of our city map, making a unique wedding or engagement gift.)
The first time I went to San Diego was right after high school graduation with my parents and my best friend, Sarah. I remember going to the San Diego Zoo, spending lots of time on the beach, and going to the hotel restaurant where my parents switched Sarah and my cokes with their RUM + cokes as a surprise… and didn’t take them away.
The second time was a overnight layover on our way to Cabo San Lucas. I remember the airport being positioned so that you felt like your plane was crashing into the city on landing. We stayed at a very nice boutique hotel in the gas light district and ate sushi.
We are hoping to return to San Diego this fall and I will go to the beach, eat a California Burrito, and drink some San Diego craft beers. If you have any San Diego recommendations leave a comment! xo JHill
Who doesn’t need a cold one after running 26.2 miles? Luckily San Diego is home to many fantastic craft breweries. Here are a few.
1. Stone Brewery: multiple locations Closest to the Finish Line: Stone Brewing Tap Room at 795 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
2. Ballast Point: Multiple locations (I had both their Grapefruit Sculpin and Habenero Sculpin last weekend… delicious) Closest to the Finish Line: Ballast Point Tasting Room + Kitchen Restaurant, 2215 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
3. Pizza Port: multiple locations Closest to Finish Line: 1956 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107
4. Karl Strauss: multiple locations Closest to Finish Line: 1157 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101
What genius decided to pair the above ingredients, roll them in a tortilla and serve them to the the good people of California? My guess is the west-coast cousin of Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers.
I’ve never seen a California Burrito on a menu in Boston, (looks like I’ll be following the above directions), The Thrillest has a round up 12 places to get one in San Diego, with #1 being Nico’s Mexican Food.
Big fan of the California Burrito? You may need one of these from Cali-Burrito.
Boston’s North End is known for it’s Italian food, but there are more places in the city to down a plate of amazing pasta. Here are my 3 favorite places to eat pasta in Boston that are not in the North End.
For 5 years our studio was across the street from Barbara Lynch’s Sportello, it is one of my favorite places to indulge in carbs in Boston. The space is cozy with lots of light, has an open kitchen and a very knowledgeable staff. If you are staying in the Seaport District make a reservation here. My favorite pasta dish in Boston is their Strozzapreti and don’t leave without getting the Coconut Cake. Sportello is a 10 minute walk from South Station or park in one of the pay lots on Congress Street, (or maybe you’ll get lucky and snag a meter).
Two years ago I spent a few weeks in Italy basically just eating, and I’ve reliving my meals at the South End’s Cinquecento ever since. Towers of Campari decorate a dimly lit, expansive dining room. The wait staff is gracious and the bartendars genrous. The grilled octopus starter is delicious as is all their pastas. However, the simple recipe of House Made Pancetta + Pecorino + Black Pepper = an unreal Carbonara. Don’t skip it because you think you can make this one at home. Also, they do Negroni flights, which is reason enough to eat here. They have a free parking lot and are walkable from both the Back Bay or Broadway MBTA stops.
If you are staying in Cambridge and looking for an affordable pasta dinner check out Basta Pasta. They are on Western Ave in between Central Square and the Charles River. The portions are generous and for a few extra dollars you can get their home-made fusilli. It is an easy walk from the Central Square train station or look for on street parking.
New Orleans is one of our top requested map prints to do. With Mardi Gras upon us we were happy to make it happen! Each of the New Orleans’ neighborhoods is filled with one of my bold patterns. We’ve included the year that New Orleans was founded by the French Mississippi Company as well as the longitude and latitude for the city.
Another print we just released was the New Orleans Marathon Print, personalized for runners! We did our marathon pattern in traditional Mardi Gras colors. You can personalize the runner’s name, their time as well as their bib number. It’s such a great gift for a runner who has put so much hard work into training for their race.
Both map prints are available online at jhilldesign.com and come in 3 sizes starting at $12.
Gallery wall styled by Dina Broadhurst and shot by Felix Forest via Design Chaser
Last month we went to Rincon, Puerto Rico for a few days for a family wedding. The house we stayed in was set in the hills, and in its backyard was a big pool surround by giant palms and banana trees. I spent most of my time swimming in that pool and staring up at those giant leaves. Total pattern inspiration, I’ve been excited to gather more inspiration and start sketching. See all photo links here.
I am so proud of my new collection of prints… you’d think they were my second child. We just made phone cases with a few of them and they. are. rad. Available for the iPhone 5-6 and Samsung Galaxy. We can do other phones too, just send us your desires and we will let you know if they are possible.
I have reread Joan Didion’s “The White Album” more times than I can count. Included in that book is her packing list (below). I would love to see an entire book of just the packing lists of interesting, famous people. Though this was written in an era of travel that seems more romantic than the one that we have now. Can you imagine going through security with a typewriter? My version of the packing list is above (credit below), I think Joan and I would travel well together.
To Pack and Wear:
2 jerseys or leotards
1 pullover sweater
2 pair shoes
nightgown, robe slippers
bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste, Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin, prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil
2 legal pads and pens
This is a list which was taped inside my closet door in Hollywood during those years when I was reporting more or less steadily. The list enabled me to pack, without thinking, for any piece I was likely to do. Notice the deliberate anonymity of costume: in a skirt, a leotard, and stockings, I could pass on either side of the culture. Notice the mohair throw for trunk-line flights (i.e. no blankets) and for the motel room in which the air conditioning could not be turned off. Notice the bourbon for the same motel room. Notice the typewriter for the airport, coming home: the idea was to turn in the Hertz car, check in, find an empty bench, and start typing the day’s notes.
—Joan Didion, The White Album
packing list credits: cashmere pullover sweater / vintage typewriter / oversized sunglasses / clarks spy belle booties / bourbon / legal pads / mohair throw / oscar de la renta caftan / fsny ballet flats
Our 2015 Wall Calendar is 11″ x 17″, printed single sided – you can cut and frame the prints and have a whole new gallery wall for 2016.
Patterns were inspired by elements from places around the world. Created by digitally collaging my hand-marbled stamped and painted papers. (Those circles below were made with yukon gold potatoes!)
Our 2015 Desk Calendar comes in a little plastic case that doubles as a calendar stand. $12