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Bone Quida Ida
San Diego’s Bone Quida Ida, was born after Dustin Illingworth got laid off from his job in the tech industry. Recorded entirely in his small apartment, BQI’s first three songs are low-fi masterpieces of melody, each one ripe with delicately propulsive rhythms and vocal effects that make Illingworth’s spastic-elastic voice seem angelic, far away, and My Morning Jacket-like. “I think the songs sound like memories: blurry and distant, but somehow warm,” he says. Look for a five- or six-track EP, tentatively titled Beneath the Pier, to be available by Christmas as a free download at bonequidaida.bandcamp.com.
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St. Lucia Sour
This retro-modern sip at Downtown’s new Saltbox restaurant has creaminess, a touch of sweet, and the essence of winter spices. Made with Chairman’s Reserve rum from St. Lucia, this is a sour in the classic sense, not the neon-green-margarita-mix sense. In a cocktail shaker, house mixologist Erin Williams marries the rum with Grade B maple syrup, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, an egg white, her own secret-recipe rye bitters spiced with Chai tea, and a bit of Cointreau Noir, a cognac/Cointreau blend that has a slight chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire flavor. The mixture gets shaken twice—once to froth the egg white, once to chill it—then strained into a frosty coupe glass. A sprinkle of maple flakes is the final touch. “We wanted to have a cocktail that had a real winter feel,” says Williams, who moved from New York City and is overseeing the bar’s cocktail program. “This drink is sweet and soft and delicate.” saltboxrestaurant.com
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The average American generates 4.5 lbs. of trash per day. To highlight this problem, The New Children’s Museum created an entire exhibit around trash, featuring the work of 12 eco-minded artists. TRASH is interactive and hands-on; kids can mimic the processes of the TRASH artists. Moms, resist breaking out the Purell, as the idea is to get kids thinking about what they throw away. Change starts at home, ya know. And as they will soon learn, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. thinkplaycreate.org
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Shaun White’s Latest Trick
This season’s must-have at the skate park is a board, helmet, scooter, or all of the above from the brand-new label, Shaun White Supply Co. Yes, the coolest skater we pretend to know has a product line. “We make what the first-time skateboarder would use,” says the two-time gold medalist who grew up skating in San Diego. “I want to change this aspect of the sport that everything is strictly for the pros.” Unlike some celebrity vanity projects, White was closely involved with the nuts and bolts of this line. “The king pins were too long, making it impossible to grind, so we made them more compact. We made the wheels bigger so they’re more forgiving—like a snowboard. We made the bearings roll so now they make you go faster.” But would he and his pro buddies actually use it? “I just won X Games on one of my boards! I wasn’t allowed to talk about it because we hadn’t launched yet,” says White. shaunwhitesupplyco.com.