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The Low Down – STMT X USA


We barely crossed over the mountaintop when the trees stopped and the mercury climbed. Hit the desert and the first thing we need? Ice cream. Problem was, we couldn’t find it. Our phones failed us, showin’ no results. Only thing we could find was froyo. Froyo? Hell no. ICE CREAM. 


 

Know how we found it? The local visitor center. Old school, lo fi. Walked in, asked the lady at the desk. She pointed us down the road. We walked for close to an hour, but then we found it, an oasis in the desert. Local, homemade ice cream – dozens of flavors, dozens of options. (Most popular item on the menu? Extreme Bullz 101, a cray-zay mix of Monster Energy drinks and flavored syrup. Hello, college town!). Hen got salted caramel ice cream – I got strawberry, real, FRESH strawberries mixed right in.

What soon became the M.O. of the trip – ditch the smartphones, ask the locals. Which always happens when we’re abroad. But back home, whether you mean to or not, you rely on that handy little internetz in your pocket. Why ask someone when you can ask Google? Why rely on one person’s opinion when you got the collective opinion of Yelp?

Because that one person knows the local hot spots. People know the holes-in-the-walls, the authentic places, the cheap places, the places everyone goes to on a Friday night when they want to get some serious grub on.


 

After lazin’ all day in the sun, exploring the desert, hangin’ in our yurt (YES, a YURT!), we wanted easy, simple, and in-yo-face delicious dinner. Our phones told us the only dinner restaurant nearby was a fancy four-star place. Oh, but ask the awesome wine guy where he’d recommend? A Mexican grocery shop/deli, a 15 minute drive away. Was it THE best pork torta I’ve ever had in my life? Hard to say. Top 5, for sure. 

Next day, same thing – asked the gal at the front desk where we could get some ice cream. She gave us directions to another Mexican place, off a side street in a quiet part of town. (AKA, NEVER would have found it on our own). Behind the counter were homemade popsicles, and in the back were women whippin’ up more ice cream. (We chose coffee ice cream, that day. In case you’re keepin’ tabs.) 

Since old school became the theme of the trip – old school HAD to be the theme of the goods. We went with gear that reminds us of old-school camping supplies (or #glamping, in our case) – the classic green of the memo pad, the official ‘click’ of the pen, the honkin’ big metal clip holding all the goodies you pick up on the road. (Sage. We wanted to bring back ALL THE SAGE.) 

Yurt Life is a state of mind – and its home turf is summer. Take your goods and find an adventure. Ask the locals. Eat lots of ice cream. Tell us the flavors. 

oxxo, Laura

 

(STMT X USA Sourcing Trip - photos RAD AND HUNGRY)

The Hunt is on! The clue :: The Columbia Gorge was used by Lewis and Clark to reach the Pacific. Correctly name the country that Lewis and Clark explored – and tell us your fave adventurers – and we’ll put your name in a drawing to be Champ tomorrow, at 9am PDT.
 
Tweet your answer to @radandhungry, or post to Facebook. Champion of the Hunt wins a custom kit filled of awesomeness sourced from the July 2014 source country.
 
(photo RAD AND HUNGRY)

The Hunt is on! The clue :: The Columbia Gorge was used by Lewis and Clark to reach the Pacific. Correctly name the country that Lewis and Clark explored – and tell us your fave adventurers – and we’ll put your name in a drawing to be Champ tomorrow, at 9am PDT.

 

Tweet your answer to @radandhungry, or post to Facebook. Champion of the Hunt wins a custom kit filled of awesomeness sourced from the July 2014 source country.

 

(photo RAD AND HUNGRY)

WORLD CUP + WORLD TOUR

When’s the last time you fell in love? Do you remember the moment? Was it when you spied that person from across the room? When that hook kicked in on that song? When you took that first bite?

I remember the day, the exact moment I fell in love with football (not the American version, although we of course got Seahawks love!). June 5th, 2002, 6:04pm in Suwon, South Korea. Team USA stunned the world when O’Brien scored US’s first goal against Team Portugal, the favorites to win their group. No one expected the US to score, let alone score 3 goals. Against all odds, USA beat Portugal, 3-2.


World Cup 2002 USA vs PortugalRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Korea Kit

USA’s win over Portugal remains one of the biggest World Cup upsets ever. I didn’t realize the impact till later, sitting at a bar drinking with USA fans from all over the world. People kept shouting that I didn’t and I couldn’t understand how huge the win was, how important and impossible the win was for US soccer. MLS was 7 years young, Seattle didn’t have the Sounders, and the idea of top international players coming Stateside to play in the MLS was a pipe dream (Villa!!!).

12 years later, I’ve beaten my own set of impossible odds – I’ve watched soccer in 9 countries and visited stadiums in another 4. The World Tour doesn’t just feed my love of office supplies – it feeds my love of football.

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Ecuador KitRAH World Tour - Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador’s national team secured their spot in World Cup 2002 at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa.

RAH World Tour - Milan, Italy at San SiroRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Italy Kit

One of the best-know stadiums for any football fan – San Siro!

 

Hilarious and super rad - In Extremis photo series! Italian photographer Sandro Giordano creates the ultimate face plant, over and over again. 

 

(via designboom)

Vevu Clicquot’s Mail Collection?! Who doesn’t want a bottle of fancy bubbly delivered in beautiful and clever packaging?

 

Drooling over the Clutch – it resembles an everyday office envelope AND holds a bottle of bubbly. Rad! And the Mailbox? Super cute. Would it be too much, too cray-cray if I used the Mailbox for my mailbox? The Envelope and Express seem a bit boring compared to the other designs but I still think they’re amazing. Boxes dolled up with vintage stamps and international postal labels? Hellz yeah!  

 

(via designboom)

We’re not reppin’ one country this month… ‘cause we’re reppin’ World Cup! That counts, right? 

 

I rarely remember the names of stadiums I’ve visited and have never wanted a souvenir of one. But these posters of World Cup 2014 stadiums by Portugal-based artist and architect Andre Chiote make me wanna start a collection. Super lovin’ his bold, clean graphic style. 

 

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Crazy cool vessels made of pencils from Finnish designer Tuomas Markunpoika. Always blown away when someone can take a pencil, a daily diet good, and transform it into something far from basic. 

 

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Marc Johns speaks our language. Ampersands, boomboxes, mixtapes, and airplanes. Hellz yeah we’re down with Marc! 

 

(images Marc Johns)

MINIMALIST MAGIC

FrankensteinAlienJawsEdward ScissorhandsFahrenheit 451Bonnie and ClydeDraculaThe Man Who Would Be KingThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Paper in various weights and textures manipulated to create movie posters. Magic, yes? Love this genius from Spanish design firm atipo.

 

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Thought the Seahawk’s plane for Super Bowl was gangsta. But it’s got nothing on Team Brazil’s World Cup plane! Tricked out by the talented Brazilian duo, Os Gemeos.

 

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