Where to Shop Handmade Jewelry from Indie Artists Online

September 26, 2014 12:02 pm

Whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring or simply looking for something sparkly to add to your own jewelry collection, pieces from indie designers exude a unique quality that sets them apart from the rest. These handcrafted jewelry items are often made in more environmentally friendly ways, and they usually cost much less than name-brand jewelry. Here are three great online sources for indie bling.

Since it first opened the doors of its Brooklyn brick and mortar store almost 10 years ago, Catbird has been one of New York City’s most popular destinations for unique, affordable jewelry from independent designers. Now the shop also offers an expansive online store that allows web surfers to shop its signature dainty gold necklaces, stackable rings, and engagement rings at all price points.

Etsy is democratizing the way that jewelry is sold by enabling independent designers to set up their own shops through the site’s online marketplace. Whether you’re searching for woven friendship bracelets or hammered gold rings, you’ll find it all via the simple search tools.

Bario Neal
Although many jewelry companies obtain their diamonds through the diamond trade, Bario Neal uses only ethically sourced stones and reclaimed precious metals that are cruelty-free and eco-friendly. This Philadelphia-based jewelry boutique and studio sells engagement rings, pendant necklaces, enamel bracelets, and much more.

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Try Something Sweet at Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato

September 23, 2014 12:10 pm

Bethesda's popular Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato specializes in combining old-world techniques and locally sourced ingredients to produce some of the freshest and most flavorful gelato.

Chocolate and coffee fans will adore several different variations of the dark, rich flavors, while fruit lovers will clamor for strawberry, blueberry, and other fruit flavors. Dolcezza also produces many creative and unique flavors like creamy avocado honey or citrusy lime cilantro. Whatever flavor you end up choosing, be sure you sit down to enjoy in Dolcezza’s comfortable and rustic shop with its vintage tile work, exposed brick, and polished wood. Note that flavors rotate as local ingredients move in and out of season, so be sure you visit this Bethesda hotspot year-round to sample the menu's full variety.

Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato
7111 Bethesda Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-9226

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Making a Pie? Here Are the Best Apples for Baking

September 19, 2014 12:01 pm

Not all apple pies are created equal, and a large part of your pie’s taste depends on the type of apples that you use. While some apples lose their flavor, others are simply too tart for a sweet pie. Don’t fret, because this list of the best apples for baking will steer you in the right direction the next time you decide to put your oven to use.

  • McIntosh. McIntosh apples are some of the most popular apples for baking because they have a tender flesh that quickly turns soft and juicy when heated in the oven. They also offer the perfect combination of sweet and tangy tastes, which is essential for a great apple pie.
  • Granny Smith. Granny Smith apples offer a bit more of a bite than most, and their firm texture stays in tact even in heartier recipes. No matter how many other seasonings you use in your dessert, this type of apple can hold its own.
  • Honeycrisp. This lesser-known apple is very large and crisp, which makes it ideal for caramelizing or baking for long periods of time. These apples are often used in tarts or other dishes in which the apples are directly exposed to the heat of the oven.

Types of Apples: The Best Apples for Baking, Cooking and Eating [Eating Well]
The 3 Best Apples to Use for Baking [Bon Appetit]
12 Great Apples for Baking [Midwest Living]

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