Frankie’s Garage: Renault Alpine Vision Concept

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Renault’s new concept to road car with heritage from the A110 sports car.  EVO takes a first look at French automaker Renault’s Alpine Vision concept.

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Food: Hmong Food, Pizza & Rice Wine in Vietnam

thehillstationdishChef’s Night Out latest episode goes abroad to Vietnam and treks to a distant Northern region in Sapa for some traditional Hmong/Vietnamese dishes with a mix of French cuisine.  Munchies interviews The Hill Station Danish owners Tommy Eggen and Soeren Pindstrup & chef Giang Phay about the unique restaurant and a night out on the town.

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BigWow Comicfest 2015: Cosplayer/Designer Marie-Claude Bourbonnais

Mortal Kombat - Frost - Marie-Claude BourbonnaisThis sexy French Canadian and professional Cosplayer became an online hit with her Mortal Kombat costume character – Frost.

Marie-Claude Bourbonnais has a background in fashion design with 16 years of experience. In her interview she tells us how she made it as a cosplayer, a model and a designer – and how she has to sometimes give her fans what they want – a little cleavage and sometimes nudity. “It’s a part of modeling and I wouldn’t be doing it if I wasn’t comfortable with it”, she tells me. She also tells me how latex became a costume fabric hit in the costume making world of cosplay… But what was it really used before that? The latex-fabric utilizing company that gave her the costume-making edge was Polymorphe.

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Hungry for Recipes: The Ultimate Hangover Sandwich

hameggchessebreadI got the hangover blues this weekend.  Okay, that 151 shot was a bad idea to end a Saturday night out, but I found this neat recipe at Munchies and I can make this!  The Croque-Madame aka The Ham, Egg & Cheese Sandwich.  Owner of Terrine restaurant in LA, Kris Morningstar walks us through this French sandwich dish.

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Student Animated Homage to Hayao Miyazaki

hayaomizakitributeThis animated-short Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux (Girls & Guys from Summits & Skies) was made as a final project by Gwenn Germain.  No dialogue needed, just watch the visual animated treat.

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Maison Kitsuné “Spring Shake” & S/S 2015

springshake2015mkcoverGildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki founded French clothing outfit Maison Kitsuné in 2002 and today is still at the top of their game blending together their “East meets West” sensibilities into the fashion world.  If you have a couple hundred bucks to spend on that Spring outfit, then take a look at the “Spring Shake” 2015 mini-capsule collection.

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ElevenParis Jeans Collection 2015

elevenparisjeansWhen the stars are rocking ElevenParis jeans, you know it’s HOT.  Brice Partouche (April 77) collabs with French retailer ElevenParis on a collection of jeans this year.  The “jeans team” took a back to basics approach in creating this denim collection.  Prices go for around $100.00USD and up to $150.00USD.

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Playmobil Toys set-to Classical Paintings

playmobilart00As a little kid, I loved playing with and wanted my parents to buy me tons of these German import toys called Playmobil.  Now here’s neat series by French artist Pierre-Adrien Sollier.  He takes these iconic Playmobil action figures and puts them in popular classical and contemporary paintings.

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Frankie’s Garage: Concepts & Hot Rides at the 2014 Paris Motor Show

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The 2014 Paris Motor Show kicks-off October 4 thru the 19th, and there will be plenty of hot rides and concepts cars.  But knowing me, if I was in Europe right now, I would be up in a little town called Munich for Oktoberfest drinking beer and eating all kinds of meats.  Now back to the topic at hand, the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris will showcase concepts and future offerings to the car buying public.  One wish, please bring the UK-spec Honda Civic Type R hatchback to the U.S.

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Japan Expo August 22-24, 2014 @ San Mateo County Event Center

 

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I cannot believe the summer season is closing and we’re getting back to school already!  So, one last anime convention to go to and that is Japan Expo.  Imported from France, this is the second year of Japan Expo (JX) and this time it will be held at the San Mateo County Event Center.  Our Ramen crew will be there to cover the event and highlights from the 3-day show.  Come on by and say hi!

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Cute Pandas taking over Hong Kong

panda 00It may just look like a cute Panda project and a nod to urban art, but it’s also to raise awareness about Pandas.  French artist Paulo Grangeon partners with WWF, PMQ and allrightsreserved plan to launch 1,600 Pandas in papier-mâché form onto the streets of Hong Kong.

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Snowpiercer 2: The Explorers

snowpiercer2After reading Snowpiercer 1:  The Escape, I said to myself, alright, for a French comic, this is not bad.  I enjoyed the post-apocalyptic tale and I was eagerly awaiting the second volume, hoping this would answer the many questions I had at the end of The Escape.  The original creator Jacques Lob passed away in 1990, and during that time Benjamin Legrand took on the reigns of writing the second chapter, while Jean-Marc Rochette returns handling the art on Snowpiercer 2:  The Explorers.

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Badass Fanarts: Pop Art with Attitude

tohad 00Looking for some fun dark humor pop art?  Check out French artist Sylvain “Tohad” Sarrailh’s Badss Fanarts page.

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Cool Street Art by Benedetto Bufalino

street 00Artist Benedetto Bufalino does art in away that says something about our world and a touch of humor.  And this is what we need as this crazy Holiday shopping stress, family madness and all out craziness, we all need a dose of Bufalino street art.

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Street Art by OaKoAk

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French street artist OaKoAk turns street signs, walls, bus signs and just anything on a street into works of art.

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Food: The Hybrid – Cronut!

cronut 00This donut is wildly popular in NYC, introducing the “Cronut” by pastry chef Dominique Ansel.  The donut uses croissant-like dough and then is fried and filled with vanilla cream.  You can find this tasty treat in New York City at the Dominique Ansel Bakery.

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Geek Out: Sega Master System Sofa

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The Sega Master System (SMS) didn’t get the props or sales numbers like it’s rival Nintendo Entertainment System during the 1980s, but I thought it had great games and graphics.  And I still have the system and it still works!!!  Here’s a one-off tribute by French video game blogger Subby-kun and his wife Subbinette.  The sofa is the main unit while the pillows make the two joysticks.

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Space Commander Sneakers

This video is pimping French sneaker label Feiyue’s new line of kicks.  The stop-motion video was done by Julien Vray.

Patrick Jouin’s Bloom Table Lamp

This is why we all need a 3D printer:

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Designer Patrick Jouin created this Bloom Table Lamp from a 3D printer.  What’s cool is that the lamp can “bloom” like flowers which act like a dimmer switch so you can control much light you want.

For more info and images, go to:  Inhabitat – Bloom Table Lamp.

For more of his works, check out his site:  Patrick Jouin.

French-Chilean Hip Hop Artist – Ana Tijoux

The French-Chilean musician, Ana Tijoux has been one of the most prominent independent MC hip-hop artists and has recently seen her popularity rise.  She built her reputation from the ground up in the independent music scene with her group Makiza, in Chile, in the 1990s.  Then in 2001, through some unforeseen moments in life, she decided to break apart from the band and the music scene all together, and went back to France.

It wasn’t until 2004 that she returned to Chile and connected with funk Chilean band Aluzinati, where she then became a featured artist in Control Machete’s album, Uno Dos Bandera, and worked on a soundtrack with Julieta Venegas. She even reunited with Makiza for a short time, but realized she really wanted to pursue a solo career.

In 2007, she released her solo album, Kaos, and she was nominated in Latin America’s version of the MTV Video Music Awards as Best New Artist.

In 2009, she released her 2nd solo album titled, 1977, which was a return to her rap roots and a homage to hip hop. The album was autobiographical and dealt with the complications she endured in life.

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No Spray Paint Need Apply for This Graffiti Art

graffitinospraypaintWater – Light – Graffiti by French artist Antonin Fourneau:

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Sandrine Estrade Boulet

It’s always nice to see an artist that can take the mundane part of life, something that we normally ignore, and turn it into something pretty, interesting, and funny. That’s what French artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet did.

I liked the way she described this in her own words, “To create a sensitive work that is fun, positive and totally disinhibited. Imagine spontaneous images than can make people feel good, putting a smile on their face: this is what really motivates me and amuses me.”

Sometimes an artists’ empty canvas can be difficult to start with, but to be able to take a mundane subject and turn it into a feel good art piece, that’s a very special talent.

See her artwork and other photos here – Sandrine Estrade Boulet.

Diet Coke + Paul Gaultier = Fashion Soda Bottle

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Diet Coke collab on a bottle.  It will not be sold in the US so get it on eBay.

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