Food: The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook Tour

missionchinesefoodbookcoverThe wacky star chef Danny Bowien did a cookbook tour this past year for his “Mission Chinese Cookbook” by Harper Collins.  Munchies goes behind-the-scenes with Danny on the book tour and a look at the yummy food.

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Food from the World of Harry Potter

3broomsticksrestaurantWith the official launch The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016, a must stop is the 3 Broomsticks restaurant.  Butterbeer!

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Enter the World of Harry Potter

harrypotteruniversalstudioscoverI have fond memories of family trips to LA for spend a weekend at Universal Studios and Disneyland.  Now you don’t have to go to Florida to check out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  This past week, special lucky visitors of Universal Studios Hollywood got see World and rides in the Harry Potter-themed area.

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Grizzly Griptape Spring 2016 Lookbook

grizzlyspring2016droponeI’m looking forward to Spring weather.  This winter has been cold!  With Spring right around the corner, SoCal apparel brand Grizzly drops their Spring 2016 Lookbook.  If you’re looking for inspired outdoor skate wear and sporty comfy attire check out this collection.  Delivery One has just dropped and look for Grizzly’s Drop 2 by late February 2016.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Petersen Automotive Museum in LA

museumpetersenJust newly remodeled and rebuilt is the iconic car museum in Los Angeles, CA – the Petersen Automotive Museum.  Car fans who love cars and enjoy the history of cars should plan on visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum.  Here’s a time-lapse video of the brand-new building:

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Anime Expo 2015 Vlog Series

animeexpo2015logoEven though this Retrenders got the big rejection on getting press credentials for AX, that still did not stop us!  Since Ramen host Ramon Angel has never been to Anime Expo, we grab some friends and a mini-van (that really helps) and took a road trip down to SoCal for AX 2015 this July 4th weekend!   Since our fresh camera operators Johnny Moreno and James Navarro couldn’t make the trip, we will do a Vlog series of videos on AX 2015.  We’ll give our opinions, thoughts, reflections, highlights and whatever else is on our mind, so check our AX Vlog Playlist on our Retrenders’ YouTube channel!

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Art on Guard: Lifeguard Tower Model Kit Art Show

AoG002NYC-based Boundless Brooklyn known for it’s cardboard DIY lifeguard towers, water towers and billboard sign kits has teamed up with SoCal apparel brand Outre for the Art on Guard exhibit.  The event held at toy art shop/gallery Woot Bear in SF had over 40-plus artists customizing their own Lifeguard Towers.

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Food: Healthy Soul Food

mytwocentsThere’s such thing as gluten free Soul Food?  This is what LA restaurant My Two Cents does.  Munchies’ coolest show Chef’s Night Out interviews chef/owner Alisa Reynolds and her night out in LA of eating and drinking with friends.

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Food: Foie Gras in Downtown LA

faithflowermeatAnother Chef’s Night Out in Downtown LA and this episode is all about Foie Gras, well mostly.  Munchies takes the town with chef Michael Hung of Faith & Flower.  Chef Michael talks about his food passions and his favorite spots to eat with friends.

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Food: Colombian Meal in Korea Town

escalalogocoverEating Colombian food in K-town LA.  Say what?  Yupe, have a Colombian meal in Koreatown.  On this episode of Chef’s Night Out they take a look at Escala restaurant and interview chef Chris Oh.  Chris also takes viewers on a Korean food adventure in K-town LA.

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Ice Cream Sandwiches and Tika Poutine in LA

badmaashIf you ever find yourself in downtown Los Angeles, and instead of turning to Korean or Mexican food, grab some Indian food.  In this fun eating episode of Chef’s Night Out, we get an inside look at Badmaash restaurant owned by brothers Arjun and Nakul Mahendro along with their dad chef Pawan Mahendro.  And you get to know some other neat drinking and eating spots in downtown LA.

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The Loyal Subjects x Transformers Wave 3

laserbeakI remember buying The Loyal Subjects (TLS) x Transformers Wave 1 blindboxes, because I’m a sucker for anything G1 Transformers related.  The vinyl figures were decent and it looked cute.  Since the 2013 Wave 1 release, TLS have upped the ante with their Wave 2 release with more points of articulation, accessories, sounds and lights.  Now with this Transformers Wave 3 released the vinyl figures move a little like action figures and have cooler signature weapons related to the character.  Some figures have light up LEDs or sound effects.

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Y&R x Valfré Capsule Collection

llsecollectionStreet brand Young & Restless partners-up with artist/designer Ilse Valfré for this limited edition capsule collection.  If you’re a Wreckless girl looking for a splash of color and fun outfits, then check out this Y&R collection sold only on-line.

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Comikaze Expo 2014: Ramen & a Half interviews Stan Lee

Comikaze Expo - Ramen and a Half meets Stan LeeOnce we arrived at Comikaze Expo we were christened by the powers of great opportunities and got an interview with Stan Lee! He’s a pretty busy guy these days, especially when everyone at Comikaze Expo wants to meet him…but who wouldn’t want to meet the man that gave birth to the pop culture of comics. With this great opportunity, our one and only “The Eddie” got to ask Stan Lee a couple of personal questions about the man and his comics.

Food: Strip Club Fried Rice and Tex Mex

nightmarketsongThis episode of Chef’s Night Out follows chef Kris Yenbamroong on a night-out in LA’s Silverlake District.  Kris owns restaurant Night + Market Song delivering his own take on Thai food.

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Dwell on Design LA 2014

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Our special guest host Anett Mende takes on the biggest modern home/office living event Dwell on Design LA 2014.  The 3-day design showcased over 2,000 products and our Spotlight crew highlight products that caught our attention.

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Dwell on Design LA – June 20-22, 2014

dwellondesignThis week is Dwell on Design LA at the LA Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.  The home living/modern design hipster chic event will take place from June 20-22, 2014.  Our Retrenders Spotlight will be back in action to cover the 3-day event and bring all the cool stuff from Dwell on Design LA.

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Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Art Show

hellboyevent20Are you fan of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy?  If you are, Hellboy celebrates 20 years with this awesome art event in SoCal.  The 20th Anniversary Art Show kicks off tonight – May 2, 2014, from 7pm-10pm @ Hero Complex Gallery (HCG) in Los Angeles, CA.

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The Best Swap Meet for Geeks: Frank & Sons

Frank & Sons 00When I lived in Los Angeles, I had friends always telling you got to check out Frank & Sons.  One of friends got tricked into going thinking it was an Antiquing event, boy was he wrong!   If you need to get that baseball card, back issue comic book, or Transformers toy then head to the best swap meet on the West Coast – Frank & Sons!

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Five Knives with “The Future”

Five Knives - The FutureHere is the Five Knives music video – “The Future.”

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2013 Varsity Black Holiday Drop 1

bvdrop1Are you looking for sporty lifestyle graphic tees for fashionable family members and friends this Holiday season.   Well, SoCal-based sports apparel company Varsity Black just released their Holiday Drop 1, featuring lots of graphic tees with logos.

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Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2

crazy4cult2coverOne of the best pop-culture art galleries here in the States is Gallery 1988 located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.  Since 2007, Gallery 1988 has showcased their own annual “Crazy 4 Cult” series celebrating the magic of movies.  With each year passing, the “Crazy 4 Cult” art show draws large crowds and stars in Hollywood looking to snap-up movie-inspired art pieces.  Titan Books releases a new volume Crazy 4 Cult:  Cult Movie Art 2 which collects various art pieces from the series.

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AX 2013: Captain Falcon & Crew!

captain falcon and crewFrom Anime Expo 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, we interview 3 cosplayers – Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus and Fox McCloud. We also hit-up downtown LA for the Anime Expo after-party at the Exchange. The drinks were on and the bass was pumping.

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Space Mountain Behind The Scenes

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There are many rides at Disneyland and one of the most iconic roller coaster rides is Space Mountain.  Disneyland fan blog – ImagineeringDisney.com was able to dig up some behind-the-scenes construction of the Space Mountain ride in 1974.

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Classic Martial Arts Film Posters

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Like the Wu-Tang Clan, as a kid growing up I saw many kung fu flicks with gravity defying kicks, flying swords and super speed punches.  And if you are in the LA area, The Academy of Motion Picture & Sciences is showcasing classic martial arts film posters from Bruce Lee to Kill Bill.  This huge 800 film poster collection & related materials was donated by producer & screenwriter Stephen Chin in 2011 to the Academy.  This exhibit will run through August 25, 2013 and it’s FREE.

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