Frankie’s Garage: The SF International Auto Show

sfas1601Besides the throngs of Holiday shoppers in downtown San Francisco, the SF International Auto Show is happening also.  We check out the rides and other tuner cars on display at the show.

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Vinyl Pulp #17: The Baby Fatts Gallery

bf003Vinyl Pulp goes to the Baby Fatts Gallery at Woot Bear!  The custom resin toy art dragon Baby Fatts created by Big C Art aka Colin Hoffman gets the star treatment by many artists in this custom toy art show.  We interview Big C Art and recap the event.

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Chocolate Ramen

chocolateramenFor Valentine’s time only, a ramen chain shop in Toyko is serving up a ramen dish with chocolate.  The base of the soup is a lamb broth mixed with slices of pork, onions, pepper and chocolate.

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Vinyl Pulp #10: KR Holiday Food & Toy Drive 2015

holidaykrcoverA few weeks back, the Kidrobot SF store held a food and toy drive to donate to local charities with artist J*RYU and cosplayer Vampy Bit Me.  Here’s the highlights from the event:

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Funko x BAIT Exclusive Bruce Lee Pop Figures

brucelee75funkoFunko known for it’s “pop” vinyl figures teams up with street brand BAIT for two Bruce Lee exclusive figures.  The first is the BAIT Exclusive x Funko POP Movie Battle Damaged – Bruce Lee (tan/black) and the second is the BAIT Exclusive x Funko x Onitsuka Tiger POP Movie Yellow Jumpsuit – Bruce Lee (yellow / black).

bruceleefunkobaitpop00Fans of Funko’s pop figures and fans the martial arts icon Bruce Lee will wanna grab these vinyls.

bruceleefunkobaitpop01MSRP:  $20.00USD each

Buy it @ BAIT x Funko – Battle Damaged Bruce Lee.

Buy it @ BAIT x Funko x Onitsuka Tiger Pop Movie Yellow Jumpsuit.

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bruceleebaitcollectionCan’t get enough of Bruce Lee things, then check out BAIT’s Bruce Lee collection of graphic tees, sneakers and other accessories!

For more, go to:  BAIT x Bruce Lee.

Frankie’s Garage: San Francisco International Auto Show 2015

IMG_0105This Thanksgiving weekend in downtown SF was the 2015 International Auto Show.  Most of the Retrenders team are car nuts, so we always make a point to check out the show, even though the LA or Detroit Autoshows get the better cars.

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Vinyl Pulp #5: SDCC 2015 SF Dark Sakura

baitsdccdarksakuraVinyl Pulp host “The Eddie” does a quick review of the SDCC 2015 Exclusive Street Fighter Dark Sakura figure.  He gives his pros and cons of this BAIT Dark Sakura release.

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Vinyl Pulp #4: Junko Mizuno’s Violet Soda Lady @ Kidrobot

kidrobotjunkomizunosodaladyAnother cool episode of Vinyl Pulp is out and this time we are at Kidrobot for the release of Junko Mizuno’s Violet Soda Lady 8″ figure.  The Violet Soda Lady was released in 2012 for a 3″ Dunny series.  Now, Kidrobot and artist Junko Mizuno go big with an 8″ Dunny Violet Soda Lady figure with some new accessories.

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SF Anime Festival & Cosplay 2015

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We’ve been a little behind editing many videos from various events we’ve attended this summer.  Here’s a quick recap of the SF Anime Festival & Cosplay in Japantown that took place on July 18, 2015.  The Ramen crew was there to see all the cosplay fun and meet-up with special cosplay guest Reika from Japan.

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Vinyl Pulp #2: Art on Guard Exhibit

wootbearlifeguardartshowOn this episode of Vinyl Pulp we visit Woot Bear SF where they join forces with Boundless Brooklyn and Outre for the Art on Guard: Lifeguard Tower Art Show.  This show featured over 40 different artists and their custom lifeguard towers.  Vinyl Pulp also interviews the man behind Outre apparel brand.

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Food: Eating in SF with Jesse Koide

pinkzebrasflogoThis time, Chef’s Night Out is in SF aka The City (Shot out to the Dubs!)  Munchies hangs out with chef Jesse Koide from Pink Zebra.  A Asian/Mediterranean fusion restaurant located in the Mission District.

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Free Comic Book Day @ Isotope Comics SF

16737615714_d1f35188a5_kThis past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and we went to one of the best comic book shops in SF – Isotope, The Comic Book Lounge.  And it was 10 year-old Ethan Castillo first comic book shop signing event.  This talented artist has a knack for drawing Marvel’s web crawler Spider-Man.

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Woot Bear: Toys Things & Art Exhibit

wootbearthingsjapanI bought a Mad Panda!  Welcome to the Woot Bear showcase:  Toys Things & Art Exhibit from Japan.  Woot Bear collabs with some of Tokyo’s top toy vinyl artists like Dehara Yukinori, Hariken, Konatsu, Mai Nagamoto, Mographixx, Refreshment Toy and Studio Uamou for this exhibit running through May 10, 2015.

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Anime on Display 2015

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Last Weekend our Ramen crew visited Anime On Display, an anime convention in Burlingame, CA. Here’s Eddie’s and Ramon’s take on the con:

Eddie from Ramen and a Half – Last time I went to AOD it was when it was still in San Francisco’s Japantown 2 years ago. The venue for this year was at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame (see our Capcom-Cup 2013 video here to see what the place looks like). Since Ramon and I have been to this venue before, we were curious to see how an anime convention would utilize the space. Capcom-Cup was centralized in one location, where as AOD used a lot more of the hotel space. There was a dealers room, several rooms for panels and anime viewing, and a game room on the other side of the hotel that also featured live performances. The convention itself was not crowded, it had just enough people where it always seemed lively. The dealers room was not too big either, a good number of artists and dealers with a few industry booths. Personally, I dislike crowded conventions so i enjoyed being able to move freely here. The game room had a great selection of games like Capcom vs Snk 2 and Street Fighter III 3rd Strike on arcade cabs and a selection of games on console.

My only complaint about this convention was the parking. The official lot filled up quick and when we tried to go inside, we were soon turned away and told to park anywhere else “at you own risk!” Safe to say, the parking attendant wasn’t very helpful. So we hunted for street parking around the corner but I ended up parking across the street in the private lots with many signs everywhere warning you of the potential of getting towed if parked here. Honestly, it was hard to enjoy the convention with the fear of your car getting ticketed or towed.

My favorite thing about AOD was their innovative registration system. Unlike other conventions with a cutoff date for their pre-registration, you were able to register for a badge at anytime before attending and you were able to pick it up when you arrived. This reminded me of websites like Target, Walmart or Best Buy that allow you to buy something online and get it in-store with same day pick up. It was really convenient and just made the registration process so easy!

One thing I will miss about it being in SF’s Japantown is definitely the food. It was hard to get food at this venue that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.  I hope in the future they will address the food issue. On a related note, the Maid/Butler Cafe had no food when I went but the servers there did serve tea and were really fun to hang out with. They would play games with their customers and just have a good time and talk to you as well. We were definitely treated like royalty. All in all, if you are looking for an anime convention that isn’t too crowded and just a nice place to chill plus meet some cool people, then this is for you.

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Food: Eating Oysters in SF

hogislandoystercoI love eating good oysters and this Munchies episode “In Shuck This” profiles right here in SF, Hog Island Oyster Co. and oyster shucker Anthony Rizzi.  Everything you need know, well almost about eating, farming and shucking oysters is in this episode.

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Martin Hsu Pop-Up Shop @ Woot Bear SF

martin_hsu_woot_bear_popup_storeLocal artist Martin Hsu has over the years developed his own personal unique art style.  You can see it in his paintings, drawings and vinyl toys.  And this Holiday season, if you’re looking to see his art and want to buy his art in person, check out the Martin Hsu Pop-Up Show @ Woot Bear.  Woot Bear is a neat toy art shop located in the heart of the Richmond District, 147 Clement Street in San Francisco.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2014 SF Auto Show

SFAS 057Maybe you’re tired from the turkey feast of yesterday and the insanity shopping of today, but we at Retrenders, the ones that have an auto-fetish spent the day at the 2014 San Francisco Auto Show.  The SF Auto Show also showcased the Auto Salon, you know, the rides with the crazy bodykits, big wings and wheels low to the ground.

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Frank Kozik’s Woot Bear Grand Opening

wootbeerIf you’re into collecting vinyl art toys, then there’s a new player in town.  Located in the Richmond District in San Francisco, is artist Frank Kozik’s new shop Woot Bear.  Our Ramen crew caught up with Frank during the opening.

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LRG x TRUE SF Pop-Up Shop

lrgtruecoverIconic street brand LRG teams up with local San Francisco outfit TRUE to open up a special pop-up brick & mortar store for a month, starting this Saturday October 18, 2014 through November 15, 2014.  The pop-up shop will be located on 1429 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA and LRG has lined-up special events like clothing exclusives and guest signings.

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The First Chapter of “A Challenge” by Jeremy Arambulo

 

bruceleecomiccoverAttention Bruce Lee fans, martial art fans and online comic fans, check out the first chapter of “A Challenge” by artist Jeremy Arambulo.  This online comic book series is inspired by the true story of Wong Jack Man, the rival of Bruce Lee.  The backdrop is San Francisco, the year 1964, set in Chinatown, “A Challenge” revolves around 3 friends Frank, Jack and Nancy.  Their lives begin to change after meeting the legend Bruce Lee.

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How Ramen Noodles Are Made :)

ramenfestivalGreat timing, our Ramen crew today will be at the Jpop Summit Festival here in San Francisco’s Japantown and will also be at the Ramen Street Festival for some yummy ramen eating fun.  Here’s a look at how ramen noodles are made.

 

Black Scale Baseball Jerseys 2014

blackscalejerseys201400I’m the kind of girl that likes wearing baseball caps and, of course nice comfy jerseys when I don’t have dress-up for night out on the town.  The Black Scale QS Summer 2014 Baseball Jerseys just hit the Black Scale stores this past week.

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Target Style – Summer Surf Collection

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Target’s Mossimo Supply Co. is dropping their limited-edition beachwear with a San Francisco touch.  Artist and avid surfer Jeff Canham spins his surf-inspired designs in this Mens and Womens beach collection from graphic t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, towels and bags.  Target takes us inside Jeff Canham’s SF office – The Woodshop for the inside look.

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A Look @ the KR x Snoop Dogg 7″ Vinyl

snoopdoggcoverIconic hip/hop rapper and leader of the G-funk movement Snoop Dogg is now “Dunnified” with this Kidrobot 7″ vinyl figure.  Our Ramen host “The Eddie” takes an in-depth look at this Snoop Dogg figure.

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KOZIK x Kidrobot: Lore of Labbits

smorkin labbitsThe Ramen interviews Frank Kozik at Kidrobot SF release and signing event for his Lore of Labbits and Blister packs.

For more info, go to:  Kidrobot – Frank Kozik – Smorkin’ Labbit.

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