The Black MXRKT Tradeshow was the first one of its kind in Central, Florida. 17 local brands collected in Downtown Orlando for the first underground tradeshow. This event was put together by GCGC and Ed (MXRKT) with support from Culture Climax, Lazy Afternoon, NXLabel, and Spacebar.
"Juliette" by 2NES UNOe.
This is a character portrait of our expected daughter, Juliette. To all our followers that don’t know yet, we are expecting a baby girl this Fall 2014. We were blessed with this custom artwork at our baby shower and have been in love with it ever since. We adore this piece and have it framed in our home. We will have stickers available soon so stay tuned. Big shoutsout to the homie 2NES UNOe for the timeless art.
From the kitchen with love,
Chef & Mona
Congratulations to the homies over at Modern Hiero in San Francisco for the successful release of their premier issue of Modern Hieroglyphics magazine. This 150 page book is a collection of artwork and interviews of some of the world’s dopest urban artists and graffiti writers. The premier issue features interviews by magazine co-founder, Chor Boogie, and other artists including Nils Westergard, Blame One, Noah Scalin, Deb, Pez, Shaka, Well Dressed Vandals, and Meres One of the Mecca of graffiti, 5Pointz. Also an in depth interview with Andre Power, art director and co-founder of Soulection label/radio.
This magazine is honestly one of the dopest we’ve come across. We are excited for the future of Modern Hieroglyphics and just grateful to be a part of it. I can’t wait for the next issue. Be sure to order your copy now for only $12 at ModernHiero.com
From the kitchen with love,
Chef & Mona
Orlando has always been an art city, but the street art renaissance has been a colorful wave of imagery. Today we decided to tour the Mills 50 District and shoot some of the newest murals by Orlando’s dopest artists. These are only some of the gems around Mills 50 District. We encourage everyone to get up, get out, explore, paint something, and take a picture of it. Shoutsout to Boy Kong, Timmy Dub, Earl Funk, Andrew Spear, Chris Tobar, and other.
From the Kitchen with love,
Chef & Mona
What is GCGC?
"Cultural Lifestyle Blog and Brand."
"We’re coming out of Orlando, FL. We’re just an embryo and we’re all growing together."
How did GCGC come about?
"Well I’m a chef. I’m a full time chef and definitely a foodie at heart. and also I’m very into street wear. And I wouldn’t call myself a Hypebeast but a ‘Hypechef’ if you will. Like I love the taste. And from my palate to my clothing. Its part of the culture and lifestyle to kinda spotlight things that we think is dope from food, restaurants, to events such as this, to community barbecues that we throw for our demographic."
How long has GCGC been running now?
"Like a year."
How can people get ahold of your products and see your videos on YouTube?
"Mainly if you go to GoodCooksGoodCrooks.com that has everything. That’s our weekly blog post and updates, and its also where our volumes of episodes and cover stories that we’ve done on locations, new menu tasting items, on car shows, anything. YouTube.com/GoodCooksGoodCrooks and @GoodCooksGoodCrooks on Instagram"
Also, I know you had a part in bringing the Black Mxrkt Tradeshow into fruition, can you tell us about how the idea for The Black Mxrkt Tradeshow came about?
"Okay so me and Ed, Ed from Mxrkt, were at the NXLabel Barbecue, and we saw so many heads that were fresh. People were def like on the latest street wear trends and a lot of people were doing their own thing. So we figured, “How come no one has a following here?” Even people that have online sales, like internet buzz, they have no local following ya know? An example: Biggest and Baddest. They do have a local following but its not where it should be. We have a coast, no disrespect to the Fresh Coast, that is monopolizing on street wear. Through every fucking mall, every state, every region of the nation. So why can’t we have our own? And like at least come together. So I think its like synergy, or you know we’re all like here working together. This is also just an embryo and its only going to get bigger and better. And we’re traveling to Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville. This is just a seed , we’re planting trees."
So be on the look out for more Black Mxrkt events.
"For sure. Like 100%. We’ve been thinking about planning the second one before this one even came."
The South Florida homie DJ Sokane rockin the Good Cooks Summer Tank while visiting Eddie Huang’s Baohaus in NYC.
“This 100% cotton, white tank top is ideal for staying fresh in this hot summer weather. This tag-less and shrink free garment give it the perfect combination of comfort-ability and durability.”
Cop a tank while supplies last
The “Rush Hour” tee, presented by Good Cooks Good Crooks. This shirt was inspired by none other than our favorite movies, the Rush Hour trilogy. This high quality all cotton tee definitely makes for some fresh and comfortable street wear.
The image on the front is a screen shot of Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) pointing a gun at Juntao (villain), “I’ve been looking for your sweet and sour chicken ass.” On the back is “Good Cooks” in the Rush Hour theme.
Order while supplies last.
Our very own Mona Lee has produced another masterpiece with her CULTURE CONDUCTors. Collaborating with some of Central Florida’s dopest dancers they have come together to bring you “dancin”, a freestyle, contact improve, on the spot choreo video that really shows the art in dance videos.
The homie Boy Kong is a one stroke wonder. Peep this flawless take on his “Tiger Sumono.”
Central Florida getting fresh and familiar. The Black Mxrkt Tradeshow is a launching pad for Florida streetwear community. We welcome bloggers, street wear enthusiasts, wholesalers, print shops, boutiques, teenagers, and of course other brands. This is a FREE EVENT - ALL AGES.Brands: Biggest n Baddest - Penny Brave - Roll Whiteboys - MXRKT - Hari Kari - Bury All Rival Styles - The Hemp Club - Barbarica - and more…
Last fall we had the pleasure of interviewing the artist Boy Kong at his Death to Daydream exhibit at the City Arts Factory in Orlando, FL. He gave us a personal tour and his own perspective on art. He also blessed us with a 1 of 1 Boy Kong original artwork. Thanks Boy.
Support local art.
Three weeks ago NXLabel and The Daily Entree brought to us the 2nd annual “The BIG BBQ” in Kissimmee, FL. This event was made possible by a collaboration of local, Orlando brands and creatives. All the homies and supporters came together to kickback, network, enjoy good music & free food supplied by none other than The Daily Entree. NXLABEL did an awesome job putting the whole event together. The GoodCooks are now here to bring you the footy if you [unfortunately] missed out. Don’t worry, though. I’m sure there will be a third.
Shoutsouts to NXLabel, The Daily Entree, Big Makk, Mxrkt, Five Tie City, Pranksticci, Tantra Music Group, DJ Dee Kid, One North Orange, HGM, One North Orange, Art For The Pain, and Feddi Family.
Be cool and stay hungry,
Chef & Mona.
After visiting with AKT Enterprises, we were starving.. But we don’t settle for Subway when we can try something new. On the way home, we found a spot called, “Hubbly Bubbly”. Attracted to the interesting choice of font & modern-chic exterior structure, we decided to try it out. Greeted with clean wood floors & walls, the smiling faces behind the food bar prepared our bowls “Chipotle style”; all ranging from selections with their in house hummus, falafels, fixings that included spanish cheeses, lentils, etc. We ordered the lamb & steak salad bowls. The greens were tossed in olive oil, parsley, lemon & onions, sided with tzatziki. We got mazel tots as our appetizer & baklava fingers as our desserts. We’ve tasted baklava before, but this simple recipe of crispy, flaky & sweet phyllo dough, filled with ground-up pistachios & honey honestly impressed us.
Signing out satisfied & ready for a nap,
Today the Good Cooks visited AKT Enterprises to meet with our homie Rich of Styxxx & Clones clothing. Rich is a quality control specialist at AKT and was glad to give us a full tour of the warehouse. Of course our visit was for more than just a tour of the facility, we will actually be working with AKT Enterprises for the Good Cooks Good Crooks brand and online shop coming soon.
Shoutsout to the homie Rich for the tour. Look out for some new goodies coming soon.