9aug15. Brussels, Belgium.
1~ Portillos. A Chicago staple. Started in 1963 as a hot dog stand. You could say it’s grown. They say “Get the hot dog, the Italian Beef, and the chocolate cake!” I tried 2 out of the 3.
2~ Lou Malnati’s. A Chicago Pizza institution. Many consider it as having the ‘best deep dish’ in the city. It was gooood…
5~ Chicago Diner. This was recommended to me as a brunch spot and a place to eat a bit healthier. Mostly vegan. Delicious and prepared with care. I got the Chilaquiles. Yum.
Pioneering French street artist, graphic designer, comic book author, video director, designer/collaborator of specialty items for Swatch, Adidas, Coke Light, MAC Cosmetics, Warsteiner (and more!) and all-around superhuman, Fafi, can now add ‘restaurateur’ to the list of her epic accomplishments.
I first met her briefly in December 2013 in Miami, Florida, when she was a featured artist for “The Women of Wynwood Walls,” where she contributed a unique floral installation and a trademark Fafinette sporting a fez and high heels.
As I mentioned, it was a brief encounter, but the essence of her humanity shone through. She’s hyper-intelligent with a great sense of humor. She gives off a comfortable sense of being alone in a crowd. At the same time, she can be as subtle as a train wreck. For example, watching her install flowers on a gate in Miami, one naturally conjures up ideas of simplicity, purity, beauty, and innocence. Step away from the piece and one discovers the word “SALOPE” strategically placed within the colorful arrangement. I assumed it meant “pretty flower,” or something to that effect, in French. Fast forward two months later whilst studying French in Vancouver, I learnt that it actually means “SLUT.” Needless to say, the piece took on a whole new meaning after that. Such is art.
In addition to continuing to lead the life of a highly accomplished artist, Fafi alongside one of her dearest friends, Heidi, has opened Miss Banh-Mi, an incredible new Franco-Vietnamese fusion restaurant in the heart of Sentier. For two years, Fafi and Heidi sold their Banh-Mis at events like “We Love Green,” “Calvi on the Rocks,” and “10 Years of Ed Banger” ~ all the while pleasing the populace with delicious Vietnamese sandwiches and gaining enough momentum to eventually open the doors to their dream on January 29, 2015.
Restaurant Miss Banh-Mi
5, rue Mandar
Open daily for lunch 12-2pm (except Mondays)
Brunch on the weekends 12-530pm
Open for dinner from March 5th: 6-10pm
Métro : Sentier, Etienne Marcel, Réaumur – Sébastopol
Sites : http://missbanh-mi.tumblr.com/
All photos by me except where expressly written.
All opinions are my own.
Research for post: parisworldwide.com, sergeantpaper.com, doitinparis.com, the little margarita.wordpress.com
4mar15. Written in Kiev, after a weekend in Paris.