How Lupin Stole my Heart

Picture it: A brand new series with a dark-skinned main character that’s set in France. Not convinced? Might I add that this is finally a show that isn’t centred around morbid gang violence, slavery or addiction (let’s take a break from watching black trauma, shall we?) ; it’s fucking refreshing.

Lupin gets the ball rolling with an origin story like no other. A young Assane Diope’s (Omar Sy) father is accused of stealing an extremely rare and EXPENSIVE diamond necklace from his employers.  Completely dishonered and consumed with guilt from this senseless, untrue accusation, Diope’s father commits suicide while serving time in prison–or so we think. Assane decides to spend his lifetime planning the revenge of the century and uncovering the truth surround his father’s death with determination and skill that even Michael Jordan would kill for.

The show is a modern-day version of a collection of novellas called Arsene Lupin. Drawing his tact and cunningness from this fictional character, Assane literally becomes Arsene; the gentleman thief and master of disguise.

With four short episodes, Lupin opens your mind and swallows it whole. Watching this show as someone with the attention span of a toddler, I can confirm that I lived on the edge of my seat. I’ve never been so enthralled and excited by a show since Desperate Housewives. Viewers are taken on a world wind of action-packed fight scenes, mystery solving, a good old game of cat and mouse, and the art of lying and stealing.

Whether the protagonist Assane Diope is a villain or a hero is entirely up to you to decide. Personally, I could never be upset by a story that features a black man center stage, set in France that is stealing from the white people that have wronged him and his father. Just in time for black history month? Child, please. Everyone can see a bit of themselves in Lupin. Whether that’s the quest of a vigilante, the topic of discrimination and the justice system (specifically in Europe), or the magic that you can only find in a fictional novel–it’s all there.

Directed by Louis Leterrier and Marcela Said, Lupin brings out something truly special here. I think they truly had the perfect idea to unveil this show in a time where travelling and social interaction isn’t accessible (well, it shouldn’t be. Stay your assess home lol). This shit will grab you by shirt collar and literally drag you into TV Land. It is all consuming.

I don’t want to spoil you guys with too many details; this is the type of show you just absolutely need to watch yourself.

Heads up:

The show is entirely in French, so turn on those subtitbles if needed. It lowkey turned me off from watching the show at first, but 10 minutes into the show I didn’t even care anymore.

Season two of the show comes out this summer.

I swear by Lupin, I might even have to get myself some copies of Arsene Lupin for my own scheming!

Anyway, that’s all for now, babes.

Restaurant Review: Le Petit Vibe

Being cooped up in my tiny duplex for five months during self-isolation has given me travel FOMO like never before. I’ve been itching to book a flight to a beautiful tropical destination, lay out in the sun and experience authentic cultural cuisine. The next best thing since as my travelling options are limited? Restaurants.

Due to limited social interaction (fuck you Covid-19 for interfering with my bag), Le Petit Vibe is not allowing customers to dine in just yet, so my boyfriend and I ate in the car (but they will be reopening dining in two weeks’ time). Taking a look at the menu, it’s so very easy to spot the Hawaiian and Filipino influence in not only the artwork and designs used, but the dishes offered. Each plate is accompanied by a photo of the country of origin’s flag. With affordable prices, vegan options and sides of rice, macaroni salad and veggies, there is something for everybody at Le Petit Vibe!

We started off our food baecation with The Hawaiian North Shore Shrimp, which according to the host, was shrimp fried in a garlic sauce. Crispy, golden brown, and served on sticky white rice, the shrimp were subtly spiced. The saltiness from the garlic butter met beautifully with the gentle sweetness from the macaroni salad. This pleased me because even though mac salad seems like the easiest side to make, most people would be surprised by how badly it can come out. A good macaroni salad does not overpower the main meal, it should not be too watery or too sweet. Le Petit Vibe finds a harmonious balance, bringing flavour and comfort with this simple side. Another important notice I took from Uptown’s hidden gem was the freshness of the food when our second meal was brought out. The Loco Moco is a traditional Filipino dish of a beef patty adorned with an egg and gravy on top. That patty was fresh off the grill, and it was steaming! I don’t know about you, but one thing I can’t stand is an undercooked or overcooked patty. Beef is such a thick food that I often find myself fighting with it to eat and enjoy it. Le Petit Vibe’s Loco Moco was cooked to perfection and the beef was so soft that it almost melted in my mouth. Most of the seasoning came from the brown gravy paired with the fried egg, which my Filipino-Canadian boyfriend blissfully reminisces as homely. These dishes are humbly priced at 14.99$ CAD (North shore shrimp) and 13.99$ CAD (Loco Moco), so grab your choice of the many sodas offered or a bottle of Red Tiger beer as a drink. Still hungry? Le Petit Vibe’s got you on extras! Indulge in their musubi spam (a spam sushi), lumpia (Filipino spring rolls) or grab a dole whip (pineapple sorbet) for dessert.

If you’re looking for a cool place to take your food vacation and listen to good music, look no further than Le Petit Vibe. You will be swept off your feet by their warm staff, quality ingredients, and spices that bring a modern twist while preserving Hawaiian and Filipino culture. Le Petit Vibe is currently closed due to maintenance issues, but it will be up and running again in no time.