La Carmina’s new travel TV host demo reel. Female television presenter clips, Travel Channel, Food Network, NBC.

November 10, 2013 at 20:46 | Posted in Press, Videos | Leave a comment
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La Carmina’s new TV hosting reel (2013 clips) is out. Watch her travel TV host reels and work, in Tokyo Japan and worldwide. Appearances include Oddities, Bizarre Foods, Kawaii TV, The Doctors, The Today Show and Fashion TV.

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La Carmina (www.lacarmina.com) is a prominent Japan / Goth/ Alt subcultures, travel and style blogger, TV host (Bizarre Foods, Oddities Taboo, Kawaii TV), journalist (Huffington Post, AOL, CNN), coolhunter, and author of 3 food books (Random House, Penguin) — including Cute Yummy Time and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo.
Her influential blog has a passionate following and is featured in major media (New Yorker, LA Times, Washington Post). Journalism work includes: CNN, Huffington Post, AOL, Business Insider. She heads a coolhunting firm that provides consulting and TV hosting/arranging chiefly in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School.
La Carmina is flown worldwide to speak and attend events, including press trips to Dubai, Maldives, Eastern Europe, Phoenix, Macau, Mexico, Hong Kong. She has a large online following, with a popular site that she began in 2007. Speeches include Social Media Week, PRSA Travel & Tourism conference, Mediabistro Summit.
La Carmina has years of on-camera travel TV hosting experience (Food Network, Today Show, Travel Channel, NHK Japan, Dutch Pepsi, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, Discovery, National Geographic, CNN). She also hosts and produces her own travel video series for AOL / Huffington Post.  See her TV reel!
For more, please visit: http://www.lacarmina.com/bio.php
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Travel television presenter, TV show host demo reel. La Carmina travel TV hosting video clips.

November 7, 2011 at 09:27 | Posted in Press, Videos | 1 Comment

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LA CARMINA: pop culture / travel / fashion TV host (Travel Channel, Food Network, CNN), popular blogger, author of 3 books (Penguin USA and Random House), designer and journalist for AOL Travel / Huffington Post.

Click to watch her NEW TV hosting reel. Television clips include: Travel Channel, Canal + France, Discovery/Fuel, Today Show, NHK, CNN and more.

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TV HOST: La Carmina has appeared on The Today Show and co-hosted an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, which airs in 75 countries. NHK Japan filmed two documentaries about her work; recent TV hosting and arranging credits include Food Network, Dutch Pepsi, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, Belgium TV, Norway TV, Fuel / Discovery / National Geographic, and CNN International. Presenting reel:http://tinyurl.com/lacarminatv

TRAVEL SHOW: She hosts, writes, arranges and field produces a “Coolhunting America” travel TV show for Huffington Post / AOL. La Carmina travels and scouts out underground attractions and bizarre subcultures, starting with Wisconsin. First episode – http://t.co/9JAgu3J

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COOLHUNTER : She runs a trend consulting / TV hosting and arranging company: La Carmina & The Pirates. The crew specializes in Cool Japan, cosplay, Goth, burlesque, LGBT, Jpop fashion, music, art and youth subcultures. (http://lacarmina.com/pirates)

BLOGGER + JOURNALIST: Her popular blog – http://www.lacarmina.com/blog– has been featured in major publications (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD, Cosmopolitan, Vogue Italia, LA Times). She is a travel and pop culture journalist for CNN, and Huffington Post / AOL. She’s flown worldwide for appearances and press trips, and was one of the 40 world’s top fashion bloggers to be flown to LuisaViaRoma’s event in Italy.

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AUTHOR: She’s written 3 books about Jpop culture for major publishers (Random House, Penguin USA). These include Cute Yummy Time (about decorating food to look adorable) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (maid cafes, cat cafes, vampire and ninja restaurants). La Carmina is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School. More about her books:http://www.lacarmina.com/books.php

FASHION DESIGNER: La Carmina designs clothing with various fashion brands. She recently released the HOPE t-shirt collection, and Soho Hearts Swarovski panda necklace, with funds going to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims. More: http://www.lacarmina.com/main.php
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CONTACT: For more info and to work with her, please visit La Carmina’s website – http://www.lacarmina.com

EMAIL – gothiccarmina at gmail dot-com – Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/lacarmina – Facebook – http://goo.gl/GlD8 + http://goo.gl/HKmB

– Blog – http://www.lacarmina.com/blog

Travel TV host, hosting reel: La Carmina fashion journalist, top style bloggers. Luisaviaroma Firenze4Ever in Italy, designer brand modeling photos.

June 29, 2011 at 19:47 | Posted in Press, Videos | 1 Comment

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La Carmina was recently flown to Florence, to take part in Luisaviaroma Firenze4Ever (event for 40 top fashion bloggers from around the world). You can see photos from the cocktail party and styling lab fashion blog.

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La Carmina and popular style bloggers.

Above is my updated TV hosting reel. As you may know, I specialize in travel, fashion, and subcultures; credits include: The Today Show, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, NHK Japan, Dutch Pepsi, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, Norway TV (NRK), Belgium TV (VRT) and CNN International.

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La Carmina and the Pirates, my coolhunting and consulting business, has been busy lately. Naomi and I have been helping stores buy wholesale from Japanese Goth Lolita Punk brands, consulting on creative projects like NHK’s Kawaii TV, helping bands find concert venues in Tokyo, and even tour-guiding a a Japanese client around California. We’re also working on various TV shows as hosts and fixers (local production coordinators).

If you’re interested in hiring us as consultants, connectors, TV hosts/fixers, or anything in our fields of expertise, please don’t hesitate to contact us for rates and more info.

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Many travels ahead… and tons of coverage to come from Hong Kong and Italy. I also recently released a charity T-shirt line, with proceeds going to help Japan. You can see photos and find out more here. Thanks for supporting!

XXX LA CARMINA XXX
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HIRE A JAPANESE TV ARRANGER, PRODUCTION COORDINATOR, TRANSLATOR, ON-CAMERA HOST & GUIDE. COOLHUNTING FIRM.

October 6, 2010 at 22:41 | Posted in Press, Videos | Leave a comment

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Ahoy, me hearties! Ye be ready for a jolly announcement? I’ve officially launched a Japanese alt / trend consulting business with my friends: La Carmina & The Pirates. Translating, connecting, coolhunting, arranging for TV crews — we do it all.

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As you know, I’ve been working as a TV host and “fixer” (scheduling TV shoots) in Japan for some while. So my First Mate and I decided to set up a proper website to showcase our experience and services. Naomi Rubin is fluent in Japanese and a pro at scheduling/negotiating, making her the ideal mate to steer this ship. Her many talents included designing the handsome Pirate Basil logo!

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Why hire La Carmina & The Pirates?
† We’re active participants in alternative youth subcultures: including cosplay, Goth, burlesque, LGBT, Jpop culture.
So we’ve got the insight. Connections. Professional experience. We’re experts in Japanese trends, language and business formalities.

What can we do for you?
† Japan is notoriously difficult to access and film. As local production coordinators (fixers), we’ll take care of shooting permits, logistics and negotiations.
† La Carmina is a colorful TV host, author of 3 books, and popular blogger. As an on-camera guide,she can conduct interviews and speak knowledgably about trends.
† We’ll reach out to famous designers, artists, bands and fashionistas to be in your project.
+ We will promote your company to our large social network and blog audience worldwide.
† Cool hunting: we provide insight into underground cultures and trends.

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No pirate ship is complete without a Crew. Naomi and I work with reliable team of “pirates” that provides expert insight and access.

You can watch a reel of La Carmina’s TV hosting and arranging experiences above and here. These include CNN, NHK, Today Show, Anthony Bourdain No Reservations, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Dutch Pepsi. Full clips of all videos are on the new Pirates site.

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Please take a minute to visit the new La Carmina & The Pirates website – we can’t wait to hear what you think.

Can you think of any companies or individuals who might want to work with us? Please let us know, and keep us in mind for future projects!

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July 17, 2010 at 22:54 | Posted in Press, Videos | 2 Comments


I compiled a reel of my travel TV hosting work, which you can see above and on YouTube. It includes CNN, Travel Channel Bizarre Foods, NHK, Today Show. I have more TV / hosting gigs in the works — very excited! If you’d like me to work with me in any capacity, shoot me an email.

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I can’t say enough nice words about Andrew Zimmern, host of the Bizarre Foods TV show on Travel Channel / Discovery. You may recall that I was his guide to weird theme restaurants in the Tokyo episode. I was amazed to see that in his Chow and Again blog for Mpls St. Paul Magazine, Andrew Zimmern gives me a shout-out: “My friend Carmina (her friends get to drop the La when addressing her royal hipsterness) pimps us out on her blog and if you don’t subscribe to this woman’s Facebook, blog, and Twitter feeds you are really missing out, kids.”

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And then he takes the niceness even further in his Travel Channel blog! Andrew discusses the Tokyo episode and says it’s too bad the show changed its focus from strange subcultures — “exotic alternative lifestyles like La Carmina and her posse” — back to bizarre foods. As a result, the episode had to be re-tooled a lot of our footage was cut.

Andrew Zimmern laments: “I wish you could have seen the original program in all its glory. For example, the theme restaurant act was not originally about the restaurants, it was about the people that I dined with. Cross dressing, fetish party going, club crazy, hipster chic and phenomenally great company, La Carmina and her friends adore Tokyo because it’s the world’s trend setting capital, a city where you can be whatever you want.

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Speaking of eccentric fashion and theme restaurants… I did an interview with Hong Kong food website Asian Palate. I talk about how I became a foodie, and the oddest Tokyo theme restaurants such as “bonsai-shaped cake delivered by ninjas.” You can read the full interview here and after the jump. (And there’s more about my Theme Restaurants book on this page.)

I uploaded a recent TV segment on YouTube: “La Carmina interviews Rituals Gothic designer Kenzo-A about the evolution of Harajuku fashion for CNN. They shop along Takeshita Doori and visit Takuya Angel’s store to try on clothes. This segment appeared on the Tokyo episode of CNNGo TV and aired on CNN International.”

If you like the episode and want to see more, please subscribe to my YouTube channel — many more on the way. You can see photos and the entire CNN TV show in this post.

FOR MY DAILY PHOTOS AND WORK UPDATES, please visit my main La Carmina blog, http://www.lacarmina.com/blog

CUTE YUMMY TIME COOKING DEMO ON NBC TODAY SHOW! JAPANESE CHARACTER BENTOS, CHARABEN INSPIRED RECIPE BOOK FOR PARENTS, KIDS.

November 14, 2009 at 07:07 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time, Videos | Leave a comment

A new day, a new video: my NBC Weekend Today Show appearance! I talk about character bentos (charaben) in Japan and the healthy approach to cooking in my book Cute Yummy Time. Then I demonstrate two cute food demos, which turn a fried and hardboiled egg into chick critters! For behind-the-scenes photos of the 30 Rock Today Show studio, check out this post. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel as I have more videos in the works!

Can’t wait for my LA book signings at the end of November (event details here). Hope to see you there.

CUTE FACED RAINBOW CUPCAKES VIDEO. ADORABLE PANDA & BEAR FACE DECORATIONS WITH CANDY AND ICING.

September 22, 2009 at 08:25 | Posted in Videos | 3 Comments

Paperlilies posted a video, exhibiting her homemade cupcakes that are cute inside and out! She used a rainbow cake recipe, which gives the interior a psychedelic swirl. She turned the surface into the faces of Japanese-style bears and pandas with icing and candies. There are more photos of the cupcakes on her Flickr.

For more cute cooking, you can investigate my new recipe book Cute Yummy Time (out Oct 6). Also check out tons of cute cooking demos on my YouTube (please subscribe — much appreciated!)

CUTE CUPCAKES VIDEO, RECIPES FOR MAKING FAIRY AND HOBGOBLIN CUPCAKE DESSERTS. FUNNY JAPAN COOKING TV SHOW, CREATIVE FOOD DECORATION.

September 15, 2009 at 08:41 | Posted in The Book: Cute Yummy Time, Videos | 1 Comment

Four words. New. Death. Cookbook. Video.

La Carmina and Kojin, the inflatable bear / kitchen god, challenge the southern transsexual Cotton Bale to a Cute Cupcake Duel. Who will prevail: hobgoblin or fairy cupcakes? Will Kojin make it out of Japan alive? This hilarious video was filmed in Tokyo and includes full recipe demos. Stay tuned for the bloopers and extras.

I think this is the tightest episode yet. Can’t wait to make the next one! What was your favorite part of this video? What would you like to see on the next Death Cookbook episode?

For more cute cooking, you can investigate my new recipe book Cute Yummy Time and visit my main blog. All of the previous episodes are here (please subscribe to my channel — much appreciated!)

ADORABLE CUTE COOKING RECIPE FOR PIGGY FACE BREAD! CHILDREN LUNCH IDEAS, JAPANESE BENTO DECORATION CHARABEN TREND.

June 26, 2009 at 16:09 | Posted in The Book: Cute Yummy Time, Videos | Leave a comment


Hoorah! I’ve uploaded a new “cute cooking” video (and my favorite one yet). Here’s a sneak peek at a recipe from my upcoming cookbook, Cute Yummy Time: adorable whole wheat piggy bread. As always, Basil Farrow makes a cameo and the soundtrack is picked by Ronan.

You can pre-order and learn more about my upcoming book Cute Yummy Time (October 09, Perigee/Penguin USA) here. Thanks for watching; I can’t wait to hear what you think of the video!

WHOLE WHEAT PIGGY BREAD
from Cute Yummy Time by La Carmina
Makes 8 pig faces

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar or equivalent in stevia/agave
3/4 cup hot water (about 175 to 200°F)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup egg whites
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves, for garnish
2 tablespoons peppercorns, for garnish
3 egg yolks

In a food processor, combine the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar. In a small bowl, stir together the hot water and oil. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually pour in the wet ingredients until the dough begins to come together in a ball.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until elastic, about 5 minutes. Cover the dough and let rest for 10 to 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and prepare the filling, if desired. Roll out the dough until 1/8-inch thick. To make the faces, cut the dough into 20 (3-inch-wide) circles with a cookie cutter or the rim of a mug. To make the snouts, cut the rest of the dough into 8 (1-inch-wide) circles with a cookie cutter or bottle cap. To make 16 ears, cut 4 of the larger circles into quarters.

To make a pigs face, place 2 larger dough circles on top of each other. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in between, if desired. Brush the edges with egg whites and press together to secure.

Brush 1 smaller circle and 2 ears with egg whites and press onto the pigs face. To make the nostrils, press 2 rosemary leaves lengthwise onto the smaller circle. For the eyes, press 2 peppercorns above the snout. Brush the pigs with egg yolk.

Place on the baking pan, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are crisp.

Soundtrack: Sister Mayo – Love Tropicana and Swingfly – Singing That Melody (soundtrack to the video!)

CRAZY JAPANESE TV COOKING SHOW: DELICIOUS RECIPE, MISO COD AND MUSHROOMS.

April 11, 2009 at 07:33 | Posted in The Book: Cute Yummy Time, Videos | 1 Comment

More yummy Japanese food with a Gothic Lolita girl and cute inflatable bear! Here’s Episode 2 of Death Cookbook. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, my blog feed / Feedburner and join my mailing list!

 

HOW TO USE

Write down the name of a recipe and close the book. When you open the book, a recipe from the realm of the gods will appear.

THERE ARE 3 CATCHES…

– One, only those who touch the cookbook can see Kojin and use the cookbook.

– Two, you can only make one entry in the cookbook every 24 hours.

– Three, once a recipe appears, you have 24 hours to gather the ingredients and successfully make it. If you don’t, you will turn into a hungry ghost.

EPISODE 2: MISO COD + SHIITAKE SHIRATAKI

2 black cod steaks

4 tablespoons brown miso paste

1 tablespoon organic honey

1 tablespoon mirin (sweet sake or Japanese cooking wine)

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

– Combine the ingredients, spread on both sides of the cod and marinate for 30 minutes.

– Preheat oven to 425 F. Sprinkle the cod with the sesame seeds. Wrap in foil and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the center is cooked.

6 fresh shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons tamari (wheat-free Japanese soy sauce)

1 cup seaweed shirataki noodles

1 tablespoon oil

– Stirfry the ingredients until heated through. Serve with the cod.

Mmm mmm, now I’m craving for more! What would you like to see in the next episode?

– Purchase Japanese bento boxes, cute decoration items, egg molds and more  from my online store!

– To submit photos of cute food you found or made, click here.

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