Responsible for resurrecting a brand known for its sporting heritage, the Renault Alpine Vision Concept is the rare "concept" that's more of a prototype; a sneak peek at a real life vehicle. The lightweight coupe is powered by a mid-mounted, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for a 0-62 time of just 4.5 seconds. On the exterior, it features twin round headlights, generous air intakes, large rear wings, and diamond turned wheels, while the two-seat interior is a high-tech mix of leather, microfiber, aluminum, and carbon, the better to match the electronic TFT instrument panel. Built in Dieppe, France, its production descendant will begin to arrive at dealerships next year.
Set in a string of row houses in Ho Chi Minh City's New Urban area, the Cocoon House maintains the original home's sloped roof silhouette while reimagining it as a modern abode. Extra space at the front and rear of the house afforded a garage in front and a kitchen/garden area out back, which is partially covered to create a terrace for the master bedroom above. It takes its name from the veneer of ventilation blocks that were installed on the old balconies at either end, adding both privacy and security while creating a green space for nature to enhabit.
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Carrying a bow and quiver slung across your back looks cool — provided you're in a movie. In a real-life survival situation, it's far from ideal. The Xpectre Survival Bow gives you the same ability to hunt for food without looking like Legolas. It has a collapsable design with detachable fiberglass/resin filled limbs and a fiberglass riser with a arrow rest, fits neatly inside the included pouch, comes with three arrows, and requires no tools to assemble or break down. Includes a manual covering hunting techniques, survival skills, processing game, and preserving meat.
Originally released in 2008 to mark the 12th Anniversary of Stone Brewing, Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is back for a special encore bottling. Due to a worldwide hop shortage in 2008, Stone brewed this stout to showcase the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate as opposed to the usual hoppy bitterness to mark their anniversary. Brewed again to celebrate Stone's 20th anniversary this year, it's a treat we never thought would see store shelves again.