Melbourne Toy and Comic Con

 

The Melbourne Toy & Comic Convention is a small, family-friendly con located in Melbourne at the Auditorium.  This convention is held twice a year.  Rufo and I have been to the last 2 (October 2016/March 2017).  On both occasions we’ve had the pleasure of talking to George Lowe (better known as the voice of SpaceGhost and other popular animated voice characters).

On both visits we’ve spent significant time talking to George and listening to his witty banter with other con-goers and vendors.  We always are sure to purchase a signed print off of the table and get a picture with him.  If  you are in the area and are a fan of the show or any of the other shows he’s worked on I would advise you to stop by his table and have a chat.

This con features a small game and kids room, a few workshops and talks.  The bulk of the con is the vendors.  If you are looking for comics, toys, or POPs then you’ve come to the right place.  Both times we’ve acquired some new art.  This time we purchased the signed print from George Lowe, 2 Spiderman prints, Edgar Allan Poe – Raven, Tesla, and Ash v the Evil Dead print.

It isn’t an expensive convention so it’s a great way to waste a Sunday.  There are always neat things to buy.  I picked up a 3D puzzle of a praying mantis.  I haven’t had time to assemble him yet.

If you are in town for the next convention, stop by – geek out a little.  🙂

Kid-A-Palooza – Kona Luau 40+ Food Trucks!!!!!

We had a lot of fun at Kid-A-Palooza/40+ Food Truck Event.  This event was held at Wickham Park in Melbourne Florida.  We did not bring any children for the Kid portion of this adventure but we did bring our appetites.

Entering the event looked like a cross between kiddie and foodie heaven.  On the right for as far as I could see were giant inflatable bounce houses and slides.  The kid in me was secretly dying to go have a jump. lol!  On the left circling all the way around until they met the bounce houses on the right were the food trucks.  Food trucks as far as the eye could see.

We decided to try to amp up our appetites by checking the vendors that had been placed creatively in the middle of the area between kiddie and foodie heaven.  Of course most of the vendors catered to children or parents.  There were a variety of activities for children to do while they were there or for them to sign up to do later.  There was a booth filled mostly with reptiles but also a few not often seen mammals.  There was also an awesome surf board/skateboard booth.  After we had finished looking at each booth we decided it was time to plan out our lunch.  What to eat?

There were so many choices.  We started at the entrance and moved clockwise around the arena.  We had looked at the list of trucks before we left so we could have an idea of what we wanted.  In the benefit of interest we still decided to do a full lap around carefully looking at each truck to be sure we hadn’t changed our minds.

 

Rufo stuck with his original decision and tried PizzaCone.  They basically make eating pizza ultra portable by shaping the dough into a cone and filling the inside with pizza sauce and toppings.  Rufo choose bacon and pepperoni.  I had a few bites and it was amazing.  I almost went back to purchase another one.

I had originally planned on purchasing ceviche from one of the trucks.  I changed my mind when I read the words “Bacon Fried Rice”  on the front of Samson’s Grill.  We’ve all had pork fried rice of course….but this….this was bacon fried rice.  I also had my choice of either Teriyaki chicken or Bourbon chicken.  I decided on the bourbon chicken with bacon fried rice and an egg roll.   Everything was amazing and delicious.  Typically I don’t each much in one setting but I cleaned the plate.

We had a lot of fun and great food.  Can’t wait until the next food truck event!

 

Philly’s Finest – Restaurant Review

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls

Date: 2/26/17

Time: Lunch

Who: Me, Rufo, and Sister.

 

 

 

 

These potatoes are amazing.  Tator tots covered in bacon, cheese, and ranch. I’m sure if you eat too much and they may live up to their name.  They taste amazing and everyone enjoyed them.  I ended up taking a small portion home and was good after I re-heated it in the microwave.

 

 

 

 

This is my favorite sandwich from Philly’s Finest.  It’s a chicken steak, with onions, and peppers, prosciutto, some sort of cheese, and it’s all soaked in a balsamic reduction.

I can’t even bring myself to try anything else.  I could only finish half and took the other half home.  It was amazing!  I ended up eating the other half early this morning after teaching my 2:30 am class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rufo ordered the large Philly Cheese-steak with Sharp American, Banana Peppers, and Mushrooms.  Large is the same length as the small but it’s loaded with meat.  Can you see the other untouched half a sandwich on this plate?  I don’t even know how he kept the meat on the bread.  He was able to finish half of the sandwich and part of the Cardiac fries and his Beck’s.

 

 

 

 

 

Sister had some awesome hot wings and a Beck’s and shared some of the Cardiac tots.  She finished her Beck’s and about half of the wings and took the rest home.  They were never to be heard of again.

 

The service at Philly’s Finest is AMAZING!  The guys behind the counter were super friendly and patient.  It didn’t take too long to get our order and to hear my name be called.  The Cardiac Tots came out last but they were worth the wait.

Once we were all stuffed I went up to the counter to ask for a box and he asked for me to bring him our plates and they would package it up for us.

It was just an awesome experience from start to finish.  Any blemish in the restaurant pails in comparison when it comes to their awesome customer service and super food.

Umami Restaurant – Melbourne, Florida

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls

Date/Time: 12/26/16 ~Around 4pm

Outside:  Older plaza, neat and tidy front.  Difficult to see if they are really open as they have very dark tinting on their front windows.  Once inside I realized why.

 

Inside:  When we arrived we were the only patrons in the restaurant at.  It’s a very small restaurant that seats about 25-50 patrons.  They have the lights dimmed low and hip popular music (many modern instrumental pieces of music) playing at just the right level.  The tables are lined with white tablecloths with your bowl for soy sauce, disposable chopsticks, and a silky black napkin folded origami style in what I believe may have been a swan or a crane.  The hostess walks us to our seat near the back which is very close to the sushi bar.  She lit a candle on our table which seemed a bit corny but it added to the ambiance of the restaurant.

We sat down and begin to look over the menu to decide what delicious dishes we will order.  The waitress comes back to obtain our drink order.  Rufo ordered an Orion beer that is from Okinawa.  He tells me this is hard to find.  It comes in a very tall amber bottle and a glass.  I couldn’t decide so she brought me a water until I had made my decision.

When we go out we typically order dishes to share.  We asked the waitress which dishes were best for sharing and she showed me the appropriate section of the menu.  We decided on a dish that included a few types of nigiri and sashimi.  The platter comes with soup our salad.  We chose the salad to share. We also ordered a seafood hot pot.  Finally I ordered a Lychee Sake (cold).

Rufo describes the Orion beer has a very light scent comprised of honey and wheat.  He says the  taste is that of a lighter dinner beer with a hint of honey.

The Lychee Sake was light, floral rice wine.  It smelled wonderfully of Lychee berries and made an excellent pairing with the nigiri and sashimi.

The salad was comprised of iceberg lettuce, carrots sticks, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and a delicious ginger dressing.  They give you a normal size serving which we split between us.  It was fresh and tasty even though it was very simple.  Despite the normal size it was perfect for us to split.  Rufo keeps telling me he had some sort of lettuce referred to as “mouse ears” in his salad.  I think that sounds a bit scary and I assure you there was no meat of any kind in the salad.

Our second course was a seafood miso hot pot soup.  The waitress brought us this amazing soup in a cast iron pot with a wooden lid and it sat on a wooden base.  She placed two soup bowls on the table with 2 spoons and a large wooden ladle for serving  The soup was comprised of  chunks of fish, shrimp, squid, calamari, muscles, tofu, tiny mushrooms, and the typical greens and broth found in miso soup.  She served us even proportions down to the detail of making sure we each had shrimp in our bowls.   The smell of the soup was heavenly.  As she lifted the lid from the pot my mouth began to water.  She served me first.  In my bowl I could identify a muscle, shrimp, chunks of eel, whitefish, calamari, tofu, and greens.  There were thin slices that may have been scallops but I’m not sure.  It was delicious and that was more important.

We had a bit of a wait after we finished our soup and when we received our plate of sushi.  So be advised if you order a large plate of sushi it may take a while as it is all made to order.

Our sushi platter was comprised of 6 pieces of nigiri (sashimi on top of rice), 8 slices of sashimi, one small plain tuna roll (6 pieces), as well as pickled ginger, and wasabi.  It’s the Chef’s pick as to what he plates for your sashimi and nigiri.  I’m not 100% sure what we received.  I can tell you what I can identify.

I could of course identify the small plain tuna rolls.  We ate those first and they were delicious.  They were perfectly rolled, the rice was wonderfully seasoned and the tuna had a delicate texture that seemed to melt in your mouth.

The nigiri appeared to be tuna, salmon, white fish, white fish, shrimp, and another type of light colored fish.  The unidentified fish was light in color and tasted similar to white fish.  All of the nigiri was very tasty.  I’m not a big fan of shrimp nigiri as it tends to dry out fast.  This was a little dry but still very favorable.  The delicately sliced pieces of sashimi on top of the perfectly seasoned sushi rice had amazing flavor and was like heaven in my mouth.

I hate to be repetitive but the slices of sashimi was also very delicate, fresh, and perfectly soft.  We could really taste all of the flavors of the fresh fish.  The pieces of sashimi mirrored what we received in the nigiri with the exception of the shrimp.

The staff was attentive to our table as well as the large party and the single take-out orders that came in while we were there.  Even with a table of 8 adjacent from us the ambiance of the restaurant was still relaxing and cozy.

While we were there a take-out patron sat at the bar waiting while he watched the Sushi Chef prepare his meal.  He began to ask the chef questions about his knives and skills.  The chef was happy to explain to him what the different knives were for.  It was nice to hear the staff engage with patrons in this manner.

I would definitely return.  I would order the seafood hot pot again but I’d love to try some of their other dishes.  Perhaps next time we can try different dishes to expand our experience.

umami menu

 

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We are a couple that reviews anything and everything we can.  We will review everything from items purchased online to local restaurants and food.

Kiva is a fun-loving, nerdy lady who loves gadgets, the internet, animals, and the outdoors.  My favorite food is sushi.

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