Gods and Monsters – Orlando, Florida

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Date: 12/29/16

Time: mid-afternoon (after our stop at Soupa Saiyan)

Where: Gods and Monsters in the Artegon Mall

Address: 5250 International Drive STE E8, Orlando, Fl 32819

Their website: Gods and Monsters

Rating: 5 out of 5 skulls

We initially planned to go jump at the indoor trampoline place in the Artegon Marketplace.  We had just eaten and decided to walk around first.  We saw many neat and interesting shops but God’s and Monsters was by far the most amazing store we’ve ever seen!

The staff were in plain clothing and were very friendly.  We encountered several of the staff members while we made our way around the store and eventually settling at the bar.  Honestly there are so many amazing geeky/nerdy things in this store it’s difficult to know where to begin.

How about Predator and Aliens?

As we journeyed around the enormous store we noticed these amazing replica displays everywhere.  The store has a very unique quality about it.  It’s like a museum but a museum that is for sale.  Almost everything we saw was for sale.

The prices in the store were comparable to the quality of merchandise you were purchasing.  Are things expensive?  If they are super awesome you had better be ready to lay down some cash.

If I ever win the lottery….this store is not safe for my wallet.

 

Remember the “Garbage Pail Kids?”

I had a ton of these cards.  One of my best friend’s is a

derby dame and is named for one of the Garbage Pail Kids.

So much nostalgia and geekery in one store!

Spiderman and Iron Man!

Slimer!!!    “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!”

These two….they kill me!

Just hanging out with Deadpool!

Gundams and Street Fighter.

Zoltar is probably one of my favorite pieces in this shop.

I don’t even know how to begin to describe this display.  There is so much going on but somehow it all makes sense.

I regret I didn’t get the painting above the display captured in the photo.

Going from top to bottom the things that really stand out to me are E.T., Rocky, Ghostbusters Monopoly, Bill Murray in GB, Stay Puff (the large one and the tiny one), the GB figurines below and Jaws.

The Bar

Can anyone name this movie?

Yes, they serve alcohol!

The counter of the bar was made up of these awesome B-movie cards sealed in acrylic.

How many characters can you name?

 

Soupa Saiyan Restaurant – Orlando, Florida

 

 

Date: 12/29/2016

Time: During Lunch

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls!!!

 

Outside:

Soupa Saiyan is located in a small plaza at 5689 Vineland Road with a few other restaurants and small businesses.  The parking was decent but we were not able to park directly in front of the restaurant. We parked in front of the Grill restaurant. It was clean outside and I loved the sign for Soupa Saiyan.

 

 

Inside:  There was so much to look at that it took us a minute to get to the front and order.  The decor was pretty basic but awesome.  Most DBZ fans would love the decor and honestly initially I’m sure that’s what most people come for.  We were no different.  We went in understanding the food theme but really we went to seethe DBZ stuff and totally geek out.

The restaurant is small.  It seems like a tiny hole-in-the-wall type restaurant.  Often these types of restaurants are the best.  As I look around the room I can see tons of Pop DBZ figurines, models,and action figures behind the glass partition around the kitchen.  Above nearly each table is a flying Nimbus that changes colors.  The walls are a hue of orange and the walls feature DBZ posters.

 

I also took time to visit the bathroom.  I will honestly say I was disappointed with the lack of DBZ memorabilia in the bathroom.  There was one single picture.  However, to my relief the bathroom still looked amazing, well kept, and very sanitary.  The bathroom honestly looks like you’ve stepped into another world because it is so different than the rest of the restaurant.

 

Menu:  The menu is simple and is mostly a mix and match ramen restaurant.  First you choose your broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable).  Then you pick your noodles (rice, egg/ramen, or Udon).  The day we were there they were out of the egg/ramen noodles.  After you pick your noodles you choose 2 items from the next section (veggies, chicken, shrimp, rare steak, fish balls, squid,and more).  You can add extras like a fried egg or lobster tail.  You can also choose from one of their custom soups like the Fire noddles.

Rufo, his sister, and myself all ordered different soups.  My soup consisted of Chicken Broth,Udon Noodles, Veggies, a fried egg, and Shrimp.  Rufo’s was rice noodles, vegetable broth, fish balls, and veggies. His sister’s dish consisted of beef broth, Udon noodles, rare beef, and veggies.

 

 

 

 

 

We sat down at a larger table near the glass partition while we waited for our soup.  On our table you could find napkins, spoons, chopsticks, and condiments like: Siracha, Soy Sauce, and Hot and Mild Chilies.  They called Rufo’s name and we were served 3 huge bowls of soup.

Price: $9.50 for each soup and an extra $2 for my fried egg.

 

Taste:

Kiva’s: I initially tasted the soup prior to adding seasoning so I could enjoy the base flavor.  The broth tasted like chicken and was sweet from the carrots.  The vegetables were perfectly cooked and were still crispy.  The shrimp was perfect and not over-cooked.  The noodles were chewy and perfect.  I sliced open the fried egg spilling the yolk into the soup.  I stirred the soup to incorporate the flavors.  The best addition to the soup was the cilantro.  After doing my initial assessment of the flavor I chose to add soy sauce and Siracha. The addition of these 2 flavors made the soup amazing.

Rufo’s: I also tasted his soup which consisted of vegetable broth, rice noodles, veggies and fish balls.  The initial flavor was sweeter than I expected. The noodles were light, the broth was well seasoned, and the veggies were cooked very well. The fish balls were small and cut in half.  They were breaded and fried balls of white fish that remained remarkably intact in the soup.

 

 

Sister’s:  Siracha and chili paste had been added prior to my opportunity to taste her soup.  Her soup consisted of beef broth, udon noodles, beef strips, and veggies.  The Siracha and chili paste were excellent additions.  They left the soup well seasoned with a bit of a bite to it.

 

 

 

Overall: Initially we went for the decor but we fell in love with the soup.  I fell in love with it so much that for my NYE/Birthday Party I choose to do an Asian Hot Pot.

I created a soup with chicken, beef,  chicken and seafood stock, garlic, scallions, cilantro, seasoned nori sheets, firm tofu,udon noodles, mushrooms, carrots, and zucchini.  Everyone loved the soup and enjoyed hearty portions.  The leftovers were even better the next day.

 

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