happenings in life | MEGACON ORLANDO 2019

WARNING:: This will be severely a LONG post. Prepared to get more than what you can handle. Otherwise, carry on!

Yikes! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and if you happen to have stuck around, thank you.. sincerely from the bottom of my hearth. I know I said I would work on being consistent and it still has been a struggle as far as keeping to a schedule. Time really does get away and I do feel like I am trying to scrape as much memories and trying to be “present” in where I am or what I’m doing. Also, if you would like to hear more of any of the things that I’m doing, feel free to reach out to me! IG | Email | Twitter

Otherwise, I want to share all the things that has been happening in my life but I will have to cut it down in short snippets! If you haven’t checked out the my schedule, I’ve kind of written out the major events happening in life. It helps give me an overview as far as how life is based on some of these major events and in-between those time frames, you have responsibilities, work, and other minor details you have to add and fill in. May has definitely been one of the most busiest month for me and I’m trying to grind out my hardest because of what’s coming up in June!! Anyways, on to the better news!


MEGACON ORLANDO Orange County Convention Center, North/South Concourse

I’ve been excited to go to MegaCon this year because I finally convinced myself to get the 4-day pass. If you happen to be in Florida around the convention time, enjoy the hustle and bustle of cosplayers, artists or just want to catch a glimpse of celebrities, you should check out MEGACON. In the past, I would go with friends/significant others but would only go for 1 day and the experience has always been different just about every time. This time, I wanted the full ride. Honestly, I encourage you to grab the 4-day pass because this pass is worth the money. Even if you don’t go during the weekday, it’s still a discount for the weekend ($10 cheaper!)

This year, a couple of friends and I built up the courage to cosplay together on the weekend. I had an extra cosplay I wanted to do so I was able to do that during the weekday. I don’t know too much about the cosplaying world but depending how much work you put into it, it will translate to other cosplayers on your dedication. You can see it in the photos below! Be ready for a plethora of photos!! (covers eyes)


THURSDAY

Day 1 – “Took a good poop today” Pink Haired Girl

Thursday was short lived! People finished up their booths and it was nice to see all the cosplayers, even if it wasn’t saturated! Honestly, it was easier to approach them when they aren’t surround by photographers!

I adore family cosplayers! Curious George!

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Hela! This is an amazing cosplay!
(this also happen to be a common pose for me >.<)
Posion Ivy & Harley Quinn
(Look at those heels! Ah! Wow!)
Power Rangers in ACTION! ❤
Couple Cosplayers! ❤ (Scooby, Shaggy, & Velma)
I’m a sucker for Miyazaki art. I did not, however get this one.. T_T
Made her ENTIRE costume. Phew! The dedication!

FRIDAY

I attended MegaCon by myself on Friday. The experience is quite unique by itself. I’ve never cosplayed, and I’ve never went alone so it was a little bit nerve-racking. My hairclip fell off but they had a cosplay “hospital” and it was very neat how they had set it up. Pretty much had anything ready, whether it needed glueing, sewing up, patching up.. they even had sheets of how long certain glues dried on certain metals, or fabric..!! Just so much! They were quite helpful, although I did arrive after the “rush hour” so I didn’t wait at all. I was able to walk around and admire the booths, got to buy most of the artwork or items I wanted on my own time. Took lots of photos of other cosplayers. It was maybe annoying that if no one offered to take the photos of said cosplayer, I had to resort to a selfie mode, but I got over that. I attended some of the workshops, and panels that had that day. I also was able to go through the day without data on my phone. Haha, I suppose it was a challenge but I didn’t mind it as much.

I did stay tried and true to the character and kept the wig on ALL DAY. I had a couple people take photos with me and kind of identify who I was. Haha, the hardship of cosplaying an obscure character from an anime not as popular.

Day 2 – Megumi Tadokoro from Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma

I really enjoyed this anime and her character is one that I may be inspired by. She’s an adorable character that really tries her best in what she does, wants to help out her family and is inspired by her friends she’s surrounded with.

South Concourse End
Female All Might
Sophie and Gender Bend Howl
Ghostbusters
Raphtalia from Rising of the Shield Hero
Star Trek Fans: Uhura
Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn
*sighs* Not exactly what Satoshi Isshiki would have done but he did have the naked apron getup.
Teen Titans!
Gender bend Rapunzel, Belle in Westworld, Shazam
Shuri and Black Widow from Avengers
GOT look-a-likes
*confused* Just people with fun costumes!
Mortal Combat characters?
Ooh, this I know! Obi-wan!!
Hawkman and.. Hawkgirl?
Jane from Tarzan
Mercy from Overwatch
Justine from Persona5

Oof! As you can see, it was a lot easier for me to just take a photo of them instead of inserting myself with them. And check out those poses! The commitment and everything! I have no idea why it can seem so inspiring to me but I suppose it also shows that you do have to take a step out of that comfort zone to portray certain characters. Also, you can see that cosplaying has no age limit! It doesn’t limit you either. Even if you are in a wheelchair, it’s amazing what cosplaying can make you feel.

Quick shot of Will Savage

Heh.. shh! I didn’t realize what area I was in until I looked up and there was Ben Savage and Danielle Fishelle. I quickly tried to sneak a pic of both but I was only able to grab one.

..aaaaand! Since I was already in the area, I figured I could be like everyone else and grab a far shot of Zachary Levi. *shrugs* It was cute seeing him interact with fans. It really shows how dedicated actors/actresses are with their fans. It’s tiring work but I’m sure it’s worth it in the end.

Edreen from Winnipeg, Canada

Took the time to kind of chat a little with some of the artists. I’ve gathered that it takes a lot of dedication and believing in yourself to be in this field. It isn’t for the weak but if you are motivated AND passionate about your work, I suppose it pays off in the end. This is Edreen. He’s Filipino and it took him about 3+ years together to have all his pieces together. I was in awe. I ended up buying a couple of his pieces.

*sighs* more Miyazaki art…

FRIDAY

Day 3 – Ochako Uraraka from My Hero Academia

Heh, I’m still shy when it comes to posing so here’s the best one out of all the trials. I’m not particularly ashamed when it comes to my weight but I suppose when cosplaying is a factor, I immediately started noticing all my flaws instead of just enjoying the process. So here’s to learning to be uncomfortable and growth!

A very popular anime that’s been on the radar, My Hero Academia. Lots of people gravitate to this anime due to its popularity of different characters and people being able to relate to certain characters. I apologize in advance because I want to show all the amazing shots taken!

The gang! Ochako, Nana Shimura, and All Might
Mina Ashido
Izuku Midoriya
Katsuki Bakugo
Minoru Mineta
Present Mic
No. 13
Mei Hatsume
Fumikage Tokoyami
Shoto Todoroki
Yuga Aoyama
Tsuyu Asui
Denki Kaminari
Shota Aizawa
Hitoshi Shinso
My Hero Academia Meetup
My Hero Academia Meetup
Villian
Villian
Gran Torino, Tomura Shigaraki, Nana Shimura, and All Might
Momo Yaoyorozu & Fumikage Tokoyami
Kyoka Jiro
Ochaco Uraraka

Phew! That’s pretty much it for that anime. Otherwise, Saturday is a day where AMAZING cosplayers go all out to show off their amazing talent. Here they are!

Snowball (or Snuffles) Rick & Morty
No Name, from Spirited Away
Ahh, I forgot!!
Odin, from Thor
Dark Magician Girl from Yu-gi-oh | IG: uniquelydolly
Ashitaka & Breakfast Princess | IG: Yazzelberry & Penumbraprops
…mmm, Idk where this is from!
King Kai from DBZ
Akasha from Queen of the Damned
Darth Vader caught me in his chair!
Davy Freaking Jones from Pirates of the Carribean
Halo booth!
Naofumi Iwatani from The Rising of the Shield Hero
Snorlax from Pokemon

As you can see, Saturday was a lot more involved!


SUNDAY

The shortest day but presenting one of the most adorable cosplay we did together. It’s called Cells at Work. It’s a hybrid of Magic School Bus and anime. It’s educational with a hint of slight violence.

Day 4 – Platelet

The feeling of finding fans who enjoyed the series and who approached us to want to take a photo is just breathless. You can feel the energy behind the excitement and the happiness that’s there.

Group Photo! (Killer T-cell, Red Blood Cell, Platelet)
Lunch break with Japanese Onigiri
Dimple from Mob Psycho
Samurai Batman and the gang
Chef Storm Trooper
Connie the Hormone Monstress from Big Mouth
Wanda and Cosmos, from The Fairly OddParents
Pinup superhero girls
“Thank you for your hard work!”
*poke* KAWAII!

Oh my! So what do you all think?! It’s been quite a wave of photos! I can’t believe that all happened in 4 days.

Everything pretty much turned out well and I’m glad we all got to do this together. I think I’ve spent more than I should have so I’ll have to go back reserving my spending and try to hold back on the spending. It does, however, make me happy so it’s not all done in vain!


Anyways, thank you for stopping by and reading all of this. Again, feel free to reach out to me, even if it is to say hello! IG | Email | Twitter

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food share | [ORL] ice & bites

This place was a cute place to check out! Although pleased that we had the whole place to ourselves, it was sad to see it empty. Wish there was more people who enjoyed this place more. Unfortunately this location is a little further away from me so coming here is much like a planned journey.


3402 Technological Ave #220, Orlando, FL 32817 – Ice & Bites Café

Carefully located in a plaza, it serves as a tiny café for the college student to get a “quick” dessert. Typically known for their specialty taiyaki, they also serve other tasty treats such as bubble tea, affogato, and savory foods (wings, dumplings, and other finger foods).

They have quite the menu selections! Unfortunately ELM and I had already eaten prior so we did not partake in the menu. It looks delicious! Wish I had the time to try it all. Maybe for the next visit. 😉

Pano View of the Café

Unfortunately, cafés here in the States are not utilized to their potential. I feel in most Asian countries, cafés are a good place to hang out besides home. I guess I was imagining (any) students here, studying or chatting with their friends but I was wrong! It’s just for the ‘gram.

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Haha, working on those IG photos. Here’s the final product! We got the lavender and taro ice cream with honey drizzle, pocky stick and fruit skewers. The lavender flavor was very nice! You don’t get that flavor very often so it paired well with the honey!

Another time, I would like to try another item from their menu. Soon, I hope!

Taiyaki – ♥♥♥♥

food share | [ST. PETE] pacific counter

A few weeks ago, I traveled to St. Petersburg with TL and AR and we went to the Dali Museum (click here if you want to read about it!), but before we arrived, of course, we had to have a bite to eat. Not knowing the area, it was my task to find a tasty treat. I will say I am SUPER thankful to find this superb gem. Pacific Counter. I will admit, the name wasn’t the exact hook for me but I saw that they sold sushi burrito and I was sold on it. So lesson learned, please don’t judge a place by the name!! They also had absolutely amazing reviews on both Google and Yelp so that was the sinker.


Pacific Counter – 660 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The location of the place was great. It was neatly tucked in with other stores and other eatery. What I loved about it was that the colors they used on the storefront stuck out. They used this pink that told you they were fun, groovy, AND confident.

Store front

They had a menu on the side to see if you even wanted to enter the establishment. Before I left, there was a couple looking at it and I just gave my two cents and told them that they wouldn’t regret it but they sadly just ate. I think it’s nice they had the menu outside.

MENU outside

I must compliment Pacific Counter because even the menu is aesthetically pleasing to look at. It looks intimidating but it’s got a pretty simple process. Left side is the Build your Own but I always like to go for their Creations. Typically I’ll take that they have and maybe add a little this, and a little that. Since I already know what my palette likes, I’ll just tweak it to my liking. ^_^

2/3 of the area when you enter

It has the “Chipotle” or “Subway” assembly line where you can watch your food be created. I, personally enjoy this. I like that I can interact with how my food is being made, or if I add this, depending on the person, their interaction with the choices made.. it’s a very fun process for me! Anyways, the atmosphere was very fun, bright and had an inviting draw. Sadly, it’s not where near me so I had to quickly enjoy all they had to offer!

I think this is their ‘specials’ menu or what they are trying out. Regardless, I loved the art work and how it was displayed.

The O.G. – Tuna, Avocado, Edamame, Greens, Shredded Nori, Onion, Sesame Seeds with Poke Classic Sauce

TL ordered “The O.G.” and I was able to try it. I believe there was some adjustment with it. What was added was Krab, mango, and microgreens. It had a refreshing yet sweet ending. I felt the Poke Classic Sauce and a sweet aftertaste when you put it all-together. If you need something light yet and want something light for your palette, The O.G. is a great choice.

Ring of Fire – Spicy Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber, Jalapeno, Peppers, Radish, Garlic Crisps with Fire Water Sauce.

MM… again, I was in despair with what to order because it all looked so good! So I went with my gut and I ordered the Ring of Fire but I had to add some essential toppings. I added the Masago, Seaweed Salad, Furikake and Sesame Seeds. (I also bought their stickers because I was just hooked with everything!) Ohhhh baby, this is winner. I’m in love. Like when I come back, it’s going to be difficult to not want to order this again or get something new. But I know with this place, you can’t go wrong. You just gotta go with what you feel is best for you. And their customer service is phenomenal.

Signature Dole Whip

When I say they have phenomenal customer service.. they really do. They allowed me to try the sauce if I wasn’t satisfied with it. (Fire water is probably my favorite!) Plus they told me that if my Dole Whip melted too fast, they would get me another one. *Awwwww* I was impressed. By the way, they sell beer on tap, so that was awesome as well. They also had a refreshment “bar” of teas of different flavors (ugh, I regret not taking a photo!) but it was great for those who enjoy unique tastes of teas.

So overall, this place is a star. So if you are ever in the St. Pete area, please stop by Pacific Counter. You won’t regret it and just let them know that K10 sent ya!

The O.G.: ♥♥♥
Ring of Fire : ♥♥♥♥♥
Signature Dole Whip: ♥♥♥♥



food share | [ORL] the cowfish sushi burger bar

YOU. Yes, you reading this. Think about a time where you just had to HAVE good food to get rid of the stink of the day you had earlier and although going to sleep and starting a new day would be a good choice, you decide to take your friend who enjoys food just as much as you and eat and drink before the day ends, just so you can salvage the rest of the day. You haven’t had that kind of day? Well, when (because you will have a bad day eventually) you have that bad day, find a friend, get some food and drinks, and laugh the night away!

TL has never been to Universal and will probably won’t be for a while so I suggested we try this place they have called the Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. One, it’s in Citywalk which doesn’t close until 2 am AND people watching is great here. Two, it has boozy milkshakes. Win. Three, it has burgers AND sushi.. or a combo of both. (Weird, I know but AMAZING as well!) I wanted sushi. And all the sushi joints closed by 10 so this plan had to work!


The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar: 6000 Universal Blvd #700, Orlando, FL 32819

The building but this was taken when it was closed. XD

It was pretty fun entering the “park” when majority of people were leaving. Anyways, here’s the front of the building. On the left side, there is a statue of a “cowfish” but there were people taking photos with it so I opted it out.

A side note: if you don’t want a 90 min wait (which I’ve read in the reviews has been the deterrent).. my suggestion.. eat later. I know that sounds silly but this experience has made me see that waiting 90 min for your meal and the place is crowded, and you have to wait an ADDITIONAL x more minutes to place your order and wait for your food to arrive is.. well, I admire your commitment to wait. XD I believe 90 minutes was how much time we spent there, ordered, wait and finish eating. 😉

Stick In The Mud
Stick In The Mud
Collingwood Canadian whiskey, vanilla ice cream, malt, caramel drizzle, pretzel rod
CLOSE UP!

You can find this under the “spiked shakes” portion of the menu. If you need to mask the flavor, I don’t suggest this as this was heavily lined with the whiskey (Yum!). Otherwise, I endorse this boozy shake!

What was ordered.. *drools*

Man, typically I feel guilty for ordering so much but it was decided that it would be a while until we return to try any other items so we treated ourselves! Get you a friend that understands how much you’re willing to spend on food. (Haha!)

Doug’s Filet Roll
Avocado, kani, cream cheese inside, topped with thin slices of seared filet mignon, spicy mayo, scallions, masago. Served with a side of pounded ginger sauce

Burgushi. I suppose Orlando isn’t “hip” enough to have more of these around.. yet. It is fun to have options like this available, so that I am thankful. Moving on, I mean the filet mignon portion was oooook-ay. I liked it. It’s not my favorite but it was good. I’m glad we got to try it. Because we were hungry, it was inhaled. Next!

The Jalapeño Popper Show-Stopper 
Beef burger, jalapeño-infused cream cheese, jalapeño bacon, fried jalapeños, jalapeño citrus aioli, lettuce, tomato, fresh sliced jalapeños, brioche bun

Haha, I know.. I scolded TL for having his arm in the photo but we both were getting hungry so I DGAF at the moment. This burger was pretty meaty heavy. If you are into jalapenos, meats and burgers, this one is definitely for you. Not pictured is the seaweed salad I convinced TL to get, since I knew I was going to get the heap of fries. They serve a good portion of the seaweed salad but if you don’t like it or never had it, don’t order it. Please don’t waste food!

What’s Shakin’ Tuna Bacon Sandwich 
Seared rare blackened yellowfin tuna, applewood bacon, iceberg, jalapeños, tomato salsa, slaw and spicy mayo, served between grilled spring roll wrapper “buns” filled with kani and sushi rice. Served with house seasoned fries

The winner meal of the night. I’m proud that I ordered this because this is exactly what I had hoped it would come out. Sushi but sandwich style. Win for me. You can see all the layers in the photo above. That yellowfin tuna.. *sighs*
It was a MESSY sandwich but that’s no problem! It is a pretty thick chunk of rice there. AND there’s fries. So I think the carb department was covered. I don’t know what else to try to tell you about this. Order it.. or not! But I will tell you this, if you come here and you like sushi and you don’t try this.. you’re missing out! I will internet shame you!

Stick In The Mud♥♥♥♥
Doug’s Filet Roll: ♥♥
The Jalapeño Popper Show-Stopper What’s Shakin’: ♥♥♥
Tuna Bacon Sandwich : ♥♥♥♥♥

food share | [ORL] la boiling seafood crab and crawfish

Oh man, it’s the day before Valentines Day and I just had to treat myself and my friends out the best way I know how.. with some Cajun seafood! But before that, you gotta treat your female friends the way they need to be treated.. so I got them some chocolate and flowers! Even if you’re not “dating” anyone or pursuing a person, it’s not wrong to get your female friends some friendship flowers! I’ll put an example!

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Yellow flowers (doesn’t have to be roses!) are great friendship flowers. I know most girls/women say they don’t want flowers and that’s okay! I think the thought counts and it shows how much one cares. Even if she says she doesn’t like flowers, get her A flower (UNLESS, it’s one of those times you guys really discussed flowers and that they are just a waste of money.. different story!) Otherwise.. she may not even know that she likes flowers! Maybe she’s gone without flowers for so long that she doesn’t really know what it’s like to receive flowers from someone who really cares about her. THAT SAID.. let’s get to the good stuff.


LA Boiling Seafood Crab & Crawfish – 1242 E Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803

Facing the front door

It’s a cozy place with “graffiti” on the wall, with maybe 10-12 tables. I used to come here once a month a few years ago because eating seafood was such a pleasurable experience. Now I can’t eat as much as I want anymore. Ahh, so sad.

Menu

They have quite the menu, but the real winners are the COMBO PLATTERS. I typically get Combo Platter C. 1.5 Snow Crab Legs, 1/2 lb Shrimp, 1 Corn, 1 Potato. Hell yes. That’s all I really like to eat. The crawfish are just a bonus. Like I don’t go out of my way to get them, but if they are there, why the hell not! I will say, I feel the price did go slightly up since the last time I went there..

Combo C: 1.5 Snow Crab Legs, 1/2 lb Shrimp, 1 Corn, 1 Potato.

In case I forget, order with the Xa Bang seasoning. Actually, ask them to make it with Xa Bang and spicy! Otherwise, it may be super tame and that’s no fun.

We ordered extra corn and added some Andouille Hot Sausage and probably a few Hot French Bread. Ohh baby, that was so worth the carbs.

Combo B “The Ultimate”: 1 lb Snow Crab Legs Cluster, 2 Blue Crab, 1/2 lb shrimps, 1/2 lb crawfish, 1 Corn, 1 Potato

I suppose “The Ultimate” sounds like a good deal, if you enjoy eat blue crab. If I were to add a little something extra to Combo C, perhaps the crawfish but like I said, I wouldn’t go out of my way for it. Mind you, we were a group of 5 so this was just enough for all of us.

Portion of the wall

The place does have FITTED gloves, in case you don’t want to stain your hands with the scent.. but honestly.. you’re better off eating it with your bare hands! Try licking your fingers with gloves on. Blegh. No thanks!

FRESH Beignet

Here we are, wondering what to get for dessert when one of us suggested “Ooh! We should get beignet.” At this point, we were kind of all satisfied with the meal that dessert didn’t seem like an option but since someone suggested… it ended up being a good suggestion. These babies were hot and fresh when they came out. They typically come in a batch of 4 but the lady working our table was kind enough to give everyone their own.. and bless her soul for doing that because everyone just devoured theirs and we all went home happy.

Combo C: ♥♥♥♥
Combo B: ♥♥♥
Beignet: ♥♥♥

food share | [ORL] hunger street taco

I live for the weekends. There’s something about grinding during the week, trying to stay on a “healthy” diet, save that money, and then just looking forward to eating something that may not always be healthy for a couple days. Haha. For those who may be following on other social medias, I’ve been slacking on working out so I got to get back into that. I’ve got too much excuses. (Follow me on Instagram! MMK10Q)

It’s VB’s birthday time and so some friends and I went to eat at this place called Hunger Street Taco.


Hunger Street Taco – 2103 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

A few years ago, this was a BBQ place and so this place was usually super packed so parking used to be such a pain that it would sometimes defer me from going. Currently, this place has a good traffic area and it’s not so overwhelmed that it’s got a good flow going. I like the decor and the food is much enjoyable! A+!

Brunch Menu

HA! I didn’t forget the menu, y’all! I like that it had an al a carte. So even if you aren’t hungry, you can still snack on something small and not hate yourself for eating too much. Even if you don’t eat a lot, you can still order one and not spend so much.

Rajas Con Crema

*drools*
I’m not quite sure what steered me to this dish.. must have been the poblano peppers and I don’t regret it. Rajas Con Crema. This was good. No meat was involved but doesn’t mean it needed it. It did well on its own and for that, I’m happy with. So if you don’t eat meat, enjoy a slight heat, this one is for you.

The Campechano

Delicioso. The Campechano is a tasty bite. You got both the brisket and chorizo dancing with flavor and I really like the avocado salsa. I chose to get the meats for the taco choice but they had other great selections that I hope to try in the future. (I’m looking at you, El Mananero!)

Esquites

Y’all. If I could show you a photo of me when I was a baby with barely any teeth, double fisting corn in my mouth… I wouldn’t because it’s embarrassing. (Heh.) But I guess I never outgrew it because I still love corn dishes. When I read that this was fresh corn OFF the cob, that won me over. Everything about this is a win for me. All the ingredients are noted in the dish. Marrow broth reduction?! Who knew! The taste was phenomenal.

Xocoflan

Okay, I didn’t order this but I wanted to show y’all their desserts. This is what they specialize in. The Xocoflan has both a flan and a cake. Pretty good! The flan portion had a creamier consistency (IMO) and the cake balanced out the creamy texture. Maybe could use a little more “syrup” if you don’t mind the rich sweet taste otherwise, it’s a nice treat yo’ self dessert.

Rajas Con Crema: ♥♥♥♥♥
The Campechano: ♥♥♥
Esquites: ♥♥♥♥♥
Xocoflan: ♥♥

food share | [ORL] ethos vegan kitchen

I remember when vegan food was still a new “concept” in the food world and I remembering it being “hoity-toity” because it was expensive (broke college kid!) and tofu/seitan/chickun was considered a “fancy” meat alternative.

I also grew up eating seitan/gluten. So I wasn’t exactly impressed with the “clean meat” movement. I was raised to pretty much eat what was served to me, so I didn’t question much of “What is this?” or “What is this made out of?” If it tasted good, I’ll most likely eat it.

Now I have more of an appreciation of the food that’s being served. I was exposed to a lot of different types of food and now I enjoy sharing that knowledge with others who are open to trying new food.

I think vegan food is still being resisted despite all the exposure it’s been getting lately. But it’s slowly growing on the population. It’ll get there, I believe.


Ethos Vegan Kitchen – 601 S New York Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

This is a small pano of the front when you step inside

We had to wait for a little bit so I decided to take a couple photos of the place.

One of the art pieces I found captivating!

I believe that they support local artists so they’ll hang their art around the restaurant.


Gyro

Your choice of marinated, grilled chickun or seitan stuffed into a warm pita and topped with lettuce, red onions, tomatoes and housemade tzatziki sauce.

I ordered the Gyro with seitan and I was very pleased. I personally enjoy seitan because it reminds me of the gluten I grew up eating so it was a nice twist as a substitute for falafels. *happy dance*

Tofurkey Reuben
Deli tofurkey sliced thin, sauerkraut, jack cheese, and thousand island dressing piled on housemade rye bread and grilled until crispy brown.

So I’ll be frank with y’all. I haven’t had a real Reuben.. yet. At least from what I remember, I may have had a bite out of one but not to where I can remember from memory. This is RR’s and this one was a stretch for ’em so I got to eat a good portion of it to say it was a decent sandwich. I honestly enjoyed it. I don’t think I would come back again for this specifically but I’m glad I got to try it.

Bourbon Maple Cake
A cake… haha. Idk what to add here.

If you get to know me, you’ll know that I’m not the biggest cake eater. I’m particularly picky with my dessert yet I am trying to grow out my picky-self. I prefer Asian desserts/cakes compared to American desserts/cakes. So this to me was my first step into eating cake. (Yes, even birthday cakes.. I’m not a big fan. I’ll typically eat a couple bites and call it quits. I’ll probably stick to that part of being picky.) Moving on! The cake was tasteful, and moist which is a big deal for me. I dislike dry cakes. blegh. So it was a nice balance of moist and sweetness. It wasn’t overpowered by anything specifically. Again, I probably won’t order this again but I did enjoy it.

Overall, Ethos is a place I would take people who claim that are Vegan and I’d probably will only go eat with people. Haha. I haven’t had a craving to go back and it’s probably been over 5+ years since I’ve been there.

Gyro: ♥♥♥♥
Tofurkey Reuben:♥♥♥
Bourbon Maple Cake: ♥♥♥

location exploration | miami, fl – art deco district

On a magical whim, a friend of mine flew down to Florida with her beau to escape the freezing weather of the North. Long story short, a small group of us decided to take a quick day trip to Miami.

Leaving Orlando was weird because it was so nice outside in the morning but I later heard it was rainy ALL weekend. (phew! muahaha!) We finally get to Ft. Lauderdale and my friend suggest that we take a dip in the ocean. O_O

I was a little apprehensive. Like.. uhh.. what?

The brave Michigan people!

Honestly, I wasn’t planning on going or joining them but in the end, it was great to do it because I don’t think I would have done in any other situation but my friends were insistent on taking a dip so this Floridian did it. =)

“Pics or it didn’t happen.” – Unknown

Later that night, we had dinner and then we hit the art deco district with all the neon lights. It was a nice night, considering that it was predicted to be wet weather.

The set shown are the majority of the hotel lights. In-between is maybe a few restaurants/clubs but majority of it are the hotels. Also there are couple hotels that are being renovated or demolished(?) so if you’re interested in staying in these.. I suggest you do the research! It is right across South Beach, I believe..?

Anyways, I really like the photos that came out from this night. It was very spontaneous and we only had an hour parking so this is all that came out of that night.

I hope to visit again, with the intention of seeing more, of course. So thanks for checking this out!

kitchen production | vietnamese rice noodle salad

I got a little carried away when preparing and “cooking” (this recipe actually didn’t need much cooking) so I only have a few clips of the food.

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I had a little poll on instagram as to what to make for dinner today. The winner is..

VIETNAMESE RICE NOODLE SALAD!!

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It was great! And it was luckily an easy recipe. The interesting part was the dressing. If you’re curious as to where I’m getting this, the recipe came from “Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck.” I haven’t cooked officially in the longest time so I decided that i needed to have a purpose before starting. I told a couple friends that I wanted to start cooking but I needed some taste tester. I figured if I have a responsibility, it’ll push me to follow through. So here we are!

Pretty & simple. 🙂

I must admit, this was my first time making anything Vietnamese. I live in an area with lots of Vietnamese food so I don’t attempt to make it much but it was a nice challenge. Trying to get a sense of balance in the taste was crucial to the dish, I feel. Sadly, I have no Vietnamese friends so I can’t get any feedback from the source. (heh.) Also I’m not used to the palate of Vietnamese food. It had a lot of herbs and “refreshing” ingredients that I’m not used to eating!

Final part: Dressing!

I made some adjustment when I served it to my friend. I thought it needed some more “protein” and some spice to it so I added sausage to it. I know in some dishes, I remember them adding sausage so I thought it was appropriate for the dish.

FINAL Product! Looks & tastes great!

Overall, the dish was refreshing and tasty. I may make it again when I don’t want to eat anything heavy. I will say that I’m pretty lucky to not have to hunt for all the herbs because of the asian markets here.

VIETNAMESE RICE NOODLE SALAD: 👍🏼

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👍🏼👍🏼 – Damn tasty; definitely will make again
👍🏼 – Good; will make again, eventually
👎🏼- Eh; may not make again.. might need adjustment
👎🏼👎🏼 – Ew; don’t like and will not make again

food share | [ORL] hangry bison

I was talking to friends about how Orlando is coming up with great food places. It’s not quite there with all the other major cities BUT it has gotten much better over the past 5-6 years ever since and it’s been a quick change as well. I am well aware of other social media of bloggers and foodies putting out their stuff so I wanted to be part of content creating!

With time, you’ll see what kind of “foodie” I am. I’ll explain more later. Let’s get into it!

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Hangry Bison – 480 Orlando Ave #130, Winter Park, FL 32789

The space has been changed several times and it hasn’t found an establishment that can stay put so perhaps Hangry Bison is the one that plans to stay. With that said, it’s a great place for drinks as well as food! Tonight I opted out the drinks.

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This little gem here above is called “The Sockeye.” Salmon burger, honey mustard, bibb lettuce, fresh tomatoes, red onions, swiss cheese, balsamic reduction, brioche bun with roasted corn cobb.

If you are curious with what burger is in the background, it is the place is named after, “The Hangry Bison.” I didn’t try it so I won’t post or have an opinion on it so unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything about it. I think I will purely write on things I have tried.

My “rule” for ordering (when eating out) are typically things that I can’t make myself at home, or things I don’t typically like to prepare at home due to perhaps how complicated the prep is, or I’ll order it because they made something I’ve never seen made before and I’m genuinely curious. 

Back to MY choice, the Sockeye was delicious! It was light and it wasn’t seasoned heavily so you can really taste the flavor of the salmon. If you’re trying to not eat something heavy, this is definitely the one to choose out of all of them. I suppose the bun was appropriate for the burger. [ I majority feel like there is more bun versus meat or things in-between in burgers but that’s a personal opinion. Heh.] There was also a honey mustard sauce added on the side. I kind of just poured drops on my burger with each bite (otherwise it gets pretty messy!) I like that the ingredients were simple yet all tasted great and fresh altogether. Also the corn on the cobb was pretty bomb. [ Yes, I am a corn fan. ]

The Sockeye: ♥♥♥♥