Convention Spotlight: Tampa Bay MegaCon

::out of nowhere a noise sounds and out of nowhere a blue police box appears and out comes a cat girl with blue ears and wearing a trenchcoat with the thunder wave symbols from .hack:: Looks like I’m in the right place! Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I was going to do my favorites post but I’m bringing you a quick Convention Spotlight that was supposed to be done a little while back but I finally got contact from Tampa Bay MegaCon!

Convention: Tampa Bay MegaCon
Location: Tampa, Florida

We return to Tampa after two years with another spotlight and this time it’s MegaCon taking over Tampa in a week! Yes, it is October 28-.0th and will be at the Tampa Bay Convention Center! You can find the information here:
http://megacontampabay.com/

I do have something as a nice treat for you all and that is an interview with the show director from this convention and here are the questions I asked Andrew and this is what he gave:

1. Since David Tennant is a guest for this one, how does it feel to have one of the iconic doctors from Doctor Who as a guest?
The opportunity for fans to meet and connect with David Tennant of Doctor Who is unchanged and continues to deliver some of the most special moments that we see on the show floor.

2. What will attendees expect from the guests at Tampa Bay MegaCon?
The appeal of pop culture events has broadened significantly over the years. The opportunity for fans to meet and connect with their heros is unchanged and continues to deliver some of the most special moments that we see on the show floor.

3. Will MegaCon branch out to other cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and others?
Unable to comment on this question. However, in regards to MegaCon Tampa Bay, both Visit Tampa and The Tampa Bay Convention Centre have been very welcoming and supportive. It is our mandate to produce the Ultimate Fan Experience and we look forward to delivering that to the Tampa Community at the end of the month.

Oh yes! This convention made me a happy kitty when I found out that David Tennant will be a guest at this since he is my favorite Doctor from Doctor Who. We did get press and not sure if we wilf we will show up for a day. If we do, we will make sure to update you guys over at the Nerdy Shique Universe Twitter @ Nerdy Shique! If not, there is always next MegaCon! You can check out all the stuff from this convention, hotel info, and so much more on guests like William Shatner and many more at the link I provided!

Stay tuned for more posts to come and more convention spotlights! And also, if you haven’t bought a copy, make sure you buy a copy of The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories from the Dark on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Restaurants: Sakaya Kitchen in Miami, FL

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I know it’s been a while since I posted but I’m back and thought it was time for something different and that’s a restaurant review!

Place: Sakaya Kitchen
Location: Miami, FL

Yesterday I went for my annual eye appointment in Miami and found out about this place called Sakaya Kitchen. How’d I know about it? Well, one night I was watching Diners Drive Ins and Dives with my dad since he has been watching stuff on Travel Channel, Food Network, and many other channels besides CNN and one episode came up and it featured this place which is a fast food restaurant but with a Korean twist and was glad to know it was located in Miami, which Guy Fierary has gone to a few places in Florida and one of them happened to be a little bit outside of Tampa which we wanted to try out three years ago after MetroCon but due to what had happened the night before with the fire alarm mess at our hotel we just left. Anyways, when I found out that it was in Miami I went straight to the internet to do my research in finding this place to try out!

Where to Find It: This place is pretty much in the heart of Downtown Miami off of N. Miami Avenue in the Midtown Market area and it is a huge tourist area. It is set up like Church Street here in the heart of Orlando where you have shops and restaurants in different areas. Best thing to do is just park somewhere, which there are places to pay to park, and walk because it’s hard to find by driving. It was on a street corner and the thing you have to look for is a picture of a pig being cooked with the name on it and there you go.

Atmosphere: What is great about the place is the friendly atmosphere! They did show it in the Triple D episode but looks can be deceiving through tv, it did take on in real life with how friendly the staff was and the good thing is that the woman at the counter did answer all my questions about the menu. They did have it posted on the wall for anyone who wants to see it before ordering, which is a major plus, but hearing it from the staff was easier and what was equally great about this place was the music! The music jumped from alternative to classic rock which is a good thing in my book because most places I’ve eaten at is either pop or R&B but this place was switching from Nine Inch Nails to Queen to Eve 6 and so on. Great to eat to “Bohenian Rhapsody.” I bet Guy was rocking out a bit off camera! Good thing is that when the food is ready they bring it out to you which is a nice plus. One thing I have to complain is that I wish they had more wall outlets to plug my phone in since I was listening to I Heart Radio while in Miami, also on the way there from breakfast and on the way home after stopping for a bathroom break in Cocoa Beach. I should get one of those phone cases to charge my phone even when I upgrade. Still, would be nice to recharge your phone next to you like I had during Ranger Stop at TGIFriday.

Food: Oh man the food was amazing! That is why watching Triple D made me want to go to this place but what was featured in the episode wasn’t what I had and what was featured was their duck sandwich which is a popular thing. I can see why this place is so popular. Even an appetizer that deals with tater tots was featured since that was also popular but due to an upset stomach since earlier that morning, I had to take it easy! Good thing that the thing I had helped my stomach immensely and that is a grilled chicken bowl which featured rice and a salad with a lemon peanut dressing and man it was DELICIOUS! I had my bowl with white rice because I am not much of a fan of brown rice, my dad who was with me on this trip did have it with brown rice and he enjoyed it as much as I did! There was another rice that was an option but was being careful with my stomach and that is their coconut rice which is a rice made with coconut milk, scallions, and a fish sauce. I may have to try that if I end up going back next year for my appointment if my stomach doesn’t harm me. Great thing for the sandwiches, you can also get pork sliders and even tacos. Warning is that the food is a bit pricey but worth the price if you are into Korean curisine which was an interesting try since I seen Eat Your Sushi living in Korea and went to so many places in Korea to try out so many foods. Interesting thing is that one dish is big for holidays, break ups with significant others, and moving in and out of places.

Would I Recommend as a Convention Destination? Yes! If you have the extra cash from hotel expenses, parking fees, and even having your eyes in anime and comic book merch, I would say check this place out if you’re heading into the downtown area since Miami is also a big convention area like Orlando and Tampa. As said above, I would say park and walk because it is deep in the Midtown Market area, heck even there’s a parking garage nearby if you don’t want to walk too far. If you’re adventurous enough, try the duck sandwich, but if you want a nice convenient dish, there are plates you can share with your buddies.

Rating: A Stellar PawPrint of Approval!

Well that is it for this restaurant review! If you guys like this idea, especially knowing where to go if you’re in Orlando, Miami, or any other place and want to see what places I would recommend if I have tried, just comment below!

What is next? I’m waiting for Ipsy and BoxyCharm to arrive in the mail this coming week! Stay tuned til next time!