Bubba Gumps, FL, USA
We had just spent a good January winter day (which didn't feel that cold at all!) going around Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure which includes attractions such as Marvel superheroes, Dr. Seuss and the main attraction for us being there - the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
One particular night friends and I decided to pop into Bubba Gumps at Universal Citywalk. Bubba Gumps is a Shrimp Seafood Restaurant which perhaps you may recognize from Tom Hanks' infamous role of Forrest Gump? I've actually never seen the movie before so probably didn't appreciate the movie themed atmosphere like my friends had. The tables are stricken with movie quotes and trivia along with the walls having memorabilia that represents Bubba Gumps.
On the table is a metal bucket for holding amenities such as paper napkins, the necessary bottles of tabasco and tomato sauces, as well as this intriguing number plate sign in front of us that has two quotes - "Run Forrest Run" and "Stop Forrest Stop". Soon after we realize that it's actually a signal for wait services. You flip one over to "Stop Forrest Stop" if you're after attention from a waiter and the funny thing is each time they come around before anything they have to say "Stop Forrest Stop".
Next, we couldn't go past trying an American Louisiana-based culinary classic of Gumbo! Specifically, how I know of it was from Princess and the Frog (haha!) when Tiana makes a huge pot of stewing Gumbo with her parents in New Orleans. Somewhat similar to a bouillabaisse, the ingredients of a gumbo dish can vary but often it could include spices, meat or shellfish and a bit of vegetables that have been simmered down in the process. In this case, Mama's Gumbo had a Catch of the Day fish and sausages base.
The BBQ Bacon Burger with Onion Rings quickly become a favourite as soon as it hit the table as it's served with a delish Jack Daniel's sauce and who could not like a burger without some crispy bacon bits?
Lastly, how could we shy away from the Key Lime Pie? A pie that was quite tart in flavour and it's creamy consistency was just too addictive that we ate it all pretty quick!