The bubble room captiva

The Bubble Room Captiva. The End.

Outback, PF Changs, Cheesecake factory (for those mac & cheese balls), those are the typical places I dine.  Call me boring but I don’t venture to alternatives much because well I’m generally let down.  That trend started after I ate at an expensive South Beach Steakhouse packed in with other people so tight that a trip to the bathroom involved a lot of wiggling.  But this weekend my sister was in the hood and was heading to the Bubble Room on Captiva Island for lunch.  Like a could bro, I was joining.  I’d heard about the place before… I think I was lurking on trip advisor and found many good reviews… I’m not really sure but somehow the name was familiar and I knew it was a local place that everyone regarded highly.  So off I went on the long, sloooooow journey to the tip of Captiva to the Bubble Room.

The first thought is different.  It just seems out of place in a location populated by vacationing mid westerners and Germans.  For Captiva Island, which is occupied largely by a relatively high end South Sea’s Resort I tend to expect the restaurants to be an upper end casual.  Not the Bubble Room… well it was, but it wasn’t.  It’s an eclectic place, a house turned into a restaurant that filled with all kinds of relics from the 50s and the Golden area of Hollywood.  On the outside its bright and cheery and kind of reminded me of a fairy tale house, or toy store.  Not particularly my interest but certainly unique.  And while the place doesn’t fit the traditional upper end of casual restaurant, it is in terms of quality of food and price.

This thing comes around at the end of meal but it is clearly the highlight.

Anyhow when you walk in the uniqueness of outside continues.  There’s a bakery of sorts with several awesome looking cakes on your left which clearly says “fuck all” to your diet.  As you walk to your table you see servers bringing an assortment of cakes on a trey to tables ready for desert which instills that  “fuck all” to your diet.  At this point, the rest of the food doesn’t matter, only that cake trey that you know will be coming around.

The table I was seated at, along with all the others was filled with all kinds of little knick knacks, mostly small toys that would pique the interest of my parents, now in their 60s.  Beyond your tablesight view is a ton of further trinkets to grab your attention and depending on where you are seated even, maybe even an aquarium built into wall complete with ornaments of 10,000 leagues under the sea.  The best way I can explain it all is to imagine an antique toy collector took everything out of his storage unit (s), dumped it into a house, and turned it into a restaurant (a good restaurant of course).

Mango Tango Description Smack Dab In The Middle.

We skipped the appetizers, because of the cake.   There was no way in hell we could’ve ate the cake after appetizer.  Like it just wouldn’t have fit.  Straight to the lunch entree’s, and I got a chicken burger… I know that sounds basic but there was more to it that than.  It had some mango and avocado and I think even some ham.  It was a very awesome burger.  I’ll just find the menu online and post a picture with the proper description.

The drink menu, the drink menu for adults, had 8 speciality drinks, all made from real fruit but 2 of them were ‘out’.  I ended up with a Pink Flamingo, which was a concoction of rum, strawberry, and banana.  We can all agree though, that Pink Flamingo sounds like something else (haha).  It was tasty, and we down easily at a cost of 8 bucks.  BTW my chicken burger was about $15.

Once the burger was down, and it was expedited to my stomach so I could get to the cake, the cake tray came around.  The pic should be be self explanatory.  I went with something chocolate and my sis went with a secret cake, not the menu, or the tray, which is an ice cream cake with an Oreo crust and Butterfinger in the ice cream.  Talk a bout a foodgasm.  It was rad.  The slices are big too.  Practically speaking its 2 people to a slice.  But if you have 3 ppl you definitely need 2 slices — don’t skimp.

In restaurant reviews, everyone likes to talk about the service… and well I will too.  I’m not really that picky,I don’t need a blow job with the meal.  All you gotta do is feed me quickly and be decently attentive.  At the Bubble Room checks off the box here.

Some Photo OPPs from around the place…

 

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Filterbuy: Simplifying The Purchase & Getting You What You Need

One of the many things I delay all too often in my life is replacing air filters in my home a/c unit.  They’re out of sight, out mind, and not exactly the most attractive item to purchase.  It had probably been 9 months since I replaced mine, when I noticed it wasn’t getting cool in my house and the a/c was chugging hard.  I opened up the closet door to my condo a/c unit and found a dirty filter with ice on it.  Fuck.  Time for new filters.  I turned the a/c system off and zipped to Lowes.  The aisle of air filters wasn’t exactly consumer friendly.  There’s several different brands of filters, with different certifications, specifications, ratings and prices, all trying to grab your attention.  Gold, red, 1085, 3m – I had not clue wtf it all meant.  It was kind of like one of those tacky, old school, gas stations with colorful ads plastered all over that make little effect on your purchasing decisions.  I consciously though about buying a bunch of them, so I wouldn’t have to worry about it for a while, but with no idea of what anything meant, what the differences were between them all, or what I needed,  I grabbed the 3 pack for $11.  It was the paradox of choice at its finest.

I kind of like to take care of things, and my A/C system is new (like 9 months old lol), so I wasn’t convinced that $3 air filters were up to par, and I wanted to order in bulk so I wouldn’t have to buy air filters for a long long time.

When I got home, I hit Amazon.  The mess of choices, and pricepoints was just as confusing as the home improvement store so logically I went to Google for some education.

Hmmmm which one should I pick???

 

A few minutes later I found Filterbuy.  Filterbuy’s website lets you select your size, and then the type and quantity you need.  Rather than having a dozen different choices, like you have on the aisle in the home improvement store, you have 4 choices based on MERV rating, which the website explains the differences between.  It seems, that like many other things, there’s a lot of marketing hype in front of it all and once you pull away the baloney, its relatively straight forward.

The 4 options of air filters that FilterBuy lets you choose from, and their info.

Order as a subscription or just a single order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filterbuy gives you price breaks on quantity so 1 filter might be $19.95 but an order of 6 is $5.95 per filter.  They also give you an option get it set up on auto delivery, so you get them at intervals as you need them.  There are competitors in the airfilter subscription space, like FilterEasy but you must do a subscription — no one off orders.  Call me old school but I’m not too into the auto delivery thing, I like to pay, and have a stockpile, so I bought 6 of them.

While it certainly isn’t a radical new tech platform, Filterbuy takes a relatively complex and unfriendly purchasing process, and makes it clear, simple, and consumer friendly.

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A Review Of Sakura Hawaiian Grill In Naples

Today I am officially making this a food review blog.  That will contain stuff about investing.  And motocross.  And Business. And other cool stuff.  Anyhow yesterday evening my girlfriend was telling me about Poke Bowls.  At first I thought it was some type of Pokemon thing.  Turns out, she was pronouncing it wrong, and it was actually pronounced ‘po-kay’ (not poke like Pokemon).  We googled Poke Bowls, and they looked tasty.  We were hungry and looking for a dinner options so we next googled ‘poke bowls Naples‘.  That lead us to Sakura Hawaian Grill.  Important to note: this is not a review of Poke Bowls, but you can see more about them below! Read more