Geektastic Supernova Comic-Con + Asian Dessert House, Passionflower CBD
I must have been hiding underneath a rock because I knew nothing about Supernova until this year. My dream has always been to attend the New York Comic-Con. A friend of mine (who is also pop culture obsessed) and I were discussing the X-Men Phoenix Saga (geektastic, right?) when he asked whether I was attending Supernova. “Supernova?!” I asked. His face immediately turned sour, like he’d eaten a whole lemon right then and there. Such betrayal to the cause. So soon after, I purchased my very first Comic-Con convention tickets…ever! EVVVER! I was already thinking what costumes I should wear on this splendid occasion.
How is this food related? Well, it’s not. The bottom half of this post is though.
Despite having pre-purchased tickets, we waited in line for over an hour. However, we did have an abundance of entertainment as you can see below. Held at the Melbourne Showgrounds, the event was filled with everything that would please a geek’s heart: comics, samurai swords (fake of course), cos play, Darth Vader and random Manga characters just walking around as well as their real life human creators signed anything you wanted within reason. I say this because the person in front of me brought his whole library of damn comics for Chris Claremont to sign. By the time it was my turn, Chris had to grab another texta.
Here come the pictures:
Reeeor! I purposely cut myself out of this photo. I felt that I was stealing her thunder.
The main reason why I was so excited, was that I would get to meet Chris Claremont (above). This guy is a comic book legend who penned The Uncanny X-Men , a series that I’ve been collecting for over 16 years. He developed Wolverine and many other characters who remain to be my favourites. I just purchased all the comics featuring Xmen’s Psylocke, an Asian ninja with telepathy and telekinesis powers!
One of my favourite X-men characters: Psylocke! She’ll kick yo ass!
Back To The Future…classic.
Thor, Superglut and Supergirl.
Dessert at Passionflower
Details: 2/168-174 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Phone: (03) 9663 0033
After a long day of walking around living out my inner geek, it was time to transform back into the food blogger that I am SUPERGLUT to find my friends and I a sugar fix. Located just on the corner of Russell and Bourke Street is a quaint dessert house. And by dessert house, I mean a dessert house. Not one that also serves Pork Chop on Rice but one that only serves up the one thing we actually want: JUST DESSERT!
Things to note when coming to Passionflower: Before 7:30PM, there is no minimum charge. After 7:30, it’s $10 per head.
A decent Asian Dessert House in Melbourne’s CBD has been a long time coming and there aren’t that many to to start off with. I’d heard some mixed reviews about Passionflower but with each of those reviews, there would always be a few positive highlights so I decided to check it out. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Passionflower is the best Asian dessert house in Melbourne, but to date, it’s the only one I’ve been back to more than a few times and it does manage to serve up most of things I like as well as being conveniently located smack bam in the middle of the CBD.
In terms of the atmosphere, think music on full bass, kitschy lights with some great artwork drawn on and a Gen Y crowd willing to brave the cold weather with a bowl of ice cream. There are glutinous sesame rice balls (very good), crepes plus they do great version of Taro ice cream with creamy almost buttery tones reminding me of the Filipino version: Ube Ice cream.
Other killer ice cream varieties you must try are Burnt Caramel that was hugely popular at my table, pumpkin and sticky rice. You can either have your ice cream in a waffle encased bowl or a martini glass.
I don’t know what it is with Asians (myself included) and our love of floaties in drinks i.e. pearl, mini pearl, sago, coconut jelly, aloe vera jelly just to name a few, but if you’re into all that, then this place would be your calling.
Did this place send me to Food Rehab? Yes. Why? The Taro Ice cream.
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