Hot Krust Panini kitchen is, hands down, my new favorite lunch place. I don’t give five stars very easily, but this place definitely deserves it. When I walked in, I thought that it was so clean, so professional looking, so well run, and the employees so nice and well trained, that it must be a new chain concept that I hadn’t heard of yet here in Orlando. But no, in a pleasant surprise, I found out that it’s a Mom and Pop place. In fact, the owners have been there every time I’ve been in. One of them, Evan, was the subject of my live caricature I did the other day while I was in for lunch. You can see that drawing above. ( Drawn completely on my new Toshiba Encore Write 2, btw, for all of you techies and artists out there ).
Now about the food. All the meats at Hot Krust are fresh and natural ( Hello, “Catch of the Day”! My last visit here, the catch was… SHARK. Delicious!). The sheer variety of sandwiches is amazing. And plus… they have GLUTEN FREE bread available! Wow. Being GF, I haven’t had a sandwich in years outside my home, and made by someone other than myself. You really don’t realize what a treat that is to a GF person.
Give HOT KRUST a try, and tell Evan I sent you! You won’t be sorry!
They had me at the Ice Cream cone shaped building. Seriously, as an artist, I love businesses like this. Randy’s Donuts out in LA, the old Brown Derby that looked like a Derby style hat… it’s one of my kitschy loves.
Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I don’t love ice cream. Some people do ( hello, Dad ), but I don’t. It’s not that I don’t LIKE it, I just never have a taste for it. HOWEVER, Twistee Treat is hard for even me to resist. It’s the only ice cream place I EVER find myself wanting to turn in and eat at.
I’m simple in my ice cream tastes- soft serve chocolate does it for me. But my wife and daughters LOVE the Oreo and Cookie Dough Twirls. If you’re near any of their Central Florida locations, give them a try!
Darn, got myself thinking about them now. I might just have to go get one.
My family and I hardly ever eat at home. We have a kitchen because it came with the house, my wife likes to say. So I experience a lot of restaurants, good and bad. Dives and Fine Dining, we go to them all.
Often, I have my sketchbook with me. So I thought I’d begin to share here some of the things I draw when I’m out and about. “Live Sketches” I’ll call them for now. ( By the way, yes, that is my wife and I in the foreground. I always stick myself in the drawings somehow. It’s a “Where’s Waldo” kind of thing. ). If I have any thoughts about where I was when I did the drawing, I’ll share those as well.
For this first installment, I’m going to share my review of a favorite restaurant of mine here in Orlando, Fresco Cucina Italiana. I shared it on Yelp! ( I’m a big Yelper… newly crowned “Elite” status, btw ), and now here it is for you:
Fresco Cucina Italiana-
My brother and sister in law lived in Italy for several years, and visiting them is when my wife and I fell in love with real Italian food and Italian wines. Fresco is owned by an Italian family, and the food is the best Italian I’ve had in the U.S. It tastes JUST like “real” Italian. Also, the wine selection is amazing ( and very reasonably priced). Our family’s favorites include the Carpaccio, the Antipasto Plate ( amazing proscuitto), warm goat cheese salad, angelhair pomodoro, and the tiramisu ( the owner’s grandmother’s recipe). Oh, and for all of you Gluten Free foodies like myself, they have GF pasta and GF Pizza! Yep, PIZZA. And it tastes GREAT!
Don’t go for the myriad of chain Italian restaurants here in Orlando when an authentic, “mom and pop” place like this is SO good.
This week I am in Reno, attending the annual International Society of Caricature Artists ( ISCA ) convention.
As most of you know, besides doing this strip and owning an Artist’s Talent Agency, I have drawn caricatures for over twenty years. Most of the time at retail stands and events at a Magical Central Florida theme park run by a Mouse. And at corporate events all over the country.
I went to art school ( SCAD ), but the ISCA was really where I learned to draw caricatures. It’s an organization I really believe in, so much so that I’m a past President. So this week I’ll be schmoozing, drawing, and hanging out with caricature artists from around the world.10
If you’re anywhere near New Orleans this weekend, come on out and get drawn! Like I said, I” be at the Million MILF March, meeting, drawing, and hanging out with fans of Hot Mess Mom the Comic. I’ll be drawing the fans who want me to either by themselves or actually WITH the Hot Mess Mom character herself, like in the drawing above. The “Real” Hot Mess Mom will of course be there as well… so you can meet the HMM Comic inspiration and she can even sign your drawing too! I’ll also have the first ever Hot Mess Mom Comic merch on hand for sale too- a compilation book of the first FIFTY strips! I hope to see you there!
Next weekend I will be making the trek to New Orleans for the Million MILF March. This is a big event put on by Hot Mess Mom Productions, and “The” Hot Mess Mom and I will be on hand at the event. Meeting and talking with friends and fans of all things HMM, including the comic strip. If you can, come out and see us! I’ll also have for sale with me copies of the first ever Hot Mess Mom the Comic compilation book!
I was going through some old files from a few years back, and found these drawings I did of Historic figures. I’m still digging them, so thought I’d share. ( Geronimo and Napoleon… but you already knew that! )
BTW… these images are © 2014 by Keelan Parham. So, any unscrupulous Ebay sellers like the guy who “appropriated” my Clint Eastwood this Summer for refrigerator magnets… HANDS OFF! ;D
Mork, Popeye, Peter Pan, Mrs. Doubtfire, the Genie, so many great roles, by such a comic genius. Rest in the Peace you never seemed to be able to find while you were in this realm….
Each year the prestigious National Cartoonists Society, of which I am a proud member, gets together of it’s Reubens Award Weekend. No, it has nothing to do with sandwiches. It’s kind of like the Academy Awards of cartoonists. Newspaper comic Strip artists, animators, greeting card artists, webcomic creators ( like me now, because of this strip ), and freelance cartoon illustrators ( again, like me ), all get together for this. We socialize, talk “shop”, sing karaoke ( I sing a mean Elvis, if I do say so myself ), and celebrate the best in cartooning that year. Several friends of mine are up for awards, so this is going to be a great year. PLUS, the one and only Weird Al Yankovic is going to be attending and receiving a special award! I’m looking forward to meeting him.
This year the Reubens is being held in beautiful San Diego. Barbie and I got here last night and are looking forward to seeing all of our friends again. I’ll try to post some photos while we’re gone. It’s a gonna be a blast!