Quotidian Bits – Bubba Gump

Writing. Now and then I take a moment and just appreciate where this dream has taken me.

I want to write all the time, but inspiration doesn’t come like a flash of lightning. The art and craft take time. There are quotidian bits to be observed. There is reading involved, and most importantly, there is a life to be lived.

So, that’s what I did the other day. I took my son to Universal City, near Hollywood, to a place called Bubba Gump, a shrimp and seafood restaurant modeled after the movie Forrest Gump. Good food, relaxing atmosphere, scenes from the movie everywhere, and, of course, movie memorabilia.

My son @ Bubba Gump

The restaurant offers dishes named after characters in the movie, like Jenny’s Catch and Forrest’s Seafood Feast. Guests can play Forrest Gump movie trivia and can signal their waiter with a “Stop, Forrest, Stop” sign. Remember Forrest himself was on an epic run, until he famously said: “I think I’ll go home now.”

And, here is a bit of Bubba Gump trivia: Actor Chris Pratt was discovered in 2000 while working as a waiter at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Maui, Hawaii. He waited on the table of actor/director Rae Dawn Chong, who had starred in one of Pratt’s favorite films, Commando. Chong offered Pratt a role in a short movie she was directing at the time.

If you, like me, wonder what Chris Pratt looks like

 What movie-themed restaurant (if any) do you enjoy?


Images: Wikipedia


21 responses to “Quotidian Bits – Bubba Gump

  1. There was only SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE up here, but no themed restaurants exist… BUMMER! It looks like you and your son had a wonderful time enjoying one another and dining out! Enjoy your time away from the A to Z Challenge too, I am.

  2. I went to Planet Hollywood back in the day. Not impressed.

  3. I doubt there are movie theme restaurants here in Johannesburg *~maybe in dinky Cape Town. It must be fun!

  4. I doubt there are movie theme restaurants here in Johannesburg ~ 👀👀 maybe in dinky Cape Town. It must be fun!

  5. I agree. Most importantly, there is life to be lived! I’m glad you’re out there living it. :-)

  6. Glad you had this vacation. Writers need vacations for recharging our creative brains. I’ve been to a Bubba Gump restaurant – excellent.

  7. The only movie themed restaurant in our town is Popeye’s. Once was enough. Will definitely seek out Bubba Gumps next time I’m in L.A.

  8. We went to a Bubba Gumps in Florida. We had a guy herE running for state treasurer. His name is Forest, and there were lots of signs in trios saying RUN – FOREST – RUN!

  9. Man, I’ve always wanted to be discovered! I can’t think of any movie themed restaurants like that one, but I do enjoy one in Minneapolis called Bad Waitress. They have an old Sci-fi movie motif with great movie posters on the walls, and a super hero card at every table. It’s “bad waitress” because you have to fill out your order on a card and bring it up to the register to order and pay. The waitresses (who are good, not bad) deliver the food. The food is good, too, everything from breakfast to bean burritos, lots of organic and vegetarian choices as well as grass fed beef and yummy guacamole.

  10. Hope all is going well with you, Silvia. I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Award. Enjoy! (And no rush; I took weeks to accept my award.) https://andrealundgren.com/2017/05/04/my-first-award/

  11. I stop by, thinking you might have a new post that I missed. Guess not.that means you’re busy, and that’s good. I hope it’s not all work and you sneak in some play time too. :-)

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