Vanilla Ice visits Funky Pelican restaurant in Flagler Seaside
Flagler Seaside welcomed a really particular visitor final week after world-famous recording artist Vanilla Ice made an look at a well-liked native eatery.
Smiling ear to ear in images posted to the Funky Pelican’s social media pages, employees members of the frequented beachfront restaurant struck a pose alongside rap icon, Robert Van Winkle, also called Vanilla Ice, after he stopped in to get pleasure from dinner on the restaurant. The Instagram photograph’s caption learn, “Ice Ice Child! Thanks @vanillaiceofficial for stopping by Funky Pelican and supporting a small enterprise in Flagler Seaside!”
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Recognized for its oceanfront views and beachy, informal ambiance, Funky Pelican is a go-to Flagler Seaside staple amongst locals and vacationers alike, serving a wide selection of small and enormous plates that vary from the bacon-wrapped shrimp, mahi tacos and double cheeseburger to the jambalaya, Twisted Seafood Mac and Island Hen and Shrimp — to not point out the eatery’s funky listing of tropical cocktails, together with the Orange Creamsicle, The Flooring is Guava and the Florida Mule.
In line with Funky Pelican supervisor Crystal Nobre, the celeb’s grand look was a day to recollect amongst employees and prospects alike, an expertise that Nobre described to be each thrilling and relatively beneath the radar.
“He got here in, didn’t make a giant deal, and sat at considered one of our excessive tops. He didn’t current himself or say ‘Hey I am right here,’ , ‘It is me.’ He was simply tremendous good,” Nobre mentioned, noting that she suggested employees to carry off on any images till the star had completed his dinner. “I wished him to have the ability to get pleasure from his meal and didn’t need anyone to interrupt that, as a result of in the event you’re out to dine, you’re out to dine for a cause — you at the very least need to eat.”
It wasn’t till Vanilla Ice ready to depart the restaurant that Nobre requested the star if keen employees may take a couple of images.
“He was identical to ‘Oh my gosh convey them in, let’s take photos, let’s have some enjoyable’ after which everybody form of lined up and took some photos,” Nobre mentioned. “Truthfully he was nice, but it surely additionally wasn’t a giant deal, actually, as a result of he was very laid again and chill. He saved a really low profile.”
Vanilla Ice: Rap star, TV host and extra
Born in South Dallas, Texas, the long-lasting multi-faceted artist started his musical profession as a performer in an area Dallas nightclub the place he was first found within the late ’80s after shortly gaining recognition for his dance and rap abilities, as famous in an article by the New York Publish.
Vanilla Ice would go on to signal a document cope with SBK data and launch his major-label debut album “To The Excessive” — a reformatted model of his initially-released album, initially titled “Hooked” — which featured the rapper’s iconic music, “Ice Ice Child.” In line with the artist’s IMDB biography, the moment hit made it to Billboard’s prime 100, finally touchdown itself at primary — the primary music of its form to take action.
Alongside “Ice Ice Child,” the rapper went on to launch numerous different chart-climbing successes, in addition to making a number of huge display appearances, together with working alongside Adam Sandler within the 2012 comedy, “That’s My Boy.”
Vanilla Ice additionally hosted his personal home-flipping actuality collection on the DIY Community titled “The Vanilla Ice Mission,” which aired from 2010-2019 — a venture that could be making a comeback, in line with teaser movies posted to Vanilla Ice’s YouTube channel.
The rap star lately purchased two houses in St. Augustine, considered one of which he’ll probably be flipping and filming for the return of his actuality TV hit collection. He additionally was noticed throughout Jacksonville final week, and, in line with Nobre, has been seen visiting numerous eating places within the space over the past couple of weeks.
“I hope he comes again,” Nobre mentioned. “Not as a result of he is a celeb, however as a result of he was a lot enjoyable — so form to our employees and simply so good to everybody.”
Helena Perray is the restaurant and eating author for The Daytona Seaside Information-Journal. A New Jersey native and passionate storyteller, she might be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Observe her on Instagram and Fb. Help native journalism by subscribing