I receive a lot of comments about the food pics, people marveling over the delicious-looking dishes. But, truth be told, they’re not all winners. For every spectacularly memorable meal I sit down to, there are twenty that don’t even merit a mention. And there are one or two that I’d just as soon forget. Although it’s rare I’ll leave a restaurant having hated everything I tried, all it takes is one very bad dish to taint the experience and ensure I never return. So, for all of those foodies out there living vicariously through my dining adventures, here is the flip side of the coin, the reality of the not-so-wonderful plates that made me wish I’d been home eating McDonald’s take-out instead. My list of The Worst Things I’ve Eaten of Late:
Salmon Tataki with garlic chips: Fondy popped a piece into her mouth, started to chew, then immediately spat the partially masticated morsel back onto her plate. “Fishy!”was her alarmed one-word review. I was kind of amused as I’d never seen anything prompt that sort of reaction from her. And I got to see it again two dishes later when…
Uni Nigiri: This was in and out of Fondy’s mouth so fast I feared she’d burned her tongue. When sea urchin is fresh, it’s sweet, creamy, and utterly sumblime. And when it’s not so fresh, it’s – well – probably the closest you’ll ever get to experiencing what crap tastes like.
French Fries: The writers love to order from Swiss Chalet. Well, most of them anyway. I usually go with the two leg combo which is actually pretty good – just so long as you steer clear of those cold, limp fries.
Chicken dinner: Compliments of Air Canada, I think the secret ingredient was Vicks Vaporub.
Asparagus salad: Also compliments of Air Canada. No accompanying comment necessary.
Tamago-Salmon Roll and Kinda Seaweed Salad: You know that Food Channel show where the guy comes to your house and makes dishes based on whatever leftovers you happen to have in your refrigerator? Well, I think this guy was working the kitchen on the night we visited Kamei Royale on West Broadway.
Grilled Whelk: If someone had told me I’d actually been eating Grilled Pencil Erasers, I wouldn’t have been all that surprised.
Well, we started prep on This Mortal Coil today with a nice line-up of all-day meetings. For those of you really hardcore fan/enthusiasts who appreciate this sort of thing (mainly because it will help you in designing the replica Atlantis sets you’re planning on building), here are some of the lay-outs for the various locations around the city…
Lots of mail to catch up on…
Vikitty writes: “The big question: Batman or Spiderman?”
Anonymous a ecrit: “1 )Est-ce que les Wraiths ont des prénoms?, 2) Va t’on connaître la signification de leur tatouage?, 3) est-ce que l’on va en apprendre plus sur leur structure sociale et familiale et sur la manière dont ils élèvent les jeunes ?, 4) est-ce qu’on va en apprendre plus sur les vénérateurs de Wraiths aperçu dans les épisodes “Lost Boy” et “Hive” ?, 5)Dans quel épisode va t’on retrouver le wraith de Common Ground? dans “the Seer” ? ça ne serait pas lui le Wraith qui veut travailler avec Atlantis?, 6) va-t’il devenir un personnage récurrent ?
Reponses: 1) Le fait que nous ne les avons pas appelés du commencement rend ceci difficile. 2) Peut-être 3) Peut-être 4) Peut-être 5) Nous le verrons dans The Seer. 6) Peut-être .
Anonymous #2 a ecrit: “Verrons nous le lieutenant Cadman dans la saison 4 d’Atlantis?”
Reponse: Non, nous ne la verrons pas.
Linzi writes: “I was listening to your Hi Scifi interview today. I really enjoyed it, but was rather disappointed that you don’t have a villainous laugh…”
Answer: Yeah, I’m working on it.
Linzi also writes: “What about the back half of season 4? Are we going to get more showcase episodes, or will they all be team eppies?”
Answer: Still too early to tell but so far, we are leaning toward more team episodes.
Jenny Robin writes: “I’m planning something for release later this evening. You will play a big part in it. In fact, you and this blog will be the focus, and the success of my endeavor will rely solely on the participation of the people who read this blog.”
Answer: Is it legal?
Chef William writes: “It’s Chef William from WEN in Denver.…[…] Thanks for the incredible blogs regarding the product(s), sounds like you all had as much fun eating everything, as we did making it. Glad to be a part of your party.”
Answer: Your chocolates were the hit of the party. So much so that I’ll probably be giving you a call next week about a second shipment, this one for the office.
Shawna writes: “What percentage of the actors that have worked on Stargate, especially the guest stars, are actually into sci-fi? And do you find that there is a larger portion of behind-the-scenes people that are fans of the show/genre than those in front?”
Answer: Well, the writers are all scifi fans. And I can’t speak for any of the other actors or behind-the-scenes people, but I do know that both Ben Browder and Martin Wood are very well read in the genre.
Anonymous #3 writes: “Sorry, Joe, but what you say in this blog is just about total bullshit. […. The fans may not know every single person’s name or the job they do, but to suggest that nobody cares about them isn’t exactly accurate either.”
Answer: Bullshit? For my blog entry to garner that sort of reaction from someone, I suspect there must be a deeper issue at play here. Seriously, was your birth village razed and pillaged by a band of Art Department staff-members?
Grace writes: “ About this comment from you: I don’t think anyone expects you to show people out on dates or anything like that. What confuses people is that YOU KNOW THIS. You know that Shep/Weir has more support than Shep/Teyla.”
Answer: To be perfectly honest, it doesn’t really interest me. Sheppard/Talking Chimp (Shemp) can get ten times as many votes as Sheppard/Discarded Melba Toast (Shdmt) and it still won’t impact the creative decisions we make.
Anonymous #4 writes: “Gives us the update, Joe. How many episodes will Torri be in?”
Iamza writes: “Also, on a more serious note (not!), will you please confirm how many season four episodes Monty, the radioactive gopher, will be in?”
Firefly 827347 writes: “Yay! You mentioned Fondy! Not heard much about her in a while, I hope she’s well.”
Answer: We wrote her out but the SaveFondy campaign was so persistent that we decided to bring her back.