Yesterday’s leisurely afternoon came as a welcome respite following Friday’s hectic schedule. I slept in, read a little more of A Game of Thrones (loving it!), and then met up with my three charming San Diego guides – April, Monique, and Melissa – for a late lunch at Prado’s in Balboa Park. We shared five plates, among them a stand-out crispy calamari tossed in a sweet chili sauce, and seared Kobe beef rolls. We then took the drive back to 5th street where we went to a placed called Sensational Desserts (I think?) where we shared: a divine carrot-crème brulee cake, a macadamia chocolate torte, an ultra-rich tres leches cake, and a pavlova with guava cream. By the time I got back to the hotel at 6:00 p.m., I was wired and not in much of an eating mood, so rather than join the rest of the gang at Rice, I elected to relax in my hotel room and, of course, update my blog.
We all met downstairs in the lobby at 7:00 p.m. and, for a change, I was the only one NOT wearing a jacket. Joe F. had traveled back to L.A. that morning, but Michael Shanks had flown in to join us. We left the W in three limos and arrived at the Sci Fi/Entertainment Weakly Party for 8:00 p.m. We did the requisite red carpet walk, then settled down in a little area where Matt ordered up about a dozen fruity martinis while I snapped shots of our cast running the gauntlet of reporters as the smoke emanating from pool wafted up and over the proceedings.
Last year’s party was great and this year’s was even better. I wasn’t hungry which was too bad because the short rib sliders and ice cream bar (where you could order up your own ice cream creations) looked mighty good. And the turn-out was quite impressive. Beside the talent from the various Sci Fi shows, there were more than a few surprise party-crashers: J.J. Abrams, Robert Downey Jr. who was at Comic Con promoting Iron Man, Liv Tyler, adult film star Jenna Jameson who was accompanied by a tatted-up bruiser, comedian Sara Silverman, Edward Norton, John Favreau, Stan Lee, author Cory Doctorow (check out his hilarious Down And Out In the Magic Kingdom), and Joss Whedon who reconnected with former Firefly/Serenity- present Atlantis star Jewel Staite.
A good time was had by all. I caught up with some people, chatted with entertainment reporter Mary McNamara, thanked the gang at Sci Fi for all of their hard work, then headed back to the hotel for another 50 pages of A Game of Thrones before bed.
This morning, I caught the 12:30 p.m. flight back to Vancouver with Martin Wood. Enroute, we sampled some of the chocolates I got while in San Diego. Michelle of SCB gifted me with two bars – a 100% cocoa and a wild dark chocolate, chili and peppercorn bar that did a terrific job of clearing our sinuses. We also tried the Vosges milk chocolate and green tea bar, a Chuao dark chocolate and almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios, and a spectacular Chuao milk chocolate Early Grey bar that I ended up giving to our air hostess because she loved it so much.
Big week ahead. The in-laws are in town and Chef Will Poole of Wen Chocolates is driving in on Tuesday with a cake for the staff (!!!). We have our production meeting for Kindred II and I look forward to the extra special guest who’ll be putting in an appearance (I refer, of course, to our new French Bulldog Lulu who we’ll be picking up Monday night). Also, I received emails from those ever-so-determined Nigerian scammers James Williams and Ali, so both Cookie Monster and Aloysius P. Hazzencockle will be replying in a timely fashion.
Today’s pics: kick-ass calamari, carrot-creme brulee cake, Jewel ready to rock, MGM’s Theo Dumont snaps me snapping him, a pre-limo Chris and David, director Martin Wood sporting a killer jacket, the smoking David Hewlett!, and the smoking Amanda Tapping!, Matt keeping a wary eye on John G. Lenic, Sci Fi’s gorgeous Kim Volonakis, the red carpet, the press!, the ever-so-suave Matt, the swimming pool is on fire!, Jewel Staite and Morris Chapdelaine, mmmmm sliders, Amanda Tapping and Michael Shanks brave the red carpet together, Gary Jones and Ben Browder regale the press, Ben Browder walks the red carpet, Michael Shanks makes a break for it, Martin Wood and Chris Judge take on both the press and the fog, Brandon Molale and the lovely Kimberly Wolfe, Sci Fi’s Patrick Lee with the future Captain Marvel?, bad boy author Cory Doctorow, writer and all around nice guy Rafael Jordan, Claire and I, Mary McNamara checks her camera, Sci Fi’s Tony Optican (paisley pants not pictured), Amanda and Damian chow down.