One of the great thing about this blog is that it offers up a convenient means by which fans of the show can communicate criticisms, concerns, and, most important of all, information about upcoming food-related events. Such as yesterday’s entry in which Vikitty alerted me to the Third Annual Moon Acres Garlic Festival taking place today, and today only, in Steveston. Fondy and I took the drive up for noon and I could barely contain my excitement trying to imagine what garlic-themed concoctions awaited us: garlic sausages, garlic stew, garlic chocolate perhaps? As it turned out, none of the above. Some burgers, some hot dogs, some corn, but nothing in keeping with the garlic theme. Still, the trip wasn’t a total loss. I picked up two pounds of fresh garlic (whose perfume fairly permeated the interior of my Q7 while we stopped for lunch), an excellent red pepper, garlic and chili spread (with a cream cheese and butter base), and a curious-sounding red pepper and garlic jelly.
Foregoing the burgers and dogs, we opted to try our luck along Richmond’s restaurant row where, influenced by our disenchantment with the garlic-less garlic fest, we tried out a Malaysian restaurant called Ginger and Garlic. Suffice it to say, the less said about this restaurant the better. Some mediocre curries, and a sautéed spinach dish overpowered by the taste of burnt garlic made for an unremarkable lunch.
Dismayed with the garlic festival, dissatisfied with lunch, I decided to make a little cheer-up stop-over. I’m sure everyone can agree that after a disappointing outing, its often nice to end up in more comfortable, familiar surroundings. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name. And in my case, that place is Monde Chocolat where I am always greeted like a dearly-missed member of the family – enroute to dropping about $100 on chocolates.
P.S. Amy Lynn – Send me your new mailing address.
Emma writes: “ Talking of spammers…(…) I’ve tried being polite, being not so polite and later, taking a leaf out of your book,I first told them I was moving to Pennsylvania to live with an Armish community and then advised them that I was renouncing all technology to live in a fortified 18th century bunker in the New Forest to wait for impending Nuclear War…alas I have been getting more calls…any suggestions”
Answer: Ah, if they’re phone calls you want to try a different approach. Engage them in conversation but keep it strictly personal. Ask them about themselves, their relationships with their various family members, their respective love lives. Inform them that you are going through a rough time in your life and will really benefit from learning of their experiences and make it very, very clear that you REALLY NEED someone to talk to, a friend. THEM! Tell them about your personal life: your family vacation to Tibet and that hilarious talking monkey-Sherpa that still sends you postcards, your ex-lover with the peg leg who ate avoided plums because it was “the devil’s fruit”, or your experience with that Bigfoot-worshiping cult literally worshipped people with really big feet.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Now that all the episodes of this season have been slotted how many, if any, of these episodes will feature The Genii and are there any major Genii episodes such as “Coup D’etat”?”
Answer: The Genii will make a late-season appearance, but the story will not focus on the machinations within the Genii’s inner circle.
PG15 writes: “1. Hmmm…well, if the podcast is undoable at the moment, is there a chance that it could surface when the show premiers or after production ends? 2. Do you think it’s a good sign that SciFi is waiting this long to reach a decision about the fate of SGA Season 5, or do you think it means nothing? I mean, I’m no expert at business so…yeah.
3. Have you guys worked out the episode order for the second half of the season yet? If so, do you mind sharing it with us?”
Answers: 1. To be honest, pod casts don’t really hold that much interest for us since we pretty much accomplish the same behind-the-scenes commentary for the DVD’s. 2. Let’s say I understand their desire to want to see how the new season performs. 3. We have but I don’t have a schedule handy so I can’t relay that information at this time.
Zoey Flannigan writes: “Do you think that you could do a episode where shepherd is reunited with a love intrest from his past?”
Answer: We are working on a late-season episode in which he is reunited with his ex-wife.
Moe Jacuzzi writes: “…I am taking a leave of undetermined length…”
Answer: What?! I haven’t missed a day of blogging in 8 months and you’re giving up after less than a week?! For shame!
Anonymous #2 writes: “Don’t you think it is time to update your “About Me” photo to include Lulu?”
Answer: Yup. It’s on my To-Do List.
Vikitty writes: “Go to the one in Steveston?”
Answer: I did and thanks for the heads-up. Not much in the way of food but the garlic-chili-red pepper cream cheese is delish.
Patricia writes: “Now that Sopranos is over, who is your villain role model?”
Answer: Who it has always been – Victor Von Doom.
Steph writes: “As part of my summer experience, I get to read one of a few classics (well, duh, seeing as the class is “Classics through the ages”). My choices are The Count of Monte Cristo, Emma, Othello, Beloved, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Any advice?”
Answer: All great choices I’m sure but if it was me, I’d start with The Count of Monte Cristo, them move on to Emma, and then flip a three-sided coin.
Anonymous #4 writes: “What do you suppose would happen if a Goa’uld took a Wraith as a host?”
Answer: You’d have a goa’ulded wraith. Is this a trick question?
Anonymous #5 writes: “Is the last episode for Season 4 being written with a cliffhanging story that could be continued in an MGM Atlantis DVD movie in case there is no SciFi Channel Season 5 pick-up?”
Answer: It will be a cliffhanger season-ender and let’s just say that regardless of how things work out, I can’t see us leaving our fans hanging indefinitely.
Yasmin writes: “So P-diddy is asking about the fake P-90 again. What do you say?”
Answer: Unfortunately, the P-90’s are a no-go. How about a staple fired in anger instead?
Anonymous #6 writes: “ When you said “I’m a Strauss man” what does it mean? Is it Johann the Elder, Johann the Younger, Franz or Richard?”
Answer: That would be Johan Strauss II.
Anonymous #7 writes: “Do you watch “Top Chef”?”
Atlantisfannew1 a ecrit: “Qu elle sont vos vin préféré??”
Reponse: “Je ne bois pas beaucoup de vin mais, tout quand meme, je prefere des vin blancs plus doux comme un Riesling ou un Gewurtzraminer.
KMcK writes: “Would you like to have Weir back as well?”
Answer: Depending on how certain storylines evolve and Torri’s availability, we would love to have her back.
Anonymous #8 writes: “When will we know if there’s going to be a S6 or not?”
Answer: Season 6?! Let’s concentrate on season 5.
Anonymous #9 writes: “Do you know if the ships in atlantis land ON the city, or NEXT to the city, in the water?”
Answer: If you’re referring to the Daedalus and the Apollo, they don’t land. They remain in planetary orbit.
Anonymous #10 writes: “Now that the “extended trailer” (from Comic-Con) is on SGA’s Yahoo TV page, can you give us the names of the Season 4 episodes that are shown like you said you would?”
Answer: In particular order – Adrift, Lifeline, Doppelganger, Travelers, Tabula Rasa, Missing and possibly (sorry, some of the scenes went by so fast) Reunion and The Seer.
Anna writes: “ I was wondering if we’d ever happen to see Sam and Teyla spar in season 4.”
Answer: No, we won’t.
Tom Foolery writes: “Is there any chance Felger will ever visit Atlantis?”
Answer: Most unlikely.
Tom Foolery also writes: “Have you ever tried Haggis?”
Answer: I haven’t. One of the butchers near my place sells it every once in a while but I haven’t had occasion to pick some up.
Anonymous #11 writes: “ Has it ever been specifically clarified what Jack’s position is in S9 and S10?”
Answer: Specifically? It has not.
Crazymom writes: “Is the doggy spa still on schedule?”
Answer: A strike at Vancouver City Hall has delayed the opening as Fondy has been unable to secure a business license. As a result, the grand opening has been pushed to late August.
Promogirl writes: “By the way, have you watched Flash Gordon, yet?”
Answer: I haven’t.
Anonymous #12 writes: “have you read any books by Robert Silverberg or John Brunner?”
Answer: I read a Best of Robert Silverberg collection over the hiatus and enjoyed it very much. I’ve also been meaning to get around to Lord Valentine’s Castle. Also sitting on my bookshelf are Brunner’s The Sheep Look Up and Stand on Zanzibar.
Anonymous #12 also writes: “Does the commentary for “Irresponsible” include your input?”
Answer: I don’t recall. I remember telling Lawren that if they had me do the Irresponsible commentary, they wouldn’t like what I had to say.
Aurelie McKay-Hewlett a ecrit: “Vous aimez manger a mcdonald’s?”
Lisa Gabi Marie writes: “I know this is kind of old, but I finally watched the Comic con SGA panel and was surprised to not hear any questions about Elizabeth. Were you also surprised and what questions did you think fans might have asked about her?”
Answer: I was expecting someone would ask and was somewhat surprised no one did. As to what questions fan may have asked – that’s question for the fans.
Anonymous #13 writes: “…all the questions were screened before they were asked. That’s why there were no Weir questions.”
Answer: First time we heard of any screening was on the boards after the Comic Con. Robert and I neither requested nor were informed of any attempt to screen comments.