Lately, it seems like I’ve been spending more time at local restaurant Fuel than I have at my own house. First, there was last Friday’s birthday dinner for fellow writer-producer Carl Binder. Then, Sunday night, with Fondy still in New York, I grabbed a seat in front of the big open kitchen and let Chef Rob Belcham serve up whatever he felt like dishing. Then, last night, I was back with Ivon, Alex, Martin, Carl, Alan, and Lawren for some utterly awesome schnitzel. Among the dishes I sampled over those last three visits:
The sweet and buttery sweet yellow corn soup with chili and Okanagan peaches: I know, I know. I mentioned this dish in Saturday’s entry and strongly urged you all to go down and try it before they take it off the menu. And I mean it! Go! Now!
A delightfully crisp but richly marbled crown pork served on whole grain mustard and topped with tangy apple slivers.
A delicately flavored squab and foie gras-stuffed leg.
An incredibly tender pork chop accompanied by some braised pork belly.
Heavenly potatoes aligot, mashed with cheese curds and parmesan, then whipped to a cloudy consistency and topped with butter.
Golden pork schnitzel (Vancouver‘s best!), served atop a bed of foie gras-fried potatoes and anointed with a delicious sauce of morel mushrooms, diced green beans, and cream.
Three visits in a week and three incredible meals. Actually, make that four as I’ve booked a table for Fondy and I this Friday night. And, yes, I’ll be having that corn soup again.
On the work front: shooting continues on the big team-up eppy, finished the polish on Harmony, almost finished my producer’s cut of Kindred I as I await the completion of the Previously On sequence, an exhausted Martin completed his latest (and last) rewrite of Trio, read the first draft of Outcast, and watched the episode with the engagement scene (I have a feeling the fans will love it).
Today’s Q&A –
Teyilia writes: “Since the finale is being written at this time yes? when does actual filming for it start/end?”
Answers: Yes and end of September.
Flying Fig writes: “I know what a director’s cut is (for DVDs, etc.) but what is a producer’s cut?”
Answer: At the end of the day, the producer’s cut is the finished version.
Yasmin writes: “…is it possible to get the next one dedicated to a wonderful 5 year old, who’s the kindest soul I know?”
Answer: Sure. This blog entry is dedicated to the kind-souled five year old.
ChevronSeven writes: “What exactly goes into polishing a script?”
Answer: Depends on the script notes.
Jill_Ion writes: “Are you sure all of the aliens on Stargate are fake?”
Answer: All but one.
Scifan writes: “ Maybe for season 5, you can have a story contest.”
Answer: Sorry. The production has nothing to do with organizing contests. That would be SciFi and MGM’s area of expertise.
Mackenziesmomma writes: “Today was a very hard day in my world, I had to make the gut wrenching decision to have my dearest little Rodney put to sleep.”
Answer: I’m sorry to hear about Rodney. From the sound of it, he was a much-loved member of the family and will be greatly missed.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Also, did you know Netflix is already way ahead of you and the team on the seasons of SGA?”
Answer: Parallel universes? Really? Cool!
Anonymous #2 writes: “If Atlantis gets picked up for a season 5, when would you start writing for it?”
Answer: Hopefully well be spinning stories in November.
Ploker writes: “Seeing as how you are involved with book clubs how about starting the “Joe Mallozzi international Book club”
Answer: That would require everyone to read as fast as me. Takers?
Allison writes: “Joe, my first day of college is today! To celebrate this event, do you think it would be possible for you to dedicate a corner of your office to me?”
Answer: I dedicate the corner with the little coffee table to you.
Zabadoo writes: “1.)I was in the process of writing a script to put in my portfolio to send with my college applications, and my computer crashed and it got deleted. (…) Has that ever happened to you, if so, any suggestions that can help to get it going again? 2) I heard there is a continuation to the Gero/McKay episodes… 3).)Should we expect any dark twists in Sheppard’s backstory? Like is there a reason he hasn’t told anyone much of who he was before? 4.)The episodes that Paul McGillion is in, is it going to be a completely different character from what we’ve seen before?”
Answers: 1) Let anger and desperation be your muse. 2) Gero/McKay episodes? 3) Don’t know what you mean by “dark”. 4) No, it’ll be the guy we knew.
Pattirose4 writes: “Any chance of casting Peter Wingfield in an upcoming role?”
Answer: He already played Tanith on SG-1 and was killed off in season 5.
Atlantisfannew1 a ecrit: “Et je voudrez vous demandez une adresse postal ou vous envoyé des lettre”
Reponse: Stargate, 2400 Boundary Road, Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5M 3Z3
Agnes Mtutwe writes: “ On receipt of your yay (as opposed to nay) we will immediately ship 2960 fine specimens to Vancouver.”
Answer: Dearest Agnes, Thank you for your kind offer of 2960 crocodiles. Unfortunately, my moat can only accommodate a maximum of 30. That said, I am in the process of closing a deal on a petting zoo in Kansas. Alas, the sheeps and llamas are not included in the price of the purchase so maybe your crocodiles would offer a great substitute. Not as soft for petting, granted, but with oodles more kid-appeal.