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I was sufficiently recovered from my chocolate overdose by the time we hit Fuel. And good thing too because, going by previous experience, we’d be doing some major feasting on this night. Since I had pre-ordered our main course, we only needed to concern ourselves with the appetizers. However, one of the nice things about being a regular at a place like Fuel is you’re more likely to become privy to some of the off-menu items the chef has been experimenting with. Last night, it was a whole deep-fried duck. Now normally, if I was presented with the opportunity to sample an entire duck dish when I already had an entire cote de boeuf on deck…I would do exactly what I did: I ordered the duck.

We started with an interesting amuse bouche featuring chorizo lardo, then followed that with a nice beet root salad with house made ricotta and fireweed honey. Preliminaries out of the way, the duck was up next. It was presented whole at the table, then whisked back to the kitchen where it was deboned and divided onto four separate plates before being served. Crisp, tender, and incredibly flavorful – it was superb. Fuel has the distinction of preparing the best pork dish I’ve ever had (my last dinner here with Marty G.) and now, thanks to this night‘s surprise addition, the best duck dish I’ve ever had as well. It was so good, in fact, that I even considered the possibility of investing in my own deep-fryer (then suddenly recalled images of horrific deep-fryer accidents from that 20/20 report and quickly quashed the notion). Next came the cote de boeuf (also presented whole at the table before being sent back for carving) which was served family style at the center of the table with a sauce Bearnaise and meaty golden fries. It was an amazing cut of beef, perfectly prepared, and no wonder it has become one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. For dessert, I had the quince doughnuts with cinnamon bun ice cream. I know, I know. As a rule, I don’t mix fruit with dessert. But there are rare exceptions – and this dessert was one.

I went home so full last night that I couldn’t imagine ever eating again and yet, believe it or not, that’s exactly what I did today at lunch.  Despite the inclement weather and foreboding crowds, we braved the downtown area to do some last-minute Christmas shopping and, after perusing the local bookstore in search of some Elizabeth Chadwick (whoever suggested my mother might enjoy Georgette Heyer is in big trouble!), we walked the few blocks down to Prima Taste for some Singaporean fare.  We were halfway through a relatively quiet meal when a waiter at a neighboring table dropped a glass. It exploded on impact, showering fragments down on our table, our food, and, oh yeah, us. Within seconds, the owner was there, checking to make sure we were okay, then ushering over to a glass-fragment-free booth. Our half-finished dishes were taken away and replaced with brand new orders of excellent Hanainese chicken, black pepper short ribs, satays, and a mango salad my mother and sister couldn’t stop talking about (or eating). As if two lunches were enough, we were also presented with a dessert on the house: crispy crepe topped with shaved coconut, palm sugar, and vanilla ice cream. A much-appreciated touch and yet one more reason Prima Taste is our preferred downtown lunch destination.

Questions and comments –

Susiekew writes: “Any chance we’ll see non-humanoid aliens in season 5?”

Answer: It’s possible. Events in the back half of season 4 will open the door to all sorts of possibilities.

Anne Teldy writes: “Will there be any actor-suggested episodes or storylines in Season 5?”

Answer: Not so far.

Elizabeth writes: “What do you think of the Christmas song ‘The Christmas Shoes’?”

Answer: No opinion. Never heard it.

Emily writes: “If I recall correctly, I did out-eat you during the cote de boeuf course.”

Answer: Only because I was busy doing most of the talking.

Thunder writes: “How’s the adorable little Jelly doing?”

Answer: Still limping but appreciating the extra attention.

Voodoolizzy writes: “What do you do while you’re exercising?”

Answer: I usually watch anime. Today, for instance, I started a new series – Gun Sword – but wasn’t all that impressed.

Jumperpilot writes: “As my wife and I have been in the hospital for the delivery of our 3rd child.”

Answer: Congratulations on the birth of your future little gater.

Talen writes: “My sister, who runs after her 6 and 3yr old kids all day/night has surprisingly asked me for a book for Christmas”

Answer: If she enjoys humorous books, I’d suggest anything by David Sedaris.

jme 02067 writes: “ Have you read Vernor Vinge’s “Rainbows End?””

Answer: Not yet. But I did read and enjoy A Fire Upon the Deep.

42zine writes: “Will you be eating in or going out for Christmas dinner?”

Answer: Going out to pick up two cote de boeufs I ordered from Fuel, then bringing them home and eating in.

Danielforever writes: “When you get a chance, could you please give us a few spoilers/tidbits involving Daniel in season 5?”

Answer: At this point, there are none.

Farscapefan writes: “Is there a ray of hope for Cam/Sam shippers?”

Answer: Cam and Sam? That would be like siblings dating! Who’d want to see that?

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Jake E

Joe,

How did you get started in the witting business? What attracted you to the Sci-fi/Stargate universe? Any tips for someone who loves to read/watch/critique and write short stories (thats me)?

-Jake

Charles Schneider

As great as a free lunch and dessert sound, I really feel sorry for that waiter. I can imagine the look of horror as all your heads turn in their direction after the impact. It’s good that nobody was permanently injured (hopefully the chef didn’t beat the waiter afterwards).

Being that you like to eat out a lot, do you plan to do the traditional Christmas dinner out somewhere, or will you be preparing something the old-fashioned way?

danielfanforever
danielfanforever

“At this point, there are none.”

This comment really bothers me. Are you now saying that Daniel will not be in season 5? I thought you said that you talked to Michael and were working on a story idea because having Daniel in season 5 was a priority. Could you please explain what you mean because I’m really confused.

Bugguy
Bugguy

Hey Joe,
Don’t be such a wimp. I have deep fried my last 3 Thanksgiving dinners, I mean the jello salad was a little iffy but the turkey and this year a duck are fantastic. Just think of the evil villainry you could come up with while using boiling oil. I always tell the neighbors if they see flames coming from my backyard they should call the fire department and bring a fire extinguisher. The thought of potential destruction during dinner is such a rush though.

Kathleen
Kathleen

Re: Sam/Cam – amen on the no incest comment. Ew. Just… ew. And it says a lot for the acting abilities of both Ben and Claudia that I can’t imagine Cam with Vala either, despite the smoking hotness that was John Crichton/Aeryn Soong on Farscape. Will Sam have any romantic possibilities in the Pegasus Galaxy in season 5? Or will her bad luck continue?

crazymom

GeekBoy is working his way through some of Ben Bova’s books. He’s reading The Rock Rats right now. Have you read any of his books? Since he’s been grounded from video games for the next few weeks, he’s going to be a little disappointed when he sees the game we got him for Christmas (pre-grounding), so we got him a gift card at Borders so he can catch up with Terry Pratchett or Ben Bova while he’s grounded.


When is a laptop not a laptop anymore?

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

“….Our half-finished dishes were taken away …”

AAaaaaaaagh, I can’t stand seeing that. Guess I come from a ‘waste not want not’ background. I certainly hope you got doggy bags! (unless it’s something they’d turn their pug noses up at).

Will you be blogging over the Xmas break? I can imagine you’d take a nice long relaxing hiatus and get back to blogging on the 27th ;).

“….that I even considered the possibility of investing in my own deep-fryer (then suddenly recalled images of horrific deep-fryer accidents from that 20/20 report and quickly quashed the notion…”

Chicken!!!!! (pun intended).

Do you have a pressure cooker? They’re awesome. Meals that would normally take ages to cook have their times halved. One day I’ll save up for a big stainless steel mother, but will have to do with a teflone p.o.s for now.

What are you buying your canine kids for Christmas?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

This is beginning to resemble torture, looking at the pictures and reading your descriptions of the menus of your recent outings, all the while eyeballing the leftovers to find the ones not yet mold-encrusted. Ah well. Better your waistline than mine anyways.
Congratulations to Jumperpilot and wife. Another generation coming forth to ensure the show’s survival. My thanks to those who mentioned the mgm preview of BAMSR. I was doing well on controlling my SGA addiction until I watched it, what with the marathon coming up. Now I’m back to glancing at the calender and figuring out how many more days I have to suffer…at least there is consolation in knowing others must suffer with me.
One (multipart)question for the day. You’ve covered most of your reading habits. When is the last time you’ve read Shakespeare(or seen a play) or other “classics”? Do you feel that these give you inspiration when you do read them, or do you find some of them overated? And of all genres, would you care to list an overall top ten? Ok, its multiple questions, not multipart. My apologies, but the questions stand…

Erin Anderson
Erin Anderson

On the anime manga front, my husband recommends reading Chobits but warns to stay away from the the DVD’s. He applauds your choice in Full Metal Alchemist.

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

(ok ok doggy bags are out of the question seeing as my stupid eyes didn’t read how your plates had a garnish of soda glass…fair enough!). My apologies.

IggyMing
IggyMing

“Answer: Cam and Sam? That would be like siblings dating! Who’d want to see that?”

Thank you, Joe! That would be something I DO NOT want to see. I am still holding out for your promise of the Sam/Jack ship confirmation in s5. Please don’t forget! smile

susiekew
susiekew

Hey Joe,

Have you ever eaten at Craftsteak in the MGM Grand Las Vegas? It was started by chef Tom Colicchio (of Top Chef fame). I had the pleasure last year in honor of my 50th birthday – I swear I died and went to heaven ….

Zabadoo
Zabadoo

1.) What’s the fourth episode Weir’s in this season?
2.) Supposedly The Ark of Truth has been leaked to torrent websites already, how do you feel about that?
3.) Do you plan on giving Gateworld an early copy of The Ark of Truth to give fans an early review, or will everyone review it at the same time?
4.) Any plans for another Teal’c guest-spot in season 5?

Sillyscipia
Sillyscipia

You probably get this ridiculously often, will we have any real shippy moments other the Rodney/Katie in seasons four and five?

Randonimity
Randonimity

Ark of Truth was leaked online. I haven’t watched it…don’t plan too i’m waiting for the DVD. It’s been a bad year for the Stargate Franchise with leakages, Adrift, Lifeline, Doppelganger and not Ark of Truth.

Arctic Goddess
Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

Next time I’m in Vancouver, I am definitely going to have to try Fuel. Is it a must to pre-order the Cote de Boeuf?

I believe that at one time you said you visited Alberta. Where did you visit, and what did you do while here?

Patricia

Amber Hooker
Amber Hooker

Fried chicken, turkey, and duck is well worth the risk!!! You just need to make sure the frier is in the middle of the driveway, far away from the house. You can infuse them with whole garnishments that make it to die for. I know you can do that anyways, but this is just different. Mouth-watering, tender and done in no time.
I have a question…I have never really read scifi or fantasy (more of a murder mystery girl) but I’m looking for a new genre and I wondered if you have a suggestion for a first timer in the scifi/fantasy relm?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!

narellefromaus
narellefromaus

Hi Joe. Since reading your recent posts on all the food you have been eating I’ve been feeling strangely full..

Anyhow, I’ve now been in bed for almost 2 days with the usual “work has finished for the year, excuse me while I go and have a breakdown” flu and I want to say THANK YOU so much for Atlantis. I’ve loaded it up on my laptop and have been watching it in bed to keep me sane. Seems to be doing the trick.

Watching Season 2 again and I’m picking up a lot of little things I’ve missed previously, it made me wonder whether you expect people to pick up on some comments (and things happening in the background) the first time round, or if you purposefully know that it may not be noticed until the 2nd or 3rd watch?

All the best to your family, the furry kids (and to everyone else reading this site) for a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Scott of the Sahara
Scott of the Sahara

So nice to have finally found your blog again! I was fearing you’d had a less than fortunate run-in with sasquatch.

Also, I have a question. For some reason when I watch “Atlantis” it seems like it is all very blue-ish, like someone has slightly tweeked the color settings on my television. I was wondering if 1) that’s actually true or if my eyes need checking and 2) if true, what’s the reasoning behind that?

Cheers and happy holidays!

WingedPegasus
WingedPegasus

Since season 4 has been a pretty emotional season so far, I have a question.
Will we see any of the main characters cry this season? If so, who and when?

Jason
Jason

Any chance Major Lorne will get a promotion? It seems like he’s been a Major for a while and since he seems to have done some excellent work, Isn’t he in like for a promotion?

Kimberlee
Kimberlee

hi joe! will the little children (doggies) get anything from santa clause?

cyn
cyn

The only shipping I’d tolerate well would be Jack/Sam and Daniel/Vala. I’m with you on Cam/Sam. Big EEEWWW!

SciFi channel is doing a SG1 marathon on Xmas day. Do you have any episode favorites? Wormhole Xtreme and Window of Opportunity are my personal faves.

cheri
cheri

I’m glad I found you again! I missed your humor…and the mail bag. People are funny, aren’t they??

Jenny R.
Jenny R.

No joke, I was at a party once and one boy had bought a deep-fryer that day at a garage sale. We proceeded to deep-fry everything in sight in his backyard. Including a sock. And patato chips, which was strange, since they’re already fried.

Does everyone who eats out with you exercise too? Or do they not have to worry about it?