For dinner, all three of us had the Braised AAA beef short rib with parsley root puree, braised carrots, and zuddas potato. It was quite good, but the star of this particular course was the double order of Meyer Lemon gnocchi we’d ordered “for the table”. Very nicely done!
For dessert, Ivon and I wet with the Chocolate and Tonka Bean – a bite-size line-up of four different chocolate creations which included fondant, parfait, macaron, custard, and feuilletine cake. A near perfect assembly marred on slightly by the macaron which I found a tad chewy (although, in all fairness, I fear I’ve become a bit of a macaron snob since my Tokyo trip when I spent every day visiting the likes of Dalloyau, JP Hevin, and Pierre Hermes). Lawren, for reasons known only to him, went with the passion fruit mousse with matcha Chantilly and a matcha and passion fruit milkshake. He claimed to have enjoyed it – until the last bite which, unfortunately, contained a very tart piece of decorative fruit.
Our waitress provided excellent service – despite the fact that she mispronounced “endive“.
Ivon snapped up the bill before Lawren and I knew what was happening, so a big thanks to him for treating us. And, while I’m at it, I’d also like to take a moment to thank him as well for the spectacular job he’s done over the years as the show’s Special Features Producer. Every season, he’s worked hard at developing a solid professional relationship with the actors, earning their trust and respect; creating a comfortable dialogue with them that has resulted in some terrific pieces the likes of which any freelance interviewer would be hard-pressed to achieve. He’s always made it a point to gauge the fan community and come up with unique special features that have proven as informative as they are entertaining. The DVD extras Ivon has produced these past few years have been of so good that I have a hard time imagining anyone else doing the job, much less doing anywhere near as good a job. And, hey, if you missed our Q&A with Ivon, check it out here: http://josephmallozzi.com/2008/07/30/july-30-2008-with-special-guest-blogger-stargate-special-features-producer-ivon-bartok/
I walked into the office today to discover a surprise guest awaiting me in Carl’s office: none other than Christopher Judge. We, of course, talked college football, t.v., and acting, and I asked when he was going to drop by and do his own Q&A on this blog. I explained how it worked: I’d gather fan questions, email them his way, then he could answer as many (or as few) as he wished, send them back my way… “This sounds way too complicated,”he interrupted. “How about you take me to lunch, ask me the questions, and I’ll answer them.” Done and done. I’ll reconnect with Chris and find out an appropriate week, and then I’ll start the ball rolling.
Oh, and before I wrap up today’s entry, I’d like to introduce everyone to our Air Force point person, the individual vetting our scripts. Master Sergeant Angelique (pictured above)was in town to check out the sets, meet with production personnel, and kick ass. She’s nothing short of delightful and here’s hoping she makes it back to Vancouver sooner than later.