Sunday night, Ivon and I enjoyed a magnificent dinner at Fuel. We started with the ultra dense corn soup (one bowl = five ears of corn!), then split the night’s feature tuna dish – served medium rare. I had originally planned to make the tuna my main, but upon learning Ivon had never tried Chef Belcham’s signature Crispy Duck For Two, I changed my mind and ordered that instead. While we were waiting for it to arrive, Ivon mentioned visiting a friend who offered him some tomatoes from her backyard garden. They were tiny, orange, had a cirtus-like scent, and proved sweet and incredibly delicious. Ivon assured me he wasn’t the type to just pop tomatoes like candy, but these were particularly good… Unfortunately, he couldn’t remember their name. As he wracked his brain in an effort to come up with it, we were served a surprise course in honor of my 50th dinner reservation (not counting the many times I drop by and simply grab a seat at the counter or come in under somebody else’s reservation).

50th Anniversary Reservation Pork with Golden Sunray Tomatoes.
50th Anniversary Reservation Pork with Golden Sunray Tomatoes.

Accompanying the delectable pork was a summer succotash and some golden sunray tomatoes – THE very tomatoes Ivon had been raving about earlier. He was right. They WERE sweet and utterly delicious! Finally, it was tine for the duck, presented to us whole, then whisked back to the kitchen where it was deboned, plated, and then served.

Crispy Duck.  Presented...
Crispy Duck. Presented…
And served.
And served.

“This is the best duck I’ve ever had,”marveled Ivon, echoing the exact same sentiments of at least two other duck first-timers I’ve had the pleasure of introducing to Fuel’s version. We skipped dessert, paid the bill and, as we were preparing to leave, noticed the anti-foie gras kooks were at it again, standing outside waving their placards, shouting at customers, their faces of course masked in order to intimidate and harass. I delayed my departure so that I could buy anyone in the restaurant who wanted one a complimentary foie gras in honor of the demonstration, then left.

As I was exiting, one of the pastier-faced vegans yelled something at me. I turned and informed her that their demonstration was counter-productive and that, in fact, such protests actually increased foie gras sales. They were doing a disservice to their own cause. Our debate went something like this…

Me: You do realize that foie gras sales actually go up during these demonstrations.

Her: SHAME!SHAME!SHAME!

Me: You’re actually doing a disservice to your own cause.

Her: SHAME!SHAME!SHAME!

Me: For instance, tonight, I bought foie gras in response to your protest.

Her: SHAME!SHAME!SHAME!

Me: Your –

Her: SHAME!

Me: – signs –

Her: SHAME!

Me: – are actually –

Her: -misleading.

Her: SHAME!SHAME!SHAME!

It was grand debating the issues with her.

Back in the office today. The plan was to print up copies of the script, pace and polish, and put them out. Unfortunately, my formatting problems were not behind. When I completed my first pass on the scripts, they were about 56 pages each – about 5 pages too long. So I tightened them up, bringing the page count down to more manageable 51. The following day, I discovered that I’d written the script in the old Atlantis font (Times New Roman). I changed the font on both scripts to New Courier – and had the scripts balloon to 58 and 60 pages. Sooo, I went over the scripts yet again, tightening, trimming, and excising until I finally had it down to the 51 page target mark. I went in today and asked Lawren to print them up. He informed me that, alas, simply changing the font on the script was not enough. The Universe scripts necessitated a whole new formatting that included borders and margins. So he reformatted my scripts and they came back to me: 46 pages long and 5 pages short! So, I spent the day referring back to my initial drafts, putting back some of the elements I thought should go back, yet leaving out the elements that deserved to be excised. And, tomorrow, I’ll go over the scripts yet again with an eye to the act breaks and adding a couple of requested scenes. Yeesh. It’s times like this I’m sorry I didn’t follow up on my initial third grade career choice of private detective.

Today’s blog is dedicated to birthday gal Jumble. But an extra special dedication to blog regular Shiningwit who is going through a very difficult time right now. Incredibly saddened and sorry to hear about Sassie.

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JYS
JYS

no!!! I wish I was at Fuel when you offered to buy anyone a complementary Foie…

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Ivonozzi…

Mallotok…

Bareph…

JoMalIvBar…

Mallobar…

Barozzi…

Joetok…

(Don’t mind me…I’m just trying to come up with a good ‘ship name. Carry on…)

Tokozzi…

Ivojose…

..

.

das

Ginger
Ginger

I love reading about people’s food experiences, and yours are some of my favorites. We just live a couple of hours away–next time we visit Vancouver, I’m going to have to drag my husband to Fuel smile

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Ohhh, I soo hope the foie gras folks are there when I get to Fuel. I notice that the Fuel website doesn’t show the crispy duck for two on it. I take it that it can be requested off menu? Any other interesting entrees you might recommend? I’m torn between several items, and going for a chef’s choice offering. As this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime outing, I want to maximize the enjoyment of the experience.
Anothre question of idle curiosity. Was the change of font communicated, or were you expected to pick up on the changes telepathically? I’m impressed at how quickly you’ve managed to contract, then fill the script back out due to the changes.
I’d like to echo your comments to Shiningwit.

Ponytail
Ponytail

You went to Fuel and left without eating dessert?

SHAME!SHAME!SHAME!

Funcokler Xerow
Funcokler Xerow

Wait, you could’ve been a private detective? And you chose this?!

By the way, you think we’ll ever see Stargate: Astroturf?

Narelle from Aus

Hey Joe,

When you’re pitching something like your Horror movie (any further news on that by the way?) do you just pitch the concept or do you need to include some of the peripheral details such as your target market/demographic, marketing ideas etc or is that something that the network works out for themselves? None of that sentence was actual English.

Thanks!

Marsha_R
Marsha_R

@das

How about Jivon? grin

Luis
Luis

Joe I have never had Duck talk to a friend she said to go to a Chinese Rest. they make good Orange Duck…ever hear of Orange Duck??? Is it good???

pg15

Happy Birthday Jumble!!

You’re a braver man than I, Joe. I don’t think I’d be as confrontational with those crazy protestors as you were, and I certainly wouldn’t tease them by buying more Foie Gras right in front of them; for fear that, in their blind, malnourished rage, they’d attempt to punch me with their feeble strength and bony knuckles. Bones hurt!

Speaking of SGU (well, you spoke of it, I didn’t), a poster at Gateworld, Colonel Sharp came up with a pretty cool origin for the name “kino”, he says:

As we know, the Ancient language is ‘supposed’ to be a form of Latin

Kino…well cyno (The abl/dat form of cynon), refers to a type of eye-ointment, and from what it seems like, this thing is basically an eye floating around looking at everyone.

If this was intended, then BRAVO for keeping the continuity intact. If this was a coincidence, then DAYUM, it’s a creepy one.

Speaking of the kino, I’m absolutely ecstatic with the news that you guys will be doing webisodes after all! I’ll just quote what I wrote at Gateworld:

So when this whole “focus on the characters” stuff first came out, I realized that this meant we could have some “meaningless banter” between characters that does nothing except to show us what each character may like; and I mean completely meaningless; like Eli going up to Scotty [my nickname for Lt. Scott] and they start talking about who the hottest TV anchorwomen was (it’s Erica Hill, by the way). Just, random stuff.

This Kino thing…it could be where these convos can happen! Oh, and I also wanted to see people hum or sing random songs because they’re bored. THAT COULD BE IN THERE TOO!!

WOOHOO!!! THIS IS AWESOME.

And, and, and one of them can start treating the Kino as a pet, and start talking to it like if it were alive or something. I mean, this is…wow, this is like “anything goes” territory, in terms of what you can show, because it’ll literally be “a moment in the life of…” kind of thing.

Haha, we could even have them getting caught picking their noses!

The crucial point is that everyone has their quirks; little things that may seem odd, but that which makes them unique.

For instance, I talk to myself. I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember; my dad does it too. Meanwhile, the only people you see talking to themselves on TV are complete crazies who can’t function in society. It’s not like that.

If SGU can show us some of these eccentricities, then I think they can be much more relatable – because EVERYONE has some kind of oddity about them.

TPTB has the chance to make these webisodes to be almost “Seinfeld in space”, with random conversations and what have you that are ultimately about NOTHING.

grin

PBMom
PBMom

Your interaction with the protesters sounds like our current “town hall meetings” on health care reform in the US.

pg15

@ Shiningwit: I am so sorry about Sassie. It’s good to know that she’s in no pain, and that she’s leaving this world in the arms of a loving family who gave her much joy. May she rest in peace. I also hope that you find comfort in the good times you all shared; and of course, we’ll all be here to help in any way we can to get you and your family through these tough times.

Cheryl Gunter

Hey Joe,

Congratulations on the big “50”!!! Wow, they must know who you are by just hearing you breath into the phone.

What can I say, I love your show-n-tell pictures. You should have a coffee table book displaying your adventures in finding the perfect food.

Your gesture to the patrons was generous. The protesters will make the day memorable if nothing more than irritating. Loved your debate.

Thanks for entertaining me as always.

Cheryl

Pol

Hey Joe,

Awesome that you dedicated the blog to Jumble for her birthday (and to Shiningwit – sorry for her(?) loss).

Wonder if I can get a blog dedication – having surgery to (finally!) repair my broken right wrist tomorrow.

I need all the good mojo I can get so I can get back to writing asap.

Thanks!

PS…good on you for the foie gras.

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

Sun ray tomatoes are very good, and so are Sun Gold also. They tend to be a little bigger, but just as sweet. Really easy to grow too.

OMG, you didn’t eat dessert? Or was the duck considered dessert? Now you’ll have to go back to Fuel just to eat dessert.

Narelle from Aus

Das – Mallotok – sounds like something someone would make from fertilizer, pool chlorine and then toss through a window.

otros ojos
otros ojos

I’ll bet you would’ve made a good PI, one in the tradition of, say, Albert Campion (the PBS Mystery! version, in which Dr. Who alumnus Peter Davison makes Campion even smoother and snarkier than author Margery Allingham’s original, IMO. And you’d get a hilariously disrespectful, ex-con valet with an unusual name and an eye for the ladies.) But it seems to get harder and harder to go back to a third grade of the mind – sounds pretty cheesy, no? – and start from there. I know, since I’ve been trying ever since fourth grade.

Like Thornyrose, I’d like to echo your condolences to Shiningwit.

anneteldy
anneteldy

Thanks to my many well-wishers. I appreciate the support.

Mr. M, sorry about your formatting problems.

Anne Teldy
It’s August and Mr. M is in his office. Yeah! (Subtle, heh?)

Jumble
Jumble

Thank you Joe *hugs*

My heartfelt sympathy to Shiningwit.

AmmoMonkey
AmmoMonkey

I can relate to your sentiment regarding foie gras. Only the other day someone was lecturing me and a group of others about the poor conditions and circumstances that cows are kept in.
All I could think about about all evening was how much I wanted a steak.

BTW It’s my Birthday on the 12th Aug. I’m going to be 23 this year, one more step towards the quarter century…

shiningwit
shiningwit

Just letting you know that Sassie passed away at 11.57, she went the way she would have wanted, growling at the vet.

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi again Mr M!

Many thanks for the kind comments from fellow bloggees. I had to come clean to HRH about telling the story. She just did her raised-eyes-to-heaven-God-help-us look. Which is a good sign.

Also mentioned to Deirdre-Eva (my 3 yr old) about mentioning her to Joe Mallozzi. She particularly likes saying “Mallozzi” and can be heard shouting it in our local grocery store on occasion…..leading some to think that (a) she is a budding Italian linguist or (b) has heard some highly imaginative swear word which adult ears find difficult to decipher.

Also, I do talk a little too much at home about SG and television things. I realised this recently, when after an exhausting day at the surgery, up to my ears : drilling, filling and billing….. I returned home wiped.

One of the twins was concerned, approached me and said in a dead pan way :
“What’s wrong Dad….a bad note from the network?”

This scares me on several levels! !?!?!

Anyhoo,

Best to all!

@shiningwit : chin up..we are thinking of you!

Shirt’n’Tie

Amz

Recently I was thinking about that corn soup you have talked about since your first (I think?) outing to Fuel because it’s always sounded so delicious. I’m glad to hear you still enjoy it every now and then, hopefully when I get to Vancouver I can try it!

Das I quite liked Mallotok as a shipping name, do you think we should start using it frequently and see if it catches on? wink

All the best Shiningwit, my thoughts are with you.

Amz/Amy

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So Joe, you do realise that Chef Rob has the entire restaurant bugged. That’s how he knew about the tomatoes.

The food looks incredible….what no photos of Ivon? Was he shy or are you holding out on us?

I wonder about the protester’s masks. If you believed so deeply in a cause wouldn’t you stand up with pride and associate your name and face with it? I must say if I ate there and got shouted at I would feel incredibly intimidated and threatened. Who knows what kind of crazy is behind the mask, and whether they are carrying a weapon.

Lastly, just wanted to say I’m thinking of you shiningwit, for the love of Beckett, RebeccaH, Anne Teldy and anyone else going through a difficult time with illness or sick loved ones whether they’re two-legged or four. We’re here for ya.

Chev

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Oh yeah and Das – loved the ship names. Very amusing, but I think I have you beat – MIB – Men in Black ‘cos they do look good in black, also stands for Mallozzi Ivon Bartok…. Oh shit, Ivon’s gonna kill me. Quick, somebody distract him.

Cheers, Chev