You know what’s even better than having a team you like win (ie. the West Virginia Mountaineers)? Yes, that’s right. Having a team you hate lose (ie. The Kentucky Wildcats). Now, if only the Baylor Bears can knock of those annoying Duke Blue Devils tomorrow, I’ll proclaim this “The Best Tourney Ever!”.
The night before last, I enjoyed a terrific King Crab Feast. And, all this week, back at the office, we’ve been talking about the fact that King Crab is finally in season. Fellow Exec. Producer Rob Cooper in particular expressed a strong desire to take in a King Crab dinner. And so, last night, I got together with Rob, his wife Hillary, Carl, and his wife Karen, and we headed to Sun Sui Wah for some King Crab.
Guess what we had?
NOT King Crab!
Apparently the restaurant didn’t receive their scheduled shipment, so there was no King Crab to be had. Not unless you’d had the foresight to reserve some in advance which some people had done which presumably explained why THEY were getting King Crab and WE weren’t. Suffice it to say I was pissed off and, as so often happens when I’m disappointed, the rest of dinner was shot. Still, the company was nice.
Our King Crab substitute meal was comprised of…
We skipped dessert, Rob treated, and I headed home, the bitter taste of NOT King Crab lingering far into the night.
Oh, by the way, remember when I went on and on about the fact that I’d misplaced my laptop, turned the house upside-down, and still couldn’t find it? Well, I finally know where it is. Toronto. Fondy accidentally packed it away with her things when she moved. So, I’m not going crazy. Although I’m sure many of you will beg to differ.
Hey, check it out. More official photos from the Atlantis vault, set pics from season five’s The Shrine:
I’m off to work out and, time permitting, enjoy a nice hot bath and Stephen King’s Night Shift.
But first, a quickie mailbag:
DasNdanger writes: “If I ate chicken and found a vein, I’d nearly faint right at the table.”
Answer: That’s funny. I dated a girl who refused to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken for exactly that same reason – which I found altogether bizarre at the time.
Susan the tartan turtle writes: “I enjoyed my cheese and onion sandwich!”
Answer: Holy smokes! You’re a female N. John Smith! Do you drink buttermilk too?
Rich S. writes: “So how many did it serve? Only looks big enough for 2.”
Answer: As Refuel’s owner, Tom Doughty, told a neighboring table that was checking out our dinner “It serves four, but that man – ” indicating yours truly, ” – is a professional.”
sorrykb writes: “In other completely random and irrelevant news, I got called back to go to my first job interview in over 3 months.”
Answer: Good luck!
KCBlueWolf writes: “Knowing where meat comes from, how it’s processed, and what ends up in most meat products is a big reason why I’m a vegetarian.”
Answer: What is your opinion on restaurants (like Refuel) that source their meat from more ethical suppliers (ie. those that offer free-range alternatives)?
red writes: “Do you guys have any location shooting planned for season 2? Location shooting as in Nevada/New Mexico, not “20 miles from Vancouver”.”
Answer: As a matter of fact, we do. Rob will be racking up the airmiles when it comes time for him to direct Malice.
Vatazes writes: “Does Refuel make their own Carolina sauce or do they import it? It’s hard to replicate, even if you’ve been eating it your entire life as the Hubby has, but it has been worth the tries.”
Answer: The sauce is definitely made in-house. I have nothing to compare it too, but I will say it was my favorite accompaniment of the some dozen choices I was offered on the night.
E writes: “Joe, please tell me that SGU is going to have more action and adventure because that’s what the writers intended from the start and not because of the criticism.”
Answer: Considering we’d already written most of (and shot a significant amount of) the back half before the show premiered in October, it’s safe to assume it was all part of the plan.
Amz writes: “Thanks for dropping Montreal’s Au Pied de Cochon into the post, it happens to be nearby where I’m staying so I’ve booked a table and will be checking it out this weekend.”
Answer: Report back!
Wraithfodder writes: “Blogtalkradio just said that the Stargate Atlantis movie is going to be filmed. I know it’s got a script and all, but they’re saying it’s going into production. Can you confirm?”
Answer: No. I can deny this report.
Show Patrol writes: “Wow, I love those images of the crashed ship. Did you guys build that ship in the rock life-size? Or is that CGI?”
Answer: It was part build, part CG magic.
45 thoughts on “March 27, 2010: No King Crab for you! More from the Atlantis archives! Mailbag!”
Just read that BW interview. I have to say Mr. Wrigh won my respect through what he said. I mean I was never mad at him and I never hated him, but I felt the “if you don’t like sgu you don’t know what a good show is” vibe. I think it was very honorable of him to admit his mistakes instead of making excuses or avoiding them. And in this interview I really felt that he has the fans bes interest at heart and really cares about the fans, not that he didn’t before. Also, I’m starting to get the feeling sgu is building it’s fanbase and getting it’s legs as a good quality stargate show.
Thanks again Mr. Wright
You can expect a report back on Au Pied de Cochon tomorrow. I might even be adventurous to try their specialty. For now I can say the phone service was excellent!
That lobster with ginger and green onions does look nice, but it’s awful when you go to a restaurant hoping for one thing and then can’t get it.
On an unrelated topic, I just then noticed King’s Just After Sunset is in your “Recently Read” list. What did you think? Or is that in a post I’ve missed?
Soooo…Joe. Are you suggesting that I’m bizarre, too?? 😉 If it helps you decide, to this day I surgically remove veins from my boneless, skinless chicken breast…veins, fat, and that string-thing that turns to sticky goo when the meat’s cooked. I do much better with ground meat, until I find a piece of bone, or that rubbery, chewy thing that – no matter how much you chew it – it just won’t break down. Yeah…spit that shit right out, I do.
Today was a good day! Hubby and I stumbled upon this used book store and I found a treasure trove of Moorcock books – mostly Elric! Although I’ve read them all, these were hardcovers (I have mostly paperbacks), and they were cheap, so I snatched ’em right up! Also found two old paperbacks I haven’t read, and though they are not Elric stories, per se, the subject matter does relate to him. The store was very ‘artsy’, with a coffee bar and live music, but really laid back and unpretentious. It was like something straight out of Northern Exposure…only in New Jersey. Loved it, and will return!
Also picked up some pottery, a nice handmade leather journal, and some other bits and pieces. Really excited about the pottery – it’s like this:
I bought a ‘butter glaze’ bowl and mug and they’re just lovely! Now…if only I had the Stickley furniture to go with it. 😛 Ah…some day, some day…
Haha. Im not mr wright. I meant to put my name instead I said mr wright. Lol. My bad
Ok so is that a “no” that its not being filmed at the moment or a “no” its not going to be filmed????? you have me worried!!!
The lobster looks good but i agree that king crab would be better. I had it at my grandfather’s birthday and it was possibly one of the best things i ever ate. Speaking of which any plans on your ‘road’ trip?
How is mamallozzi? i hope she is feeling better
Go Blue Devils!
Catching up with the blog, again. I was so sorry to read about your mom. I hope she’s doing better, and wishing her a very speedy recovery.
Gak! You are such a carnivore. It makes worry that you’re not getting enough fruits and veggies. And it also worries me that you may have munched on *GASP* – horse. I would much rather see one alive and kicking, and preferably an APPALOOSA, on SGU.
Printed the SGU episode guide tonight and going to start re-watching the first 10 episodes so I can get up to speed for Friday. Wishing you, and all the writers, producers, cast and crew the best for the second half of the season.
And thanks again for all the SGA photos! I’m just loving them, and also hoping that MGM can find the funding for the movie.
Joe, meant to say you look really cute in that picture…and a bit like a happy drunk on St. Patty’s Day. I think I’ll photoshop in a lamppost and a green derby hat… 😉
Looks like you the made great choices for the “second” choice. Never quite makes up for when you are “set” on having something else. Not sure why that is. Great company makes the meal. I am going to find someone to do that photo shop job. Think anyone would ever believe the two of us out. Not likely, but hey..I would have a picture. ha
Love the picture show-n-tell as always. Love when Carl is in the batch. You two are my favaorites.
Hugs all around. Have a wonderful weekend.
Best to you Joe,
Now, if only the Baylor Bears can knock of those annoying Duke Blue Devils tomorrow, I’ll proclaim this “The Best Tourney Ever!”.
As a Baylor grad, I wholeheartedly concur. Go Bears!
You just wanted all the number one seeds to lose, didn’t you? Did it help your brackets? Kentucky really played poorly today. And now half of them will move to the NBA before they’re really ready to play with the adults. So sad. I wish the rule about finishing school was there.
I’d be mad too if I went to a restaurant for King Crab and they were out. How dare they? You’re making me hungry.
um…Das, is Joe suggesting the two of you possibly dated?
Thanks again SO MUCH for The Shrine BTS photos! I loved looking at all the little details you can see.
What is that IV Bag and Tennis Ball on a Stick for in that one shot?
re food, I and some friends just ate at a cool little restaurant in Los Angeles called Street.
It was created by Susan Feneger(sp?) who used to do that Two Hot Tamales show on the Food Channel years ago. She has taken street vendor foods from around the world and created a menu out of them. Very creative and tasty.
Our table ordered a bunch of different dishes and we shared amongst ourselves.
We’d recommend it to anyone visiting the LA area.
Fondy moved? I must have missed that. Is Petit Fours still open? I was going to stop by there next week for a more comfortable cone. Mind you I haven’t been there in about a year or so, but I loved the boutique.
Speaking of ‘thinking about where your food comes from…’ I was out grocery shopping today and happened to spot King Crab legs. What was on TV when I got home, making me rethink my decision? “Deadliest Catch”. Good show but it killed my desire for dinner. Especially since I read that one of the captains in the show died at sea earlier this year.
Ah sorry Joe. Just searched your blog and learned about you and Fondy. Very sorry to hear, but sometimes it’s for the best and it seems to be amicable which is the most important. Ignore my previous question I feel bad for caring about the store instead of you guys.
Sorry about the dinner disappointment. I would be unhappy as well. But yay for finding the laptop!! I wish I had that excuse for something I recently lost.lol
Aww, that Sheppard-McKay scene was probably my favorite of the whole season.
Talking of food, people have been asking me what I want for my birthday this year (ie next month), but all I can come up with food. Lots of different types of food. I’ve even imagined up a cake that I want, although how do-able it is, I’m not sure.
It’s got chocolate brownie for a base with chocolate cheese cake on top, with a layer of chocolate mousse with jelly bits in it in between; and topped with more chocolate mousse and chocolate sprinklings. Considering I don’t normally like chocolate cake, I thought this would prove an interesting cake to try eat. Probably very yummy too. If anyone ever makes this cake, let me know how it went.
I reckon people are more likely to give me this sort of cake than the icecream cake I’ve asked people for at least 5 consecutive years or the self-saucing chocolate pudding I’ve put on my wish list for the past 3 consecutive years.. I’m sure I’ll get an icecream cake of a chocolate pudding one day. One day. Sigh.
Then there’s the other dish I imagined up… basically a whole dinner’s roast cooked inside a fresh crusty loaf of bread – so that the juices ‘flavour’ the bread and served with gravy and roast veggies. I dunno how do-able that be either. I daren’t try it since I can’t even do a proper roast yet.
Thanks for answering my question. Somehow, knowing that you planned this direction from the start makes me feel better.
Really looking forward to Friday. 🙂
Thank you for sharing the photos from ‘The Shrine.’ An excellent, superb, wonderful episode – not only for the script, but also the terrific acting by all involved.
I’ve been craving lobster, those just look wonderful. And the spareribs, that’s home cookin’ if I ever saw it.
Now I’m wondering why they didn’t get their crabs. No catch? Something happen on the way to their dock? Truck driver miss his delivery? Someone forgot to place the order?
@ Joe – That Carolina bbq sauce from yesterday’s entry looks like it’s mustard or even tomato-based – am I right? Never had it that way – I’ve only had the basic Eastern Carolina vinegar/hot pepper flake sauce – it’s pretty simple, and delicious! The Western Carolina bbq adds a tomato base, like ketchup, but variations on the Eastern sauce often do include mustard. So, just curious what all was in that sauce…’cause, like…I’m nosy. 🙂
@ chevron7 – Only in Joe’s wildest fantasies! 😀 (I betcha I just made poor Joey throw up a little in his mouth. 😛 )
Sorry to hear about the not king crab dinner, that is some good eats. when its really available. Good to have dinner with friends anyway. Glad you located the lost laptop, maybe there is hope for other lost items as well. same laptop with tax stuff, ??
Do they have your mom taking that wonderful stuff to coat your innards for her ulcer? hope it is better and treatable and that she doesn’t have to cut out tomato based foods.
Finally showing some warming signs here in central FL, more yard time, birds are happy too. Do you ever have time to work out in the yard?
Thank you for the pictures, always nice to re-see scenes of a favorite show. Looking forward to Friday and, SGU promises(again) to be a great addition to my lineup. thats all I have for now.
Have a great Sunday.
Beautiful Shrine photos – that was such a great episode.
Thanks for the SGA memories, especially Sheppard 🙂
Yeah, you found the laptop! I thought Brie may have taken it. It’s good you are on friendly terms with your Ex!!
Free range is definitely a great option. I know food prices would go up if all places were free range but the way those large meat factories treat the animals are criminal. It’s no wonder that ecoli hits the public on occasion.
Great pictures of beautiful couples! Sorry about the lack of King Crab but the food looked delicious anyway.
Das: I love treasure hunting!
I’ve never been that big a crab fan, though I must also admit I’ve never tried king crab. Still, I can understand your dissapointment. I have been on a lobster craving for awhile now. Worsened when I went to the local grocery to buy some lobster tail, only to run into the following problem. Five tails on display. to the attendent. “Do you have another tail in the back? There are six of us for dinner.” “The person who knows that is on break.” Ok, I can come back; I’ll be in the store long enough, I hope. Ten minutes later. Other person is not yet back. “Can you go look for yourself and see if you can find out if you have more lobster tail?” “Uhh, why yes I can” (you could almost see the light, however dimly, come on in his eyes). Three or four more minutes eyeing the lobster tails I crave, and he appears. Sans lobster. At this point I make the decision. The heck with my coworkers. They can settle for the jumbo shrimp I’m also picking up. I want lobster. “Ok, I’ll just take a single lobster tail then.” Worker duly starts to pick up a tail, then pauses. Fiddles with the sign saying lobster tail, then looks at me. “I’m sorry, but there is no bar code on the lobster. I can’t ring it up without the bar code.” because the poor idiot is at least being polite and pretending to be helpful, I avoid going homicidal. I glare at the tails almost within reach and conceed defeat. Shrimp and steak it is. the damned shrimp were too big, and simply didn’t have the taste I was looking forward to.
So, plan B. tonight I’m off for my “no I’m not really another year older, it’s just that the planet refuses to slow down” for me dinner at my favorite restaurant. With lobster tail as a required part of the menu, along with properly sized and cooked shrimp. Only bad part is the wait, as I refuse to eat anything today, the better to indulge more. And for dessert I’ll be trying out a creme brule mix(I know, sacriligious, but I’m curious to see how it compares to “properly made” brule.
Hope you the best of luck on the bracket thing. Is Ashleigh still leading, or is there hope for someone else, like yourself, to claim the victory? Loved the Atlantis pics. It’s appreciated that you take the time to get this stuff for us. I hope you’re able to sate your desire for king crab in the near future,and that it will be worth the wait.
That last picture of Jason showed how to cover up an extremely handsome man. I could barely see his beautiful face all season long because of that mop-like wig. I would have removed (at least) the first dreads on both sides of his face, then made the remaining ones different lengths and more pointy. One good thing, if the movie is made, you’ve said before, his hair will be his own.
Me revoila!! Vous m’avez beaucoup manqué!
J’ai passé un très bon week end, en plus mon cheri m’a fait un cadeaux génial!…un P90 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Il est magnifique !!!!
Merci pour toutes ces photos, c’est toujours un plaisir de vous voir ♥
**YUM*** lobster with ginger and green onions — now that looks GOOD! I tend to favor Asian-style dishes, flavors too. Probably because my Brooklyn upbringing consisted of none of it. Ginger, sesame oil, bokchoy, all current favorites. Mmm-yum-m…
Also good Joe, is this recipe I found on Food Network.com site:
And I’m glad you located your missing laptop!
I had a similar revelation today, after a week of searching everywhere for my PDA stylus, out of frustration, I bought a replacement. Guess what I found today? Yep… guessed it. Now I have 2.
RIP Robert Culp, I grew up watching “I Spy” and enjoyed it immensely.
I’ve searched for various logos and patches on the net, like the 304 patches, the Midway logo, the Pegasus logo or the Icarus base logo, but I’ve found nothing usable. Can you post pictures and/or sketches of these things? I’d be glad to see all the logos you’ve ever used in the sets and on the clothes since the beggining.
Thx for answer on SGA movie. Sigh. Wish it had been true…
Thanx for the pics of my most favourite episode of SGA ever!!! I can’t remember, but wasn’t David Hewlett nominated for an award for that episode?
Poor baby, not being able to get your king crab…. never mind, there will always be next time. And I have to agree with [b]2cats[/b], asian food really is very good!
Whoa I never noticed the chevrons on the gate are transparent. Is that so you can see the glyph underneath?
Speaking of those glyphs, I always wondered are the seven that appear under the chevrons when you dial supposed to change depending on what address you dial? Cause if not, then wouldn’t it always be the same seven that “turn on” in every shot?
@ wraithfodder – No! Rejoice that the Atlantis movie is not yet to be! Know why, know why??!
It means that for over a year now, the Pegasus has been free of those meddling Lanteans. The Wraith are free to feed, unmolested. Soon they will have their fill, and go back into peaceful slumber. During their hibernation the human populations will be able to grow and rebuild their communities under just a very minimal threat from the occasional keeper or three. Or four. Some human populations will thrive for hundreds of years without a Wraith in sight. You can’t even say that for planet Earth, where there is war and suffering occurring somewhere – somehow – nearly every single day. The human populations will rebound, and balance will be restored to the galaxy and the food chain.
Meanwhile, back on earth, Todd and Sheppard have already gotten a room…
Just passing thru… very nice photos. Carl and Rob have lovely wives.
sigh, aww the Shrine, I love the Shrine, thanks, Joe.
Hey anyone else running Windows 7 and enjoying as much as I am…??? Not.
wraithfodder, basically don’t believe anything that doesn’t have a reliable source behind it, that way rumors being untrue won’t hurt as much.
Ugh that Mckay head picture, such a sad moment for him, always did think The Shrine was an amazing episode, if only for the touchy feeling stuff.
Duke & West Virginia are in the final four & I have Duke winning the whole thing, so I still have a chance to win.
Joe, did you get anything comp’d because of the NOT King Crab disaster?
That would make me want to never return to that place. I’m amazed you could force out a smile. So I’ll mark Sun Sui Wah as a restaurant not to visit. Do you wonder if they pull this sort of thing regularly for people to know that they should pre-order crabs?
Mi padre was a butcher [I say ‘was’ because he is now going to college for the first time to be a physical therapy assistant! I’m so proud of him!], so I didn’t have the choice of being a vegetarian, although I think I would’ve been good at it. But now that eating meat has become such a major part of my diet, I don’t think I could change. The only foods I like are breakfast food, PB&J, fruit, candy/sugary snacks, and chicken. That’s seriously all I like. So if I dropped out all meat, I’d be down to 4 food groups!
Love the pix! Carl is *always* a great subject, and he’s got a pretty date too! 😀
Hey! The Shrine! I LOVE that episode!!! Kate Hewlett’s eps were always the BEST! 😀 Keep the SGA pictures coming! 😀 😀 😀 😀
PS: If any of you are looking for the secret to happiness, I have discovered it. It is bacon. Bacon is the secret to happiness.
“Answer: What is your opinion on restaurants (like Refuel) that source their meat from more ethical suppliers (ie. those that offer free-range alternatives)?”
I think free-range is a good thing, for both meat and products like eggs and milk. For the meat, along with being free range, if it is organic (non-gmo, pesticide and herbicide free, and vegetarian fed), and the death is humane, I’m fine with it. Too often, though, animals taken from free-range ranches still go through hell at the slaughterhouse. Their deaths are neither quick nor painless. Farmers/Ranchers that butcher their own animals are likely far kinder than the meat processing plants.
Of course, then we get into the whole issue of the amount of land and quantity of grains needed to raise large animals free-range. That would make the price of meat sky-rocket if it were the norm.
Anyway, I think it’s great if Refuel gets their meat from free-range sources. I’d be much more likely to eat at such a restaurant…if I could afford to do so. I still won’t eat the meat, but it wouldn’t bother me the way the mainstream meat does when my dinner companions partake.
Ya ‘ know, it’s pretty bad when many of the practices used here in the US (I’m uncertain about Canada) to raise and slaughter animals has been outlawed by the European Union. :-/
I could go on and on with little tidbits of information about the subject, but I’ll spare your readers the gory details…and myself from the flaming that often comes from such discussions. 😉
Hey, thanks for posting pics from The Shrine. It’s one of my all time favorite Stargate episodes.
Take care and do try to stay out of trouble!
how can you accidentally pack a laptop ?!!! 😀
@ Eric.Stewart – *Psst!* I think she was spyin’… 😉
I, too, prefer King crab over lobster. I am sorry you were not able to get that at dinner. I know the feeling of craving something and then the disappointment of getting there and there not being any (that you can have). How dare they tease you bringing out king crab for the others? That was not nice. I’m sure if you had known they were taking reservations for the king crab, you would have put in a reservation long ago. LOL.
Thanks so much for The Shrine pics. I loved the ones with the team over the gate and the ones in the pier.
Hello Mr. Mallozzi,
I have been meaning to write to you concerning Stargate Universe. I am a devoted fan of Stargate SG-1 and have seen and studied every episode. I have to express some of my concerns about SG-U to you as you are now an executive producer. You are a writer and I am sure you have reviewed this, but may I ask why Rush referred to a natural deposit of naquadria on a planet? You know that element is not naturally occurring. Thanos the Gouald created it in an experiment on Langara, Jonas Quinn’s home world. Was that an error in the script? Also, I am disappointed with the lack of reference to the Ancients in SG-U. After all, it is their ship. Why have there been only passing references to the Stargate history in this story? It seems to me that you are obviously building upon the past, including O’Neill, Carter, and Jackson. The Ancients and their mythology need to play a more prominent role in the construction of the story line. Forgive me if in future episodes you have addressed this. In my opinion, for SG-U to be viable for real Stargate fans, you really must integrate the 12+ years into the current framework. After all, your loyal devoted fan base is more valuable than the occasional Syfy viewer. You understand that.
I have much more to say but I would love to have a constructive dialogue with you about these issues.
Sincerely and wholeheartedly,