As I touched down in Montreal, I received an email from Lou Anders, editor of the forthcoming With Great Power… superhero anthology (of which I am a contributor), informing me that we finally had the go-ahead to go public with the cover art.  So, here it is…

The artist, Trevor Hairsine, is a British comics vet whose past work included stints at 2000 AD and Marvel Comics.

If you’d like to pre-order the book, head on over here: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Power/dp/1439168822.  It hits the shelves in July.

Well, I’m back in Montreal, enjoying family, home cooking, and intrusive questions about my personal life!

Felix was the first to greet me, barking once as I walked through the door before immediately losing interest and wandering off.

Mom and sis cook up a storm.

Or roast rabbit anyway.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Sis’s dessert creation: cake balls.  I’m not sure what the hell they’re supposed to be.  Cats?  Aliens?

Today, my sister took me on a dessert tour of Montreal…

First stop: Boulangerie NDG for the Zeppole di San Giuseppe which sis claims are the best in town. They were out of the custard filling, so we went with the ricotta and the Chantilly cream. Both wonderful although I preferred the denseness of the ricotta, while sis and Lili preferred the airy lightness of the cream.

We also picked up a Baba au Rhum with custard which turned out to be a bit of disappointment given that the custard was still frozen.

Next stop: Le Maitre Chocolatier.

Nada, co-owner and chocolate expert, informed me that all of the shop’s chocolate is made using cocoa from the Concepcion plantation in Venezuela. My sister sent me an assortment last year and I fell in love with their creations, particularly their foie gras truffles! Nada assured me that she could put together an extra-special order for my next chocolate party.

A fabulous assortment from Le Maitre Chocolatier.

The third stop of our culinary tour was a lunch stop at Sorgho Rouge (Red Sorghum?).

Blast your tastebuds with a bowlful of spicy chili fish!  We also had some cumin lamb, yuhsiang eggplant, and dry fried green beans.

This dog also came by – presumably NOT to enjoy the chili fish.

Stop #4: Polish Patisserie Wawel for their famed home made doughnuts. I went with the custard and the plum. Both good but not something I’d make a point of going back for.

Next up, our fifth stop on the tour: Cocoa Locale, Cake Boutique.

Owner Reema Singh has been running the shop her way for five years. And, by her way, I mean she bakes her cakes daily, works the shop alone and then, once all the cakes have been sold, closes up shop for the day. So if you’d like to check out her delicious creations, head on over to 4806 Parc – but make sure you visit earlier in the day.

We went with an assortment of cupcakes (vanilla-rose, chocolate-chai, and lemon-coconut) and the chili-chocolate brownie. In a word = unbelievable! High recommended!

The sixth stop of our tour was the Patisserie Fous Desserts Chocolaterie where we stopped in for a chocolate assortment.  The matcha-chocolate truffle was a beautiful but packed a stunningly bitter punch.

Stop #7: Juliette & Chocolat. Have you picked up on the recurring theme yet?
I had a hot "old-fashioned" dark chocolate. It was very good but, alas, I miss the can't-be-beat denseness of the appropriately named "Denso" Themis used to serve at Chocoatl. I miss that place.

I picked up an assortment that included dark chocolate with yellow pepper, blueberry-banana, and, my favorite, the PB&J!

Stop #8: Le Fouvrac. It's looked so unassuming from the outside, that I almost bypassed it but, within its modest confines lies a chocolate lover's dream cache: chocolate bars from all over the world including producers I've yet to sample. Needless to say I stocked up. They also offer chocolates from Gendron, a local chocolatier, at their Fleury Street location.

The chocolates were incredibly refined and delicate, possessed of an exceptionally thin chocolate coating. Wow! They rivaled many of the world's best.

Our final stop: Havre aux Glaces at the Jean Talon Market.

Where we washed down chocolate and dessert with a nice bowl of ice cream. I went double scoop: coconut and burnt caramel maple syrup. Damn good!

We got home for around 5:00 p.m. and, come dinner time, I was not at all hungry.  Maybe I’m coming down with something?  Anyway, I think I’ll take it easy tonight, watch some SyFy, and then slip quietly into a diabetic coma.

Tonight’s the night!  Stargate: Universe returns with Space!  I’ll be checking your comments and, tomorrow, I’ll field your questions AND announce yet another big SGU guest Q&A!

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Chem_Is_Try
Chem_Is_Try

I gained five pounds just reading this entry. Do you just sample the desserts at each shop and purchase some for later, or eat an entire dessert at each?

And if the latter, how much time between each stop?

It all sounds and looks delicious to this chocolate lover.

Carl Binder
Carl Binder

Not a fan of that cover art. Seriously — “…and others”? What are you, chopped liver?

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

The food looks fantastic! Love your Sis’s cake balls!

My culinary experience was a lot less grand but I think I got just as full. We went to a BBQ place in Memphis, “Leonard’s”. I went off my veggie only diet, just for today. Cole Slaw, BBQ pork, steak fried potatoes, peach pie, and chocolate cake. I had only ONE serving of BBQ, so I could have room for two desserts. Totally worth it, too.

Your mom looks good. I hope she doesn’t try to over work while you visit. I’m sure she is happy that her “baby” is back home.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

p.s. forgot to add but cover art looks very cool!

Lisa R
Lisa R

The desserts look fantastic!! Makes me want to visit at some point. Counting down the hours until Space!!!!!! I’ve been excited all day!!!

DP
DP

Congratulations on releasing the cover art.

I can only imagine it must be exciting to get the go ahead to release the art on work that’s about to go public. I’ll get to know for myself how it feels soon … I hope.

Kabra
Kabra

ok wow wait,,,is it Friday April 2 ? Somehow I missed Mar 31st’s post, how did I miss those cute baby pics??? And wow the early post threw me. I like when you’re on the east coast Joe, the posts are early. Hey it’s finally in the 80’s here, we’re just down the coast…. c’mon down.

Bring mom and sis -mom looks great,please give her a big hug. I think sis deserves a vac too.

Yeah so this is how my luck went today.. one co-worker, bless her heart, her mom had a stroke, but we already planned on Thurs. for her to take off despite the fact our other co-worker had the day off already because she had company. ( see – Joe if you came down I could take time off.)
Well,being Good Friday, I expected the morning to be busy but the afternoon slow, since many doctor’s offices would be closing for Good Friday. I was getting phone calls from people who were on VACATION booking cases. Who does that??? I wasn’t impressed. I swear they did it just to annoy the crap out of me.

ok a little vanilla Stohli and coke and that’ll get the kinks out. Does our new health care cover rehab? I think I’m gonna need it.

Happy Easter everyone.

Amz

Wow, you sure are making the most of Montreal! I can’t wait to hear about your (assumed?) visit to Au Pied de Cochon. I wish I’d known about Cocoa Locale before I moved on to Quebec city, but I guess there’s always next time. How did you find the taste of your “old fashioned” dark hot chocolate from Juliette & Chocolat? I liked the texture (I found it thick enough), but it could have been a bit more bitter for my liking. Then again, I did have it in tandem with a sundae…

One bad thing about travelling at the moment is that I have no access to SyFy. One day…

Thanks for all the pics today, definitely put me in the mood to try out the chocolates I picked up around the town today smile

Cheers,

Amz/Amy

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

I agree. “and others” is totally not your name. I’ll be looking to buy that when it comes out.

How on earth do you maintain your weight after a day like that? Guys have it so much easier sometimes. I’d have gained five pounds just by looking at each of the stores. It does look like you’ve gotten a great assortment.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Huh. Didn’t know cake had balls…

(Yeah, old, worn-out joke…but I couldn’t resist.)

Sis looks adorable, mom looks great (and very preoccupied), and Felix is as handsome as ever! Have a great time, sir!

Oh, and you DID ship me out some chocolate, right? ‘Cause, really…there’s no other reason for torturing me so with those pictures and all, unless you’ve sent me some, too. Of course…if you really want me to stick another pin in your left hand…

twisted

das

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

Wow!!! Those desserts look GREAT!!! I agree that I think I gained a few pounds by reading this entry.

The family looks great! I am glad to see your mom up and around.

Can’t wait for Space tonight. Should be good. Can’t wait to see if (how) Rush gets off he planet, what happened to Franklin in the chair? Good. Stuff.

Best wishes.

Bryan

t'loc
t'loc

How does the fact that Col Young told Dr Rush, that the kino kept recording so he (col Young) knew that Rush was behind the gun being in his quarters, affects dr Rush and Eli relationship going forward? there is so much to look forward to.

pg15

Nice cover! Though, I’m with Carl; “And others…”? You’re so much more than just “others”! I’d say you’re at least a “more” or better yet, “much more”.

I mean, you’re definitely better than “so on”, that’s for sure.

“Space” just started on the East Coast! Time to get off the Internet for an hour to avoid spoilerage! I’ll return with my wild ravings in 2 hours!

t'loc
t'loc

Thats why the kinos were being used to lead up to this, awesome!!!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

ACK! Almost missed Universe! Thought it came on at ten. razz Fortunately, I forgot to set it up to record, but – fortunately – had it set on the channel, so I just had to rewind. Whew!

It’s been a topsy-turvy day. Started out first thing paying the bills for the month and filing paperwork, then I had to make hubby dinner-to-go since he’s working tonight, and for lunch we grabbed Italian hoagies. I was still juggling bills, making dinner, and other chores – hadn’t even gotten to my hoagie – when mom calls and says dad’s not feeling well, but he’s up the road and we have to go get him. Dropped everything, got dad (he’s fine – just a bad reaction to a pain pill he took), came back towards home and stopped to say hi to a friend who has been in a pickle since all the snow and rain we’ve had here in Jersey… well… here, take a look for yourself:
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And that’s gone down a little. unamused

Anyhoo…got home, finished up the bills, ran to the bank and post office, then to the office-office to work, and just got home at 9 pm, and FINALLY eating my hoagie meant for lunch, for dinner. With wine. Lots of wine.

Gotta go rewind the show now…did see the alien and it looked HAWT!! (Kidding…kidding…) It does look pretty cool, though. Looking forward to this one, Joe!

And MOST important:

Joe, I think Deni could use the chocolate even more than me. Now everytime I see her name, I’ma gonna hear the theme to COPS in my head…Bad boys, bad boys…whatcha gonna do when they come for you…

{{huggles Deni}}

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

AAARRRGH! That first ‘fortunately’ was supposed to go bye-bye when I edited. Grrrr. Blame it on the day I’ve been having. razz

das

Elminster
Elminster

Hey Joe

Your sister is really cute. I mean really cute. Is she single?

Elminster

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Only half way through, and holy cow!!! That’s a great twist! can’t wait 20 mins for the end!!!

Bryan

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Crappity crap!

That’s all I’ll say….

grin

das

Airelle
Airelle

Love all the pictures Joe, thanks, Moms cooking, yummy. man did you have choc overload or what. my head hurts, hard to make choices and eat just one, thats what you did right, only one small taste..
Argh! damn, the cable just went out in the middle of SGU, crappy cable company, will try to catch it on the 11pm run. so am ignoring if any spoilers,,.

t'loc
t'loc

Young is trying to hide his crime by having them destroy the alien ship. Young is done.

Morticae
Morticae

Joe,

Perhaps I am being a bit crass here, but F* the naysayers. That was a great episode! I was definitely entertained.

Look forward to more episodes like this.

My hatred for Col. Young has yet to subside. Having thrown my lot in with the Rush camp, I’m not sure it ever will.

I was sort of hoping Rush would lead a ragtag band of aliens and chase Destiny down in attempts to destroy the crew and reclaim his ship. But, hey, I guess we have creative differences. Unless we don’t have differences, and Rush is now a mole. Yeah, I see the route you’re going! Not bad, Mallozzi…

-Mort

t'loc
t'loc

Wow Rush is covering for him. Or is this really Rush and Chloe?

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello,

Wow!!! Loved that episode! Never saw the twist w/ Rush! Action, interesting use of the stones, that was everything we wanted! Throw in a mutiny, the only thing missing is what happened to Franklin. Great job. Keep it up.

Best Wishes,

Bryan

Tammy

Great episode!