My friend Cynthia is visiting from London so, for the rest of the week, I’ll be playing the role of affable host (as opposed to the role of ranty belligerent blog poster.  No.  Wait.  Maybe I can do both).  After picking up at the airport, I took her for dim sum at Sun Sui Wah, produce shopping at Granville Island, and dinner at Tojo’s.  Our day…

Maybe if customers show enough support, they’ll close Tuesdays and Wednesdays too.

#76 comes with a side of switchblade.

Barbecued pork in puff pastry. Cynthia’s fave.

Scallops in black bean sauce. Delicious. And messy.

These two poor little guys were tied up outside a coffee shop. They black one seemed oblivious to the rain, but the fawn one looked positively miserable.

What a cutie. #1

What a cutie. #2

Multi-colored roses at Granville Island.

Apparently, Maximus thinks Cynthia’s boot makes a good pillow.

Jelly’s fave dog toy aint a toy at all. It’s my sock.

Cynthia spied this in the window of a local bookstore and just had to get it for me.

On our way to dinner, we drop by Chapters where I check out the latest issue of Chickens Magazine. Really.

At Tojo’s, we found ourselves in the ever-capable hands of Dragon.

It was Cynthia’s first time trying fresh uni and she became an instant fan.

Some of the best sushi outside of Japan.

Cynthia peruses the menu.

The Spider Roll. That’s one BIG spider!

A light Japanese tiramisu for dessert.

A complimentary glass of their new lychee sake. THIS is the sake I'm ordering when I go back.

Lulu awaiting our return. Who goes there?!

Second dessert: London's best matcha cakes.

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ZeroPointBatteries
ZeroPointBatteries

Joe!

First of all yesterday’s episode was amazing! I kept getting mad at Rush for ignoring his wife and had to keep telling myself it was only a dream to him. Very excited to see how next weeks episode ties together the loose ends. I must say I was angry at first when they were left behind but then regained composure when I thought that it had to happen eventually.

That food looks great and so does your date, nice going man. On a side note, do you really have bars on all your windows? I suppose it would be to keep all of us from stealing your adorable pups, or as your picture whould have us believe, you are running a doggie jail smile

Also do you know if the violin solo which was the same as featured in Air is an existing piece or if Joel G wrote it?

thanks always,

-ZPB

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

Oh yeah, I was watching with a friend who is all caught up with SGU but hasn’t seen SG1 or SGA. I was explaining more thoroughly the concept of the ATA gene, and thought of a question to ask you.

The Asgard, at some point in SG1, identified O’Neill as being, in terms of evolution, somewhat advanced, and was naturally able to use Ancient technology. Later, we find out about the ATA gene. The assumption then (to me) was that people who naturally had the ATA gene developed it naturally through evolution, being on the “front” so to speak of evolutionary advancement. Then the concept was introduced that Ancients returning from Atlantis integrated themselves into society, seemingly implying that the people who naturally have the ATA gene inherited it from an Ancient ancestor.

Did the second explanation “debunk” the first one? Did I read too much into one or both of those explanations and they weren’t so much explanations at all as much as guesses? Could both be the case, and there are two known ways to naturally possess the ATA gene?

And this is random, “what-if”ish and inconsequential, but: what are the odds that O’Neill and Sheppard are as adept as they are with Ancient technology because they have the gene as a result of BOTH options, thus compounding whatever level of skill they would have had with only one option?

Debra
Debra

Tell me again why you don’t weigh 800 pounds? Enjoy your company.

sylvia
sylvia

Cool, lychee sake sounds very nice. Compliments your dining choices.

Cynthia is cool already bonding with the poochies.
Better check the socks for holes…before wearing.

Now I’m hungry again.

suziesbluefeather

I bet the Lychee Sake was great! The winery down the street makes a Lychee Riesling every year for it’s South African festival. Those Spider rolls looked awesome. What type of meat was in them?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joeycakes, dahling – ENOUGH with the spiders!! mad

wink

Welcome, Cynthia!! Enjoy your stay!! (But beware…Joe made his last guest clean the house and even fold his underpants. roll If he gets the hoover out – run for the hills! )

Must be a British invasion. I spent part of the day yesterday with those friends from England I mentioned a few days back (the fella who sounds like the Geico gecko). The one guy has lived here for a while, but I only just met his ‘gecko’ friend a few days ago – and we hit it off immediately! For one, we are both huge fans of Korn (though he’s actually gone to concerts, while I prefer to stay far from the madding crowd and just listen to their CDs). We have a lot in common, and it was nice to talk things like music and British sports face-to-face with someone instead of over the net. Only problem is that he kept teasing me about my accent. Supposedly, the word ‘water’ is not pronounced ‘wooder’ on the other side of the pond. How crazy is THAT??

Afterwards, hubby and I stopped at this local (not chain) tex-mex place for dinner, ate too much, and practically fell into bed as soon as we came in the door. For me, falling alseep at 9 pm means being wide awake at 1 am (like now), and I have another huge day tomor…today. razz I think I best crawl back to bed. Nites, Joe.

das

fsmn36

The roses are lovely! I’ve never seen multicolored ones before. Also, the desserts look delish.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Deni – Next time you see Chris, be sure to give him a hug for me! grin And don’t tell him TOO much…except mebbe my phone number and address. wink Chris is one of those few mature men I find attractive, along with Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, and the late Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart. Some guys do get better with age. smile

Speaking of those old, dead actors…to this day Bogie still makes me weak in the knees every time I see him with Hepburn on that tennis court in Sabrina. Such a subtle scene…mmmm…he was one hellava sexy man! Grant appealed to me on a different level – not so much as ‘sexy’ (though he was gorgeous – like that Alan fella I keep seeing around here wink ) – but I really loved him for his sense of humor, especially in his later films (Operation Petticoat, Father Goose, Charade, Arsenic and Old Lace, etc.). Even in his serious roles he often had a humorous moment or two, and that just won me over. A pretty face is fine, but you really need the personality to go with it. Personality means everything to me – it’s what makes an actor attractive and sexy and appealing – he just has to have that little twinkle in his eye if he’s ever going to win me over…

And so speaking of Chris wink – I really miss him. Not sure when Sanctuary is coming back (I guess with S2 of Universe), and the only thing I’ve been able to see him in lately was New Moon (for all of his 30 seconds of screen time). I miss Todd even more. sad The mess of white hair, those lovely hands…that throaty chuckle… siiiigh. Oh, now…see? I’ve gone and bummed myself out again. razz

NOW I really gotta go back to bed.

das

Amz

Those matcha cakes look amazing. Oh, and the rest of the food didn’t look too bad either wink

Ok, so my new favourite pic of one of your dogs is that one of Lulu awaiting your return. Seriously cute!

Amz/Amy

Rex Carter
Rex Carter

If they had like a dozen Zero Point Modules tied into the Stargate Could they Dial Destiny from Earth?
Or would it cause a Power Overload?

Just something I gotta get an answer for cause literally seems like the ZPM is the Ancients “Power All” Battery and if they’re so rare you gotta wonder if there isn’t some storehouse of ZPMS out there somewhere in Pegusas or The Milky Way Galaxy.
Of course if they did dial destiny they could only send people and supplies one-way for now.

Anais

Coucou Joseph! ça va bien? Moi moyen.

Merci pour tout ces photos!! Vos chiens sont adorable! Sur la video il saute très haut ^^, le miens aussi il peut sautez haut, jusqu’a 1m70, il me dépasse même, mais c’est parce qu’ il à dejà fait pas mal d’agility.

Un magazine pour les poulets!!! Ahh ej m’abonne^^!!! J’adore ces animaux, trop so cute ♥!

Gros bisou!
A plus!

Ps: on vous voit plus sur votre twitter, pourquoi?

Chem_Is_Try
Chem_Is_Try

Oh, those poor dogs out in the rain. You did leave them an umbrella, yes?

The food photographs make my taste buds tingle. I must settle for that, though, since I live in Alabama, the land of piles of tasteless, battered, greasy foods for $5.99.

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Welcome Cynthia, enjoy your visit:)

Shannon
Shannon

I tried sake once but it reminded me of rubbing alcohol >.< so just as I try to tell my friends who try wine for the first time – it's all about the right kind. I'm curious (so that I know for the next time I decide to give sake a try) – what should good sake taste like?

The sushi looks so good! My husband laughs at me because I won't eat fish cooked but I'll eat fish raw. smile

Shadow Step
Shadow Step

Those dogs look so weird – hmm..

Anyway Debra has a point, why don’t you weight 800 pounds?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

who’d have thunk any of the dogs could jump like that? Glad you have the video proof! So, did the volcano affect Cynthia’s travels? Glad to see you showing off the city and it’s food. We all know how much of a sacrifice that is for you. And appreciate the cool pictures.
I’m also impressed at how you find companions who are as food adventurous as you are. Is there a website or something for foodies to meet?
Anyways, have fun. I’m hunkering down for the afternoon storms. Luckily they have vented most of their strength west of the Appalachians so we don’t anticipate the wholesale destruction wreaked in Mississippi.

Morticae
Morticae

Hey Joe!

I just finally got around to watching Friday’s Stargate episode.

I loved the filming style in Rush’s ‘dream’ sequences! The bizarre lighting & classic instrumental music really made it for me. It basically reminded me of a few of my favorite crazy mathematician movies.

Enjoy the feasting that will likely ensue due to a new guest arrival.

Bailey
Bailey

Hi Joe, love your pictures of the pups!
Hey, a bit of fun: Some people think they spotted an automobile in the background in one scene in Human.
On the planet, upper left hand corner where the tree line meets the grass:
http://www.gateworld.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=917&pos=467
If that is a car, and honestly, I can’t tell, what model auto do fashionable aliens drive nowadays? Or is that a vehicle that the Destineers managed to throw through the gate when they first boarder Destiny?
If it is a vehicle, makes for an interesting bit of trivia for the show!

sylvia
sylvia

The poor guys in the rain…what breed are they? They look like pugs, but quite a bit different in the face than yours.

Mel
Mel

I am a fan of cars. So I really like to know, what kind of car was on the alien planet on which Scott, Eli, Greer and Chloe were in “Human”? Was it a Mercedes, BMW, Toyota,…?

Logan
Logan

Hey Joe-

Hulu.com in the U.S. isn’t showing the latest episode of Fringe, yet they are showing a screenshot from the latest episode. I think something is off.

Logan
Logan

Oops…I meant SGU.

thepi
thepi

So Joe, why do you need Ashleigh to introduce you to her friends? You already seem to have a parade of lovely women going straight through your home.

Also, no SGU this week (meaning from Faith until today)? Odd time to take a break…unless Hulu is toying with me…

thepi
thepi

P.S./edit/whatever: I see it is Hulu. They’ve put in a weeks delay now XD.

Mel
Mel

Rush has in “Air, Part 1” a photo of him and a woman. I first assumed that she was his dead wife, but after “Human” it is clear, that she is someone else. She doesn’t look like his dead wife in the last episode. So who is she? His sister, girlfriend, another wife,…?