Another day spent entertaining my friend Cynthia who has come from London bearing chocolates, marmite cereal bars, and the Swedish film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (that we should get around to watching sometime soon). Will be catching up on the mailbag tomorrow so if you’ve got questions, post ’em. If you’ve already posted questions, be patient! I just said I was getting to them tomorrow!
The day in pictures –
We swung by DB Bistro for a terrific brunch that included some freshly squeezed pear juice, a Duck Poutine Lyonnaise, the Reuben Sandwich with home made brisket and saeurkraut…
…the “Piggy” Burger, a hearty beef patty/pulled pork combo…
…some delightful home made madeleines, served warm…
…and to finish, a delectable assortment of petit fours highlighted by a hibiscus-peanut butter opera cake.
On our way out, we ran into this little guy. I thought he looked like that dog from UP!
His name is Oliver. I found him adorably earnest-looking.
As opposed to my dogs. Check out Lulu ‘s patented stare-down.
Cynthia loves Bubba’s eyelashes.
According to Cynthia, Lulu comes across as much more severe and scary in photos than she is in real life. She’s actually a sweet girl but, apparently, her pics don’t do her justice.
It was a sunny day so Cynthia and I took the dogs out for a walk. Or, in Jelly’s case, a half walk and carry. Pictured – Maximus working on his tan.
We sample some of the chocolate Cynthia brought back from London. Both great, but I preferred the smoked chocolate.
Remember when mannequin displays were simple set-ups devoid of themes and props? Next week: Housewife Scuba Party!
We stopped by Chapters where I picked up more books including two from authors who have taken the time to stop by this blog and take part in a reader Q&A in support of their books: Jeff Vandermeer and Conrad A. Williams. While I was browsing, I ended up striking up a conversation with a fellow avid reader who recommended the Tim Akers, Jay Lake, and Ellen Kushner titles.
I also picked up the lava toothpaste.
Dinner at Gusto di Quattro included their always great antipasto platter, a spectacular lamb meatball appetizer, a melt-in-your-mouth short rib main, the wonderful game hen, and, of course, half portions of the Spaghetti Quattro and Fettuccine Tartufato.
5:30 a.m. wake-up tomorrow so that I can be in for that 7:00 a.m. crew call. Awakening – production day seven – shoots on Stage 4 all day, Destiny in the morning, then “up top” after lunch. In addition to being on set eating sandwiches and samosas, I’ll be in my office finishing that infernal fourth act! And once that’s done, it’s smoooooooooooooooth sailing!