For the past five years, I’ve hosted an annual chocolate party, a theobroma extravaganza in which I attempt to stuff about forty guests with enough cacao to kill them ten times over (Don’t believe me? Check out the spread: https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/april-18-2010-the-greatest-chocolate-party-ever/). And, for the past five years, Carl has thanked me by taking me out to dinner. Wholly unnecessary, but appreciated nevertheless. So, last night, on his suggestion, we decided to try somewhere new: Coast Restaurant on Alberni Street.
When I made the reservations, I was informed they could squeeze me in, but that they would need the table back an hour and a half after my 6:15 p.m. reservation. So popular! It must be good, right? Right?! I’m a fairly fast-eater and told them it wouldn’t be a problem. Of course, that “not a problem” was assuming service would be prompt which…well, let’s just say it’s a good thing they didn’t hold us to that 90 minute seating.
The place was packed and noisy as hell, a cacophonous duel of lively conversation fighting to be heard over the annoyingly loud music being piped over the speakers. We were seated in a prime spot, the high-traffic table by the second floor staircase which afforded us a view of all the other diners being served before us. Next to being seated right beside the bathroom, it don’t get much better than that.
We started by sharing three signature sashimi plates –
All good but nothing particularly memorable. In the interim between appies and our mains, we chatted. And chatted some more. If I’d known we’d be waiting that long, I’d have taken the time to watch The Office. Eventually, Carl caught our waiter’s eye. A dawning realization seemed to settle upon him. I almost expected him to say: “Shit, you guys still here?” before he scurried off. Moments later, he was back with our mains. I suspect they’d been awaiting pick-up for a while. Let’s just say we were in no danger of burning our tongues. Or warming our hands.
The main dishes were fine, unremarkable yet inoffensive, a tepid one-two punch.
In my desire to end the night on a high note, I ordered three desserts –
All in all, a pretty forgettable meal. That’s what I get for trying somewhere new.
Bryan M. White writes: “Speaking of fan questions, any word on when Elise will be covering the mailbag?”
Answer: She and Jamil are working on their Q&A’s – but season 2 has been keeping them busy. Still, while we’re waiting, I’ll be announcing a few more guest Q&A’s in the coming days.
GrmnRF writes: “We will meet with Franklin in the future? Or, we can never know where and how he disappeared …?”
Answer: Great question. What’s up with that?
Kymm writes: “Ashleigh – vanilla? really? Oh please ask for another flavour, as well.”
Answer: I’ll make her vanilla (with shaved milk chocolate and white chocolate chunks, as per her request), but I think I’ll try something new as well. I’m thinking of incorporating that big of cheddar chips I picked up today.
crayonbaby writes: “Do you use one of those machines or make it manually (I’m thinking the crank handle kind)?”
Answer: I have two machines, but their output is still too modest for my needs. I really should invest in the Gelato 3000.
Crashbarrier writes: “You published previously some of therather fantastic production designs for sets, costumes and the like for the different SG series. Given that these are things that fans fall on as treasures from the Ark of the Covenant itself why are these not collated and published?”
Answer: Don’t know. Not my call. You might want to throw the suggestion MGM’s way.
Tepring writes: “If you’re making ice cream to satisfy a lost bet, seriously consider liquid nitrogen ice cream.”
Answer: I think I’d rather keep my fingers, thanks.
avabird writes: “Canadian beavers are apparently the hardest working. The biggest beaver dam in the world is at Wood Buffalo Park in Alberta. It’s larger than Hoover Dam. Scientists discovered this by seeing it on Google Earth. (Didn’t put a link, cause don’t think I have linking privileges yet.)”
Answer: They only discovered it because of Google Earth? And it’s larger than the Hoover Dam?!! P.S. Everyone has linking privileges. Post away.
dasNdanger writes: “why do Wraith hibernate fully clothed?”
Answer: Why not? That way, they’re up and about and ready to go. P.S. Perv.
BJ writes: “If you have the time, there’s one proposal for a 4th series that I think you should check out.”
Answer: Sorry. We don’t accept unsolicited submissions, especially pitches for new shows.
Tim Lade writes: “On an unrelated note you always say that Paul is your writing partner and yet you wrote…Resurgance on your own it seems…do you divide the work or how does your partnership work exactly?”
Answer: Even though we’re co-credited on our scripts, we’ve been writing separately for many years now.
Time Lade also writes: “Oh p.s. Russel Hanz is a fool.”
Answer: Couldn’t agree more. I’m rooting for Parvati (followed closely by Susan).
Zoomeister writes: “Do we just post them in comments section?”
Deni writes: “Hey Joe? If Mandy had died while Camille was in her body, who would have died? Mandy, right?”
Answer: Past experience suggests they would both die.