Last night was “guy’s night out” – but, with Marty G., Alex Levine, and Rob Cooper long gone, Carl and Lawren out of town, our number was reduced to a modest two.  It was just Ivon and me.  Still, we made the best of things, hitting Cobre Restaurant in Gas Town for some nuevo latino cuisine and eating enough for seven anyway.

Ivon mixes business with pleasure.  Buy!  Buy!  Sell!

Battered Baja rockfish, jicama slaw y chipotle ajo aili.  Crispy and very tasty.  A pleasant surprise.

Pulled duck and cracklin’y charred scallion, roasted garlic.  Delicious.  No surprise here as it’s the first dish I order whenever I visit.

Peruvian tacu tacu.
roasted garlic, eggplant y chevre
three chili onion coulis, baby green beans.  Another surprise – flavor and satisfying despite being meatless.

Scallops with hearts of palm.  The scallops were sweet and nicely seared.  The hearts of palm – which I generally avoid because they tend to be pickled – were a nice accompaniment.  And, thankfully, they weren’t pickled.

Some sort of flat iron skirt steak taco.  Very simple (read:  bland).

Maple chipotle tamarind glazed wild boar belly
chicharon y patacones.  Okay, maybe not for the diet conscious – but mighty damn wonderful.

When we asked about desserts, our waitress listed the three choices of the night.  “That sounds great,”I said.  “We’ll do that.”

“Which one?”she asked.

“All of them.”

A nice dense chocolate terrine topped with…hmmm… don’t recall (thank you, cocktail) but it was very good.

The best dessert of the night! And I can't remember what it was exactly. I believe it was a blueberry cake topped with sorbet, nestled in a pool of coconut-flavored cream.

The dulce de leche with churro. Best of both worlds.

Eating heavy clearly requires you to expend a lot of energy because by the time I got home, I was wiped.  I was in bed by 11:00.  And good thing too.  I had a big day ahead of me..

Lunch!

Two dozen oysters made up of four different types at Rodney's Oyster House in Yaletown. Not pictured: the oyster po'boy.

Akemi catches the dripping blueberry muffin.

We worked off lunch by taking a walk up to Ganache Patisserie where we promptly erased whatever health benefits bestowed upon us by the modest exercise. Concorde Praliné hazelnut cocoa meringue, chocolate guimauve, dark chocolate praline mousse, chocolate chantilly

Even though we’re technically on hiatus, the show must go on.  Scripts have to get written (except in my case as I’ve stalled out at the top of Act II) and visual effects spotted and approved.  So this afternoon found me in the company of a trio of Stargate’s most talented –

Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Savela.

Visual Effects Coordinator James "Bones" Rorick
Editor Maverick Mike Banas, P.I.

Akemi recognized Mike from his recent Q&A on the blog – and she did so in fine fashion, pointing to him and loudly proclaiming: “I’ve seen you on the blog. Soooooo handsome!”  The latter a reference to the opinions of her friends at the language school who perused that particular entry with her.  Mike proceeded to turn a delightful shade of pomegranate.  We eventually settled in and checked out the finished visual effects for Awakening.  Wow!  I think it’s their best work yet.  The movements are fluid and incredibly life-like, the body language and the subtlest of glances alone imbuing the characters with personality. And the ship sequences are pretty damn cool too!   And speaking of pretty damn cool ship sequences – we spotted Resurgence I as well and that episode is chock full of spacely operatic goodness.  Another visual effects extravaganza for the first part of our mid-season two-parter.

Tomorrow, I’m going to see what I can do about that mailbag.  Oh, and that second act.

Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular maggiemayday.

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dasNdanger
dasNdanger

See that chocolate thing, Joe? Send me one. grin

Have a good night, sir.

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Now, Joe. Send me one now.

Not kidding.

Now.

(I really need to stop looking at it, and drooling…but I can’t. It’s like…like…like the Todd of all desserts. grin )

das

Alexander of Houston
Alexander of Houston

wow Joe, I started Latin Cuisine this quarter at school and these all look really interesting. The word envy comes to mind.

Okay well, I suppose I should point out how eagerly I await more news on all the Stargate goodness front. I am a glutton for all this news, so please forgive my greed by feeding me.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

*stomps foot*

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!

pretty please??

smile

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

GUUUUUUUUH!! It’s even more wonderful when you blow it up big! I. WANT. NOW!!!!!

Gimmegimmegimme!!!

das

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

To think I once thought of fine dining as some silly nonsense where people paid outrageous prices to be starved to death. All the dishes looked terrific. And I’m sure there is something a bit sad in me recognising faces on the blog before I read the captions. I can’t claim that much familiarity with the faces of most of my so-called relatives.
Sounds like Ivon is getting in shape for his share of the Tokyo trip. So when do we hear about the drinking sessions to toughen you up for your share?
Thanks for a great blog entry, even if it did make me salivate on tke keyboard.

sylvia
sylvia

Oh…yum. This time I was ready for food pictures and have food with me….but, not anywhere as nice and tasty as your dishes…sigh.

Deni
Deni

Ditto on what Das said.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Deni – You PMSing, too? razz

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

I just ate a big bowl of vanilla ice cream, smothered in chocolate syrup and Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips. Thanks, Joe…my big butt thanks you very much. razz

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Actually, if you look at that chocolate thingy long enough, it kinda starts to look like MODOK. I think I can even see little red beady eyes… unamused

das

Zackaray
Zackaray

If you were a betting man, would you place money on Stargate Universe getting a 3rd season?

Could you see the Stargate franchise dying for a few years then coming back? Like how Star Trek did with the new JJ Abrams movie? Many people say that that franchise needed a break, would you say the same could be said in some reguards about Stargate?

chevron7
chevron7

OK, I’m officially drooling….loving all the photos Joe

Cheers, Chev

p.s. you still need a new camera though….If you did, what would you get?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe, it’s ALL your fault. You and your forbidden chocolate desserts that you torture us with – tempting us but never letting us taste.

So here I am feeling all sorts of melancholy (because I ate chocolate chip bespeckled ice cream and now the guilt is setting in), so I go to youtube, and listen to my favorite REM song…the one playing on my car cassette player the night I met Mr. Das…and here I am all choco-chipped up and misty eyed – and it’s ALL YOUR FAULT!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF7XJvR7DJY

*sigh* I just love that song…

das

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

I just gained five pounds by looking at that chocolate thing. Then I clicked on it and made it bigger. Another five pounds. Where do you put all this food you eat? I could probably eat one of those dishes you had, and maybe dessert. You’re a slim guy too.

You’re stalled out at the top of Act II? Not a good place, but you’ll push through it. I hate it when you’re right near the end and then poof, you got nothin’. To see the finish line and not get there is not fun. Good luck with it.

Gilder
Gilder

*harmonizing with Das & Deni*

Me three!

Heading to bed at semi-reasonable hour. Perhaps I’ll dream of desserts instead of Canadian-American actors.

Paul Moody
Paul Moody

Very tasty looking stuff I must say – but I’ve got two questions for you…

1) HOW ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?!! – I mean, I like a treat or two but you seem to get through a lot of rich, large meals when you go out and indulge in large portions of the sweet stuff too. Wow, my praise to your stomach and intestines – they must be superhuman!

2) At the office or around the house, a nice SLR camera for blog photos wouldn’t be out of place – but your out and about pictures and food photos always look good. What camera are you using – is it from a camera phone? If it is, I want it – it seems to do well in low light…

Narelle from Aus

Akemi is feeding you a lot of oysters wink

dioxholster

Hey Joe in gateworld they are having a really cool discussion about comm stone ethics. its one of those things that bugged me in season 1 mainly because it made little sense and wasnt addressed.

people complained about this one for sure, not just sg fans. so are their any plans in the future for addressing this thing? was the idea to show that Young is impulsive in his actions while Rush is calculated?

why did that person who switched with chloe, wanted to do it with Eli to kill her boredom? Im not aware of any society that accepts this especially one that controls the gate to other worlds, you would think they are more disciplined. If it were a realistic depiction then I wouldve been fine with it, but it aint. I cant think of why these ethical issues were ignored, from a ‘dramatic’ point of view, I think it wouldve lent to more social drama if the wavier didnt exist, for obvious reasons. so Joe, let me ask you this: would you agree to sign that wavier and swap with someone?

noelm
noelm

@ maggiemayday so sorry for the loss of your father

Wow, that dinner looks so much better than my bowl of oatmeal staring at me disapprovingly. So if your “guys nite out” crowd is dwindling, maybe you should make it “writers nite out.”

And where are Carl and Lawren vacationing? Can they send us a postcard?

drldeboer
drldeboer

re the 100 SF book list. There’s 17 I haven’t read. I don’t agree with all the choices, and some that I consider essential are missing. But for a beginner, its a great place to start.

Not keen on those desserts. But I’m REALLY picky.

Speaking of, glad to see more Jelly bounding!

For those there, have a Comic Con blast.
DD

Lisa R.
Lisa R.

Loved the pictures of all the food. Would you send me some of that chocolate too? LOL Pretty please!!!!! smile

Major D. Davis

@das

I guess Im PMSing too because DANG.. do I want one of those. wink

@Zackary

I know I would.. but im not Joe. :p

@Joe

The VFX sound beast. I can’t wait till later today when I actually get to see a sneak peak of some season 2 VFX. Im going to be sitting around the house picking lint out of my navel waiting for the trailer to hit the web. Just kidding. Ill actually be going out to a store with my dad to try to finish our home theater (specifically so its all ready to go when the SGU 1.5 blu ray hits shelves).

Mailbag questions. smile

Hello Joe!

Couple questions for the next mailbag if thats cool.

1. http://twitter.com/scifitv/status/16986381584

So will there be SG-1 characters in season 2?

2. When you write a music montage into a script how does it work? Do you guys first find the song, and then film it to fit the song.. or do you just film all the little cutaways, and then once you find a good song you assemble fitting segments into the montage? And when is the first montage in season 2?

3. Just curious, has this SGU/SGA crossover renewed discussion of Extinction with MGM. Because you guys must have talked with the studio about the crossover episode and the movie must have come up in that discussion.

4. Will characters faith, personal beliefs, or religion be furthered explored in SGU season 2?

5. How long does post for a movie take? Say best case scenario Revolution and Extinction filmed end of this year. When do you think they would be out? Doesn’t MGM want a couple months to market the movie(s) after post is finished?

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

xxxevilgrinxxx
xxxevilgrinxxx

By the time I reached that meringue? Oh, I’m in heaven. I’m dieting at the moment, so I;m enjoying your eating vicariously. Is that wrong? Weird? Okay, it’s weird, but you always seem to eat the good stuff. *Sits and waits to see what Joe et al will eat next :p*

I;m really enjoying the use of body language that’s going into this. Not in Awakenings, which I clearly haven’t seen, but throughout the first season. It makes for a far deeper experience to watch (and great debates – or out and out arguments! – with others :D). really looking forward to next season!

maggiemayday
maggiemayday

Thanks.

Doing okay, just swamped with being the trustee/executor. I never thought I’d have to be this much of an adult.