Hey, look who’s on the move…

Carl settles into his new digs.

With Robert Cooper, gone, Carl wasted no time in exercising squatting rights on his recently-vacated office.  Although the premises were originally earmarked for a local children’s charities, it looks like the tots are out of luck.  Carl is, after all, an Executive Producer. AND a birthday boy…

Carl Binder - Birthday Boy

Yes, that’s right.  Today, we celebrated Carl’s birthday in grand style – with schnitzel, poppy seed strudel, and the traditional off-key rendition of Happy Birthday.  In addition, Carl received a surprise gift…

A present from Executive Producer Robert Cooper!
And a heartfelt card. What's it say?
Happy birthday!

Anyway, while Carl was in his new office, crying, we helped ourselves…

A delectable variety  from http://www.cookiesbygeorge.com/.  Soft and chewy, now THESE would have been perfect for ice cream sandwiches.  Ashleigh had about seven or eight.

Today’s random Stargate: Universe potential spoiler/teaser…

??? Okay, I'll give you a hint. It's for episode #213, Alliances.

After lunch, as part of the week-long Carl’s Birthday Celebrations, Producer John G. Lenic brought in goodie bags from his recent culinary excursion to Spain, highlighting a host of menu items Carl would never eat in a million years.

Les desserts!
The desert menu...
John started off by uncapping the spritzer and spraying its contents - just like they did in the restaurant. Except I'm pretty sure that the restaurant staff didn't spray him directly in the face like he did me.
The aerated mandarin jelly chocolate was ultra delicate, unimaginably fragrant, and utterly divine. The apple pie caramel with edible wrap was incredible, so much apple pie flavor packed into such a tiny morsel.
Dessert tobacco
The Coconut Baccy - coconut infused with an aroma of Black Cavendish Tobacco. The hint of tobacco was very subtle, but even that proved too much for my writing partner Paul who grew up with a pipe-smoking father.
The Queen of Hearts Tart. Yes, it's edible. The most elegant and inventive dessert I've eaten.
Menu from the restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum. Menu item #5: "roasted colt chunk". I assume they're referring to the gun.
Menu from Mugaritz, John's fave restaurant on his recent trip. Don't fill up on those "edible stones" to start! Not sure about the "glutinous cod fish" but I would be all over those "Iberian pork tails".
The El Bulli menu. I count some 36 menu items. Apparently, the meal was so structured that diners aren't even allowed to get up to use the bathroom until an appointed time. I'm intrigued by: the gorgonzola globe, oysters and bone marrow tartare, Parmegiano ice cream with modena, basil and strawberry, eel sandwich, abalone with Iberian ham fat.

And the Fat Duck menu. To be honest, it all sounds amazing, from the nitro-poached green tea and lime mousse to the whiskey wine gums. Snail porridge? Powdered Anjou pigeon? Jelly of Quail with Crayfish Cream? Wow! I'm suddenly tempted to take my friend Cynthia up on her offer and visit London.

58 thoughts on “August 10, 2010: Birthday celebrations kick off! A cryptic SGU season 2 clue! John G. Lenic’s culinary show and tell!

  1. The powers of nox were even very evolved more than those of the ancients
    Was it a natural gift ?
    Have they decided not to make the ascent given their convictions ?

  2. That SGU season 2 pic looks like a Rorshach ink blot. I think its an alien face. Or maybe a butterfly. With a moustache.

  3. Hahahaha You are old. I’m gonna miss Rob. 🙁

    That symbol reminds me of the Daedalus variations aliens symbol…… But I doubt that’s it. 😉

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  4. Happy Birthday to Carl 🙂

    My daughter and son-in-law just in from England after two weeks in Japan, and speaking of food, here’s what I got:

    Cheese Cake of Tokyo Limited
    “It is the cheesecake made using much milk milked for beginning most in the morning. Please enjoy mellow delicacy. The cheesecake made using many cheeses which riped thoroughly.

    And, then there’s “Watering Kiss Mint” (chewing gum).

    I do love the green tea Kit Kats, though!

  5. Happy birthday Carl! You are not old!!

    (of course, he could be, because you can’t find his date of birth anywhere on the internet, which means he must be really really really old.)

  6. Joe!

    I generally find the Carl pictures you post – with his musings and facial expressions – to be pretty silly, nice and amusing…

    …but I must say…

    Carl’s birthday pictures that you posted:


    (Well, funniest-ever-pictures-of-Carl-being-silly.)

    It has a hilarious pacing/timing from pic-to-pic:

    1. Carl smiles
    2. Close-up on the present
    3. Opened card, Rob’s funny message
    4. Carl frowns
    5. People eat cookies (present) while Carl pouts in his fancy new office

    :-p Great stuff.

  7. Happy Birthday CARL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You old fart you.
    You are only as old as (the woman) you feel.


  8. Happy Birthday Carl!! Hope you had a great one!

    And thanks for the pictures and commentary, Joe. After the day I had, it was nice to laugh.

    Have a good night.

  9. Happy Birthday, Carl!!

    Joe! Cookies by George!! Ack! I haven’t had those in way too many years to count! So many years, in fact, I’d forgotten all about them. *ducks head in shame*

    You think you’re so clever. HAH! I know that the teaser image is a stylized version of this:


    or maybe this:


    or maybe something else. Or maybe not.

  10. Hmmm….to me, that pic looks like some sort of large back tattoo….of who, I have no idea. Or perhaps some sort of elaborate door, since it looks so symmetrical. Guess we’ll find out when the episode airs.

  11. Oh, and Rob’s “You are old” comment? He’s just upset that Carl snarfed Rob’s old office from the children’s charity. 😉

  12. Aussie show Masterchef had the great Heston Blumenthal himself as a guest, challenging the contestants during their UK jaunt, to make his menu dishes.

    The snail porridge is very green… but apparently it’s heaven.

    One dish is about the sea, with edible sand to match. You have to eat it wearing headphones that pour sounds of the sea into your ears. Customers have teared up over the emotions it elicits.

    Highly recommended and I’d give my right testicle to eat there (if I had one)


    Birthday boy of the day Mr Binder
    Got a rather unsubtle reminder
    ‘you are old’ on a card
    that must have hit hard
    ‘olde farte’ would have been slightly kinder

    Happy birthday Carl!!!

  13. Today I chopped off all my hair for kids with cancer!!! (Well, my hairdresser did. I was too chicken to cut my own hair.) 😀

    Nice limerick, Annie From Fremantle!!! 😀

    I’m off to Philly tomorrow. Anyone want anything? 😉

  14. Hmmm… The season 2 inkblot… I think it looks like an upside down Rygel, from Farscape. What does that say about me?

  15. Just a quickie…

    Joe, are you not doing your puppy twitter pics anymore? I see the link is down on the side, and there hasn’t been a new picture since May. I may not ‘tweet’, but I do like to look at the pictures. 🙂


  16. Happy Birthday Carl! You only as old as you feel (or made to feel).

    Too bad his birthday happens to be on the anniversary of my mom’s death (23 years now — wow). No sadness; no hugs required; no tears were shed this day. Just thought it would be a nice playthrough on the “growing old” theme.

    @Seahen: Rygel? I totally see it. First I thought some weird form of bird alien, but now that you say upside down Rygel, I totally see it. Major Farscape fan.

  17. PS: The art for Alliances looks like a really cool tattoo – and…oddly enough… Admiral Ackbar. 😕


  18. @ ytimynona – Go to Reading Terminal and eat something good for me! 😀 OOOOR…if you get a chance, go to the Shofuso Japanese House in Fairmount Park (near the zoo). It’s lovely!

    @ Carl – I hate birthdays (had one back in July and kept it hush-hush). I hate getting older, so I started looking at it from a different angle – thought about it more in terms of survival. I’m not sure it helps. 😛


  19. That graphic speaks to me…very pleasant to look at. Cross between First Nations art and Art Nouveau, right? Would make a nice graphic t-shirt.

    @ytimynona: Please bring back a baggie of cool air from the shade of a maple tree? Thanks.

  20. Glad I had finished my ice cream before reading Rob’s card to Carl. Ice cream all over my screen would have been difficult to clean up.

    Happy birthday, Carl. We love you, man. I try not to remember my birthdays now. Just makes it easier.

  21. Hi Joe

    happy birthday to Carl !

    Having watched some of the tv programs with Heston in, The Fat Duck does seem an extraordinary place (book 3 months in advance apparently if you want to get in though). I have thought about going there but not sure I would understand some of the dishes, my palatte is just not good/subtle/sensitive enough I think.

    They always seemed to be in competition for the “best restaurant in the world” title with El Bulli in Spain (www.elbulli.com) although there is a new champ from Denmark Noma http://www.noma.dk

    It all looks very interesting and with a touch of theatre to make one fine experience if you go to any of these places I bet

  22. Joe i’m halfway through Downfall, I think you might have missed the “short” part in short story.

    although I did notice in the first two pages you managed to fit in, a chocolate store, Italy, and a middle-aged man with his dog. hmmm…..

  23. Hark! Tis the day after the day marking the anniversary of Sir Carl of Binder’s magnificent entrance into this unworthy world, already? Impossible. It is a known fact that greatness slows down the ticking of time itself; that a person of such sheer awe-inspiring splendor bends the very fabric of spacetime to his will, demanding that they slow his aging so as to give the rest of us more time to enjoy their existence.

    Therefore, I can only conclude that Carl is not “old”, but rather that he is being extremely generous to allow the Universe a little bit of undeserved freedom to move forward in time for a brief moment so as to add to his meaningless age an additional integer. Why would he do this, no one knows, and no will ever know, for that is his way.

    All that to say…Happy Belated Birthday Carl!! Hope you had a good one!! 😀

  24. I didn’t realise Carl’s Birthday was so close to mine (Aug 12th). Many Happy returns to Carl.

    The Fat Duck is such a cool restaurant. Heston Blumenthal is somewhat of a hero of mine. His egg and bacon ice cream is to die for.


  25. Happy Birthday, Mr. Binder!

    Maybe that “tattoo” is for a new Goa’uld? I would love to see the Goa’uld again.

  26. Hi Joe…

    First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARL !!! Don’t you worry, we are all getting old… Just not as fast as you !!!

    Heu!!! I must have mist a few post while away but where is Mr Cooper going ???


  27. Hi Joe,

    Reading your blog first thing in the morning, now i’m hungry, thx. Love the pics tho. They looked all yummy.

    To Carl,

    Happy Birthday,, Hope you have a great day.


  28. Happy Birthday Carl, you are not getting older, just better.! and how do you stay so thin, got a workout routine to share. Go have a cookie or 3. thanks for sharing Joe.

  29. Ahhh Carl’s not old! The stupid phrase is! HBday!!!

    lmao I was thinking the same thing, tattoo of fishman

  30. A very happy birthday to Carl. Carl, don’t worry about the old man comments. Besides being rude and untrue, they offer the opportunity to pound on your so called friends, literally. Just go out, buy a lead-filled cane, and start hobbling around with it. “Accidental” stray swings will elicit painful yelps, and stomping down on the floor can break toes with a little luck. Unless your compatriots take to wearing steel toed boots, which would be punishment enough on its own.
    John Lenic is a menu thief? Who would have thought. You are a bad influence Mr. M. But please don’t reform him,as I enjoy reading the menus. Spain isn’t high on my list of to visit places before I die, but it’s not so far down the list as to rule out my ever dropping into some of those restaurants.
    Thanks for a great post, even if your teasers are pushing up my blood pressure.

  31. ..bon encore une mauvaise manipulation de l’ordinateur portable..je continue mon message precédent….

    …ça lui fait combient à Carl? Ohhhh je suis sûre qu’il n’est pas aussi vieux que ça^^.

    Il a eu des cadeaux sympas=), j’adore la Dame de coeur, c’est fait en quoi? pate d’Amanda?

    Ofaite je ne vous ai pas dit!! Je me suis acheté un livre!!..c’est tellement rare que je vous en parle^^!..ça s’appel “Le visage de dieux” c’est trés interessant!!!!

    Bon j’y vais,
    Gros bisous!!!

  32. Well… I had a weird dream last night…… I dreampt I got a call that i knocked someone up on the destiny, and she just had the baby(we had gotten home at this point). I’m guessing the girl was Park… Just a hunch. 😉 Still I was desperately trying to figure out how to break the news to my parents.

    Lol. Guess this happened because I watched TJs confession scene in lost right before I went to sleep.

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  33. Happy birthday to Carl! Yay! Wish I could’ve been there to celebrate with you (and partake of the tasties).

    I’d have to say that the artwork looks like a stylized koi face. With a mustache. So I can totally see where Das got Admiral Akbar. 🙂

  34. Aw, happy birthday to Carl! Doesn’t he get any credit for wearing his shirttails out like a trendy hipster?

    Not sure I’d go for the food-in-aerosol form. I like the Queen of Hearts Tart, tho.

    London’s calling-maybe you guys can make a layover after Japan, and drop into Paris as world. Call it the SGU World Tour.

  35. Happy birthday to Carl Binder!

    As for the teaser: possibly the schematic for an alien face, or somebody’s ill-thought-out tattoo. Of course it could be the logo for some intergalactic empire, but it’s a bit rococco, don’t you think?

  36. Happy Birthday to Carl!! Whenever you post photos of him, a good laughter is guaranteed.

    That teaser picture looks like something a First Prime would wear on his forehead. No?

  37. A wonderful belated birthday to you Carl. You’re my favorite 🙂 But don’t tell Joe 😛

    Are you putting that tattoo on your back Joe? Or is that an ink blot from your doctor? 😉

  38. Couple questions if that’s cool.

    1. Is Martin Wood still directing Revolution?

    2. Any more rumblings on updates on either movie? There’s a lot of ifs regarding MGM (like it being bought, or going bankrupt), do you still think Revolution is going to happen?

    3. Do you know how the DVD market is doing? Has it gotten better or worse lately?

    4. Is there any chance we’ll see some SGU books anytime soon (like the novelization of air)?

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  39. @BMc

    Personally I don’t think it’s too big a deal considering MGM paid for Extinction and Revolution scripts and look what’s happened to them. It’s a relatively small amount of money compared to what actual productions of the movies on delay cost.

    However, I don’t think it’s good to throw another delayed project in the mix, most likely pushing the stargate movies down a notch in the list of products to be produced.

    Remember this is all personal opinion.

    I’m really hopeful that if spyglass takes over MGM, Extinction and Revolution will be on their first round of movies to bring out of a holding pattern and get made.

  40. Wow! You guys in Canada celebrate a b-day in style! Happy Belated B-day Mr. Carl! One question: What is dessert tobacco?

    Interesting, but those dishes Snail porridge? Powdered Anjou pigeon? Jelly of Quail with Crayfish Cream? sound like they belong in a Harry Potter film.

  41. Happy Birthday to (the not really so) old Carl!!

    Those menu choices sound really intriguing. I love to be adventurous with food, but I think I would be embarrassed asking what some of those were.

    The “ink blot” makes me think of the blue aliens for some reason.

    Finally, what exactly did the Queen of Hearts taste like?

  42. @Craig – LOL

    @dioxholster – I can custom make one for you, cheaper than Hallamark and good quality. wwwgreetingcarduniverse.com/kabras – sorry Joe, a little plug for my storefront. thanks

    @ Carl – you look mahv-ul-ous!!!!! Don’t listen to Rob.

  43. Happy (belated) Birthday to Jelly’s godfather! (It was tweeted on time, though.) It was good to see Carl in pictures again. When is Joe taking you out for a birthday dinner? He should take you anywhere *you* want to go. But you have to let him bring his camera. 😀

    That SGU teaser image looks a LOT like Moroccan filigree art of a Pug dog. No kiddin.’ Doesn’t it? Wonder whose puppies they were inspired by… 😉

  44. hi, joe,

    if it looks like the 3rd sg1 movie isn’t going to be made, can the sam/jack confirmation (that they’re together in a relationship) be put in sgu?

  45. Tell Carl that he looks years younger when he smiles. I like the “You are old” annotation in his card – Rob has a nice sense of humour.

    It will be my birthday in about a month. I haven’t decided how old I am going to be – a girl can only be 21 for so long.

    Say hello to the pups and Akemi (if she is still in Vancouver).

    Frankie de Tom Cat
    Princess Merlin (aka Slasher)


  46. @Major D. Davis

    Personally I would rather see Time Warner running MGM, they have more money and double if not triple or more assets than Spyglasses parent company. More money means more chances for stuff to be made.

  47. @Randomness

    Well at this point I think MGM wasn’t satisfied with their bid and Time Warner wasn’t going to raise their bid so unfortunately, I don’t think its gonna happen. But I agree with you, I think Spyglass might be a little to small finance all of MGMs projects on hold, though they did talk about raising 500 million to get some projects off the ground (Stargate movies will only be 14 million, so its not that much cash). BUt wo knows, stranger things have happened. Right now im just glad SOMETHINGs happening with MGM, cause if it kept getting debt extensions (which I think some people thought it would), it would be unlikely we would hear about the movies till all that was sorted out, which would make it too late for a early 2011 or summer of 2011 shoot IMO. So im crossing my fingers that something will happen in the next few days. 🙂

  48. Joe when you take Carl out to dinner at Chili’s for his birthday, would you get a picture of him and his plate? (Before he eats it all, please.)

  49. When I saw Pocari Sweat on the mini bar list at my hotel in Bali there was an overwhelming temptation to re-enact your Weird Food Purchase of the Day…

    Happy Birthday Carl.

    Hope everyone’s well.


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