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