Last night, Akemi and I went out for dinner with the lovely Alaina Huffman (SGU’s Lieutenant Tamara T.J. Johansen, Smallville’s Black Canary, and MTV’s Agent Mom).  We went to what is fast becoming my go-to restaurant for entertaining out-of-towners: Scarpetta.  Alaina was kind enough to defer to me on the menu selections and so, as always, I emphasized variety by ordering four appies, three pasta plates, a fish dish, and four desserts (with double scoops of ice creams all around as I wanted to be sure the ice cream to cake/pastry ratio was at the ideal 1:1).

Akemi loves the bread at Scarpetta (look at how quickly she snatches up a piece) and I always have to make it a point to either hide the bread basket or ask the waiter to take it away lest she finish it before the first dish has even hit the table.  Anyway, between mouthfuls of crust (or “margin” as she used to refer it when she first came to Canada), Akemi found time to chat with Alaina about Alaina’s modeling days in Tokyo and Osaka.  Although I’m sure she wasn’t able to keep up with all of our rapidfire table discussion, Akemi came away from dinner mightily impressed with Alaina.  “I like her!”she informed me. True.  Talk to her and she’s very hard not to like!

Some of the appetizer highlights:

I'm not a huge lentil guy, but they're delicious and lend a wonderful textural contrast to this tasty medley of carrots and almonds.
Onions agro-dolce served with goat cheese.

One of the things I appreciate about Scarpetta is there ability to occasionally switch up the menu without sacrificing any of my favorites. Last night, we enjoyed a couple of Chef Scott Conant’s signature creations, the duck and foie gras ravioli and the simple yet immensely satisfying spaghetti with tomato and basil.  Also…

A heavenly new addition to the line-up: delicate little agnolotti stuffed with braised short rib and bone marrow. Yep, those are mustard seeds.

Our dessert foursome was made up of the restaurants Amedei Chocolate Cake (missing its standard delightful gooey center on this visit), a strawberry shortcake the gals seemed to enjoy, the outstanding coconut panna cotta, and…

The Grand Marnier Souffle with the requisite double scoop of ice cream.

The topic of conversation ranged from her kids, conventions, and home life in L.A. to some terrific-sounding projects she and husband John have in the works. By the time we were done, we probably ended up talking more in those two and a half hours than we did in two years on SGU.

Hey, did you know Alaina has her own comic book?  Check it out here: MTV Geek | MTV.com – Comic – Agent Mom #1, pt. 1

Finally, this was too cute not to post.  Akemi looks forward to one of her favorite shows.  At least it wasn’t Million Dollar Money Drop!

Today’s entry is dedicated to gforce.

35
Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Hanging out with two beauties? You are a lucky man! grin

Lou Zucaro

Heh, that video made me smile, thanks for sharing.

So, you suck Joe. Dinner with Alaina Huffman. Ouch. She definitely seems like (from various things you’ve written about her) what I refer to as a “Group 2” person. They’re often painfully wonderful.

Anyway, that agnolotti sounds fantastic…reminds me of when Tony Mantuano used to serve Oxtail Agnolotti at Mantuano Mediterranean Table in Chicago, before he went on to Spiaggia.

archersangel

i like some good bread too.

dasndanger

You coulda at least brought me back a doggie bag. sad

I really shouldn’t look at your food pics when I’m hungry. razz

And both ladies are so lovely! You’re one lucky gigolo, Joe. wink Thanks for the link to Alaina’s comic, too…I would never have found it otherwise.

Gotta run!

das

dasndanger

Awwww! Too cute!! I just got Akemi’s video to work! smile

It reminds me of the old joke…

What do you call a one-legged woman? Ilene. Same woman in China? Irene.

wink

Oh, and Joe? You laugh like Horshack. grin

das

Erica
Erica

I just checked out Scarpetta’s menu…oh dear, going to have to go there at some point. The pumpkin olive oil cake on the dessert menu sounds amazing…

gforce
gforce

Looks like a wonderful dinner! The food didn’t look to bad either!! Alaina always struck me as a total class act, even just from her work on SGU. Even on Twitter she is always gracious and interesting.

Thanks for the dedication, Joe.

Squishy
Squishy

‘Movie’? Smack! Lovely smile

@iom666
@iom666

How can you have 3 kids and still be so hot and sexy ?
I want to know the secret !
She is one gifted actress for sure.
While I was so sad to not know the end of the story for TJ, I can not wait to see what Alaina will be doing next!
Take care.

Ponytail
Ponytail

What a beautiful dinner you had. No one crawled over you to get Alaina’s autograph? That video of Akemi is so cute, just like her. She is a doll.

@ gforce – Very sorry to hear about your Father. Your family is in my prayers during this sad time. God bless.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Also, ask Akemi if she is tired of Ashley talking constantly about Bentley. I sure am!

Deni
Deni

Akemi’s adorable, you’re a lucky guy! smile

Randomness
Randomness

@Hey, did you know Alaina has her own comic book?

Just read a little on the MTV link, seems kinda corny, suppose its good for the younger demographic I guess.

Lisa R
Lisa R

Sounds like you had a lovely dinner, and I liked the video of Akemi too. That was cute.

Have a great evening!!!!

PBMom

@Das: Read about your convention adventure and meeting Julia and Alaina. I met Alaina in Dallas at the Women of Sci Fi convention (and her husband). They were very nice. I became unusually shy, not wanting to intrude on them or co-opt her time. My first convention experience.

I happen to enjoy the comic book because it is so much Alaina, especially when she is on Twitter. I mean, honestly, who goes into labor and tweets during it? Only a super mom.

The video of Akemi is adorable. Good to hear you laughing, too.

Deni
Deni

Gumbo has arrived, and Elway’s NOT happy with the new arrangement. smile It’s gonna be a long night.

dasndanger

@ PBMom – In big crowds I tend to get very hyper, over-stimulated from all the input of the sights and sounds. It really drives my ADD nuts. Needless to say, I was probably a bit over-friendly…like a drooly, face-lickin’ dog greeting you at the front door (only I didn’t drool or lick anyone…I hope… unamused ).

I wouldn’t know about tweeting during labor since I have never been on Twitter or in labor, but I have been known to talk on phone while sittin’ on the john…and I’m pretty sure that’s almost the same thing. wink

das

dasndanger

Joe, Mr. Das was just checking out your pictures, and he exclaimed, “Man, Joe’s lost weight! He looks good!” I just hope he doesn’t have a man-crush now. razz

das

Dappy
Dappy

single!

Kevin
Kevin

Any word yet on an SGU soundtrack?

DP
DP

@Joe – Put one of these in your pics

http://www.amazon.com/Wixey-WS060-6-Inch-Precision-Stainless/dp/B001PTGBTO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308721031&sr=8-1

and posterity won’t have to wonder if the baby carrots are freakishly small or the almonds are freakishly big.

———————————–

I followed Alaina’s labor tweets. I thought really hard about doing something similar maybe on Facebook, but wasn’t adventurous enough to go to the laptop during labor. I was thinking of Alaina when I timed how quick I got back on-line: -> 4 hours. I’m weak! Half that was just baby-staring.

@das – not the same thing. It’s the stage of labor that makes it impressive. That late in labor, my universe has shrunk to a me+belly-shaped envelope. I’m only aware of myself in a primal way and people don’t exist outside that envelope, much less a Twitterverse.

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi Mr M!

Not sure if you got that email? Need to send you on something.

Great to see Alaina!! She is a such a lady. She is a big hit with all the fans.

Had a great conversation with another fan recently. We did our usual fantasy triple story spinning…putting SG1, SGA and SGU in the one movie!!

It revolves around Mackay finding a primitive Ori Super Gate on the edge of a galaxy which links into a position…..close to Destiny!! (I know it’s a bit of a ST: Voyager-reach) But it would solve the getting Destiny back home problem.

Anyway we were “spinning” the story for a while…interesting plot details involving the three teams.

Hope all well in Toronto

Best to all

Thanks!

S’n’T

maggiemayday
maggiemayday

Yum.

Bread baskets are my downfall, I could eat carbs until the end of time.

sparced
sparced

apparently Alaina is on the new Syfy show Alphas that has been filming in toronto (according to her tweets)

glad to see she’s keeping busy in shows i’ll be watching. smile

Shiny
Shiny

The Agent Mom show sounds very cool, I will have to check it out.

That was such a cute video, had to watch it twice cuz it was adorable. It is kind of hard to say Batchelorette when you think about, most people just say bach-luret” instead of batch-el-or-rette, so I can see why it then becomes harder to pronounce when english speakers condence the word.

I have the same problem with French, when I’m trying to keep up with a song in French it’ll take a couple replays before I figure out the person used slang or condensed words.