My french bulldog Lulu has a crush on my buddy Ivon Bartok. It’s pretty damn obvious the way she throws herself at him whenever he comes visit, sitting on his lap, sneezing in his face, lying down beside him and lovingly passing gas. Yesterday morning, I told her that Ivon would be coming to visit, just to see her reaction. “Lulu!”I called, immediately getting her attention. “Do you know who’s coming today?” A curious cock of her head. “Ivon! Ivon’s coming.” At which point she vomited. I kid you not. At the send of his name, she yakked up a mouthful of partially digested kibble. Talk about butterflies in your stomach!
In addition to Ivon, we were joined by Lawren Bancroft-Wilson and Patrick Gilmore for a marathon session of Game of Thrones. I’ve read the books (well, all except the last one which I’ve yet to get around to), loved them, and looked forward to the series I’d heard so much about. In keeping with the whole fantasy, swords and sorcery theme, I made Vietnamese sandwiches for lunch.
I marinated some kurobuta pork and boneless chicken thighs for a full day, then seared them off and finished them in the oven. The run-through sandwich I prepared the night before was undone by the tough buns I picked up from COBS Bread that afternoon, so I picked up buns from my local Safeway instead and they proved far superior. And, oh yeah, fresh. Also, my jaw didn’t hurt trying to chew them.
We only got through three episodes before we had to call it a day on account of Ivon having a hockey game. We’ll reconvene and watch another three this weekend- hopefully. So far, I’m enjoying the show although, for some reason, I seem to remember Jaime Lannister being a lot more likable in the books. Yes? No? Anyway, it looks great, is very engaging, and Peter Dinklage is terrific as my favorite character, Tyrion.
So, what fantasy series would you like to see get the big mini-series treatment?
Oh, and since I’m showing off my latest culinary creations, I would be remiss if I didn’t include Akemi’s –
Well, it pains me to say it (and, I’m sure, it pains Cookie Monster, our guest reviewer even more to hear it) but Condorman received more votes than Superman III in our impromptu poll. This means that, next Monday’s selection for our Supermovie of the Week Club will be Condorman – followed by Superman III the following week.