October 30, 2015: Dinner With Tabor And Rodney!

“I’m at the back sitting under the Hades mural!” said the message.  I quickened my pace.

I had, in fact, arrived twelve minutes early for dinner.  And as I rolled by a parking spot about a block from the restaurant I thought to myself “Maybe I can find something a little closer.”  Fifteen minutes later, after parking A LOT farther, I finally arrived, fashionably late-ish, meeting Tabor Calchek Rodney McKay David Hewlett (as instructed) beneath the mural of Hades who seemed to be contemplating something.  Maybe the dinner options?

We perused the menu, picked a few plates, then deferred to our waiter – an older Greek man with his pants hiked up past his belly button.  Well, his fashion sense may have been questionable, but his recommendations were spot on!

October 30, 2015: Dinner With Tabor And Rodney!

Saganaki!  The flaming cheese, presumably laced with ouzo to trigger its blazing entrance, was still bubbling when it hit the table.  Seriously.  It’s fried cheese. What’s not to love?

October 30, 2015: Dinner With Tabor And Rodney!

A medley of unidentifiable yet no less delicious dips including a tzatziki so strong I had to brush twice before bedtime.

October 30, 2015: Dinner With Tabor And Rodney!

Delicious octopus – tender and chargrilled.  Wait!  Is that a lemon wedge on the plate?!

October 30, 2015: Dinner With Tabor And Rodney!

Lamb chops so good, they’d no doubt receive my mom’s seal of approval.

October 30, 2015: Dinner With Tabor And Rodney!

And honey cake for dessert.  It was complimentary (which was nice) but we only got one piece to share between the two of us (which was odd).  Romantic?

In addition to all the eating, we did manage to get some conversation in.  Topics included: Dark Matter, Debug, dogs, family, conventions, Toronto, L.A., England, agents and managers, and, of course, lots and lots of Stargate.  It was a really great time because, even though we’ve talked since Stargate: Atlantis ended, we’ve never had the chance to REALLY TALK.  But we finally did last night and it was a truly great evening.

Next time, it’s 10 oz $300 dollar A5 Black Tajima-Miyazami steaks on him!

19 thoughts on “October 30, 2015: Dinner with Tabor and Rodney!

  1. That is just so cool, Joe! We asked……you replied #awesome 😎
    And, the ideal evening – good company, good conversation and good food.

  2. Sounds like a great dinner and great company! I bet you guys had TONS to talk about and reminisce about Stargate.

    Speaking of conventions, that’s where I (briefly) met David at the Vancouver one in 2011. What a great time, and he was totally friendly and approachable.

  3. OPA!

    some of the other dips likely included
    Tahini and melitzanosalata ( if you mildly tasted eggplant in one of the dips
    that is the melitz. Its actually a salad served throughout the middle east
    but many greeks use it as a simple salad dip.

    What? No Domades? Personally i dont care much for mint jelly but your host
    could have made them without, with his own spaecial syle, as I do at home.

    Happy Halloween to all!

  4. sorry another all too exhausted to proof read typo. its ‘Dolmades’ so no one gets it confused for the middle eastern dish Doma

    but that photo of the cheese mmmmmm! and all this talk of food is making me hungry again… so am off to go see whats in the frig and whip myself up something scrumptiously bad for me so I can die a happy gal 🙂

  5. Hello to Dr. McKay, mean Mr. Calchek , I mean Mr. Hewlett. With the exception to the octopus…everything looked good. I wish I could eat anything I wanted whenever I wanted and not worry about being in severe pain for 16+ hours. Of course the wonderful healthcare system here won’t give me my medication.They are willing to give me something cheaper that doesn’t work. Don’t get me started. Joe you got a job for me? I’ll move to Canada.

  6. Would you mind revealing the name of the restaurant? My husband and I are always looking for good Greek fare in the GTA.

  7. Good company and good food, seems like a great evening!
    Still miss SGA, David/Rodney and the entire cast so much. 🙂

  8. The food looks great but David Hewlett looks the best. Would of liked to see even more pictures of him. He’s look’in all rugged. Did you add that dessert cake picture later? Hmmmm?

  9. …OK… You think you can expect DH take you out for said heavenly beef dinner. … What job have you lined up so that he can make a little income to support that? … … … … [I have a bias. And I am not afraid to show it betimes.]

  10. With the two of you, I can’t imagine you got much eating done between all the laughing. Sounds like you had a great time, and it’s always fun to hear about Hewlett! Hope this means there’s some face time for him on screen in the future.

    Saturday is my last day up here in Canada. It’s been a wonderful refuge for the past two weeks. It’s been a rough year with my neighbor dying in May, my Mom in July, and another friend of 25 years in August. Then there have been issues with my mother’s estate, and I’ve had to hire a lawyer to deal with my few remaining family members. It’s cost me a lot of money, but it’s been worth it to discover how dishonest they are. It’s terribly hard to lose the rest of my family, but I won’t have people in my life I can’t trust.

    I’m so thrilled for you and DM. I just couldn’t follow it this season as much as I wanted to. But now I’ll have time to catch up with the DVD, and jump into all of your adventures creating Season 2!

  11. Sounds like a wonderful evening. Only one piece of cake? Weird. Would you go back to that place?

  12. I’d love to see your rendition of a meal with George R.R. Martin…I expect it would be outstanding…and I would be Sooo envious…

  13. Hope David is able to make good on that miyazami steak offer soon. Did you know? it was not until the fall of 2012 that Japanese Wagyu was even fully legally permitted in the U.S!

    If you havent already, you should try the Myazaki steak sometime. There are only 400 farmers in Miyazaki region co-oping this commercial black beef. I’ve only had the privilege of trying this rare treat once and even at that it was just a couple quick bites off a friends dinner plate (not knowing what it was – i ordered something else for dinner) But OH! so good!

    So Joe…. Any Halloween costumes for you and Akemi this year??? And yes, we most definititely want pics if ya got em

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