I worked with a lot of great actors of my many years on Stargate and, although I do cross paths with them now and again, there’s no series regular I keep in steady contact with like I do Robert Picardo. Stargate SG-1‘s former pain-in-the-ass I.O.A. representative, Stargate: Atlantis’s former Commander, Star Trek Voyager’s former Doctor (among many, MANY other roles), Bob remains as busy now as ever, splitting time between film, television, stage, and science-minded projects like The Planetary Society.
The first time we went out to dinner was way back in SG-1’s heyday. We went to Vij’s, one of Vancouver’s premiere Indian restaurants. I remember walking down the street and having a nervous fan respectfully stop us and ask if he could get a picture with The Doctor. Bob was his always affable self, more than happy to throw his arm around the happy fan and pose for a photo.
Fast-forward 10+ years later. Bob was in town and suggested we get together for dinner. Like old times, he suggested we go to Vij’s (now in its new location). As we finished up our meal, a man in a large group walked by our table and stopped to tell Bob how much he enjoyed his work and assuring him that, although his phone was out, he wasn’t planning on taking any candid shots. Bob, ever gracious, thanked him for the kind words and assured him he’d be happy to take a photo with him. The guy (and his buddy) were ecstatic as Bob happily threw his arms around them and posed for a couple of photos.
This weekend, Akemi and I, along with out friend Nicole, took in Vancouver’s annual celebration of Japanese culture at the Powell Street Festival. The highlights:
Akemi cannot resist a good but-out photo-op.
Oooh. Bulgogi rice burger.
Molten hot takoyaki!
And, for dessert (besides the macaron ice cream sandwich and chocolate-dipped matcha ice cream) = Nicole’s home made pomegranate ice cream!
And the eats just keep on coming! Today, we checked out Gojiro Ramen!
I went with the spicy karaage: crispy fried chicken, thick chewy noodles, and deep rich broth festooned with fatty pork bits. Akemi, of course, went with the simple vegetarian.
Hey, while you’re here, how about a little Dark Matter BTS video featuring Zoie Palmer?