August 2, 2016: Robert Picardo! Japan Fest! Tasty Ramen! And Zoie Palmer!

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.

Class act!

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:

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Akemi cannot resist a good but-out photo-op.

August 2, 2016: Robert Picardo! Japan Fest! Tasty Ramen! And Zoie Palmer!

Spam nigiri!

August 2, 2016: Robert Picardo! Japan Fest! Tasty Ramen! And Zoie Palmer!

Oooh.  Bulgogi rice burger.

August 2, 2016: Robert Picardo! Japan Fest! Tasty Ramen! And Zoie Palmer!

Molten hot takoyaki!

August 2, 2016: Robert Picardo! Japan Fest! Tasty Ramen! And Zoie Palmer!

And, for dessert (besides the macaron ice cream sandwich and chocolate-dipped matcha ice cream) = Nicole’s home made pomegranate ice cream!

August 2, 2016: Robert Picardo! Japan Fest! Tasty Ramen! And Zoie Palmer!

And the eats just keep on coming!  Today, we checked out Gojiro Ramen!

August 2, 2016: Robert Picardo! Japan Fest! Tasty Ramen! And Zoie Palmer!

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?

19 thoughts on “August 2, 2016: Robert Picardo! Japan Fest! Tasty Ramen! And Zoie Palmer!

  1. Akemi is too cute, Robert is too cool and your are too awesome for the BTS clips!!! Thanks Joe!

  2. Please say “Hi!” to Robert Picardo from his fans here in Chicagoland! He was always incredibly personable at the conventions here. An all around classy guy, as the locals would say.

    And Vij’s moved? I’ll have to look them up in their new spot the next time I’m in town.

  3. Hi to Robert Picardo! I’ve always enjoyed everything he’s done but I do think “The Doctor” was my favorite. In case he reads this, I enjoy your tweets too. 😉

    I’m glad y’all are having a good time during the break from filming. The food looks yummy!

    Nice interview with Zoe. The Zobot is always a delight to watch. There always seems to be a surprise in each performance.

  4. I think the evolution of his character in Voyager was a great example of Picardos acting ability. To be able to evolve and play a character that went from being just a simple holographic doctor to a fully fledged/respected/valued member of the crew by the end of the show was remarkable. Over the course of the shows run, his character grew and Picardo clearly grew alongside him. There’s a huge difference between the Doctor in the pilot and the Doctor by the finale.

  5. This was also one of my fav Picardo scenes ever. It’s so funny. There’s another one out there where he’s the ECH for real, but the way he deals with the Borg lol.

  6. Randomness: Well said and I love that scene! (Now Voyager is on my re-watch list) I like The Doctor’s scene from “First Contact” when they activate him to distract the Borg, so Beverly can escape. This isn’t part of my program! I’m a doctor, not a doorstop.

  7. I agree with the previously stated comments, Robert Picardo is a joy to watch perform. I enjoyed watching him camp it up as the psychiatrist in the movie “Jack’s Back” to his adventures as The Doctor in ST:V. I’d have to agree with @ Tam Dixon that my favorite performance of his is as The Doctor and that his character was one of my favorite doctors of the entire franchise. Some of my favorite SGA episodes with him are The Return I & II and Remnants. Give him a big hello from Tennessee next time you see him. He is one funny guy and a class act!

    Looks like you, Akemi & Nicole had a fun time at the celebration. Lots of yummy food! Of course, you always seem to eat well.

    Thanks for the interview with Zoie Palmer. I’m hoping that her character will be able to strike a balance between the Blue Android and the human-like Android, let’s erase the Randroid program, she’s nothing but trouble.

  8. Bob Picardo is definitely the best-est! A beautiful human being and naturally talented actor who quickly proved to be a wonderful addition and help to The Planetary Society.

  9. Ooooo…. Crispy fried chicken, chewy noodles (!?), deep, rich broth festooned with fatty pork bits …. O how my heart aches for such food! 😆

  10. Hi Bob! Sending cyber waves from the Jersey Shore! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Echoing what many others have already said, Bob Picardo has always been one of my favorite actors because he is so talented and hard working with every role. Star Trek Voyager was wonderful only because of Bob Picardo’s efforts. Otherwise ST: V would be the last on my list of ST spin-offs.

    I’m also very glad and proud that Bob has affiliated himself with The Planetary Society and helps to promote interest and support for humanity’s efforts in space. I’m a founding member (yes, 36 yrs. since it’s founding in 1980). As soon as I heard Carl Sagan had started the society — I joined and have been supporting them all these years! If anyone is interested in more info or wants to join, please search The Planetary Society in your browsers. It is a truly worthy non-profit organization, doing the most wonderful work!

    Is it Friday yet?
    2cats

  11. I am SOOOOO glad you went out and had some fun. All work and no play makes for a very stressed Joe.

    Great behind-the-scenes video about Android.

    Mr. Picardo has been to several Cons down here in Houston, but the only two I have been able to attend in Houston ever he was not. One of these days my life will align with the Con schedule again. They are usually happening in the summer now and my summer is too busy. The one Comicpalooza I was able to attend was when I didn’t have my pet sitting business and was able to take time on the long Memorial Day weekend to go. Space City Con had one of their cons right after New Year’s (it was a combination Babylon 5 reunion and also had a Game of Thrones track). Right after New Year’s is perfect for me because everyone is back from the holidays at that point and everyone is broke to go away again so soon after the holidays so my schedule is just filled with my regular afternoon dailies and the odd business trip.

  12. I’d love to meet Bob Picardo one day at a Con.
    Great photos from a cool day out.

    Another fab bts video, looking forward to seeing more of these 👍
    And, this is one of the few times, that I’ve seen Paul Mullie!

  13. Hello Robert! Good to see him. He’s one of my favorite Sci-Fi actors. The first thing I remember seeing him in is Inner Space with Dennis Quaid and Martin Short. Looong time ago.

    Mmmmm…Spam sushi.

  14. Street food! Summer street food! What could be better! Cheers to Robert Picardo, I watched Future’s End and the Voyager anniversary panels this week in anticipation of Star Trek Discovery, my favorite scenes were the doctor discovering the fun he could have with his new holo-emitter:

    https://youtu.be/dtKm0K4gVfQ

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