You’ll never guess who I ran into this morning! Unless, of course, you happened to read the title of this blog entry. Yes! None other than actor Brian J. Smith (Stargate: Universe’s Lieutenant Scott) who is in town shooting something. I can’t believe it’s been almost five years. In that time, Brian has been very busy on both stage and screen, earning a Tony Award nomination and most recent feature performance on Netflix’s Sense8. Very happy for his success. As Ivon’s always said: “He’s an easy guy to root for”. Another Stargate alum I’d love to work with again.
Check it out. There’s a Star Trek film fest happening at TIFF. I was super excited to see they scheduled a marathon screening of five episodes from the original series and was going to suggest any locals with five hours to spare head down for a group viewing. Sadly, however, the screening was held September 24th. Too late. 🙁
Next awesome marathon, maybe?
Having mom and sis in town has been a good excuse to revisit some of my favorite culinary haunts. Interestingly enough, I was having a conversation with Andria just the other day about restaurant disappointments. I told her that I usually have no trouble excusing a bad night at one of my favorite places UNLESS it’s an occasion in which I happen to be there with guests. Back in Vancouver, I crossed two restaurants off my “regularly frequented” list after two disappointing meals there with visitors. This weekend, scrutiny has turned to my Toronto faves.
Last night, we went to my favorite Toronto restaurant, Buca, a place that has never failed to impress. And it kept its record intact, delivering yet another great dining experience: perfect pastas, pizzas, and the best tiramisu ever created.
Dinner at another old favorite, R&D, was, on the other hand, a disaster. The house fried rice and short ribs were great as always, but the various dim sum plates were hit and miss. And then there was the eggplant dish. Woof. It came to our table half raw so we sent it back. It returned to our table cooked through, but even that wasn’t enough to save what I can honestly anoint the worst dish I’ve had this year. 20 minutes after leaving the restaurant, my mother was still complaining about the taste in her mouth.
Nothing a little chocolate can’t solve. Ah, good old dependable award-winning Soma. How I’ve missed you!
On our way back to the hotel, we passed this sandwich board and I got all excited until I realized they weren’t offering coffee-espresso ice cream cupcakes but “Coffee, Expresso, Ice Cream, and Cupcakes”.
Back on the other home front, Akemi reports that Lulu hates the cage and doesn’t appreciate not being allowed on the bed, but she seems to be healing nicely.
Good news on the other dog friend. Scrappy received a death row reprieve and is headed for rescue!