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Not too horrible a photo, given we were zooming around the hillside roads leading over from Mountain View to the coastal side of the peninsula at the time, with me holding the camera up above the car to clear the windshield. Gets a bit breezy taking photos that way, but it's fun. =:D


My host for the day, roohbear, and his rather nice Mercedes SL500.. if you're going to go swooping around winding hillside roads, I can only recommend that this is the way to do it. ^_^


We were meeting another former Terran, who now works over at the fruit factory, in San Jose, so we swung around Santa Cruz, up 17, and found ourselves at yonder Santana Row.


Vince had graciously offered us sushi for dinner, and thus we found ourselves at Blowfish. As soon as I saw the description of To Die For, I knew we had to get it.. imagine, if you will, a lobster roll. Delicious enough by itself. Then, add cubes of filet mignon, and slices of shiitake, in oyster sauce, with wasabi cream on the side. Seriously good.


The sashimi selection arrived, white smoke trailing. =:D


As for the next day..

You know that nigh orgasmic feel of utter contentment you attain on enjoying just the right food and drink some evening?

I found that again on Thursday night, courtesy of the Magnolia Cafe. ^_^ I began with their pork nuggets - now, this is tricky to convey well, given the word summons to mind thoughts of barelymeat in breadcrumbs. No, the meat here was virtually rillette - and even tastier.

To follow, I went with the bourbon spare ribs, served with collard greens with pancetta, and macaroni & cheese.

This is where things went blurry. =:)

Imagine a bourbon barbecue sauce, covering exquisitely meaty ribs, with an angelic sharpness to transform the sauce into something far more. (And the sides played more than their part, too - I wish there'd been more of the greens, and the cheesiness of that creamy sauce was a delight)

And soon, time for the iPhone DevCamp at Yahoo's Sunnyvale campus - a superb opportunity to hear about tricks of the trade from those who've already gotten their paws dirty, including a sunset performance by BT. Anyone else I know going along?

In other news, there is, as mikesedge noted, work afoot to remake The Rats of NIMH, with the director of The Illusionist currently chosen to write the screenplay.

Got along to see Moon, having finally identified what the Bay Guardian referred to, somewhat cryptically, as the SF Center - they actually mean the Century Theaters in the Westfield Center, up on the fifth floor. (A good place to see a film! Very comfortable seating) As for the movie itself - yes, this is good. Not without some odd notions of science, but largely, quite plausible, and nicely intriguing. Sam Rockwell's performance is quite a tour de force, and Kevin Spacey brings life to Gerty, the base's answer to HAL. The design draws noticeable inspiration from 2001's aesthetics, as well as more subtle touches from other better modern sci-fi, like Silent Running. Overall, easily recommended. This is one to go out of your way for, if necessary.

From primaeros, word of the trailer for The Fantastic Mr Fox, apparently in gen-u-wine stop motion, and of course, entirely furry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh shit! I do NOT wanna know what that ONE BITE cost! *lol* On the other hand, reading something like that um... gives me something to aim for? As in all things, if they can do it so can you or I, just takes will and practice!
*grin* Surprisingly, it wasn't terribly more than you'd pay at most sushi bars. Most maki were around the $8-12 mark, some higher, nigiri around the $6 mark. Seems like a playful place. ^_^

And really good food is a worthy goal. ^_^ Really quite an inspired combination.. the lobster and the steak worked surprisingly well together, and that's not something I find with the usual "surf and turf" combination. Add in the shiitake and the sauce, and it's a thoroughly good fusion. But then, lobster rolls are a delight in themselves, just not something I've found at many places (not that I've exactly roved around all of California's sushi bars. Yet =:) - Ray's in San Leandro is the only other place that comes to mind.

Still, for me, it'd be reward enough to be able to remain where I belong, in a crazy, chaotic collection of neighborhoods, near so many friends. (So few of whom I was able to meet this time around.. *sigh* Frustrating, but there's only so much time. I'm going to have to get a proper SIM arranged for the iPhone next time, so I can keep in touch properly. And maybe even try this "planning ahead" thing I've heard of =:)
That's good! I've always thought overly-priced for the sake of price is just um, cheap! I've never actually had lobster as they're kinda rare on the Canadian Prairies. ;) Truly though, if we didn't get pleasure from eating it would be the biggest pain in the ass chore in our lives! I'm looking forwards to feeding three people for the next few days, it's all well and good to eat good food yourself, but anyone who cooks knows how great it is to hear all the ooooh's and aaaahs.

Years ago I had this great gal-pal, a real bombshell who basically married this kinda dweebish guy for his money. Hey, all above board, they both knew the score. Anyways, I'll always remember this exchange at their social...

"You know... I know what it sounds like when Roxy comes..."
"...... Um.... uh, what???"
"Well a couple of weeks ago I cooked my Amaretto and pineapple ham for her. She was all like OH GOD OH GOD Aaaaah Art this is SO GREAT! *MOAN!!!*" *LOL*
Well, if you've had crab, you've got some idea of lobster, which I'd say is rather sweeter, and perhaps less strong a flavor, akin to a giant tiger prawn. I'm fond of keeping their presentation simple - maybe a tiny bit of lemon butter, rather than drowning them in some sauce, the better to appreciate their own flavor.

I wonder if Ratatouille could be re-edited to that scene from When Harry Met Sally.. =:D

Mind you, the cakes on offer at Victoria's are pretty dangerous.. the tiramisu today was really good. Maybe I can get a weekly supply flown over. =:)
Great meeting up with you again! Meeting every 8 years isn't good... must shorten that somehow. I just realized I didn't get a pic of you in your human disguise :-) I actually like that picture of me.
It'll be much sooner next time. ^_^ Hopefully somewhere around Halloween to New Year, I'm currently imagining.

Indeed! I think that one came out quite well. There are several more, of course - I'll see if I can remember to upload them sometime. (The ones inside Blowfish were rather noisy, as you'd expect, but many of the others from the day came out nicely, some suffering motion blur)
OK, you've convinced me, I'll pack my fond nostalgic memories away and try to attack Magnolia with tabula rasa. I've never stopped liking the beer, mind you.

I get the impression that you are on the way out? If not, let's dooooo this. Although I already have Monday-Tuesday plans this week.