If it were three inches shorter I'd be there in a shot (wiggly) Sat 6 Sep 03 11:49
That better not be some high-falutin', heirloom-garlic-for-$25/lb. yupscale market, Dan, or we may have to witness the firepower of a fully armed and operational Juliestation.
I'm on the Chet Atkins Diet. Pass the BBQ, please. (rik) Sat 6 Sep 03 13:01
If it were three inches shorter I'd be there in a shot (wiggly) Sat 6 Sep 03 13:11
Dan Levy (danlevy) Sat 6 Sep 03 19:39
Citarella and Jefferson Market are two different places about a block apart. Jefferson Market has been there a long, long time. (Actually it used to be across the street.) Citarella is a brand-new location of a company that has a couple of other NYC locations; it is in the space vacated by Balducci. In any case, if it was Julie I saw, it was on the sidewalk, not in either store. I don't like either of them very much but both have some good points.
If it were three inches shorter I'd be there in a shot (wiggly) Sun 7 Sep 03 00:39
Was the woman you saw muttering an uninterrupted string of expletives?
E ROSS writes... (tnf) Sun 7 Sep 03 08:51
From E Ross: > Very mundane question. How much weight did you gain? Eric must have a ter- > rific metabolism!
Julie Powell (julie-powell) Sun 7 Sep 03 11:59
Hey guys -- back from D.C. Did manage to leave the butter at the Shrine of Julia without being nabbed.... Stores I like: Well, it depends. During the project I tried to make a point to buy cheap stuff whenever I could get away with it because a) I want to see if the recipes can speak for themselves without the schmancy organic stuff, and b) hey. cheap. Eric tends to pick up our basics in little joints near his work in Astoria. I'll pick up the pricier items in town. Zeytuna is this Turkish-run place downtown, convenient to my work, with pretty good produce etcetera. Or I'll get off at 14th Street and go to Garden of Eden. I've had brief affairs with Fairway (@ 75th St)and Whole Foods -- the latter mostly because it started in Austin. I went to Jefferson Market for awhile, because the fish guy there once gave me a load of shrimp shells and heads for free for stock, but the people there (the customers, not the staff) bother the shit out of me. I'll go by the farmer's markets at Unions Square and downtown, though particularly at Union Square I tend to run screaming, because I hate people, and there are too damned many of them there. Ottomanelli's I like. Mostly because the guys there always recognize me, which makes me feel loved. I HATE Dean & DeLuca and Food Emporium. Don't much like Gourmet Garage either. Wow this has been long. Sorry. Re: the weight thing, yeah. I don't know how much I've gained, because I'm too scared to get on a scale, but my clothes don't fit anymore. Eric's do, because he's a skinny little bastard.
Dan Levy (danlevy) Sun 7 Sep 03 17:22
Julie, try Florence Prime Meat Market on Jones Street in the West Village. Very old school, not expensive, friendly, knowledgeable, guys who know how to cut up animals into food.
nico and the cockgobblers (mig) Sun 7 Sep 03 19:36
*resisting urge to write long post on nyc food bargains*
An uninterrupted string of expletives (stewartc) Sun 7 Sep 03 21:57
Does Eric, the "skinny little bastard," blog? There were times last year when I _really_ wanted to read the Julie/Julia/Eric blog.
Julie Powell (julie-powell) Mon 8 Sep 03 06:54
I would like to read that blog too. Unfortunately, Eric is a little bit allergic of attention. Plus, my god, he's been spending all his time washing dishes. Maybe now that this thing's over he can do a "Living With a Crazy Person Going Through Butter Withdrawal" sort of thing.
virtual community or butter? (bumbaugh) Mon 8 Sep 03 07:04
Another question from the world beyond the Well . . . Pancakesdelish writes Q: Now that you've proven that you can write, why not keep a blog (not necessarily daily) of life in the big city and its outskirt, just to keep in the habit till you're truly discovered?
nico and the cockgobblers (mig) Mon 8 Sep 03 07:20
that would make her one of about a million bloggers already doing that, though.
Julie Powell (julie-powell) Mon 8 Sep 03 07:33
Exactly. I think the problem with blogs is their tendency to devolve into navel-gazing. Not that the Julie/Julia Project wasn't that, but at least there was a structure to it. I don't want to go out there every morning and just the sucky subway system or the latest thing George W's done to piss me off. If I'm going to keep a blog, it's got to have a raison e'etre, or what's the point. That said, I think with the blogging I've discovered a new method for writing that's been really rewarding. So I'd like to think of some way to hold on to that. I'm working on it.
nico and the cockgobblers (mig) Mon 8 Sep 03 07:40
julie, when i first found your blog, i was *desperate* for photos of the food or the process... what was behind the decision not to photograph the project? was it merely a question of limited resources/time on your part? (i must add that the lack of photos made the descriptions that more important, and i appreciated that.)
cookie (wiggly) Mon 8 Sep 03 08:53
There was much debate in the comments about photo logging, IIRC. At first I wanted pictures, but in retrospect, I'm glad they weren't there - the aspic was scary enough in ASCII.
Julie Powell (julie-powell) Mon 8 Sep 03 08:56
Yeah, that was a whole big brouhaha. Basically what happened was, I was a technological moron who couldn't make the fucking pictures post, and then I got input that I didn't need pictures, so that was awfully convenient for me. I sort of like it without pictures, but that may just be a rationalization on my part.
nico and the cockgobblers (mig) Mon 8 Sep 03 08:58
i have had or have both a blog and a fotolog, and the temptation to write less and 'let the photos talk' when possible is real. yeah, aspic. shudder. y
Julie Powell (julie-powell) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:43
Certainly, if photography was "What I Did", I'd have a lot more trouble with the no-visual decision we came to. But as it is, it made sense for me, as a writer -- one who was coincidentally doing some at times EXTREMELY un-photogenic things....
nico and the cockgobblers (mig) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:52
hahah! how many tales the kidney-splattered kitchen could've told!!
mmmm, food (xian) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:53
Julie, forgive me if this has been asked and answered yet, but has anyone offered you a book deal to adapt your yearlong project?
Julie Powell (julie-powell) Mon 8 Sep 03 10:15
I'm still working on that. Trying to keep it all on the D.L. for the moment, until something is final. The short answer is Yes, and I Thank My Lucky Stars.
plays an agent on the web (xian) Mon 8 Sep 03 10:26
coolio, but luck had little to do with. focus and good writing earned you this attention. hope it goes well.
nico and the cockgobblers (mig) Mon 8 Sep 03 10:29
julie, were you on the receiving end of any fan attention that felt....weird?
Julie Powell (julie-powell) Mon 8 Sep 03 11:48
Um. Hm. Most of the fan attention has been at least just this side of weird. It's all been very well-meaning and nice -- people sending me little presents in the mail, only lovely woman lent me her tape of the last episode of Buffy when I missed it due to cooking problems. And then of course there are the angels who donate money. Once I guy sent me a like three page email about how he cooks differently since his wife left him. And was getting calls from a guy with a French accent who had something VERY important to tell me about French food. But other than that it's all been good. Not that it isn't weird sometimes -- these people feel that they know me, and I don't know them from Adam. But it's weird in a sort of exhilarating way.
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