Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In Dallas...

...eating brisket tacos.

That is all.

(Actually, no, it's not at all, they have me running about like a hamster on a wheel, and I look like either a zombie or someone who's been punched in both eyes, but for this moment, this taco is the center of my world.)


Blogger O'Reilly said...

Yumm Tacos! Enjoy the hamster race.

Will you post a few words on your LA film screening experience? We were all so excited for you and hope to hear it was as much fun as you had hoped for.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Haden News said...

Julie, I need your help:) my newspaper is having a contest to win tickets to 'Julie & Julia' We have to answer 10 questions correctly
What did you cook for the reporter from the Christian Science Monitor?

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Thanks, I can't wait to see the movie!!

11:45 AM  
Blogger tdcooklin said...

Julie, I thought you looked amazing for that early in the morning. Thanks again, for signing the book for my wife's birthday!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Haden News:

Is it in the book? Was it duck? Maybe liver. I guess that's not much help!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Both answers are in the book - think of every time they mention Dominos. :-)

That taco looks yummy!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Cary said...

I'm also into tacos but only with meat and chedder cheese on a flour tortilla.

Also, Julie, my blog is something you would really love to read. I'm dedicating it to you.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Uptownchic77 said...

I was at a pre-screening last night in Napa for the movie and loved it! I was given the tickets for free by a colleague and decided to go. I'm so glad I went. I'm now inspired to cook and I hate to cook! I would rather have three bowls of cereal everyday than cook - but I just may cook this weekend...maybe.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie -- saw the movie at a screening a couple of weeks ago. I absolutely loved it. (Hope you did too!) I look forward to the book. Only, I hope it doesn't make me cry like the movie did. I called my husband at the end, and blubbered.

I too have a 100+ pound moose, I mean dog. How I wish I could write books in my pajamas!! (Especially if it leads to a room at the Ritz-Carlton).

2:33 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Very nice post on Valleywag this afternoon. Love the last paragraph.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Gorilla Catering said...

Funny thing about tacos, they are always comfort food when a long way from home.

3:34 PM  
Blogger rabrown2 said...

mmmmmm, brisket

3:36 PM  
Blogger reesespcs said...

Hi Julie..My Mom was one of the crazies that interviewed you today in Dallas(Alice Reese)..she said that you did a great job and that you were on your way to the premiere...Wishing you the deserve it...i am here in is Hot(103)and there is NO water in Lake Travis-everyone here is in a stupor...good luck tomorrow...having a mexican martini for you at trudies tonite..cheers!!! Erin in Austin ;)

6:40 PM  
Blogger Stop snooping on me! said...

Hi Julie!

I just wanted to come in here and let you know that I am almost halfway through your book. THANK YOU for writing this and saving me through the long and tedious hours I have at work (call center job... yay) It's really great.


8:05 PM  
Blogger "I'm just a mess,Mommy" said...

I saw a sneak preview of the movie and love love loved it! Going to buy the book now- as well as the cookbook!

9:44 PM  
Blogger Robert Crane said...

i think worse than the running around is that they have you running around in dallas of all god forsaken places, the anti-christ of queens.

just remember, the day you atart saying howdy is the day you become toast points.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Julie...just now reading Julie and Julia. It was at the register at my local Borders...the check-out person talked me into buying it and I'm SO GLAD he did. I can't put it down! I'm late to the party but have added your blog to my bloglines.

Signed - a new fan.
Dayton, OH

6:30 AM  
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8:21 AM  
Blogger Wendi said...

Oh dear, sorry we made you a hamster! I enjoyed your talk at the museum! Can't wait for the next book!

Our offices are all the buzz with what did you think about last night's lecture!

8:21 AM  
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9:36 AM  
Blogger Little Ms Blogger said...

OMG, a brisket taco - that is heaven....

9:38 AM  
Blogger Anniesartbook said...

Julie, my husband and I went to see " Julie& Julia" yesterday and we absolutely loved it!!! I felt like the movie was about me, really! :-) Now I have to read the book of course :-)
I wish you all the best with your future projects!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Ninette said...

Dear Julie,

My husband gave me your book for my bday (July 27), and I love it. It's a guilty pleasure, like the duck confit I just had at Michael Symon's Lola today, and there are some of the most savory sentences (I am an admirer of well-written, unforgettable sentences). I'm a food blogger and wasn't going to read your book or see the movie -- a little cliche, it seemed -- but I've changed my mind. Thank you for some laugh out loud moments and hours of enjoyment. Love your characterization of your crazy friend Gwen.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Noha Mahmoud said...

Hi Julie :)
My name is Noha & i'm from Egypt, i came across the ad of the movie about you and you can't how excited and happy i was -and still-. My situation is similar to you, i work as a s/w developer in a company with no creation or enthusiasm, everyone around me says:"stick to it, from where you can get money if you quit, labla bla..". I love cooking and i do create my own -not so yummy sometimes-, that i was thinking of opening a restaurant. This movie and your book is a sign for me to stop wasting my life and live it the way i want. Again thank you very much for sharing this with us

Cheers, :)
Noha Mahmoud

2:25 PM  
Blogger Beki Kerns Adkins said...

The pic of the taco has inspired me to attempt tex-mex for dinner... or get take out.

LOVE the book. Can't wait for the movie!

2:54 PM  
Blogger Kel said...

I have a question for those who have screened the movie already. My 11 year old daughter is a foodie and saw the preview for the movie while watching "The Next Food Network Star". I am concerned about the pg-13 rating for the sexuality (not the language - it's amazing the lack of regard people have when they talk in front of kids these days). In your opinion, do you think it is appropriate?

4:52 PM  
Blogger Kristen Brown said...

Looks like Taco Diner to me!
We were at the DMA last night. Fantastic program!
The Q&A's were fun... thanks for being so candid!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Uncle Nancy said...

Enjoyed meeting you briefly last night in Dallas. I am the jealous food blogger. I thought you might like to know how I feel about you today. If I'd have known you wanted brisket tacos, I'd have brought you real brisket tacos.

Nancy Nichols, D Magazine

9:59 PM  
Blogger Relaxed Cat said...

I just finished your wonderful book! Thanks for all the laughs and the inspiration. It was a pure delight.

12:11 AM  
Blogger maps said...

I am reading your book, as I enjoy Julia Child and memoirs...I am disgusted at your patronizing response to people who had beloved family and friends DIE on Sept. 11- not sure I'll finish the book, although though it was greatly appealing to me- love to cook. This is embarrassing...You appear to have NO compassion.

12:58 AM  
Blogger maps said...

reading further, you are at the Ritz-Carlton, as a 'government drone' described in your blog --my tax dollars at work?

1:17 AM  
Blogger Omar said...

It was a pleasure to speak to you in San Francisco Julie! You're one of the most engaging, genuine and straightforward people I've interviewed. All the best with the tour, book, food and the great film! FYI: Here's the feature story on you:

8:47 AM  
Blogger Julie Powell said...

Maps - I'm sorry you feel that my book expresses no compassion for the families of 9/11 victims,because that was not my intent at all. I merely wanted to show that being faced with that suffering - and with the various complaints of everyday New Yorkers who seemed to feel that their irritations with, say, the memorial design or some such, equating the agonies and traumas of those who had actually suffered in that horrible event - took a toll on me personally, as a secretary with no power to truly help, and overwhelmed by bureaucratic nonsense. I could have written a varnished pretty version of my experience, all sweetness and light, but to me that is what would have been dishonest and disrespectful to those who have truly suffered so much.

Also - I'm not a government drone anymore, and the Ritz-Carlton is on Sony's tab.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Julie Powell said...

Kel - I don't know your eleven-year-old, so it's hard for me to tell you. I brought my six-year-old niece to the screening last night with no negative repurcussions. There's one "fuck," a couple of "shits" and an "asshole" - of course, I personally wish there'd been far more cursing, for authenticity's sake. As far as the sex - it's implied, not explicit. You do see Amy Adam's naked back as she's carried to the bed by Chris Messina. That's as far as it goes. So, for what it's worth, there you go.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Julie, I saw the J&J movie last night and literally had a smile on my face the entire time. I LOVED IT and my husband enjoyed it too. I also have a "soul sucking" secretarial job and you are an inspiration! I had very little knowledge about Julia's life so that was very interesting too. Thanks for sharing your story.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Susan Allen said...

I have been so excited, I have so wanted to see the movies and thought I just had to read the book first. BUT, I can't. Toooo many "F " words, "S" words, dildos etc. How can a bright, beautiful woman allow herself to talk like male gutter trash. It's like taking a beautiful masterpiece and sling dung at it.

How I wanted to embrace Julie Powell and her creation.

Susan Allen

5:25 PM  
Blogger Gorilla Catering said...

Dear Susan, I must tell you as a professional chef I was very impressed in the book how much she began to swear more as she learnt to cook..all cooks do this..that is why I was so impressed with her genuine intent of really wanting to really is primal. Real cooks do not have the constraints of religion, race, or creed..that is what makes us who we hold bard. Language means is the food that maters.
I mean this very sincerly.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, Julie, I was at the DMA in Dallas, and I loved your rambling. Whatever you might have thought, you were funny and charming. (I was the one at the end of the signing line who suggested you cozy up to booksellers in your quest for world-wide literary domination.)

As far as the comment from the person who was unhappy with what he or she felt was your lack of compassion, might I suggest that he or she read Nathanael West's brilliant "Miss Lonelyhearts" to get an idea of what your job was like.


6:19 PM  
Blogger Pasadena girl said...

Brisket tacos are the best! :( I miss texas

5:15 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hi Julie,

Where did the brisket tacos come from?

9:11 AM  
Blogger Tina Sutton- Missgingerdots said...

I just saw your movie and LOVED it! You are an inspiration! Off to buy your book tomorrow!

6:57 PM  
Blogger Sweet Cheeks said...

Uhmmmm, I dunno, I think from the looks of it I could make that taco the center of my world too!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Gerry Neumann said...

Loved the movie. Really enjoyed saying loudly that all Democrats are smucks right after the dialogue in the movie said that some Republicans are smucks. If you're looking for McCarthy tactics today, try the Democratic monopoly in DC.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

I can't sleep because I'm so jacked up. Now I'm watching I love Lucy. Not FAIR. JULIA & JULIA and lucy lol.
just to warn you. HOLD ON TO THE ROPE YOUR IN FOR A BUMBY RIDE. I worked for the Academy Awards for a long time and I know your going to be a part of something so big you have no idea. It's a surreal thing but YOU HAVE WORKED HARD FOR THIS..... enjoy the ride. This is only the start of things.

11:46 PM  
Blogger robin chelak said...

my mom and I saw your movie and said it is the best in years.. in the scene where you had made the chocolate cake i cried,i am a great cook and foodie i made my dad a cake every year for his b-day it flopped never had that happen.he ate it and said it was delcious. he passed on 3-13-09 remember food is a gift of the heart you make with love to share.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Allen said...

I loved the movie Julie! I can not wait to go back and read ur blogs now! You are truly an inspiration!

9:09 AM  
Blogger PCKTSZD said...

Thank you. I am not an avid follower nor am I a gourmand, but your story has brought us joy. And hope. So, thank you.

And for those that complain: be happy that, as women, we live in a country where we can swear, get naked, and damn the republican party and live to tell about it.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

Well after a restless night of sleep brainstorming about life purpose. LOL just a little light thinking.
No seriously, just as so many people shared Thank you for being an amazing woman taking on such a task within a years time.
My bestfriend & I saw the movie yesterday & are now going to make the Beef Bourguignon for Christmas Dinner as for the deboning a duck well, that will be for next year. Can't wait to start practicing. And eating!!!
My friend I saw the movie with is leaving for Europe and one of her stops is Paris so seeing the movie now is so exciting for her to now go and eat and experience the GREAT food Paris has to offer.
I'll get there one day and eat my way through Paris.
When are you coming to LA for a booksigning? I'll have to do some research to see your events for the rest of the year.

10:51 AM  
Blogger leah said...

But. . . Dallas has Republicans in it.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Jamey said...

Do you, or anyone else, have restaurant recommendations for Dallas? I have to go there for my oral exam for board certification in ob-gyn in November. Needless to say, I would love to sweeten the bitter journey with a good dining experience (forgive me, I have not your gift of prose). Thanks.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just saw the movie and was enthralled with your life. When I got home I ordered the cookbooks and a dutch oven to try some of the recipes I saw during the movie. I have no intention of cooking my way through but I am looking forward to trying out a few that don't involve killing anything or de-boning. I have to say that I felt sad that you never got to meet her and that she didn't take the time to see what you were truly doing. If she was really the person portrayed in the movie I think she would have found your quest to be delightful. Good luck in your next endeavor and thanks for allowing me to share a piece of your life.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Saw the movie opening night and again Tuesday - absolutely LOVED it ... just the best!! Have not previously read your blog, but will now! So happy for your success, and thank you for sharing this delightful story - I haven't smiled and laughed like that in quite sometime - "I DONT' KNOW WHAT TO DO....!!!"

10:35 AM  
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10:36 AM  
Blogger Pink Think said...

Julie, Where did those Taco's come from? Do you know? Taco Diner, Mia's, Tin Star? I am so curious.
PS I saw the movie last night and loved it. Just started your book and Julia's My Life in France. I thought I'd read them back and forth, sorta like the movie. You are great and congratulations on everything.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie(Mrs.Powell),
You probably don't have time to read all this fan mail but i would just like to congratulate you and thank you on your amazing accomplishment, I read your book and saw the movie Yesterday. I am a 13 year old boy and i love to cook. I think your project did no only inspire people to cook but to pursue their passion and what they love doing just like you did. I think you are a very sincere and kind person and I aspire to grow up and become a person with very admirable characteristics like you. I have been going through a very difficult time at home and your story really helped to cheer me up. Good luck with everything you do! Sincerely,

7:20 PM  
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7:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie(Mrs.Powell),
You probably don't have time to read all this fan mail but i would just like to congratulate you and thank you on your amazing accomplishment, I read your book and saw the movie Yesterday. I am a 13 year old boy and i love to cook. I think your project did no only inspire people to cook but to pursue their passion and what they love doing just like you did. I think you are a very sincere and kind person and I aspire to grow up and become a person with very admirable characteristics like you. I have been going through a very difficult time at home and your story really helped to cheer me up. Good luck with everything you do! Sincerely,

7:21 PM  
Blogger Katharine London said...

Um... Hi. This is my first comment, and this is the first time I have ever looked at a blog, well, your blog. I saw Julie & Julia the day it came out, saw it with my parents, and I in all honesty loved the movie and I have to buy your book now. :D When we left the theatre (my dad loves cooking with Julia Child's books) my dad looked at me and I quote, 'See I'm not the only one who talks to Julia.' I guess I have to cook something of hers and see if she's with me too.
Anyways, I think your awesome. And yeah.... Keep blogging. :D

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Blogger Becky said...

MIA'S?!? Best briskey tacos EVER!!! Dip them into the thick, overly fatty sauce and you KNOW that this is worth a heart attack...

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