Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sleep Blogging and Tartine New Orleans

I blog in my sleep.  Does anyone else do that?  I wake up thinking that I have a fully written post and am ready to hit publish, but suddenly it fades away.  Last week, I sleep-blogged about the orange jam I picked up at Little Morocco.  Also, about how hard it is to find a really excellent orange marmalade.  Last night, it was about the Peugeot Pepper Mill giveaway, how much I adored everyone's comments (I really, really do) and to keep them coming.  Needless to say, no posts were actually written.

Yesterday, I went to the lovely new Tartine for the first time.  Everyone is talking about it in blogs and Twitter and for good reason.  It's a truly wonderful cafe, hidden on a tiny block in a tiny corner of Uptown, close to Audubon park, a stone's throw from the river.  One would think that the location was less than ideal, but when we walked in, there were more than enough people to show that the word is getting around.

I had the pork rillette tartine (a smooth shredded pork spread on a toasted baguette with herbed butter, cornichons and onion marmalade) which was so good!  Not too rich, scrumptious cornichons, very satisfying and delicious.  Accompanied by a bright, lively black eyed pea salad and some pickles and olives, it made a perfect light  lunch. The portions are quite generous, the quality high and the prices very fair ($8 for my tartine).  I had to take half of the tartine home for another time, because I couldn't finish it all.  Oh, and I made it a not-so-light lunch by enjoying a milk chocolate mousse ($1!) for dessert.  Mmm, fantastic!

My lunch companion, Celeste of Bouillie, had the tuna nicoise salad ($9) which looked heavenly and like very much a meal.  I spied green beans, potatoes, olives, roasted red peppers, beautiful anchovies, oh all sorts of delicious salad goodies on her plate and it's definitely the next thing I'll try there.

I have a feeling that this is going to be a go-to spot for me.  I strongly approve!

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Shelly August 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

I've been dying to go to Tartine! Unfortunately, I work clear on the other side of Metairie during the week and haven't found time on a Saturday yet. I'm excited to read another good review of it!

Annie Bleecker August 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

It's official: this is where I'll stop on the way to the hospital for my "last meal."

Celeste August 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

I never knew my elbows looked so...well padded.

NOJuju August 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

Shelley, you'll love it, I bet.

Flojindamesa, that's perfect. :) Just make sure you don't go into labor on a Sunday or Monday.

Celeste, don't be crazy. You're lean and in great shape. They look skinny to me!

Anonymous,  August 7, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

OMG! this is the blog of my dreams! talking about food around town!!! :D

it's my personal goal in life is to eat at every single restaurant in town .. from the mom & pop on the corner to the 'Fancy Pants' we all drool over.

so far, i'm doing very well. ;-)

awesome blog!!

NOJuju August 7, 2010 at 1:56 PM  

Thanks termite! May you accomplish your goal without destroying your waistline! :)

candice August 8, 2010 at 8:10 PM  

Pork rillettes are wonderful, but the problem with them is I know how they are made, and feel horribly guilty about eating that much pork fat. We bought a chunk from butcher I think for valentines' day.

And I say that because you mention that it was light. :) That sandwich looks seriously awesome.

NOJuju August 8, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

Ha, Candice, very, very good point. To be honest, this was the first pork rillette I've ever eaten so I hadn't yet learned about the poached and stored in fat thing. Not that it would have stopped me from devouring it, mmmmm. It did taste light though!

Lindsay C August 21, 2010 at 10:15 PM  

Nice review! I have been meaning to check out Tartine and now I have even more of a reason to do so. Sounds great! I, too, dream about blog posts. Weird but just know you are not the only one:)

NOJuju August 21, 2010 at 11:08 PM  

LOL. That is reassuring, Lindsay.

Anonymous,  October 7, 2010 at 8:14 AM  

After all the good reviews, I was greatly disappointed. I had the Tuna Nicoise salad and found ir to be smothered in an oily, tasteless dressing.The idea was good with all the various ingredients, but the delivery was poor.

NOJuju October 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

Aw, that's too bad. I wonder if it was just an off day or what. I haven't had that salad personally yet.

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