Julie & Julia + Lunch @ Aquitaine
This past Wednesday, I had lunch with my friend T who writes the blog Notes of an Anesthesioboist. We had a great time! You can read her take on our day here.
We decided to take advantage of Boston's Restaurant Week and had lunch at Aquitaine, which is a French bistro on Tremont Street in the South End. I've been to this restaurant once and have visted the Chestnut Hill location as well. I've enjoyed it every time. Look at Aquitaine's Restaurant Week lunch menu here.
For my lunch, I had the Chilled Corn Soup and Tagliatelle a l’a Sicilianne. For dessert, we both shared. I had the Pink Grapefruit Sorbet with Champagne Sabayon and T had the Lemon Ice Box Cake with Muscat Poached Peaches and Vanilla Crème Chantilly.
Everything was wonderful. There was an extreme, but pleasant tartness with the soup though. I tasted balsamic vinegar in the center, and when I stirred it, the tartness made me have a slight coughing fit. So embarrassing. The capers in the Tagliatelle did the same thing to me.
Once we had our fill of good French food, it was off to see Julie & Julia at the Loews Boston Common. We both loved it!
I had read Julie Powell's book, so I was interested to see how the movie adapted her story. If I remember correctly, in her real life, she had a pet snake and I think a pit bull or some similar type dog. The snake references in the book kind of grossed me out and I was wondering how they would handle it. In the movie, she had a cat. I did think it was odd that she had never eaten an egg before. To go a whole lifetime without eating an egg? Oh and Amanda Hesser plays herself in the movie.
And of course the food blogging parts I loved especially. I read a strange article saying that bloggers have turned against her. I can't say that I agree with that, but whatever.
There's one part that could be a spoiler, so I won't write it. But LA Times writer Russ Parsons gives the scoop about Julia Child's reaction to her blog.
It was great to learn more about Julia Child's life. I love her story and really want to read her biography now. You can read Julie Powell's reaction to the movie in her new blog- What Could Happen.
The last entry on her original blog is quite moving. It was written on August 13, 2004. Below is a portion of the entry.
“ I don’t know what to say.
Julia Child was ninety-one years old when she died, late yesterday, in her sleep. It’s the death that all of us want, after a life so full it would seem she was one of history’s true lucky souls, if only luck had had anything to do with it. She enriched the lives of thousands – my life she quite literally turned around. She died well-loved, and I hope she died well-fed. There is no tragedy here. It’s a day for remembrance, and celebration.”
Well the movie, Julie & Julia does just that. It celebrates Julia’s life, which included a whole lot of love and food.
*Updated 8/22/09* You know that I cannot resist updating a blog post. I was just reading this blog post with one of Julia Child's recipes. The recipe is for Cantuccini and they look like little biscotti. The recipe looks very simple, so I'll be trying these cuties soon!
*Updated 6/2/2014* It looks like her original blog was taken down, so I removed the link to the final post.
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