It’s a good thing. January 22, 2010

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"They say life's what happens when you're busy making other plans. But sometimes in New York, life is what happens when you're waiting for a table."

Yep. That's Martha Stewart, in case the giant letters on the television weren't clear enough to make out…or if you've been in a maximum security prison and haven't had any media exposure for the last 20 years. It was so very difficult not to post about my trip to NYC before we left but I wanted to sort of keep it to myself until it happened – I guess I was trying not to jinx anything! New York is a town that scares the crap out of me for the first 30 minutes I'm there but after that…it feels like a favorite pair of (comfortable) shoes. Welcome back.

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A group of bloggers from Atlanta were invited to attend Martha's Blogger Show. I made the whirlwind trip with my girls Shameeka from The Broke Socialite, Ashley of IceMilk Aprons, and Atlanta publicist Laura Scholz. While my 15 seconds of fame was thwarted – I was asked to talk to Martha about my blog but the show ran long – we had an incredible time. It was a real treat seeing the bloggers on the show – Pim from Chez Pim did a killer pad thai segment on the show as well as gave away copies of her new book

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That's Joey Kola – he does an incredible job getting everyone hyped up for the show. It was also great to meet some bloggers I've gotten to know through Twitter and Facebook like Andrea and Kamran (whose blog is just so lovely). I also got to sit next to Ashley from Not With Salt – too bad we couldn't really talk during the show!

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In typical Tami traveling style, I stayed an extra day to try and squeeze in as much walking, eating and visiting as I could in 24 hours. My friend Michael and I had a post-Martha celebratory meal at Motorino in Williamsburg. The pizza wars are in full effect here in Atlanta and I was tipped off about Motorino by fellow Atlanta foodie Melissa Libby. It was everything I had hoped for and more: perfect crust, great charring, beautifully simple toppings – I had the brussels sprout and pancetta pie. Such a charming place and a gourmet dining steal. 

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Another stop on our foodie tour day really found a place in my heart. Brooklyn spot Building on Bond is truly one of the coolest little joints I've ever seen. Incredible interior, DIY decorating, vintage fixtures – all the while serving food, coffee, and cocktails with no attitude or special effects. We sipped wine out of vintage juice glasses and spoke to one of the owners for a few hours. No website that I can find (!!!) but they have a Twitter account.

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I've struggled to find words worthy of describing this tuna tartare I ate at adorable Brooklyn restaurant Jolie. I should clarify – the tuna tartare I ate TWICE at Jolie in Brooklyn. Did I mention I was there for two days? The most sublimely soft and buttery tuna, perfectly dressed with shallot and citrus and topped with beautiful greens tossed in a heavenly x 100 truffle vinaigrette. My version of heaven in a dish. The guys that work behind the bar are just adorable, as well – so funny and personable. I felt at home instantly. I just can't stop thinking about this place or this plate. 

I also had a fantastically divine meal at The Vanderbilt. It was easily the meal of the trip. Plate after incredible plate showed up at our table. I had long since dropped off the camera so no photos to share with you but the highlights were: blistered Shishito peppers with chili salt, the chicken liver mousse, and the most INSANELY delicious pickled and fresh fennel salad. I've been daydreaming about it and will for sure be making it for my blog, fear not.

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My brisk trip to NYC was an incredible, breathtaking reset to a year that started off a little rocky. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to share that experience with my friends and fellow bloggers. It was also quite a treat to see Michael and Kate and eat our way around Brooklyn – I now see why there is little need to go into Manhattan. Everything about Brooklyn that I saw was pretty delicious. I'll be posting all of my photos to a NYC Flickr set throughout the weekend.

Comments

Chris Jan 22, 2010 09:01 am

What a fabulous whirlwind trip!!! I thought of you as I walked around in the city this week. I will be back next week to catch up! :)

Lynn @LynnATL Jan 22, 2010 09:01 am

An insanely delicious pickled and fresh fennel salad sounds incredible – as does your whirlwind trip to NYC. Congrats on being selected for the Martha Stewart show. Best, Lynn

Lusis Jan 22, 2010 09:01 am

Glad it went so well. I can’t wait to see the episode. (It hasn’t aired yet has it?)

Carrie Neal Walden Jan 22, 2010 09:01 am

What a great post about your amazing trip!! Almost felt like I got to be there! :)

TNLocavore Jan 22, 2010 10:01 am

I’m glad you had such a great time. I had Shishito peppers for the first time out in SF when I was there for BlogHer Food. I loved them so much that I bought seeds so I can grow them this year.

LauraScholz Jan 22, 2010 12:01 pm

So glad I got to experience Martha with you. Can’t wait to try Motorino next time I’m in town.

Deanna Jan 22, 2010 01:01 pm

That pizza looks incredible! Did it have any kind of sauce, or was it just the cheese and toppings?

megan Jan 22, 2010 01:01 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to NYC. Maybe some day, if i’m lucky! Goad you had a terrific time!

Helen Jan 22, 2010 04:01 pm

I just love that restaurant you went to, Building on Bond. I would have gone crazy taking pictures!!
Glad you went and had a good time. You totally deserved the break.

Melissa Jan 23, 2010 02:01 pm

Great post about your trip! Sooooo glad you went to Motorino – that pizza looks fab!

kamran siddiqi Jan 24, 2010 07:01 am

Tami, great post! I agree with what you think about New York, I have the same feeling whenever I go to the Dominican Republic to go visit my mom’s side of the family. I am very wary about everything for the first half hour or so, and then everything fits together like a puzzle.
Also, thanks for the mention! I knew someone was bound to get the back of my head with their camera! Hehe. :)

tamih Jan 24, 2010 07:01 am

We’ll definetely have to get together once you’re back. Have a safe trip home!
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tamih Jan 24, 2010 07:01 am

Thanks, Lynn! I’m gonna do my best to put that salad up on the blog this week. So incredible! :)
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tamih Jan 24, 2010 07:01 am

Lusis-
It has been on already – it aired that day! I do believe you can find an archive of the “blogger show” on MS website!
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tamih Jan 24, 2010 07:01 am

TN-
I, of course, didn’t think about growing my own! Going to send you an email about how you’re planting yours :)
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tamih Jan 24, 2010 07:01 am

Deanna-
No sauce – a white pizza. Just the cheese and the toppings. It was spectacular :)
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tamih Jan 24, 2010 07:01 am

Melissa-
Thanks for the recommendation!
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Mowie Jan 25, 2010 02:01 pm

Fab post! Plus I’ve been to Jolie’s and had that tuna tartare and it is D-LISH. Yumm!