Wednesday, May 14, 2008

HOW TO EAT A MORNING BUN


This is the morning bun. This is the morning bun I ate this morning. It's from Tartine on Guerrero. It is a thing of complex beauty. Orange-sugary, at once sticky and gooey and crumbly, with near-caramelized edges and a heart of golden butter. There are two schools of thought about how to eat it. I am the dean of both schools. One: eat the edges first, pulling away each gooey-buttery outer ring at a time, moving around and inward, leaving the nearly-self–contained cylindrical center for last. This is the prized shot-glass of buttery nectar. Two: Eat the shot-glass-center first. Then move outward in any manner you like. How you eat this depends on your theories about delaying pleasure or your feelings that day about the likelihood of a bus veering off 18th St, smashing through the window and killing you where you stand (you will have at eaten the best part first). This is glass half-full, versus half-empty stuff, except that the glass is full of butter. I once ran into one of Tartine's owner at some food-industry party in New York and cornered them to talk about my feelings about the morning bun. This is akin to (I imagine) going to a swingers club and running into someone from the PTA who wants to talk about your kids. One other tip: get there early before they are gone. One final tip: Never eat two of these in a morning.

13 Comments:

Blogger Eliezer said...

I don't want to turn this blog into one of those sickening collection of "First!" and "Second!" comments, but any day you beat the spam commenters peddling link exchanges and insurance, it's a good day.

My jaw dropped open and stayed there for several seconds upon gazing at The Bun.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous bill f said...

tartine's foie gras sandwich is pretty damn good as well. not for the faint of heart - i know you can handle it adam!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Lyra said...

WOW that is a HUGE bun. I probally stared at it for like 2 minutes. When I first saw it I thought it was a cinnaman roll

~Live. Laugh. Love.~

10:39 PM  
Blogger narrylikes said...

the morning bun needs it's own blog.

i love your blog, i have been staring at all the photos - thank you for taking me around different parts of the world!

3:45 AM  
Blogger Pinku said...

Hi!

This is the first time I have come to your blog and I find it captivating and not just because of the awesome bun featured here. :)

I read your article on divorce, and having gone through one myself though in entirely different circumstances can understand part of what you are saying.

The part about trying to find sanity with a lot many partners escapes me but that maybe because of my conditioning as an Indian middle class girl.

Loved your travel pictures, I want to travel the world too and since I dont have much money...keep wishing for a career such as yours.

Hope you are having fun traveling around and your personal troubles are over.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

oh. fuck. get me one of those now. NOW.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Ron said...

OMG! The outside in is the only way. Have I said OMG? Love the photo. Hate that I didn't have that this morning.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Rawan said...

Aw man I have the craziest sweet tooth and that thing looks awesome! and def outside in man...

6:53 PM  
Blogger The Style Mansion said...

The Bun Legend. Thank you for sharing. Eat the outside first working towards the centre. The build up of anticipation whilst doing so is simply sublime. The reward is sweet. If a bus does does head your way, just stuff the whole bun in before it hits you, make your peace with God and die happy.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Chelle said...

I just had to tell you what a great job you did on the picture of the morning bun! My mouth is watering and I wan't to run out and get one...NOW! I also enjoyed looking at all of your pictures and reading your blogs. It makes me want to get out there and travel the world!

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand what this is all about..it's just a simple bun..
just eat it if you want to and get on with the day..

6:13 AM  
Blogger The Style Mansion said...

It has come to my attention that some people don't understand what all the fuss is about the Morning Bun - my friend you're either inside the matrix or not.

10:00 AM  
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