Director Morgan Spurlock Splurges at Per Se, Loves Peanut-Butter Doughnuts



"I didnt eat until I came home for dinner."Photo: Melissa Hom


What do diners do when Morgan Spurlock, director of Super Size Me, is sitting at the next table? Theyll either watch what Im eating, says Spurlock, or theyll start to make excuses for what theyre eating. No need for apologies, it turns out; though he hasnt eaten a Big Mac since the film (hes currently finishing shooting a second documentary), Spurlock enjoys a burger as much as the next guy. This week he and his wife, who just spawned and swam across the river to Park Slope, were especially indulgent. Youre supposed to gain sympathy weight when your wife is pregnant, but Ive put on more weight since weve had the kid. So where did he pack on the pounds this week?

Thursday, March 29
I was still in a bit of a food coma from my Per Se extravaganza the night before. I was a little truffled out. At lunch I had a burger at Soho Park, a great little caf that used to be a gas-station parking garage. Im a fan of places that make their burgers by hand and grind their own meat.

This afternoon I had some North Fork potato chips. Theyre made in Long Island.

Wednesday, March 28
I had to see my accountant in midtown. I went to a small, local sandwich shop and had a sandwich with eggplant, peppers, cucumber, and lettuce.

Dinner was at Per Se. Youve got to love a place where dinner takes more time than it does to run a marathon. By the time we left at 11:30 p.m., I was like, Quick, lets get out of here before the chef sees us and brings another course. Four people come out and set the trays in front of you at the same time and take the lids off in unison.

My favorite thing was a duck breast that had been sliced about half an inch thick. There was a banana pure with it as well as a Belgian endive salad.

There was pearl tapioca with oysters and white sturgeon caviar. The texture of the caviar against the texture of tapioca was amazing.

Dessert: They stretch this chocolate that looks like a flame and put it on top of a brownie. Then they have coffee ice cream with coffee cream and candied pecans all over it.

Tuesday, March 27
I had been bragging to my in-laws about the best doughnuts in NYC, at the Doughnut Plant. Theyre so fantastic but so rich. The chocolate-covered chocolate donuts are filled with chocolate cream! And they have peanut-butter doughnuts with actual peanut butter inside.

For lunch, we ordered from East Ahana. I usually get a Chinese noodle soup with really thin noodles and pieces of chicken and eggs.

It was my wife Alexs birthday so that night we went to Little Dishes in Park Slope. Im a big fan of the swine; I had a pork belly with pieces of pork loin almost like medallions cut over potatoes and beets. I started with the beet salad. Then we went back to my house for vegan birthday cake from Tastycakes. My wife is vegan, but shes really supportive. Ive had friends who say, If youre going to eat that meat, youll have to brush your teeth before I kiss you. Shes not like that. Although I wont get up in the morning and start frying bacon up!

Monday, March 26
I came into work super-early. I had some juice for breakfast.

I went to Gourmet Garage and purchased beef stew and ate it at the office.

I ate at home with Alex and her folks; we had leftovers that night.

Sunday, March 25
We walked down to the Tea Lounge and I had a coffee and a scone. I didnt eat until I came home for dinner. We cooked a stew of sea vegetables like nori and all-natural, good lentils that we got at Back to the Land.

Saturday, March 24
I got a chicken parm at Doms. It feels like one of those great institutions that could close any day now because the people have worked there a long time.

I had dinner with Alex, and she had a vegetable stir-fry. Shes a chef, and we just had a baby. She doesnt do a lot of cooking, so whenever she does, its a treat.

Friday, March 23
At Da Silvano I had oxtail stuffed into a cheese shell.

That night we went to Puck Fair after we finished working at the office. We got some fish and chips and bite-size grilled-cheese sandwiches. We had just gotten some good news about a film we made What Would Jesus Buy so we grabbed a couple pints. We dont need really good reasons to celebrate at my company; we just need a little bit of good news.