Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The 100 Foot Journey

My husband Brett and I saw a wonderful film this last weekend, The 100 Foot Journey.   Here is the synopsis from the film's official site:
  1. Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingĂ©nue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa, move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery. However upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Outraged by the new arrivals, Madame Mallory is determined to have their business shut down. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments -- until, that is, Hassan's passion and talent for French cuisine begin to enchant Madame Mallory and even she can't deny this young chef could have what it takes to garner even more acclaim for her beloved restaurant. This, along with his new-found friendship with her beautiful sous chef Marguerite, starts to weave a magic between the two cultures and, despite their different tastes, they discover an unlikely recipe for success that surprises them all.
The setting is beautiful and the movie playfully pokes fun (for the most part) at the clash of cultures.  If you love French food or if you love to cook, this film is a joy to behold.  It's a relaxing treat for the senses.  Helen Mirren and Om Puri are fantastic.  Let me know what you think of it.  --Gretchen

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I've discovered the best magazine!  It's called AFAR.  AND it features perspectives from Paris local, Lindsey Tramuta.  You can also see more tips from Lindsey in AFAR's comprehensive up-to-date destination guide to Paris here on their website.  I'm so glad I have this for my next trip!!