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This film was the official submission of Palestine to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. It also was the second film from Palestine to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Paradise Now (2005). The director,  Hany Abu-Assad, who was born in Nazareth, Israel directed both films. What he achieves in this film is outstanding. The story revolves around the protagonist, Omar, a Palestinian baker who we learn has everything to lose. Our lead is everything you need in a hero protagonist; tall, handsome, young and accessible. The story revolves around him and his group of…

french hot chocolate

Christmas is only a few days away! 2015 is coming to a close but I’m savoring the last two weeks of the year and the holiday season! The weather here has been unusually warm but even with the sixty-five degree chill in the air, I crave warm hot chocolate. As a child, I used to enjoy the powdery Swiss Miss packets with those crunchy marshmallows that would seem to evaporate instantly upon contact with the light chocolate drink. To make it richer, I would use milk instead of hot water and enjoy a cup along with some Christmas cartoons. Now,…

Tomato soup French

Winter has arrived, at least here in Kansas City. The chill in the air has me bundled up inside wanting nothing more than to create wanderful recipes for you! Today I was craving something I could make in a cast iron dish, a recent purchase and most likely the start of a new obsession. I settled for something familiar, something warm, something French, yet Spanish inspired. As a mostly vegetarian, let’s call it chicken-atarian, I had difficulties with the cuisine in Catalonia. It is centered around meat. Beef and pork, sausages-you name it, they find a way to add it to…

SavoryCrepe

The film this week is a risqué one. A young seventeen year old beauty discovers her sexuality-then sells it. Taking place in France, Isabelle lives a second life.  The story progresses nicely as it takes place over four seasons. Beginning with summer where she loses her virginity to a German guy while on holiday, autumn comes next with her beginning her business and so on. She develops a clientele and manages to meet a number of suitors but none like Georges, a much older man who begins to mean much more than just a few hundred euros. The film, ‘Jeune…

SalmonRecipe

Take a solitary perfectionist chef who lives a life of precision and throw in a child and a playful Italian nemesis and you have a film. Add beautiful food, jazz music and romance and you have a compelling story. The original to the Hollywood, No Reservations starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart & Abigail Breslin is a quicker-paced, comedy rather than a slower-paced ‘drama’. There are a few laughs in the German original but it definitely keeps with reality more so than the American remake. It’s weighted and down-to-earth not launched among the ‘stars’ and you can tell the difference. I…

Classic Potato Latke

Have you heard of Hannah Arendt? If not, I’m sure you have heard of Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi who was brought to justice in 1961. Arendt reported on the trial in Jerusalem for New York Magazine which she later turned into a book. She coined the term the “banality of evil” which is an evil without thinking, an evil done because orders were followed. She suggested that Eichmann was a “mindless bureaucrat”. While she agreed with the verdict Eichmann received, she criticized the way the trial was conducted. She was a controversial figure in the trial due to her stance…

creamy truffle risotto

Roberto Benigni’s film, La vita e bella is not a story solely of the Holocaust it’s more a story about life and the hope we carry we with us.  The very sweet and comical Guido Orefice (Benigni) has dreams of owning his own bookstore along with his dear friend Ferrucio (Bustic). However their dreams are on hold as Guido works day in and day out as a waiter and Ferrucio is without a job. Guido is mesmerized by a woman named Dora (who is Benigni’s wife in real life) and calls her lovingly ‘principessa’. I instantly fell in love with…

Can you believe August is almost over? I feel everyone these days is asking “Where has the summer gone?” I have been so busy that I have been breaking my number one life rule, to stop and enjoy life. Days go by that turn into weeks and you realize you’ve only been to the pool twice and are still as white as you were last winter. Lately though, the weather here has been perfection. Today especially, it reminded me of Barcelona. All I was missing was the salty sea air. After being cooped up indoors all day my body was…

I love going to the cinema. One of my favorite things is the ritual of it. Buying the tickets, getting the popcorn, choosing the seat. The smells, the visuals of it all. I often wish people still dressed up to go to the movies, I think truly great films, such as this one, deserve that. The little boy in Cinema Paradiso will steal your heart like he steals the film from the projectionist. He is sweet and funny and full of snark, just like a cute little boy should be. His love for the cinema is infectious and when his little eyes…

paella

“Vicky and Cristina decided to spend the summer in Barcelona. Vicky was completing her master’s in Catalan Identity, which she had become interested in through her great affection for the architecture of Gaudí”. While this film isn’t exactly foreign it is so beautifully done I had to include it this week. From the first line, this film got me. I felt proud when the narrator mentioned ‘Catalan Identity’, as hearing about Catalans and Catlonia is not a common occurence in films. While it isn’t exactly foreign, it takes place in the not-so-foreign-to-me, city of Barcelona. The soundtrack alone is beautiful.…