In life we all learn, usually the hard way, what we shouldn’t do on an empty stomach. At least I have learned that a number of times. Of course I learned it the hard way because I’m me.
- take a very important test
- work…guaranteed it will be the 12 hour shift from hell with little or no opportunity for a meal break much less a potty break
- attend a few C-sections
- run a 10K
- grocery shop
- jury duty
I could go on because too many times I have undertaken adventures on an empty stomach in spite of the fact that I know too well what happens to me when my blood sugar plummets.
But there is one thing one should do on an empty stomach, or perhaps with just a light snack beforehand and that is to see The Hundred Foot Journey.
I had the opportunity to see this film a couple of weeks ago while at BlogHer.
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in thesouth of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant– the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, MaisonMumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur,a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory(Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it.Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet fromher own escalate into a heated battle between the two establishmentsuntil Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine – and for MadameMallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) – combinewith his mysteriously-delicious talent to weave magic between theirtwo cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that evenMadame Mallory cannot ignore. Madame Mallory eventually recognizesher culinary rival’s gift as a chef and takes Hassan under her wing.“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one young man’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment, directed by Academy Award® nominee Lasse Hallström and stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. The film is produced by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, Academy Awardnominee Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt, Carla Gardini, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King. The screenplay is written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.