Reporting live from the second March of quarantine, where you may be experiencing a bout of television streaming fatigue (symptoms include, but aren’t limited to, spending more time aimlessly browsing than watching). Thankfully, the solution lies in making movie night the exciting night it once was, as opposed to the everyday stuck-at-home thing it has become.
How? With restaurants — and strategically planned, experience-enhancing takeout.
“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” Oscar Wilde once said, and it is in that vein that you should consider the following list of film recommendations, filled with some of our favorite food moments and scenes. This is by no means a curated selection of the best food movies out there. It is merely a glimpse at movies that have provided pure escapism in a dire time, and ones that you’ll definitely want to watch with food.
New Orleans cuisine:
The Princess and the Frog
Where to watch: Netflix and Disney +.
The plot: A wild
spaghetti ramen western interspersed with comedic vignettes that have nothing to do with the main storyline, Tampopo primarily follows a Clint Eastwood-type truck driver, as he helps a noodle soup shop owner in her quest to make the perfect bowl of ramen.
A Korean feast:
Always Be My Maybe
Special shoutout to: Two special movies that helped pave the way for Asian-American representation on screen — Joy Luck Club (see: how not to conduct oneself at a Chinese dinner table — looking at you, Rich) and Crazy Rich Asians (watch: the hawker center scene or Michelle Yeoh folding dumplings).
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Best food scene: The sequence in which food critic Masuhiro Yamamoto compares the sushi omakase to a concerto — cue Mozart — as it unfolds.
My Neighbor Totoro
Best food scene: When Satsuki makes breakfast and carefully pieces together bento boxes for her family.