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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Foodie Movie Review-y: Julie & Julia

Paul and I had seen this film in the theaters. A sneak peek/preview type thing actually. Picked up tickets somewhere in town and went to see it before it was officially released. And, I remember leaving the theater thinking, 'Man, that movie was great. And, I'M HUNGRY!'.

Since I recently finished reading My Life in France and am totally crushing on Julia Child, I thought it was time to watch this movie again. Sadly, it wasn't available instantly on Netflix, so I had to put it in my queue and patiently wait for its arrival. It arrived on Saturday and I convinced Paul to watch it on Sunday evening, accompanied by a dinner of our homemade and hearty risotto and a glass of red wine. Perfect.

I have to admit, my expectations were a little higher this time. I remembered falling in love with this film. And, having just read about Julia's life, I was excited to see how much more would make sense, since I knew her stories. And, I'll be honest, I was a little disappointed. There seemed to be some inaccuracies. I mean, maybe I remembered some of the details from the book incorrectly, but there were so major points, that took some liberties with. Paul keep saying "Its BASED on her life." And, he was right. When we watched the 'making of' documentary special feature, one of the producers said that the character of Julia Child in the film was almost the idealized version of her that Julie Powell has created. That made a little more sense, but still, come on, there were a few things that could have EASILY been accurately depicted. For example, Chef Bugnard's role in getting Julia in to take her exam at Le Cordon Blue was completely passed over. Oh well. I will let it go.

This movie, though, is delightful. Meryl Streep as Julia Child is brilliant. She doesn't impersonate, she embodies Julia! Amy Adams always lights up the screen. Though I find the character of Julie Powell to be kind of whiny, Amy Adams does a wonderful job. And, Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina as Paul Child and Eric Powell are fantastic. I know Paul Child was an amazing and fascinating man. I don't know about Eric Powell, but these actors really brought balance to the strong performances of Streep and Adams.

And, the food. If you don't think the food is the star of this film, then I am not sure we watched the same movie! Every dish looks spectacular. You really can't help but crave something decadent while watching the food in this film. I know they very thoughtfully prepared all the food for the film, and it shows.

So, Julie and Julia... check it out if you haven't already. Its a darling movie with food as the star.

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