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9 Movies Every Foodie Should Watch

Can you hear the sound of clean linen snapping somewhere in La Jolla? Can you smell the scent of grass-fed beef hitting a hot grill somewhere in East Village? Do you know what time of year it is, foodies? It’s San Diego Restaurant Week.

If you aren’t already as excited as a fat rat pillaging trash cans after hours at the Del Mar Fair (That’s my Charlotte’s Web reference 😉 ) and you need a reminder of the magical and often sensual power great food has over us (Like Water for Chocolate) we’ve compiled a list of movies to get you in the mood for food.

1. Steak (R)evolution


(Courtesy of La Ferme!)

(Courtesy of La Ferme!)

Steak (R)evolution is not a documentary about meat, it’s a quest to find the world’s most perfect cut of steak.

French Director/Producer, Franck Ribiére takes viewers on a virtual meat odyssey, exploring not only the sensory satisfaction of eating steak, but the anthropological, historical and ethical issues surrounding this searingly delicious dining staple. Steak (R)evolution is a feast for the eyes and the intellect.


2. Chef


Jon Favreau proves that the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach. Seriously, he’s getting it on with both Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara in this movie, and we’re certain it has more to do with the late-night, bed-side pasta he serves than his winning personality.

After being fired from his square job for being too creative in the kitchen (The villain of this movie is mediocrity itself, and that’s enough to make anybody lose their appetite) Favreau takes a culinary road trip, serving up Cuban sandwiches from Miami to L.A. in a food truck. Riquisimo.


3. Jiro Dreams of Sushi



This  documentary will leave you both hungry and feeling like an underachiever. The time and craftsmanship that Jiro dedicates to the art of creating sushi is mind blowing and the location of his restaurant– a tiny hole in a Tokyo subway tunnel– is a promise that there are incredible food gems to be found in unlikely places, so don’t stop searching.


4. Spirited Away



Really, there are a million reasons to watch Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Sure it’s an Academy Award Winning film, and yes, it’s, like, Japan’s highest grossing movie of all time, but what we’re interested in here is the food.

Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old girl, stumbles into an abandoned amusement park where enchanted food turns her parents into pigs, literally. From there Chihiro is thrown into a acid-washed fantasy of spirits, demons and curses. This movie is rich in creativity and food fantasy.


5. Eat, Pray, Love



For anyone who’s ever dreamed of abandoning life’s problems by drowning themselves in a vat of carbonara and limoncello (face it, we’ve all had this fantasy) Eat, Pray, Love is a mandatory food film.

Julia Roberts gives zero figs about her girlish figure as she pasta hops across Europe eating her feelings.The underlying message of the movie? The universe feeds those who feed themselves.


6. Chocolat



Chocolat, Starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, reveals what we already know about food, and about chocolate in particular– Its properties border on the mystical.

Binoche’s character brings the healing power of chocolate to a French village that is drowning in its own piety. This sounds ridiculous, no? Trust. This flick will have you worshiping the divine powers of the cocoa plant.


7. Woman on Top



Coconut milk, passion fruit, cassava flour…If you are not an adventurous eater this movie may cure you. It will definitely have you searching out your nearest Brazilian restaurant.

Will the chefs at Fogo De Chau channel all of their romantic frustration into their cooking? Probably not, but Penelope Cruz says, as long as their tomatoes are full and plump you should feel something pleasant happening in your stomach.


8. Julie & Julia



Julia Child, French chef extraordinaire and firm believer in the five-second rule, faces down the blogosphere when one of her culinary disciples drags her into the digital age.

This movie is inspired by the true story of a blogger, Julie Powell, who took it upon herself to cook every recipe in America’s French culinary Bible– Mastering the Art of French Cooking. 

The trials Powell endures in the kitchen will be releatable to anybody who has ever tried to cook anything straight from a cookbook. But the magic, the magic she produces with spiritual guide Julia Childe egging her on, makes it all worth it! Go on and wrestle with those raw and dimpled chicken legs, gurrl.


9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


We’re not going to get all purist and force you to pick your flavor. If Johnny Depp is the golden ticket in your Wonka Bar, then good for you. Personally, Gene Wilder will forever have MY sweet tooth. Whichever way you lean, lets agree that an entire world manufactured out of candy is the Holy Grail of food fantasy.

Now, go forth, into the streets of San Diego and get your grub on. Viva S.D. Restaurant Week!

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