I’ve just returned home after spending a rainy Saturday afternoon at the theater. I saw a movie that I have been looking forward to for quite a while. The Hundred Foot Journey….is a story of two very different restaurants located in the south of France and only one hundred feet apart.
This movie definitely had a message and it was very clear to me……. “We can all be snobs from time to time, however….. we must learn that we are being snobs because we may not understand or fathom how someone can be different that we are ourselves. We should never be afraid to try something new…. It can be the spice of life!” (That last sentence was an actual quote from the original book.)
Whether our snobby-ness has to do with race, color and culture or something as simple as food….it is very important that we learn to not be afraid to give something new a go. We can open our mind and our hearts (and our palates) to new things even though they may seem very strange to us. At that point, we could possibly enjoy a whole new set of life experiences.
I became perfectly aware while watching this movie, that I have been a food snob at times myself. I get frustrated when I am in an area where I can’t purchase the foods that I enjoy. I had this problem while on vacation and had to shop a supermarket that sold nothing I use to prepare our meals. As silly as it seems now…..I walked around that store in mourning. I have also been judgmental when I see someone woofing down a Big Mac. I can’t understand why they would do that to their body. I forget occasionally that I’ve eaten many a fast food burger in my time before I changed my diet.
I have also had judgmental comments directed back at me because I eat a healthier diet. They balk at the ingredients in the meals I post and joke about me eating cardboard. (Obviously, they haven’t had my food because I don’t particularly like cardboard.) 🙂
Aren’t we all a little prejudice about the food we like? If you eat healthy, you think everyone should. If you eat food that is unhealthy…. you think everyone else should also. Even the region of the country in which we live causes us to be a bit proud of our food at times. Many folks are opposed to trying anything different than the food from their area. For example, Maryland loves their seafood and crab cakes, Texas loves their steaks, Memphis… their Bar-b-cue, New Orleans…. Cajun food, Philadelphia…..Cheese steak sandwiches. Anywhere you go in The South…. everything must be fried or dipped in butter and sugar.
I would never get my dad to try anything different than the food he has always eaten. He is 81 years old by the way and I don’t suppose he has to change at his age. I just wonder what he might have enjoyed if he could have opened his mind and his palate to something new.
I won’t give the movie away by saying anymore. I do suggest you go see it for yourself. It was wonderful. I laughed, cried and enjoyed every minute of all the food shots throughout the movie. That’s the foodie in me I suppose. Even if you are not a foodie though….. it is still a great movie and it has a sincere message that everyone can relate to. 🙂
My favorite quotes from the movie, The Hundred Foot Journey:
“Food is Memories.” Isn’t that the truth? It seems every memory I have…. seems to revolve somehow around food.
“Sometimes brakes break for a reason.” This line was said twice in the movie. Once by Papa and once by Hassan. Basically, it means…. things happen for a reason and we are placed where God wants us. That’s my take on it anyway.
“One bite takes you home.” At times….one bite of a certain food can remind me of my childhood, where I grew up, the foods I ate…. and my family.