‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ was a foodie beauty

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine, Kristina Craig, tagged me in a Facebook status proclaiming that I and some of her other foodie friends should watch “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” (Need a graphic designer? Check out Kristina’s work: Kreative Concepts.) I google the movie and watched the trailer. I was sucked right in.

The Hundred-Foot Journey movie posterDan and I went to watch it and loved it! The story was sweet and savory with beautiful food scenes abounding. IMDB.com’s short summary says this: The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.

Colorful, pungent Indian spices reverberate against rich, yet subtle French sauces as the restaurants, only 100 feet apart, scuffle for popularity in the small town in the French countryside. Extravagant traditional Indian décor at the Maison Mumbai poses a striking contrast to the Le Saule Pleureur’s strict adherence to French elegance. But really the story is about Hassan Kadam and his extraordinary ability to marry these two cultural cuisines into stunning dishes.

A theme throughout the movie is the power of taste to conjure up strong emotional memories. This resonates with me as I have a really awful memory, but flavors stick with me. Food is a lens through which I view life many days. Dan and I cook for each other and with each other. We share meals and life with family and friends. We celebrate with food, we travel for food (sort of), we eat to live.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” is feel-good through and through. If you love food and happy endings, I’d give it a watch. It’s still showing at Cinemark Movies 14 and is estimated to release on DVD in December.