Food and Movies
Thanks to Meal Ticket tipster JC f0r capturing this clip from the Philly-shot Law Abiding Citizen, in which DA Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) and imprisoned black ops brain-cum-vigilante Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) have a fun chat about Del Frisco's, the chain steakhouse that everyone in Philly loves to gab about. Gonna try to drop Foxx's line into casual conversation at least once a day from now on.
Selleck Waterfall Sandwich is a Tumblr that features photos of Magnum P.I., accompanied by various sandwiches, Photoshopped into idyllic waterfall scenes.
The image above features our very own cheesesteak kicking it in a tropical locale with Mr. Baseball himself. You can tell it's a cheesesteak because it is wearing a Phillies hat.
Selleck Waterfall Sandwich is hands down the greatest Web site we have ever seen and it makes us question why we're even attempting to do this whole blog thing. Way to make us feel like Salieri, jerks.
This past Wednesday, Yards dropped by Hulmeville Inn with some Old Bartholomew as part of the brewery's 10 Days of Barleywine tour. (It wraps up tonight and tomorrow; details/locations in What's Cooking.) Anyways, Yards founder Tom Kehoe bet the Hulmeville crowd that they couldn't kick the Old Bart firkin in under 45 minutes. They kicked it in 31 minutes. And then this happened. Johnny Castle don't got it like this.
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Munish Narula's revolutionary web-based food delivery service, Tiffin, has grown like a panda-less bamboo grove since it opened in 2006, adding a second location in Mt. Airy and the area's first Desi pizzeria, Tiffin Etc., next door to the original Tiffin on Girard Avenue.ï¿½ Now the suburbs will have a chance to develop their palates when Tiffin locations touch down in Elkins Park (October), Wynnewood (December), Bryn Mawr (spring 2010) and maybe even Bensalem.
City Paper issued only 12 much-debated CP Choice Awards this year; Narula topped the food category for his big vision bringing quality, authentic Indian food to Philadelphia.ï¿½ When interviewed, he mentioned that though he often works 16-hour days, he is having more fun than he ever did working long days in investment banking, his career after earning his MBA from Wharton.ï¿½ï¿½ "When you have some success," said Narula, "You can do things that are fun or interesting, but don't necessarily bring in a huge profit."
One of those fun things is Tiffin And A Movie, a pilot project that allows Northern Liberties residents to order a Bollywood film to be delivered with their Tiffin meal. One movie runs $3.50, including a postage-paid envelope to mail the DVD back to Tiffin.
Our suggestion: Pair savory Urvashi ($5.50), turnovers stuffed with cheese, potato, pistachio, cashew and raisins, with the taste-of-vengeance 1973 Bollywood classic Zanjeer, a tale of a wrongfully imprisoned police officer who becomes the quintessential Angry Young Man in pursuit of justice for his murdered parents.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the new 3-D animated movie inspired by Judi and Ron Barrett's classic children's book, sneak-peeks this coming Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at AMC Cherry Hill ï¿½ and Meal Ticket has TWO four-packs of tickets to give away. The movie follows the exploits of bumbling inventor Flint (voiced by Bill Hader), who develops a device that causes it to rain food. An amazing discovery for his hungry town ï¿½ until he realizes the machine has a mind of its own.
Want to squeal with glee alongside family and/or friends as a giant pancake hilariously crushes a school? All you have to do is send the correct answers to the three trivia questions after the jump to firstname.lastname@example.org. (DO NOT leave answers as a comment; if you win, you must pick up your tix from the City Paper offices no later than this Friday, Sept. 11.)
Good luck, and watch out for spaghetti tornadoes.
UPDATE [1 p.m.]: Congrats to Meal Ticket readers Mark and Erik, our two winners. We've added the answers to the trivia questions after the jump.
1. Judi Barrett wrote a sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. What is it called?
2. Which Cloudy voice actor has also written a cookbook about barbecuing?
3. Mr. T voices policeman Earl Devereaux in Cloudy. What pro athlete will play B.A. Baracus ï¿½ a role T originated ï¿½ in the 2010 film adaptation of The A-Team?
Tomorrow, to celebrate President Barack Obama's 48th birthday, Bridgid's (726 N. 24th St., 215-232-3232) will tap what they believe to be the last remaining keg of Ommegang's 2009 Inauguration Ale, known informally as "Obamagang." (We first mentioned this back in June.) The ultra-rare beer got the Cooperstown brewery in a little hot water earlier this year, as the Shephard Fairey image on the label (right) was viewed as an unauthorized use of the POTUS' likeness.
Bridgid's will be offering a slice of birthday cake to anyone who purchases a pint of the dark ale ï¿½ "malty with hints of chocolate and Belgian kriek," read their tasting notes. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, dressing up as Marilyn Monroe and singing "Happy Birthday Mr. President" will win you free booze, too.
Food, Inc., director Robert Kenner's exploration of America's hidden food-production system, opens tomorrow, June 19, in Philadelphia. (See Cindy Fuchs' review.) The award-winning director even has a local connection, having attended the Solebury School in Bucks County.ï¿½ "It's great to see the whole food scene that has evolved here," said Kenner. "There was nothing like it when I was here." Meal Ticket sat down with the filmmaker last week, when he visited the South Street Whole Foods, to talk about Food, Inc., and what we are really eating.
Meal Ticket: What was the inspiration behind this film? Did you have some kind of motivating personal experience?
Robert Kenner:ï¿½ It wasn't really that. I was just curious, you know, to find out where our food comes from. An interesting exploration. I wanted to talk to all the different producers of our food system, and I found out agribusiness did not want to talk. Not only could I not see into their kitchens, they didn't want to speak to me at all. I was a threat. They don't want us to know where our food comes from. Food has fundamentally been transformed without us seeing it, or thinking about it. What we realized was that there is a movement percolating ï¿½ we didn't know about it until we got out there.ï¿½ It's going to take a movement to change things.
MT: One thing that really stood out to me in the movie was the statement, "It's not a tomato, but the notion of a tomato," and that there are only 12 slaughterhouses in the U.S. that are processing almost all of the beef eaten in this country.
RK: It is the notional tomato. It is flavorless, of course, and practically devoid of nutrients. It's just an idea of a tomato. Did you know that there is a major purchase about to go through that will make the four major meat processors into three? Those three will control 80 percent of the market. It's total consolidation. There are aisles and aisles of things in the supermarket, but they all come from the same corporations. We are offered the illusion of choice. Everything is owned by the same people. It's an Orwellian transformation that has been hidden from us.
MT: In the film, you show a family that eats from the dollar menu at fast-food restaurants because they cannot afford whole foods in the supermarket. Do you think there is a disconnect between the middle and upper classes, who can afford to question where there food comes from, and the poor, who have to eat just to exist?
RK: Money is a concern. The Baldwin Park family was spending $400-$500 per month on medications [for the father's diabetes and blood pressure]. This low-cost food comes to us at a very high cost. You don't see the real price at the checkout. This is the future of health care ... you can't have health care reform and still have this food system. Listen, one out of two minority individuals has diabetes.ï¿½ To say that poor people can't afford good food is ridiculous ... these corporations, subsidized by the federal government, are selling food to low-income people that makes them sick.
MT:ï¿½ Do you think the Obama administration is interested in reforming the American food system?
RK: We screened the film for them ... the heads of the FDA and USDA, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.ï¿½ There is interest in this administration, but they didn't come into office with that interest. They want to reform health care, and you can't change health care or the environment without changing the food system. Twenty to 25 percent of oil used in this country goes into the production, growing and transportation of food. The intensive raising of food pollutes water, the earth ... it exploits animals and human workers. What is the human cost? This food system cannot continue. It's unsustainable and it's going to end. We need to figure out a different system.
MT: What can the average consumer do?
RK: This film is meant to be empowering. It's a film for the non-converted; I want to turn minds, not stomachs. We can change the system two ways, on two levels. On the personal level, we vote three times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. We can shop at farmers markets and support our local farmers. When that is not practical, we can buy local and organic at the supermarket. You can encourage your market to increase the amount of local and organic produce they carry. When consumers started telling Wal-Mart to remove rBST [recombinant bovine somatotropin] from their milk, they listened. Consumers should also read labels and buy less processed food. Don't buy things made with words you can't pronounce.
On another level, you can influence government. The tobacco analogy is the best one ï¿½ really powerful, wealthy corporations were lying and putting out false information about the safety of their products. Ultimately we were able to fight them and get these products labeled as dangerous. The Web site TakePart.com has a list of organizations you can join, like Slow Food.
Things will change when people know what is in their food and we get the right information. At some point, we have to turn the Farm Bill into the Food Bill to benefit consumers. We need a movement to make this happen. I believe it will be mothers with young children who will lead it. This will become like the civil rights movement. This is a major issue, and so much is building at this moment that we are a part of. Some person, some event will set it off, like Rosa Parks.
Robert Kenner, director of Food, Inc., will visit Whole Foods' location at 929 South Street this Friday, June 5, at 3 p.m. His doc takes a hard look at the American food industry. There'll be demos and discussion.
CP's Holly Otterbein recommended the flick as part of our 2009 CineFest coverage:
How can Eric Schlosser still eat hamburgers? The author of Fast Food Nation and narrator of Food, Inc. orders a patty at a greasy spoon in the beginning of the film, suggesting that the industrial food complex is so wholly disturbed that there's no point in fighting it. True, but the film argues that you still should. Food, Inc. is muckraking journalism at its finest ï¿½ animal lover or not, you will leave it weary of the affair between government and industry, disgusted with the alpha crop corn, baffled by the laws that protect corporations more than they do people and revolted at the idea of eating anything that's not cage-free. Do dinner before you arrive.
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CP got this press kit for Imagine That, a new kiddie movie starring Eddie Murphy. Why's this on Meal Ticket? Because in addition to a press CD with hi-res photos and whatnot, the thing includes an arsenal of refrigerated staples ï¿½ ketchup, mustard, hot sauce and chocolate syrup ï¿½ and pancake mix. I was a little confused at first, but then I caught the trailer, where the adorable little girl who plays Eddie's daughter whips up flapjacks topped with all the enclosed condiments. Cute idea, but if you're going to bless me with edible Eddie swag, please make mine a Big Mick.
P.S. I tried some of the hot sauce on a piece of pizza earlier and it was wack.
Director Anat Baron's doc Beer Wars takes a look at the market clash between the hulking BudMillerCoors behemoth and America's most prominent craft brewers. (Peep trailer above.) Next Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m., the film will be screened in 440 theaters across the nation, followed by a live panel discussion beamed over in high definition from L.A.'s Royce Hall. Hosted by actor and conservapundit Ben Stein, the panel will feature the likes of Greg Koch, founder of Stone Brewing Co., Todd Alstrom, founder of Beer Advocate, and Dogfish Head Brewery's own Sam Calagione.
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