Despite fundamental differences between the American and European film production models—free-market profitability versus state-supported culture—the desire for transatlantic projects is stronger than ever before. The opportunities for the two production models to converge, and the related challenges and successes, were the subject of a March 2nd panel hosted by French in Motion, UniFrance and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as part of the annual “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema” series.Read More
Did I just resuscitate Monthly Gourmet? Taken from the "Cooking with Beer" feature in the October 1993 issue, this aromatic cake arrives just in time for St. Patrick's Day.Read More
Welcome to “Filmstruck,” or, what was that movie I always meant to watch?Read More
When I moved to Chicago, I knew it had a reputation for great restaurants and innovative food, and so I wasn’t expecting to miss NYC dining as much as I do. While the Chicago restaurant scene does many things really well, it’s almost impossible to find authentic (and good) ethnic foods outside of a few far-flung neighborhoods. In Queens, I could literally walk from the best tacos in the entire city to incredible Indian and Thai places. Here, there is nothing within walking distance from my apartment, or even a short train ride, that compares to those restaurants.
One afternoon last week, after months of eating mostly meat-heavy dishes and pasta and other cold-weather foods, I desperately wanted Thai curry. I thought about the coconut curries from my old neighborhood: creamy, spicy, and tangy with fresh limes. Is there a better way to stave off the winter blues?Read More
Bordeaux. Hearing the name aloud, it sounds exactly like what it is: stately, elegant, and a little mysterious. Last Tuesday, after a month of training, I journeyed deep into the heart of Bordeaux without leaving the U.S. I participated in a wine tasting competition held at the French Consulate in NYC, known as the Left Bank Bordeaux Challenge. The competition featured 11 teams of MBA students from the top U.S. programs, and tested their knowledge of Bordeaux and its wines.Read More
Politics have a way of intervening in the work of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. Thrust into the current President’s immigration ban debacle, Farhadi has announced that he will not be attending this year’s Academy Awards, for which his latest film, The Salesman, is up for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s a surprising turn of events for someone who seems to studiously avoid political controversy; his films squeak by Iranian government censorship while remaining palatable and propaganda-free for the international festivals. For the sake of his career, Farhadi might have you believe he is apolitical.Yet politics loom large in The Salesman, sometimes most conspicuously by their absence.Read More