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Guest Blogger: 5 Best Foodie Films for Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I had planned for my Valentine's Day post to be a write up on the new Nicholas Sparks movie Safe Haven, but I had a major break with my best friend of 23 years (see facebook post) and never made it to the screening.   The movie looks super schmaltzy anyway. Poor Julianne Hough, she was so adorable and animated on DWTS, I would like to see her make it as an actress, but she's only been in totally awful movies - Burlesque, Footloose, Rock of Ages, and from the trailers of this movie, I'm not sure about the chemistry between she and Josh Duhamel.

Anyway, I'm happy to present a Valentine's Day post from a guest blogger instead. Bridget has written a fun food in film post on delightfully, delicious romantic movies:

5 Best Foodie Films for Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day is a wonderful time to celebrate romance through sensual and sumptuous food -- from chocolate-covered strawberries to succulent passion fruit to rich and creamy cheese cake. Valentine's Day is the perfect time to indulge all your senses.

There are many films that also celebrate the sensual nature of food and its role in romance. Cozy up to your sweetie and enjoy a romantic dinner for two while you watch one of these  foodie films for Valentine's Day:
Gorgeous Juliette Binoche arrives in a small French town and stirs things up by opening a chocolate shop. It's not her delicious treats that are the scandal: It's the fact that she sells them on Sundays right across the street from a church. The fact that she's a single mother flouting the rules and convincing the other ladies in town to do their own thang also doesn't help her case. Enter Johnny Depp, a rapscallion gypsy with a rebellious streak to match her own, and you have the recipe for a passionate love story.

Besides all the eye candy in the movie, you'll also love seeing all the gorgeous chocolate being made. Enjoy it while you eat your Valentine's chocolates early.

This German film was remade into the movie "No Reservations" starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, but I have always preferred the charm of the original. The movie follows Martha, a renowned chef in a top kitchen, who must unexpectedly care for her 8-year-old niece after her sister dies in a car crash. Her controlled and orderly life is thrown into chaos as she tries to navigate being an unexpected parent -- and she comes to terms with her growing feelings for an upstart chef in her kitchen.
You'll love all the food porn in this movie, coupled with sweet scenes of a blossoming romance. Cook a meal with your sweetie and watch this movie.

This sensuous Spanish drama tells the love story of Pedro and Tita who seem destined to never be together because Tita's mother wants her to remain unmarried to care for her. Tita pours her passion and her sorrows into her cooking, and anyone who eats her meals becomes consumed by that passion or that sorrow.

This movie will have you taking a second look at your food and how a good meal can make you feel. Pick a few treats that make you feel romantic and watch this movie with your beloved.

Wine is the star of this movie, but it is always accompanied by sumptuous feasts and delicious treats. As the characters make their way on a wine tour across California's wine country, they eat at some of the best restaurants and partake of some of the finest cheeses, chocolates, and other accompaniments. Along the way, they enjoy passion and romance and learn a little about the true nature of love.
Pour yourself a glass of your favorite vino and enjoy a plate of delicious cheeses while you hold hands and watch this award-winning movie.

The beautiful Penelope Cruz plays an accomplished Brazilian chef who escapes a broken heart by moving to San Francisco. However, she soon rebuilds her life as the host of a television show about passion food, and she is soon tempted by love again with the show's producer. In the end, she must choose between the passion she felt with her husband and the promise of this new love.

There are many more great foodie films that are perfect for you and your sweetheart to enjoy together for a romantic night together this Valentine's Day. 
Tell us about your favorite foodie romance films in the comments!

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance writer and researcher for, where recently she’s been researching pantry cooks In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

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is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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