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Fun Food Facts #2

Fun Food Facts #2:
SUGAR, OH HONEY HONEY…

FACT: Humans are born craving sugar.

That is exactly why we are led to believe that only fat that will make humans unhealthy. Big food companies all around the globe will never put the percentage of sugar added into their products as printed on the nutritional facts because the real numbers will drive the customers away!

That’s what exactly the documentary FED UP (2014) film just told us through its hard-earned, horrific facts about how teenagers in America now suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, their futile effort to keep their weight down, and other conspiracy stuff to make ‘sugar’ not the perpetrator of it all.

Check out the trailer here and make sure to watch it as well. It will be an experience like you’ve never seen before.

Foodie Flicks: The Trip To Italy (2014)

The Trip To Italy (2014)

Four years after the first trip, Steve and Rob went on their second epicurean journey and this time, with more impressions from the duo alongside the beauty of Italy.

Exactly with the same premise but on different location, director Michael Winterbottom took us again on a journey of banters, impressions, and food upon the scenic Italy from Liguria to Capri.

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon become the men of the show again but this time it is Rob who asked Steve to join this trip as commissioned again by The Observer.

Without further introduction, Steve and Rob ride upon the Mini Cooper, which is a really fine choice to resemble to experience of The Italian Job, and apart from Rob’s duty as the writer of this trip, the duo went also to pay homage to the Romantic poets on their Grand Tour trail in the past seeking for pleasure, knowledge, and also inspirations.

Not only that the film features again the competitiveness between these two to impress each other and the guests who accompanied them, but this time it’s Rob who is having his insecure period. Despite of that, there’s a particularly funny scene where he did a casting video of him doing impressions of Al Pacino to land him a role in the latest Michael Mann’s film.

The trip features great restaurants in Italy as well from the most elaborated one to local good restaurants with fantastic pasta and seafood. Check out these restaurants while you’re there, as sourced from swide.com!

Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli
La Suvera, Pievescola
La Cantina, San Fruttuoso
Il Riccio, Capri
Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Oliver Glowig, Rome

However based on my POV, despite the visceral beauty of Italy and all that classy food, this film suffers from repetitiveness of its original predecessor. True, it’s fun to see the feud between Steve and Rob and their fantastic impressions skills, as well as Rob’s one and only “Man in the Box” voice, but it is simply not as good as the previous one. Especially if you’re talking about the human story as well there.

Despite these drawbacks, I pretty much still enjoy the movie and would really like to see the episode by episode of the TV series version starting from The Trip and now with the one in Italy.

So, if you’re a fan of good food and good laugh, which I bet all of you are, do not miss to see these films then. Live the la dolce vita with Steve and Rob!

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Trailer: 

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THE TRIP TO ITALY(2014)

Drool Level**** (gimme gimme!)

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

Foodie Flicks: The Trip (2010)

The Trip (2010)

Compiled as a feature film from the TV series of the same title, The Trip took us on a journey of two comedian friends, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, in search for the finer things found in food and all the comic drama between the two.

In an attempt to impress his girlfriend, Steve decided to ask her on a trip around countryside Northern England to try out the region’s best restaurants. Sounds like a fantastic try and a good opportunity since the trip was also fully commissioned by the big newspaper, The Observer.

Despite of that, Steve’s girlfriend is still on her decision to split up for awhile and that somehow forced him to instead ask Rob, a comedian colleague of him, for the trip.

It’s a trip that Rob took almost immediately although he has to leave his young family for a whole week trip that made him miss them so much. Everything we see from Rob is in contrast with Steve, who were miserable both professionally and personally.

The trip centers between the banters, conversation, and their adept impressions of famous movie stars between those two; but do not expect it to be philosophical and provocative discussions like what you see in Richard Linklater’s trilogy. The talks between these two are almost nonsensical, casual, and comic. You can’t ask more because it’s already simply hilarious!

Another cool part of the film is the food itself. The two comedians got their best from acclaimed restaurants of Northern England such as Yorke Arms, Holbeck Ghyll, L’Enclume, and the inns of Whitewell, Hipping Hall, and Hetton for the week journey. So, there are scenes from the kitchen, of them eating, and at the same time we were also entertained so much by their competitive impressions and banters.

Other than these, the film also focused on their daily problems, family matters, and of their personality as well. Sometimes they’re arguing about Steve’s wanting to be in control all the time or Rob’s failure in impressions – at least from Steve’s point-of-view.

In all, The Trip is a fun trip around the cold yet beautiful countryside of England, of great food, and an interaction between the stars which is highly unlikely found in other movies. To top that, it has great moments of laugh and drama as well.

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Trailer: 

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THE TRIP (2010)

Drool Level**** (gimme gimme!)

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

Foodie Flicks: Tabula Rasa (2014)

Tabula Rasa hadir segar di dunia perfilman Indonesia dengan usungan tema drama yang berkutat di pusaran gaya baru, yaitu dunia kuliner. Dengan tag-nya yang sederhana namun sarat makna, saya langsung tergerak menghampirinya.

“Makanan adalah iktikad baik untuk bertemu”

Begitulah bunyi tagline yang menjadi nyawa dari film ini. Nama yang saya kenal mungkin hanyalah Dewi Irawan, namun melihat keseluruhan cast serta crew yang berkontribusi untuk film ini tentu membuat saya penasaran. Bagaimana tidak? Begitu banyak nama-nama baru (atau yang baru saya dengar) dan tentu ini bukan tanpa alasan.

Ternyata banyak yang sebetulnya diangkat dari film yang penuh dengan kesan merakyat namun juga idealis ini. Pertautan antara masakan Padang dan orang Papua menjadi satu catatan tersendiri yang layak diperhatikan. Proses pertautannyapun menjadi drama tersendiri yang tidak terlupakan.

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Ketika semua berawal dari mimpi yang berakhir menjadi mimpi saja maka manusia harus melepas kegalauannya dan bergerak maju. Itulah yang mendasari hubungan dari Hans (Jimmy Kobogau) dan Mak (Dewi Irawan) sang pemilik rumah makan khas Minang yang juga tengah berjuang.

Mak berangkat dari luka di masa lampau ketika kehilangan anaknya karena bencana alam dan melihat Hans yang tergolek tak berdaya serta kelaparan, dengan serta merta Mak tanpa ragu membesarkan semangatnya kembali. Inilah nilai-nilai yang hilang di masyarakat kita saat ini. Meskipun hal ini membuat mata penonton mengernyit ataupun mengundang reaksi konflik alamiah dari pemeran-pemeran berbakat lainnya seperti Natsir (Ozzol Ramdan) ataupun Parmanto (Yayu Unru), namun Mak tidak bergeming. Dalam perjalanannya Hans dan Mak khususnya siap memulai lembaran baru di masing-masing kehidupannya dan itulah sebabnya film ini diberi judul Tabula Rasa.

Mengapa Papua? Tentu ini karena kepandaian dan kejelian dari para pengusung ide dalam film ini. Para putra Papua dan tanahnya yang kaya adalah kebanggaan yang terlupakan (ataupun dilupakan) maka kita semua harus mengingat dan menghargainya.

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Mengapa masakan Minang? Tentu karena masyarakat Minang-lah yang telah berhasil lebih dahulu membawa kebanggaan kepada kita semua dan siapa sih yang tidak suka dengan kompleksitas serta kelezatan berbagai hidangannya?

Dua kubu inilah yang dipersatukan dalam film yang dirancang khusus untuk menampilkan berbagai angle cantik nan seksi untuk scene dapur dan berbagai kegiatan memasak maupun menyantapnya.

Kualitas para aktor serta tema dramanya juga ternyata memikat hati. Tidak ada kecanggungan dalam berakting dari para aktornya dan yang menariknya, hampir lebih dari 60% dialognya merupakan bahasa Minang. Selain itu dari segi makanan, terdapat beberapa masakan yang sangat khas dan tentunya akan membuat Anda bergegas menuju restoran Padang terdekat selepas film ini berakhir. Untuk kedua hal ini Tabula Rasa mempersiapkan pelatih dialek serta beberapa konsultan kuliner ahli.

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Catatan-catatan penting lainnya adalah bagaimana unsur-unsur dramatis, komedi, maupun suntingan-suntingan khas dalam film ini menambah nilai secara keseluruhan. Adriyanto Dewo dengan jeli mampu menangkap berbagai adegan dan memperlamanya sehingga menjadikan adegan-adegan tersebut berisi nilai dan kenangan. Tak lupa juga tentu percakapan komedik diantara para pemerannya yang tidak murahan maupun canggung.

Yang patut dipahami adalah beberapa plot didesain seolah lebih lambat dan inilah mengapa kita harus mengapresiasi adegan-adegan dalam Tampopo maupun Eat Drink Man Woman yang memiliki kualitas-kualitas tersebut. Bahkan rekan saya mengingat beberapa bagian dalam film ini sebagai homage terhadap Big Night, khusus untuk bagian ending serta hubungan diantara para pemerannya.

Apapun itu, Tabula Rasa telah membawa angin segar baru dan di tengah-tengah hiruk pikuk kecintaan manusia Indonesia terhadap dunia kulinernya, film ini datang tepat pada waktunya. Berbagai plot ceritanya mungkin terasa terlalu convenient, tapi apa yang saya rasakan ketika keluar dari bioskop justru ada dua. Rasa puas sekaligus rasa lapar.

Terima kasih Tabula Rasa!

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TABULA RASA (2014)
http://www.tabularasafilm.com/

Drool Level**** (gimme gimme!)

Director: Adriyanto Dewo

Producer: Sheila Timothy, Vino G. Bastian

Writer: Tumpal Tampubolon

Starring: Jimmy Kobogau, Dewi Irawan, Ozzol Ramdan, Yayu Unru

Music: Indra Perkasa

Genre: Drama, Comedy

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Photography credit: Tabula Rasa

Recipe: Dendeng Bakar Batokok Lado Mudo – with Tabula Rasa (The Foodie Magazine, Sept 2014)

For a man who was born in a huge Minang household with a father that taught him everything about food, it was a jumpstart already for Chef Adzan Tri Budiman to conquer the culinary world. Not only about cooking; his father taught him on how to deal with the marketplace, how to pick the right ingredients, and to love the food.

Chef Adzan Tri Budiman
Chef Adzan Tri Budiman

A career as a professional chef may already become his past, but his passion with food continues still. Currently, Chef Adzan dedicates himself as a freelance professional more in the management side. With his expertise, he’s entrusted to create restaurant concepts by his clients, including the latest one by the Governor of Jakarta on a project to design and curate the street food to be featured on a massive hawker center in Monumen Nasional.

Alongside his sister, Reno Andam Suri, the siblings worked together as the culinary advisors for Tabula Rasa. Together they work hand-in-hand to recreate the traditional dishes which are not only authentic in appearance and taste, but also with additional story values behind them.

Here, we share you one of the finest recipes as featured in the Tabula Rasa by Chef Adzan Tri Budiman.

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Recipe:

DENDENG BAKAR BATOKOK LADO MUDO

Serves: 5

  • Ingredients:

400 gr            Beef tenderloin
5 pcs               Garlic
10 pcs            Shallot
1 tbsp             Coriander seed
15 pcs            Green chilies (large)
3 pcs               Green tomato
10 pcs             Leprous lime
½ ltr                 Pure coconut oil (minyak tanak)
To taste         Salt

  • Steps:

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For the meat

  1. Cut into eight (8) pieces and then boil the meat on low flame.
  2. Grind the coriander seeds, shallots, and garlic with mortar and pestle. Add a bit water and salt.
  3. After boiled, pound the meat with pestle and smear it with the ground ingredients. Rest it to allow the meat to absorb the ingredients.
  4. Grill the meat.

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For the lado mudo (green chili sauce)

  1. Grind the green chilies, tomatoes, and shallots with blender or pound the ingredients with pestle for better texture.
  2. Soak the ground ingredients with pure coconut oil, season it with salt and leprous lime squeeze.
  3. Fashion the lado mudo over the grilled beef.
  • Cooking Tips:
  1. The purpose of pounding the beef is not only to tenderize it but also to create more space in-between the meat fiber, thus allowing it to absorb the spices better. Hence the word “Dendeng Batokok” (tokok means pound).
  2. If possible, grill the meat by using charcoal for better result.
  3. The unique pure coconut oil (minyak tanak) will give much better aroma and taste, especially when the dendeng is consumed with warm rice.

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE September 2014 edition

Download it for free here via SCOOP!

Photos by: Dennie Benedict
Tableware by Jenggala
Location: Red Piramid