Sunday, August 23, 2009

Julie and Julia

This weekend I had the chance to see Julie and Julia in the theater with a great group of girls, who coincidentally also blog about food.

We had a lovely time and completed our experience with a French dinner at Bastille in Alexandria. Yummy!

I came away from the movie with a few pearls of wisdom and here they are:

1. In life, its so important to have a mate (if you have one) that shares your values, nourishes your dreams, and will stand by you in your darkest hours. Stanley Tucci and Merryl Streep do a great job of portraying Paul and Julia Child's loving, passionate,and supportive relationship.

2. Sometimes not getting something you desire can open up opportunities you never imagined, but that ultimately make you the person you were meant to be. Throughout the movie, you realize how badly Julia wanted to have a child. It obviously pained her not to hold her own baby, but she rarely let herself wallow in dreams of what could have been. If Julia had been able to have a child, she might never have been able to give birth to Mastering the Art of French Cooking and that would have been a great loss to us all.

3. Live life to the fullest. This sounds cliche, and it is, but so often we need to be reminded that the petty details and annoyances in life are small compared to the beauty and fullness it has to offer. Not all of us can have the privilege of living in Paris, but we can find joy in our everyday situation and make things a bit more delicious for those who live with us.

Julie and Julia, a lovely story about a girl who sets out to conquer a cookbook and learns how to live life as well. This story is excellent for anyone who has ever found themselves at a crossroads in life, uncertain what to do next and worried about making a leap into what seems irrational or absurd. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly reccomend it. Take some tissues and go out to dinner after!

P.S. DC restuarant week starts today! Happy Eating!


whatsthedeal said...

Carmen, I love this!! :) Had such a wonderful time, and you encapsulated my exact thoughts here! :) Sending it to the hubby now...
- Heather

Tracy Swift said...

You summed it up beautifully. :)

Jaimy and Bret said...

I'm way behind on my blog reading and JUST saw this! Perfect summary, Carmen, although I admit I feel kind of sad that it's over-- we need to find another excuse to all get together again SOON!

Study hard, friend! :) xo

jenuflections said...

OMG. just saw this today. i loved it! both couples were great in their own ways...not to mention all of that lovely food. I especially like the scene where she has to boil a lobster. makes me want to live in Paris and eat a lot of buttery dishes with a good bottle of vin. when she gets the letter about her sister's baby i had to choke back the tears. you did sum it up rather well.