If you're looking for a cheap, easy, and achievable way to feel like you're traveling, even if you're not: combine a movie with food from the country in question – et voila!
One of our highlights over the last months was to dream ourselves on a holiday. The best way we achieved this was by watching movies, which gave us serious vacation vibes and combine them with foods and drinks from the respective countries. In this article, we show you how to dream yourself to Greece, France, Italy, Vienna, and even Tibet! - all combined with a tasty three-course menu.
What the movie is about: Mamma Mia! is a classical musical romantic comedy. If you're into the music of ABBA, this is the movie for you! It is set on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi, which gives you serious holiday vibes. A young woman invites three men to her wedding to find out which of them is her father. A classic rom-com plot full of surprises, humor, and romance unfolds, all laced with ABBA songs interpreted by the cast. And if you don't have enough yet there's a sequel called Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
What to eat with it: The desert is our little secret 😉
I guess we all know Greek salad with cucumber, tomato, peppers, feta cheese, olives, and onion. Our recommended main course Metaxa gyros consists of gyros meat (or pork with gyros spice) in a sauce with peppers, tomato paste, sour creme, and of course Metaxa. The whole thing is gratinated in the oven with cheese. We recommend eating garlic potatoes as a side dish. For the dessert, mix Greek yogurt with powdered sugar, add red fruit jelly, and top the whole thing with crumbled shortbread or Graham Crackers - it's delicious!
What the movie is about: This French tragic comedy is about a guy with depression, who joins an all-male synchronized swimming team. He gets to know all the other team members and their problems. On a whim, the team decides to participate in the male synchronized swimming world championships. Hard training commences, and all group members get new impulses to solve the problems in their lives. All in all, this film is really heartwarming and uplifting and a great choice if you're already into french comedies (like What's In A Name?, Intouchables, Welcome To The Sticks - we can recommend them all, we just love french movies), or if you want to try something new.
What to eat with it: With this movie, we went all in.
All those things are super easy to cook. You only have to open the Oysters and cut the cheese. For the coq au vin, you basically cook a chicken in a bottle of red wine and you're done.
Travel to France, with coq au vin, a nice red wine and this heartwarming french comedy.
What the movie is about: In this 1995 movie, an American guy (Ethan Hawke) meets a French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train in Europe. They only know each other for a couple of minutes before he asks her to exit the train with him in Vienna (she was on her way to Paris). She does, and they spend the whole night wandering through the streets of Vienna, enjoying a Viennese café and sharing a kiss on the super romantic Ferris wheel (we can confirm the romanticality of this spot first hand). They have wonderfully deep conversations throughout this whole movie, that just feel super realistic. The whole way they experience Vienna and each other's company is immensely romantic. The film belongs to a trilogy with Before Sunset (2004) resuming the story 9 years later in Paris, and Before Midnight (2013), continuing the story another 9 years later on the Peloponnese coast, Greece. The whole trilogy is amazing! Go watch it, thank us later.
What to eat with it: We must admit, this cuisine is quite heavy.
The soup is essentially a beef broth with Semolina dumplings. Schnitzel is breaded pork, which is super easy to make. Kaierschmarrn is basically pulled apart pancakes.
Travel to Austria, with Schnitzel, Beer, and this immensely romantic comedy from 1995.
What the movie is about: This Woody Allen romantic comedy transports you to Rome in an instant. The plot features four unrelated stories taking place in Rome: the one of the American tourist Hayley, the one of the newlyweds Antonio and Milly, the one of Leopoldo, who reaches unexpected fame, and the one of John, who has lived in Rome some 30 years ago. This film is so wonderfully whimsical and funny that I'm chuckling even as I write this article. If you liked this movie you will also like other Woody Allen films like Midnight in Paris or A Rainy Day in New York.
What to eat with it: We decided to opt for the traditional Italian way and incorporate two main courses - one with Pasta, and one with meat.
If you can't get ready-made antipasti in your local supermarket, the easiest way to prepare them is by putting the vegetables of your choice in the oven with garlic, herbs, and loads of olive oil, until they are softened. We're sure you have a favorite pasta you can bring out for your first main course. For the second main course we recommend Saltimbocca alla Romana - it even has Rome in its name. It's basically veal, prosciutto and sage, rolled up and cooked. Tiramisu couldn't be easier to prepare: you layer ladyfingers dipped in coffee with mascarpone mixed with sugar (and raw egg, if you're sticking to the traditional recipe), and top everything up with cocoa powder. Don't forget to serve espresso with it!
Travel to Italy, with a traditional italian four-course menu and this quirky Woody Allen comedy.
What the movie is about: In this 1997 war drama, the young Brad Pitt plays the Austrian Heinrich Harrer, who is mountaineering in the British Indian Himalayas in the 1930s. When World War Two begins, he is imprisoned by the British. Years later he and his companion escape and make it to Tibet, where they stay in the holy city of Lhasa. They start to build a life and even get to meet the Dalai Lama. In 1950, they leave the country because of the Chinese invasion. This movie was very touching. You witness the story of a man whose life was turned around by two major global events - and the crazy thing is, the film is based on an autobiographical travel book (Seven Years in Tibet), written by Heinrich Harrer himself.
What to eat with it: We didn't dare to cook Tibetan food so we ordered it in.
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