The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (Book Review) 

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A story about an aspiring Indian Chef who was on a very long and short journey. But its a walk that has led him to his destiny.

A taste of life“. Yup, that is how I would describe the story of Hassan Haji. I must say, I’ve felt like for one moment being part of the hustle and bustles of Mumbai, backpacking around Europe, enjoying the simplicity of life in Lumière, and having a marvelous time eating in Paris. Its because of those French and Indian dishes that were described in the story that it also feels like I was eating and traveling while reading the book.

However, there is actually more to the story, and it all boils down into this favorite quote that I’ve read – “Good taste is not the birthright of snobs, but a gift from God sometimes found in the most unlikely of places and in the unlikeliest of people”. A beautiful thought that was passed down from one generation to another. An idea that despite all the struggles and success in life in order to attain the one thing that inspires you to be more passionate; you should never ever forget where you came from, and to be humble in all the things that you do.

Although, it is quite different from the film adaptation, but it was entirely understandable. Definitely a must read especially for those who are a fan of the movie.

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Elizabeth Cauvel: My Inspiration to Cook

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Cooking has never been a usual thing for me. I’m not saying that I don’t know how to do it. It’s just that I rarely have the time for it for the reason that I tend to feel like I don’t have that confidence in myself that I can actually cook. So putting aside all the recipes that I’ve copied online, and enjoying all the food that I really want to eat by going to restaurants. But then,  I’ve finally reached that point that it has no longer given me that satisfaction that I’m really looking for after eating a food. Especially when I eat some pasta (which is really my favorite!). So for months I’ve been having that itchy kind of feeling that I’m looking for in order to give me that satisfaction in my appetite. And then the right inspiration came in!

I think it was after watching this famous TV show Master Chef. For that’s when I saw 1st runner up ELIZABETH CAUVEL. She used to be an amateur cook who lives in New York City with her husband, and works as a creative director in a certain Advertising company. For years, she’s been dreaming of competing for Master Chef. And such a dream has finally turned into a reality for she was finally chosen as one of the TOP 22 for Season 5. It was really one of my favorite seasons! So when I first saw her, I was like “Who is that gorgeous and sophisticated woman?” and ” Does she really have what it takes to compete?”. Little did I know, behind all those executive outfits, and classy act, is a woman who can really cook in STYLE! From then on, I’ve been rooting for her all the way to the finals! Although I felt so bad that she didn’t turned out to be the winner, but oh well. For me she will always be the real winner!

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A little master chef trivia about Elizabeth Cauvel was that she was the first contestant that has never been in the bottom 2/3 or lose a team challenge. This means she never had to compete in a pressure test. And another thing that the viewers really like about her is her cute expressions whenever things are getting into a heat up kind of situation during the competition. She just looks so adorable!

I’ve watched all the episodes for season 5, and of all the recipes that she has made during the competition. I think it was the BREAKFAST LASAGNA that has definitely made a huge impression on me. I was actually in doubt when she cooked it! But it turns out it has actually saved her in the pressure test. So from then on, I’ve noticed that she cooks in a way that marks each food that she makes as her own. I think her biggest trademark is that she’s really good in making Italian dishes but with her own unique twist.

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Aside from my mama, Elizabeth Cauvel has inspired me to do well in my cooking. Combining my mama’s advice that one should always cook from the heart, and Elizabeth’s style to cook in confidence. So far, I’ve been doing well in the cooking area. I know that I still have a long way to go. But at least, I’ve finally lost that doubt within myself that I can’t do it. And another thing that I’ve also learned from them is that you should cook based on how you visualize your food. Although it is very nice to look for tons of recipes but one should have their own twist to make it into their own. Bon Appétit!

Julie & Julia: A Passion For Food

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I’ve just finished watching this fabulous movie for the third time around! The first time I saw this film was back in 2010, I was utterly fascinated by it, but it really didn’t get to me. So it took me for about three years later before deciding to watch this all over again. And I thought, this is such a great story, and I don’t know why it took me so long to really figure it out! For it’s not only yummy, but its a story that is truly inspiring for bloggers, and wanna be cooks like me!

Julie & Julia is a true to life story about Julie Powell’s fascination to this famous cook named Julia Child. Julie is a 30 years old Government Employee, who tends to feel like she’s lost. And then her ever kind, and very supportive husband did inspired her to start blogging. Since she loves to cook, she challenged herself to write a blog about cooking her way using Julia Child’s cook book entitled “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Cooking all the recipe’s inside the book for 365 days! Now that’s quite a challenge! And for sure, it has never been a very easy journey for Julie Powell and her husband. They’ve been through a lot, but somehow they’ve made it through. Overcoming a lot of obstacles emotionally, physically, and financially! Which I must say, is very inspiring.

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I just love this movie! Of course I do, and that is why I’m writing about it. It’s a movie that is wonderfully made. All the actors and actresses were wonderful, including my all time favorite Meryl Streep who portrayed Julia Child.

I must say, watching this movie really makes me feel so hungry that how I wish that I could just make my way inside the TV, and eat it all! Then there’s the husbands of these two great cooks! I mean, it would really feel like utter heaven to have such a very supportive love one. There’s just something about these two guys! They’re both so nice! Always being there, no matter how tough the situation is turning out to be. They are the kind of men who would really appreciate their wives, and accepts them for who they really are. And supports them for being the kind of woman who knows her own mind.

Cooking is a very tough challenge, and as to what my mother would always say, “Cooking is not about acquiring the best skills; it’s about cooking from the heart. A passion for food”. And someday, I’ll be able to make my way through this very famous “Beef Bourguignon”. That’s for sure! Bon Appétit!

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