March 19, 2010

Last night Elen, Karen, their friend Fabio and I went to see a movie called Tampopo at the Centor da Cultura Judaica.  The film was in Japanese with Portuguese subtitles, and I’m happy to report that I think I understood most of what was being said (although how would I know if I didn’t understand it right?  Hard to say, really.)  The film was about a woman’s quest to create the perfect bowl of ramen, and it chronicled her journey to different ramen shops to learn how to make smooth noodles, flavorful broth, etc.  There were also some other weird, extraneous scenes that didn’t really make much sense, like a couple who ordered room service, which included raw eggs, and the two lovers passed a yolk back and forth between them, and a scene with a collection of bums who break into a restaurant kitchen to make an omelet. Strange.  After the film there was a cooking demonstration, where a chef who was a friend of Karen’s showed everyone how to make the omelet that was in the movie, along with sauteed tiny fish, a chicken thing, and ramen.  The whole thing mostly made me really, unbelievably excited to go to Momofuku as soon as I get back to New York.

I was also really impressed with the space–it was a brand new building that we had seen from the outside a while ago when we went looking for Choque Cultural, a gallery that we like.  From the inside, it was a collection of exhibition and event spaces with warm wood paneling and cool concrete.  There was a vaguely Jewish comic book exhibit that reminded me of the Adventures of Cavalier and Clay and a cafe space.


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