Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Welcome to ThingsAsian Dinner & a Movie for the month of June

I?ve decided to go with both a familiar movie and a familiar cuisine this time, since this month is going to be a busy one. In addition to my ongoing writing projects, my son Will is finishing his freshman year of high school on the 3rd, and my birthday is June 15th.

So?I?m going to prepare a brunch of fresh fruit and French beignets to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation, and enjoy it with my son on Saturday afternoon while we watch to see if Smarty Jones wins the Belmont Stakes for the Triple Crown. And my sweetheart Rene has plans to steal me away to some undisclosed location to celebrate my birthday, so I will be playing hooky for a few days a little later in the month.

In the interim, I hope to put together a traditional yet innovative Japanese menu, shop for all the ingredients, prepare a feast for the eyes as well as for the palate, and spend an evening enjoying it while we watch Juzo Itami?s Tampopo, one of my very favorite Japanese films.