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Yes, I’ve been neglecting my poor blog here. I’m a full-time student now and super busy. But I really miss Film & Food and want to help it grow… so here I am again.

If you are bored this weekend, with no plans, or you want to do some hardcore geek-watching, head over to the Albuquerque Convention Center for the Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE). You can buy tickets at the door and even get a VIP pass for all the events and panels.

My 14-yr old is most excited about seeing “Xander” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Taylor, who does the U.S. dub for “Ash Ketchum” for Pokemon. She isn’t into Pokemon now but wow, we were uber immersed years ago.  We all still have a soft spot in our hearts for Pikachu.

Now, her mom (er, me) is looking forward to the Tromadance NM 10th Anniversary Film Festival.

Tromadance NM. Oh, yes!

Tromadance NM. Oh, yes!

We’re kicking off our new feature here at Film & Food with three Weekend Picks.  We utilize Redbox, Amazon Instant, Netflix, Dailymotion, and our own extensive movie collection.

And please, let us know what you’re watching this weekend!

I’m a huge classic Godzilla fan so I was quite pleased to find a lot of these films on Dailymotion. Enjoy Son of Godzilla.

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(Little tip: sometimes Dailymotion embeds require you to reload the page to get it show up.)

One of my favorite movies, even with a glaring continuity error that makes me crazy every time I see it…The Big White!



And lastly, my 14-year-old chose Summer Wars, even though we’ve seen it many many times already. She’s my kid, what can I say!


As a bonus, here is the extremely catchy song from the film:

Kick-Ass 2.  I will reserve judgment until I actually see it. But it looks…cheaply-made. What’s up with that? However, HIT GIRL!

Hit Girl

Hit Girl will take your ass down

US release date is July 19th for the Irish monster flick, Grabbers.  (Psst, George is in it!)


No Place on Earth is a documentary chronicling the experiences of Ukrainian Jews hiding in a cave for over a year during the Nazi invasion.

Danny Boyle‘s Trance with one of our favorites, Vincent Cassel.

Arirang.  The unofficial national anthem of Korea, this enduring folk song also lends its name to a Korean market on Eubank.  You can purchase rice cookers, stew pots, frozen and fresh goods, oils, sauces…just about anything a Korean native might be missing when so far from home. In the rear of the store, in a small but clean and bright area with just three tables and a counter, you can sample the best Korean food in Albuquerque.

Korean groceries

Korean groceries

Start your meal with hyeonmi cha, a thin brown rice tea.  Our dining partner, Master Jaeshin Cho of Dynamic Tae Kwon Do Academy, told us that you will see this tea in every nearly eating establishment you visit in his native Korea.  It’s ubiquitous!

Next came the traditional side dishes, banchan, including another common sight on a Korean dining table: kimchi!

Banchan and hyeonmi cha

Banchan and hyeonmi cha


Bulgogi, grilled marinated beef served with vegetables and rice on the side, is one of the most popular dishes,.




One of my favorites is dolsot bibimbap but today I felt like eating noodles so I ordered jap chae, chewy noodles with thin strips of grilled meat and vegetables in a light sauce.

Jap chae

Jap chae


Since my visit early last year, the intimate eating area has added a table and created new menus with English translations for those of us with little to no Korean language skills.  I keep forgetting about this place and I’m glad to have joined some friends today for some lunch.  I will add it back into my regular rotation.

I’ll leave you with a video of the Seo-Do Traditional Songs Institute performing Arirang and also a reminder to share your food with your table mates. It’s the Korean way! Mashikeh mogoseyo!

Arirang Oriental Market on Urbanspoon

Well.  We are 7 days (here in this hemisphere, anyway) into 2013.  Any movie- or food-related resolutions on your list for this year? Let us know!

I resolve to tackle the very large stack of movies I’ve been collecting over the years but have not taken time to actually view.

I resolve to tackle our Urbanspoon Wishlist and also add to it consistently.

I resolve to see more indie films and locally-made movies.

I resolve to eat seasonally and locally as much as possible.

And with that, I’ll leave you with this cheese-tastic scene from the first film we watched this year, Highlander. There can be only one!


Countdown to the holidays with Film & Food

Countdown to the holidays with Film & Food

Have you ever read this children’s book? My nearly 14-yr old loved it when she was small. It even came with a little stuffed snowman.


Here’s David Bowie, of all people, introducing Raymond BriggsThe Snowman.

Countdown to the holidays with Film & Food

Countdown to the holidays with Film & Food


I grew up in the ’80s so this is the sort of thing we saw on television around numberswiki.com

this time of year.


I love George C. “Patton” Scott.  He was in a lot of my favorites from this era: The Changeling, Taps, Oliver Twist…The man was busy!



You know how sometimes a local restaurant or watering hole will be popular but still not very good? Locals flock there because they always have, even when the food or drink doesn’t warrant the attention.  I was curious whether this was true about Frontier Restaurant.  It’s location across from UNM‘s main campus also gave me pause because, well, students will eat most anything if it’s reasonably priced and convenient.

But, no! The food is actually tasty! Check out what our late-night group feasted upon:

Cinnamon roll, a must with every visit

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/> Cinnamon roll, a must with every visit


Delicious smothered burrito


Green chile cheeseburger and fries


Generous portion of chicken nachos


Chicken tortilla soup, oj


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