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MOVIE REVIEW: “Burnt”…Because They Couldn’t Call It “Chef”

If you’re anything like me, you saw the trailer for Burnt and thought, “Why did they remake that Chef movie with Bradley Cooper?”

I saw Burnt last night, so I can tell you that we weren’t that far from the truth. Both films have the same Star-Chef-Loses-It-All-And-Seeks-Redemption premise, though I honestly didn’t like Chef as much as everyone else did. Sorry, but it’s annoying how Favreau ALWAYS casts the most gorgeous leading ladies as his wife or girlfriend. He bedded both Scarlett Johansson AND Sofia Vergara in Chef. I mean, come on! Also, other than the incredible Pasta Aglio e Olio he seduced Johansson’s character with, Chef was surprising devoid of actual FOOD.

That’s not the case for Burnt, which has countless food montages that upstage the entire movie. That’s not necessarily a BAD thing, though. The plot of Burnt is remarkably thin so it needs a good dose of wine and butterfat to weigh it down. Fortunately, it also has Bradley Cooper as the sex and drug addicted chef, Adam Jones. We rarely hear specifics about his troubled past, but we know that Jones has left a string of broken lives and shuttered restaurants in his wake. Cooper is excellent as the beautiful, blue-eyed bastard and his performance also adds some much needed weight to the film. Continue reading →

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Is “Trinity Groves” Really Family Friendly? We Put It to the Test!

Trinity Groves describes itself as a “restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment” destination. I got that directly from their website: http://www.trinitygroves.com/

I think we’re all AWARE that there’s a cool collection of restaurants over by the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge but most of my friends don’t frequent that area. That’s because most of us have kids and feel like we can’t take them to hip eateries because they’ll complain loudly if there aren’t chicken tenders. Trinity Groves CLAIMS to be a family destination though and encourages people to bring their kids so I took them up on the challenge. For the record, my kids think that Chicken Tenders qualify as Mexican AND Chinese food, because that’s what they order everywhere. Continue reading →