While a jumbo tub of hot buttered popcorn is one of our most frequently indulged guilty pleasures, we think a good movie deserves a little better company than junk food. Try out our movie and meal pairings for yourself or feel free to suggest one of your own favorites in the comments.
The Movie: Django Unchained The Meal: Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen
Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino has a knack for revising the worst parts of world history. After Inglourious Basterds, we were wishing Aldo Raine and his band of Nazi hunters really existed and really killed Hitler in a bloody, fiery theater raid. This time Tarantino takes on slavery in Django Unchained.
Pretty much every character in the film was perfectly cast in Django, from Leo DiCaprio's Francophile plantantion owner Calvin Candie to Django himself played by Jamie Foxx. Even Samuel L. Jackson, who normally gets to be Tarantino's badass anti-hero, was an outstandingly traitorous jerk. However, Christoph Waltz, who played a much more sinister role in Inglourious Basterds, stole the show as the verbose bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. This time we aren't wishing Schultz was real, but believing he could have been. After all, who's to say there wasn't some German immigrant hired gun killing all the bad guys and freeing a slave or two?
The point being that even when the movie is focused on making an ass out of a bunch of KKK hicks, the movie is still kind of believable in a way that Tarantino very rarely accomplishes. The dialogue, though completely Tarantino-esque, is paced better throughout the film than some of his other flicks, giving it less of a dragging feeling than we're accustomed to with him. The end is satisfying, although not cheery by any means, in true Tarantino style. With all those improvements to his style while still keeping his flare, this might just be our new favorite Quentin Tarantino movie.
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Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen One of the only things we had in common with the horribly villainous Calvin Candie is our love of the French, but since we did French food last week, we decided to go Franco American down to the Bayou for some Cajun cookin' at Baby Kay's. The Cajun staple in Towne and Country has been a favorite of ours for years for their tasty gumbo and sides.
Almost everything on Baby Kay's menu has that addictingly mouth-burning Cajun spice. We absolutely love the hearty duck and andouille sausage gumbo pared with the jambalaya in the Serena combo. We're also big fans of the pitcher left on each table of your chosen beverage, so you don't have to wait between refills. Normally we think this is cheesy, but when your mouth is flaming, it's nice to have plenty of drinks around. Thankfully too, their dense, sweet, whiskey-infused bread pudding is a great way to finish off after a super spicy dinner.
While Baby Kay's food is great, our biggest wish is that they hire a professional cleaning crew and interior decorator to give the inside of that place a good revamping. You can dim the lights all you want, but it doesn't hide the water stains on the ceiling and half-assed mish mash of wall art. The owners could take a cue from Tarantino and focus on aesthetics as well as substance a little more in general.