No matter what happens, I already feel like I've won. It was such an honor to be included. Any time I'm having a bad day I can look back and remember all the awesome people who were excited for me and kept me going on this incredible ride. THANK YOU!!!!!
In addition to the excitement of making it to the final round, it's been a fun but exhausting week at the Film Fest. Only one film so far has been a disappointment: 17 Girls. How the French could take a shocking true life story about teen pregnancy and make it a snoozer of a movie, I'll never know!
I saw a great film called Come As You Are. It's a fun Belgian road trip movie about three young disabled men who travel to a special brothel in Spain so they can finally lose their virginity. It's a riot but also very touching. If you can find this one on Netflix or the library, I highly recommend it.
I'm rounding out the final weekend of the Film Fest with these films:
King Curling - a comedy about of course, curling! And who doesn't love that!
And what have I been eating? I finally got some movie theater popcorn! Even though I'm a popcorn fiend, I rarely indulge because it's so bad for you. But every year at the CIFF I get some at least once, maybe twice. We were shoveling it in our mouths so fast that I didn't think to take a picture. Of the popcorn... or the mess we left in the hallway from missing our greedy mouths.
I've been slightly obsessed with Noodlecat and went AGAIN on Tuesday. I tried their vegetarian special: quinoa with roasted root vegetables.
It was fabulous! Loaded with beets, it was also pretty to look at. It was served with baby carrots from the Chef's Garden and a celery root puree. The tonkatsu (fried pork) and chicken yakitori buns and the super salad rounded out the meal. Another great evening perched on the bar stool at Noodlecat!
Don't forget - next week the Film Fest is no more but Cleveland Independents Restaurant week kicks off. You can dine at some of the city's best restaurants for $33 for a 3 course meal. It's a great deal and the perfect excuse to try that place you've been meaning to get to but just haven't gotten around to yet. Make your reservations now because it's a popular event and you don't want to end up eating dinner at 10pm!