Friday, April 16, 2010

Ramen Girl

I've talked on here and on my cooking blog about how our emotions effect the food we eat and how the food we eat in turn effects our emotions.
This is not just a cute idea for a movie but fact. Though there have been a batch of movies that have used this as their plot point (Like Water for Chocolate, Simply Irresistible, Chocolate, Ramen Girl)
No matter what your spiritual path, as a chef/foodie  you can not deny this theory.  It holds a lot of weight.

The movie Ramen Girl, is one of my favourites in the foodie genre.  And like Julie/Julia it focuses on a woman who's life has just been turned upside down and using cooking to find her path in life, having to take a brave step in a direction she wouldn't have thought of before hand.

In fact, it was these two films (Ramen Girl and Julie/Julia) that inspired my doing this blog.  I have been in the last few weeks, taking a break from my personal goal of making the perfect bowl of ramen to doing other cooking adventures (currently on a curry kick)

Plot:  After moving to Japan, the lead character's boyfriend dumps her leaving her with nothing but the apartment which is paid up for the year. With a job she needs a translator for and no friends or family, she finds herself sitting alone one night in a noodle shop crying. She soon learns that life brings you right where you are suppose to be even when the road is a hurtful one. She spends the next year learning how to be a ramen chef, and about her true self.

It's 4 months into this project and I haven't found my path as of yet. But I think cooking is one of the key ingredients. (no pun intended)


  1. How true! There are times of emotional upheaval when I crave for certain foods and other times when certain foods bring back memories and emotions of yesteryear. Great post.

  2. heidi @ wonder woman wannabeApril 17, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    I've never heard of the movie before - I'll have to check it out. Best wishes as your forge ahead with your goals!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!


  3. Ca88andra... I was really upset the other day and thought making a cake would take my mind off it. I chose a lemon cake with lemon icing. See how our minds find something to match our moods.

    Heidi.. it's a great movie. But you have to like subtitles as it's all done in subtitles.

  4. When I get upset I crave peanut butter and hot tea. Weird. Food is a comfort. Movie, Bridget Jones. Love your blog.

  5. I haven't heard of this movie but I LOVE ramen. Memories and it's just good!

    If you get a chance, look up "Mad Hatter Coleslaw" on It is my all-time favorite recipe, always a hit at parties (never a morsel left) and it has RAMEN in the ingredients!

    Visiting from SITS Blogfrog...
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  6. Hey thanks for stopping by. And wow, I want to watch that movie now! I loved Julie and Julia.