Dinner and a Movie: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

May  4, 2011

Our videographer Elena Parker -- a serious food and film buff -- is really good at throwing movie-themed dinner parties. She and her friends cook together, serve up, and eat while they watch.

We've asked her to start sharing the menus for her favorite films with us -- here's the second installment: Vicky Cristina Barcelona. (To see what Elena's serving with The Age of Innocence, go here.)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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- Elena

“We’ll eat well, we’ll drink good wine, we’ll make love.”

Ah, such a promise. Of course, the fact that it comes from the lips of Javier Bardem in Woody Allen’s perfectly sun-lit film Vicky Cristina Barcelona only makes the suggestion more enticing. For what more can you ask? Food. Wine. Javier Bardem ... shirtless.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona  Gaudi Architecture

In all seriousness, Vicky Cristina Barcelona has more to offer than just Javier and his proposals for sumptuous weekends in the Spanish countryside. The tale of romantic Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) and analytic and practical Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and their encounters with seductive painter Juan Antonio (Bardem) has something to enjoy at every turn.

From the incredible supporting cast—with a particularly wonderful Penélope Cruz as Juan Antonio’s ... ahem ... passionate ex-wife—to the gratuitous but incredible shots of Gaudí architecture, to the Spanish guitar-laced soundtrack, the film can merely be watched as a gift to your senses. Yet, Woody Allen also has a sneaking talent for injecting uncomfortable truths into his narratives. The women’s anticipations for what the summer will bestow and the final shot as they walk back to their respective lives encourages you to consider exactly what "intentions" are worth.

Javier Bardem  Scarlett Johannson & Rebecca Hall

Having never been to Spain, I cannot judge whether that the film accurately or inaccurately reflects an experience there, but what I can say is that it perfectly encapsulates what I imagine it feels like in Spain. Similarly, this menu is not meant to reflect an actual meal from the film (for many reasons, including the fact that while we see many a wine glass consumed, we never seem to really get a look at one of the meals). What you see below is based on my glorious expectations of a meal consumed in the film ... expectations which perhaps Allen would suggest that I temper ...

[Note: I would also include a rather healthy dose of Rioja]


A Sexy Spanish Dinner with Vicky, Cristina and Juan Antonio

Smoky Fried Chickpeas by Aliwaks

Smoky Fried Chickpeas

Blood Orange Salad with Olives by amanda 

Blood Orange Salad with Olives and Chile

Moorish Paella by NWB

Moorish Paella

Burnt Caramel Pudding by Midge

Burnt Caramel Pudding


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Currently a Creative Technologist working over at Campfire. Recent grad of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where I played around with interactive video and mobile storytelling. Former video and editing accomplice here @ Food52. In other lives: worked on the HBO Documentary Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain & The New York Public Library’s Biblion: The Boundless Library. At the moment, I'm really into feta.


Igor G. May 9, 2011
The house where Bardem's character lives in the film belongs to Xavier Corbero, an artist who regularly puts up the New York writer Robert Hughes in a part of this 100,000 square foot fantasy coumpound (it includes a basement with the only entrance to a huge cave that no one seems to have completely explored). Much more interesting than the bits used in the film, wonderful as it is. I don't believe I have ever eaten a single item on Elena's menu while in Barcelona, but it looks good just the same. For Barcelona dishes, you need to think dried cod and goose barnacles, wood-oven roasted suckling pig and lamb and, of course, as in the rest of Spain, Jamón Ibérico de Bellota with the black hoof still attached (in Barcelona, preferably from Jamonísimo, the Harry Winston's of pork products).
EmilyNunn May 5, 2011
Love the movie, Love the city. Also: love the food. Yay.
Anina B. May 4, 2011
I loved this quirky, outside-the-box film. Good choice, and the menu looks perfect to compliment, very aphrodisiasmic :)
gingerroot May 4, 2011
I really love this feature! This is a fantastic film (love Woody Allen!) with a beautiful backdrop, and what a gorgeous menu to go with it. Thank you for sharing this with us!
singing_baker May 4, 2011
one of my favorite Woody Allen movies! Great menu to go alongside too. Can't wait for the next one I love these dinner and a movie menus!
wssmom May 4, 2011
As it is pouring here today in New York this menu (and the movie) is like a ray of virtual sunshine! Thanks for sharing!
Midge May 4, 2011
This is great! Totally love the movie, Javier, Spain, and the menu.
fiveandspice May 4, 2011
Oh I love it! I really enjoyed Vicky, Christina, Barcelona, with it's snarky humor and ideal types, and I think you're just right about how the movie and this menu exude the sun saturated feel of what your imagination creates to be "Spain." Its perfect! Thanks for sharing.