If you are even half the food-geek that we are, you must see this film. But to watch so much decadently beautiful animated gourmet cooking, and NOT follow it up with a delicious French meal, well, that would just be silly, wouldn't it?
6:30 p.m.: Exit theater. Walk eight blocks to Liaison Bistro. Dine.
Our group of 12 unanimously enjoyed the meal, the convivial atmosphere, the knowledgeable and helpful wait staff. And we appreciated that the restaurant is certified "green" in its operations practices, and serves naturally raised meats and wild-caught or sustainably farmed seafood.
For appetizers, we scarfed down Les Moules ($11.50): a large bowl of steamed P.E.I. mussels in white wine, garlic, shallots, and "pastis" (an anise-flavored liqueur). Dipping bread into that sauce was so pleasurable that we fought the bussers off twice to keep them from clearing the "empty" dish from our table. We also liked the Napoleon des Tomates($13): a tower of heirloom tomatoes layered with pistou (the French version of pesto) and doused in a light goat cheese fondue sauce.
After the jump: More of what we ate and the cool movie-related cooking toys we hate ourselves for loving.Ratatouille