Granada Dinner And A Movie Group

This is a theme dinner centered around a movie.  The following are examples of past dinners we have had.  Our May 2015 film, for example, was Diner and followed along the same lines as the examples below.  This is for foodies and with foodies.  If you would like an invitation please contact us and we will pass on your request.

The film and food change every month but we always follow the same basic schedule.  We have cocktails and appetizers first followed by the film introduction.  This is where the host or the person who brought the DVD tells us about the film and often times some trivia about some aspect, such as with Diner where the information about the music, cars and other facts were given to the group, then the first half of the film was viewed.  About half way through there was a dinner break followed by the rest of the film and dessert.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people and expats.  Many of whom have lived here for years and are an excellent source of information about Granada and Nicaragua.

This event is by invitation only so please contact us to be put on the list.  You need to also bring a covered dish that fits the movie theme or a bottle of wine.

So you can get an idea of how all this works read on.  These are some samples of the information that you would receive if you are a member.  This is for foodies.  No bringing a bag of chips and a can of bean dip.  We are not in high school anymore.

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Our last film was The Longest Yard so the food was football food.  There were thirty-nine people present and everyone had a wonderful time, meeting new people hearing about their travels and plans for future travel.  This is a monthly event not to be missed and an excellent opportunity to learn about other countries, their life style, food, and culture.

The February movie turnout was fantastic.  We had about 65 people attend and the most memorable comment was, “Glenn, Jeannie, you need a bigger house.”  We will take that into consideration.

Hi Granada Dinner and Movie Club

We hope this finds you to enjoying February and Granada. This is an example of how we set up for the movie so you can get an idea what to expect.

One of the things that February brings is a focus on Valentine’s Day, the loves in our life and things that are sweet.  We have celebrated before with a focus on chocolate.  This February in honor of another of Valentine’s the focus will be on – honey.  The movie will be Ulee’s Gold.  Ulee’s Gold is honey, of course.  To be specific it is Tupelo Honey.  Peter Fonda and the movie received much acclaim for the portrayal of a Florida commercial beekeeper.  So we will be celebrating the sweetness of honey, enjoying a movie, enjoying many of our sweet friends and enjoying a wonderful shared meal.  

Event:  Granada Dinner and a Movie
Movie:  Ulee’s Gold

When:  Saturday, February 8th at 5:30 PM

Hi Granada Dinner and Movie Club

Dinner and a Movie is back!

When:  Dinner and a Movie is Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 5 PM.

 Where:  Home of Jeannie and Glenn Koons

Event:

Granada dinner and a movie Saturday, August 30th, 2014

 Movie:

 Mrs. Doubtfire

 Release Date: Nov 24, 1993

SYNOPSIS

Robin Williams learns that keeping in touch with his children can be a drag in this hit comedy. Daniel Hillard (Williams) is an eccentric actor who specializes in dubbing voices for cartoon characters. Daniel is a kind man and a loving father, but he’s a poor disciplinarian and a shaky role model. After throwing an elaborate and disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel’s wife Miranda Sally reaches the end of her patience and files for divorce. Daniel is heartbroken when Miranda is given custody of the children, and he’s only allowed to visit them once a week. Determined to stay in contact with his kids, Daniel learns that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, and with help from his brother Frank, a makeup artist, Daniel gets the job disguised as Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, a stern but caring Scottish nanny. Daniel pulls off the ruse so well that neither his ex-wife nor his children recognize him, and in the process, he learns how to be the good parent he should have been all along. However, Daniel also has to deal with the little matter of Miranda’s new boyfriend, Stu Mark Deming, Rovi 

Why Mrs. Doubtfire?

A bow to Robin Williams and it takes place in a Great American Food City – San Francisco.

What to bring:

The movie is set in San Francisco.  So what is San Francisco food.  Once again, we have a lot of liberty.  They claim to have the best Mexican food in the US, wonderful Chinese food and very authentic in Chinatown. North Beach sports some outstanding Italian restaurants and there is Japanese, Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese etc.  Not to mention some great seafood.  Plus the Bay Area is where the food movement that started in the 70s celebrating fresh local foods started  The choice is yours.  When it comes to beverages lots of great choices.  It is a city that celebrates the wines of Northern California as well as the rest of the world and honors good beer.  There are water, tea, smoothie lovers.  Once, again the choice is yours.

Fun Food Facts About San Francisco

San Francisco is as famous for its restaurants and food trends as it is for its Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars. Among the unique or regionally typical foods to be sampled in San Francisco are abalone, Dungeness crab, sand dabs, bay shrimp and crusty sourdough French bread. Many local restaurants serve Joe’s Special. This dish originated in 1932 at New Joe’s when the chef told a local bandleader after a late show that there was nothing left but spinach, onions, mushrooms, ground beef, and eggs. “Mix ‘em together,” said the bandleader and Joe’s Special has been a local favorite ever since. Hangtown Fry, a Gold Rush favorite, combines scrambled eggs, oysters and bacon. The concoction originated in Placerville, known then as Hangtown. Sources credit the name to either a lucky miner’s idea of a luxurious treat or a condemned man’s request for a last meal whose ingredients were not easily procured. It’s It, the other San Francisco treat, debuted in 1928 at George Whitney’s famous amusement park, Playland at the Beach. This mouth-watering dessert is a combination of chocolate coating, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between oatmeal cookies. Since its inception, the flavor choices have expanded to include chocolate, mint, and cappuccino. These “food firsts” also started here or “within a fog horn’s sound of the Golden Gate,” as one writer put it: Green Goddess Salad Dressing Martinis Cioppino The Popsicle Chicken Tetrazzini Celery Victor Crab Louis Irish Coffee Mai Tais Fortune Cookies Other food facts:

  • Forty percent of visitors to San Francisco cite restaurants as a factor affecting their decision to visit.
  • San Francisco has two chefs, the most of any destination, competing in the “The Next Iron Chef,” a new reality series starting Oct. 7, 2007 on the Food Network. The field of eight contenders includes Chris Cosentino, executive chef, Incanto and Traci Des Jardins, executive chef and co-owner of Jardiniere, Mijita and Acme Chophouse.
  • San Francisco is home to Ron Siegel, the first and only American chef to unanimously win the Japanese Iron Chef competition in 1999.
  • With some 3,489 places to eat, more per capita than any other major city in the United States, it’s no wonder that after scenery the second most popular reason for visiting this 47-square-mile culinary crossroads is “restaurants.”
  • From the days of the Gold Rush, the smell of roasting coffee infused the San Francisco air. Three of the major coffee firms in the United States started here. The java giants included J.A. Folger & Co., M.J.B. and Hills Bros.
  • Fior d’Italia is the oldest Italian restaurant in the U.S. and San Francisco’s oldest restaurant is Tadich Grill, one of several that pre-date 1900 (Cliff House, Old Clam House and Schroeder’s).
  • In 2006 San Francisco and the Bay Area became the second U.S. destination and only West Coast city to have a Michelin guide, with more than 300 restaurants receiving the coveted stars or making the cut to be included in the prestigious guide.
  • San Francisco has been at the forefront of such trends as Asian fusion cuisine, exotic greens, heirloom tomatoes, and pedigree produce.
  • Access to fresh and plentiful local ingredients is a major inspiration for local chefs. Nine farmers markets operate in the city including the renowned Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, operated by the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).
  • San Francisco has the oldest Slow Food chapter in the United States; Slow Food Nation will meet at Fort Mason Center.
  • Many of San Francisco chefs personally visit the San Francisco Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building on Tuesday and Saturday mornings to pick up their produce and decide what to feature on their menus. The Farmer’s Market farmers practice sustainable agriculture –integrating three main goals–environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Therefore, stewardship of both natural and human resources is of prime importance. Stewardship of human resources includes consideration of social responsibilities such as working and living conditions of laborers, the needs of rural communities, and consumer health and safety both in the present and the future.
  • The Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) operates the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. Since its beginning in 1993, the Market has been a crucial link between San Francisco residents and the farmers who practice sustainable agriculture in our region. CUESA hosts events and programs such as “Meet the Farmer,” or cooking demonstrations from local chefs.

Recipe resources:

http://allrecipes.com

http://www.foodnetwork.com

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes

http://www.gourmet.com/recipes

http://www.sfgate.com/recipes

http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitchen-assistant

Directions from the center of Granada

West on La Libertad

Take the first road (La Otra Banda) to the right after crossing the Papa Q bridge (yellow bridge)

Go ½ block.  It is a blue and white two story house.  The name is Casa Mirador and the number is 112

US phone number that rings here in Granada 512-782-2326

Granada cell phone 78 53 85 25 (Movistar)

 

Ulee’s Gold Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Peter Fonda received a richly deserved Oscar nomination for his superb performance as Ulysses “Ulee” Jackson, a Florida beekeeper forced to put his splintered family back together. Ulee is a Vietnam veteran whose wife died several years ago, a blow he’s still learning to live with. His son Jimmy (Tom Wood) is in prison, and his daughter-in-law Helen (Christine Dunford) ran away, leaving Ulee to raise their two daughters by himself. Ulee is a quiet man who has a hard time displaying warmth and does not always deal well with the rebellious children put in his care. But he possesses an intense inner strength and a firm sense of loyalty and responsibility. One day Ulee gets a call from Jimmy; he’s received word that Helen has fallen in with a pair of drug dealers and is in sad shape. While he doesn’t much care for the idea, Ulee heads out to rescue her, only to discover the men who have her were Jimmy’s partners in the robbery that put him behind bars; they threaten Ulee by saying if they’re not given the $100,000 Jimmy has stashed away, they’ll come after his daughters. Meanwhile, Ulee is forced to deal with Helen’s painful withdrawal from drugs; he gets some help from Connie (Patricia Richardson), a divorced nurse who has recently moved into the neighborhood and seems to understand Ulee’s lonely stoicism. Written and directed with subtle intelligence by Victor Nuñez, Ulee’s Gold is a moving story about the trials and responsibilities of family ties, with Peter Fonda leading a fine cast that delivers uniformly impressive work. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

AWARDS

Awarded by Nominee Category Year Status
Independent Spirit Awards Victor Nuñez Best Director 1997 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Victor Nuñez Best Screenplay 1997 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press   Association Peter Fonda Best Performance by an   Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 1997 Winner
National Society of Film   Critics Peter Fonda Best Actor – Runner-up 1997 Winner
New York Film Critics   Circle Peter Fonda Best Actor 1997 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Peter Fonda Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture   Arts and Sciences Peter Fonda Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Peter Fonda Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Patricia Richardson Best Supporting Actress 1997 Nominee

 

What to Bring:

The most important thing to bring is your spirited fun loving self.  Also, food and drink to share.  The food theme is honey.  Many have called honey “God’s natural sweetener.”  There are recipes for anything from beer, wine, appetizers, dips, vegetables, chicken, pork, breads and desserts that include honey.  Let your imagination be your guide, then look up a recipe on the internet.  So bring a food dish that includes honey – appetizer, side, main and/or desert.  Wine is always welcome as well as any of your other favorite beverages.

Honey Inspirations:

http://www.honey.com/recipes

http://www.honeyrecipes.org.uk/index.html

http://www.beemaid.com/recipes

http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/honey.html

http://www.southernliving.com/food/kitchen-assistant/honey-recipes-00417000068876/

http://www.suebee.com/recipes

http://www.saveur.com/article/-/Sweet-and-Savory-Honey-Recipes

http://www.abfnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=40

http://allrecipes.com/search/default.aspx?ms=0&origin=Home+Page&rt=r&qt=i&wt=honey&pqt=i&fo=0

 

         

 Home of Jeannie and Glenn Koons.
Directions from the center of Granada:
West on La Libertad

Take the first road (La Otra Banda) to the right after crossing the Papa Q bridge (yellow bridge)

Go ½ block.  It is a blue and white two story house.  The name is Casa Mirador and the number is 112

US phone number that rings here in Granada 512-782-2326

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect.

Jeannie Koons
Casa del Mirador
112 La Otra Banda
50 vrs Norte de Puente PPQ
Granada, Nicaragua
jeannie@jeannieksmith.com
7853 8525 Moviestar

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Hi Granada Dinner and Movie Club

Thank you for a wonderful Dinner and a Movie Night.

The food was fantastic and so much variety.  To refresh your taste buds – just to give you a sampling.  There were meat balls, chicken tenders, sliders , marinated vegetables, chicken enchiladas, chips and dips, cheeses, cold slaw, Shepherd’s pie, potatoes, carrots, celery, beans, cake, fruit etc. I know I have left out naming many wonderful dishes.  They were all yummy and your efforts were appreciated and consumed.  It was quite a spread of choices.  And they were all delicious.  Thank you for making it happen.

The movie was a bit different than we expected.  We did watch the Longest Yard but it was the 2005 version as opposed to the 1974 version.  I had asked Glenn to get the movie and asked to make sure it was the one with Burt Reynolds – not realizing that he was in both.  It worked out great since a lot of us had never seen the 2005 version.   There were lots of laughs and many told me how they enjoyed seeing this version.  Bottom line, it all worked out.  For those that aren’t football fans, they seemed to enjoy the movie and see the life story hidden in it.  After all, there are a lot of movies based on a single sport that we have all enjoyed – The Natural, Field of Dreams, Rocky etc.

Many of you left dishes, pans, and bowls here.  I have no idea as to what was left as it was put away and I continue to discover things.  Please let me know if you left something and I will endeavor to find it.   IMPORTANT  There were many glass rectangular baking pans that were brought.  Someone took the wrong one.  Someone took a glass rectangular dish that was Carol Ray’s.  I have a rectangular glass dish here that is not hers – it has sculpted sides where as Carol’s was larger with plain sides.  If you brought a glass rectangular baking dish, please check to make sure you have the correct one.

We have not made the choice for the movie or food theme for February.  If you have any ideas or thoughts on the subject, please share them.

In appreciation,

Jeannie and Glenn Koons

Casa del Mirador
112 La Otra Banda
50 vrs Norte de Puente PPQ
Granada, Nicaragua
jeannie@jeannieksmith.com