Saturday, September 19, 2009

Did Julia Child Ride a Bike?

I actually spent a bit of time trying to find this out via internet searches, just hoping I could find some image of Julia Child cruising along on some perfectly sophisticated European Roadster.  I could picture this image in my head, but alas, it wasn't to be found (on the web anyway). Why would I ask such a query anyway?

Well...  

For a long time (years), P and I talked about trying to employ a babysitter for a regular weekly night out. For a variety of reasons, we were never particularly successful in following through on this plan. After a summer with tons of boy care and only one night out, we decided to make it a priority this fall so on Thursday night we welcomed our new babysitter and hopped on our bikes for a date night downtown.  I've been struggling with sleep issues lately so I must admit that when the night-out opportunity rolled around, I almost balked in favor of an early bedtime.  Instead, I asked P if we could keep it low-key, going to a movie so we could just sit and hang together in the theater, something we hadn't done for about six months.  We did a search for local movie times and saw that Julie and Julia was still playing, a film that interested both of us.  

After talking through the bedtime ritual with the sitter, we packed up our bike lights and pedaled off.  We had less than an hour before the movie began so decided to hit a pub a block from the movies for a beer and a quick appetizer, instead of a full-blown meal.  When we rode up to the cinema, we were surprised that many of the parking meters were already strapped with bikes so we needed to hunt around a bit for bike parking, a problem we rarely encounter. After getting our tickets, we were directed to the theater where our film was showing. When we opened the door and saw the majority of seats filled with people, it struck me as strange given that the film had been out for some time so I hadn't expected such a large audience.  We hunted for seats and ended up walking to the front rows, climbed over some folks sitting on the aisles, and settled into the middle of the third row when a woman got up with a microphone.  P and I glanced at each other quickly, wondering if we had somehow gotten the show or the theater wrong, when  he looked over my shoulder and was surprised and then absolutely delighted to see the famous chef, Jacques Pepin, Julia's old cooking partner. 

Unbeknown to us, we had walked into more than a quiet movie, but a full event.  Turns out that Pepin was invited to introduce the film by these folks and then he took questions after the movie finished.  Since P and I love our food and P, in particular, is a really good home chef who enjoys cooking, we were happy we had stumbled upon more than the 'mere' movie.  Walking out of the theater after the q & a period with Pepin ended, it was fun to see the numbers of moviegoers head to their bikes.  Movies, food, and bikes are a good combination in my eyes. Seemed like others agreed. I wonder if Julia did....

6 comments:

Terra said...

That is so crazy, and what a treat for you guys! How was the movie itself? P.S. Good call on the date night, too. You guys deserve it!

MamaVee said...

WOW that's very cool.

Yay for date night. Each fall we say we are going to do date night more often and then never do. This year I am determined to do it. Really I got shamedinto it. Our teen babysitter was telling me how G asked her to babysit more often. The sitter said " tell your mom" and I guess G replied " Oh, my parents never go out" Oh the shame that a 5 year told a 15 yr old that we never go out. Oh no- that will be fixed dammit. But yeah- I often would rather go to bed early than get gussied up and go out. Yet when I'm home a lone I yearn to gussy up and go out.... Anyway good for you and glad you got such a lucky treat for it too!

Dottie said...

Definitely a good combination! I've always enjoyed watching Julia Child and still watch her old shows on public tv.

Andrea said...

What a cool, fun date night! Wonder what will happen next time?

deborah said...

date night! and Jaques Pepin! both are so exciting. i would love to hear more about what he said at some point. i own a Jaques and Julia cookbook that is so fabulous...lots of pictures and it is sort of a "he said, she said" guide to cooking the basics.
i was very disappointed in the movie so will be interested in your take...but probably b/c i read the book first, which i really enjoyed.

Filigree said...

Sounds like a great surprise for a couple's night out. Great things happen when the magic of bicycles is involved...