The holidays are a time for tradition. Regardless of how each year is celebrated, one of the lasting memories that lingers long after the presents have been unwrapped and the decorations have been packed away is the food. There is something comforting about knowing that once a year, you can count on a meal rooted in tradition.
For more than ten years, my family has gone to a hibachi Japanese steakhouse on Christmas Eve. This was not an experience like Chop Suey Palace from the movie “A Christmas Story,” where the waiters “ra ra ra ra ra’ed” and beheaded a smiling duck. No, but I could always count on attempting to catch shrimp in my mouth and seeing a flaming onion tower. I still wonder how we came up with the idea, but it is as much a necessity each year as driving around the neighborhood to look at lights.
I’m curious to know what special dining traditions you do during the holidays?
Christmas movies are notorious for creating a dining scene that lasts in the viewers mind. Besides “A Christmas Story,” I always remember the over-done, dry turkey from “Christmas Vacation” and Buddy’s maple syrup loaded spaghetti in “Elf.”
What other movie dining scenes stick in your mind?
-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog