Foodie Booty: Pilot

Hello, lil’ snacks! This is FoodieBooty and this week’s topic is all about the primordially sweet, secondarily spicy, sometimes umami, but never ever salty: me!

Before you say anything, I am aware that this is a food blog and even though I consider myself a full royal meal, there’s no chance you’re eating me so why should you care? I’ll tell you why.

After this post, each one of my posts will include an intensely passionate and honest critique of whatever restaurant/cafe/bar/etc., summons my attention and saliva (with nudes of the food included). But for today’s post, I just wanted you to know who I am in terms of life, taste, and general vibes, and how all of that translates into this food blog. 

My name will remain confidential because I think that’s pretty cool. You will know me as FoodieBooty just like you know Batman, Prince, and El Buki. A concealed entity whose identity is as cool and mysterious as their work. Just instead of saving cities or changing the music world forever, I will eat my way through the cities of San Diego and Tijuana, and write all about it on this blog! Pretty heroic, I know.

Anyways, more about me. I am originally from Tijuana, Mexico and only live in San Diego when I have to go back to studying business and environment at San Diego State University. I grew up in a mustard yellow Mexican house, in which food was a member of the family. As a kid, I was taught to see food as an expression of the soul which symbolizes love, unity, and vitality. When I think of food, I think of rose colored first loves, belly-aching laughs, and those sweet memories we always seem to remember in a fog of fuzz and idealism.

In shorter words, when I think of I think of the best parts of being human. As you can probably tell, I can talk and write about food full-on Neruda style but that is just because I think there’s nothing better than to feel love and give love through it. But as an end to my soliloquy, I will say that the main purpose of this blog is both for me to have an outlet for this borderline psychotic love for food and hopefully to send all you lil’ snacks to some bomb, tasty places you’ll never forget!

I will go to both bougie and not so bougie places, both hyped and non-hyped places. I will try to hit all the categories, genres, and textures, all while sharing my honest and sometimes eccentric opinions, which you might not agree with all of the time. But if you don’t agree, food debate is one of my favorite activities in the world so please do not hesitate in leaving comments on why you think I’m wrong or other places you think I should try!

So enough about me! Check out the next post to see what I think about South Park’s goth-y vegan restaurant/bar with very strong cat-owner vibes.

Welcome to the juicy and ethnically diverse booty that is Foodie Booty!

Written by: Foodie Booty

Call Me by Your Name Soundtrack: A Review (Kind Of)

“Call Me by Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino, is a gorgeous film set in Northern Italy during the summer of 1983. It is a story about 17-year-old Elio Perlman and the love that grows between him and his father’s doctoral student, Oliver. It is a film based on the novel of the same name, that is very obviously a love story. But, it proves to be so much more as it reflects upon universal themes of longing, tenderness and unapologetic love. From its adapted screenplay to its cinematography, this film is a delicate yet colorful portrait of an Italian summer in the ’80s filled with desire, love and spontaneity.

Upon watching this movie, I knew I wanted to write about its brilliance and rave about its beauty. However, I do not trust myself not to spend the next hundred+ words just babbling and gushing about how pretty it was and how much it “meant” to me… eew. So what I’ll do instead is talk about the film’s gorgeous, beautiful, never done before, spectacular soundtrack. If there’s anything I am unapologetically confident about it is my love for music, and this soundtrack blew me away. So, I need all of you to be blown away as well.

The soundtrack is comprised of 17 songs by various artists and it was curated by the film’s director, Luca Guadagnino, film editor, Walter Fasano, and music supervisor Robin Urdang. The three types of songs that make up the album are classical piano tunes, ’80s hits and heavenly indie folk by the angelic songwriter Sufjan Stevens. The eclectic mix of songs seems like an unfortunate pairing at first listen, but in the end the soundtrack is a mixtape which explores the depth of sorrow and joy.

The classical songs by Ryuichi Sakamoto, John Adams and Valeria Szervanszky set a playful tone that can be felt throughout the entire film. Songs like “Hallejuah Junction,” “Sonatine Bureaucratique” and “Le jardin féerique” have an air of sophistication that I thought would clash with the pop heavy sounds of ’80s classics such as “Paris Latino” and “Words.” Funnily enough, when played together the two types of music evoke feelings of youth and curiosity, leaving me simultaneously excited and pensive. My favorite classical song on the soundtrack is “Une Barque sur l’Ocean” from Andre Laplante because it makes me feel like I am living within a Monet painting, but also because it goes so well with the sensual delicacy of the film’s cinematography. The songs on the soundtrack by The Psychedelic Furs, Bandolero and F.R. David are perfect given their power to immediately transport you to the ’80s. They give you the urge to dance and to have someone dance with you.

What brings this entire soundtrack together and makes it the beautiful masterpiece that it is, is the three Sufjan Steven songs “Mystery of Love,” “Futile Devices” and “Visions of Gideon.” Lucas Guadagnino approached Stevens to write a song inspired by the story. Stevens used the script and the novel to write Oscar nominated “Mystery of Love,” and my personal favorite “Visions of Gideon.” I know I am entering the zone of hyperbole here, but bare with me because these songs really are the epitome of sentiment and the true expression of what it is to be beloved. They are the perfect close to a soundtrack that goes through all the emotional highs and lows. They remind me what it is to be smitten and filled to the brim with romantic fuzziness, but at the same time they take me to tear inducing heartbreak and moments of soulful sorrow.

If you have not seen the film, I very very highly recommend it! If not for the soundtrack, or the cinematography or whatever artsy shpeel, at least do it to fall in love with the gorgeous Timothee Chalamet.

Short & Sweet: Back to School Playlist

Although many of you may think, “Hey It’s not back to school season anymore,” my body is still lacking productivity – I’m nostalgic for winter and itching for summer.  In turbulent times such as these, I need my daily dose of chill and buttery to counteract the cynicism and anxiety. To confront this problem I have made a habit of starting all my school semesters with a remedy playlist to cure all moments of panic, stress and academic insecurity. In this post, I share this playlist with all of you in the hopes that it will satisfy your chill needs and maybe introduce you to some new, great artists.

  1. “Basta Ya” – The Marias

  2. “Gum, Toe and Sole” – Gus Dappertone

  3. “Some” – Steve Lacy

  4. “Warm (feat. Mia)” – Dre’es, Mia

  5. “bellyache” – Billie Ellish

  6. “FACE” – BROCKHAMPTON

  7. “Chronic Sunshine” – Cosmo Pyke

  8. “Night Ride” – The Growlers **

  9. “My Favorite Part” – Mac Miller feat. Ariana Grande

  10. “Whatever You Want” – Sports

  11. “Young” – Frankie Cosmos

  12. “Free Room (Feat. Appleby)” – Ravyn Lenae

  13. “Foreplay” – Jalen Santoy

The Thrill of It All: Album Review

Sam Smith’s sophomore album, “The Thrill of It All,” was released on Nov. 3, 2017. Its release arrives in the thick of the cold season ready to hit your heart when it is most vulnerable and aching for someone to have hot chocolate with. With past hits such as “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not The Only One,” and “Lay Me Down,” I had high expectations for Smith to once again break my heart and piece it back together with his angelic voice. After listening to the entire album a total of six times in the last two weeks, the three empty pints of dairy free Häagen-Dazs in my trash speak for themselves. The Thrill Of It All” is beyond expectation.

Although I don’t quite love all 14 songs found in the special edition of the album, the majority of songs I do love make up for the few songs that lacked individual strength. Songs such as “Scars,” “One Day At A Time,” “Say It First” and “Burning” are not my favorite given they are a little more forgettable and much more mellow than the rest. They are beautifully constructed and Smith’s voice is as smooth and harrowing as always, but they didn’t have the punch of soul that I adore from Sam Smith’s music. On the other hand, songs such as “Nothing Left For You,” “Palace,” “Too Good At Goodbyes,” “Pray” and “Midnight Train” make “The Thrill Of It All” live up to its name. These songs break you, mend you and have you on your knees praising this angel of music, all whilst sipping on some fine bubbly. In order to do so, Smith uses influences from soul, folk and choir music to supplement his traditional hearty pop style. These songs make you feel elegant and dignified although you may be a slobbering mess of heartbreak. They take you through the thrill of love when it’s painful, exciting, undeserving, smooth and complicated. The powerful lyrics combined with the heart-wrenching melodies speak to what we always feel but are never able to fully articulate when playing the field of love. I very strongly recommend this album, whether you’re a fan of Smith’s or not. The music is romantic without being overtly sweet, mature without being monotonous and heartbreaking without being depressing. It gets an 8.5/10 from me 🙂