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Friday, February 21, 2014


A LOT of great films are lined up for 2014 from both international and local productions. From moving dramas to super-hero action flicks, there will surely be a movie for everyone.

How does one make its viewing experience a better one? Here’s a suggestion: Pick a snack that’s as exciting as the screenplay that’s about to unfold. Here are five quick tips on what kinds of food to buy; tasty bites that go best along with the blockbuster hit you’re about to see.

POPCORN

If “cinema-snacking” had an official logo, none would be better than a pack of hot popcorn.

Pros. There are reasons why this one tops the list. For one, it can be served in different flavors. Another reason is that it’s something that’s easy to share and pass from one seatmate to another. Another great reason is that, due to its nature of “airiness” or “puffiness,” a large serving may last a viewer until the middle part of the movie—or for some instances, even until the end.

Cons. It could get boring just munching on popcorn—especially if it isn’t top caliber.

The kernels that get stuck in one’s teeth are definitely annoying. Plus, your fingers could get messy from all the flavoring.

SANDWICHES

Hotdog sandwiches and juicy burgers belong in this category.

Pros. You want a sure stomach-stuffer? This right here is perfect. The beauty of a juicy beef patty caught between buns spruced up with a little TLC (tomato, lettuce and catsup) needs no explaining.

Cons. Because of its glorious potential, sandwiches might distract the viewer of the real star of the show—the movie itself! Also, sandwiches may not last as long as the other snack items. A sandwich would last an average of only about 20 bites. And another thing, this one needs your two hands—which may not be a good thing if you have date along. Just saying.

FRENCH FRIES

Deep-fried and flavored. These hot potato strips are one of the best snack options when one is out watching a movie.

Pros. If you’re already a fan of French fries, then getting some during a movie may prove a great choice. How long it lasts a viewer may depend on the size that is bought. But deep fried stuff is ultimately hard to say no to—unless you’re some die-hard dietician.

Cons. That “die-hard dietician” just mentioned may ultimately live longer than you will. But kidding asides, too much of deep-fried French fries may not be good for the body. This one here is definitely packed with cholesterol.

JUNK FOOD

The most “accessible” piece of the whole snack pack; and quite affordable too!

Pros. As mentioned, you won’t have a problem scoring some fast and easy. Plus, a person would have a great variety—and we mean lots—of products to choose from. Let’s just include nachos here for good measure.

Cons. It’s not exactly the healthiest choice. Also, the aluminum packaging and the crunchiness of a potato or corn chip, makes it an annoying snack for those strangers who are seated near you. These things can get pretty noisy—considering the movie house is a little more silent than just other regular place.

PEANUTS

This one here is like a hybrid of popcorn, French fries and junk food. There are many pieces in a pack, sometimes it’s fried in oil, and sometimes, it could come in mixed varieties distributed in tetra packs.

Pros. This treat is tasty and is a little bit more “organic” compared to the other choices. It is fun to eat and share as well and a pack may last long throughout the entire movie. Remember hearing as a kid that peanuts were considered “good for the brain?” Well now you can buy a pack to go along while watching Inception all over again.

Cons. It could get mushy and boring, just like a bad drama. A pack of mixed nuts could save you for this plight.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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