Film and Foodie Review: Prince of Persia

The Film: The spotlight is on Jake Gyllenhall as he plays the Prince of Persia based on the video game.  As proved with Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney knows how to expand a story based on not much of anything.  Prince of Persia is shot in an epic style and it likely to please families because of its good clean fun.  At times the film came across as corny due to duties of emulating the video game which include video games like back flips and unbelievable jumps by the leading man. 

 Two of the strongest ingredients of the film are Gyllenhall and Ben Kingsley.  He is a fabulous layered actor who can evoke powerful emotion through his big blue sappy eyes as he plays Prince Dastan.  Kingsley is a joy to watch as a master actor as the King’s brother Nizam.  The two are supported with an engaging cast rounded out with the always entertaining Alfred Molina (Spiderman II, Frida).

In the tradition of Raiders of the Lost and The Mummy, the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time shares the mystical concepts of curses, Gods and snakes; however, the hero is not an archaeologist but a Prince.  His adventure to put all things as they should involves a beautiful mouthy princess (Gemma Atherton) as his pain in the butt. As there learn to be amicable toward each other, they join forces to prevent a Sandstorm which could destroy the world. 

Admittedly, The Prince of Persia has a few surprising twists and turns plus a cool ending.  The audience enthusiastically clapped at the end of show.  Despite finding many moments to be hokey, all in all it is a good film.  The dynamic between as his brothers will most guessing.  The characters are not flat but fleshed out.  Furthermore, Disney deserves high marks for providing a truly family friendly film.   

Food: Our website has a number of great recipe selection from Armenia to Lebanon.  Click here to for the Armenian Bell Pepper Recipe


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Best American Patriotic Film List

In 2010, our film critic Michael Fusco created the Best American Patriotic film list.  Well, we’ve decide to add Captain America and Captain America -Winter Soldier.   Let us know what you think, and don’t forget to add your suggestions in the comments below!

The Films:

The Patriot – Its hard not to feel patriotic for Mel Gibson leading a rag tag group of revolutionaries against the British led by the sinister Jason Issacs. However it is the youthful Heath Ledger’s performance as the son to Mel Gibson that steals the show and is an early example of the actor’s great body of work.air-force-one

Glory – The depiction of the first all-black volunteer army company in the civil war is one that is moving and heartbreaking all in one stroke. Mathew Broderick plays the commanding officer, but with Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Andre Braugher all onscreen giving amazing performances its hard for Broderick to match. As for heartbreaking the film absolutely screams patriotism in the Union’s final charge on the confederate base, leading to the outfits untimely demise.

Patton – Watching George C. Scott strut in front of the giant American flag is one of the most ingrained patriotic images ever to surface from cinema. The rest of the nearly three hour film is the story of the general who does things his way and gets the job done, something that the hardworking Americans of yesteryear and today can appreciate.

Saving Private Ryan – Eight men sacrificing themselves for one is the main plot, but these soldiers, led by Tom Hanks, are looking for the reason they’re where they are, dealing with the stress and suffering that war brings. If this film doesn’t stir a bit of patriotic feeling in the heart, nothing will.

Air Force One – Containing perhaps one of the greatest movie lines ever, “Ger off my plane!” this film is known for its swelling patriotic themes and Harrison Ford doing battle as the President of the United States. Gary Oldman turns in another solid bad guy performance as the lead terrorist taking over Air Force One.

High Noon – While John Wayne might not agree, High Noon is a very patriotic film that features town sheriff Gary Cooper facing off against his old nemesis on the day of his wedding. Widely seen as an allegory for the McCarthyism hearings, Gary Cooper is the quintessential American, standing up for what he believes in as the rest of the town cowers and flees.

The Captain America movies – Honestly, when I come from seeing a Captain America movie I become a Yankee doodle dandy.  Serve me some Apple pie becausechris-evans-captain-america-95e1533eb1b20a97777749fb94fdb944 Cap puts the patriotic spirit in you.  Chris Evans also just seems to fit the character like a glove.  Personally, I get lost the the puddle of his blue eyes any moment that he is distressed.  He seems to carry the weight of not only America but the world on his shoulders.  In addition we know our hero is trying to persevere in a very new world with different ideals.

All American Outdoor Cooking Holiday Recipes & Ideas

Warm up the grill.  Pull out the deep fryer.  Get the deepest pot for the crabs.  Make room in the kitchen.  It is time to prepare for our favorite American Outdoor cooking holidays throughout the Summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Besides the obvious of Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, the Multi Cultural Cooking Network provides American cooking with the twist of diversity of American Cultural Cooking. Have Fun by incorporating recipes of your fellow American of various cultural descent.  Before we check out the recipes.  Learn some decorative ideas for the Patriotic Cook-out  from Event Specialist Artraya Daniels.  Click on Food Below for Recipes-Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor and Chief.





  • Jello Flag Cake
  • Cake Batter Ice Cream
  • Blue Razz Sundae
  • Jello Freedom Pops
  • Pound Cake
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Editor’s Tip: Red Velvet- Pick your favorite Box Cake Mix to bake your cake when done.  Drizzle the red velvet cake with Maraschino cherry juice while cake is still warm cover cake.  When room temp add cream cheese frosting.  Slice and enjoy
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes are very popular.  For LA folks, I suggest Porto’s Bakery, Simply Cakes of Sweetville(online only), and Famous Cupcakes.  For the best slice of Red Velvet Cake visit Ms. Peaches in North Hollywood.

Pick up Cupcakes from Swirls (Location through Los Angeles- Love the strawberry milkshake cupcake and blueberry) or Brooklyn Cupcakes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Cupcakes shops are easy to be found.


Get Patriotic with a Blue Martini and throw in a cherry for some red color

Spice it Up: Cumin

Cumin (also spelled cummin) is a member of the parsley family and is cultivated in extremely hot summer temperatures. It is the dried seed harvested from the herb cuminum. Native to Iran and the Mediterranean region, the yellow-brown spice’s history goes back to ancient times, even being found in the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs . Cumin is also mentioned in the Bible twice (Isaiah 28:27 and Matthew 23:23). Ground cumin has a slightly oily texture and when it is fresh the spice is more pungent than its seed form; however, the seeds are able to retain its pungency for a longer time. Use with care because the spice is so strong that it can blot the taste of other spices used in whatever you are cooking.


Read more about other Spices such as Lemongrass in our Healthy Living Section at MCCN

MCCN Tackles Childhood Obesity Solutions with Alli B

Allie  is MCCN’s teen spokesperson for childhood obesity.  She will be providing solutions for healthy after-school and summer snack choices. 

Let’s Eat Charles Street

On Saturday May 22 Let’s Eat! Charles Street will take place in Baltimore Maryland, 10 of Charles Street’s best restaurants will tantilize your taste buds with the most delictable foods.  From 12-5p.m.,  the entire family can enjoy great food, live music, and other family activities. Admission is free.  Food and beverage prices may vary.

Let’s Eat! Charles Street will take place on the 300 block of North Charles Street, between Saratogo and Mulberry Street.

Let’s Eat! Charles Street is organized by the Historic Charles Street Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the businesses, cultural attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants and retail establishments along the Charles Street corridor.

For more information contact Michele Coiron at (410) 332-4144 or

Differing Beauty Perspectives From East to West: Miss USA

Newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih may be the pride and joy of her native Lebanese village, but the 24-year-old beauty contestant is far less popular among some leaders in the Middle East.

In an interview Tuesday with Lebanese television, Hezbollah official Hassan Fadlallah reportedly had few glowing words to describe Fakih, who became the first Muslim American on Sunday to secure the crown.

“The criteria through which we evaluate women are different from those of the west,” Fadlallah told the television station, AFP reported. READ MORE

History of the Scone

The scone is a small British quick bread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of Scottish origin. Scones are especially popular in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United States, but are eaten in many other countries. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea.

The pronunciation of the word across the United Kingdom varies. According to one academic study, two-thirds of the British population pronounce it /ˈskɒn/.

The word scone derives perhaps from the Middle Dutch schoonbrood (fine white bread), from schoon (pure, clean) and brood (bread).[2] The Oxford English Dictionary reports that the first mention of the word was in 1513.

The original scone was round and flat, usually the size of a small plate. It was made with unleavened oats and baked on a griddle (or girdle, in the Scots language), then cut into triangle-like quadrants for serving. Today, many would call the large round cake a bannock, and call the quadrants scones.- (Wikepedia)

Get in the Mood for Preakness: Black Eyed Susan Drink Recipe

Can’t make it to Pimilco? Try making this drink at home!


1 oz Vodka

1 oz Mount Gay Eclipse Rum

1/2 oz Cointreau

6 oz Orange Juice

3 oz Pineapple Juice

Combine ingredients, stir, and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple, orange slice, and cherry brochette.

Makes two 12oz glasses

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