Saturday night classic: dinner and a movie… and lions, oh my!

Last night I went out for a low-key outing in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore– dinner at Marie Louise Bistro and a movie at The Charles Theater.  The choice in restaurant was prompted by the vegan in our party, who had been there previously and found satisfactory options for her picky palate.  Continuing with my fish kick, I went with a pistachio crusted salmon with braised leeks, citrus-glazed carrots, and roasted potatoes in a buerre blanc sauce.  Mmm mmm good.  My two companions both enjoyed the Zucchini Louise- a zucchini “fettuccine” dish with tomatoes, onions, garbanzo beans, lemon and couscous that was tres delixieux.  For dessert, the non-vegan and I indulged in a pistachio creme brulee topped with chocolate.  The selection of French pastries and desserts is worth a trip alone.

After dinner, we made our way over to The Charles, an independent theater that is often the only place to catch limited release films in Baltimore, to watch The Last Lions.  I highly recommend that everyone see this movie.  Maybe I just totally geek out over nature films, but the footage is incredible and the storyline captivating– with equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant.  The fact that the narration is provided by Jeremy Irons, the voice of Scar in The Lion King, was not lost on me- especially when describing the scar-faced leader of the water buffalo.  The couple that filmed this, Dereck and Beverly Loubert, are some serious badasses.  While watching, I kept thinking how insanely amazing it was they that captured the footage they did– following individual animals around a vast expanse of Botswana and weaving a compelling story along the way.  It boggles my mind.  I’m quite in awe of them and their work.

Upsetting fact: There are about 20,000 lions left in the wild.  50 years ago, there were 450,000.  Yet, lions are not included on the endangered species list.

Watch the trailer!  For every YouTube view, National Geographic will donate 10 cents to lion and big cat conservation in Botswana.  I’m not really sure how it works with embedding (whether a view here will be counted- anyone know?), so go to the YouTube page and watch this on repeat for awhile 🙂

For more information go to National Geographic’s Cause an Uproar.

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