Pixar’s Bao is a delicious nod to Chi­nese food and moms

StarMetro Toronto - - DAILY LIFE - Jada Yuan

Spoiler alert: Pixar’s new an­i­mated short Bao will make you tear-up over steamed buns. The eight-minute film that will be screened be­fore In­cred­i­bles 2, start­ing this Fri­day in theatres, is get­ting ex­tra buzz be­cause its di­rec­tor, Domee Shi, grew up in Canada, and also hap­pens to be the first woman to direct a Pixar short. READ A Q&A WITH DOMEE SHI AT THES­TAR.COM/LIFE A road trip across Chile’s South­ern High­way or Car­retera Aus­tral, which runs through the en­tire coun­try Ten min­utes into my drive down the dirt high­way that tran­sects Chile’s Par­que Pu­ma­lin in north­ern Patag­o­nia, I had to pull over. Not for any me­chan­i­cal rea­son, just to stand and stare in awe. Dense for­est had sud­denly given way to a lake flanked by moun­tains.

Min­utes later, I came to an­other screech­ing stop. This time, at a rocky stream over­run with gun­nera plants, oth­er­wise known as Chilean rhubarb or di­nosaur food, for hav­ing leaves so enor­mous they could wrap my 5-foot-6 frame like a bur­rito.

But to walk among the gun­nera in abun­dance, amid moun­tains un­touched by hu­man hands, felt like step­ping into a time ma­chine.

My 80-kilo­me­tre trip south through Pu­ma­lin should have clocked in at around an hour. It took me four. That me­an­der­ing was spiked with so much joy.

But it was also the first time, in two and a half months of solo travel, that I have felt truly lonely. There’s noth­ing like shout­ing out, “This is so beau­ti­ful!” to an empty car to make you wish for com­pany. Sun­set from the coast be­tween Hornopiren and Puerto Montt on the Car­retera Aus­tral in Chile. Short on time? Base your­self in Puerto Varas and take day a day trip to the Petro­hue River Camp­ground El Vul­can in Par­que Pu­ma­lin. There are trails flat enough for those who aren’t hik­ers.

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