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Watch this. Eat that: ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ inspires a trip to Argyle Street

In the latest Disney Animation Studios film, Raya (played by Kelly Marie Tran), is a spirited warrior princess of the fantastical land of Kumandra. Long ago, the five kingdoms of Kumandra lived in harmony with one another and with dragons. When the life-devouring Druuns threatened to destroy the world, the dragons sacrificed themselves for the humans, leaving behind the powerful dragon gem. But the kingdoms fought over the gem, breaking it into several pieces and dividing the kingdoms in civil war. The only way to save Kumandra is for Raya to bring back the last dragon Sisu (Awkwafina) and reunite the kingdoms. To illustrate his longing for peace and harmony, Raya’s father Chief Benja (Daniel Dae Kim) teaches Raya that the way to make the best soup is to use one thing from each of the five nations — shrimp paste form Tail, lemongrass from Talon, bamboo shoots from Spine, chilis from Fang, and palm sugar from Raya’s hometown, Heart. — Lauren Hill

Eat that: Nha Hang Viet Nam

Go on your own quest along historic Argyle Street on the North Side of Chicago. You’ll find a nearly mythical land where many Southeast Asian cultures coexist in the Uptown neighborhood. Look for Nha Hang Viet Nam restaurant, where owner Bich Tai Nguyen will be cooking in the kitchen, while her husband minds the front, including a sidewalk cafe. ‘Tis the season for refreshing gỏi cuốn, the fresh rice paper Vietnamese spring rolls, stuffed with plump shrimp and leafy greens. Always get one of their many bánh mì, the famous sandwiches made with crisp-crusted, soft-crumbed bread, filled possibilities, and perhaps a lovely, funky pâté. 1032 W. Argyle St., 773-878-8895 — Louisa Chu

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A scene from "Nailed It! Double Trouble" and a slice of Atomic Cake from Calumet Bakery.
A scene from "Nailed It! Double Trouble" and a slice of Atomic Cake from Calumet Bakery. (Chicago Tribune)

Watch this: “Nailed It: Double Trouble!”

The popular “Nailed It!” series, which follows amateur bakers as they attempt to recreate over-the-top cakes, returns with a new twist. Now it’s pairs of bakers tackling these ridiculously hard treats for the $10,000 prize. On the “Travel” episode, look for the Chicago-area team of Diana and Jackie, who met years ago while attending the University of Notre Dame. (Netflix) — Tracy Swartz

Eat that: Calumet Bakery

If you grew up on the South Side of Chicago, you may have celebrated special occasions with an Atomic Cake. At Calumet Bakery, founded in 1935 in the South Deering neighborhood, the iconic confection seems to defy the laws of physics. It starts with banana cake, topped with bananas in Bavarian cream; yellow cake, topped with strawberries in strawberry cream; and chocolate cake, topped with fudge; all finished with whipped cream icing. Calumet Bakery, 2510 E. 106th St., 773-721-3747, calumetbakery.com — Louisa Chu

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