Many things in life remind me of Gilmore Girls. Snow. Melissa McCarthy. Monkey underpants. And then there’s food.
Lorelai and Rory were never shy in their affections for food. Marzipan aside, there was little that wouldn’t pass their lips and generally, the junkier the better. Lorelai was on first name terms with the major delivery places around Stars Hollow, seemed to keep Al’s Pancake World in business and schooled those college girls (pictured above) in the etiquette of fast food:
Lorelai: The whole point of getting everything within delivery distance is so we can judge the quality of food, speed of service, cuteness of delivery guys on a scale of one to ten… (Bonus points if you remember how many points Lorelai gives the pizza delivery guy delivering a stack of pizzas.)
… and ordering from a Taco Barn Drive-Thru…
Lorelai: Hi. Um, two tacos, an order of taquitos, a beef burrito with no onions, and, uh, don’t bother bagging it, that’ll just slow us down.
Lorelai’s best friend, Sookie, was an amazing chef. Luke was a cook. I can’t see the Girls getting on with anyone who didn’t love food. Food = Love. Dean took Rory out for meatballs. Jess knew his weiners (best hotdog stand in New York, get your mind out of the gutter). Logan only seemed like husband material to me after he cooked that magnificent lobster. Max blagged osso bucco, Jason ate supermarket cuisine, Chris hired a restaurant in Paris.
Then there are certain dishes that I’ve only ever heard in conversation from the Girls. Turtleneck / Mock Turtle soup for instance:
Emily: He’s in his office now with the Scotch, and he wants turtleneck soup — asks for it over and over.
Lorelai: What’s turtleneck soup?
Emily: Apparently something his mother used to have made for him when he was a little boy, and now he wants some, and I can’t seem to find anybody who has any idea what it is.
I looked this one up. Wikipedia has a recipe from the mid-eighteenth century (vegetarians, you may wish to avert your eyes) that includes the phrases ‘large calf’s head’ and ‘boil until the horn is tender’. You don’t hear that every day. Fun fact: Queen Victoria placed a reward for live turtles – a rare culinary delicacy – to be delivered from the Caribbean, but none came back because they were so delicious the sailors ate them en route.
Deviled eggs also fit into this category and make a surprise appearance in Farmville 2: Country Escape which is totally eating up my every non-blogging minute.
Jess: Someone egged my car.
Luke: Geez, it stinks.
Jess: It’s gonna take me forever to clean this up.
Luke: These eggs are cooked.
Luke: They’re not raw eggs. They look like. . . deviled eggs.
Jess: Someone devil-egged my car?
Penis-shaped pasta and pink Sno-balls also make my list – from Emily’s bachelorette party and Lorelai’s first date with Digger, respectively. Ooh, ooh and Certs, from that cat-themed hotel, where Lorelai is so hungry avoiding the weirdo guests, she resorts to eating the sweets she finds at the bottom of her handbag.
Lorelai: I ate the fuzzy Certs. They tasted like keys.
Which Gilmore gastronomics turned you on and which turned your stomach? What novelties would they be analyzing if they were around today? Favourite food-related scenes or antics? Can anyone confirm or deny Mexican food as a trustworthy hangover cure?
Pics c/o TheWB