The Great Loves of Gilmore Girls: Food

Many things in life remind me of Gilmore Girls. Snow. Melissa McCarthy. Monkey underpants. And then there’s food.

college 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.
Jess: What?
Luke: They’re not raw eggs. They look like. . . deviled eggs.
Jess: Someone devil-egged my car?

mucho mac and cheese!

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

Best Gilmore Trivia Ever

Some bits and bobs you might or might not know…

No way! Waaaay!

- Rory’s teacher in the pilot episode was played by Jill Brennan, who returned 4 years later as ‘Crazy’ Carrie Duncan, one of Luke’s high school dalliances

- In the original pilot script, Lorelai cooks a celebratory banquet and both the girls enjoyed salad – unlike in ‘real life’, where pizza is a food type and the oven is used to keep shoes

- Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore, duh) drank Coke in place of coffee, although she’s partial to coffee now

- Stars Hollow was in part based on Washington Depot, CT – a real place that we’ll visit during one of the Stars Hollow Cons, the Gilmore Girls Convention

- Rescue dog Buttercup actually belonged to Scott Patterson (Luke Danes)

Rory: Buttercup is a special dog. She’s extremely skittish and tends to react badly towards blonde haired females, brunette males, children of either sex, other animals, red clothing, cabbage or anyone in a uniform.
Lorelai (to Luke):Hey, we just found the doggy version of you.

- Neither Lane nor Mrs Kim were Korean

- Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore, duh) and Keiko Agena (Lane Kim) were both born in Honolulu, Hawaii

- Keiko Agena was closer to Lauren’s age than Alexis (Rory Gilmore).  Those wonderful Japanese-American genes…

- Alex Borstein was originally cast to play Sookie but due to Alex’ contractual engagements, was re-cast as Drella (the eternally-miffed harp player) and later on as Miss Celine the Gilmores’ dresser)

- Michael Winters (Taylor Doose) lost his left leg in a fishing accident between seasons 4 and 5 and acted the remainder of the show with a wooden leg

- The set of Lorelai’s house connected to Sookie’s house via the closet door in the entrance hall

- The exterior of the Dragonfly Inn was the house from popular 70s show, The Waltons

- Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) were dating in real life

- Sean Gunn turned up as both the swan guy and Mick the cable guy before becoming Kirk forever.  Including an alternate universe Kirk as Bash, in Bunheads

- At the school performance of Fiddler On The Roof, Matthew Perry can be seen hiding behind the curtain after Luke fixes Kirk’s cart

I have homework for you this week.  Hunt out some unexpected trivia and post it below.  tv.com has thousands I never knew about.  Or you can totally make it up, just like I completely fabricated every fifth ‘fact’ above.

Pic c/o The WB

Those Good Lookin’ Girls… Well, Mostly.

Those Girls sure were easy on the eye. Well, most of the time. Even when Lorelai was supposed to look awful, she still looked GREAT.

nice boots

It’s the cowboy boots that really set that look off.  

But there were times when they didn’t look so hot. Here’s one for the real geeks and style aficionados. When did they look their worst?

My pet turn-off was this ensemble from series six, where Rory wears a dirty cardboard box…

khaki? cacky more like

… with Lorelai’s get-up in the Mother-Daughter fashion combo a close runner-up. Ugh, I’m dry retching just writing this.

no no no

Deep breaths.  Y’know it’s a credit to the wardrobe department that these were only so jarring because the fashion faux pas were so few.

So when do you think the girls looked their prettiest?  Favourite outfits?  Will any of the Lorelai-lovers ‘fess up a preference between the pink dream-sequence negligee and the black one?  I double-dare you.

There were a couple of weird episodes where Lorelai and Sookie appeared to have been visited by the botox fairy – needless to say, quite unnecessarily. The boys never seemed to look that different, did they? Except maybe when Lorelai dressed Luke up in black – or he was shirtless in bed…  I just thought, Jackson’s wrestling pyjamas would make a stunning cosplay outfit.  Comfy, too.

To finish with, that perennial question: Rory – Long tresses in an Alice band… or short grown-up bob?

(In case you’re wondering, yes, I did check that the plural of ‘faux pas’ is ‘faux pas’.  After that whole culs-de-sac incident I wasn’t taking any chances.)

Pics c/o The WB/The CW

 

The Thriving Online Gilmore Community

It’s been over seven years now since the final Gilmore Girls episode live-aired, on May 15th 2007. Enough time for the seven seasons to have aired again… that’s like your kid having a kid.  Yet there’s no seven year itch in sight and the fanbase is still evident, both here at GilmoreNews and at various internet fan outlets, who I’d like to take this occasion to gather up and namecheck and give a good ol’ fashioned Stars Hollow holler.  HOLLER!

ain't no holla back girrrl

Anyone who’s ever twat me will know I’m terrible with The Twitter (apologies if I’m garbling the terminology). I think by the time I joined up the cool kids had already moved onto something else. On the bright side, it seems to be working out for Gilmore Tweets, who post a few choice Gilmore lines each week. Each is up-to-140-characters worth of reminiscences, particularly good for those with a short-attention span.

For those who like their words with pictures, GilmoreGirlsWeb tweets a subtitled screengrab or video two or three times a week. On Tumblr we have Oy With the Poodles Already  and FYeahGilmoreGirls, who both post pretty much weekly with screenshots or animated GIFs and subtitles or taglines. I find myself watching a really good GIF over and over as the actors’ tiniest facial expressions can make the whole thing.

On more traditional entertainment news sites, I keep an eye on Vulture and TVLine. Vulture has a current Gilmore or Amy Sherman-Palladino story once a month or so and not only do they have a dedicated Amy Sherman-Palladino tag but last month they boasted an article from Amy Sherman-Palladino herself. She wrote about the impressive dialogue in Sherlock, of which I’m a fan but I didn’t like the wedding episode.

Michael Ausiello at TVLine is also good for anything current – TVLine’s coverage and support of Bunheads was terrific. Plus he interviewed Lauren Graham on the couch last year.

Also a shout out to TV Fanatic, who are on the radar this week as they kick off an episode-by-episode review of Gilmore Girls, starting with series one, episode one! We’ve done it a few times and wish them luck and many many laughs. I think it’s the third or fourth viewing that really separates the wheat from the chaff.

Last up, something a bit different is Stars Hollow Confessions, a Tumblr site that accepted anonymously posted confessions about Gilmore Girls.  They’d turn submissions into a graphic with an appropriate screengrab. The confession box is currently closed but new pics are still being posted from the backlog. Some of the ‘confessions’ are more observations or musings, but the candid ones are my favourite e.g.

“Season 7 isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be.”

Kira and Iscah, I hope you don’t mind me re-posting this gem…

c/o starshollowconfessions.tumblr.com

Are there other Gilmore sites you follow?  Do share!  Do you (or did you) have a Gilmore Girls website?  

I’d also like to have a confessional session sometime, I think it’d be an eye-opener.  Anyone care to start?

Top pic c/o TheWB, bottom pic c/o starshollowconfessions.tumblr.com, check ‘em out.

 

What do a Roomba, a Sidekick and a Prius have in common?

A few products made noticeable repeat appearances in the Gilmore Girls’ lives.  In the later series when Gilmore Girls really hit its stride and popularity, product promotion became noticeable to the point of distraction.  On the whole, these were forgiveable but a couple stick in my craw…

suck you right up

Chris’ drawn out conversation with Lorelai about whether to buy Rory a Sidekick mobile phone portended its eventual appearance much like the party guests at the beginning of the the Godfather asking where Michael Corleone was. By the time the Sidekick finally arrived, Rory was uncharacteristically glued to its screen, hanging on the minutiae of her father’s behaviour.

Rory: I’ve got him right here he’s turning left on main, and he found a buffalo-head nickel in his glove compartment.

This unreeled like a thinly veiled argument against any parent buying their child a mobile phone, for fear of them becoming addicted (he writes, very aware that he’s writing about about being borderline addicted to a TV show).

On Rory’s graduation from Chilton, Richard and Emily present her with a Prius electric hybrid car, bestowed along with cringeworthy bullet points for any grandparents thinking of doing the same.

Richard: We got her one car. It’s a little Prius. It’s safe, it gets great gas mileage.
Emily: And it’s the one that Leonardo DiCaprio drives.

And it looks like a slug.  But it’s the promotional consideration that counts and we can’t begrudge it completely: that boring grey heap helped fund the last couple of seasons.  The thing is, if the girls had genuinely had any affection towards it, they would have named it.  Sluggy, maybe.  And despite many appearances, it didn’t get any cooler as a result.  Paul Anka locked himself in the Prius.

Then there was the Girls’ shared out-of-body Roomba experience. I’m not sure if this one counts because the robotic vacuum cleaner only appeared once.  On balance, I think it was product placement because they were pink and made me want to buy one purely because they were pink.

It’s safe to assume South America provided considerable financial assistance for the constant promotional consideration of coffee.

And the Pro-Buttercream lobbyists clearly won out over the Anti-Marzipan coalition. Indeed, marzipan gets a roasting (which probably wouldn’t have made it taste any better):

Emily: Oh Jason, would you like some marzipan?
Jason: Would I? I love marzipan. [Chris Eigeman deserved an Emmy purely for his delivery of this line].
Emily: Take as much as you like, and put some extra into a napkin. Just not the one Lorelai spat her piece into.

I would love to hear if you tried marzipan as a result of its being on Gilmore Girls.  Or bought a Prius :O)  Can you think of anything else promoted on the show? 

More broadly, did the show inspire you to do anything?  Backpack across Europe?  Attend a Renaissance fair?  Steal a boat?  Watch the Changeling?  Jump off anything with an umbrella?  Go to Yale instead of Harvard?  Sing that song at karaoke?  Write a smash hit television series?  I have an doc where I keep ideas for gilmorenews blogs, called Ideas Book, after Logan’s little notebook.

Ladies and gentlemen, by my count this is my 100th blog.  For which I pat myself on the back, raise a glass and wish you all a glorious summer.  Love you guys.

Pic c/o TheWB

Gilmore Girls Cosplay Competition

OK Gilmore Guys and Gals, here’s one to sort the wheat from the chaff.

hair chopsticks optional

Picture it.  It’s the week before Stars Hollow Con 2015 – which is totally gonna be a thing: The Gilmore Girls Fan Convention.  As you probably know, it’s traditional at these kinds of events to get dolled up in fancy dress and be adored by your fellow fans and the Internet at large.

Who (or what) are you going as?  And in what costume?  

I’m expecting a few Lukes although I’m obviously concerned that the Black Cap Lukes will start trouble with the Blue Cap Lukes.  Rory’s war-time party outfit was cute.  It’d be nice to see a Squire of Bracebridge – or something really obscure… like a female mud-wrestler from TJ’s stag party.

I’d love to turn up in a car bespotted with devilled eggs but I think I’m going as Rune in ‘date outfit’ since I’ve already got the scowl, the flat cap and the height thing down pat.

Pic c/o TheCW

Oh for 13 More Episodes… Parenthood Gets a Short Final Season

After some dicey discussions over the weekend, Parenthood has been renewed for a sixth and final season, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The whole shebang was up in the air last week with talk of pay cuts for the cast and executive producers – and a potentially abbreviated run.  However, as we’re well aware, something is better than nothing and agreements were reached resulting in a 13-episode run due to run in the 2014-2015 NBC schedule.  Season 5 had 22 episodes.

Oh, for 13 more episodes of Gilmore Girls.  Just imagine.

it's an honour to be your grandmother [blub]

On a tenuously related note, I’ve been reading up this week on the Need For Closure scale, a series of 40-ish questions invented in the 90s that give an idea of your need – or lack of need – for answers in an ambiguous situation.

What I’m wondering is why there’s such a seemingly universal lack of closure for Gilmore Girls.  When Veronica Mars got her kickstarted movie, it seemed the first question about it was ‘What about Gilmore Girls?’  I mean, didn’t it end OK where it ended?  Luke and Lorelai were together, which I’m guessing most of you wanted.  Rory was taking the first steps on the career she’d always wanted.  Plus she’d loved and learned and was newly single, the world at her feet.  Lorelai and her parents had a suitably begrudging reconciliation and the cast gave a formal ‘goodbye’ to camera.  

So why is there a need for more?  Or don’t you?  Do you feel that actually, it ended well enough and trying to add more might only spoil it?  Do you think the show ever jumped the shark?  

Pic c/o TheCW, clearly.