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Jul 26, 2007 08:21 AM

"The Simpsons" and food.

Great line from Wesley Morris in today's Boston Globe. Writing about "the Simpsons," (the show, not the movie, which he gave a so-so review), he said:

"The Simpsons" is that really good neighborhood restaurant you never go to anymore because it's always been there. But whenever you show up you're embarrassed that you don't go more since it's so much better than where you've been eating.

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    1. re: pomme de terre

      Heh. My fav Simpsons food moment was when Homer was trying to gain weight so he could go on disability, and he had a little daydream about being led up weight gain stairs by a dauntily-clad talking pig.

      Then he stopped and took a huge bite of the pig's arm/shoulder.

      1. re: Bostonbob3

        Instead of using bread, use PopTarts! Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon!
        -You could brush your teeth with milkshakes!

        1. re: reubensandperrier

          and then Dr. Nick explains how to determine if food is fatty enough: rub it with waxed papper. "If you can see through it, that's your window to weight gain!"

          1. re: The Engineer

            Homer: I dunno... fish sandwich!
            Bart: *rubs it against opaque window, turns clear, bird flies into it*

            1. re: reubensandperrier

              One of the best eps ever. "All my life I've been an obese man trapped in a fat man's body."

              But the best: Homer tries to call 911 to avert a crisis. Operator: "Beep-beep-beep! The fingers you have chosen to dial, are too fat. To puchase a special dialing wand, please mash the keypad with your palm now."

    2. Haha, I totally agree. I must say I used to be much more obsessed with the show than I have been now, mainly because some of the newer episodes (within the last year) just cannot compete with the classics. Personal food-related favorites include "Lisa the Vegetarian" and the one where Moe opens a family restaurant.

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      1. re: gyozagirl

        Ah, yes, Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag.

        "I'll tell you where she can stick her freakin' sody."

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          My favorite quotes from the Moe's family restaurant ep:

          Moe: This deep fryer can flash fry a buffalo in 30 seconds.
          Homer: Oh, but I want it now!

          And when Marge tries to sell hot pretzels out of her car and Homer hires her Mob protection to rub out the pita-and-kebab cart run by Mrs. Krabboppel and Mrs. Lovejoy.

          And when Marge serves Mr. Burns a three-eyed fish to make a point about enviornmental stewardship.

          And of course, the Flaming Mo.

          Lots of great food moments from the Simpsons.

          1. re: pomme de terre

            "Million dollar birthday fries!"

            "Secret hobo spices"

            1. re: nypb

              "Discarded pizza boxes are an inexpensive source of cheese."


          2. re: Bostonbob3

            I like the episode where Homer is kicked out of Captain McAlister's restaurant after he went a little too far with "all you can eat." Great show!

            1. re: katiepie

              Gaze at Bottomless Pete! Come for the freak, stay for the food!

              1. re: katiepie

                Is that the one where Marge is on the stand in court and has to recount what happened? And after they were kicked out, they went driving around looking for 24-hour fish restaurants? And after that, went fishing?

            2. re: gyozagirl

              Ah yes, "Lisa the Vegetarian" episode, "Say it isn't soy!"

              or how about when Homer asked Marge if they could get clear plates so that he could see the tv while licking his plate clean

              or when Moe was going to make snack cakes that would "make Little Debbie look like a pile of puke!"

              1. re: taste test

                Also from Lisa the Vegerarian episode I believe:

                Homer: Are you saying you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
                Lisa: No.
                Homer: Ham?
                Lisa: No.
                Homer: Pork chops?
                Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.
                Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

                And "You don't win friends with salad."

              2. re: gyozagirl

                All this talk about the Simpsons and food and no mention of Homer the Food Critic in "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" With great lines like

                "So come to The Legless Frog if you want to get sick and die and leave a big garlicky corpse. PS, parking was ample."

                "Uh not bad. If Lasagna is Italian for pile of puke!"

                "This pea soup is as weak as the acting and nowhere near as hammy."


              3. "Spider Pig, Spider Pig. Does whatever Spider Pig does."

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                1. re: thunderbug84

                  Deliveryman: "Hey pallie, where do you want the Fudge Mahal?"
                  Homer: "Uhhhh, we didn't order that......psssst, can I lick your fingers? Meet me at the mail slot."

                2. I'm not sure what episode it was, but Homer had an adaptor in his car where he could plug in any appliance to his car cigarette lighter.

                  I remember his car loaded with a television, blender, deep fryer, etc. cruising down the road watching the cooking channel (Emeril maybe), deep frying food, blending was very funny.

                  1. Not to mention the fugu sushi episode. With the incompetent "junior" sushi chef who had to take over when the master went outside to make-out with his woman. And Homer was presumed dead after eating the poisoned fish.

                    I think there must be at least one Hound on their writing staff.

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                    1. re: Bostonbob3

                      Of course there is... exec. producer Jim Brooks. He's a massive foodie (he's good friends with T. Keller and an investor in the Mozzas in LA.) That guy knows how to eat and drink (his wine collection is quite nice).

                      1. re: Bostonbob3

                        I just loved how they conveniently printed directions and a map to the hospital on the back of the menu!