"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.
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."
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.
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.
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!"
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?
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."
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."
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 drinks....it was very funny.
I was VP of my high school's Japanese culture club....one of the fun club activities we did was show that episode for the membership and deconstructed it from a cultural point of view....right before we did do-it yourself maki rolls! can't believe that was about 13 years ago already!!!!! If you recall, there were a lot of misconceptions about sushi at that time...a lot of people still saw it as weird to eat uncooked fish....they didnt' stock sushi at 711 and Safeway....It was before sushi was popular en masse and honestly, I think this episode had a lot to do with the Americanization of sushi to the mass audience.
Steamed Hams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9NhKM...
Skinner: Superintendent, I hope you're ready for mouth-watering hamburgers.
Chalmers: I thought we were having steamed clams.
Skinner: Oh, no, I said steamed hams. That's what I call hamburgers.
Chalmers: You call hamburgers steamed hams?
Skinner: Yes, it's a regional dialect.
Chalmers: Uh-huh. What region?
Skinner: Uhh... Upstate New York.
Chalmers: Really? Well, I'm from Utica, and I've never heard anyone use the phrase 'steamed hams.'
Skinner: Oh, not in Utica. No, it's an Albany expression.
Chalmers: I see. You know, these hamburgers are quite similar to the ones they have at Krusty Burger.
Skinner: Oh ho ho, no. Patented Skinner burgers. Old family recipe.
Chalmers: For steamed hams ...
Skinner: Yes ...
Chalmers: Yes, and you call them steamed hams despite the fact that they are obviously grilled.
Did anyone see the Simpson's movie cake challenge on TFN last night? I only saw a few minutes of it during a channel surfing fest....so I don't know who won. My personal favorite was a giant multi-cake replica of the infamous pink donut with a revolving mechanism in the center hole that showed Simpson scenes.
One hapless pastry chef was attempting to portray Homer in some kind of compressed brownie crumbs...but was having great structural difficulties.
Another meant to do a Bart on a skateboard cake, but spent so much time on the skateboard that she ran out of time before Bart was ready.
"The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" where Homer's car is illegally parked in front of WTC, and while waiting there he buys Krav Kalash from a cart vendor and then decide to drink container after container of crab juice to wash the awful taste away (prefering it to the other choice, Mountain Dew).
Yeah, my husband even watched that cake challenge. The donut didn't win. The woman who made the Krusty did, although they chided her for not making the cake 360 degrees. They thought that the donut cake creators should have spent more time on Marge, since Marge was supposed to be their theme.
One of my favorite episodes involved Moe videotaping people and Homer being accused of sexually harassing the baby-sitter. It's the episode where Homer and Marge go to the candy expo. and Marge is loaded down with a trench coat to fill with candy samples. I just keep thinking about Homer talking with the salesperson about Gummi (Gummi calves heads!) and the Gummi Venus de Milo.
Or the episode where the power plant is purchased by Germans and Homer has the fantasy sequence in the "Land of Chocolate" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abIJ2M... ).
From the episode with the chili cook-off:
Marge: Oh, look at that adorable spice rack! Eight spices? Some must be doubles. Ore-GAH-no? What the hell?
Seriously, is there a show on TV not directly affiliated with food that has had as many multiple food references as "THE SIMPSONS?" I'm challenged to think of any.
"Fugu me!" is classic. Here are a few others:
The Comic Book Store guy, bloated and sickly after one particularly extreme bout of emotional gorging is wheelbarrowed into an emergency room and proclaims, "Cheeseburgers and loneliness are a dangerous combination."
Homer is granted one wish. He contemplates and we immediately jump to a tight shot of Marge who chastises him,"Homer! Stop eating your head!"
We go to wide shot in the kitchen which reveals that Homer now has a giant pink frosted donut for a head with some pieces missing while retorting, "But, I'm so sweet and tasty."
How about when Bart and Milhouse get their hands on some money and go on a candy-and-Squishee bender and Bart enrolls in the Boy Scouts?
The Simpsosn and food go way back... there was one short from the Tracy Ullman Show where Homer prepares dinner for the kids while Marge is out... something like Meat-a-veg-a-noodle-o's.
One of my favorite Simpsons food moments was when he and Montgomery Burns were playing golf and Homer was in the sand trap. Burns goes, "Homer, open the face of the club. Use the sand wedge." and Homer goes, "Mmmmm....open-faced club sand-wedge....."
Homer: "Lord, if you can hear me...."
Marge: "Homer, that's not God, that's a waffle stuck to the ceiling."
Homer: "Lord, I know I should not eat thee.... mmmm, sacrilicious."
From "Lisa the Vegetarian"
Lisa: Well, I believe you're required to provide a vegetarian
Lunchlady Doris: [Picks up a hot dog in a bun, shakes the weiner out, and slaps
the bun down on Lisa's tray.] Yum. It's rich in bunly goodness.
From "I Love Lisa"
Heart Boy: Where do you want these beef hearts?
Doris: On the floor.
Heart Boy: It doesn't look very clean.
Doris: Just do your job, heart boy.
and wasn't the Grade F meat Lunchlady Doris using mostly circus animals and filler?
Homer reading the ingredients can of nuts:
Homer: Now to catch up on my all time favorite reading, Honey Roasted Peanuts. Ingredients; honey, peanuts, fresh peanut sweepings hmmmmm gggrllll
Then there's the Krusty's "ribwich", discontinued because the unnamed animal it came from became extinct. Chicken? Cow?
Krusty: "think smaller, think more legs".
I love it when he's all green/blue and shaking, and he pulls the (now blue) sandwich out of the garbage bin on the curb and says "How can I stay mad at you?".
Then Selma takes Lisa and Bart to Duff Gardens, and Lisa drinks the "water" from the ride, and starts hallucinating.
(This is a response to southernitalian's post BTW)
A friend of mine is in the process of opening a donut shop in Wichita. He's developing his recipes and stuff right now. The other night he posted the call for his friends to come and taste his latest creations. One is called "The Homer." Buttermilk donut with pink frosting and sprinkles.
Yeah, I thought so. But his calls for people to come taste are driving me crazy, because I'm seven hours away.
The latest creation he says is the best yet. Chocolate donut with coffee glaze and crushed chocolate-covered espresso beans. He calls it "Mocha Deluxe." I think he's got a winner there! (Of course, I didn't get to try it. Doggone that seven-hour drive, anyway.)
But, to drag this post back on-topic, it doesn't strike me as the sort of donut Homer Simpson would enjoy...
All great quotes so far, but two of my favorites haven't been mentioned yet:
Huck: I'm considerable hungry. We got any food left?
Bart: [checks his sack] Hmm, looks like we're out of corn pone,
fatback, hard tack, fat pone, corn tack --
Huck: Any tack back?
Bart: Tack back?
Huck: I mean, fat tack.
Bart: Plumb out.
-- from "Simpsons Tall Tales"
% At the Kwik-E-Mart, Jasper is moving the freezer's supply of ice cream
% to the counter.
Apu: Oh, it looks like somebody's hoggin'-das ice cream! Ooh, hah, I should
write this down.
% Homer enters.
Homer: [Sophisticated] Um, I'm looking for something of an after-dinner
burrito. [Apu begins nuking a Strawberrito.]
-- from "Lisa the Simpson"
oh man! I can't take it anymore! I am laughing so hard, I spit out my ramen! The Simpsons! Good Times!!
Snake: I'm gonna win you back, even if it means I got to pistol whip this dude
Snake: all night.
Homer: [scared] Pistol whip?
[imagines himself eating whipped cream from a pistol]
Homer: Hmm, pistol whip...
And another one of my favorite Simpsons quotes isn't entirely food related but it's close...
Homer (facing Kang and Kodos): Oh, my God. Space aliens. Don't eat me! I have a wife and kids! Eat them!
The Treehouse of Horror episodes also once included the family getting captured and being fed whatever they wanted. Lisa finds a cookbook covered in dust, "How To Cook Humans" <blow off some dust> "How To Cook For Humans" <blow off some dust> "How To Cook Forty Humans" <blow off some dust> "How To Cook For Forty Humans"
From the episode where Homer, Moe and Barney try to make a man out of Bart by taking him hunting.
H ~ "Oh, it's no use."
M ~ "What about Lisa?"
H ~ "She'd never go for it. She's a vegetarian."
M ~ "Oh, jeez Homer. You and Marge ain't cousins are ya??"
The one where Homer finds the sugar and is hording it in his back yard. The Adam west knock off can't find his bees. "NO NOISE, means, no bee's. Quick, to the bee mobile!!"
Homer making bathtub gin in he basement. His stills keep exploding and he's trying to pass is off as him farting "K-blam."
Homer and Bart selling grease.
Homer dropping a hot dog in the kiddie pool he's lounging in and fishing it out and eating it.
One of homers great lines when he's trying to lose weight subliminally but gets the vocabulary builder tape instead, "Lamentably no. My gastronomic propensity knows no satiety."
Such a great show. I'm laughing so much people are looking at my like I've grown antlers
Hamburger Earmuffs anyone??
Lisa: Wait Dad! Good news, everyone! You don't have to eat meat!
I've got enough gazpacho for everyone. It's
tomato soup, served ice cold! [Crowd laughs out loud.]
Barney: Go back to Russia!
Editor: Hey listen, I just had a thought. We're looking for a new
food critic. Someone who doesn't immediately pooh-pooh
everything he eats.
Homer: No, it usually takes a few hours.
Man: Come on, you're going to kill him with a pastry?
I've seen this man eat a bowl of change!
Chef: This éclair is over one million calories. Twenty-five
pounds of butter per square inch. Covered with chocolate
so dark that light cannot escape its surface. No, no, no!
This is just a picture. But Homer Simpson will find the
real thing both delicious and deadly.
Akira: Ah, yes, Death by Chocolate.
Chef: ... and poison, I'll stick in some poison.
And of course, some of the classic food and restaurant names:
Pork Rinds Lite
Cool Ranch Soda
Penicill-O's: The Breakfast Cereal For People With Ciphillis
Oven-Roasted Cud (cereal)
The Gilded Truffle
Much Ado About Muffins!
The Texas Cheesecake Depository
Phineas Q. Butterfats 5600 Flavors Ice Cream Parlor
Bob's Big Poi
Gulp 'N' Blow
Have it Uruguay
The Karachi Hibachi
Kentucky Fried Panda
Municipal House of Pancakes
Native American Ice Cream (Formerly Big Chief Crazy Cone)
Professor P.J. Cornucopia's Fantastic Foodmagorium and Great American Steakery
TGI McScratchy's Goodtime Fooddrinkery
What They Eat in Iceland
Some other favourite Simpson's food moments are
"Oh Lisa, that's a load of rich creamery butter."
"Nacho, nacho man!!!!!" Homer with the nacho hat on at the football game.
Homer eating the chips that broke open on the Corvair Space Craft.
The Guatemalan Insanity Pepper.
"Marge, get me my Chili boots."
When they get lost on the river and use the Krusty Burger tray liner map to find their way.
What about Cletus' theme song?
Some folk'll never eat a skunk,
but then again some folk'll.
Like Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel.
When Krusty's assets are seized by the IRS and Krusty Burger becomes IRS burger:
Homer: Um ... I'll have four taxburgers, one IRSwich — withhold the lettuce — three dependent-size sodas and a FICAccino.
squeaky-voiced teen: Fill out Schedule B. You should receive your burgers in 6 to 8 weeks.
From "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" (The Pretzel Wagon Show)
Helen: Hmm, Pita. Well, I don't know about food from the Middle East.
Isn't that whole area a little iffy?
Hostess: [laughs] Hey, I'm no geographer. You and I -- why don't we
call it pocket bread, huh?
Maude: [reading the ingredients list] Umm, what's tahini?
Hostess: Flavor sauce.
Edna: And falafel?
Hostess: Crunch patties.
Helen: So, we'd be selling foreign...
Hostess: Specialty foods. Here, try a Ben Franklin.
Helen: [takes a bite] Mmm, that is good. What's in it?
Chef: [poking his head out of a window, looking of Indian origin]
Tabbouleh and rezmi-kabob.
Hostess: [trying to cover-up] Uh, th-that's our chef... Christopher.
Chef: [mutters, and closes the window, cursing in Hindi]
-- You guys aren't from around here, are you?,
My favorite is the episode when Homer gets a lobster (Pinchy) for the sole purpose of fattening it up to eat but becomes emotionally attached to it that he can't eat it when Marge is ready to cook it. Homer accidentally boils Pinchy by giving him a really hot bath and is shown both mourning and eating Pinchy at the same time, but won't share Pinchy with anyone because Pinchy "would've wanted that way."
Jimmy: I have this crazy friend who thinks that it's wrong to eat meat. Is he crazy??
Troy McClure: No just ignorant!!!
Also in that episode was the food chain diagram. Esentially a whole bunch of different animals all pointing at a human.
All from Lisa the Vegetarian http://youtube.com/watch?v=PKmveOz5bNs
"I'm so hungry I'd even eat Arby's!" - from the Lord of the Flies episode
And the Hungry Hungry Homer episode is one of my all time favorites. "moving my feet so my stomach don't hurt" and "these are Southwestern toppings!"
Homer uses Marge's police-issue pepper spray on his eggs: "One squirt and you're south of the border! mmmm incapacitating"
This thread is brilliant. I apologize if some are repeats, I tried to read all the responses.
Couple more foods I love:
Much Ado About Stuffing
Uncle Jim’s Country Fillin (Just Squeeze-N-Swallow!)
Cheezus H. Rice (my fave)
Krusty Brand Imitation Gruel (nine out of ten orphans can't tell the difference)
The seafood restaurant called "Call Me Delish: Mael" always cracks me up
and the airplane/restaurant "Up Up and Buffet"
My ex and I were big Simpsons fans and made this a couple of times. We just split the lobster down the underside from head to tail, washed the guts out, baked it at 400 for about 15 minutes (for a chix lobster). While that cooked we assembled our tacos, then rested them in the lobster cavity and ate. No little sombrero for the lobster head, though! Tasty but completely pointless.............
Well done, though probably not completely pointless. That honor would probably go to those Mystery Science 3000 fans who made the Rainy Day Ipecacs mentioned in one of the comedy bits- stuff like pickle juice mixed with chocolate milk, etc.
fwiw- I've made lobster tacos before, and they're pretty darn good. I just haven't done the whole 'stuffing' procedure.
My favorite exchange - from Maximum Homerdrive:
Waiter: Well, there is one steak that's available only by special
request. We call it, uh, Sir Loin-A-Lot. It's, uh, the
size of a boogie board.
Homer: Ooh, I'll have that one. And to drink ... meatballs.
Waiter: Very good, sir.
What was the name of the episode where Homer bought expired sandwich meat from Apu's mart, went to the hospital, but still thought it tasted good, then went back to complain to Apu the meat was expired, and Apu offered him a discount on the next packet of expired meat? And Homer went "woo hooo!" bought it, and went back to the hospital again in the next scene.