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Dec 23, 2007 08:19 AM

food sayings

In a thread the other day, I was writing about a new restaurant, and wrote, "they are being careful not to bite off more than they can chew."

That made me think of foodie sayings that some people use. Such as:

You can't have your cake and eat it too;
Their eyes were bigger than their stomachs.

There must be more of these, but now I'm stuck.

So, are there any other common sayings that have their origins in eating and/or ordering food?

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  1. back in 5th grade home economics had a teacher who loved to say;
    eat to live, dont live to eat. sort of defeats the chowhound purpose.

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    1. re: foodwich

      It sure does! In fact, it runs counter to most CH's stated credos!

      1. re: foodwich

        "Save your fork, Prince, there's pie for dessert."

        In 1860 Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, arrived in Canada to lay the cornerstone for our first parliamentary building and to tour Upper Canada.

        This friendly and useful advice was supposedly rendered to the Crown Prince by an Ottawa Valley lumberjack over dinner in the cookhouse at a camp the prince was visiting.

        1. re: foodwich

          What kinda home economics teacher is that?!?!

          1. re: AngelSanctuary

            A very typical one when I was growing up. The recipes taught were enough to make the culinarily disinclined swear off cooking forever!

          1. re: smartie

            I've never really understood that one. I guess I always thought that eating a carrot would be be tall, think, and, well, orange. (I wouldn't mind the first two, but the third may be hard to live with!)

            1. re: baltoellen

              I believe it's a bastardization of a quote from Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: "Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are].

              1. re: kandagawa

                To whom do we attribute "Il faut cassez les oeufs pour faire une omelette?"

                  1. re: Paulustrious

                    Hey, that reminded me. Identify: "A revolution is not a dinner party".

                    1. re: buttertart

                      "love and death" -- by woody allen? that's what i first thought. but unfortunately it is mao tse-tung (screw the zedong), and that means it is simply "death."

                      but as to napoleons, and "love and death"

                      >>>It should have more cream
                      between the crust and no raisins.

                      - But at our last meeting you said raisins.
                      - No!

                      If this pastry is to bear my name,
                      it must be richer! More cream.

                      - Yes, but is there time?
                      - Very little.

                      My spies tell me
                      that my illustrious British enemy
                      is working on a new meat recipe
                      which he plans to call Beef Wellington.

                      It will never get off the ground.

                      We must develop the Napoleon
                      before he develops Beef Wellington.

                      The future of Europe
                      hangs in the balance.


                      1. re: alkapal

                        Brilliant, alkapal chérie! (i'll take a Napoleon over a Wellington any day). I'm surprised no one else cjhimed in on it being Mao, guess the '60s are but a distant - or a nonexistent - memory .

                        1. re: buttertart

                          "I'm surprised no one else cjhimed in on it being Mao..."

                          Google has taken all the sport out of such games...

                          1. re: Servorg

                            True, and spellcheck or typocheck doesn't exist on CH, apparently! ;-)

                            1. re: buttertart

                              I figured you were simply using the "Dutch" spelling for chimed so I didn't bother changing it when I picked up the quote... ;-D>

                              1. re: Servorg

                                That was good of you, I abhor spelling/typo and grammar mistakes in general and was despondent when I saw it in your quote. Hi Sam ;-)

                            2. re: Servorg

                              Too true. I referred and then deferred.

                              T'other I knew.
                              Thus didn't eschew.

                              1. re: Paulustrious

                                I referred my dog to a new groomer, and when he came home totally deferred he was so mad that he eschewed my brand new leather boots... ;-D>

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  i referred my dog to a new groomer
                                  he said he'd clean up my "boomer."
                                  cut and snip he did fine
                                  without so much as a whine
                                  so his deferral is not just a rumor.

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  That wasn't about the Alkapal, I'm sure.

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    Well, the film by Woody was titled "Love and Death" and it has some memorable lines such as when the Countess told Woody's character Boris that he was the greatest lover she had ever had and Boris/Woody replied "I practice a lot when I'm alone."

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Not to mention the bowl of sleet he and Diane Keaton have for dessert.

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        servorg, i don't know why you're telling me the name of the film by woody allen? i first referenced it upthread on july 20.

                                        and yes, as with all his films, he has some terrific one-liners.

                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                            annie hall has got to be one of the best films EVER.

                                          2. re: alkapal

                                            I think I was simply pointing out (although the content from the post I replied to is now gone for some reason?) that using Google to get the author of a quote won't work like it did for the Mao quote, when what one is Googling is not a quote, but rather a film title.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              my point is, who needed to google a film title? i mentioned the film title. i was guessing the source of the quote, not asking whether woody allen wrote love and death. i am a woody allen fan.

                                              i'm still not getting it, but there is not really any point. let's never mind.

                                              maybe we should start a "woody allen and food sayings" thread, huh?

                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                Hell, at this point I can't recall what my point was... ;-D> But what happened to the content of your post that I replied to? Did you take it out? Reading that may have helped me find out what I was talking about - or not... lol

                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                  it was a post about googling. therein i made the point that you could find the mao tse-tung (again, screw zedong) quote, but not something that *could've been* the source, namely allen's "love and death."

                                                  it was just a (self-created) pissing match that i should've bowed out of... and thus my own self-deletion. maybe that makes sense... or not.

                                                  anyhoo, peace, servorg. may the force be with you, ;-).

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    Live long and prosper (so you can go out to dinner even more often!)... ;-D>

                      2. I am so hungry I could eat a horse.

                        Eating like a pig.

                        Drink like a fish

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                        1. re: smartie

                          My uncle was fond of saying: She smokes like a fish!

                        2. "Pity the poor Pelican
                          His beak holds more than his belly can"

                          Not quite the same thing, but I thought I'd throw it in anyway :-}

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                          1. re: Tay

                            My grandfather used to recite:
                            "An amazing bird is the pelican
                            His beak can hold more than his belly can
                            Food for a week
                            He can hold in his beak
                            And I don't know how-in-the-hell-he-can"!

                          2. My grandmother's family (French/Ojibwe) always used to say: "Pea soup and Johnny cake makes Frenchman's belly ache."

                            Not a saying, but rather a musical phrase: my other grandmother had a butter churning song in dialect Finnish that I can't for the life of me remember, but she would sing in in fond memory of churning. I think there are a lot of churning songs out there, historically.