It’s yet another special themed week here at Little Junkies…you might even say I have a few treats in store. Okay, so now you might actually be saying “what the hell is wrong with Junkie1?!” Allow me to clarify: In honor of the sure-to-be-great Julie & Julia release this Friday, I have dubbed this week: Food Week! I am taking over, and plan to regale you with my collection of the most delish bits of entertainment over the years. I’ll probably need someone to stop by to periodically wipe the drool from my face.
I’m not all linen cloth and 5 stars either. Sure, there are the schmany classics like Babette’s Feast, Tampopo, Eat Drink Man Woman, and Like Water for Chocolate. All iconic and scrumptious in their own right, but I am more interested in random, yet visceral, reactions to food in the movies. Some of the week will focus on food-related movies, but today I thought I’d start off with some drinks and appetizers or the food in movies that always makes me hungry–the things like those delightful little “Eat Me/Drink Me” bits in Alice in Wonderland and how almost every episode of Ducktales makes me want hot dogs, bubble gum, and hot chocolate! I’ve never really had White Castle, but I desperately want some after watching Harold and Kumar pine for it for 88 minutes. It’s like a delectable sneak attack!
Let Yum-fest ’09 begin (note if you haven’t seen some of these, you should):
The Big Lebowski
Cravings: In & Out Burger, bar nuts, lingonberry pancakes, Pigs in a Blanket, and White Russians
Cravings: fresh bread, tea, cream puffs, a “cornucopia of delicacies,” giant martinis, and entire trays of hours d’overs
The Blues Brothers
Cravings: Shrimp cocktail, 3 whole chickens, dry white toast, and orange whips
Cravings: Suckers, Fruit Roll-Ups, birthday cake, and red slushies
The Breakfast Club
Cravings: Sushi, bag of chips, bag of mini-donuts, 3 turkey sandwiches, a pint of milk, oh and a banana…and an apple, pixie sticks, Cap’n Crunch, and PB&J with the crusts cut off
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Cravings: Eggs and sausage (via trolley), toot sweets, lollipops
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Cravings: Burger and a side salad…with extra dressing, Snow Balls, and crudites.
Cravings: Pizza, ice cream, and Baby Ruth
Repeat Offenders: I don’t know what it is about Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan, but I always want what they’re having!
Mystic Pizza makes me want…Mystic pizza and sea food; I Love Trouble makes me want a BLT on whole wheat; hold the bacon, hold the mayo; America’s Sweethearts brings on the scrambled eggs and Julia’s massive shame breakfast towards the end of the movie is to die for (butter!); and speaking of breakfast and Julia, Pretty Woman always makes me want mini sliced bits of bar fruits, croissants, and sorbet.
The majority of her quirk in When Harry Met Sally comes from the way she meticulously orders her food, and by the time she’s done describing it (and the litany of alternatives if her desires cannot be met) you want it too. Also, I don’t care how gross it is to watch young Harry spat grape seeds on Sally’s window, I gots to have me some grapes after I see that. (what were you expecting a sandwich orgasm reference? If you think I didn’t provide, then you missed it). In French Kiss you get the particular food stylings of Ms. Ryan + French cuisine. C’est magnifique! I want to try all four hundred and fifty-two ways of classifying what is basically a bacterial process (aka cheese) despite the…LACTOSE INTOLERANCE. I would like a bit of “a bold wine with a hint of sophistication and lacking in pretension,” too. And who doesn’t want to eat some fresh pretzel, an NYC hot dog, or some damn garnish after watching You’ve Got Mail or some strawberries on toast (served by Hugh Jackman of course) after watching Kate & Leopold? Hell, I could even go for some fresh, creamery buttah.
What are your favorites?
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