Friday, April 13, 2007

A game

From a thread over at eGullet. I'll name the food, you guess the movie or TV show.

  • Scrambled eggs with sour cream
  • Quail with rose petal sauce
  • Royale with cheese
  • A jelly doughnut with a straw
  • A jalapeño pepper, eaten while blindfolded
  • Yam sausages, the natural way
  • Cherry pie
  • Timpano
  • One long piece of spaghetti
  • An egg white omelette with shallots
  • A Plate of Shrimp
Any others?


An Briosca Mor said...

The only one I know is the Royale with Cheese from Pulp Fiction. (BTW, do you know what they call that tune The Princess Royal in France? The Quarter Princess with Cheese, of course!)

And the Pulp Fiction reference brings to mind the parody of that scene in another long-running show, in which they discussed what McDonald's calls the Krusty partially gelatinated non-dairy gum-based beverage.

Some other food references from that same show: Lard Lad Donuts, nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger, mmmm...floor pie, mmmm...forbidden donut, ice bags chock full of heady goodness, mmmm...sixty four slices of American cheese, and hundreds more I'll refrain from mentioning here.

And there's the other show that had the big salad, pesto (Seattle: the pesto of cities), no soup for you, Kenny Rogers Roasters (the man makes a strong bird), broccoli (vile weed!), etc, etc.

Rob said...

Ah yes. And who could forget: "We take eighteen ounces of sizzling ground beef, and soak it in rich, creamery butter, then we top it off with bacon, ham, and a fried egg."

Re "no soup for you," I still have never seen that episode. I guess that's predictable since I only got hooked after the show had long since gone into syndication. But as a bonus piece of trivia, do you know who that character was based on?

Rob said...

Hints for my list: there are two tv shows (one of which was made into a movie with the same cast and director), and of the movies, one is Asian, one is Mexican, and one is animated.

Di said...

Is the jalapeno pepper while blindfolded from 9 1/2 Weeks?

Rob said...

It is, indeed!

Nine more to go.

An Briosca Mor said...

Supposedly the Soup Nazi was based on a real soup-selling guy in NYC, but I don't know his name. I seem to recall reading sometime after that episode originally aired that the guy was going to start franchising his soup restaurants, and then just a couple of months ago I was in Tysons and noticed that there is now a soup place in the food court alongside the Steak Escape, Panda Wok, Sbarro, etc. Might be the same one as Seinfeld's model. Definitely the same concept. I forget what the place was called, though. (BTW, supposedly the real guy was not at all happy at being portrayed as the 'Soup Nazi' either.) Perhaps our favorite NYC-based blogger/commenter has a better idea of the story behind this place...

Rob said...

Actually, I was wrong. I thought it was Kenny Shopsin, the legendary Greenwich Village restauranteur that Calvin Trillin wrote about in the New Yorker. But it was actually this guy.

An Briosca Mor said...

Yep, that's the one in Tysons Corner. I should go by there sometime and see if they are enforcing his rules. Could be "No soup for you!" though if I'm not careful about it..

Rob said...

No more guesses? From anyone? I didn't think these were all that hard.

Here are a few more, maybe a little easier:

-A whole roast human

-Fifty eggs

-One scoop of creamed potatoes, a slice of butter, four peas, and as much ice cream as you'd like to eat

Mike said...

The only ones I was sure about were the Royale with cheese and cherry pie (Twin Peaks, if not exclusively), but I would add to the list:

Bachelor Chow
Four fried chickens and a Coke
Fig Newtons and Scotch
Shredded wheat and cranberry sauce
Purple Cow (vodka and grape juice)
Burger Czar

(Sorry if this is a little too heavy on the '70s sitcoms. Formative years, those were.)

T said...

Ok--I just got home...

Quail is Like Water for Chocolate.

Spaghetti is Lady & the Tramp.

Others are ringing bells, but not productively at the moment....

As for soup: I've never been to that place, though when J & I were staying in her parents' apartment on the UWS, we used to go to Hale & Hearty Soups, which has a bunch of locations (mostly in midtown and north) here in NYC but nowhere else that I know of. It's good, though, and relatively inexpensive.

Rob said...

Correct on the quail and the spaghetti. Mike, as usual I find myself at a loss in the face of your erudition. I have no idea about any of those!

Di said...

There's another Simpson's where they go to the restaurant that also has the meat packing plant in the back and everything is made of meat including the menus and there are carcasses hanging from the ceiling, and Homer orders five courses of various types of meat and then says, "And to drink.... meatballs!"

An Briosca Mor said...

And let's not forget the Simpsons where they go to the Happy Sumo for sushi and Homer eats the poisoned blowfish. Fugu me, I said!

Or the Halloween episode where Homer's head turns into a giant donut and he starts pulling pieces off and eating them.

So does the one with the jelly donut and the straw have the line "Have you ever sucked the jelly out of a jelly donut, and filled it with chocolate swirl ice cream?" Because I've heard that soundclip on the radio and have always wondered where it's from.

Rob said...

I don't think so. I remember the doughnut as being a visual gag, never mentioned in the dialog.

Rob said...

Oh, and bingo on the cherry pie there, Mike.

T said...

The "four fried chickens and a Coke" is driving me crazy--I *know* I know this....

Mike said...

Hint, t, about four fried chickens and a Coke:

"Toasted white bread."

T said...

Damn, that doesn't help. Maybe I'm just having flashbacks of my old neighborhood, which was just north of Fried Chicken Boulevard (aka Fulton St.).

sara said...

i think scrambled eggs and sour cream was the Sopranos.

Rob said...

YES! Bingo. Ralphie's very disturbing death scene.

Rob said...

Ok, since this post is about to pass from the front page, I'll go ahead and give the answers...

Scrambled eggs with sour cream: The Sopranos, season 4, I think. Ralphie is cooking breakfast just before Tony kills him.

Quail with rose petal sauce: Like Water for Chocolate.

Royale with cheese: Pulp Fiction.

A jelly doughnut with a straw: Wayne's World. Garth eats his jelly doughnuts this way at the doughnut shop.

A jalapeño pepper, eaten while blindfolded: 9 1/2 Weeks.

Yam sausages, the natural way: when the yakuza gangster in Tampopo is shot and is dying in his girlfriend's arms, he tells her about hunting wild boar that have fed on yams, and how he grilled their intestines. She tearfully says something about how they'd be good with garlic and shoyu, and then he dies.

Cherry pie: Twin Peaks, of course.

Timpano: the mysterious dish in Big Night that seems to consist of penne, tomatoes, olives, hard-cooked eggs, and sausages cooked in a crust. I've been wanting to try making this for ages.

One long piece of spaghetti: Lady and the Tramp

An egg white omelette with shallots: Get Shorty

A Plate of Shrimp: Repo Man

And from my comment above (I'm really surprised nobody guessed these)...

A whole roast human: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

Fifty eggs: Cool Hand Luke

One scoop of creamed potatoes, a slice of butter, four peas, and as much ice cream as you'd like to eat: Secretary. Mary Duke, didn't you and Philippe just watch this? Tsk!