Food For The Film Geek
Here's a menu for the movie loving geek, I'll admit it's extravagant and arguably one course might not compliment the next, but who cares?! It's food taken from some of the greatest films of all time....
If it's going to be alcoholic it's got to be 'a nice Chianti', that much is obvious, as drunk with fava beans and a human liver by the ever so frightening and somewhat kooky Hannibal Lecter. For a soft drink it's a $5 shake from Jack Rabbit Slim's slurped like Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction. It's expensive, but as pointed out by her twist contest winning co-diner it's 'a pretty f***ing good milk shake.'
Bite sized is what you want. Usually quails eggs would be nice, but no filmic example sprung to mind, however the thought of eggs offered only one option. Lucas Jackson. In Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman earns the affection of his fellow inmates by chugging 50 boiled eggs in a single hour. What a hero!
There are two options here. First lobsters as cooked by Woody and Diane in Annie Hall. The delightful taste of these crustaceans is offset slightly by the cooking process of boiling them alive, a culinary disharmony illustrated perfectly in this scene. Option two is that of an octopus. Live and down in pretty much one. This moment is in Oldboy, its fairly grisly but the character doing the devouring has only eaten dumplings for the last 15 years. I guess he can be forgiven.
Another duo of options. Spaghetti with meatballs is the perfect choice for lovers a la Lady and the Tramp. Sluuuuurrrrpppp. Kiss. Awww... The much less unpleasant alternative is steak eaten by Robert De Niro's Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. There's constant berating of the chef as he deems the steak over done and it all climaxes violently with livid table-flipping. To be honest as a foody selection it leaves rather a bad taste in the mouth despite its cinematic prowess. I'd recommend the Spaghetti madam.
What else but the exotic and experimental! Ah, chilled monkey brains... brilliant! The dining experience that features in Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom is a fantastic piece of film. Indy discusses important matters that progress the plot and give insight into the likely predicaments about to befall him. While this is happening we are also treated to the hilarity of his sidekick Short Round and love interest Willie, trying to make the best of a meal not designed for their American palettes. The climax is the cold and very literal brain food. Genius.
Coffee is coffee, well for the most part. It is made more special when it is served by Bill Murray, unfathomably working as a waiter in the diner featured in Jim Jarmusch's collection of shorts Coffee and Cigarettes. Be warned though as pointed out by patrons GZA and RZA, caffeine can cause serious delirium. Advice ignored by Murray as he swigs straight from the pot.
And that's it your fed and full... how was it?
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David Rowse is a happy-go-lucky fellow who writes and researches on entertainment and trivia.