Only a few short weeks until my "Gilmore Girls"-loving soul gets to spend time with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) and catch up with what they've been doing over the past decade. Just in case you haven't heard the biggest TV news of the year, Netflix is reviving the show with four new 90-minute episodes that take the fictional Stars Hollow residents through all four seasons of one year.
Throughout the seven original seasons of "Gilmore Girls," food is a running theme, particularly the amount of junk food the mother-and-daughter team eat and still stay slim. In fact, the trailer (which you can watch below) for "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" opens with a classic GG food moment.
"Did we order Chinese, Greek and Italian food last night?" Lorelai asks Rory as they sit at the kitchen table eating Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts for breakfast.
"And hot dogs," Rory answers.
Tacos, mini-doughnuts and tater tots (that may or may not be organic) show up in the trailer, too, along with the requisite cups of coffee and a pitcher of Friday night dinner martinis.
I've seen debates online about whether the four episodes should be viewed all in a row (also known as binge watching) or spread out over time to savor each one. I vote for binge watching with the four episodes on continual rotation for the rest of the day after the initial viewing. My kids already know the living room and TV are mine for the day, and I've declared an open house for anyone who wants to come by and watch.
An open house requires snacks, so anyone who stops by my house that day will get to eat like a Gilmore, with these 10 foods and drinks that I may have on hand. Admittedly, this will not be a healthy-food feast, and I will be bringing foods into the house that I usually do not.
1. Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts. The Pop-Tart is a breakfast staple in the Gilmore household — one that's way more appealing than the mixing bowl full of cereal, marshmallows and milk that Lorelai and Rory shared in one episode. Lorelai waxes poetically about her first Pop-Tart, saying, "I thought nothing had ever tasted so good. I thought it tasted like freedom. It tasted like I was my own person. The Pop-Tart tasted like freedom and rebellion and independence."
2. Apples. The Instagram photo above mimics a snack Lorelai made for Rory and her friends: "Pop-Tart apples to tide you over until the pizza comes," she said. And although Lorelai doesn't mention "and one apple," there is an apple on the plate. In a much later episode, she makes a big deal about craving an apple, something she hasn't done since pregnant with Rory. So although the girls don't really eat apples, they show up. Plus, there should be something healthy to offer at the open house, right?
3. Mallomars. These cookies topped with marshmallows and covered in chocolate make several appearances throughout the series, and Rory writes "Happy Birthday" to her mom in them on the kitchen table in one episode. I've also noticed them on sale at the grocery store a lot recently, and I can't remember even ever seeing them at the store before. Coincidence?
4. Red Vines. The movie-watching candy of choice in many episodes, they seem very appropriate for watching six straight hours of the revival.
5. French fries. Otherwise known as "the devil's starchy fingers" by Stars Hallow's favorite Seventh Day Adventist, Mrs. Kim. Make sure there is salt & pepper dip for the fries.
6. Doughnuts. What kind? Well, it "all comes down to what I'm in the mood for. Sprinkled or chocolate or jelly or glazed, maple or kiki or apple or, uh, raised. Little doughnut rhyme there," according Lorelai. If you can serve the doughnuts under a glass pedestal dish with a dome over it a la Luke's Diner, you'll get bonus points.
7. Pie. Pie's prevalence in the show is introduced in the very first episode when Lorelai jokes it's the most important thing in the world next to an education and family. Her mother is not amused. Bonus: The revival debuts the day after Thanksgiving, so there will be pie around the house anyway.
8. Hot dogs. Served with the choice of mustard and onion, ketchup without onion, or ketchup and relish — the three topping combinations that Rory decides she'll have on her hot dogs after watching "Bugsy Malone."
9. Gin martinis. While there were many different cocktails and lots of wine served at Lorelai's parents' Friday night dinners over the years, it's clear that Lorelai's drink of choice is the gin martini. It also happens to be my favorite cocktail.
10. Coffee. There must be a pot of coffee on all day long because without coffee, life does not function. Or, as Lorelai puts it, "If I stop drinking coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words-putting-into-sentence doing."
I'm sure there are many "Gilmore Girls" lovers asking right now, "Where is the pizza, the Chinese food, the burgers? They were all huge parts of Lorelai and Rory's diets." Yes, they were, but since I'm doing an open house where people can come and go as they please, I don't want a lot of hot food to have to fuss about. The hot dogs I can keep in a slow cooker and throw french fries in the toaster oven as needed, but I don't want to be cooking burgers or ordering take out all day long.