Our videographer Elena Parker -- a serious food
and film buff -- is really good at throwing movie-themed dinner
parties. She and her friends cook together, serve up, and eat while
We've asked her to share the menus for her favorite
films with us -- here's the latest installment: the
bromance/buddy comedy The Hangover.
I recently started school again and it's been a revelation in my
existence. So, when I started thinking about which movie to pick
for this week, one that would reflect my current mood, I attempted
to focus on awesome "school" movies: Rushmore, The Breakfast Club ...
But, then I got realistic settled on The Hangover.
The plot is simple. Four friends get together for a Bachelor
party in Vegas, only to wake up the next morning without their
memories of the night before ... or the groom. The remaining three
buddies (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) embark on
a quest to retrace the events of the previous night and thus
retrieve their missing pal before the impending wedding.
Galifiniakas makes a star turn as the groom's soon-to-be, slightly
off, brother-in-law Alan, as does a lost baby he dubs Carlos and a
tiger with a well-timed entrance. As you can guess, this movie
takes both the characters and you lots of places you wouldn't
expect to go.
So, at this point, you must be looking for a really good
intellectual connection between The Hangover and my
studies--the kind of statement that would turn your original
assumptions about my motives completely on their head. I could
throw out something like, "The Hangover actually is an
interesting case study in the evolution of genre in which director
Todd Phillips took the structure of the screwball comedy and removed the
threatening headstrong female heroine." Sure ... I could get all
feminist film theory creepy on you ...
Or I could also be real and say that not only is this movie
hilarious and diverting, but I've also needed a touch of
hangover-recovery food lately. And because my mind makes movie
connections without any prompting ... when I think of hangover
brunch, I also think of the scene in which our heroes eat breakfast
and begin to discover "leads" as to what exactly they did the night
So, here you have it: Food52's best cures for a night out that
lasted a little too long. No puny eggs here! Ham, horseradish,
potatoes, waffles with a name that Alan would probably really
appreciate ... and, okay, do also eat the brussels sprouts. They've
got bacon in them.