Photo by Rebecca Firkser

How to eat breakfast like Lorelai Gilmore

Rebecca Firkser
May 08, 2018

Recently, I spent an afternoon doing one of my favorite activities: watching a few (or perhaps a few dozen) episodes of Gilmore Girls. It was season four, when Lorelai is dating a man named Jason Stiles—someone fans of the show either really loved or really disliked as a match for the coolest single mom in Connecticut. In one episode, Jason (a.k.a. Digger) makes Lorelai a plate of French toast—after doing laundry and going for a run—while she’s still sleeping in on a weekday morning. (Note: find a partner like Jason.) Lorelai, however, has to get to work, so she invents a new kind of mobile breakfast, French toast on the go.

To create French toast on the go, Lorelai drops her French toast and a few slices of bacon into a baggie, tops it off with a three-second pour of maple syrup, and closes the bag.

"What are you doing?" Jason asks Lorelai. "This is French toast on the go," she replies. "The other drivers on the road love it."

Disgusting as it sounded at first, I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind. I never have French toast for breakfast, and I don’t drive a car to work, but I felt deeply compelled to try it—for science. I was already at my parents’ house, where there is a car I can use, so this was obviously fate.

I made myself a slice of French toast, let it cool just a bit, and sliced it in half. I slid the toast into a plastic sandwich bag. I didn’t have any bacon, so I skipped that part (Lorelai, forgive me!) but did drizzle the toast with maple syrup. After hopping into the car, I realized just how sticky this was going to be without a utensil. I figured that driving with sticky fingers could potentially be equally dangerous as it would be annoying, so I went back to the kitchen, grabbed a fork, and started driving.

It was a bit tricky at first to get the hang of eating French toast while driving. Sure, I’ve eaten the occasional bagel or handful of chips while in the car, but I’m typically not a big eater when behind the wheel. The first few bites were messy to say the least. By biggest takeaway was that it’s near impossible to cut something with the side of a fork while also operating a moving vehicle. If you’re trying this at home, I’d recommend cutting the French toast into bite-sized pieces before getting behind the wheel, or pulling over to do so, as I did during minute two of this adventure. While I didn’t get any reactions from strangers (they were probably too busy eating their own car snacks,) I did get quite a confused look from my father and I rolled back up the driveway with a large piece of French toast on a fork.

Ultimately, I would say that French toast on the go is pretty fun, but you definitely need to think about baggie-placement (cup holder? dashboard? that weirdly-shaped shelf under the window?) and be willing to get some syrup on your shirt. While those who have five minutes to spare in the morning should probably just eat their French toast on a plate in their kitchen, if you run into a lot of traffic every morning, eating French toast from a bag would be an excellent way to pass the time.

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