{{Quote|Sometimes I dream about cheese.|Rebel|Half-Life 2|FileQuestion06 male.ogg}}

'''Food''', both in edible and drinkable forms, plays several roles in the Half-Life and Portal universe|''Half-Life'' and ''Portal'' universe. They can either play an aesthetic role, giving more depth to the universe, or be of use to the player. They sometimes have a specific Brands|brand.

==''Half-Life'' story arc==
FileBS Cafeteria.jpg|Fast food outlet.|right|thumb|200px
{{Quote|Hey, catch me later, I'll buy you a beer.|Black Mesa Security Force|Black Mesa security guard|Half-Life|Fileba later.ogg}}

{{Main|Vending machine}}
*The Black Mesa Research Facility features numerous vending machines, selling sodas or snacks, using fictional brand names.

*A fast food outlet is visible along the Area 8 Topside Dormitories tram ride through the Black Mesa Research Facility Personnel Entrance|East Personnel Entrance. It sells tacos, pizzas and other meals.

*The Anomalous Materials facility features a small cafeteria with a microwave oven in which the player can ruin the meal, revealed later to have been a casserole belonging to Arne Magnusson.

*Sector D features a cafeteria in the Administration Offices. Early in the game's development, the humorous idea of a food fight was proposed to occur in the there, idea eventually rejected.''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' The cafeteria has a large walk-in freezer which stores a number of hanging slabs of beef.

*The Level 3 Dormitories also feature a cafeteria.

*Coffee is commonly drunk by Black Mesa employees. Coffee machines are seen several times in food courts, and scientist sometimes ask if someone has seen their coffee cup.

*Beer is also drunk by personnel, as security guards sometimes promise a beer to Freeman if they meet again, retconned as said by Barney Calhoun only.

*Some security guards are fond of donuts, which is sometimes mocked by scientists. In the shooting range of the Area 3 Medium Security Facilities, a security guard is humorously seen holding a donut with his right hand, while trying to get his gun with the left hand, instead of simply putting the donut in the left hand, and grabbing his gun with the right hand.


*While Xen's Healing Pools restore the player's health by simply standing in it, Bullsquids are seen drinking in them.

*Xen creatures such as the Bullsquid and the Barnacle, are seen feeding on humans.

*When a Pit Drone dies near another and there are no enemy nearby, the creature will show to resort to cannibalism, and briefly eat at the other creature's corpse.


FileVmachine06.png|The cut Coca-Cola beverage machine.
FileVmachine08.png|The cut Minute Maid beverage machine.
FileVmachine07.png|The cut Fruitopia beverage machine.
FileVmachine02.png|The "Enjoy" beverage machine, textured by Yatsze Mark.http// Yatsze Mark's personal website
FileVmachine01.png|The "Soda Pop" soda vending machine.
FileBlack mesa cans.jpg|The 6 different soda cans.
FileBlack mesa cans dreamcast.jpg|Dreamcast models of the 6 soda cans.
FileVmachine03.png|Snack machine.
FileVmachine04.png|Alternate version.
FileVmachine05.png|The "Carousel Snacks" snack machine introduced in ''Opposing Force''.
FileKosos.png|Captain Koso's Pure Highspeed Candy Bar.
FileSign pizza 01.png|"Big Tony's Pizza" logo, as seen in the fast food outlet.
FileSign taco 01.png|"Tesla's Taco" logo, as seen in the fast food outlet.
FileDecay pizzabox.jpg|Unused pizza box model meant for a Cut missions from Half-Life Decay 6 Central Transit Hub|cut mission.
FileOffice Cafeteria.jpg|Coffee machines in the Sector D Center|Administration Center.
FileBM freezer1.jpg|The large walk-in freezer in Sector D.
FileBM freezer2.jpg|Ditto.
FileDy dorms0040.jpg|Cafeteria in Level 3 Dormitories.
FileDy dorms0042.jpg|Ditto.
FileDy dorms0043.jpg|A dead scientist in the cafeteria.

==''Half-Life 2'' story arc==
FileBm kitchens.jpg|Vortigaunts cooking in Black Mesa East's kitchen.|right|thumb|200px
{{Quote|Sometimes I dream about cheese.|Resistance|Rebel|Half-Life 2|FileQuestion06 male.ogg}}


{{Main|Dr. Breen's Private Reserve|Combine Dispenser}}

*Food plays a pivotal role in the control of humanity by the Combine
*Water affects the memory of Citizens, as said by a Citizen in the City 17 Trainstation at the start of ''Half-Life 2'' "''Don't drink the water. They put something in it to make you forget. I don't even remember how I got here.''" However, it is possible that the Citizen is delusional, mentally ill, or otherwise mistaken, as there is no confirmation that the water has any psychological effects.

*Vending machines of "Dr. Breen's Private Reserve" (">B") can be seen around City 17. Similar to the Black Mesa vending machines, they also deliver cans, but they don't give health points to the player. Cans come in blue, red and yellow colors.

*Combine Dispensers are also used in the Combine Cities to deliver food packages to Citizens. One can be found in the City 17 Trainstation main hall.

*Xen creatures are also shown to be edible A Fast Headcrab is roasting in the All-Knowing Vortigaunt cave, and Vortigaunts are seen preparing a Classic Headcrab at Black Mesa East.

*Several fruits and vegetables are seen or mentioned throughout the games. Watermelons are seen prominently, and can be torn apart by the Gravity Gun; they also seem to be the diet of Hedy Lamarr|Lamarr as seen on Kleiner's Lab corkboard. The Black Mesa East kitchen also features carrots, red onions, herbs, a bag of beans, some sort of stew / soup. Pumpkins can be found on the Outskirts, and function the same as watermelons.

*Empty food packaging can be seen littered around the streets and canals of City 17.

*The picture of a Metrocop can be seen on a fast food bag.

*Alyx prepares a cup of tea to Eli Vance|her father at White Forest.

*The cut Brickbat weapon was to throw several kinds of beer bottles. The cut Molotov Cocktail is also made of beverage bottles.

*Barney Calhoun still owes Gordon a beer.

*During the City 17 uprising, starving Rebels fantasize about food, saying things such as "''I could eat a horse, hooves and all.''" or "''Sometimes, I dream about cheese''".

*Empty kitchens are found in several houses in City 17 or along the Coast. Nova Prospekt's kitchen and cafeteria are also seen, in block C1.


*As seen in the Victory Mine, Antlion Grubs feed on human remains. The cut Sacktick was to do the same.
*Barnacles are seen feeding on birds.


FileBrickbat beer bottle1.jpg|Beer bottle to be used with the Brickbat in the ''Half-Life 2'' leak.
FileBrickbat beer bottle2.jpg|Ditto.
FileLeak soda machine brush.jpg|Early brush vending machine from the ''Half-Life 2'' leak.
FileVending machine Pepsi.jpg|Early Pepsi vending machine from the ''Half-Life 2'' leak.
FileVending machine blue.jpg|>B vending machine.
FileBreen Reserve can blue.jpg|Blue soda can. 
FileBreen Reserve can red.jpg|The red soda can from ''Episode Two''. 
FileBreen Reserve can yellow.jpg|The yellow soda can from ''Episode Two''.
FileWatermelon.jpg|Watermelon model.
FileBeer model.jpg|Bottle of beer.
FileMilk model.jpg|Carton of milk.
FileGarbage takeoutcarton001a.png|Chinese takeout container.
FileMetrocop junk bag.jpg|Metrocop on a fast food bag. The circle is also found on an hamburger box.
FilePackage.jpg|Combine food package.
FileKleiner b can.jpg|A blue ">B" can near Kleiner in his lab.
FileNlo kitchen.jpg|New Little Odessa's kitchen.
FileD2 coast 070024.JPG|Bridge Point's kitchen.
FileNp kitchens.jpg|Fire and Antlions in the Nova Prospekt kitchen.

==''Portal'' story arc==
FileBackground20003.jpg|The cake, a radio and the Aperture Science Red Phone on the desk of the lobby of GLaDOS' chamber after the end of ''Portal''.|right|thumb|200px
{{Quote|Cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the test.|GLaDOS|Portal}}


*The cake is featured prominently in ''Portal'', as it is promised by GLaDOS to Chell for when she concludes the tests. The quote "''The cake is a lie.''" by Doug Rattmann has become very famous in the popular culture since then. A cake recipe is also frequently seen on monitors.

*The Ratman dens feature several food and drink containers of water, milk and beans.

*In ''Portal 2'', GLaDOS is attached by Wheatley to a potato battery, capable of powering only her consciousness and most basic functions. The potato-based energy is introduced earlier, in the "Bring your Daughter to Work Day" experiments found in the Employee Daycare Center.

*In the second Enrichment Sphere of Test Shaft 09, it is heard in the announcements that before the test Test Subjects were given coffee containing fluorescent calcium so that the staff can track the neuronal activity in their brains.
*Near the end of Test Shaft 09 Cave Johnson goes mad and ends up going on an illogical rant about lemons.

*The Repulsion Gel|Repulsion and Propulsion Gel|Propulsion Mobility Gels|Gels were originally designed as dietetic substitutes, but eventually were shown to be toxic, pulled from the shelves and turned into CategoryAperture Science testing elements|testing elements.


FileBts beans.jpg|Bean can found in Ratman dens.
FileBts water bottle.jpg|Water bottle found in Ratman dens.
FileBts milk.jpg|Milk carton found in Ratman dens.

==See also==



CategoryHalf-Life Blue Shift
CategoryHalf-Life Opposing Force
CategoryHalf-Life Decay
CategoryHalf-Life 2
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episode One
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episode Two
CategoryPortal 2