Great Movie Moments with Dessert

Today is #NationalChocolateCakeDay, so of course the first thing that came to mind for me was how The Outsiders would eat chocolate cake for breakfast.

Outsiders Chocolate Cake

Sidenote: Please don’t reboot this movie, Hollywood. You’re not going to find a cast that matches the star power of these “Greasers”. 

The Outsiders

A movie becomes memorable by appealing to the several senses of its audience. A great line that tickles you funny. An emotional scene that pulls your heart strings. Or that thing that got your sweet-tooth senses tingling.

Here’s a list of scenes that stick with you, thanks to something tasty.

“Come with me, and you’ll be…”

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, 1971

This song will be stuck in your head for the next week. You’re welcome.


“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

The Godfather, 1972

If you grew up in Italian kitchens like I did, you’re picking up cannolis wherever you see them. As you do so, without question this exact scene runs through your head every time.


“The 5 cent one?!”

Once Upon a Time in America, 1984

Strong lesson in picking up dessert before a date.


“Baby? Ruth?”

Goonies, 1985

You should see how strong I am when in a similar a situation and Reese’s peanut butter cup is just out of my reach.


“Oh Rufio…?”

Hook, 1991

Is it weird that thing I remember most from this movie, outside of the Rufio chants and Dustin Hoffman’s ticking mustache, are the frosting pies? Literally just frosting in a pie crust…Just me?

“I’ve gotta know what a $5 shake tastes like.”

Pulp Fiction, 1994

Of my 5 favorite lines from Pulp Fiction, 2 have to do with food. This one, and the “Royale with cheese.”


“Lieutenant Dan, ICE CREAM!”

Forrest Gump, 1994

If you happen to ever get Dairy Queen with me, I will more than likely do an incredible impression of this and either make you laugh…or embarrass the hell out of you.

“Wait for the cream…”

Inglorious Basterds, 2009

Christoph Waltz set the bar pretty high for himself when Quentin Tarantino introduced him to American cinema audiences with Inglorious Basterds. His “Hans Landa” will go down as an all-time movie villain and he won an Oscar for it. He also made eating strudel way more suspenseful than it needed to be.


“Who’s got the throat slitter?”

The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014

The Mendl’s cakes play a HUGE role in this film, and look absolutely delicious. Thankfully there’s a “How-To” video for making them yourself.


“Chocolate lava cake is not just undercooked chocolate cake.”

Chef, 2014

Chef is one of my favorite films in recent years. It actually inspired me to do my Food Truck Challenge this past summer. And now our list has come full circle because CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE.

Note: American Pie, Matilda, and Stand By Me were left off because those scenes only make you lose your appetite.

Do some more memorable scenes come to mind? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter

#TBT Year in Review: 1990

In the year Jennifer Lawrence was born…

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  • The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania for the WWF Title.
  • Microsoft released Windows 3.0.
  • The Berlin Wall was destroyed, East and West Germany reunify into single Germany.
  • The first ever Web Page was written.
  • Muppets creator Jim Henson passed away at the age of 53. 

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And here’s what happened in Movies, Music and Sports…



Home Alone, Pretty Woman, Back to the Future Part III, My Blue Heaven, Air America, Gremlins 2, Another 48 Hours, Cry-Baby, The Freshman, Green Card, Cadillac Man, Bird on a Wire, Look Who’s Talking Too, Alice, Coupe de Ville, The Nasty Girl, Kindergarten Cop, Mermaids, Men at Work, Three Men and a Little Lady, AND…

House Party


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Total Recall, Die Hard 2, Darkman, Dick Tracy, Hard To Kill, Captain America, Predator 2, RoboCop 2, Marked For Death, Days of Thunder, Death Warrant, Rocky V, Quigley Down Under, Revenge, Peacemaker, Young Guns II, The Ambulance, The Rookie, It AND…



Dances With Wolves, Edward Scissorhands, The Godfather Part III, Ghost, Miller’s Crossing, Awakenings, Misery, The Hunt For Red October, Presumed Innocent, The Krays, State of Grace, Lord of the Flies, Memphis Belle, King of New York, Avalon, Reversal of Fortunes, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, Life Is Sweet, Henry & June, Havana, AND…


The 63rd Academy Awards

Best Actor

  • Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves
  • Robert De Niro, Awakenings
  • Gerard DePardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Richard Harris, The Field
  • Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune – Winner

(Reversal of Fortune was the only time Jeremy Irons was nominated for an Oscar)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Andy Garcia, The Godfather Part III
  • Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves
  • Al Pacino, Dick Tracy
  • Bruce Davison, Longtime Companion
  • Joe Pesci, Goodfellas – Winner

(Joe Pesci was nominated once more in 1980 for Raging Bull)

Best Actress

  • Anjelica Huston, The Grifters
  • Julia Roberts, Working Girl
  • Meryl Streep, Postcards From the Edge
  • Joanne Woodward, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
  • Kathy Bates, Misery – Winner

(Kathy Bates was nominated twice more for Primary Colors and About Schmidt )

Best Supporting Actress

  • Annette Bening, The Grifters
  • Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas
  • Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart
  • Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost – Winner

(Whoopi Goldberg was nominated once before in 1985 for The Color Purple)

Best Picture

  • Awakenings
  • Ghost
  • The Godfather Part III
  • Goodfellas
  • Dances with Wolves – Winner

(Dances with Wolves won 7 of the 12 Oscars it was nominated for)


Rock Albums

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Hip Hop Albums

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Pop Albums

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Billboard Year-End Top 25 Songs

01. “Hold On” – Wilson Phillips

02. “It Must Have Been Love” – Roxette

03. “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O’Connor

04. “Poison” – Bell Biv DeVoe

05. “Vogue” – Madonna

06. “Vision of Love” – Mariah Carey

07. “Another Day in Paradise” – Phil Collins

08. “Hold On” – En Vogue

09. “Cradle of Love” – Billy Idol

10. “Blaze of Glory” – Jon Bon Jovi

11. “Do Me!” – Bell Biv DeVoe

12. “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” – Michael Bolton

13. “Pump Up the Jam” – Technotronic

14. “Opposites Attract” – Paula Abdul and The Wild Pair

15. “Escapade” – Janet Jackson

16. “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” – Heart

17. “Close to You” – Maxi Priest

18. “Black Velvet” – Alannah Myles

19. “Release Me” – Wilson Phillips 

20. “Don’t Know Much” – Linda Ronstadt

21. “All Around the World” – Lisa Stansfield

22. “I Wanna Be Rich” – Calloway

23. “Rub You the Right Way” – Johnny Gill

24. “She Ain’t Worth It” – Glenn Medeiros and Bobby Brown

25. “If Wishes Came True” – Sweet Sensation



League Leaders


Average: Eddie Murray (LAD) – .330

Hits: Willie McGee (STL & OAK) – 199

Home Runs: Cecil Fielder (DET) – 51

RBI: Cecil Fielder (DET) – 132

OPS: Rickey Henderson (OAK) – 1.016

Stolen Bases: Vince Coleman (STL) – 77


Wins: Bob Welch (OAK) – 27

ERA: Roger Clemens (BOS) – 1.93

Strikeouts: David Cone (NYM) – 233

Complete Games: Ramon Martinez (LAD) – 12

Shutouts: Mike Morgan (LAD), Bruce Hurst (SD), Dave Stewart (OAK) & Roger Clemens (BOS) – 4

Saves: Bobby Thigpen (CHW) – 57


AL – Rickey Henderson (OAK)

NL – Barry Bonds (PIT)

CY Young

AL – Bob Welch (OAK)

NL – Doug Drabek (PIT)

Rookie of the Year

AL – Sandy Alomar (CLE)

NL – David Justice (ATL)

World Series

Cincinnati Reds sweep Oakland Athletics (4-0)



Final Four

(1) UNLV, (4) Arkansas, (3) Duke and (4) Georgia Tech

National Championship

(1) UNLV over (3) Duke 103-73


League Leaders

Points Per Game: Michael Jordan (CHI) – 33.6

Rebounds Per Game: Hakeem Olajuwon (HOU) – 14.0

Assists Per Game: John Stockton (UTAH) – 14.5

All-NBA Team

Charles Barkley (PHI)

Patrick Ewing (NY)

Magic Johnson (LAL)

Michael Jordan (CHI)

Karl Malone (UTAH)

MVP – Magic Johnson (LAL)

Rookie of the Year – David Robinson (SA)

NBA Finals

Detroit Pistons over Portland Trailblazers (4-1)



Heisman Trophy – Ty Detmer, BYU

National Championship

(2) Georgia Tech was awarded the National Championship after defeating Nebraska in the Citrus Bowl 45-21


League Leaders

Passing Yards: Warren Moon (HOU) – 4,689

Passing Touchdowns: Warren Moon (HOU) – 33

Passer Rating: Jim Kelly (BUF) – 101.2

Rushing Yards: Barry Sanders (DET) – 1,304

Rushing Touchdowns: Derrick Fenner (SEA) & Cleveland Gary (LA) – 14

Receiving Yards: Jerry Rice (SF) – 1,502

Receiving Touchdowns: Jerry Rice (SF) – 13

Receptions: Jerry Rice (SF) – 100

AP MVP – Joe Montana (SF)

Super Bowl XXV

New York Giants over Buffalo Bills 20-19


League Leaders

Goals: Brett Hull (STL) – 72

Assists: Wayne Gretzky (LA) – 102

Points: Wayne Gretzky (LA) – 142

Hart Memorial Trophy – Mark Messier (EDM)

Stanley Cup


Edmonton Oilers over Boston Bruins 4-1

Did I miss anything? Let me know on Twitter @Mike_PiFF03 or on Facebook.

Also checkout past #TBT Years in Review.












Movie Madness: Sweet Sixteen Winners

Heck of a weekend, huh?

And while we took a breather from the Madness (off the court) yesterday, the matchups only get tougher now…

[Update]: Closing has closed. Winners are below.

(1) The Godfather


(5) The Shawshank Redemption

(3) Pulp Fiction


(10) Good Will Hunting

(1) Die Hard


(4) Gladiator

(3) Jaws


(2) The Dark Knight

(1) Animal House


(4) Ghostbusters

(2) Caddyshack


(14) Office Space

(1) Star Wars


(4) The Avengers

(3) Lord of the Rings


(2) Raiders of the Lost Ark

Elite Eight voting will begin tomorrow at 12:30 PM at

Movie Madness: The Dirty Thirty Two Winners

Welcome to the next round…

50 Cent Patrick

…the Dirty Thirty Two.

[Update]: Voting has closed. The winners are below and have advanced to the Sweet 16. Voting will resume again Monday morning, March 30th on

(4) Goodfellas


(5) Shawshank Redemption

(6) The Untouchables


(3) Jaws

(1) Animal House


(9) Wayne’s World

(7) Toy Story


(2) Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

(11) Almost Famous


(3) Pulp Fiction

(1) Die Hard


(8) Mission Impossible

(5) Blues Brothers


(4) Ghostbusters

(1) Star Wars


(9) Jurassic Park

(10) Good Will Hunting


(15) Rocky

(5) Tombstone


(4) Gladiator

(6) Blazing Saddles


(14) Office Space

(6) Field of Dreams


(3) Lord of the Rings

(1) The Godfather


(8) Forrest Gump

(10) The Matrix


(2) The Dark Knight

(7) Anchorman


(2) Caddyshack

(5) Guardians of the Galaxy


(4) The Avengers


Movie Madness: Round of 64 Part II

Day 1 Voting Continued…


[Update] Voting has closed. Winners below.

(3) Monty Python and the Holy Grail


(14) Office Space

(8) Mission Impossible


(9) Kill Bill

(7) Toy Story


(10) The Lego Movie

(2) Citizen Kane


(15) Rocky

(4) Ghostbusters


(13) This Is Spinal Tap

(5) Tombstone


(12) Snatch

(6) Field of Dreams


(11) Ocean’s Eleven

(1) The Godfather


(16) The Departed

Voting will remain open until 11 PM CT. Share with your friends to vote for your favorites. You can also Tweet your votes to @Mike_PiFF03 with #MovieMadness. Vote for Part I matchups by clicking HERE!

The 2015 Movie Madness Bracket


I understand not everybody is into basketball, or even sports for that matter. So for the past few years (with the help of some awesome people), I have released a TV Madness bracket for the masses to vote on. Dexter vs. The Wire, Friends vs. How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad vs. Mad Men, Game of Thrones vs. The Walking Dead…It was a good time. 

This year we’re switching things up and moving from the small screen to the silver screen. Movies from several genres and eras…there’s certainly something for everyone. We’ve also added 2 Play-In Games to expand the field to 68, much like the NCAA Tournament. Voting for the Play-In Games will start HERE tomorrow (3/25) morning. The REAL THING will begin 3/26 and voting will be open till 11 PM CST each day. 

Obviously everything is subjective with the seedings, but let’s take a closer look at each region for you to start making your picks!

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The De Niro/Brando Region

This is a very Drama filled region, and not the kind you get in Mean Girls. Most of these films have ranked high in the typical “all-time” lists, and are likely the ones that “Shawshank” you when they are played on AMC…

(For future reference, being “Shawshanked” happens when you catch a film on TV and no matter the point you tune into, or what time it is, you have to finish the film.)

(1) The Godfather
Matchup To Watch:

(3) Pulp Fiction vs. (14) Fight Club

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The Willis/Statham Region

Like Explosions? Gunfights? Epic oneliners?…What do you mean “No”? Get the hell out of here!  

(1) Die Hard
Matchup To Watch:

(8) Top Gun vs. (9) The Matrix

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The Belushi/Murray Region

This is the kind of “funny” Henry Hill was referring to when he pissed off Pesci in Goodfellas. Had to give John and Bill the region’s title considering they star in 4 of the above films. 

(1) Animal House

Matchup To Watch:

(7) Anchorman vs. (1) The Big Lebowski

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The Harrison Ford/Clooney Region

This region is a fun mix for fans of adventure, fantasy, and other miscellaneous awesomeness. Yes, I understand “Harrison Ford” is the only one to get his full name in a region…but when have you ever referred to him by just his first or last name? He also stars in the Top 2 seeds.

(1) Star Wars

Matchup to Watch:

(7) Toy Story vs. (10) The Lego movie

Check in tomorrow morning (3/25) as voting for the Play-In games will begin. Votes on Twitter directed to @Mike_PiFF03 with the hashtag #MovieMadness will also be counted. Feel free to fill out your own copy of the bracket and Tweet it to me to be shared.