Cinema Cravings

You don’t have to be a “foodie” to get it.

There are scenes in movies that make you hungry, and for very specific foods.

Just a few examples.

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love. Margherita Pizza

Clemenza's sauce

The Godfather. Clemenza’s Sauce

French Onion Julie and Julia

Julie and Julia. French Onion Soup.


Chocolat. The entire movie.


Harold and Kumar get their White Castle.

Mac Cheese

Home Alone. Mac and Cheese.


Pulp Fiction. Five Dollar Milkshake.




Twister. Aunt Meg’s Steak and Eggs.


Lady and the Tramp. Spaghetti.

And I have to include what might be my all time favorite. I have been known to go an extra 40 blocks on the subway in New York City, just to get a Gray’s Papaya hot dog.

Gray's Papaya Foodmaps

Gray’s Papaya. Hard to describe.

The only remaining store is at 72nd and Broadway. It is worth the trip.

In the movie Fools Rush In, Matthew Perry’s character understood.

So did Selma Hayek.

So did his mother who shipped them to Las Vegas as a birthday surprise.

He only used 4 words to describe the taste.

“Oh…Oh… Oh… Oh.”

Time for a road trip ?


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64 Responses to Cinema Cravings

  1. yumm this all makes me think, breakfast!

  2. Lady and The Tramp spaghetti…
    Oh oh oh oh

  3. Yum. Chocolat did it for me 🙂 But that French Onion Soup? I know what’s for dinner tonight!

  4. The V Pub says:

    This post gave me the hungry horrors, Van! Lunch can’t get here soon enough.

  5. Erica Herd says:

    Oh, you must see “The Big Night” with Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub. That will make you hungry too.

  6. wgr56 says:

    Kudos for mentioning Gray’s Papaya, although I regret to inform you it’s NOT my favorite hot dog!

    • I spent a lot of time in Michigan, the home of the original Greek Coney Island dog…also a favorite. With Gray’s, it’s not the dog for me, it’s that topping that is unique. Thanks, Gnome. p.s…your favorite ??? ☺

      • wgr56 says:

        The chili dogs at Podnuh’s, a defunct eatery in San Antonio were out of this world, but my all-time favorite is the green chili hot dog at Blake’s Lotaburger, a New Mexico outfit.

      • There is a BBQ- topped dog here in Pennsylvania, but it doesn’t compare to the chili dogs from the Southwest…lacks spice. Thanks for sharing. ☺

  7. roofbreaker says:

    I just watch the movie Chocolat and I wanted to make a cup of that chocolate drink with chile pepper ever since. So true I can’t tell you how I love to snack when I’m watching a great movie.

  8. C.E.Robinson says:

    I’m not a “foodie,” Van, and I still love food associations with movies! Just saw “Burnt” with Bradley Cooper, and WOW… Incredible dishes! Your Monday post refreshing and delicious!!💛 Elizabeth

  9. Elyse says:

    Oooh, onion soup. Sounds just perfect. And I even have that recipe!

  10. Val Boyko says:

    Sounds like something is trying to get your attention 😀

  11. George says:

    Why haven’t I ever heard of Grays? I have to get there next time I’m in the city. What makes them so good? How are made? The best I’ve ever had was at Rutts Hutt in New Jersey. The deep fry them and make the best homemade relish.

    • The dogs are grilled, but the sweet onion sauce is what makes them special. Vidalia onions, butter, tomato paste, tabasco, corn syrup, garlic, spices. Papaya refers to the juice served with them. They are also one of the cheapest meals in Manhattan. ☺

  12. Nurse Kelly says:

    My mouth is watering, Van! I guess I haven’t lived yet, cause I haven’t had a Gray’s Papaya!!!

  13. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Thanks…..I am hungry now! 😉

  14. joey says:

    Haha! I don’t have this, but I have it with books! Did you read Like Water for Chocolate? OH MY WORD!
    Also, whenever I read anything by Amy Tan, I must have potstickers and cooked cabbage and silky soft cake! Without fail, I swear the dumpling descriptions KILL ME! The potstickers I order 😉

    • You’re so right, Joey….reading about food can stay with you much longer. 🍕 🍝 🍜 🍲 Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” is an early example. I saw “Like Water” but didn’t read the book. ☺

  15. amommasview says:

    Now you made me hungry!!!

  16. kingmidget says:

    Just need to be clear about something based on the first image … is there a problem with having a relationship with a pizza? Cause if there is, I got problems. Huge problems.

  17. Creme Brulee. I miss Creme Brulee.

    • I got it this time. It was perfect, I found myself smiling the whole way through.☺☺☺

      Eating is always so sensual. These 2 folks understood. The shellfish scenes got to me the most. We lived in Maryland where steamed crabs were a local ritual…the process was as much fun as the flavors. Thanks so much, Derrick, and where on earth did you find this one ???

  18. markbialczak says:

    Yes, Van, sometimes I swear I can smell the food on the big screen in the theater, so well done is the scene. ❤

  19. Cinema is a fantastic excuse to indulge 😊

  20. nimi naren says:

    Such pictures when I’m just trying to knock some sense into my diet 😉😉

  21. Paul S says:

    It’s lunch time here in the UK and my mouth is now watering!

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