A Medical Diagnosis From Staplehouse

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 04, 2013

For those of you who follow my blog and the ATL food scene with any semblance of frequency, you probably know about Ryan Hidinger and his wife Jen.  They put together Staplehouse, perhaps the best supper club this city has to offer.

Well, Ryan is very very sick.  I’m not going to dress this up; rather, I’ll just point you to this post if you care to find out more.  Go check them out on the Staplehouse facebook page and spend some time over on the Staplehouse website.  They have a mailing list you can sign up for, which will be the best way to keep up with what they are dealing with.

Gato Arigato: Baton Supper Series Is Back … Sort Of

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 09, 2012

noodle porn from ivan ramen at baton supper series

Baton Supper Series, that “on hiatus” underground supper club run out of Gato Bizco in Candler Park is revving up again.  Moses Archuleta & Bryson Tedford, who brought us awesomeness like this, mass mailed some people earlier tonight with some information.  All you need to know is in the email, which I’ve posted after the jump.

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Breaking Bad Thanksgiving

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 20, 2012

Breaking Bad is great TV.  Turkey is great holiday [yes … I know that’s a grammatically flawed sentence].  Meanwhile, Breaking Bad + Thanksgiving makes for interesting cooking demonstrations.  Witness …

Enjoy!

[via here]

Silver Fox Alert: Laying Over in Atlanta #Spoilers

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 02, 2012

While I’m honestly the last person to care about celebrity sightings, I can make an exception every now and then.  Case in point: the mythical Silver Fox has been spotted in Atlanta.  Anthony Bourdain, known to his friends and cohorts as Tony Bourdain, is in Atlanta right now filming for the soon to be defunct TV show “The Layover.”

While I’m not sure when this episode will air, it is in fact the final shoot for The Layover … so there’s something momentous in that.  So if you happen to see a sporty red Challenger whizz by you over the next few days, don’t be alarmed.  That’s just Tony being Tony.

He’s already been firing some guns with Empire State South exec chef Ryan Smith and he dropped in at Octane Coffee/Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park.  There are a few more destinations sprinkled in … but what fun is it if I tell you all of that now! ;-)  #MuHa

For those unfamiliar, The Layover is a show geared towards those food curious travelers who are simply in town on a mere pit stop.  It’s on the Travel Channel, and even though I prefer No Reservations (Tony’s other show) … some Tony is always better than no Tony.

The Popinator: The Automatic Popcorn Delivery System

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 17, 2012

In today’s edition of “excessively overblown use of technology to deliver a product nobody really actually needs” (otherwise known as #WTF), a company by the name of Popcorn Indiana gives us The Popinator.  Apparently, this popcorn popper not only cooks your corn kernels, it also fires them in your general exact location using all sorts of fancy, smart person’s technology.

If one ignores rational thought regarding constructive use of time, then there is absolutely no reason to doubt that this is actually real.  That said, it appears to be nothing more than a functional proof of concept.  Thus, it’s not for sale.  Which is shocking, b/c who isn’t interested in having their face assaulted by flying popcorn kernels.  I wonder how it does with butter …

[PI via Reddit]

Self-Freezing Coke Exists

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 01, 2012

As Coca-Cola is from Atlanta, you’d kind of get the feeling that we’d have access to all the latest and greatest products the company produces.  Well, not so much …

Prime example number 1: there’s apparently a coke machine in Hong Kong that doles out bottles of coke that will freeze upon the introduction of H20 (also known as opening the bottle).  Pretty awesome stuff … though I’m not entirely sure why they couldn’t just sell coke that’s already frozen.

Kevin Gillespie & Gunshow: Teaser Information

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 30, 2012

So the cat is officially half out of the bag.  After a lot of public maneuvering, the powers that be finally went “on the record” and announced that Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie is all but wrapped at Woodfire Grill (you didn’t know he was a TC contestant until I told you … right?).  Gillespie is being supplanted by E.J. Hodgkinson, the longtime #2, who has often been the guy cooking your food.

What they’re not exactly telling you right now is his next step.  Even though Gillespie saved the Cheshire Bridge restaurant from the brink after Michael Tuohy departed for Sacramento, the writing has been on the wall for this move for months (and some might say years).  So you can buy Fire in My Belly … that cookbook thing; but, he also has plans for a new restaurant (which I already alluded to in a kind of snobbish/roundabout way).

Time’s a little short so pardon the lack of elaboration … but so far, the deets are as follow: the name of the restaurant is slated to be Gunshow.  As of now, the location is in earshot of The Shed at Glenwood, but that *might* still change.  It’s supposed to be porktastic.  More elaboration if/when I have more than a moment.

Delicious Anticipation: EMP + Alinea = 21st Century Limited [Cool Videos]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 24, 2012

This is what happens when two of the best restaurants in the country (Eleven Madison Park and Alinea) team up together:

Granted this is more interesting for those of us general food fanatics than it is for anyone belted down here in Atlanta.  However, that’s a pretty awesome teaser video, and one can only imagine what Grant Achatz and Daniel Humm have up their sleeves.  They have a facebook page, so monitor that if you want to keep up with the news drip.

H&F Bread Co’s Loss is Alon’s Gain: Rob Alexander Moves To Alon’s 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 23, 2012

Not 24-hours after Holeman & Finch Bread Company opened their doors to the general public do we have some even bigger news.  Rob Alexander, the wunderkind head baker at H+F, has moved to Alon’s Bakery, another titan of ATL’s bread scene.

Even if you don’t know Alexander by name (cough … Tami …), you certainly know his work.  HFBC provides bread to many area restaurants.  Alexander has plenty of bread certifications, cut his teeth in France, slung flour with Thomas Keller, and has done great work wherever he’s gone. Dude is for real.

While I have your attention, this seems like an opportune time to mention the post on Alexander written by the better half of Ambiguously Foodie Duo over on Eat It Atlanta.  That’s one of the best food articles to come out of Atlanta’s writing culture, so give it a read if you haven’t.

Meanwhile, mark my words: this is the most notable movement in the Atlanta restaurant scene in at least the last year … if not longer.  On a more practical note, this isn’t like a new chef showing up at a new restaurant, so noticeable changes will probably take a little bit to come to fruition.

* Props to the Eat It for his twitter creativity for the post title.

Holeman & Finch Bread Co. Hath Risen … Officially Open 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 20, 2012

ramen bread at holeman + finch

Here’s some good news: that buttery, glowing siren of bread pictured above is now available 7-days a week.  That’s right …  Holeman & Finch Bread Company (unofficially known as Atlanta’s best bakery) has officially opened its doors to the general public.  The technical term is “walk-ins now accepted,” but I don’t know anyone who’s tried this stuff that has the patience for walking in order to procure such goodness.

If you’re in the minority of folks who read this blog but haven’t tasted head baker Rob Alexander’s work; you don’t really have much of an excuse now. If you don’t feel like getting up at the ass crack of dawn on a Saturday to grab it from a farmer’s market and/or haven’t visited any of the handful of shops that sell it, I’d encourage you to hustle over as soon as you have a second. Keep in mind, it’s open 7-days a week until 4pm  And with that, I’m off to go get my drink on.

H&F Bread Co. Address & Information

1401 Ellsworth Industrial Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 // view map
404.350.8877 // // menu
Cuisine: Bakery // Price Range: $

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