Turn Your iPhone Into A Food Worthy Camera 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 13, 2011

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For those food bloggers who use an iPhone 4 (or 4s) as their camera, taking good food photographs is one of the biggest challenges you come across.  As it happens, a company by the name of Photojojo is trying to make things easier on you by giving attachable lenses for your iPhone.

As the power behind mobile phones increases with each generation, so to does the technical prowess of the cameras inside.  Pixel counts increase, new lenses are incorporated, and iPhone apps like Instagram and Flickr are available to make it easier to take good food photographs.  But no matter how good your photography skills, no matter how many pixels power that cellphone camera, and no matter how many apps you have, iPhone users have always had to deal with the limitations of having just one lens.

To help remedy that, Photojojo has released three tiny camera lenses that magnetically attach to your iPhone or iPad.  The idea is that these external lenses will help you take better pictures.  While I have yet to use these (as I don’t have an iPhone), the lenses seem like a legit purchase.

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There is a a 180-degree fisheye lens, 2x telephoto lens, and a 0.68x wide-angle lens (which also doubles as a macro lens).  If you shop the Photojojo store, the fisheye lens will run you $25 while the other two will cost $20 a piece.  However, if you buy the complete set, it’s just $49.00.  However, I poked around on the internet and found the entire set for less than $30 from a number of retailers.

To use the lenses, you have to attach a metal ring to your phone’s lens (using an adhesive).  Then, each lens can snap magnetically to the ring.  It sounds like a good system and feedback on the lens quality seems pretty good; although, a few people have complained that the attachment blocks the phone’s flash.  As a food photographer, that shouldn’t be a major concern to you.  So while buying a dedicated point-and-shoot (or even a full dSLR) is the way to go if you’re looking for top quality food pictures, the Photojojo set seems like an inexpensive alternative.  I’m curious to know what other phones this may work on.  If anyone of you has tried these, please hit us with some feedback in the comments section!  You can also find some sample shots over on TUAW.

Soto New York [Out of Town]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 06, 2011

Like every other Atlanta foodie, a short while back I dropped in the food Mecca that is New York.  It was an ungodly trip of lusty, slutty, completely inappropriate foodie indulgence and I’m just now getting my thoughts organized and my photos online.  I’ve long talked of my man love for Sotohiro Kosugi.  The guy artist super hero is now up to two Michelin Stars.  I think eating at Soto every time you (or me for that matter) hit NYC would be a good thing.  For space’s sake, I was not able to include all the pictures; however, you can find the full Soto New York picture set on Flickr.  Without further adieu, Soto Sushi in in pictures #Amazing #BeJealous #LetsGetItOn

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Hi Bento Box, Meet Where The Wild Things Are [Laugh Of The Day] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 11, 2009

I love bentō boxes.  They are just cool on so many levels.  And what better way to promote your love of all things bentō by mixing bentō art with Where The Wild Things Are, that upcoming film from cinemalista bad ass Spike Jonze.  Puttering around on the internet today, I decided to visit Anna The Red, one of my favorite off-beat food blogs.  Anna, who is all about bentō art, hasn’t been as prolific with her content in the past few months as she was initially, but that doesn’t mean she’s any less poignant.

Bentō, which is a single-portion meal usually designed for travel, is very popular in Japanese cuisine.  Not surprising, we have turned a traditional element of Japanese culture into a pop-obsession.  With that, enjoy these samplings, and then head over to Anna’s blog for some more goodies.  You can also get a full fledged attack of bentō art on her flickr feed.

Bento #65: Where the Wild Things Are 

Will Travel, Must Eat: ATLiens Hit Seattle … Go Neener-Neener With Deliciousness

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 02, 2009

While I found myself out of town much of August, I didn’t make it too far west of the mighty Mississippi.  On the other hand, several Atlanta foodies followed Hardy’s lead and made a beeline for the Left Coast.

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It started with EatItAtlanta, where joined Viking Hardy at the 2009 Wine Bloggers Conference.  Luckily, he was kind enough to give us a potpourri post covering the food (previously mentioned here).  A few weeks later, the jet setter decided to go camping outside Seattle.  Forever the dedicated blogger, Eat It made sure to capture some of the scene-age and advise us as to how a foodie gets a proper meal while in the great outdoors.

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Shortly thereafter, Eat, Drink, Man decided to continue the torture with a trip of his own to Washington state.  Joined by June Shin (twitter), of June Shin Designs, the duo holed up in some of Seattle’s best eateries.  While many people tell me how much they love good food photography, I have a more love-hate relationship with the activity.  Much of the hate is now directed at Eat, Drink, Man … as his pictures are fantastic and I’m left wondering why I didn’t go visit my peeps in Seattle.

While the trip culminated with a day of sea creatures, EDM hit up the famed Pike’s Place Market, dined at Maximilien, and skipped on over to Whidbey Island.

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The pictures from the trip are plentiful and painfully appealing to even the most casual glance … if you’re a glutton for punishment, take a gander at the full set of 112 pics!

And with that, I begrudgingly sign-off.

Killer Tomato Fest (In Pictures – Not Mine) 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 11, 2009

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Though I continue my world travels, I still check in on what’s going on in the ATL.  This past Sunday was the Georgia Organics Attack Of The Killer Tomato Festival.  A number of foodies got all amped about this. In fact, two of my favorite blogs (Savory Exposure and Running With Tweezers) got in on the action picture style.  Savory E went nuts last Wednesday and produced a mean series of redness.  Tami from Running With Tweezers didn’t post to her blog; however, she put together one sweet ass set over on flickrThe cookie pic is definitely my fav!  Anyone else got some linkage to add to this post?

La Pietra Cucina Renovations Officially Underway 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 15, 2009

Yesterday, Papa Buddha and I hit up Bruce Logue’s La Pietra Cucina, our go to lunch destination.  Since it opened, people have lambasted the establishment for its “decor.”  Well, all that’s about to change as the main dining area has been sealed off and the windows have been filled with the following sign:

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I’m curious to see what changes May will bring.  I find myself squarely in the minority on this one.  I really liked the size of the place and can only hope the intimacy of the experience is not lost.  I don’t want hustle and bustle with my Cucina; rather, I want slow and smooth.  Anyway, it is what it is.

As always, the food kicks some major butt!  Everything was top notch and the Buddha boys left with full bellies and nothing but naps in our future!  Here are a few snapshots to wet your whistle… but you can also check out the Flickr Set if you want some more shots.

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La Pietra Cucina Restaurant Address & Information:
1545 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309 // P: 404.888.8709

We Got Pictures 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 31, 2009

I’m no Broderick, but I have started taking pictures.  Here are a few shots from my trip to Varasano’s Pizzeria on Sunday, March 29th, 2009.

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Pics of the food after the jump!

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Coolest Resignation Letter … EVER 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 16, 2009

So in these tough economic times, the thought of someone quitting their job seems down right dumb.  However, we often hear of extenuating circumstances.  Such is the case for one W. Neil Berrett.  The guy found himself in between a rock and a hard place: personal needs that demanded his attention or paying his bills.

As a result, Berrett elected to spend more time with his family.  He said goodbye to his peeps at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and he did so in style.  There was no calligraphy, no funky photoshop job, and no “stick it to the man” message.  Instead, there was a gigantic, sweet, and delicious cake with an eloquently “iced” message.  Good luck Mr. Berrett, I hope the future treats you well.

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Today I gave a two week’s notice of my intent to resign. The letter was written in frosting on a full sheet size cake. The cake was delicious and it was well received.

Dear Mr. Bowers,
During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.

However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.

Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.
Sincerely,
W. Neil berrett"

[From Flickr via too many sources]

Techies Cook! You Too Can Make Your Own Pasta 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 23, 2009

So while we may not win any culinary awards, those of us who make our money in the technology sector still know a thing or two about food.  Case in point: EatItAtlanta.com is run by one such person and Jeff Varasano cut his teeth sitting at a terminal [Jeff may invalidate my opening statement if his pizza place drops it like it’s hot]. Enter Jeremy Zawodny.

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Barak Obama Inauguration Cookies

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 20, 2009

While FoodieBuddha is not associated with any political ideology, movement, feeling, innuendo, or any other descriptive … I do know cool when I see it.  In the spirit of today’s activities … check this out:

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That’s right!  That’s a cookie homage to the portrait of Obama as depicted by Shepard Fairey.  The cookies are the work of Zoe Lukas from Whipped Bake Shop.  You can see the entire set on Flickr and you can buy them online here.

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