Pizzeria Mozza: In Want of A Wow Pizza

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 29, 2011

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As I stepped into Pizzeria Mozza I was knee deep in the Los Angeles portion of my West Coast escapade.  By then, my stomach was well-coated with some of LA’s greatest culinary offerings; but, that didn’t diminish my anticipation for this pie.  Stationed just off Melrose Ave, one of Hollywood’s many famed thoroughfares, Mozza is widely cited pizza mecca as this Mario Batali/Nancy Silverton/Joseph Bastianich pizza joint comes backed by reputations steeped in greatness.

Greatness might be an understatement.  Pizzeria Mozza has received lustful and unequivocally reverent praise from the famed Michelin Guide, the LA Times, the gang at SLICE, and just about every other foodie known to you or me.  The bustling atmosphere and oodles of pizza porn further galvanized my about to be realized dreams.

Even on a random mid-afternoon Sunday, the pizzeria teemed with energy.  Tables were full and bar patrons happily munched and drank the afternoon away.  Meanwhile, servers whisked about and Mozza’s crack commando team of pizzaiolos slung dough with the symphonic-like moves of a master Kapellmeister.  I was expecting to be face first in pizza glory just as soon as I could wrangle myself a seat.

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Marge Simpson Will Be A Terrible Food Critic 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 09, 2011

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We all know how important it is for a food critic to be anonymous when visiting a restaurant.  So you can imagine my dismay when I first heard that this week’s episode The Simpsons, entitled The Food Wife, is centered around Marge Simpson and her foray into the world of gastronomy.  Here are a few reasons why Marge is the wrong member of the family to take on food blogging and a little peek into the episode itself.

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Bitter Feast: Food Blogging Is A Dangerous Hobby [Movies]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 29, 2010

It’s nice to know I have friends in this world.  One such concerned citizen (aka DatealiciousATL) was kind enough to send me this little warning.  Ever wonder what happens when a blogger goes too far?  Well, Thanks to director Joe Maggio, with help from celebrity chef Mario Batali, we now have an answer.

Bitter Feast is a small budget film that debuted just last week.  It’s about JT Franks, an uppity food blogger with a pension for a sharp quill.  No word on if and when it will hit the ATL.  Although you might wish to think otherwise, JT Franks is not an anagram for Foodie Buddha.

Super Chef Battle Goes Live: Iron Chef America Season 8 Premier [TV Shows] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 03, 2010

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I’ve been waiting months for this evening.  The Food Network should be the “it” place for all foodies.  In what is sure to be lots of fun, Iron Chef America’s season premier is tonight.  The episode, tagged as the Super Chef Battle, will feature Mario Batali & Emeril Lagasse on one side, and Bobby Flay & Cristeta Comerford on the other.  Comerford, in case you are wondering, spends her days as the executive chef for our first family.  Michelle Obama will also make an appearance.  Keep reading for all the goods!

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Super Chef Battle: Iron Chef America Goes To The White House [TV Shows] 16

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 14, 2009

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Though I’m a much bigger fan of the Japanese original (that’s a wiki link), Iron Chef America isn’t half bad.  Hosted by Atlanta’s own Alton Brown on the Food Network, the competition show features a number of great cooks (remember the Richard Blais episode?).

Now, a couple of Iron Chef’s (Mario Batali & Bobby Flay), will join Emeril Lagasse in a Super Chef Battle at the White House.  I must admit, it saddened me to hear that Atlanta’s White House Restaurant was not the hosting location.  Instead, the trio will take a trip to our nation’s capital to challenge White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford and first lady Michelle Obama.

The episode, a two-hour special, will premier Sunday January 3rd, 2010 at 8pm.  The challenge at hand?  Create a meal for America using the White House Kitchen’s local produce as the secret ingredient.  Talk about taking Farm to Table to the next level?  I’ll be watching!

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Sam Sifton Starts His New York Times Tenure With DBGB 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 14, 2009

rypple dinner at DBGB by @MSG.

Chef Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar just received a noteworthy 2-star review [very good] in the NY Times.  The review marks Sam Sifton’s debut as the food critic for the NY mega-paper, a post previously occupied by the well-known and somewhat controversial Frank Bruni.  Sifton has a distinctly different style than Bruni, who kicked off his last stint with a discussion of Mario Batali’s Babbo.  I know there’s a good chance ya’ll won’t care about what’s what in NYC … but I thought it was still worth a mention here.

Watch Richard Blais & Eli Kirshtein Take On Mario Batali On Iron Chef America [Repeats]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 09, 2009

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Get your DVRs ready for Saturday afternoon.  Long before he graced our screen as the darling of Top Chef, Atlanta’s own Richard Blais showed up TV sets across the states on an episode of the Food Network’s Iron Chef America.  The challenge, which took place back in ‘06, featured chickpeas as the ingredient du jour and a battle of fisticuffs between Blais and the well-regarded Mario Batali.

Keen eyes will notice the One Midtown Kitchen logo across Blais’ breastplate.  At the time of filming, he was the executive chef at 1MK.  Appropriately, Blais brought his sous chef at the time, one Eli Kirshtein, along for the ride.

For those unfamiliar with the show, a challenger will enter a 1-hr cook-off against one of a stable of cook masters, appropriately named “Iron Chefs.”  The trick is that a single ingredient is used as the basis for the meal.  Though I much prefer the Japanese version, complete with kitschy voice dubbings, the US version comes with Alton Brown’s quick witted commentary.  I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it yet.

And speaking of Blais, you’ll be able to get your fill of him on Saturday.  In what is probably a coincidence, Richard and his funktastic hairdo will be on the main stage of Taste of Atlanta 2009 from 12pm-12:45pm.  So head out in the early afternoon to see him live, then check him out on the tube just before dinner time.

Battle Chickpeas: Batali vs. Blais

Re-airs on the Food Network on Saturday October 10th, 2009.

5pm-6pm, 11pm-12am, 2am-3am (on Sunday)
Comcast channel 57 or 857 for HD

All You Need For A Clean House: Cheeseburgers

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 01, 2009

Who knew… but apparently all you need to keep a clean house is one of these kick ass little 4”x3” burger vacuums.  I’m not exactly sure what the white stuff is… perhaps an onion…maybe an egg!  Does it work?  Who cares!  This is almost sure to join Little Mario on my toy shelf.

Laugh Of The Day: Mario Batali Wind-Up Toy, It’ll Make You Flip Your Spaghetti 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 23, 2009

Damn Cool!  This will most definitely find it’s way onto my toy shelf (warning: crappy phone pic).  You can buy it on robotoys.com.

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Great Italian Recipes from Babbo NYC

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 14, 2009

People who know me are aware of my love for good Italian food.  Mario Batali is one of the more well known executers of that fine cuisine.  In addition, he helped craft the talents of Bruce Logue.  Yesterday, I wrote extensively on Bruce’s La Pietra Cucina (here).

Well, I thought I’d supplement that post by drawing your attention to a great resource for those of you who want inspiration in the kitchen.  Babbo NYC provides an extensive list of recipes on their website.  Be sure to check out the ingredient of the month, as the restaurant takes the time to give you a good understanding of some important components of Italian food.

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