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.

Documentary On Baristas In The Works? [Film]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 09, 2010

Y’all remember that post on the South East Barista Competition … right?  To catch you up if you didn’t:

* Barista is that fancy name for the person who makes your coffee (or tea)
* The one’s at Octane Coffee kick ass
* There’s this competition every year, and last year, Octane kicked ass and took names

Okay, now that we all know what we’re talking about … here’s what little I know.  Octane Coffee mentioned on their twitter feed that Redding Hill was making a documentary.  Well, the Redding hill website seems to be just a landing page and their twitter feed makes some reference to the endeavor.  Nothing earth shattering here.  Rather, it’s more of an interesting tidbit that might develop into something more notable.

The Prodigal Son Returns …

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 21, 2009


So ya’ll are probably wondering where I’ve been all day.  Well, intentions to post my next diatribe were summarily squashed about 3-hours ago when a certain gentleman danced across my horizon (literally – he did a jig).  Ladies and gents, Hardy is back … but for a limited time only.  Yes, I’m sad to say that I’m pretty sure we’ve lost this crown jewel (but don’t say I didn’t warn you).  In any event, he’s back and he’s bad!

We spent the last few hours chatting each other up … and it’s just the type of conversation that gets you all warm and fuzzy.  The dude is the tits, end of discussion.  Remember to give him a follow as he cavorts around Cali.  If you’re a man (or lady) around town, don’t be surprised if you see him at a hot spot near you.  Back to the 9-5, until tomorrow when I’ll pontificate some more ramblings.

Atlanta’s Westside Blowing Up – And The NY Times Knows It 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 22, 2009

the dining room at abattoir
                                                                                                                    (the dining room at Abattoir)

In today’s edition of the NYT, Shaila Dewan decided to talk up the burgeoning art scene on the west side of Atlanta.  Despite a few journalistic faux pas, it’s a nice summary piece on the neighborhood.  What’s especially neat for us foodies is that Dewan took the time to point out some of the ‘hoods culinary adventures that have garnered so much attention locally.

In the spirit of the article, I must say that if forced to identify the in-town neighborhood with the most action, it would undoubtedly be the Westside.  Centered around the intersection of 14th street and Howell Mill, you’ll find casual eateries, upscale dining options, and several of Atlanta’s hottest new restaurants.  The article draws special attention to Octane, Flip Burger Boutique, Abattoir, Hop City Beer, and Sublime Doughnuts (with a nice quote from owner Kamal Grant).

The article is really just the tip of the iceberg.  If you intend to spend anytime over in that neck of the woods, then you’ll also find the highly regarded Antico Pizza, sandwich shop Tiny Bistro, and popular breakfast spots like The West Egg and The Silver Skillet.   And that list is far from exhaustive.

So if you’re a bit of a homebody and looking for something new … take some of your free time and donate it to the Westside.

Octane Coffee Eastside Opens In Emory Village

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 26, 2009


On Thursday, I made another one of my near daily stops over at Octane Coffee.  While there, I was informed of the good news.  After months and months of waiting, the wildly popular coffee shop opened their satellite location over in Emory Village (just around the corner from Emory University).  Open since early last week, it sounds like Octane Eastside is already hopping.

Though I have yet to make it out there and inspect the site, I’m sure it’s killer.  In the meantime, be aware that the Eastside location has shorter hours (6a-8p M-F & 8a-8p S-S).

Alright ya’ll … back to some football.  Buddha … OUT!

Octane Coffee Eastside Address & Information

1593 N. Decatur Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 // 404.585.4210 // Octane website // Octane menu

Chinese/Yixing Pee-Pee Boy Doesn’t Actually Make Your Tea Taste Like Pee [Laugh Of The Day] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 21, 2009

If you know me, you know I love tea … particularly Rooibos (pronounced ROY-Boss), keep that in mind as you progress through this rant.  Last night, over a very kick ass glass of Earl Grey at Octane Coffee, a good friend was kind enough to give my life a whole new meaning.  She is as well traveled as they come and our topic of choice turned to her time in China.  Turns out, there is this thing called the Pee-Pee Boy.  It is perhaps the greatest completely useless but totally cool invention known to mankind… AND IT GOES WITH TEA!!!!  In reality, the Pee-Pee Boy is this mythically important part of Chinese culture (okay – not really) and it is used to tell you when your tea water is appropriately hot.

Okay, so here’s the deal: You take these little dolls and submerge them into cold water.  The instructions tell me that you have to leave it there for 30-minutes.  After that, you pour your tea water over the doll and watch it go to work.  The hotter the water, the farther the … uh … stream.

Being the obsessively curious person that I am, I just had to see if I could locate one of these gems.  Though I was sure I would have to pay at least $20 for a little bundle of joy, and perhaps a hefty shipping tag, I received quite a nice surprise.  An intense internet search led me to the Bird Pick Tea & Herb and their quaint little website.  Turns out, they sell not one, but two of these joyous little cherubs.  Feast your eyes on the Yixing Pee-Pee Boy (linky) and the Yixing Pee-Pee Pig (linky):

chinese-pee-pee-boy yixing-pee-pee-pig

Coming in at $3.00 a pop, you can bet yourself a pretty penny that I ordered these ASAP.  In honor of her contributions to the bettering of all mankind, HK is most certainly getting one of these!!!!  Hopefully, Bird Pick is legitimate.  If so, I’ll be sure to post a video of these things to my newly available YouTube channel just as soon as I get my grubby little hands on them.

Octane Rocks The Southeast Regional Barista Competition

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 16, 2009


So for those of you that did not visit the SRBC (internal) this past weekend, here is all you need to know: Octane!

I don’t drink coffee on anything close to a regular basis (maybe 5 times in the past 10 years); however, I know the goods when I see the goods… and Octane my friends … is the goods.

I’ll dispense with the silly coffee puns and get to the point: Baristas Danielle Glasky and Crystal Rodgers placed first and second.  Their reward? A trip to the Nationals in Portland, Oregon, in three weeks.

Oh yeah… apparently we are in a coffee deficit.  Who knew?

Southeast Regional Barista Competition This Weekend At King Plow / Stop In At Octane Coffee

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 13, 2009

Though you wouldn’t know it from their website, the Southeast Regional Barista Competition (SRBC) is this weekend.  Amongst all the blurb about this – one factor reigns supreme: IT’S FREE! So for all of you coffee fiends looking for last minute V-day plans – this could be it.  Details after the jump!

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