Foodie Underground: The Secret Diary of a Foodie Part Two

ColumnOur ongoing look inside the intriguing world of a foodie.

Whatever happened to the foodie that was in search of love and a good greens blog? We snagged her journal for a follow-up.

Wednesday April 4, 2012, 7:33 p.m.

Dear Diary,

Since I ditched the Greens Blog idea, I have been trying to focus on my coffee project. I have been taking a coffee roasting course (a cheese making course seemed so last year) and I think I have found my calling. And there’s a really cute coffee roaster leading the class… unfortunately his jeans are skinnier than mine. After class last night he asked me if I wanted to come up with a special sea salt, coffee cake recipe for the coffee shop he works at. Yes, please! In exchange he’s going to hook me up with free craft-roasted Americanos for a year. I just couldn’t say no.

Saturday April 7, 2012, 9:20 a.m.

Dear Diary,

So I’ve been working on this sea salt coffee cake recipe, and I found that the secret ingredient just has to be truffle oil. They were out at the local artisan market, so I broke down and ordered some from Italy. I just can’t mess this recipe up.

Saturday April 7, 2012, 6:36 p.m.

Dear Diary,

With truffle oil on its way, I took a break from recipe brainstorming this morning and biked over to farmer’s market. Picked up a new flavor of goat cheese from my favorite artisan cheese guy. Chili lavender. Ok, sounds kind of weird, but I think it will be good. And they pack it in a mason jar. Love. I had it in my basket on the way home, laying on a bed of fresh chard and kale. Instagram time! Definitely worthy of the Amaro filter. I love Saturday mornings.

Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:45 p.m.

Dear Diary,

20 likes on my cheese in a mason jar sitting on top of kale photo yesterday. Crazy! People do love good food porn. I’m thinking that maybe it could be fun to launch a Polaroid food photography course. Like Instagram, but in real life. I think I’ll ask the coffee roaster what he thinks. It would make for such a cool art installation. Hang up the Polaroids with clothespins on a piece of twine strung around the room… I can see it now…

Tuesday April 10, 2012, 9:34 p.m. 

Dear Diary,

Since I express shipped the truffle oil, it finally showed up. Coffee cake is a success. I threw in a couple of teaspoons of ground beans from the coffee roaster’s Rwandan blend. Delicious. I also ran the Polaroid food photography class and art show by the barista at class last night. He loved it. He also brought me a couple of heirloom tomato plants. So sweet of him.

Thursday April 12, 2012, 8:46 p.m.

Dear Diary,

Ok, the urban garden has gotten a bit out of control. There are seedlings everywhere. I went to the hardware store and they let me take home two old pallets for only $5. Vertical garden! So excited to get this going. Going to fill it with culinary herbs so that I can quit buying basil at the farmer’s market. I mean really, if you can grow it yourself… kind of makes me want to get chickens too. I wonder if the landlord would be into that.

Friday April 13, 2012, 6:30 a.m.

Dear Diary,

Throwing an impromptu dinner party tonight since the sun is out and it finally feels like spring! Invited the barista, because, well… why not? He told me he’s bringing homemade coffee liqueur. I have to swing by the urban winery on the way home to grab a few bottles, and since I’m up early I might as well make a batch of ginger, honey lemonade for pre-dinner drinks tonight.

Saturday April 14, 2012, 10:28 a.m. 

Dear Diary,

Ugh. Dinner party nightmare. Barista dragged along another skinny jean wearing friend of his who had the audacity to bring a 6-pack of PBR. I’m sorry, a 6-pack of PBR at a dinner party? Where does he think we live? Portland? Williamsburg? So much for the barista. At least I only have one coffee roasting class left. As for those free Americanos in exchange for my coffee cake recipe, I think I am just going to avoid that coffee shop entirely. There are so many better craft roasters in town anyway.

Wednesday April 18, 2012, 8:17 p.m.

Dear Diary,

Coffee roasting class is officially complete and one of the other people in the class is super excited about the Polaroid food photography idea. He even knows a guy that owns an Airstream that has been thinking about launching a coffee shop in it and as wanted to have an artisan spin to it. Imagine it, Christmas lights, Polaroid food porn and a dark shot of espresso. It’s all coming together. Now we just need a pottery studio so we can make our own mugs.

Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of Anna Brones’s weekly column at EcoSalon, Foodie Underground, discovering what’s new and different in the underground food movement, from supper clubs to mini markets to the culinary avant garde.

Image: Eleaf 

Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.