a BuHi V-Day

For Valentine’s Day 2020, Scott and I took the day off work and headed to Buford Highway.  In case you didn’t know, this ~6 mile stretch of highway in Doraville is considered to be THE place to go for international food and culinary diversity in Atlanta. You can find everything from Szechuan mapo tofu to Bangladeshi shawarma. Ever wanted to try Malaysian food? Buford Highway has got you covered.

We started our day at Paris Baguette for coffee and pastries.

Next stop (and a MUST DO whenever you’re on that side of town): the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market [5600 Buford Highway]. The first thing to know about the farmer’s market is that it’s not actually a farmer’s market. It’s a supermarket. An amazing 100,000 square foot supermarket with fruits you’ve never seen in person before…

You can find dragon fruit.

All the peppers in the world.

Raw cacao.

Amazing cheeses (for really amazing prices).

A jug of chili sauce the size of your head.

“Chinese spaghetti sauce” (an interesting cultural mash-up if ever there was one).

And even peanut gluten. Although why in the world you need peanut gluten (and wtf that actually is), I have no idea.

Oh and I forgot to mention chocolate. Belgian chocolate! (Isn’t she lovely?)

Next up it was time for the best drive-through taco I’ve ever been handed [5084 Buford Highway].

Then onto the Food Terminal [5000 Buford Highway], where the menu is designed to look like a magazine.

This hip slightly-industrial modern restaurant has tons of Malaysian options and a perky playlist.

Next stop: Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe [5150 Buford Highway] where they have chocolate domes and all sorts of pastries. We picked up a few pastries for friends who just had their second baby, and some for us too.

Then we took a short jaunt over to Atlanta Vintage Books [3660 Clairmont Road]. We love bookstores, period – but this one is something special with it’s signed copy of Julia Child’s Joy of Cooking, extensive Jewish/Israeli section, and free-roaming TNR’d cat colony. We think it might also be subject to some sort of time warp, since we easily spent 2 hours pouring over bookshelves and it only felt like 15minutes. Fair warning: probably not the spot for you if you have cat allergies.

Final stop of the day: Matcha Cafe Maiko. I looooove matcha and this is the perfect stop for a matcha enthusiast. Scott went with a Matcha/Hojicha swirl softserve and I picked the ‘Matcha Kokuto Gelatin Float’ (an iced matcha latte with a rich brown sugar jelly on the bottom and matcha icecream on top).

I just spent a whole afternoon on Buford Highway and I’m already wondering how soon I can go back. There are simply so many things to try! If you need help planning your own trip down this international corridor, this article has some great ideas. So does this one.

Things I’d like to try next:

Flavor Run: 2017

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In November 2017 we completed the Flavor Run 5k for the second time!

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This was the final race in mine and Carol Anne’s goal of completing twelve 5ks in twelve months! We circled back to the first race we started with, and it felt amazing to be back where we started and see the progress.

Flavor Run medal

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We ran in white tutus and flower crowns for the occasion (of course!).

flavor run team

Running with friends and family is the best way to run.

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I’m so proud of my sister and so glad we completed this year-long 5k challenge together.

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Special shout-out to Scott for being our running coach, barista, chauffeur, chik’n biscuit supplier, and chief cheerleader.  Without him, Carol Anne and I would be a couple of decaffeinated direction-challenged non-morning people who would never make it to the start line on time.  Thank you for helping us make this goal, and being there every step of the way!

Notes on FLAVOR RUN:

Still a huge fan of this upbeat family race! They have updated their powder formula, and we found it much easier to remove this year. Less skin staining is a plus! 2017 was the “Year of the Watermelon”, and you can bet we will be back next year to earn our third Flavor Medal. Can you guess next year’s flavor? There’s a hint hidden in the Flavor logo!

Braves Country 5k

For our June 5k, we completed the Braves Country 5k – the first race in the new Suntrust Stadium & the first we’ve completed since March as a full team of four! It was HOT, and not without hills, and did I mention hot?

Here is a snapshot of the Strava map when we were halfway through. At the end of the race we looped back and INTO Suntrust Park to run around the outskirts of the field.


Running bibs also included tickets to that evening’s baseball game, which the Braves lost terribly, but let’s be honest… we were mostly there for the ballpark food anyway. “Go Braves! Now where did they say those tacos were located?” 

This is a “serious” run in terms of attendees. There’s an abundance of trained track athletes, and high mileage runners [read: “faster than us” runners]. Many of the participants are aiming for the Peachtree Road Race, and run this race as a qualifier. We made good time, and kept a decent pace, especially considering this is the HOTTEST run we’ve completed yet! This makes #8 for me and Carol Anne. To see some of our runs over the past year check out this one, and this one, or (our favorite so far!) this one.

Go Braves! And happy summer, friends! Have you had a hotdog yet?!