Finding kooky ways of mashing up music and food for stories isn’t something I’ve just begun doing. I’ve been writing my food music reviews for a while, albeit not with any real journalistic intent. They’re just for fun.
But I’ve been trying to build on that concept, and recently wrote a piece for Scoutmob called Breakfast of (Musical) Champions: Where Our Favorite Tune-Smiths Start Their Day. I interviewed four different Atlanta-based musicians about their favorite local breakfast spots and dishes, and what they like to cook up at home. I think people are accustomed to picturing ATL bands carousing late night in venues like the Earl and Estoria since they stay up late performing. So it felt neat to highlight their morning routines, and to hear about their breakfast quirks, like Ruby Velle’s healthy homemade smoothies and special diet regimen, and Andrew McFarland’s penchant for “fancy as f*%@ coffee.”
I’m working on a longer piece for a friend’s new breakfast themed magazine (inspired by Snacks Quarterly) with Lily & the Tigers, also focusing on breakfast. They had me over to their East Atlanta home a few weeks ago and cooked me up the most delectable meal. We chatted about the time they woke up in a strawberry field on tour and ate berries for breakfast, and Adam gave me his recipe for homemade granola. It was a hearty, homey meal we shared that felt so akin to the soul moving folk songs they play onstage. I’m really looking forward to putting this piece together.
And next up is a tour of Atlanta’s best dips with a band called Dip—(think cheese dip, crab dip, spinach artichoke—these guys sing it, live it, dip their chips in it). I think I might be onto something with this whole bonding over meals and stories with my musician friends thing. We’ll just have to see.
Read my latest breakfast with the bands dispatch on Scoutmob, here.