Before I go to any restaurant, I case the joint by perusing through their offerings ahead of time. (It should be noted that I peruse through many different online menus — of restaurants both near and far — as a hobby.) So now, I'm at a restaurant and the waitress brings me the dish I've been dreaming about all week. The steam hits my face as the savory scent of each spice tickles my nostrils, causing my mouth to water in excitement.
But before I stick my fork in for that heavenly first bite, I gotta take a flick — several flicks. I have to get the aerial view, the side profile, I have to catch "the light." I have to make this a double-tap-worthy photo.
But it's not even for Instagram. In fact, I only post about five percent of the food photos that I snap. I don't do it for the 'gram, the Vine, or the Bookface. I do it for me.
Back when social media started getting poppin', it was the thing to do to take pictures of your food. I mean, come on: Camera phones?! With ability to upload pictures onto the innanet?! What?! So yeah, we were ALL into snapping and posting our grub for the world to see.
But now, things have changed. All of a sudden, foodie posts are "vapid" and only reserved for gosh awful ~*hipsters*~.
I now feel a teensy bit self-conscious taking photos of my food when I dine out. I don't want to come across as some superficial millennial who cares more about Facebook likes than actual sustenance.
And it's so annoying when food-flick haters say things like:
"Can't you just live in the moment and enjoy your meal?"
"How many photos do you need of this one plate of food?"
A LOT, B*TCH!
My main reason for taking photos of my food is truly just to build my personal gallery of delicious life moments. But in defense of foodie photos, in general, they're actually really important and useful. See reasons below:
OK, foodies, now let's get information
How can you snub your nose at diners taking food photos, but then expect a full gallery of food photos on Yelp? When you check out restaurant reviews, you want to see authentic photos of the food, right? Not some professional photograph of some dish that probably wasn't even made in their kitchen. Furthermore, shared food photos can help you discover amazing little-known restaurants in your city.
What better way to get a little "taste" of cuisines around the world than to see what everyone else is eating? Whether it's on a food blog or just on your timeline, it's great to be exposed to different kinds of cultures in your area or afar.
If you love food as much as I do, you understand the art form that food is. It's no different than taking a photo of a beautiful art piece or even scenery.
Food memories are just as important as any other memories. We take photos of people we love, places we visit, and amazing experiences. A bowl of gorgeous, gooey, yummy mac and cheese is worth the snapshot. I love taking photos of food I eat during special moments — like birthdays, Mother's Day, or even just a fun picnic day at the park.
Connect with other food lovers
A good portion of the accounts I follow on Instagram are food accounts. I love connecting with others who share the same affinity for food, cooking, and dining. I love to cook (peep my homemade shrimp tempura above — a chick was really feeling herself), I love learning new recipes (especially those bite-sized Tasty videos), and I love trying to recreate dishes I've eaten at restaurants. Pictures unite foodie minds for the grater good! (See what I did there?)
Basically, beautiful things LIKE FOOD deserve to be captured and cherished forever. So no, I ain't sorry. Stop interrupting my snapping, your food is getting cold.