This year I am working on my Instagram game, and improving my #foodporn pics (life goals, right?). I still cringe at that term, but it's probably accurate. I, and so many others, have become food voyeurs since we gained the ability to share every meal with one another through our amazing phone cameras. Granted, many of my friends hate food photography, and make their voices loud and clear via Facebook. "I don't want to see your breakfast!" This is why I have learned to love Twitter, and Instagram. Twitter wants to know what I'm doing right now, and exactly what I'm thinking, no matter how banal. Instagram wants to see what I'm eating, and especially if it involves yolk. Don't believe me, if you dare, check out Instagram and query #yolkporn or #putaneggonit ...
Pictured above is my favorite food pic I've taken to date, the Spicy Grilled Cheese. It's perfect. It has ooey-gooey cheese, plenty of color, action in the back, it's at a 90% angle to the sandwich (trust me, this is important), but most importantly it has natural lighting! I did not use a filter on this photograph, and although filters can be wonderful, the best food photography does not require them. As I have learned from Bon Appetit, commandment #1 is "Thou shalt worship no other god besides natural light ." Yes, there are rules to photographing your food, and if you're wise you'll follow the link, and learn your commandments.
The above pictured tacos, tofu then pork, left to right, are not pictured according to the rules. I should not have the empty/dirty plate en scene, but I kinda like it, so deal with it if you can. I'll admit that I was not initially excited to try this place, but my friend Chris really wanted our entire group to come here last Saturday, and I told him I expected something blog worthy. I'm not sure Chris planned it, but food aside, Shelter Lounge at Green Lake is amazing because right now our weather is beautiful, and almost the entire ceiling is a sunroof. NATURAL LIGHT!
Please do not read my comments above to mean that the food wasn't quality. We enjoyed such pleasures as the PB &J Jalapeno Poppers, and the Parmesan Avocado Fries.
There were also many drinks to choose from, like the Pollen in Love (Center stage). All said and done, I was very pleased with this spot as a Saturday date/group outing. It was fun. The food was fun. The drinks were fun. My friends are always fun, and most importantly it had natural lighting!!!
Eat up, my friends!
I'm a not-for-profit worker that loves food, both healthy and indulgent. I've eaten the 12 egg omelette at Beth's Cafe: toast, hash browns, and all. Take that Adam Richman!