how to take better food pictures with phone

Food is one of the fastest growing categories on social media. It’s a huge business and average folks are cashing in on it. But whether you’re a professional food blogger or someone who just likes to take pictures of their latest dinner creation, you can learn how to take better food pictures with your phone.

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Ever heard of a snow grown? It’s Sweet Ride’s snow cones for adults. For a little extra you’ll get a mini bottle of rum or vodka. Yaaaaas! What better way to enjoy Houston’s unforgiving heat than with some delicious cold desserts?

Follow Sweet Ride’s updates on where they’ll be parked around Houston so you can swing by and grab a treat! One of the perks of taking pictures of food is you get to try some of it. I have a couple favorites, their strawberry Italian ice and the coconut sorbet in the coconut shell.

 

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It’s hot. Really hot and that calls for ice cream. So, on my latest grocery run I scouted all the flavors. I typically get plain vanilla when I go to an ice cream parlor and dress it up with toppings and maybe even some warm praline syrup (yasss!), but I needed something I could keep at home for when cravings hit.

And then I came across Talenti’s Coconut Almond Chocolate Gelato. I’m not usually a coconut type of girl, but this is SO GOOD!!

It’s a light vanilla flavor. The coconut isn’t overwhelming. In fact, the shreds add a nice chewy texture to the mix and it tastes so fresh. None of that artificial coconut stuff.

I did manage to practice self control the first couple of times I ate it, but I’m not gonna lie, I ate the rest straight out of the pint.

Have you tried it? What’s your favorite ice cream/gelato?

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A food staple in many tropical regions, the plantain is kind of like the cousin of the banana. Not to be eaten raw, plantains require cooking much like its close relatives: yam and yuca. Slice it thick and deep fry it adding salt after it’s been removed from the pan and set on paper towels to drain excess oil.

Disguised as a healthier alternative to potato chips, a serving of plantain chips has about as many calories as that of potato chips. They both have its pros and cons however, plantain chips contain around 2 grams of fiber per 100 grams of plantain which is good if you need to, you know,…go. They beat bananas in potassium and vitamins A and C. Thicker than the paper thin potato chips we are accustomed to, these crunchy, salty, delights are more fun to eat.
Raw plantains can be found in the produce department, but plantain chips are not typically found in your local chip aisle. Look for them in the health food section or the bulk aisle and try not to get addicted.

This bungalow turned eatery specializes in gourmet hot dogs, but when my sweet tooth strikes and I’m craving carrot cake I make my way to Happy Fatz located near the corner of Heights Blvd and 6th Street. The name certainly matches it’s happy interior with walls covered in children’s coloring book pages that are readily available upon request. While waiting indoors for my main meal my eyes skim the walls lined with photography and mixed media up for sale. The renovated wood floors amplify conversations inside their cozy dining area and serve as a reminder that this was once a home that echoed with similar laughter and joy around many meals.
 
Glancing towards the kitchen hoping for my food to come, I spotted the desserts aligned in a large glass deli counter. I opted out of my chocolate cake comfort zone and asked for the carrot cake which can go either very well or terribly according to each recipe. While I intend to keep out of the pineapple debate, I must say that it is clearly noticeable as soon as the first bite and it is absolutely forgivable. It seems to add just the right amount of sweetness and moisture. I cannot even tell you how many dry carrot cakes I’ve come across. The coconut is hardly noticeable, if at all, and the pecans are generously scattered. The icing is a good smooth and creamy consistency that pairs wells with a big forkful of cake.
 
At $5 a slice, this homemade carrot cake deserves a try.

 

where to eat breakfast in mckinney, tx
I don’t know much about McKinney, TX, but I do know that they have a quaint café right in the heart of their city. We visited for breakfast on a chilly Friday morning and I went back Sunday morning on my own for their oatmeal. Their oatmeal! You see, that Friday morning I went with a few friends including one who is a chef. The moment she put that spoonful of oatmeal in her mouth her face showed how incredible it was. So, I tried a little bit and decided that’s it…I’m coming back for this. I went back to a bustling coffeehouse and waited in line for my “World’s Best Oatmeal”, as shown on their menu. I must admit, I haven’t found another oatmeal better than theirs so far.

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There’s something about film photography that makes my heart skip a beat. The grainy texture gives a very authentic feeling as if you were there taking the pictures yourself. The noise and color are difficult to replicate on a digital images for an inexperienced photographer and what professional has the time to sit behind a desk and slave for hours trying to emulate the look of film? At one point film photography was thought to be going extinct, but with talented photographers such as Jose Villa or websites that promote the use of film like Film Is Not Dead there is a new wave of interest in this medium.
A friend gifted me an old 35mm film camera. I hadn’t held one in over a decade. I was anxious to take it with me to New York last month. The cool tone of the pictures are a stark contrast to my digital work, but I am very happy with the outcome. Have a look…

 

Deep-fried dough with powdered heaven…that’s a beignet. I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity in the near future to visit New Orleans again, but when an emergency brought me to Houma, LA I suggested we try this place I’d heard about called Café du Monde. So on our last day we drove 30 minutes out of our way to the famous Café du Monde, an open-air restaurant in the French Market next door to the Mississippi River. We sat at a small round table listening to a lively jazz trumpeter whose true talent seemed to be engaging people in conversation while they stood in line. Beignets is all they have on their food menu and while it’s quite simple you’ll be happy to have them with coffee or hot chocolate.
 
Take a bite of these famous beignets and you’ll quickly understand why you’ll want to come back. It might be the warm sugar rush or maybe the fun of being surrounded by glowing tourists on a muggy Louisiana day.
 
What to expect:
The menu is posted on large wall columns
You can pay when they take your order or when they bring out your food.
You will get powdered sugar everywhere.
 

Well played, Osteria Mazzantini. I had a wonderful dinner last night and on my way out the ladies in my dinner party were given a box. What could it be? Cookies! They were delicious by the way. Seriously delicious. Buttery. Presented in a simple little box. I had to take a picture, of course.
 
If you’re looking for a new fine dining experience, I recommend you make your way to the Galleria area. The desserts…oh, the desserts.  



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