Category Archives: Blog

No Photos at Restaurants?

How would you feel if you couldn’t photograph your food at a restaurant?  Would you still want to eat there?  I was disappointed not to photograph my food at Per Se, but then it was Per Se, so it was an exception.  I would think twice about eating somewhere if I couldn’t take photos.  I’m not obnoxious about it though.  I just use my phone to take photos and if I can get a decent picture without flash, I don’t use it.  I can see how it would get annoying to other customers if one is there with a tripod and huge lens, etc.  But is it any more annoying than customers having phone conversations?  I think it should be up to the restaurant, whatever its culture/policy is, but I do think that a lot of people want to blog today and that restaurant may miss out on potential diners if they do prohibit photography.

4 New or Updated Apps for Foodies

Here are 4 new or updated apps and games for iPhone or Android users.

Flickr iOS 7–This updated app allows you to automatically upload and  adjust your photos.

Find. Eat. Drink.–What differentiates this app from other restaurant review apps is that the reviews are written by those who work in the food industry.

The Whole Pantry–The “world’s first health, wellness and lifestyle app,” it has recipes and shopping lists for meals that are sugar and gluten-free.

Bakery Story:  Fall Treats–This game allows you to create your own bakery inspired by fall treats.

Food Photography Tips

I just read this post on food photography from Yammie’s Noshery.  It was really helpful.  I had some ambitions for my blog for the New Year, one being my photography.  Things have gotten off to a rocky start, so I haven’t had much time to focus on goals for my blog.  However, this post helps to keep it fresh in my mind.

Instagram’s New Terms of Use

Food bloggers be on alert of Instagram’s new terms of use.  If you post photos on Instagram, as of January 16, 2013, Instagram will have a perpetual license to use your photos.  If you read the first clause under the “Rights” section of the terms of use and the first clause under “Proprietary Rights in Content on Instagram,” you will see that Instagram isn’t claiming ownership of the photos.  You will still own copyright, meaning you can sell or license your photo to someone else, as you are the owner.  However, what they are claiming is what is called a perpetual license, meaning that they can license your photos to third parties without limitation.  In addition, they say “fully paid and royalty-free,” which means without having to pay you anything.  By using the site, you are agreeing to these terms, that is, agreeing that they have a license to use your content in any way without your permission.  If you don’t agree to these terms, you have until January 16 to cancel your account.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Taralynn McNitt of Undressed Skeleton published a list of 14 healthy recipes for Thanksgiving.  They look good.  I want to try the sweet potato hash.

Miniature Pies for Thanksgiving

I saw this post for miniature pies for Thanksgiving on the Harried Housewife blog.  This is a great idea!  I like it because everyone in my family likes a different kind of pie.  Plus, it’s also good if you are splurging on the holidays but don’t want leftover food hanging around to tempt you.  She has recipes for the crust and for the filling for pumpkin, pecan and coconut custard.

Bakespace.com’s TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference

Bakespace.com‘s TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference was held today, June 11th, in New York City at the Astor Center on Lafayette Street in the Village.  As part of New York’s Internet Week this week, the conference focused on ideas and tips on making a food blogger’s blog more successful, including discussions on current food trends, search engine optimization, marketing and more.  Great panels of speakers were assembled for the various talks, including Bakespace.com’s founder, Babette Pepaj; Lynn Andriani of Oprah.com; Tanya Edwards of FoodNetwork.com; as well as SEO experts, blog owners and more.  KitchenAid was also a sponsor and donated many wonderful appliances that were raffled off throughout the day.  

A food blogging conference wouldn’t be complete without food, and TECHmunch had plenty of it.  Chobani sponsored the event and served a plentiful yogurt breakfast with various flavors including its Verry-Berry and Honey-Nana Champions line. 

Chobani Champions

Lunch was catered–sandwiches by ‘wichcraft

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Here is a delicious vegetarian one with goat cheese, avocado and watercress:

'wichcraft

Big fat chocolate chunk cookies from Jacques Torres.  Cupcakes and whoopie pies from Robicelli’s in Brooklyn.  These are absolutely delicious.  I had a frutti di bosco cupcake that was wonderful, but the showstopper was that modest little whoopie pie in the background.  Though camera-shy in this photo, he packed a lot of flavor with chocolate cake and a sea salt caramel filling.  So glad Emily Schildt of Chobani suggested I try one. 

Robicelli's

Chobani also made peanut butter banana and berry smoothies and dips like chipotle, humus and Greek feta.  Driscoll’s had a Berry Bar with mixed berry cups with ginger lemongrass syrup made on-site by a chef from the French Culinary Institute.  At the end of the event, Driscoll’s gave gift bags of berries to attendees.  Bakespace.com gave T-shirts in honor of the event.  The conference ended with a party sponsored by The Harvard Common Press.

TECHmunch is a traveling conference that was in Austin in March and that will be in Boston July 24 and in Los Angeles in the Fall.  It’s a great way to meet fellow food bloggers and learn current trends in food blogging. 

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 Adorable cookies from Tasty Morsels Bakery.