Posts Tagged ‘food’

2 Great Resources for Taking Pictures of Food

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Ribs

While we’ve taken pictures of the ingredients we sell for marketing purposes, we also like to take some snapshots of dishes at restaurants and of our own culinary creations. Since we got involved with Rick Bayless’ twitter contest, we looked into the whole subject of food photography because Rick is judging the pictures of the food, not the food itself! He even went out of his way to give some picture taking tips, suggesting that “a flash is food photography’s greatest enemy”. Well, we don’t really agree with that completely – a direct flash is probably food photography’s greatest enemy. If all you’ve got is the flash affixed to your camera, then yes, turn it off and take your picture by a source of natural light like a window or doorway.  Otherwise, the use of indirect lighting can add amazing effects to your food photos.

Besides that tip, here’s a couple of the resources we’ve used in our quest for the optimal food shot:

Food photo submission sites: both TasteSpotting and FoodGawker are great sites where you can look at literally thousands of food images submitted by admirers on the web. Believe it or not, these sites are known as food porn sites! Well, I don’t know if we’re crazy about that term being applied to food, but if you want to take better pictures of food, there will definitely be lots of inspiration, if not examples you can emulate to be found on these sites.

Digital Photography School: this site, started by blogging star Darren Rowe, aims to provide “simple tips to help digital camera owners get the most out of their cameras”. They’ve got a few articles on photographing food, including the following:

Of course, you can also surf Flickr, and the greater web for tonnes of examples and articles on food photography. By the way, the picture attached to this post was our submission for the Fiesta at Ricks Twitter Contest Week 4. We didn’t win! Denied! It was still great fun, and I’ve got to tell you, the ribs were absolutely delicious. At least we got an amazing meal out of the deal!

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Food Related Blogs We Like

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Since we’re in the food industry, we’re always looking for sources of food information on the internet. Sometimes the very latest trends in healthy, nutritional foods haven’t even made it into the mainstream press so we particularly like discovering new sources in the blogosphere. Here are a few blogs we have been following lately that we’d like to share:

Healthy Fellow: JP, the creator of Healthy Fellow is a natural health consultant, researcher and writer. This site is packed with information on “natural health”. What we particularly like about Healthy Fellow is the depth to which JP researches most if not all of his posts, including references to the latest medical journals and scientific papers, while at the same time making the content easily accessible to the lay person. Fantastic blog for information on natural foods.

Joyous Health: This blog belongs to Joy McCarthy, a Certified and Registered Nutritionist located in Toronto, Ontario. The blog focuses on healthy lifestyles, and given that food is a big part of a healthy lifestyle, there is a lot of information related to food, including many delicious and healthy recipes. She’s also a contributor to AOL Canada’s Nutrition & Fitness website: That’s Fit – also worth checking out.

Ajay’s Writings On The Wall: This is the personal blog of a columnist at the Manila Bulletin’s Technews. She covers a lot of diverse subjects in her blog including filipiniana which is only natural given that she’s based in the Philippines. She clearly loves food, and there are a lot of posts related to food in general, and Filipino cuisine.

By the way, I’m a big fan of Filipino food, including my favourite breakfast, tosilig:

Tocilog At UCC

Chinese Food at Bayview Court

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

In North America, there is Chinese food and there is Chinese food. The former always includes chicken balls with a half inch batter coating served with a high viscosity artificially intense orange coloured sauce. This kind of Chinese food is not usually consumed by Chinese people and can often be found for sale in food courts and suburban strip plazas. The latter does not include the aforementioned chicken balls and is consumed by actual Chinese people. In Toronto, these real Chinese restaurants can be most often identified by a prominence of Chinese writing on the signs over, or even to the exclusion of, English. If you want great Chinese food, you have to find one of these kind of restaurants (in our humble opinion anyway!)

One such spot is Bayview Court at Major Mackenzie and Bayview Avenues in Richmond Hill. The food is so good, I ate half the prawn balls before remembering to take a nice picture for the blog:

Prawn Balls

I also highly recommend the “house special” seafood fried rice. Last time out, we tried the deep fried chicken because, well, anything tastes better deep fried:

Deep Fried Chicken

We offset the damage by purchasing some health credits in the form of a Fish and vegetable dish:

Fish & Vegetables

Great food. We highly recommend Bayview Court!

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Can Food Education Be Commercial?

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Jamie Oliver, the Naked Chef, gives a passionate talk on the food we eat, and why it’s killing America (and the world). The rise in obesity and diet related diseases is alarming. As a parent, I’m alarmed that my kids may not be getting any real education in food and eating habits outside the home. As a citizen, I’m alarmed at the huge economic cost of obesity related health problems, no doubt in the billions of dollars. As a human, I’m alarmed at the emotional cost of poor eating habits, affecting many if not most of the people we know and love.

Well, Jamie says it doesn’t have to be this way. He argues that food education can be commercial. Check out the inspiring video of his recent talk at TED:

2010 Food Industry Trade Shows

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

To find out what’s in store for 2010, here is a handy and quick guide to this year’s events and trade shows that are related to the food industry.

If you like, you can also download the list!