Instagram Spotlight: @dailyfoodfeed

If you’re on Instagram, you NEED to follow @dailyfoodfeed. It’s literally a feed of delicious food. Need I say more? A guy named Edmond runs this particular gram feed and he was kind enough to answer a few Qs about it!

Where did the inspiration to start this instagram come from? How long has it been up and running?

 

I actually run a marketing agency called Taste Marketing Strategies. I manage my clients’ Instagram accounts daily, but I wanted a foodie account with my own voice, and not my clients’. I also love keeping up with food trends and new, interesting eats so I can be a resource to my clients on their menus. Because of this, I look through A LOT of food photos on Instagram and wanted to give my favorites a home where I can repost and refer back to them. The main inspiration for @dailyfoodfeed is my absolute love of food. Here’s the crazy part… I only started @dailyfoodfeed about 9 weeks ago and have about 9,500 followers. I never expected such a large following so quickly!

 

How do you think you’ve gained such a large following so quickly?

 

Being such a new account, I’m still figuring this out every day, but also used my experience with my clients’ Instagram accounts I manage in the strategies I used to help gain a following. There isn’t an exact recipe, but I think it’s a good combination of things that help make @dailyfoodfeed successful. One thing I know is important is a good user name. Then, of course, there are the photos! I strive to post really engaging photos that get people talking and tagging their friends. We also further edit photos, if necessary, to fit the overall image and quality my followers expect from the feed. I also think my captions help. I like having fun with them, but I also make sure that my followers get all the information they may want.

 

Another big thing I’ve found that has helped has been connecting and networking with other great foodie accounts. I’m finding it to be a great community of Instafoodies!

 

Are all of the posts your own? Do you take submissions?

 

Most of the posts are not my original photos and we do absolutely take and welcome submissions. I post the occasional original photo here and there, but I really wanted this feed to be about the interesting eats you can find throughout the world of Instagram. Unfortunately, I can’t just pick up and travel around taking Instagram photos of an interesting burger I know of in New York (We’re based in Orange County, CA)…. YET 😉 So, in the meantime, I research some of the foods I’d like to feature and also, now, have a great community of Instagram users who use the hashtag #dailyfoodfeed to be featured.

 

You post SO so many delicious looking foods, but do you have a favorite that stands out? 

 

That’s hard to pick because every day I post a pic, I think there is a favorite in there. My most rewarding are, of course, the originals we produce, but I also love the reposts we have done from accounts that don’t get a lot of exposure and go completely viral and reposted by other accounts because of us. It’s really cool to see this happen!
Originals I love:
Reposts I love:

 

Is there any food you absolutely don’t like/won’t try?

 

I’d literally try ANYTHING.  I have this weird hate for black olives, but still don’t mind it if it makes a dish better.
Many thanks to Edmond! Happy eating, y’all!
Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Instagram Spotlight: @EatingNYC

Instagram Spotlight: @EatingNYC

I love perusing Instagram, living [and eating] vicariously through all of the colorful, flavorful looking posts. I came across a fellow native New Yorker, Alexa Mehraban, who has quite the passion for food. Since starting @EatingNYC in January 2014, this fabulous foodie has garnered a following of over 78,000 Instagram users! I reached out to her via email and she was kind enough to answer a few Q’s.


Where did the inspiration to start @EatingNYC come from?

AM: I was a food writer at the time, which really piqued my interest in the NYC dining scene. Naturally, I was trying a lot of new restaurants and sharing photos on Instagram, which led to the creation of my Instagram account and blog.

What do you attribute your large following to?

AM: A lot of things. Most importantly, I think I’ve created a following of users who trust and value my opinion. My followers visit @EatingNYC for a mix of everything: a first look at NYC’s hottest new restaurants, recommendations for their next dinner, and of course, delicious food porn. By creating a brand people love and can relate to, I’ve created a growing fan-base of food lovers from NYC all the way to Australia.

Are all of the posts your own?

AM: All of my posts are my own, unless it’s the occasional “regram” of another photo tagged with #EATINGNYC.

You post so many delicious looking foods, but do you have a favorite that stands out?

AM: That’s a tough one. Some of my favorite foods include sushi, hamburgers and pasta – I love a good pappardelle ragu.

Is there any food you absolutely don’t like or won’t try?

AM: Nope, I’ll eat just about anything!


While Alexa’s Instagram is definitely worth a visit, you should check out her blog too! She has a restaurant rating system for spots in NYC as well as a few in the Hamptons. The highest rating listed [9.8] is a tie between Carbone and, the bakery that put cronuts on the map, Dominique Ansel.

Many thanks to Alexa! Happy eating, y’all!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Milkshake Maven

Milkshake Maven

If you know me, you know I love a good milkshake. My love of milkshakes dates back to my childhood when my mom would make me her ‘signature’ chocolate-banana shake topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. I thought it was the best thing ever and it had to be healthy because there was a banana in it…right?? Milkshakes are totally my comfort food. Happy? Sad? Meh? MILKSHAKE!

I discovered a fellow adorer of milkshakes through Instagram: @idrinkmilkshakes. Sam, who started this Instagram about a year ago, is based in Perth, Australia and he’s on a mission to try a milkshake in every country. He now has nearly 7,000 followers which he attributes to people of the world having a passion for milkshakes like he does. I reached out to him and he was kind enough to answer a few questions via email.


What is the BEST milkshake that you’ve tried?

S: The best milkshake I’ve had is from Whisk Creamery in Perth. It has really set a benchmark that I haven’t been able to top!

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Sam went back to Whisk Creamery a few months later to find this on the wall:

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Pretty cool stuff! Excuse me while I plan a trip to Perth immediately…

I then asked Sam what the most UNIQUE milkshake he’s ever had was:

S: The most unique “milkshake” I’ve tried was from Serendipity 3 in New York. Although not technically a milkshake, the frozen hot chocolate was the most interesting flavour, texture and presentation.

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I have always loved milkshakes! Milkshakes bring about a feeling of childhood for me and I definitely feel nostalgic when I drink them, depending on the flavour. – Sam

 

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Do you have a milkshake bucket list?

S: Yes, I do have a milkshake bucket list! I got to tick some off the list when I went to America in February – one of them was the Shake Shack in New York (sadly, it disappointed me). I want to try some milkshakes in the UK eventually because I have a lot of followers and recommendations from there. One specific place I can’t wait to try is the Vogue Cafe in Sydney – luckily I’m going there in August.

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Did I mention Sam even has a TATTOO of a milkshake on his leg!? He got it while stateside at the Dolorosa Tattoo Company.

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Sam’s Milkshake Tattoo

That is love my friends. Pure love of the shake that is milk…and ice cream.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Eating for the Insta

Eating for the Insta

Love it or hate it, Instagram has become a mecca for foodies across the globe. I often use it as a way to find new places to try by searching random hashtags like “nyceats” or “bestcookieever” and seeing what looks the most appetizing. It’s a great tool as well if you’re planning a trip and want to see where the locals eat! (I’ve currently been trolling the #SanFranciscoEats tag for an upcoming trip!)

One Instagram account I love is @HungryBetches. Based in NYC, Michele started this account about a year ago — now she has over 170 THOUSAND followers! I reached out to her via email and asked her a few questions about it!


Where did the inspiration to start this Instagram account come from? How long has it been up and running?
M: About a year! The inspiration probably just came from the fact that I am obsessed with food/ always have been & needed somewhere to channel my obsession.

 

You have a HUGE following (for good reason)! What do you attribute that to? 
M: GOOD PICTURES! I try really hard to take great photos. I hold myself to a certain standard and creative signature and try not to deviate away from that.

 

Are all of the posts your own? Do you take submissions?
M: All my own, I don’t take any submissions. 

 

You post SO so many delicious looking foods, but do you have a favorite that stands out? Maybe top five from your posts?

ANY froyo, Space Market Bagels, Any ice cream cookie sandwich, The Oreo PB Bagel and AVOCADO TOAST!

Is there any food you absolutely don’t like/won’t try?
M: No I will LITERALLY try anything. I hate coconut and anything coconut related… although I can bare it in some really amazing cookies (lol) but other than that… if it’s food it’s fair game. 

 

Thanks to Michele for taking the time to answer my questions! You can follow her @HungryBetches and @mmalyse.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

 

Carwash Donuts

Carwash Donuts

Ever find yourself with a dirty car and a donut craving? Well if you happen to end up on 12 Ave. I’ve found the perfect place! Helllloooo Underwest Donuts!

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Because this clearly looks like the interior of a place where you’ll find the best donuts ever….

BUT IT IS! This hidden gem, located literally in a car wash, is just steps away from the USS Intrepid. I ventured over with my freshly made maple waffle donut, snapped this insta-worthy pic and devoured said donut seconds after.

IMG_3168This is no Dunkin/Krispy Kreme/Tim Horton’s donut folks. I mean sure those are fine in a fit of donut desperation… but an Underwest Donut is a cake-like, melt-in-your-mouth, wonderful concoction that everyone needs to try.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie