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

Otto’s Tacos

Otto’s Tacos

When I hear the name “Otto,” I immediately think of this cool dude rather than tacos.

Woogidi woogidi woogidi!

But now, thanks to my taco-loving best friend Monica, I will associate the name with TACOS. 

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Monica’s favorite food is tacos.

A small place in the East Village (with another location in the West Village), Otto’s is a cool LA-style taco spot with a small yet satisfying (and cheap!) menu. Hellloooo $3.00 tacos! Not only affordable, but super flavorful too. Mon went with all chicken tacos while I chose two chicken and a mushroom. The mushroom taco had the exact same flavor as the chicken, so it’s a good option for vegetarians!

Yum. Yum. Yum. Otto’s also serves delicious masa fries with a spicy mayo dipping sauce; they reminded me of Fritos.

Feel like some dessert after your tacos? Try the hot churros! For $2.75 you get three good sized churros that are nice and crispy on the outside.

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Churros!

BREAKING NEWS: Apparently, there’s a SECRET ITEM you can order at Otto’s! It’s called The Gorgon, it’s deep-fried and it’s larger than the regular tacos. I plan on going back and getting one of these super duper soon.

Would I recommend this place? YAAAAAS.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

“Mexican Pink”

“Mexican Pink”

In the mood for some delicious Mexican cuisine? With three locations in New York City (1st Ave, Lincoln Center and Union Square), Rosa Mexicano has a cool vibe, young crowd and great grub you have to try! This restaurant is not unique to New York City with various locationIMG_2933s including Miami, Boston and San Francisco.

I went with two of my friends, Sara and Kevin, on a Saturday night at the Union Square location. The interior is warm and colorful, with “dramatic architectural details such as cascading water walls against vibrant purples, pinks, reds and oranges.” With our reservation in place and time to spare, we each grabbed a delicious glass of sangria at the bar. (All of the drinks folks ordered looked colorful and delicious, so I wouldn’t hesitate to try something new if you go!)

After grabbing our table, we quickly put in an order of the infamous table-side guacamole.

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Preparing fresh Guacamole!

 Kevin immediately attempted to eat the entire bowl…


The guac was served with warm tortilla chips and two dipping sauces. None of us really liked the dark sauce which Kevin said tasted “like leather.” Sara and I laughed… but after tasting it for ourselves we agreed leather was the only comparable adjective to describe it hah – but the green sauce was flavorful and spicy. The overall winner was the guac itself though. Plenty for three people to share – we were already full after that.

For dinner, Sara and I got the Baja Tacos served with Elotes — E-what?! ELOTES! Aka grilled Mexican street corn. We couldn’t figure out if the corn was smothered in butter or something else, but either way it was GOOD. I may have to say the corn was better than the actual fish tacos. And I’m pretty indifferent about corn. That good.

“When I saw them bringing it [our entrees] to the table, I thought it was a kid’s meal. It looked too cute to be ours.” – Sara

“Looks like a lunch box.” – Kevin

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Baja Tacos & Elote

Kevin went with our waiters recommendation of Budín de Pollo which is essentially a dish with layered tortillas and chicken. It was really good and came with various sides as well.

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Colorful food is the BEST food. (note how completely empty that guac bowl is…we’re savages.)

Fun Fact: Rosa Mexicano is not named after a Mexican woman named Rosa…if that were the case the name would be Rosa Mexicana. Rather, the name comes from the actual color, Mexican Pink, which is described as “an exciting combination of blue, red, and white. It is different from other pinks and very difficult to achieve outside of the particular luminosity of Mexico.”

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Tasty Truffle Tots

Tasty Truffle Tots

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If you find yourself on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I suggest you venture to a place on Ludlow St. called Hotel Chantelle. It is not a hotel…and I don’t know who Chantelle is…but I do know this place has delicious food with a lovely rooftop atmosphere – perfect for the summer!
I went with my friend Kayleigh and we ended up ordering the same things! Fish tacos and truffle DSCN0971tator tots — the fish tacos were so so tasty! As for the truffle tots…they tasted delicious, obviously because they’re tator tots, but I think the folks just put ‘truffle’ in front of it so they can tack on $5 to the price. 

I’ve only been for the food, but apparently this non-hotel ‘hotel’ is pretty awesome come nighttime. According to their website:

Below Hotel Chantelle lies, a London-based, high-energy nightclub inspired by the bonbonniere Faberge egg which represents a timeless and enchanted experience unlike any other in New York’s Lower East Side.

I’m so intrigued by this ‘bonbonniere Faberge egg’ business…I’ll be back, Chantelle! 

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie