What to Expect When You’re With a Food Blogger
Whether you’re married to, dating, good friends with, related to, or just spend a lot of time with a food blogger, here are some of the things you may have encountered. This list is brought to you by Mr. K. =)
1. When you’re at a restaurant and the server puts down a dish, don’t eat it! Food must be first photographed for a blog post, instagram, etc. Don’t start eating until your food blogger gives you the “ok.” Sometimes you can sneak a few fries off a plate before it’s photographed, but that’s about it.
1a. (added after being reminded in the comments) Never order the same thing as your food blogger. He/she needs a variety for the post, so you are always expected to order something different.
1b. Always be ready to share at least half of what you ordered because your food blogger wants to taste everything. Having your food blogger eat off your plate or switching plates in the middle of your meal if your food blogger likes your food more than his/hers will become a routine.
2. Your vacations will revolve around food. And not just one or two restaurants, but a crazy itinerary with 8-10 food stops a day planned. Landmarks are only incorporated into vacations if they happen to be along the way.
Beautiful view of London:
Made possible because she wanted to eat at Duck & Waffle:
3. Your vacation photos are 90% food and 10% people, monuments, landscape, etc.
4. Your hands and fingernails should be clean at all times. You never know when they’ll end up being a hand model in a photo.
5. Your house has a ridiculous amount of incomplete and mismatched tableware. Despite their plain appearance, they will be treated like fine china. They are only used on photograph days and for eating off of immediately after. They are then cleaned and stored away so that you don’t accidentally use one and break it.
6. Instead of carefully chosen artwork in your home, your walls are filled with framed menus of your best meals and food photographs taken by your food blogger.
7. Multiple meals in a short period of time is completely normal. You may think it is really strange, until you hang out with a bunch of food bloggers and see that they all do it and you’re the odd one out for thinking it’s unusual.
8. To survive these multi-meals, you’ll have to learn to control how much you eat. You can’t go all in the first stop or you’re screwed.
9. You take “food road trips.” This usually involves driving to another nearby city for a day of eating and buying food. You’ll likely need to invest in a large cooler so you can bring back all the food you don’t finish.
10. Chefs are like rock stars. You will watch them on tv, seek out their new restaurant, and swoon when you get to meet them in person and take a picture/get an autograph.
(Top Chef Richard Blais)
11. You watch a lot of food on tv: Top Chef, Iron Chef, etc.
12. Natural light will become an extremely important part of your life. When you’re at a restaurant, you’ll ask to sit by a window. You’ll eat early dinners to have good lighting. You’ll be rushing home so your food blogger can photo some recipe in her window of ideal daylight. When you are house shopping, one of your first criteria is how much natural light gets into the house.
(Dinner reservations at 5:30 so she could capture this dish in natural light.)
13. You’ll have to learn to deal with strangers staring. Normally when your food blogger is taking photos of his/her food, it’s no big deal since everyone does it nowadays. But sometimes because of bad lighting, you’ll have to get creative. You may have to block sunlight off of the dish or turn on the flashlight app on your phone to provide more lighting in dim settings. That’s when you start getting strange looks.
14. You find yourself lusting after old wood boards people have tossed because you realize it looks really nice in the background of your food blogger’s photos. Much nicer than the actual dining table you spent a small fortune on.
15. You get to be the official taste tester.
16. There is almost always something delicious in the kitchen. You may need to hide some of it away because your food blogger will try to give a lot of it away so that you don’t eat it all.
17. You are the popular person at work because you bring treats your food blogger made.
18. Sometimes you buy two of everything. One for you and your food blogger to enjoy on the car ride home, and one for the food blogger to photograph once you get home.
(Macarons are a big weakness. We always buy two of each because she can’t resist eating them in the car.)
19. You actually drink out of mason jars, with fun paper straws at home.
20. Though you’ve never used one of those cloth napkins.
21. There are also way too many mason jars at home.
22. Your food blogger will talk about “friends” he/she made that they’ve never met. Sometimes you even meet them in real life, which you are really suspicious at first, but then you realize you guys have a lot in common (food).
So what do you think? Did we miss anything?