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30 Delightful Sources of Food Inspiration on Instagram

30 Delightful Sources of Food Inspiration on Instagram

More often than not, it seems we are either preparing food, consuming it, or speechless, and unable to look up at the sight of Instagram’s constant flow of #foodporn. Whether you’re hoping to be initiated into the ‘fit fam’ after proving to those around you that there are other food groups besides pizza, or you’re trying to figure out how it is possible for melted cheese to stretch over a foot in length, Instagram is everyone’s go to source for food inspiration. If you’re like me and use your Lifeproof phone case as a drool protector, you’ll love these 30 inspiring food Instagram accounts.

Infinite #FoodPorn:

1. Alice Gao 

If one’s fan base can be seen as a reflection of an individual’s success, Alice’s band of 700,000+ loyal followers speaks volumes of the artist’s talents as a food photographer. But don’t take my word for it, take a look yourselves:

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    2. Sunday Suppers

    Sunday Suppers is the brainchild of photographer Karen Mordechai, whose cook book will be launching later this year. It just.. looks.. so good.

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      3. Slice Of Pai

      The job to end all jobs.. thought only to be a myth for quite some time… a food stylist. The manner in which Joann arranges the dishes is both classy and reminiscent of the European traditions of the past.

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        4. Andrew Scrivani 

        Something about Scrivani’s employment as a New York Times photographer adds a bit of legitimacy to this compilation, which could otherwise be considered a concise list of Food-spiration, constructed entirely of personal preference. Scrivani’s photos are as crisp as they are vibrant, creating still life portraits that blur the boundaries between what is real and what is photographed.

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          5. Put A Fork In It

          Enter the world of two self-proclaimed NYC foodies, documenting the eternal food crawl we call life. “We like to eat” hardly describes the dishes we come across on their feed.

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            For the Health Cautious:

            6. Nutrition You Can Trust

            Health Practitioner, Jon Antelline, reminds us that just because its not dyed, chemically enhanced, and advertised on Super Bowl Sunday, it doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. From Recipes to inspiring bits of info, this Instagram covers all of the basics. Not to mention his meals look outstanding.

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              7. Blender Babes

              The art of the smoothie/uncertain concoction in a glass is no easy feat, but Blender babes make it fun, easy, and not to mention extremely satisfying to the taste buds.

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                8. Just Glowing With Health

                If you’re on a health kick, this account is a no-brainer. From delightfully healthy treats and snacks to meals centered around health improvement, this account has it all.

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                  9. Deliciously Ella 

                  Ella has gained national attention since starting this account to document her eating habits following her diagnosis with postural tachycardia syndrome. Working with only a plant based diet, Ella shares mouthwatering images along with health tips across the board.

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                    10. Fit Men Cook

                    Whether the name is a reference to gender equality in the kitchen, or simply just a way of tooting his own horn, this Instagram account specializes in meal preps fit for kings and queens. I don’t know what the #StruggleChicken is, but I don’t intend to find out

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                      The Starving Food Artist:

                      11.  Samantha Lee

                       I’ll go out on a limb and say that her parents never asked her to stop playing with her food at the dinner table. Below is the less threatening version of Edward Scissorhands, a dish best served cold.

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                        12. Meiling

                        Certainly a fan favorite, Meiling’s Instagram highlights all that is right with the world. A single mom with a passion for food (arguably a giant understatement),  Meiling brings her meals to life in the form of cute, cartoon-like figures and animals.

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                          13. Ida Frosk

                          As far as we’re concerned, anyone who can turn a desert crepe into a hot air balloon with minimal effort deserves recognition. And, for the record, this is what having your cake and eating it too looks like.

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                            14. Bento Monster

                            In the spirit of #foodart on Instagram, this feels only appropriate.

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                              15. Bento Days

                              If you’re looking for a side of laughs with your food inspiration, look no further. In case you weren’t certain, Bento can be used to bring to life any and all television characters you desire.

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                                Chefs of Instagram:

                                16. Dominique Crenn

                                Not surprisingly, the holy grail of food-spiration is a source derived from the men and women behind the meals themselves. If you squint long enough, and tilt just the right way, re-creating these amazing dishes almost seem do-able

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                                  17. Matthew Jennings

                                  “You will never get this, You will never get this, la la la” *in Borat voice*

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                                    18.  April Bloomfield

                                    This critically acclaimed female chef divides her time between three restaurants, and judging from her Instagram feed, she keeps herself pretty busy whipping up mind-blowing concoctions.

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                                      19. Dominique Ansel

                                      Say what you want to about the queen of cronuts, but this chef’s Instagram is nothing short of amazing to feast your eyes upon.

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                                        20. Jamie Oliver

                                        As far as the official chef hierarchy is concerned, world renowned chef, Jamie Oliver, has an Instagram account worth mentioning.

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                                          D.I.Y Food-spiration:

                                          21. What To Cook Tonight

                                          This father daughter duo based in Australia offers easy to cook, eclectic dishes. Perfect for anyone looking to try something new in the kitchen this evening.

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                                            22. Spoon Fork Bacon 

                                            Trigger Warning: those who struggle with a lack of self-control, shield your eyes. In all honesty, this collection of flavorful recipes has few rivals who come even close. However, it is the incorporation of good design that truly sets the standard for food photography.

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                                              23. GK Stories

                                              The vegetarian food blogger primarily uses locally grown, and often home-grown ingredients as well. Many of these recipes add just the right amount of flare to traditional vegetarian dishes, while still remaining extremely simple to prepare yourself.

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                                                24. Sprouted Kitchen

                                                Generally, those who take their best pictures at meal time can be fully trusted, so it will come as no surprise that I browse the Sprouted Kitchen like I’m skimming through the New Testament. The recipes are just that good.

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                                                  25. Nom Nom Paleo

                                                  In an age where the number of people who are gluten free by choice far outnumber those who suffer from gluten allergies, other restrictive diets like the Paleo Diet are gaining much attention, and thus, have a much larger audience to appeal to. Nom Nom Paleo is an award winning blog that offers zesty and different recipes for those on a Paleo diet.

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                                                    Restaurants On Instagram

                                                    26. Nourish Kitchen + Table

                                                    Following your favorite dining spots on Instagram is the ultimate catch 22: By sparing yourself the torture, you often miss redefining moments in #foodporn, but the choice to follow is one that should not be taken lightly, as immediate hunger will ensue.

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                                                      27. The Meatball Shop

                                                      Your only excuse for not following the self-proclaimed meatballers is that you haven’t yet stepped foot into one of their six New York locations. Now, I’m not one to spoil surprises, but you won’t regret it.

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                                                        28. Rolf & Daughters

                                                        If hypothetically, Rolf & Daughters was a kid from your high school, it would be that one kid who was so rich he was literally in competition with himself to see who was richer. You know, that one kid who wore Gucci loafers and an Armani tux to prom, but rejected the term showoff. Yeah, these guys are truly showoffs.

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                                                          29. The Smith

                                                          Considered by many to be the quintessential NYC brunch, the Smith’s elegant arrangements and unique American-style menu are seemingly frozen in time via the restaurant’s jaw-dropping Instagram feed, full of inspiration… If that’s what you call being able to justify saving work for tomorrow in the name of a twelve dollar mimosa.

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                                                            30. The Cypress Room

                                                            One of Miami’s best in terms of elegant dining, the Cypress Room’s Instagram account reminds us why we drag our feet when it comes to cooking for ourselves. Because, life’s too short not to splurge on the finer things in life.

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Portobello Buns/Wendell via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                                                              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                                Why You Need a Vision

                                                                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                                How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                                What Do You Want?

                                                                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                                Some tips to guide you:

                                                                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                                Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                                A few prompts to get you started:

                                                                • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                                • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                                • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                                • What would you be doing?
                                                                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                                • How are you dressed?
                                                                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                                Plan Backwards

                                                                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                                                Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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