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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 March 13, 2019

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                              1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                              2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                              3. Upgrade yourself

                                                              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                              4. Talk to a friend.

                                                              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                              7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                              8. Have a quick nap.

                                                              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                              9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                              10. Find some competition.

                                                              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                              11. Go exercise.

                                                              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                              12. Take a good break.

                                                              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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