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2015’s Best Instagram Food Porn Creators And Curators

If you have an Instagram account, first of all, follow us, if you’re not already. If you’re already rolling in the deep with the #foodbeast Instagram fam, however, you probably know most of the Instagrammers on the list. It’s been a great year for food porn and no one does it better than these guys.

  1. Dude Foods

You’ll never find a more elegant Spaghetti and Meatball Cone, or a Tomato-Soup Stuffed Grilled Cheese Ball so divine. Hell, his Bacon Weave Taco is straightup exquisite. Dude…FOODS. 100% reason to remember the name.

  1. There She Cooks

 

Imagine this honey gingerbread dough ferments for six weeks in the fridge before it gets baked A photo posted by Monika Walecka, San Francisco (@thereshecooks) on

Just look at those textures! Each of Monika Walecka’s photos has a romantic, intimate sense— she could make you tear up with just an image of a single bread slice!

  1. Tym Bussanich

The king of the deep fryer. Who is this man? Where did he come from? Where did he go? All we know is that he gets right to the gore of food with his quick condensed how-to videos—the oozing, gushing, beauty of food that the food world is slowly beginning to better appreciate. Your arteries may get clogged just by looking at Tym’s bready body of work, but I’ll be damned if that White Castle Pizza isn’t worth it.

  1. A Brown Table

Nik Sharma isn’t taking just any ordinary photos, he’s telling culinary stories. Using black and heavy shadows to his advantage, he strategically spotlights elements or details on his subjects that one might not notice otherwise: the deep crack of a freshly baked cookie; a sprinkling of pixie dust-like powdered sugar; the waxy exterior of multi-colored tomatoes… Cooking is an art form, and Sharma captures this fact perfectly.

  1. Stir and Style

Based in LA, you’ll find June Q. at all the best food events in town: openings, tastings, hot spots, the works; all for the sake of chomping down and slurping up the best grub. Lucky for us, she snaps food pics along the way so we at least can dream.  

  1. Miss Foodie Problems

She got 99 problems, but is food really one? A quick browse through Corey’s—aka Ms. Foodie Problems’—Insta will give you your answer: absolutely not! This lady both snaps and cooks, and no two photos look even slightly similar. The praise hands emojis tell no lies.

  1. Culinary Brodown

Here’s the lowdown on the Brodown: he cooks. He writes. He participates in Grilled Cheese Sandwich competitions. Any questions? You’ll find your answers at instagram.com/culinarybrowdown.

  1. No Garlic No Onions

A wonderfully diverse mix of Middle-Eastern and foodgasm-inducing eats, NGNO will lead your tongue to book the next flight to Lebanon, Dubai, and beyond. Bismillah!

  1. Peep My Sneaks

Deep fried Big Mac. Deep fried lasagna rolls. Pregnant goldfish? Yup, that’s him. If you’re not peeping these eats, you’re sleepin’ on eats. Wake up! Getcha head in the game. This Sneakerhead is going to save us all with nothing but a handful of cheese and some canola oil.

  1. Cheat Day Eats

Not sure if all of these eats were technically eaten on “Cheat Day,” but also, who cares? As long as Ms. Jessica Cheat Day keeps posting gorgeous ‘grams like these, we can postpone the gym just a wee bit longer. Because it’s Cheat Day.

  1. Josh Elkin

One of the most ingenuitive in the food scene, Josh’s creations have included a s’mores cone, a cup made of cheeseburger, and a timely R2-D2 poutine. AN R2-D2 POUTINE. And when he’s not cooking and concocting, you can find him hosting Sugar Showdown on the Cooking Channel. It’s po ssible Josh doesn’t need sleep.

  1. Try It Or Diet

Mac and cheese burger #tryitordiet | 📷: @devourpower | 📍: @theainsworth

A photo posted by Try it Or Diet | #TryitorDiet (@tryitordiet) on

Harbingers of screen-lickable photos (hellloo, milky buns) and co-owners of Afters Ice Cream Scott Nghiem and Andy Nguyen have a few Instagram accounts between them. Instead of pitting them against each other, one of their collaborative accounts, @TryItOrDiet, swoops into the top 10.

  1. Food with Michel

Michel’s account is truly gift from the Instagram gods. All of his images consist of a plain white background yet are somehow always able to illuminate the food at hand to the point of holiness. Whether he’s focusing on an exquisite multi-course meal, or a fat, trendy burger, he has a way of making all his meals look heavenly.

  1. Food Baby NY

If you haven’t heard, Mike Chau and his son Matthew (lovingly known as Food Baby NY) are taking the Big Apple and soon the rest of the country by storm, one nibble at a time. Now that there’s another food baby in the mix named Sam, their account is twice as great. Not going to lie—just a smidge jealous that these kids are eating are eating better than we ever will.

  1. Devour Power

The duo behind Devour Power are doing an excellent job of getting Instagram their regular protein fix. That is, if your idea of a protein fix is mile-high sandwiches, some drippy, juicy meats, and fried finger foods that require napkins by the double-digits. Ohhhh yeeeeeeahhhhh.

  1. Foooodieee

Apparently the username “@foodie” was taken by a no-good Insta-ghost, but Tess of @Foooodie definitely does her handle justice. Her curated pictures of sprinkles/icing/candy/cream-covered everything are going to set your teeth on fire (assuming that’s possible). No complaints though.

  1. Donuts Cookies and Cream

Sweet sweet victory! You won’t be able to take ten seconds of this account without a getting a hankering for sugar-coated everything. Fortunately, the trio that runs DCC makes sure to tag every location.

  1. Daily Food Feed

Peeping Daily Food Feed’s Instagram, you’ll find a colorful assortment of edible items, many of which happen to be trending in food media. Rainbow-encrusted donuts, sprinkly ice cream tacos, red-bunned burgers—Jed of DFF is there for it all, and he makes sure that with each photo, the food subject is practically in your face. Try not to lick your screen.

  1. The Vulgar Chef

The Vulgar Fucking Chef, encouraging us to #eatlikeshit since God knows when, and we’re loving every second of it. The caption says it all—Kyle Marcoux always lets his freak flag fly when it comes to playing with his food, and that’s how we received such delicacies like French Fry Burger Tacos, Mac n Cheese Pulled Pork Cake, and Pizza Meatloaf.  

  1. Dennis the Prescott

 

Sunday night snack time. A photo posted by Dennis The Prescott (@dennistheprescott) on

Yep, all of Dennis’s pictures look this great, even when it’s simply “snack time.” Dennis gives an honest, approachable look at his many culinary indulgences, just go see for yourself. Like, now.    

 

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Fast Food

Burger King’s Response To The Miss Universe Fiasco Was Pretty Savage

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This past Sunday, the world watched as the wrong winner was mistakenly announced at the conclusion of the Miss Universe pageant. Host Steve Harvey had read the wrong name and named 1st runner up Miss Colombia the winner, when it was Miss Philippines who won the title. Burger King tweeted a hilarious response to the whole fiasco.

The fast food chain posted Monday a photo of their cardboard crown being placed on someone’s head along with the caption: At BK everyone gets to keep their crown.

Pretty brutal, Burger King. Check out the original video from the competition. Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, Miss Colombia, had the honor of wearing the crown for a whole FOUR MINUTES before it was removed from her head. It was then placed on Miss Philippines’, Pia Alonzo Wurzbach, head.

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Deals

BREAKING NEWS: Taco Bell Is Giving Free Tacos To All 2015 Graduates

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The class of 2015 will have another reason to look forward to graduating this month. Y’know, other than summer. According to an announcement by Taco Bell, the fast food chain will give away free Doritos Locos Tacos to any seniors set to graduate this year.

On National Graduation Day, June 6, all high school seniors have to do is roll into a Taco Bell and show their school ID with a 2015 graduation date. They’ll then show the Taco Bell Graduation coupon (below) from their mobile devices and receive a free DLT.

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The giveaway is a part of Taco Bell’s #RecognizePotential campaign, which gives students an outlet to share their potential with others using the hashtag.

Photo: Taco Bell

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Features

These 6 Food Trends Are Already Taking Over 2015

Every year something new in food makes the headlines. From bacon weaves to grilled cheese, people love reading about and looking at pictures of delicious things they probably shouldn’t eat. Some foods, however, tend to be more interesting than others.

We dug around and found a handful of popular food trends for this year. Expect to see more of these pop up on your newsfeed in the months to come.

Donuts

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A variety of donuts from OC Donut Bar 

The deep-fried breakfast pastry has seen many changes through the years. From its more iconic forms to some of the newer innovations, donuts have become an ever-changing staple that brings a smile to the morning commuter.

Sure, we enjoy them as a breakfast snack. However, donuts have unexpectedly been a prominent item in next-level dessert trends. Afters Ice Cream, for example, have become known for their popular ice-cream stuffed donuts. Their signature item, the Milky Bun, features flavored ice cream served inside a warm donut. Toppings optional.

The OC Donut Bar, another Orange County-based bakery, is known for many innovative takes on the donut. One of the biggest, baddest donuts in their menu is the gigantic Pop Tart-like pastry they call the Big Poppa-Tart Donut. The Donut Bar also gets seasonally creative with products like their reindeer-shaped donuts for Christmas and Cadbury Creme donuts around Easter.

High-profile baker Dominique Ansel created a pastry that turned heads around the world: the Cronut. Taking the best qualities of both donut and croissant, the Cronut took on many imitations since its debut. Fast food chains would turn out their own variations of the product, albeit under a different name, and join in on the success.

Somewhere between our kale salads and paleo diets, we thought it would be delicious to use donuts as replacement for hamburger buns. We were right, of course. We wouldn’t call it the norm, but using donuts to hold together burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches has now become far from unusual.

Ballpark foods

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Fritos Mac & Cheese Dog from Dodgers Stadium

Ballparks will never go away. At least in the foreseeable future. People love watching sports and ball parks cater to that love while creating a sense of community and camaraderie.

Sports or no, people still have to eat. Baseball stadiums have been stepping up their food game year after year. This year, however, a majority of them went all out. Don’t be surprised when you see an all-bacon buffet, deep-fried Doritos balls, or Blue Moon Creamsicles more and more. It’ll be like a year-long county fair.

One item, in particular, made national headlines: The Churro Dog. Which we’ll get to in a bit.

We’re embarking on a world where popcorn and nachos will be the healthier option, folks.

Waffles

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Lamb Waffle from Ink Waffles. 

Like donuts, waffles have become an incredibly popular replacement for starches. Whether it’s burger buns, pita breads, or flour tortillas, everything looks better with a waffle.

Popular waffle house Bruxie is one of the first to bring waffles into the mainstream. With a wide variety of waffle sandwiches on the menu, the theme began to bring forth other waffle-inspired eateries. The popular Iron Press at the Anaheim Packing District features some hefty waffle choices while Ink Waffles, currently located in Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market does a full menu.

Waffling, yes a verb, has also made many headlines. Utilizing a waffle maker, folks can take the most mundane of foods and turn it into a waffle. Be it donuts, cold pizza, or leftover cheeseburgers, if you can throw it in a waffle maker you’re “Waffling” it.

There’s something about those checkered patterns and crisped edges that just somehow appeal to people. Who needs a panini press, right?

Middle Eastern foods

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Peep this chicken and beef gyro. 

So the Halal Guys are coming to California, in case you didn’t hear. While Middle Eastern foods have been around forever, there’s something about the combination of meat, veggies and sauce that make folks go crazy.

The east coast, specifically New York, is the perfect example of this. Many falafel spots are filled, night after night, with enthusiastic patrons ready to get their shawarma on. With news of the Halal Guys move to the west coast going viral, it seems Middle Eastern cuisine is something to get hyped for in the months to come.

The food is presented as a healthier alternative to other cuisines, offering lighter choices that aren’t caked in oils and grease.

Middle Eastern cuisine is still relatively unknown to a good chunk of the world. While Asian foods have pretty much been defined across the globe, there’s still an unfamiliarity with food from the Middle East. While foods like falafels, hummus and shawarma have become more commonplace, a mystery surrounding dishes like fattoush, tabouleh and baba ghanoush still remain for most people.

While the hype train for Middle Eastern fare is slowly building, we expect to see a consistent trend in the near future.

Churros

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The infamous Churro Dog. 

The Churro itself, a deep-fried stick of dough coated in cinnamon and sugar, is a pretty impressive creation of man already. This is a fact. If you start adding it to stuff, however, it’ll start taking a life of it’s own.

Between churros stuffed with jelly, churro ice cream sandwiches and churro popcorn, you can pretty much turn anything into a churro these days. Some kid in California even made a Chocolate Churro Quesadilla that turned heads.

Recently, the infamous concoction called the Churro Dog went viral. The monstrous beast featured a simple churro stick wedged between a donut and topped with multiple ice cream scoops, topped with whipped cream, caramel and chocolate drizzle. The dog is available at Chase Field in Arizona and has since been the product of many recreations, including the one above.

Poke

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A bowl of spicy tuna poke topped with mango, avocados, greens and sauce. 

The poke buzz has been climbing the charts as of late. The dish of raw fished seasoned with spices and sauces has been a popular craving for anyone looking for something light and tasty to snack on. Either served with rice or chips, poke is probably one of the more versatile dishes in recent news.

Lighter than cooked fish and relatively cheaper than sushi, poke originates from Hawaiian roots. While it comes from the islands, Poke can sometimes be found on Japanese menus. The dish utilities many Japanese condiments including sauces, spices and toppings.

Recently, popular Orange County-based PokiNometry has been making headlines. The quick-service Chipotle-style poke restaurant allows customers to create custom dishes feature various types of poke.

We’d take a bowl of poke over a fast food fish sandwich any day.

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Fast Food

Here’s Why McDonald’s Had a Lousy 2014, Their Worst Year in a Decade

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We’ve all had a year that was rough for us. Whether it’s as a student, a blue collar employee, or a multi-billion dollar fast food corporation. 2014 was indeed McDonald’s year.

The fast food chain announced that it is laying off 63 corporate employees at its headquarters in Illinois. The layoffs are a part of what’s said to be a $100 million cost-cutting and restructure.

As of late, McDonald’s appears to be struggling to find their footing in today’s fast food game.

Last year, the chain announced many changes to their menu for the 2015 year. This included cutting menu items to make for a simpler customer and kitchen experience. However, they also decided to make their customizable burgers available nationally.

Wouldn’t those just cancel each other out?

According to a spokeswoman for the company, McDonald’s is internally reviewing their main and national corporate structures. We’re guessing this means they can do without the 63 corporate employees.

This is most likely in response to poor sales consistently through 2014. Finally, in November, the company reported its lowest sales numbers in a decade.

What’s interesting is that it seems McDonald’s is pooling their resources into digital technology and new restaurant platforms.

Wouldn’t it be better if they spent that money on fresher ingredients?

Fast food establishments like In-N-Out and Shake Shack have always maintained a menu made with simple, fresh ingredients. Heck, even Carl’s Jr. is throwing their hat into that ring. They haven’t gone tech crazy with their brand. Rather, they keep the same consistency through the decades. Their fresher ingredients are less expensive than McDonald’s now.

Fresher ingredients can wait, apparently.

McDonald’s Chicago office is reportedly expanding their digital staff from 20 to between 200 to 250 by the end of 2015. Wait, didn’t they just lay off 63 from corporate?

Granted, the salary of a regular staff member compared to a corporate staff member is noticeable different. Though the 200 or so extra hires should add up to a pretty hefty expense.

Take a minute and reflect, McDonald’s. You’re a mess.

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Technology

Is Your Kitchen Ready for Hershey’s 3D Chocolate Printer?

You know those days when you need chocolate, but don’t want to put on pants? 3D Systems and The Hershey Company have teamed up to make sure you don’t have to.

3D Systems revealed the CocoJet, a 3D chocolate printer, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas today. That’s right chocoholics, you can now print chocolate.

The 3D printer creates intricate, geometric designs through synchronized printing and the movement of a platform. After each layer is printed, the platform moves down momentarily in order to let the chocolate cool.

3D Systems has yet to announce a specific time frame for when the CocoJet will be available to businesses and consumers, but they definitely intend to bring it to market. The company’s ChefJet and ChefJet Pro, which make various types of candy, retail for about $5,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Prepare your bodies and bank accounts. Discard your pants.

H/t Market Watch

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Hit-Or-Miss

Dunkin’ Donuts Coming to California by 2015

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When I was growing up, Dunkin’ Donuts was like a unicorn – some magical purple fairy tale in which my innocent young Californian heart believed fervently, but which I admittedly had never seen with my own two eyes.

Well, seeing is believing, folks. Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to Socal.

This morning, DD announced plans to open franchises in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura and Orange Counties, starting in 2015 with 150 stores, though the state can expect to see as many as 1,000 in upcoming years.

Of course, the expansion wouldn’t be the first time the chain moved out west. According to the LATimes, DD once had a small number of shops in California, all of which closed by the late 1990s. Another comeback attempt in Sacramento in 2002 also failed to take off.

But company reps are excited for the move, and have stated the company intends eventually to have 15,000 Dunkin’ Donuts shops nationwide.