Friday, April 30, 2010

Food Paparazzi

One of our friends and followers, Casey, was kind enough to send us a link to this ABC News piece about "food paparazzi." Check it out!

As food bloggers who value the visual component of dining, we've been taking part in this growing national trend. Given that humans eat with their eyes first, we feel that it's important to include photos of the dishes we sample at local restaurants. Per The BA Foodist, a.k.a. Andrew Knowlton, Restaurant Editor for Bon Appetit, we try not to disturb other diners when we're out in public by keeping flash photography to a minimum.

What are your thoughts on food paparazzi? Are you cool with food bloggers and other patrons taking pics in restaurants or do you get as angry as Britney Spears during her shaved head phase?


  1. I think food photography is a major component to the review process. And personally, when presented with a dish that is beautiful and delicious, it's hard to resist capturing it on film.
    On the other hand, it's pretty much a dead giveaway that you are going to be reviewing the restaurant, so it could potentially bias your experience at the restaurant once the staff realizes that you are a reviewer and may give you preferential service.

  2. Great points, Sammy Pants. It's a bit of a catch-22, isn't it? You'd be surprised how many servers take cameras in stride these days. We've never once been asked if we are food bloggers!

  3. It doesn't really annoy me, but then again, one of my best friends is a food blogger. I actually love the new phrase "food papa-paparazzi"! I see an amazing Lady Gaga video parody coming soon! Can you embed video on AF?