Restaurants are banning food photography.
I’d leave if they told me I couldn’t take pics!
It seems like a weird thing to me. I understand banning flash photography – that could be distracting to other diners – but a simple phone pic? Instagram can HELP restaurants grow business. If I post something tasty-looking and tag the restaurant, that’s free advertising for them!
I do think that if your dining companions are annoyed by your pics and having to wait to eat while you document everyone’s meal you should refrain. Luckily, my friends are usually reminding me to take pics!
A restaurant group in Spain gets it. According to this article, the group is actually hosting classes to teach patrons to take better iPhone pics.
The theory is that good pics make their food look better. If they can get customers to post more delicious-looking pics, it only helps them. Duh.
We all know I can’t help but take pics of my meals. It’s why I love WIAW. This month Jenn is going green!
I wanted something different this morning. Something with bread and eggs. A little sweet, a little savory. Something that felt fancy, but prepared quickly – I woke up hungry! So I just started putting stuff together.
It may not look pretty (brown food is IMPOSSIBLE!), but the result was pretty good, if I may say so! It was a bread pudding, done in the microwave. I used a bit of stevia, lots of cinnamon, and crumbled bacon to hit the sweet-savory craving. Full recipe at the bottom of this post.
On the side I had a broiled grapefruit, which is incredibly easy but has a juicy, decadent feel.
Today I have a surprise. For once I did NOT eat salmon. During my Sunday food prep, I baked a bunch of chicken with various spices. This piece was coated in a Mexican spice blend. I cut it into strips to heat, then topped it with avocado and strawberries. Love the sweet and spicy combo! Strange but good?
Lunch was a post-workout meal. I wanted to be festive, so I made my protein Shamrock Shake… with a twist. Since I’d just had avocado at Meal 2, I used sweet potato to cream up my smoothie instead. I also added cinnamon… because I put it in everything.
This thing was SO massive that I had to eat it in two rounds. It wouldn’t all fit in my largest bowl! Topped with Special K Popcorn Chips.
I am so glad they are now gone. I couldn’t stop eating them!
I completely forgot I had a whole pound of salt-free deli turkey! This made for a happy snacker, as I had no idea what I was going to make. In a bowl I shredded up the turkey and tossed it with beets and broccoli slaw. Then I poured a quick sauce over it.
The sauce was just nutritional yeast, no-salt mustard, smoked paprika, coconut vinegar, and pepper. I didn’t bother to measure.
If I told you I hadn’t been thinking about this meal all day long, I’d be lying. A tempeh-stuffed baked artichoke. I crumbled the tempeh and mixed it with marinara sauce, fresh rosemary, and minced garlic.
Topped with a runny egg. It took longer to bake than I’d hoped. I should have started earlier, because I didn’t eat dinner until 8:45p. And it could have baked a bit longer. Whatever. It was still good.
Leave it to me to take a vegan dish and top it with egg.
I was forcing this down. After my late dinner I didn’t want meal 6, so I kept it light with some turkey and celery slices. Yawn.
Dessert is always my favorite meal… yet I have the HARDEST time figuring out what I want to eat sometimes! I finally settled on my 150 Calorie Chocolate Microwave Cake, made with my Growing Naturals chocolate protein powder (purchased from iHerb - use code USO924 for a discount) and using carob powder in place of the cocoa powder.
This was topped with warmed strawberries. I heated the berries in the micro, mashed them up, and added a little ginger. Also a scoop of cottage cheese, cacao nibs, and cinnamon.
It’s a bit early for strawberries… but oh-so-good to have them back in my life. Is it spring yet?!
Breakfast Bread Pudding
- 1 Ezekial english muffin (or other bread)
- 1/4 piece bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 C egg whites
- 1/4 C unsweetened almond milk (or other liquid)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp butter extract
- 3-4 drops orange liquid stevia (or other sweetneer, to taste)
- 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Prepare a coffee mug (I coated mine with coconut oil).
Tear English muffin into bits and place in mug. Crumble bacon over top.
In a small bowl, whisk or beat together egg whites, milk, chia seeds, spices, extracts, and sweetener until combined and a bit frothy.
Pour egg mixture over bread in mug, pressing down so bread is coated.
Microwave for 2:30-3 mins, until egg is cooked.
The protein count for the day: 167.5g. Rawr.
What are your thoughts on food picture-taking in restaurants?
Do you have a “dessert” every night? What is your favorite?