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How to Take a Perfect Foodstagram That Get More Likes

How to Take a Perfect Foodstagram That Get More Likes

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 | 2 comments

Why do you take pictures of your food?

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If you ask me I take pictures of my food to appreciate,  to remember, to document my recipes and build community around it.  A community or a small group of people who will want to eat what I eat and cook what I cook.  

Although food photos can influence a person’s appetite or food preferences, aesthetic still plays a major role here, like how well-lit the food is, if it is shot in a nice angle or perspective and if the color and presentation of the food is appetizing enough to stop and behold, sometimes drool, and have this feeling to grab it from the screen and put it directly in your mouth. 😀  

This year, I’m slowly transitioning from dslr and mirrorless camera to mobile cameras, since mobile cameras improve a great deal the fast few years and the fact that I can bring it anywhere and fits my pocket perfectly, it’s becoming my camera of choice. 🙂

In this post I will share with you my top 3 tips on how to take the perfect foodstagram or Instagram photos using your phone that will help get more likes and love from your followers.  

3 Tips on How to Take the Perfect Foodstagram that Gets More Likes

 

1.  Perspective and Angle

Capturing your food from your own angle and perspective tells something about you.  It’s like you tell your followers, this is my eye view.  🙂 

There are many ways to photograph your food, and capturing it from an interesting angle or perspective will give your photos more distinctive characteristics.

Rather than always taking the shot from standing height, why not try capturing your subject from high up or low down? Or how about moving closer, moving further away, or taking a few steps to one side?

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2.  Use props

I love to use props in my photography, they add a fun and creative element to my photos and you can use them in so many ways.  At a least, props can make your photos richer and more interesting. Sometimes props do more, they encourage conversations with your followers.  Try using props in your food photos to stimulate many creative ideas.  

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3.  Get up-close and personal.

By getting up close and personal with your food photos you can show your audience details.  It’s like you are inviting them to see and experience it first hand.
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When I posted these dishes on Instagram, I got to experience them again while I tell my story a hashtag.  It’s not just about sharing a beautiful image. But seeing others be interested and inspired by simplicity of food and having them ask about recipes meant a lot to me. 

But above all, I want to make a strong point that the foundation of good food photos is the light.  I took all those photos in this post outside or beside a big window, nothing beats a good lighting.

With the rise of camera photography and the beauty of its functionality,  I appreciate its larger sensors with larger pixels, wider apertures, dual lens systems.  I’m ditching my mirrorless and dslr cameras and switching to OPPO F3 #SelfieExpert smartphone.  It has the kind of superior specs which once could only be found on high-end digital cameras plus the fact that you can easily carry it anywhere for hunting best lighting for your food photos. 

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I’m using an OPPO A37 and I’m planning of upgrading it to OPPO F3.  I love the fact that F3 has an upgraded touch access, fast, accurate, responsive, meaning I can snap my food photos fast.  

The F3 uses an advanced solid-state fingerprint reader, so that a slight touch can unlock the device.  Equipped with a hydrophobic membrane that uses the same principle as a naturally water-resistant lotus leaf, the fingerprint reader has an enhanced success rate even when a user’s fingers are moist.  Specially if you do both taking photos and food styling sometimes you get your hands oily or wet because you have to add every single element in the food to make it beautiful.  Knowing that it F3 has a fast touch access would help me take the most creative and drool-worthy food pictures in a snap. :)|

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And since I’m transitioning from my DSLR camera to smart phone, I love the fact that F3 has an Expert Mode where I can manually adjust parameters like focus, white balance, ISO and more.  

I’m definitely getting an OPPO F3 soon.  Taking food photos feels good, it smells good, it looks good… and it gets a lot of likes.

I hope you enjoy my blog post for today, for more tips on how to take good food photos please stay tuned! 🙂

 

 

 

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Food Review: Mendokoro Ramenba The Best Japanese Ramen Place

Food Review: Mendokoro Ramenba The Best Japanese Ramen Place

Posted by on May 30, 2017 | 6 comments

Are you a family of ramen fan like us?

On mother’s day the husband brought the kids and I at Mendokoro Ramenba in Makati.  He said the restaurant is inspired by the authentic ramen houses in Japan, just like what we see in travel shows and magazines and their ramen is outstanding!  Since we are a family of ramen-eating monsters we should all try it. 🙂

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We went there for lunch, the restaurant opens at exactly 11:30am and we arrived there at around 11:45am on a Saturday.  They can only sit 21 customers at a time and when we arrived there were already 21 people seated and around 12 to 18 waiting for their turn.

We line up at the cashier station to place our order, we pay, and receive our order slip and guest number.  We waited around 45 minutes to be seated.  Well… good food takes a lot of time to make and if you are really serious to try it, you’ve gotta wait. 🙂

Did you know that there’s only 10 items in their menu?  I read that Japanese food culture encourages specialization. In Japan, the  less items in the menu the restaurant offers the better: it means the chef and his staff have dedicated themselves to making a few dishes really, really well. 🙂

Here are some of the food we tried:

Aji Tamago (P90) This is a Japanese Marinated Soft Boiled Egg. This Japanese egg will complete your ramen experience.

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Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen (P410) Its broth is thick and milky white from pork marrow bones that have been simmered for long hours.

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Tutti Frutti Ice Cream on Sticks Recipe

Tutti Frutti Ice Cream on Sticks Recipe

Posted by on May 17, 2017 | 4 comments

Fruity Ice Cream on Sticks

Surprise, surprise!  I have a new ice-cold recipe for everyone!

This one is super easy to make and fun too. 🙂

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I made it in the morning yesterday and before noon all that’s left are the popsicle sticks that I need to wash. 🙂

These sticks are special, I bought them at True Value in Trinoma for P245/ 2 pieces.  I like it because it’s easy to hold and doesn’t need you to finish everything and it’s not messy too, nothing will fall out.  This one is best for kids. 🙂

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Basically, this recipe involves 2 ingredients only, fruit cocktail and whipped cream.

To make a whipped cream I used 1 pack of Alaska all-purpose cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla, extract if you like.   Whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks but make sure your cream is completely chilled before you whisk it in a mixer full speed for 4-6 minutes. 🙂

Here’s the full recipe in the video!

Stay tuned for new videos every Wednesday!  🙂  Thank you for watching! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peach Creamsicles Recipe

Peach Creamsicles Recipe

Posted by on May 9, 2017 | 3 comments

The summer heat has got me overflowing with ice dessert ideas including ice candy, slushies and popsicles!  

Just a few days ago I made peach slushies and today I made peach creamsicles, it’s peaches and milkshake treat.  

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It’s a blockbuster hit, I can’t stop my daughter Lily from eating it all.  Since it’s a bit big for her mouth I had to put in shot glass so it won’t drip on the floor everytime she gives it a lick.

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This one is really easy to make, all you need is an ice-cube tray, a toothpick or anything that can hold your creamsicles.  In my case I used my fancy little spoon and fork I got from a Japanese store years ago and some cocktail sticks.

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The creamsicles are smooth and creamy with just the right amount of peach flavor — a not-too-sweet treat that’s the perfect way to complete a summer meal.

You have to try it!

Here’s the complete recipe of Peach Creamsicles, enjoy! 🙂

Peach Creamsicles
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Ingredients
  1. 2 slices of Jolly peaches
  2. 1 tbsp sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup milkshake
Instructions
  1. 1. Put the peaches, sugar and water in a blender, blend it until smooth.
  2. 2. Pour mixture into ice cube tray, make sure you leave space for the milkshake. Let set for 30-60 minutes, then pour the milkshake. Add sticks. Freeze for another 4-6 hours or until frozen.
  3. 3.Enjoy!
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See you again on Wednesday for another ice treat recipe for you and your family! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Surprise her this Mother’s day with these El Real recipes

Surprise her this Mother’s day with these El Real recipes

Posted by on May 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Give your mom the best gift this Mother’s day by cooking up these sumptuous pasta dishes, courtesy of El Real Pasta.

Your mother will surely feel your love when she tastes the creamy goodness of Elbow Macaroni with Chicken and Wild Mushrooms, and Flat Spaghetti with Creamy Sausage and Chicken, made more satisfying with the “yumayakap ang sarap” goodness of El Real Elbow Macaroni and El Real Flat Spaghetti.

 

Elbow Macaroni with Chicken & Wild Mushrooms

Elbow Macaroni with Chicken & Wild Mushrooms
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Ingredients
  1. 250 g. El Real Elbow Macaroni
  2. 1/4 cup salted butter or margarine
  3. 1/2 cup thinly sliced white onions
  4. 1 tbsp. crushed garlic
  5. 250 g. chicken breast fillet – cut into 1-inch-long thin strips
  6. 4 pcs. fresh or canned oyster mushroom, thinly sliced
  7. 8 pcs. shitake mushrooms – soak in 3/4 cup water (15 minutes). Save mushroom water.
  8. Remove stems. Slice thinly.
  9. 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh or canned button mushrooms
  10. 1 cup frozen peas – thawed
  11. 1 cup all-purpose cream
  12. 1 tbsp. rock salt or 1 tsp. fine salt
  13. 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  14. 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  15. 1/4 cup chopped red bell peppers
Instructions
  1. First, cook the El Real Elbow Macaroni according to package directions, drain under faucet water and set aside. In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter and sauté onions and garlic. Add chicken and cook until it changes color. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Add peas, salt and pepper. Stir until boiling. Add cream and simmer. Top with bell peppers. Turn off fire and toss in the macaroni. Serves 4-6.
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Flat Spaghetti with Creamy Sausage and Chicken

Flat Spaghetti with Creamy Sausage and Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 250 g. El Real Flat Spaghetti
  2. 1/4 cup salted butter or margarine
  3. 1/4 cup minced white onion
  4. 1 cup Italian sausage
  5. 1/2 cup chopped chicken breast fillet
  6. 1 tsp. fine salt
  7. 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  8. 3 tbsp. Continental All-Purpose Flour
  9. 2 cups fresh or full cream milk
  10. 10 fresh or frozen broccoli flowerettes
Instructions
  1. Cook the El Real Flat Spaghetti according to package directions, drain under faucet water and set aside. Cook 10 fresh or frozen broccoli flowerettes in boiling pasta water for 10 minutes, drain and set aside. In a 12-inch skillet, put butter and sauté onions until soft. Add sausage, chicken, salt and pepper. Stir until half cooked. Then add Continental All-Purpose Flour and mix well. Lastly, add milk, stir and simmer. Place pasta on a serving platter, top with sauce and garnish with broccoli flowerettes. Serves 4-6.
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The NEW Spicy Buffalo Style Chicken McDo

The NEW Spicy Buffalo Style Chicken McDo

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 | 0 comments

You have to try the NEW Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken McDo!

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Have an exciting gastronomic experience with rich, spicy flavor as McDonald’s introduces the all NEW Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken McDo! It’s the Chicken McDo coated in a hot and zesty sauce for a hot, delicious twist. A different take on buffalo-style chicken, it will leave you wanting more after the first bite.

Grab McDonald’s NEW Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken McDo for only P95 with drink! This new chicken favorite is also available in 1-pc. meal with Fries and 2-pc. meal.

Mcdonald's NEW Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken

Delight your taste buds with the NEW Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken McDo when you dine in at any McDonald’s restaurant nationwide. You can also have it via Drive-Thru or McDelivery by dialing 86-2-36, visiting www.mcdelivery.com.ph, or using the McDo PH app.

Foodies and diehard fried chicken lovers, take your chicken craving to the next level and grab a bite of the NEW Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken McDo. Share your photos online at facebook.com/McDo.ph and tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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Grass Jelly Coconut Milk Tea Recipe

Grass Jelly Coconut Milk Tea Recipe

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 | 15 comments

Can you feel it?

It has been a hot, sunny days lately and all we need is a refreshing drink to cool us down and enjoy the sweaty day ahead. 🙂

This grass jelly coconut milk tea is the win!

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My neighbor sells milk tea and it’s Php80-Php90 for every big cup.  It’s good and totally refreshing, my children are “suki” (frequent buyer) . But this fine day I would like to make them a home-made milk tea. 🙂  

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 I used Jolly’s Grass Jelly.

The grass jelly has a pleasant, lightly herbal flavor that my kids love.  

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And to make it more special I used Jolly’s new Coconut Milk instead of ordinary milk.

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And surprise, surprise!  It tastes soooooooo good.  The natural sweetness of coconut milk tastes best together with the tea. 🙂

Grass Jelly Coconut Milk Tea Recipe

When you put everything together: the grass jelly, tea, and coconut milk with some sugar it compliments each other and tastes really wonderful.  My children loves it and playfully slurp the jelly that gets in their big straws. 🙂

You should try it soon, to make 4 glasses I spent around Php100-120 pesos only.  🙂  

Here’s the recipe for you to try.

 

Grass Jelly Coconut Milk Tea Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can Jolly Grass Jelly (cut into small cubes)
  2. ½ cup brewed black tea, cooled
  3. ½ cups very Jolly coconut milk cold
  4. sugar to taste
  5. ice
Instructions
  1. Place about 1/4 cup of glass jelly into a glass.
  2. Stir together the cooled black tea and coconut milk. Add ice. Add sugar to suit your taste.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
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Mango and Strawberry Sago Pudding

Mango and Strawberry Sago Pudding

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 | 11 comments

This Valentines Day, make something special for your loved ones. 🙂

Try my easy fruits and sago pudding recipe.

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Since strawberry is in season you can find them in leading grocery stores like SM Hypermarket, Landmark, Rustans and SnR.  

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In this recipe you can use any fruits you prefer. I’m thinking melon, kiwi and caramelize bananas will do too, so do not limit yourselves with just this two fruits.

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I’m a fan of “gata” or coconut milk and I’ve tried mostly all coconut milk in cans sold at supermarkets but none of them have become my favorite, I always ended up buying a freshly squeezed coconut milk in our local wet market.

Since Jolly came out with their coconut milk I just thought I should give it try.  Jolly’s coconut milk has a freshness and natural sweetness very near to what I can buy at our local wet market.  

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Here’s the complete recipe.

Fruit and Sago Pudding
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pieces whole ripe mangoes
  2. 8-10 pieces of strawberries
  3. 1 can Jolly Coconut milk, 400ml
  4. 2 tbsp sugar
  5. 1 cup tapioca pearls (cooked)
  6. 2 tsp gelatin
Instructions
  1. 1. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/4 cup hot water.
  2. 2. Boil tapioca and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat and stir constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar and gelatin.
  3. 3. Simmer gently until thickened, 3- 5 minutes , then remove from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes before stirring in the vanilla extract. Serve either warm or chilled. Topped with mango or strawberry. 🙂
  4. Enjoy!
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