Food Photography Tips When Traveling – Take Better Food Travel Photos

Food Photography Tips When Traveling – Take Better Food Travel Photos

We get loads of questions from our readers and followers about how to photograph food. The good news is that people think we take good food photos, and that’s a compliment. But, it made me think it was time to share some of our top food photography tips when traveling. Now, we might not take the best food pictures every time (and I’ll explain why), but over the last few years I’ve figured out some tips and tricks on how anyone can take better food travel photos, without being into “professional” food photography. My goal here is not to offer advice on how to become a professional food photographer, or how to start a new business. Instead, my goal is to provide sufficient advice, on what food camera to use, and how to use it, to capture tasty food images when traveling. Learn more about culinary travel with our Food Travel Guides Food Photography Versus Food Travel Photos Before I share our tips, I want to define what is food photography, and how it compares to food travel photography, because there is a big difference. And, it’s the main reason why I don’t necessarily take the best food pictures every time. Check out some of the best food pics on the internet, perhaps from some of the top food bloggers, ones who write a lot of recipes or offer recommendations on cookware to purchase. Generally, the food glistens. The light is natural looking, and maybe a little too perfect. There is a spray of flour, or a couple of blueberries that ran away. When traveling, this is almost impossible....
10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – Barcelona Tapas Guide

10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – Barcelona Tapas Guide

When we first traveled to Barcelona, in 2006, I felt entirely intimidated just entering into a tapas bar. I knew some of the basics about what to order at a tapas restaurant in the US. But a tapas restaurant in Barcelona – well, I didn’t know where to begin. Since that time, we’ve traveled to Barcelona a ton of times. And, we live just up the road in Girona. Now, I feel pretty confident that we can tell any new traveler, or even experienced traveler, to Barcelona, what are the best tapas in Barcelona in our Barcelona tapas guide. Barcelona Tapas Guide Spain, and in particular Barcelona (which is actually in Catalonia, a region of Spain), is one of my favorite places to eat. This is due in large part to the availability of Spanish tapas. I just love the concept of these small plates of Spanish food, which allow me not only to snack throughout the day, but also to try many different dishes in one sitting. Learn more about Spanish tapas: 500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You’ll Ever Need 500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Series Cookbooks) (500 Cooking (Sellers)) List Price: $17.95 Price: $13.54 You Save: $4.41 Price Disclaimer So, what are tapas? The concept of tapas has evolved over the years. It once was the case that a tapa came free with a drink. It was small morsel of food placed on a drink coaster, which was then placed on top of the drink, to keep the flies out. Oh how times have changed. Although there are still areas of...
A Barcelona Food Tour With the Food Lovers Company

A Barcelona Food Tour With the Food Lovers Company

Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city. Sure, we don’t technically live in Barcelona, but I feel like we are there all the time. I don’t know the city like the back of my hand, but I feel like I know it well enough. After all, we only live 38 minutes north by train. So when the Food Lovers Company invited us to test out their Barcelona Food Tour, I was a little hesitant. Being almost a local, I wondered if it would be worth while to take a food tour about Spanish food, practically in our own back yard. But, in the end, I’m convinced it was one of the best Barcelona tours that focuses on food. Learn what are the 10 best tapas to eat in Barcelona Why Take a Barcelona City Tour? Barcelona is a big and bustling city, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It’s so popular that there is almost too much Barcelona tourist information out there. It can kind of be overwhelming, particularly for first time travelers to Barcelona. To make the most of a visit to Barcelona, taking a city tour can help. Sure, it’s possible to take a free walking tour of Barcelona. And sometimes a free walking tour of a city is a great way to get an overview of the city. But, it doesn’t help you learn about the food, which is at the heart of a city like Barcelona. Looking to take great food photos when traveling? Check out our guide on How to Take Food Travel Photos! Why Book...
What to Eat in Jamaica – Traditional Jamaican Dishes

What to Eat in Jamaica – Traditional Jamaican Dishes

When planning a trip to Jamaica, especially for foodies, tracking down the best Jamaican food is a priority! The problem is that many people book Jamaica all inclusive resorts, which is fine. But, then they never leave the resort nor find out what to eat in Jamaica. They don’t seek out a great Jamaican restaurant to try some traditional Jamaican dishes, off the resort property. We researched what to eat in Jamaica, and offer a few recommendations for some Jamaican restaurants. But, first I want to answer the frequently asked question: What is Jamaica known for when it comes to food? Learn more about travel to Montego Bay in our Jamaica Travel Guide. What is Jamaican Cuisine If I had one word to describe the Jamaican diet, it would be hot! Yes, the Jamaican people are known for being amazingly friendly. But, traditional Jamaican food also caters to the local palette, and that means it carries some heat! Perhaps those smiles are masking tongues tingling with spice! It’s not quite as spicy as Szechuan cuisine in China, but it could be up there in the consistency of the heat. But, there is more to the most famous Jamaican food than spice. Authentic Jamaican food is a result of the melting pot that is Jamaica itself. Earliest settlers were Spanish, and then, of course, the British controlled the island up until about 6 decades ago. But, Jamaica is also home to Chinese and Indian settlers. And, although some of the items that could top a list of Jamaican national foods are meat products, there’s no shortage of island influence, as...
Searching for the Best Jamaican Meat Pie in Montego Bay

Searching for the Best Jamaican Meat Pie in Montego Bay

I was thrilled about returning to Jamaica, 17 years after our first trip, in search of authentic Jamaican food. I assumed we would get our fill of jerk chicken. And, within the first day, I was falling in love with Jamaican brown stew chicken and Jamaican boiled dumplings. But, as we started to inquire more about Jamaican cuisine, one word left coming up – patties – a Jamaican meat pie popular with the locals. Really popular. We had to explore. What is a Jamaican Beef Patty I was at least a little familiar with Caribbean food before arriving back in Jamaica. And, I knew there had to be more than Jamaican jerk chicken on offer in Montego Bay. But, as we were searching for a typical Jamaican restaurant, people just kept talking about the patties. It started to become an obsession – to find the best Jamaican meat pie in Montego Bay. And, in the name of research, we tried a lot of patties in just a few short days! A Jamaican beef patty is similar to other meat patties from Africa or South America. Similar to an empanada, or a Brazilian pastel, it’s at its most basic a meat filled flaky pie crust. But, there is a Jamaican twist – it’s spicy! A Jamaican Patty is More than Just Beef At its most traditional, a Jamaican patty is made with spicy ground beef. But, in recent years, and with increased competition between the largest patty stores in Jamaica, a lot of different varieties have come out. A few of the most popular are beef and cheese (referred to...
Hanoi Street Food Tour – What to Eat in Hanoi

Hanoi Street Food Tour – What to Eat in Hanoi

For a long time, we considered ourselves Vietnam travel experts. We’ve traveled to Vietnam more than a half dozen times. And, we’ve seen parts of Vietnam that many travelers never see (Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province anyone?). We’ve done more than just travel to Hoi An. After all of these trips to Hanoi, I thought I was a Hanoi street food expert. But, when we took a Hanoi street food tour, we were surprised to learn how much more there was to learn about Hanoi food. Book one of the Top Hanoi Food Tours – Updated 2018  We’ve spent a lot of time exploring the Hanoi restaurant scene. Some of our favorite restaurants are well known, like Cha Ca La Vong, in the Old Quarter. Others are definitely off the Hanoi tourism trail. Chim Sao is not near any of the Hanoi attractions and is probably not rated as the best restaurant in Hanoi, but we visit there every time we travel to Hanoi. There’s a Vietnamese beer garden near there that we also love. They don’t even have English menus. The problem was we found ourselves going back to the same places, the same street food corners, and eating the same foods that top every top 10 list of foods to eat in Hanoi. We’ve eaten our share of pho and bun cha, and I love them both dearly.  I just wanted to know a little more.  After all of our visits to Hanoi, we’ve never even considered taking any Hanoi tours. After all, we are kind of experts. What we learned, though, is that by taking a Hanoi...