This Q&A is part of our Austin360Eats launch, which appears in Friday’s Austin360 tab. Through our new project, you can share and view food and drink photos from around Central Texas by using the #Austin360Eats hashtag on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Keep up with the Statesman’s food and drink coverage by liking the Austin360Eats Facebook page.
Camille Styles, founder CamilleStyles.com (instagram.com/camillestyles)
What is it about food that makes you want to pause for a second before eating it to capture and share it?
I love the idea of mindful eating; whether my plate is full of sautéed kale or truffled french fries, I can feel good about eating it if I know I really savored each bite. Taking that moment to hit the pause button and photograph a beautiful piece of food can awaken the senses and really focus my energies on what I’m about to devour.
If you could recommend only three places in Austin to eat to a visitor, where would you send them?
Let’s do breakfast, lunch and dinner. First stop: Elizabeth Street Café for almond croissants and breakfast banh mi. Next up is Taco Deli for mojo fish and al pastor tacos. We’d end the day at Uchiko for a sushi feast, which would also include lots of their crispy Brussels sprouts.
Can you pick an all-time favorite Instagram post, food or otherwise?
This one represents a great moment, from the very last photo shoot for my book, which will come out this fall. After an entire year of writing, styling and shooting, this is the day we shot the cover and put the final touch on one of the most challenging and fun projects ever.