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Austin360Eats: Share your food photos with us

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

In tomorrow’s Austin360 tab, we are launching a new initiative: Austin360Eats, a social media project to collect and share food and drink photos from around Central Texas.

The seed for the idea is simple: Americans are sharing more than 55 million photos a day on Instagram alone, and over the past year, I’ve noticed that more and more of those photos seem to be of what people are eating and drinking.

But as any user of social media will tell you, it’s not necessarily the content that is shared that’s the most worthwhile news; it’s the conversation and action that those photos often inspire. How many of us has visited a new restaurant because we saw someone we admire post about it online? How many times have you chimed in on a discussion about, say, where to find the best falafel in town, only to find out that a hidden gem you’d never heard of is just around the corner?

Our goal is to continue to foster those kinds of conversations and show off some of readers’ fine work in the good old print edition of the newspaper.

All you have to do to participate is tag your food and drink photos with #Austin360Eats on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Starting this week, we’re going to start sharing some of your awesome photos in print on Fridays and in a gallery on Austin360.com. We also have an Austin360Eats Facebook page, where we’ll post some of the best images and share some of our other dining and drinking coverage, too.

You’ll find some stunning images in tomorrow’s tab from a handful of Austin’s top Instagrammers, including Philip Speer, Kristen Davenport, Deana Saukam, Nicolai McCrary and Camille Styles.

We ran out of room in the print section for two more Q&As with noted Austin Instagrammers Peter Tsai (@supertsai) and Melody Fury (@gourmetfury), which you’ll find below.

Peter Tsai, food blogger/photographer (instagram.com/supertsai)

What is it about food that makes you want to pause for a second before eating it to capture and share it?

Food is a feast for the senses. When food is delicious and visually appealing, it brings me joy, and Instagram is a great storytelling medium to share that feeling with other foodies. Sometimes you can’t help but share a photo, especially if it’s from a new spot in town or of a dish that you just discovered. As for the pause in the meal, food tastes better once it’s cooled down a little bit anyways.

If you could only recommend three places in Austin to eat to a visitor, where would you send them?

When you visit a city, especially for the first time, you have to eat the local specialties! In Austin that means BBQ, tacos, food trucks, or one of the new wave of hip restaurants, and you have to wash your food down with a local beer! Last time a friend came to visit, we went to Franklin BBQ, Torchy’s and Gourdoughs to cover our bases.

Can you pick an all-time favorite Instagram post, food or otherwise?

It’s really hard to pick just one! I use Instagram to capture casual pictures of interesting or amusing moments. When pieced together, these images tell a story that form a visual diary of my life. Because I first got into photography to document my good times during my travels, I really like photos that bring back memories of these great experiences, like this one of a plate of freshly cut fruit from Mexico.

Melody Fury, food and cocktail writer/photographer (instagram.com/gourmetfury)

What is it about food that makes you want to pause for a second before eating it to capture and share it?

I appreciate the aesthetic composition of plates, especially the colors and textures. Photos also help me keep track of where I’ve eaten. I geotag them to make it easy for folks to use as recommendations.

If you could only recommend three places in Austin to eat to a visitor, where would you send them?

El Naranjo, Barley Swine and John Mueller Meat Co.

Can you pick an all-time favorite Instagram post, food or otherwise?

This photo of king salmon, fromage blanc, tomato, chanterelles, and, yes, funnel cake, from Barley Swine is one of my favorites.