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(The New York Times)   Restaurants are tired of diners taking pictures of every freakin' plate of food they serve   (nytimes.com) divider line 274
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2013-01-24 10:33:23 PM

brap: I subsist entirely on a diet of my friends' Facebook foodporn.


And the aroma from an empty cherry pie tin.

/Mayo Clinic diet, yo
 
2013-01-24 10:33:27 PM
Seems to be something of a minority opinion here, but I like seeing my buddy's food pics. It's interesting to see the variety of things done with food and it gives me ideas for where to out to eat next. I almost wish I had a smartphone with a camera.
 
2013-01-24 10:35:42 PM
It's annoying, but not as annoying as people who record an entire concert with their phones.
 
2013-01-24 10:35:59 PM

NewWorldDan: Why would any chef object to people blogging their food, unless they serve terrible food. And if the food is that bad, why are people going there to eat it? Word of mouth is the best god damn advertising you can get. Pimp that dinner plate.


It's rude. If I'm dropping upwards of 200 for a meal I do not want you posing (it's always more than once) over a table next to me. A meal is a social, traditional aspect. The taste, smell, see, not the "Hey Look I ate at a fancy/trendy restaurant. ". It's about talking, and eating, enjoying the restaurant, not showing off.

If you want a photo ask the waiter politely to take one.
 
2013-01-24 10:37:45 PM

rustypouch: It's annoying, but not as annoying as people who record an entire concert with their phones.


I came to see the band. I did not come to see the band through a two-inch phone screen.
 
2013-01-24 10:38:08 PM

theflatline: pxlboy: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x667]

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DAMN, A swatch, bbq, hot dogs, iphones, iphone with bamboo case, gay asian, fat chick in stripes with black frame glasses, a watermelon punchbowl, and metal cups.

I need a hipster filter on fark.


Congratulations on winning Fark Bingo! You may collect your prize from Drew at the front desk.
 
2013-01-24 10:38:15 PM
I NEVER "Like" food pics on Facebook.

/gets on my nerves
 
2013-01-24 10:40:46 PM
fark you, you farking restaurant-owner snobs. If I pay you for the food, I own that farking food and can do anything I want with it before eating it, provided there's no violence or nudity.

It's not a motherfarking art museum where photography is banned to prevent art thieves from casing the joint.
 
2013-01-24 10:41:01 PM
I only take photos when eating something really unusual like jungle fruit worms or guinea pig and even then, I'm in the photo making a weird face instead of trying to get a photo of the food untouched. It's silly but restaurants should consider themselves lucky if one of their major worries is people liking their food enough to take pictures of it. They could go somewhere else or cook at home. Given the failure rate for restaurants, it wouldn't be very smart to run off people who are helping to pay the bills and aren't really bothering anyone.
 
2013-01-24 10:41:49 PM
Do you know what really annoys cops? When you take a picture of their face with a blinding flash while they are chasing a purse snatcher. They especially get mad if they blindly fall through a man hole that you just took the cover off of before you took their picture.
 
2013-01-24 10:43:04 PM
While I think the trend is asinine, I don't see why it bothers some people so much. As long as you aren't using a flash or standing up on your chair to take a picture I don't give a shiat what you're doing at your table. So long as they aren't being loud or throwing things in my direction I'm really not going to notice them at all.
 
2013-01-24 10:43:07 PM
Restaurants are tired of diners taking pictures of every freakin' plate of food they serve.

static1.businessinsider.com

/I'll bet they are.
 
2013-01-24 10:43:53 PM
I've done this, when I want to share a meal that I eat while I'm traveling on business with my chef girlfriend. But she's the only one I show it to, because she has a professional interest. Otherwise, even my gourmet friends know that if you weren't at the restaurant with me, you don't get to see it. Go eat there yourself.

That said, one of the most beautiful meals I've ever eaten was at a local restaurant here in Louisville.

It was a Pork Belly Reuben at St Charles Exchange. A deconstructed Reuben with vinegar braised cabbage, pickle relish, rye bread pudding, and Gruyere fondue.

Amazing, beautifully presented, and delicious.

Also fie on you bacon nerds. Properly cooked pork belly is what bacon uses for porn.
 
2013-01-24 10:43:57 PM
I can see it if it's a specialty dish that rocks....but Applebee's?  No.
 
2013-01-24 10:44:08 PM

JasonOfOrillia: I don't know. The chef at my local seemed OK with me sharing a photo of his Bacon Chop:
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It's the same cut of pork that you use for bacon, on the bone, smoked and beer braised. It was one of the best meals I have ever had. Each bite was like a mouthful of tender, oh-so-smokey, moist bacon.


Nice, you don't see bone in pork belly often.
 
2013-01-24 10:44:34 PM

GreenAdder: rustypouch: It's annoying, but not as annoying as people who record an entire concert with their phones.

I came to see the band. I did not come to see the band through a two-inch phone screen.


Tell that to Dave Mathew fans.
 
2013-01-24 10:45:05 PM
I do the same with my turds
 
2013-01-24 10:45:08 PM
Even the GF felt weird and didn't take a pic of her plate at Del Posto when in NY, use common sense idiots.
 
2013-01-24 10:45:36 PM

theflatline: I was drunk at a waffle house in Jacksonville at 4 am with my crew. A chartered bus pulls in and about 30 Japanese people get off with cameras and start snapping pictures of food and the people within. They then all cram into the place at the counters and the booths. 4 on each side of a booth.

The translator told me they were fascinated with Americana, and just had to eat at a Wafflehouse.

Then this fat redneck yells out"how they going to eat Berts chili with them sticks"

IT was a good night.


I think you are mistaken, the bus purposely arrived at the Waffle House as another tourist destination. You see Waffle House is sort of like a zoo containing sub humans that have a slight flicker of consciousness going and are almost unaware of their surroundings. Driven by instinct they show up to Waffle House and order this disgusting food that pigs at the trough often refuse. It's like a science exhibit that shows you how homo erectus would manage in the modern world.
 
2013-01-24 10:45:59 PM
I don't do it, but I can see the appeal. when comparing resturaunts with family/friends, describing something they have never seen can be a pain in the ass - popping out the phone and saying "This! It looks like this!" is nice. Plus, you can send the pic to their phone, and just have them show the waiter. My in-laws have eaten at an Indian restaurant exactly once, and I had to pick out their food for them. They loved it, but have never went back because they couldn't remember what I ordered for them (and God help me if I can remember an order I made 3 years ago) and are afraid to order since they have no concepty of what dishes are. They decided to try another place this Christmas, so I had to sit down the the new restaurant's menu they downloaded off the web, and go through it line by line explaining what was what, and what they might like. I would have loved to have had some pics to send to them, with a message "Show these to the waiter; ask for uber-mild because you are heat-weenies; have him give you the menu numbers".
 
2013-01-24 10:46:24 PM
I have a few food pics on my phone. One is a plate of Jimboy's tacos. You can't get a good taco in Georgia, dammit, so I revisit that picture wistfully to keep me from Taco Bell. Another is the burger with a cheese skirt from The Squeeze Inn. Saw it on triple D and it was the most decadent burger I've ever enjoyed. The last one is a killer steak wrap I got at a hole in the wall outside Atlanta - they deserved fantastic yelp and urbanspoon reviews and the picture accompanied them.

Can't wait to get out to CA again. I LOVE Jimboy's.
 
2013-01-24 10:46:46 PM
As usual, America's online comedy industry is way ahead.

/sorry, Onion, they beat you on this one
 
2013-01-24 10:49:18 PM
On a visit to Momofuku Ko, one diner thought nothing of subtly raising her iPhone and snapping a picture of her shaved foie.

Kinky.
 
2013-01-24 10:49:18 PM

vudukungfu: OK. Poop is going in..


This is a huge win, right here. LOL.
 
2013-01-24 10:51:56 PM

freetomato: I have a few food pics on my phone. One is a plate of Jimboy's tacos. You can't get a good taco in Georgia, dammit, so I revisit that picture wistfully to keep me from Taco Bell. Another is the burger with a cheese skirt from The Squeeze Inn. Saw it on triple D and it was the most decadent burger I've ever enjoyed. The last one is a killer steak wrap I got at a hole in the wall outside Atlanta - they deserved fantastic yelp and urbanspoon reviews and the picture accompanied them.

Can't wait to get out to CA again. I LOVE Jimboy's.


No love for the vortex burger?

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-24 10:52:01 PM
Although even though the GF wants to take pics I have never felt the need to take a pic of anything I have eaten.

It seems to be mainly a female thing or homersexual thing
 
2013-01-24 10:52:15 PM

rustypouch: It's annoying, but not as annoying as people who record an entire concert with their phones.


Word to the mothership.
 
2013-01-24 10:52:43 PM
I understand the problem with flash photography and people standing on their chairs, but beyond that, it's just stupid. I don't look to see what diners at other tables are doing, and I expect the same courtesy.

But I'm on the "I like food pictures" side of things. I have an acquaintance who reviews restaurants on his blog every so often, and when the husband and I are looking for a new place, his blog is our first stop.

Oh, and the restaurant reviews in the local fishwrap/kitty box liner do indeed have photos; even the Cheap Eats short review. Their big fancy restaurant review usually has several.
 
2013-01-24 10:53:20 PM

rustypouch: It's annoying, but not as annoying as people who record an entire concert with their phones.


That's annoying, maybe one song but fark that shiat
 
2013-01-24 10:53:29 PM
I eat very cheaply at expensive restaurants, so I take pictures of other people's meals. I can't afford to buy what they're eating! On the other hand my friends think I have good taste in food.
 
2013-01-24 10:54:43 PM

jtown: I've taken two pictures of one meal. My burger had a woven blanket of bacon. The world needed to be made aware.

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damn i want a bacon burger now :(
 
2013-01-24 10:55:58 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: vudukungfu: OK. Poop is going in..

This is a huge win, right here. LOL.


You're alright in my book.

/And I actually carry a book.
 
2013-01-24 10:57:12 PM
t0.gstatic.com

Stop taking pictures and eat the farking corn.
 
2013-01-24 10:58:49 PM
I take a picture of the toilet the next morning and post it on twitter.
 
2013-01-24 10:59:04 PM
If I pay you for the food, I own that farking food

You're right. If it's the kind of place where you pay first, go nuts. Take all the pics you want. Dance around with your food. Make up a song about it and sing it.

If it's the kind of place that bring you a bill, don't act like a farking douchebag or they just might prefer you leaving to being paid.
 
2013-01-24 10:59:11 PM
We must chronicle every ennui inducing minutiae of our existence so that future generations can archive it for the ages and tell our great, great, great, great grandchildren with deep and easily cited proof that; "Your ancestors had their heads so far their asses they had to sit on a newspaper and read it." Oh, the gravitas.
 
2013-01-24 11:00:53 PM

theflatline: freetomato: I have a few food pics on my phone. One is a plate of Jimboy's tacos. You can't get a good taco in Georgia, dammit, so I revisit that picture wistfully to keep me from Taco Bell. Another is the burger with a cheese skirt from The Squeeze Inn. Saw it on triple D and it was the most decadent burger I've ever enjoyed. The last one is a killer steak wrap I got at a hole in the wall outside Atlanta - they deserved fantastic yelp and urbanspoon reviews and the picture accompanied them.

Can't wait to get out to CA again. I LOVE Jimboy's.

No love for the vortex burger?


The Vortex does make a fine burger, but that particular menu item is one I've not dared to tackle.

If you are ever headed up I85 towards SC, check out Dos Pancakes in Buford. It's a former Huddle House attached to a gas station. Those steak wraps farkin' rocked and came with homemade potato chips, for less than 7 bucks. The rest of the menu, Tex Mex, looked great. Waaaay on the other side of town for me, but it will be my go-to place when headed north to visit my friends.
 
2013-01-24 11:01:44 PM

ajgeek: Satanic_Hamster: Why the fark would you take a picture of your dinner?

Bloody this! Why would ANYONE not you or those immediately around you begin to care!?
/I can't fathom this


People taking pictures of their food has never been the problem.  Its fark'n idiots who insist on taking pictures of each other and themselves every 15 minutes that is more of an annoyance;
 
2013-01-24 11:01:55 PM

freetomato: theflatline: freetomato: I have a few food pics on my phone. One is a plate of Jimboy's tacos. You can't get a good taco in Georgia, dammit, so I revisit that picture wistfully to keep me from Taco Bell. Another is the burger with a cheese skirt from The Squeeze Inn. Saw it on triple D and it was the most decadent burger I've ever enjoyed. The last one is a killer steak wrap I got at a hole in the wall outside Atlanta - they deserved fantastic yelp and urbanspoon reviews and the picture accompanied them.

Can't wait to get out to CA again. I LOVE Jimboy's.

No love for the vortex burger?

The Vortex does make a fine burger, but that particular menu item is one I've not dared to tackle.

If you are ever headed up I85 towards SC, check out Dos Pancakes in Buford. It's a former Huddle House attached to a gas station. Those steak wraps farkin' rocked and came with homemade potato chips, for less than 7 bucks. The rest of the menu, Tex Mex, looked great. Waaaay on the other side of town for me, but it will be my go-to place when headed north to visit my friends.


I lived in Atlanta in 2004, honestly the best burger and hot dog I ever ate(there) was in a bar called the Local.
 
2013-01-24 11:02:18 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I enjoyed the margaritas and the seafood fajitas were really good. We didn't realize that it was restaurant week so we all got the special menu that was suspiciously like the regular menu. The waiter had a sassy South Philly thing going on and he was kind of enjoyable.


Thanks. I'll add it to our list of places to check out.
 
2013-01-24 11:03:54 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Why the fark would you take a picture of your dinner?


My kid is learning how to make some pretty elaborate desserts so either she is sharing her own creations with friends and families or playing spy and figuring out how to put an outside meal together at home. Japanese have entire shows dedicating to talking about well prepared food so sort of part of my family culture. She tends to like to share some of the more well prepared meals here with her family back at home as they tend to share all their holiday meals with us.

Outside of that, there is a variety of reasons why people photograph food whether it be how it is prepared, presented, it's oddness or rarity to its audience, the subject of a food blog, or just good ol' fashioned spying by the competition. Probably no wierder than any other subject of interest people choose to photograph.

You ask if I could kindly not bother you by taking pictures of the food. I ask that you quit asking me to move out of the picture so you can get a family photo at Niagra Falls. All part of the fun of living in a world where people interests are not always the same as yours.
 
2013-01-24 11:04:41 PM
I used to go to this high end mandarin buffet. It was like $22 a person, nice atmosphere. This one fat slob in a t-shirt and stretch pants goes up to the dessert area and just starts picking up little cakes and stuffing his face, crumbs raining down all over himself, the counter, the floor. Really revolting, not like when Belushi did it for yucks. People like that need to be dragged out and tased until they shiat themselves, because they have no self-respect anyway. Then I will take a picture of that person with their stained pants and post it on tumblr.
 
2013-01-24 11:05:45 PM
I do this with food I farking make just to make sure I am doing it right
 
2013-01-24 11:05:50 PM
I'm going to start taking pictures of every meal I eat just to piss people off. I had no idea it would bother this many people.

/and hell, if a restaurant doesn't like it i guess i don't need to buy the meal
 
2013-01-24 11:07:01 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Why the fark would you take a picture of your dinner?


Consider it free advertising. (If they liked it. If they didn't, well, all the more incentive to get the order right.)
 
2013-01-24 11:07:18 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: I do this with food I farking make just to make sure I am doing it right


You can't tell by looking at it? You have to facebook it and ask if it looks right?
 
2013-01-24 11:07:22 PM

Bacontastesgood: I used to go to this high end mandarin buffet. It was like $22 a person, nice atmosphere. This one fat slob in a t-shirt and stretch pants goes up to the dessert area and just starts picking up little cakes and stuffing his face, crumbs raining down all over himself, the counter, the floor. Really revolting, not like when Belushi did it for yucks. People like that need to be dragged out and tased until they shiat themselves, because they have no self-respect anyway. Then I will take a picture of that person with their stained pants and post it on tumblr.


It's a buffet. What do you expect?
 
2013-01-24 11:07:33 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: [www.johnmariani.com image 640x420]

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Its always a safe bet that a restaurant doing the sushi of the naked model bit will be out of business in a few months.

/its a cheap gimmick
 
2013-01-24 11:10:14 PM
Food is energy. I eat so I don't keel over when my engine quits for lack of fuel.

I realize food is an art form for some, a passion for others...whatever. This photographing food business is completely alien to me. When I see pictures of people's dinner, I start going through the checklist: "Protein, vegetable, starch...yep, all there."

Not kidding.
 
2013-01-24 11:10:39 PM
 
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