This week I’m casing the menu, with Food Reviews hitting the blog in a big way next month, starting with my TOP TEN favourite places to brunch here in Perth. In preparation for this, I’ve been honing my food photography skills lately by putting my new Sony Xperia phone to the test.
While I’ve been reviewing eating establishments as part of my ‘mystery shopping’ work for a number of years, this rarely required any photo taking on my part. In fact the minute you draw attention to yourself or receive preferential treatment the mystery shop is void.
I strongly believe pulling out your DSLR, draws too much attention to yourself. Staff would no doubt assume you were there to review or blog about your adventures and in a lot of cases you wouldn’t necessarily be on the receiving end of a real customer experience. Which is what real reviews are all about.
These days though, everyone seems to be taking photos of their food and getting away with a quick photo or twenty on your mobile phone seems more normal than it should be. It certainly makes sneaking the odd photo to accompany a review blog post easier.
Timing is another huge consideration, especially when it comes to the temperature of the food. I don’t want the photography side of things impacting on how I review the food. If it takes me five minutes to set up the perfect shot, I can’t complain or report about my hot food being a touch on the cold side.
Ideally, I need to grab the perfect shot in just a few seconds. That means spending a bit of time getting to know my new phone a little better by taking lots of food photos when time isn’t of the essence.
It also means that when an invitation to attend a food demonstration on Valentine’s Day with local cook Sally Woods from Real Food Journey arrives in my inbox, I jump at the chance to attend and try to grab some not so sneaky photos while I’m there.
I had initially planned to take hubby along and call it a Valentine’s Day date but he rather oddly had other plans and Miss 13 (about to turn 14) joined me and true to form ended up helping with the demonstration at one point.
Sally’s cooking demonstration at Westfield Innaloo was impressive to say the least, providing me (and Miss 13) with the perfect recipes to make a gourmet Valentine’s Day picnic.
Sally has a real way with food and people in general. Especially the narky little man that felt the need to pop up behind her and put more than his two cents worth in on how you should cook meat during her demonstration. I believe he was insisting it was twelve whole minutes either side.
I was disappointed when he went back to his shopping and didn’t stick around for a taste test. Although I’m guessing he might have been stuck in his over cooked meat loving ways.
FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD
with Sally Woods from Real Food Journey
Valentine’s Day Cooking Menu
Potato cakes with lemon dill cream and smoked salmon
Tender seared beef and rocket salad
Red Berry Pudding with vanilla sauce
I wrapped the recipe leaflet up and gifted it to Mr C, with a massive HINT HINT scrawled across the front. Sadly, I’m still waiting for him to produce the perfect picnic or any of my Valentine’s Day wish list (blogged here).
With a cafe about to open and several cooking classes on the horizon, I’m looking forward to ‘casing’ Sally Woods and her Real Food Journey in a big way this year.
WORTH CASING WEDNESDAY
If you have a blog post worth casing this week, this is the place to link up:
If you have any tips for photographing food when eating out, I would love to hear them.
A massive thanks to everyone that entered my ‘getting to know you giveaway‘ last week. I’m having a bit of time out, due to facing my fears head on and will be offline over the next few days. I will be emailing our winner, catching up with comments and casing your blog posts as soon as I’m back online.