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Instagram spreads food lovers' culinary delights



The photo-sharing smartphone app Instagram has become notorious for copious pictures of food. Some people don't like it, complaining that taking a picture of every meal eaten is boring and self-indulgent. But those people are wrong.

My Instagram feed is a place of inspiration and discovery, full of local restaurants, brilliant chefs and dedicated foodies. I discover restaurants and cravings for food I've never tasted. I also get to share my discoveries, even if it's a surprisingly tasty Pumpkin Spice Latte at 7-Eleven. (Seriously, have you tried it?)

I follow Kelli Nakagama (@kelli_nak) of—part travelogue and food blog—for dining inspiration. "I love seeing where other people are eating on Instagram; it inspires me to try new places or new dishes around town," Nakagama says.

Stuart Melling from Gastronomic SLC (@gastronomicslc) is where I turn to find out what's going on in the Salt Lake City dining scene. "Personally, I just love spreading the word on the great restaurants we have here in Salt Lake City," he says. "Instagram is a great tool for that. Sometimes a stunning plate of food can tell the whole story of a restaurant in one shot."

Another must-follow food enthusiast is Heather King (@slclunches). Besides writing for many local publications, she shares recipes and restaurant information as Salt Lake City Lunch Examiner. "From connecting with new restaurants to being reminded of an old favorite dish, my Instagram feed always delivers delicious dishes right to my phone," King says.

Maybe there is a touch of narcissism in Instragram, because I can't help mentioning my own account: @amanda_eats_slc. I love sharing vegetarian dishes and my finds from the farmers markets. Instagram is a fun place to explore the world of dining, so log on and start sharing.