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instagrammable food orders

I post a lot of food photos on Instagram. You may or may not know that I LOVE to eat, and I really enjoy checking out new restaurants and hunting down trendy foods. When I go out to eat with other people, I like to coordinate orders with them so we get a good spread – both for budget/taste practicalities AND Instagram reasons.

Here are some of the prettiest and most photogenic foods to order at any eatery.

Avocado toast

I know, I know. So basic. So overdone. But SO DELICIOUS. And so pretty. You literally can’t go wrong.

big breakfast gal 🥑 @bluestonelanecoffee

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A gooey cookie.

Something with melty chocolate, ideally.


Pizza.

The love I have for pizza is truly endless, but I love the stuff even more when the pie is particularly instagrammable. Ask one of your friends to hand model for extra depth.

ILYSM ❤️❤️❤️ @lilfrankies

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A smoothie bowl.

Another trendy brunch item that I just can’t seem to quit. Big fan of this one, with candied orange slices and perfectly arranged toppings.

wish my personality was this vibrant

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Ice cream.

It’s a lucky coincidence that my favorite ice cream flavor is M&M, which almost always has a colorful, tie-dyed look. Perfect for the ‘gram, and my belly.

not not breakfast 🍦

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eat-a-city: REYKJAVIK

I recently checked something off my things-to-do-before-I-turn-30 list: going to Iceland! I went with my friend Klaudia for a long weekend in March, and we had a great time. I’d been wanting to go for so long, and when we were able to score a round trip flight for under $300 (!!!) we just had to go.

As is true with any city I visit, I was eager to hunt out the best foodie spots. I got some great tips from friends who had already been to Reykjavik, as well as questionable recommendations from co-workers who encouraged me to try the whale (I didn’t). I also browsed Instagram for recommendations, and we managed to have a lot of yummy meals.

Sandholt

This was our first meal after arriving on a red-eye. We had time to kill before we could check in to our Airbnb, and this was one of the few eateries open before 9am (so un-American). We settled in for a leisurely breakfast, and enjoyed super flaky croissants, fruit, coffee, and chia pudding.

Flatey Pizza

Neapolitan pizza? In Iceland?? Yes, it’s possible! I did a quick Yelp search for pizza in Reykjavik, since it’s an expensive city and pizza is filling and usually affordable, and when I saw photos of the pizza here, I was sold. It tasted as good as it looked! Mine had pickled peppers, pepperoni, and honey on top.

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Brauð & Co

Two different people recommended the cinnamon rolls at this bakery to me. I was skeptical when I saw them since they didn’t have any icing, but the insane amount of cinnamon made up for it.

Reykjavik Roasters

We stumbled across this cute coffee shop on our way to Hallgrímskirkja, the beautiful church. Teeny iced lattes and a chocolate croissant kept our bellies happy until dinnertime.

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Bergsson Mathús

This was my favorite eatery we went to in Reykjavik, mostly for the aesthetics. The restaurant was sooo cute, and the food was affordable and delicious. We actually went here two other times, just for coffee. We had a simple brunch here one day of Icelandic yogurt, soft-boiled eggs, fresh bread, cheese, and prosciutto.

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calories worth consuming

It’s no secret that I love to eat. I appreciate all kinds of food, whether it’s a super fancy pizza or an old standby, like a vanilla cone from Dairy Queen. A lot of times, I’d rather skip a snack or wait for something better instead of “wasting” calories on a food item not worth its value in flavor.

I gave up “sweets” for Lent, and though I’ve had a few pieces of banana bread (technically a breakfast food!!) and some dark chocolate (to scare off starvation in Iceland!), it’s been a challenge. I usually end each day with something sweet – often a scoop of frozen yogurt (Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food is a go-to) or something dipped in chocolate hummus. It’s gotten me thinking about the foods that are worth eating, no matter how much fat or sugar it contains. Here’s my definitive list.

Ice cream.

I only buy frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream to keep at home, so when I go “out” for ice cream, I want the good stuff. Full fat. Maybe a waffle cone. Maybe a sundae if I’m feeling famished.

the best things in life are pistachio-flavored 🍦

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Wine.

Especially rosé. Especially in warm weather.

Necessary. #humpday #rosé #repost @quaintrellebyab

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Pizza.

Again…the good stuff. Stringy mozz. Not-too-sweet tomato sauce. Lots of fresh basil. Maybe some kind of spicy pork product. Mike’s Hot Honey if you have it.

weekends are a lifestyle 🍕 #thisisfall #franklinave #fiordilatte @barboncinopizza

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Doughnuts.

I probably have four doughnuts a year, so they need to be good to be worth eating. One of this allotment is reserved for an apple cider doughnut each fall. In January, I had a doughnut from Kane’s, a Boston icon that lived up to the hype.

preferred breakfast spread 🍩 #sweets via @glitterguide @caitlinkruse

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Brunch.

Belgian waffles, pancakes, and allll the whipped cream. Plus maple syrup. And fresh berries. Nothing like a midday sugar high.

new post is up…spoiler: boys scientifically don't really hate brunch. #linkinbio

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Good bread.

I told you I’m obsessed with carbs. Not sandwich bread, or pita bread, but real, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside bread. Preferably with lots of Kate’s butter and a little salt on top.

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an ode to carbs

I’m willing to try almost any diet trend. I was a vegetarian for years. I’d LOVE to go eat at a vegan restaurant. I’ve drastically cut back on dairy, save for frozen yogurt and cheese indulgences. But one thing I’ll never quit? Carbs.

I don’t know why anyone would voluntarily decide to be gluten-free. If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would probably be pizza. Or pasta. Or really crusty French bread with well-salted butter. Or a perfectly made BLT…I love a sandwich. Even freakin’ God said we’re supposed to eat “daily bread.” (Ok, that might be a stretch.)

For Lent this year, I gave up sweets. I realize that “sweets” is a pretty general categorization, and I haven’t 100% followed my sacrifice, but it hasn’t been too bad. (Though I’m not particularly religious, I usually give up some kind of food or drink for Lent every year since by this point I’ve fallen off my “new year, new body” kick.)

But I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully quit bread. Why would you give up something that tastes so good? That’s so filling? So cheap??? When you’re at a restaurant, isn’t pizza or pasta usually the most inexpensive thing on the menu? Move over, filet mignon. I’ll take a loaf of bread over you any day.

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Pizza is literally the perfect food. Like, if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be a perfect margherita pizza–like the one I had this past weekend at Barboncino, a trendy spot in my new neighborhood. It makes sense, since cheese and bread are two of my favorite foods…throw a little spicy tomato sauce and basil into the mix and I’m incredibly content.

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the bronx is blooming

#OrchidDelirium is here! Living so close to the New York Botanical Gardens is amazing–the garden grounds are beautiful year round, and they have the most beautiful shows throughout the year. I finally got to the annual orchid show, and it did not disappoint. As a Fordham student, visiting NYBG is one of my favorite free things to do near campus, but special admission to the show will set you back a couple of bucks. Spend the day and get your money’s worth–then head over to Arthur Avenue for some phenomenal Italian food. (I recommend Mike’s Deli or Zero Otto Nove.) Your Instagram will thank you.

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NYC must don’ts

While there’s plenty of great things in NYC to do, there’s also plenty of things in NYC not to do. If you’re planning a visit to the greatest city in the world, you should definitely avoid these hyped-up attractions that will 100% peg you as a tourist.

1. Don’t take taxis everywhere. “Real” New Yorkers rarely indulge in a cab ride, and use apps like Uber almost exclusively for those 2am rides home. Use CityMapper to get MTA directions, and spend just $2.75 to get anywhere you want in the city.

2. Avoid tour buses. Like, honestly, if you come to NYC you’re in for a lot of walking. If you want to take a scenic ride, take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (free) for killer views of the Statue of Liberty. Tram rides to Roosevelt Island cost the same as subway fare, and from the island’s waterfront park you’ll get amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.

3. “Little Italy” and “Chinatown,” two areas located close to each other in Manhattan, are NOT where to go for authentic food. All of the restaurants are overpriced, and that area is always teeming with tourists and people hawking knock-off handbags. If you’re looking for a fake LV bag, this is the place to go. If you’re in search of authentic cuisine, you’re gonna have to travel to the other boroughs. Take a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for quality Italian food (skip the zoo, take a walk in the nearby New York Botanical Garden).

4. There are plenty of free things to do in New York–don’t pay for a wax museum. Check out the endless amount of art galleries in Chelsea, and take a stroll on the High Line. (Bonus tip: many of these galleries have openings on Thursday nights with free drinks + snacks).

think colorfully. #chelsea #gallery #nyc #spring

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5. If you have a weekend morning to kill, do enjoy a leisurely brunch–and make a reservation. Brunch is an integral part of the modern New Yorker, and it’s a boozy way to start the day.

What are your favorite (and least favorite) things to do in the big apple? (Also, never refer to NYC as “the big apple”).

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