Have you ever seen memes online of “Asians Taking Pictures of Asians Taking Pictures of Food“? I used to laugh at the sillyness of it all but 2 weeks ago, i was that Asian being pictured taking pictures of food. What happened? I attended my first Social Media Influencer Foodie event. Restaurants invite food bloggers, instagrammers, online influencers, etc to taste their specialties and spread the word.
I normally take pictures of delicious looking food that I order and my husband knows the drill: don’t touch the food until Kym has taken a picture of it in a few angles with the perfect lighting. But this foodie event? This was several notches up from what I was used to.
HERE’S WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST TASTING EVENT:
1) This is obvious but it’s key to sit by a place with the best natural lighting.
2) Be patient and wait your turn. Each person takes a turn at taking pictures of each dish as it comes out. I was advised that it’s normal to eat cold food by the time everyone is finished taking pictures. But, this means that the restaurant is really good if the food is still delicious when cold.
3) You can’t be shy if you’re going to attend one of these tasting events. You will get funny looks and you may become a meme.
4) Go ahead, stand up on your chair for that perfect “from the top” shot. See Point #3.
5) Teamwork is key! Work together to get that perfect “i’m scooping the soup out of the bowl” shot or the “i just happen to be perfectly picking up this piece of meat with my chopsticks” shot.
6) Staging is key! Wipe off that out of place drip of sauce. Yes, you’ll need to turn that spoon just a tad. Move that plate an inch closer to the centre. Perfect.
7) It’s not considered disrespectful for everyone to be on their phones throughout the event. They’re not ignoring you, in fact they’re probably just giving you more exposure online by tagging you on their latest post.
OK! On to the actual review of the food. Nu Chinese Bistro is a Shanghainese restaurant in Richmond, BC. We were spoiled with an array of dishes from appetizers to meat dishes to seafood and dessert. Thanks, Nu!