There’s an adage that says that we “shouldn’t play with our food.” Yet some of us like to put a creative spin on prepare and plate what we eat every day. I think of chefs and foodies alike, putting their heart and soul into not only creating a food that tastes really nice but is also a visual masterpiece.
What visual masterpiece should go undocumented? Nowadays, social media platforms have made it easy for us and has increased our desire to share with others our food creations. This has created the unique yet bizarre phenomena of photographing our meals. This was really brought to my attention a few days ago during a French class crepe day, celebrating “Candlemas”. My teacher thought it was quite funny that her students were more concerned with snapping the best photo of their fluffy, flour-y pockets of fresh fruit, chocolate-hazelnut spread and powdered sugar than digging in!
It’s no surprise that “us kids these days” are really into what we’re eating. According to a recent finding, 50 percent of Generation Y considers themselves foodies (source). Millennials use food as a form of self-expression and entertainment, not merely just sustenance to fuel their daily activity. What does this say about our nutrition? Some of us do seem susceptible to indulging in… junkier fare. With decadent foods of all kinds made “hyper-palatable” at our fingertips, such as cinnamon roll sandwich cream cookies (I’m looking at you, Oreo!) and mish-mashed pizza flavored corn chips, it’s no wonder that worry is sometimes made about our health. However, it’s a misnomer that all of us are unaware and uninformed about healthy food habits. Actually, though we place emphasis on food as a fun past-time and a way to make a statement, we also are a generation that is more concerned with nutritious foods and where the ingredients within them are derived from than our parents or grandparents were at the same age (source).
One thing is for certain, and that is that most millennials want a piece of the pie, whether it be blogging about our food or posting pictures of it on social media, pouring through cookbooks or Instagram feeds, scrolling through Pinterest for our favorite recipes, or looking at Yelp for the best place around us to eat. We enjoy hanging around with friends with a sizzling sandwich in hand or a cup of Fro-yo nearby. And some of us are really inquisitive to know about the chemical and biological processes of it all (me)!
As I am a millennial, I do my fair share of taking many photos of the foods I eat. Though it may not be a “What I ate” Wednesday, here is a day in the life of my meals. On this particular day, it happened to be rather breakfast-y… with that in mind, bon apetit!
Hope you enjoyed this post! It was delicious to eat and appealed to my inner millenial-foodie-ness. I look forward to doing more of these posts… perhaps WIAW’s can be in theoSISmine’s future.