Probably one of my most used hashtags.

And not just mine, on Instagram today it has 66,296,419 posts! That’s a hell of a lot of foodies out there. Has this become a general term which has lost its impact due to over-use or is an actual term which describes a group, a large group of people?

Landscape of pizza and glass of fizz in a restaurant

Photo Cred: Sharon Chen / Unsplash

We all enjoy eating right? We can’t actually survive without doing so, therefore in my opinion that isn’t a reason why people call themselves ‘foodies’. To me it is when someone can share an experience of eating a dish, of knowing where the produce was sourced, of knowing some of the history about it and being able to share the best of’ places or dishes. This has become a hobby for me. I enjoy sampling different cuisines, dishes I haven’t eaten before, I have a real desire to learn how certain food is cooked, understand what ingredients are used to produce that pop of flavour and relish any opportunity to meet the chef to cram as many questions in as possible without sounding like a nut job! And to top it all off, if I can share the experience with others then my work is done.


My favourite Chef, Daniel Boulud

When it comes to having dinner with the girls they always ask whether there is a restaurant on my blog review list that I want to visit, they love to get involved and be part of the review. I am lucky like that. They also try somewhere new, we all get to eat together and I have an opportunity to blog about it! #morefoodiesinthemaking


Our private Chef at Waku Ghin, Singapore

I am also not ashamed to say I am one of those people who fumbles in my bag to casually slide out my camera and snap away. Some dishes really are just the most instagrammable dish but for someone who has a memory like Dory it’s helpful to have a visual to remember how to make a plate of food look good!

Picture of a chef plating up dishes at the pass

Photo Cred: Fabrizio Magoni / Unsplash

The photography-at-the-table debate is interesting. Research suggests that constantly taking pictures of food can lead us to subliminally taste the food which results in the actual experience being less satisfying when we eat it, yet on the other hand it also suggests that taking pictures helps people pay more attention to their choices which can lead to weight loss. Whatever the reason, whenever we post pictures on social media we are helping to promote both ourselves and the restaurant which can only be a good thing. It’s all about the Giving Economy. Even Dirty Bones in Soho, London has displayed its support for guests showcasing their dishes. So much so they have created Foodie Instagram packs! I am visiting this week so stay tuned!

At the end of the day I take pictures because I enjoy taking pictures. Of pretty much anything. It sometimes leads to a restaurant review, it is sometimes just for my own interest.

Picture of three cameras on a restaurant table with plates of food

Photo Cred: Brooke Lark / Unsplash

And sometimes I just want to capture the memory of the experience, whether I am a foodie or not.

Are you a foodie too?
Do you also have your own definition as to what this means? I would love to hear what you think!

N x

So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.






  1. August 8, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Very interesting to read your thoughts on this topic! I personally also love to take photos of amazing looking “instagrammable” dishes 🙂 🙂 When I go out in a group though I always feel a bit weird to get my camera out 😀 so most of the time I take food photos when I am with my boyfriend who is used to my photo habits 🙂

    • niccimcshane
      August 8, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      That’s so nice your other half supports that! I used to get “rolled eyes” and didn’t feel comfortable then in being able to take them! I just love taking pictures of food though when you can get some good close up shots I think you somehow appreciate it more? X

  2. August 8, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I love taking food photos but my friends seem to differ. On my birthday, one friend got annoyed about it and then I felt awkward so ended up not taking many. The way I see it, it takes along time to prepare a dish, so why not capture it? The restaurant as you said benefits. And as paying customers, it is up to us how we choose to eat and whether we photograph.
    In terms of foodie, the word to me means someone that takes an interest in food culture – a variety of cuisine and the process of cooking. I admittedly am unaware most of the time about where my food comes from, but I do love trying new things, I love cooking and I take a real interest in food nutrition. xxxx

    • niccimcshane
      August 8, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      I completely agree with you on the amount of time and love which has gone into preparing a dish that it’s seen as a compliment in my opinion that people want to snap away and capture the artwork.
      I think the term foodie has so many different definitions and it’s also to me an element of an attitude of gratitude. If we love trying new things, cooking and being interested in its benefits then it’s testimony to us being grateful for it xxxxxx

  3. September 25, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Foodie – Live to eat not eat to live 😋

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