Indonesian Girl Takes Food Porn to A New Level

There is always that one person in your group of friends who, at meal times, just has to furiously snap pictures of whatever tasty plate has just been delivered to the table. Come on, you know what I’m talking about. They’ll stand or crouch sideways and basically disrupt the entire meal in an attempt to get the perfect picture — until the food is all soggy and cold.

OK, I’ll be the first to admit — most of the time that person is me. There are so many of us now though, that it’s actually become a thing. You can even follow Asians taking pictures of food on Tumblr here. It’s kind of a sickness, really, but we still do it anyway. No shame (sort of).

Indonesian Instagram user Melissa Hie, however, decided to take this whole concept even further. She created an Instagram under the name Girl Eat World and posted snapshots of our two favorite things — traveling and food. At each of the countries she visits, she buys an iconic food item from that country and takes a picture of it in front of a famous landmark. That, my friends, is some serious dedication to food porn. Bet I’m not looking as crazy anymore, am I?

According to the Huffington Post, Melissa gained 7,000 followers in just eight days with only 33 posts, and if you look at her pictures, it’s no surprise why. She’s been everywhere from Tokyo to London, and has eaten the most adorable Hello Kitty-shaped doughnuts, spring rolls, banh mis and Godiva strawberry chocolates. Oh, and Harry Potter fans, this one is for you — butterbeer, right in front of 4 Privet Dr.

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Butterbeer in front of 4 Privet Dr.

On how she became inspired by this creative idea, she told Huffington Post, “I started posting these food pictures to my Facebook, where I received positive feedback from friends, so I took more. One of them kept pushing me to create a dedicated Instagram since he thinks other people will enjoy it as well, but I only finally got around to it after my Japan trip — about eight months after I started taking these pictures. And that’s how the Instagram was born!”

Scroll to see pictures of this amazing documentation of food and travel.

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Fresh Spring Roll in Vietnam

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Hello Kitty Doughnut in Japan

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Onigiri in Japan

 

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Belegte Brötchen ( bagel sandwich) in Germany

Bánh mì in Vietnam

Bánh mì in Vietnam

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Chocolate Chip Cookie in England

 

To follow Melissa’s Instagram, click here.

Image of the Day: 2NE1′s Dara Park Meets Steven Yeun

If you’re a fan of both K-Pop and The Walking Dead, be prepared to get your fan-girling on. Recently Dara Park instgrammed a picture of The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun. (Steven, is that eyeliner we see!?)

Sandara Park, a South Korean idol singer, actress, dancer and model, has been a favorite of ours for years. Park, who began her career in the Philippines as an actress, is most known as a member of popular K-Pop group 2NE1.

Apparently, Steven Yeun is among her numerous fans overseas. The actor, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, is rumored to be in South Korea for a visit.

“It was very nice meeting you,” Park wrote as the photo caption. Yeun not only re-tweeted the photo, but started following Park on twitter.

This certainly isn’t the first time that Sandara has befriended overseas celebrities. Just last year, Dara gained viral attention after a photo of Justin Beiber kissing her cheek made its way around the internet. Needless to say, fans seem much more happy about her friendship with Yeun.

 

Steven Yeun Writes Letter to the Thief Who Stole His Backpack

Story by Taylor Weik.

On Sunday night while the rest of America was watching the newest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead and praying our favorite Korean Walker-slayer would live to see another episode, Steven Yeun discovered that someone had broke into his car and stolen his backpack.

The backpack contained his computer, camera, book and notebook “full of my dumb ideas that I will never use.” Yeun, who plays Glenn Rhee on TWD, uploaded a photo of his car, back window shattered, on his personal Instagram account and typed out a letter to the backpack-burglar in the caption.

hey. asshole that broke into my car. I hope you enjoy what you find in my backpack. The computer I’m sure you sell to some other idiot. great. my camera is one of my favorite cameras. it’s my ricoh. enjoy the picture that I took on there of all the beautiful people that I love. but I hope you also enjoy the picture I took of my stupid messy room. you also took my book too, you dick. I was half way through that thing…now I have to start over from the beginning. that’s just the rules. but for real what pisses me off most is that you took my notebook full of my dumb ideas that I will never use. I loved those dumb ideas. it was a constant reminder for me to do better. now I gotta write down all those dumb ideas over again. those are the rules. one particular section had some stand up jokes in there. well there goes my 5 minute set that I’ve been working on about wizards, vertigo and chocobos. you’re a dick. but I still love you.

But seriously though, what kind of a person steals from the guy who plays Glenn?

Yes! Taking Pictures of Your Food Does Make It Taste Better

Wannabe food photographers of the world, rejoice!  All of your efforts of searching for the perfect filter for your Instagram’s “#foodporn” pictures may have more of a purpose than just making your friends jealous of that burger or late-night dessert you’re eating.

A study by Kathleen D. Vohs, Yajin Wang, Francesca Gino, Michael I. Norton at the University of Minnesota suggests that performing any sort ritual before eating can make your food taste that much better.  In the study, a series of four experiments were conducted, all of which support the idea that by simply being more conscious of your food, whether through eating that Hershey’s chocolate bar by halves, doing a toast, and yes, even taking pictures of your food, helps to make your dining experience more delectable.

Take a stroll around the internet, and you’ll find that people have found joy in making fun of food porn aficionados — there’s even Tumblrs devoted to posting pictures of people taking pictures of food, even one specifically for Asians.  But, it seems to us that those people are having the last (and more delicious) laugh.

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Instagrams from North Korea

Associated Press reporters David Guttenfelder and Jean Lee have been posting photos and videos from inside North Korea on their Instagram feeds. This is the first time anyone has posted on Instagram from North Korea, and the immediacy of their updates lends a new perspective to our understanding of the secretive nation.

Earlier this year, North Korea began allowing foreigners access to its mobile Internet service, Koryolink. While foreign visitors can use the pricey 3G service to tweet and upload photos, North Korean citizens are restricted to voice calls.

Guttenfelder writes, “On Jan. 18, 2013, foreigners were allowed for the first time to bring mobile phones into North Korea. And this week the local service provider, Koryolink, is allowing foreigners to access the Internet on a data capable 3G connection on our mobile phones. In the past I could post geolocated phone photos to my Instagram feed by turning my online laptop into a hotspot to link my iPhone or iPod touch by wifi. But, today I’m posting this directly from my phone while riding in the back of a van in #Pyongyang. The window on to North Korea has opened another crack. Meanwhile, for Koreans here who will not have access to the same service, the window remains shut.”

Many of the shots capture rehearsals of the Arirang Mass Games as North Korea prepares for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the July 27 armistice that ended the Korean War. But there are also glimpses of daily life and commercial offerings in addition to images of propaganda.

Top image: “Korean War veterans enter a cemetery for their deceased fellow war veterans in #Pyongyang.”

A view of Pyongyang from Guttenfelder’s hotel.

“The yet to be completed 105-story pyramid shaped Ryugyong Hotel can be seen from about anywhere you stand in Pyongyang. The North Koreans started building it around 1987.”

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“DPRK in B&W. North Korean farmers tend fields near #Kaesong.”

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“North Korean veterans of the Korean War gather together in a stadium in #pyongyang before a mass ‘dance party’.”

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“Inside the new Korean War museum on #Pyongyang, tiny models in a glass case depict U.S. Army Major General William F. Dean, the highest ranking American captured during the Korean War.”

guttenfeldernk4“A North Korean communal farm seen from the air.”

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 “North Koreans in a passing car this morning in #Pyongyang.”

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“#NKorean schoolgirls sneaking a moment from a political ceremony to share a laugh. Their haircuts and school uniforms remind me of what my mother wore as a schoolgirl in Seoul in the late 1950s. Last month,#Pyongyang, #DPRK.”

Check out the reporters’ feeds for more footage as it comes.

Racist Instagram Account Alert: “Asiansareugly”

This was brought to my attention recently by a friend – the Instagram account ‘Asiansareugly’. Yes, readers – the account is basically what you think it is. Two users (and both Caucasian girls) who go by ‘Cass’ and ‘Zoe’ point out various Asian IG users and spew out a bunch of distasteful comments about their features, all accompanied by heinous amounts of profanity and vulgar language. I’m less than inclined to post their commentary (I see no point in spreading the hate) – but I’ll give you some warning if you decide to check it out. The number of followers are growing pretty quickly, as the account is only about two days old.

I’m more intrigued by the idea of these IG accounts (with outrageous usernames and purposes) for the sake of gaining popularity (in this case, it’s attracting a lot of negative feedback) by younger women. Whether these accounts are real or fake – nevertheless, they’re still spreading some sort of hate. Clearly, with the internet age – we’re not living in post-racial society as people would like to believe.