Is it bad etiquette to take pictures of the food in restaurants? This week I pose the question to all the foodies and the likes that often snap photos at restaurants. I waiver on my tip/opinion for this behavior: on the one hand, it does take away some of the intimacy associated with dining out and on the other, how else am I supposed to share my food journey with the world??
Most diners do not mind a couple of flashes in the restaurant but some diners give you the narrow side eye when they hear the click of the camera. I have become more discreet in my approach with taking pic’s in restaurants: turning off the flash when there’s plenty of natural light/light in the restaurant, keeping the number of snaps down to 2-3, etc. I cannot say, however, that I will totally stop this because I truly believe people eat with their eyes first. Therefore, I need people to see the food I enjoyed rather than hear me ramble on in a paragraph about some edible creation.
Now some of you may look at this as bad etiquette but realistically, how many times a year will I visit Komi or L’Auberge Chez François?? (*Maybe twice in a Great year for yours truly…) If this number will only be once or twice, then pictures will be snapped. This rule, however, will be applied: no more than 2-3 snaps…this is more than enough to get my point across…