It's not yet officially in the dictionary along with selfie, crowdfunding and turducken, but food porn is definitely a real thing.
I need only to pull up Instagram on my phone to start drooling over my friends' photos of fresh, local produce; croissants at Common Bond; and burgers galore. While many local businesses have totally drool-worthy Instagram accounts, I prefer the personal ones not necessarily tied to any restaurant. I like to see what Houstonians are eating.
Here are some of my favorite folks to fawn over.
Ben Rabbani foodgrade Rabbani was most recently at El Big Bad, but be parted ways with the gastrocantina in April and is now cooking at the Flying Saucer in Sugar Land. On his own time, he does a lot of foraging and gardening, which he documents on Instagram.
David Leftwich davidleftwich68 Local writer Leftwich is currently the editor of Sugar & Rice magazine, and damn he takes some pretty pictures.
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Hunger Houston hungerhouston I don't actually know who's behind Hunger Houston, but he/she eats out a lot and documents most of it. This feed is a great way to learn about new restaurants and be reminded of old favorites.
Huy Dang uberbites According to his LinkedIn page, this guy is in the real estate business, but he cooks on the side. And boy, does he cook.
Katharine Shilcutt kshilcutt Admittedly, I love our former restaurant critic's Instagram because it's so Houston-centric, and it features a lot of photos of her adorable dog, Waffles. But Shilcutt also posts some lovely food pics, and her feed often serves as a preview of upcoming Houstonia content.
Michael Fulmer msfulmer Fulmer works at Triniti restaurant and helps organize the annual Houston BBQ Festival. As such, many of his photos consist of meat, glorious meat.
Philip Speer philipspeer OK, so Speer isn't a full-time Houstonian, but his Instagram consists of photos from both Houston and Austin. While it's largely an Uchi-centric feed, the food is just too pretty to quibble over.
Rebecca Masson sugarfairy The self-proclaimed Sugar Fairy and owner of Fluff Bake Bar bestows many a macaron, Fluffernutter and funfetti cake upon Houston, and she photographs all of it for Instagram.
SF-HTown Foodie eatingthroughhtown This person appears to be bicoastal and split her time between San Francisco and Houston, photographing all the delicious eats in both cities.
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