Hello, fellow gourmands!
Hope this post is finding you well. I’ve been quiet on the blog front lately since I attended Vida Vegan Con III, and that’s mostly because I’ve been teaching myself some new stuff! I’m always posting on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, though! Follow me there to see what I’m eating, making or pinning. I think I’m about to give up on Twitter…I’m just not feeling it. 144 characters are just never enough, you know? 😉 I’m also experimenting with Periscope, but until I find my groove there I’ll keep that account name on the DL for now. I’m also teaching myself Adobe Illustrator and saving up for a shiny new DSLR camera so I can take my food pictures to the next level. I can’t wait!
In the mean time, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite vegan chefs to follow on Instagram, in no particular order. I am ALWAYS on the IG, looking at pictures of colorful food to gather inspiration for my next meal or recipe idea. I pretty much live for any hashtags related to vegan food, and I always appreciate images that keep presentation and quality in mind because the love that went into creating the food really shows. When I find an account filled with such images I get really excited about it because I know I’ve found a true and devoted foodie. So, if you’re like me and love a good selection of “food porn”, check out the following fantastic accounts from these clearly seasoned vegan chefs. I’ve listed ones that may not be super well-known because, well, you’re probably already following those who are, am I right?
Maresa Volante is an accomplished pastry chef located in New Paltz, New York. She spends her days working in her small bakery, Sweet Maresa’s, housed adjacent from acclaimed chocolatier Lagusta’s Luscious. Her pastries are what dreams are made of; whether you’re vegan, or not! Her macaroons are said to be legendary, and her dacquoise (a French layered meringue cake) are practically hypnotic to look at. Her presentation always has a simple, yet alluring aesthetic that anyone can really appreciate.
Vegan Filipino food! Yes, it can exist. This is artfully demonstrated by blogger and YouTuber RG Enriquez, and following her IG account is a true joy since I’m always learning about unique dishes not often seen in the vegan food scene. Follow her for recipes of veganized versions of traditional Filipino dishes like Longganisa Sausages, Pandesal, Lechon Paksiw and much more!
The Raw and The Cooked
Rachel Carr is the head chef at Los Angeles based vegan restaurant Chavela, a spot featuring Peruvian style food and drinks. Being a head chef, Rachel doesn’t post very often, but when she does, it’s something beautiful, healthy and ultra colorful. Follow her for dishes that are inventive and mostly raw.
Sara Mittersteiner + Pomodoro E Basilico
Two different accounts, same amazing chef! Sara is the owner of the most adorable pop up shop and catering company Pomodoro E Basilico in London. She sells her hand-made goodies at local markets and even in an online Etsy shop, and takes plenty of gorgeous pictures of her treats! Drool over dishes like purple potato gnocchi, fresh focaccia, and a wide array of Italian desserts. Can we just go to London right now, please?
I found Vincent while browsing around in a vegan group online and his obvious skills and creativity continue to impress me over a year later. He humbly shares his recipes through social media only, and fellow vegan foodies like myself are continually grateful. With beautiful photos of dishes like medaglioni pasta stuffed with tofu mascarpone, roasted tempeh and cabbage runza, and black cherry and sriracha glazed tofu, it’s easy to become inspired by his mad cooking prowess.
Do you use Instagram and blog about food? Tell me your account name! Also, what are some of your favorite Instagram accounts? Let me know in the comments!