If These Instagrammers Opened Restaurants, I Would Eat There

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In an ocean of IG food images, OC Comestibles and Jules Food still shine.

California has enough restaurant choices to satisfy my cravings for many lifetimes, endless opportunities to exchange money for food. However, I still see dishes on Instagram that aren’t readily available, take food in creative new directions, or just look really damn good. If five Instagrammers in particular opened restaurants, I’d be happy to eat there.

@davidthefoodie (David H. Chiem) + @travelfoodstyle (Amber Dinh)

Chiem takes vivid photos of Vietnamese dishes that he makes, and equally exciting food from “the wifey,” aka Travel Food Style partner Amber Dinh. Standout plates in their repertoire include Vietnamese salmon spring rolls with spicy dipping sauce, vermicelli noodles with grilled pork and crispy egg rolls, and ramen with baby clams and egg.

@mythicalchefjosh (Josh Scherer) previously known as @culinarybrodown

Scherer currently makes Rhett & Link food videos and previously edited LA Mag online food coverage. The brash, bold thinker takes a different approach to food. His recent “Food Fears” series tackled ingredients that don’t typically get much love. He used lamb’s brains in Dorito-crusted Nashville Hot Brain Sandwich and incorporated notoriously pungent durian into a choco taco. Otherwise, expect Scherer to riff on comfort foods he finds around L.A. How about goat cheese stuffed crust pizza with harissa tomato sauce, lamb merguez sausage, fennel, cherry tomatoes, and jalapeños?


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Durian Choco Taco with salted durian caramel swirl ice cream, ginger cardamom waffle taco, white chocolate durian magic shell, and some toasted coconut flakes to round it out. NEW EPISODE OF FOOD FEARS IS OUT PLEASE WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE. Me and @emflemily both find out that we should be using Sensodyne because talking on camera while chewing ice cream is a special kind of torture for those with temperature sensitive teeth. Also, I know I cut the durian in half the wrong way, we needed to do it for camera. And we got the best, freshest durian we could! We got whole fresh durian, whole frozen durian, frozen durian pulp, and freeze dried durian just in case. Quality control is hard when the closest durian is grown like 7,000 miles away. Bless all of you folks for watching, I’m so proud of this show.

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@occomestibles (Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare)

“Cooking is therapeutic” for Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare, an Orange County resident who makes fantastic looking Vietnamese fare and much more. Her noodle dishes are especially tantalizing, though I’d gladly tackle broth-free dishes as well, including her egg roll mountain or salt & pepper chicken wings, topped with buttered garlic.

@ladyandpups (Mandy Lee)

No wonder Mandy Lee wrote a cookbook to be released this fall, titled The Art of Escapism Cooking. Her eclectic repertoire changes as she travels, but is always compelling. A recent trip to Bastille market in Paris resulted in lamb kidney with brown butter, garlic and herbs. She’s also made mochi tortillas and the striking mapo tofummus.


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A cookbook recipe preview: MAPO TOFUMMUS, is on the blog now! Firm tofu is blended with garlic confit until it swirls like a creamy mask of coolness on your tongue, then combusted from underneath by a Sichuan mapo sauce roiling in Sichuan peppercorns. Get the recipe and a full page preview of the cookbook in the link in profile. #ladyandpupscookbook #theartofescapismcooking • • • • • #f52grams #feedfeed #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #eeeeeats #beautifulcuisines #thekitchn #foodandwine #forkyeah #yahoofood #onthetable #buzzfeedfood #vscofood #foodstyling #foodphotography #lifeandthyme #eater #heresmyfood #food52 #gloobyfood #foodgawker #eattheworld #eatfamous #tastingtable #dailyfoodfeed #spoonfeed #foodbeast #hautecuisines

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@julesfood (Jules Douglass)

Douglass primarily works wonders with beef and cheese, which could mean Teriyaki Gochujang Kalbi & Kimchi, Rib Eye Cap & Soft Boilers w/creamy Wild Mushroom Brie or a seemingly simple plate of Smoky Steak & Guinness Cheddar. Wild, local seafood and avocado also get plenty of play. Basically, she’s created protein heaven inside her L.A. home.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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