Here are some food photos which was photographed when a review was done for Yeah Lifestyle of the upcoming British gastropub The Wheatsheaf Restaurant based in Sandbach, Cheshire. The pub was beautifully decorated and served some fabulous food. I photographed a total of 6 dishes, 2 being appetisers, 2 main courses and 2 desserts, for more images and video visit the Yeah Lifestyle website. All photos were photographed using natural window light at the restaurant.
I was invited to two Macmillan Coffee Mornings today by some friends at their respective home. Cancer affects people in different ways, some directly and some indirectly nevertheless its not the best thing to be apart of and having the wonderful support of Macmillan for both cancer patients and their family is so important. The coffee morning is held yearly and started in 1990, as a way for people to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Although it started from a small idea, it has now grown to be the biggest coffee morning event in the world and has raised over £138 million to-date and £25 million last year.
Holding a Coffee Morning can be great fun, it is also a community event, where you get to invite your friends and family over for a round for a cuppa, cake and chat. If you would like to hold one yourself, then first, register with Macmillan for a free coffee morning kit, they usually will send it to you within 12 days. Next decide what type of coffee morning you want to hold, if its private or if you want it open to the public. Then send out invites and finally enjoy the day eating cake all for a good cause. I found it lovely to see so many people gather and support such a great cause. Here are some photos of the cakes I photographed from both the houses. For more information or to participate in the coffee morning for next year, do visit – Macmillan Cancer Support
Christmas is heading our way soon and to get into the mood I decided to visit Shugborough Christmas Fair in Stafford this weekend. The last time I was in Shugborough, it was for their Summer Food Festival in July this year. Personally I felt, the Summer Festival felt more vibrant with lots more stalls and vendors selling a variety of food, drinks, local art crafts compared to their Christmas Fair. There was also a huge area dedicated for kids activities at their Summer Fair which was non existent here. I also felt some of the items sold at the Christmas Fair was more expensive, but this did not stop me from doing a some shopping myself. Nevertheless it was a nice break to get away for a few hours by myself tasting new foods and discovering new craft gift ideas. Here are some images which I have captured to share with you.
I love Cheshire! Of all the food fairs that I have attended in England, I have immensely enjoyed all the ones held in Cheshire and this one at Tatton Park held from 17-19 July was no different. Although, the day was quite cloudy and it looked like it was going to rain, I still headed off to Knutsford to spend my day at the Festival and low and behold the weather changed and I had the best time ever.
The Foodie’s Festival is held every year and this was their 5th year, hence plenty of artisan food and drinks to enjoy. There were children’s cookery classes, drinks theatre, cake & bake theatre which you had to book in advance. Celebrity cooks such as Simon Wood (MasterChef winner), Katy B (Vegan food blogger), Helen & Lisa Tse (owners of Sweet Mandarin restaurant) as well as Malaysian Chef Norman Musa conducted classes at the Chefs Theatre.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Great British Food Festival at the Shugborough Estate in Stafford which was held on 11 and 12 July 2015 with my family. We found it to be a fun day out for the whole family especially since the weather was beautiful. I found the festival to be very laid back and relaxed, there were some food tents with vendors selling and promoting their products, live music, various kid’s entertainment, live cooking demonstation by Chefs (such as Great British Bake Off and Masterchef Finalist) as well as competitions such as Men vs Food and Cake Off for the avid baker. A lovely way to spend some quality time with the family, just remember to bring along a picnic mat, your suncream, hat and sunglasses or umbrella if it rains.
As the famous adage goes, The Best Camera is the One You Have With You, and I find this is so true! As a mum of two kids under 5 who constantly need my attention..time is of the essence and I often end up just taking photos with my mobile phone, edit it quickly using the apps and upload it instantly onto social networking sites.
In this post, I am going to talk about my two loves, photography and food and share some tips on how to take food photos using smartphones. These photos have been photographed using my Nokia E71 and HTC Desire 500 mobile phone. The photos, then have been edited using basic camera apps and uploaded to my Instagram account.
What makes a Good Food Photo?
When it comes to food photography, its important to use props, textured backgrounds (patterned kitchen towels, rustic looking chopping boards), fresh and colourful ingredients to make your photo stand out. Of course things like good lighting, composition, choosing the right angle and food presentation are also important factors that makes the food appetising. Before you start taking the photo, check your phone setting to ensure that you have set your camera resolution to the largest/highest setting, set your ISO to auto, turn your flash off and wipe the camera lens to remove dust or fingerprint markings. Read up on what feature is available on your phone, you may have anti-shake, HDR or even panorama as an option.
Here are some tips to help you take some amazing food shots
1) Good Lighting
Lighting is so important! Lack of light can can make your food look dull but the right lighting can enhance the colour temperature of your food and make the food look fresh. I personally am a firm believer in using natural light, and often have my flash set to OFF. I find natural light such as using window light brings the food to life, sometimes I even use a white foam board as a reflector to eliminate shadow. Natural light also tends to give a shine to your food, which makes it more appealing, as you can see in the photos below.
I have always wanted to attend a food show or food fair in UK and finally had the opportunity to attend the BBC Good Food Summer Show held at the NEC in Birmingham from 11 to 14 June 2015. It was a lovely experience as I got to see so many stalls promoting various types of food, drinks and wine. The best part of it all, there were lots of samples and tasting sessions for the visitors. There were also ample of stores selling products as well as promoting newly launched products.
I would definitely recommend attending an event like this as you would get your money’s worth in food samples, discounts on purchase as well as meeting celebrity chefs at the Supertheather and Interview Stage. Some of the celebrities featured this time were Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge, James Martin and Michel Roux Jr. amongst others. My suggestion would be to go as early as you can and spend the whole day there.
My latest food review of 2010 is for none other than Munich Gastro Bierhaus, a lovely German restaurant situated in the new IOI Boulevard in Puchong. This is the place to dine if you’re craving some wholesome German cuisine. For any beer monsters out there there is a reasonable selection of imported beer from around the globe.
The restaurant offers a choice of seating, either indoor dining or outdoor alfresco style, with air conditioning a plenty for either option. The restaurant is kitted out with ample wide screen TVs, which makes it an ideal place to kick back and relax with a few beers and snacks whilst watching live football matches – what more could anyone ask for?
Here are a few photos of the food served by Munich. For the full review of the restaurant do check out the November issue of KLue magazine.
The Potato Salad with Tuna starter. I love the contrast of warm potatoes served with cold tuna and the onions give it some crunch.
Previous located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) this lovely cafe has recently moved to the ground floor of Sunway Pyramid, just below the lion’s head, next to Starbucks. Coincidently this is my second blog posting about Frames Cafe, you can read the earlier posting about the restaurant here.
In comparison to the previous venue, the new place certainly has a more open and airy look and feel, with its ample windows allowing ample daylight to get into the restaurant making it bright and cheery. In the evening, aided by an abundance of sunway pyramid night lighting, the mood transforms like a chameleon into a trendy cosmopolitan chillout place.
Walking into the cafe, you will immediately notice the various photographs hanging on its wall. These are lovely to look at as you wait for your meal and if you are smitten by any of the shots, do speak to the owners as these photos are for sale.
Here are a few photographs of the food which I reviewed. The full review of the restaurant will appear in the November issue of KLue magazine.
The next time you’re in Subang Jaya, do stop by the new shopping mall called Empire Shopping Gallery located just behind Subang Parade. While you’re there, and if you’re wondering what new cuisine to try, you could head to Serai Empire which is a Malaysian and western fusion themed restaurant. Serving interesting and quirky dishes such as penne beef rendang, moroccan flavoured dishes with old favourite drinks such as sirap selasih this is a curious place.
Stepping into the restaurant, the deco is simple, clean and fresh looking. I personally would have preferred additional soft furnishing to give a more cosy feel to the place. A fresh stalk of serai (lemongrass) placed in a vase on each table ties in with the restaurant logo. The layout of the place is narrow but extends quite far back, with a smoking area placed at the rear so as not to intrude.
The food here is interesting and its worth going there for something a little different and unique. A full write-up of the restaurant review will appear in the October issue of KLue magazine. To read the review click me.
Collage of food images