Ever since we unveiled the 2015 Top 100 Al Fresco Dining Restaurants earlier this week, we’ve been planning our summer vacations and staycations. From eating adventures domestically and abroad in exotic locales or our own backyards, deliciousness awaits in the coming months. To help plot our and yours, we’ve rounded up seven Instagram accounts to inspire your next culinary trip.
The chef: Andrew Zimmern
He may be best known for his work with the Bizarre Foods franchise, but Zimmern doesn’t dabble solely in the extreme. There’s plenty of accessible and delicious food on his plate, in addition to the ultra-exotic. The three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher takes exquisite shots of his meals, most recently from New York’s The NoMad and Heyday in Minneapolis. If you’re road tripping across the US and find yourself near Kauffman Stadium in Missouri or Target Field in Minnesota, check his IG to see if AZ Canteen, Zimmern’s food truck, is open for business.
The editor: Dana Cowin
They don’t call Dana Cowin the Food & Wine scout for nothing. Despite her spritely appearance, Cowin can down dishes with gourmands several times her size. Her enviable job takes her to the most delicious places, as she discovers the best new chefs, emerging cuisines, and forgotten traditions in and well beyond her New York stomping grounds.
The publication: Life & Thyme
The folks at Life & Thyme truly think – and eat – globally. The new publication’s coverage spans the world and will make you want to expand your horizons (and your waistline). From coverage of authentic, old-school deli food at Wexler’s in Los Angeles to a look inside the free kitchen at Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar that feeds 10,000 people a day, you’ll be cashing in your frequent flier miles and packing your bags after a few views.
The TV personality: Anthony Bourdain
You can’t help but have wanderlust when you tune in to Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown – and neither can we. Whether he’s highlighting the people and food of Las Vegas or Lyon, Bourdain and his self-deprecating wit will inspire you to fearlessly explore the world and its many cuisines, near and far.
The ex-pat: David Lebovitz
Have you ever dreamed of quitting your day job and living the ex-pat life in Paris? (Duh! Of course you have!) Pastry chef David Lebovitz did just that in 1999. Since then, he’s written extensively about his life in the City of Lights and his cooking and dining explorations. If you’re jonesing for a jaunt on the Champs-Élysées in the coming months, his IG stream is required seeing.
The photographer: Matt Armendariz
He doesn’t just play a professional photographer on TV – he is one. Armendariz, who has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, is a gifted photographer and author (On a Stick!: 80 Party-Perfect Recipes), and his sumptuous pictures of his food and travel escapades in California and abroad will make you want to follow in his foodie footsteps. Tip: If you need shutterbug advice, check out his guide, Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers.
The homegrown blogger: Kevin and Amanda
Food and travel (and cookie) lover Amanda Green Bottoms has long been blogging about her cooking, dining, and traveling exploits. If you have a sweet tooth (and a soft spot for dogs), Bottoms’s posts about sinking her teeth into local eats from Israel to New Orleans are for you. Bonus: For those dine-in dinner nights, she’s got easy-to-fix and delish recipes aplenty.