December 31, 2015

A Round Up – My 15 Favourite InstaFoodie Pics of 2015

A Round Up - My 15 Favourite InstaFoodie Pics of 2015 - Anna Johnston -

Be honest now my InstaFoodie friends, how many times did you stand on a chair to get the perfect birdseye view of your breakfast? Bonus points if you did this in public! Are you guilty of re-arranging a dish, claiming somebody else’s meal as your own, or requesting your fellow diners wait to eat their food so you can snap their dishes too? YUP…. 5 big fat YES’s from me too! 

2015 involved a whole LOT of eating, chomping, tasting, savouring, snapping and social media sharing for shenANNAgans, I put away around 1100 plates of food #oinkoinkoink this year. Solid effort, right?! 

As I end this year and move on to the next, I have taken a bit of time to review, to contemplate, to meditate, to honor the year that was, and boy was it a tasty one. So without further ado, I bring to you a round up of (in no particular order) my 15 most fabulous, most favourite InstaFoodie accomplishments of 2015. I hope you enjoy the #foodporn. 

I’d love to know your Instagram handle (mine is @annaJ31), along with the url/s or explanation of some of your top 2015 InstaFoodie experiences in the comments below.

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Eilen Tang | The Food Avenue - February 11, 2016 Reply

These days I just get Macgyver Boyfriend to take my flat lays – being tall has it’s advantages 😛
Happy new year Anna. Fantastic photos and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2016!

    Anna - February 12, 2016 Reply

    Ooooooh…. excellent use of Macgyver boyfriend height and long arms. 🙂
    Happy New Year to you too lovely lady! Hope 2016 is an amazing year for you. xo

Rosemary - February 11, 2016 Reply

What a fabulous way to review the year…with your fav food shots! Good for you for counting how many plates you put away…1100. Great idea and something I’ll look into. Your food shots are amazing. The sushi burger continues to be my favorite discovery from you. Wishing you more eating and wonderful shots in 2016!!

Lauren - February 11, 2016 Reply

The burgers photo has to be my favourite, love the vibrant colours and geometric layout!

    Anna - February 11, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps Lauren! The burgers tasted pretty darn delicious too. 🙂

Hitch-Hikers Handbook - February 10, 2016 Reply

Mmmm…. so much tasty and beautifully served food! I would definitely go for the rice paper rolls! They look delicious!

    Anna - February 11, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, my tummy was one lucky and happy place in 2015. 🙂

Elissa - February 10, 2016 Reply

Great idea to do a round up. My family are also used to me saying, “wait, you can’t eat your dinner yet, first I have to take a photo”.

    Anna - February 11, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha! Our family and friends are wonderful holding out while we take photos. The look when you say it sometimes tho. 🙂

Krista - February 10, 2016 Reply

Oh how gorgeously delicious everything looks. 🙂 I’m especially fond of the group table shots. They look so companionable. 🙂

    Anna - February 10, 2016 Reply

    Thanks beautiful! 2015 was a super tasty year, and the group table shots were definitely among the best eats I had, being with friends and eating is my fave.

noel - February 9, 2016 Reply

Gorgeous photos, now I’m really hungry and ready to start with those amazing appetizers to dessert, wow!

    Anna - February 10, 2016 Reply

    Thanks a BUNCH Noel, glad you enjoyed my round up! My tummy is one lucky place to be. Lol!

Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond - January 29, 2016 Reply

My favourtie one is of the high tea at NGA and you so know why!!

    Anna - January 29, 2016 Reply

    Ohhhh yeah! So much deliciousness! 🙂 Hope you guys have been back since. 🙂

Victoria - January 21, 2016 Reply

Those are some solid meals in 2015! Hungry just looking at them…

    Anna - January 21, 2016 Reply

    Oh yeah… my tummy sure was a happy little camper in 2015. So much deliciousness. 🙂

Hannah - January 19, 2016 Reply


I’m still so jealous of the sushi burgers!
Your endless talents cease to amaze me!

Their aren’t many photos of food, or photos of anything, on my Instagram account… Too busy eating!

    Anna - January 19, 2016 Reply

    I wonder how many of them you were with me to eat?
    YES… sushi burgers are the business, I need to make them again. So yum.
    Nawh, thanks buddy, you are so lovely and sweet and kind and thoughtful annnnd I am lucky to call you my friend. Mwah!

GourmetGetaways - January 15, 2016 Reply

Wow Anna!
Good job on the instagram front. I will have to follow you if I don’t already.

Gourmet Getaways

    Anna - January 16, 2016 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS Julie, I am so pleased you enjoyed. It made me super hungry pulling this post together. Haha! 🙂 Pretty sure we are insta pals already, but I will go check to make sure. 🙂

Jean | Holy Smithereens - January 12, 2016 Reply

Happy New Year Anna! Boy, I couldn’t get to the end of this post without salivating, the photos are so vivid I can almost taste them 🙂 Looking forward to another year of ‘eating’ vicariously through your posts!

    Anna - January 12, 2016 Reply

    Happy HAPPY New Year to you too Jean! Looks like you have been killing it at life with your magical adventures in fabulous lands. 🙂
    I know, this post has the same affect on me too, my tummy sure is lucky. LOL!
    Thanks, I look forward to another year of fancy travel vicariously through your posts too.

Agness - January 7, 2016 Reply

Girl, you’re a real foodie! So much food, but I must say that spring rolls are the yummiest!!!!!!!!

    Anna - January 7, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya lovely lady! 🙂 If asked which meal I want right now, I don’t think Id be able to answer, unless all of them was an option. Ha!

kris - January 7, 2016 Reply

Holy snappers. Some sexy food there. YUM.

    Anna - January 7, 2016 Reply

    Boomshakalaka… Thanks buddy! My tummy sure is lucky to get to experience all the YUM! 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - January 7, 2016 Reply

I love overhead shots, so I’m always making a spectacle of myself when I take them! Fun pics — thanks. And Happy New Year!

    Anna - January 7, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha! Bless your cotton socks John, we foodies wear that ‘spectacle of oneself’ badge with pride. 🙂
    Thanks as always for stopping by! Hope your 2016 is amazing.

Kelly - A Side of Sweet - January 7, 2016 Reply

I love Instagram so much! This is a great recap. I should do something similar with the million food pics I took this year!

    Anna - January 7, 2016 Reply

    Hey Kelly! Yep, I must agree, Instagram is an awesome application. I say totes get on sharing your InstaFoodie faves from 2015, I wonder if like me, your faves are not necessarily those that were most popular with your following? Give me a holla when you do the post. 🙂

Sarah - January 6, 2016 Reply

My husband dies a little death of embarrassment every time I bust out the iphone at a restaurant. Cheers to many more foodiegrams with a side of spousal torture this new year! Loving your roundup 🙂

    Anna - January 7, 2016 Reply

    Teehee… Ah yes, the face of dining companions when one climbs up onto a chair to take a photo is priceless. 🙂
    Here – Here girl! May the foodie gods be with you in 2016, and you continue to make the hubby cringe just a little.
    Happy New Year Sarah. 🙂

mjskitchen - January 6, 2016 Reply

I have to admit that I’ve never done any of the above. When I go out and the food is put in front of me, my instinct is to eat. 🙂 Not the normal reaction of a foodie, but I do love eating! Of course now seeing what you do with all of these pictures, I should start pulling out my camera. What great shots! They make me hungry!

    Anna - January 7, 2016 Reply

    I am SO impressed MJ! That whole eating my food, skip the photo concept very rarely happens. I should attempt it more often. 🙂
    Thank you, I am pleased you enjoyed my pictures, and that you feel the hungers now too. Ha!
    Happy New Year!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - January 6, 2016 Reply

You have an awesome, fun Instagram feed. But I have to say I wish I could reach those rolls… I so wanna devour them now! I hope you had a great holiday. Happy New Year and keep up the good work. xx

    Anna - January 7, 2016 Reply

    Thank you SO much Denise, I am pleased you enjoy my Insta feed. 🙂
    If I could easily get some of my delicious eats in your world, I totes would.
    Happy HAPPY New Year to you too my friend, looking forward to following your Brazilian cooking adventures. xox

Sue Slaght - January 6, 2016 Reply

Delicious! You do take the most amazing food photos Anna. Can I ask what camera you are using? Wishing you every happiness and success in the coming year. Now I need to go have a snack. 🙂

    Anna - January 6, 2016 Reply

    Why thank you Sue, that is very kind of you to say! All these photos were taken with my IPhone 5s, which is perfect for lunch dining, but not at all good for dinner, moody lighting in restaurants. Ha! If I can take my plate outside or close to a window for some natural light, I will. 🙂 Wishing you a super 2016 too Sue, I do hope it is filled with all the awesome, fun, creativity and deliciousness. Enjoy your snack! 🙂

Sabrina - January 6, 2016 Reply

Nice round up! These dishes all look delicious!

    Anna - January 6, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Sabrina! I wish, wish, wish my photos were as ‘on point’ as yours! 🙂
    I appreciate you stopping by.

Tim UrbanDuniya - January 4, 2016 Reply

Great collection of pics here! But it’s seriously not helping my post Christmas/New Year attempt at shedding a few kilos!!

All lovely, but I love that first one with the fruit – just what I need right now!!

And happy new year to you, my friend – you deserve it 🙂

    Anna - January 5, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha! I have now moved onto convincing myself that I am still on holidays, and heck, holidays are to be enjoyed. Right???
    Most of the pictures are reasonably healthy, and it seems Asian focused. 🙂
    Happy New Year to you too buddy! Cant wait to catch up. xox

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - January 4, 2016 Reply

I really must work harder at instagramming this year! May 2016 hold all your dreams 🙂

    Anna - January 4, 2016 Reply

    I say the same thing about Pinterest, Tandy! 🙂
    Wishing you a beautiful, fun filled and delicious 2016. xo

My Inner Chick - January 4, 2016 Reply

Drooling in MN.
You are a true SUPER STAR< Anna. xxxxxx love from MN.

    Anna - January 4, 2016 Reply

    Biiiiiiiiiiiiig, GIANT, Huge happy hugs coming your way beautiful lady!
    Lotsa love from a land Down Under. Mwah! xoxo

Evelyne CulturEatz - January 4, 2016 Reply

Happy New Year Anna and I am starving now since I am about to get breakfast! Thanks grrr lol. Great shots, I want one of each. oh yeah so guilt of requesting your fellow diners wait to eat their food so you can snap their dishes too!

    Anna - January 4, 2016 Reply

    Happy New Year too Evelyne! 🙂 Haha… You know the words ‘Im hungry’ and ‘Im starving’ seem to be my mantra for life. Lol! I am pleased you enjoyed the images, and I am pleased I am not alone asking my dinner companions to hold up while I take a picture. We are blessed that they actually do. Ha!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - January 2, 2016 Reply

You made me so hungry Miss A! Loved your 2015 pics and you’re definitely my kind of food people 😀

    Anna - January 3, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha…. One of these days I hope we get to break bread together Ms NQN, cause you are TOTALLY my kinda food people. 😀 Happy New Year beautiful lady.

Hotly Spiced - January 2, 2016 Reply

Happy New Year, Anna. I didn’t realise I wasn’t following you on Instagram so thanks for triggering me to action. I’m now a follower. I haven’t yet stood on a chair in public to take a photo but I think you’ve inspired me! xx

    Anna - January 3, 2016 Reply

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you Charlie! Oh that’s awesome, I didn’t realise we were not Insta buddies either, thank you for fixing that. 😀 Hahaha…. I only did/do the chair stand when I am hanging with the food bloggers, it isn’t something I do when I’m out with friends or family, although….. Haha! Wishing you a brill 2016 love, looking forward to reading your delicious posts. Xx

Norma Chang - January 2, 2016 Reply

Your post is having me drooling, on my way for a towel to dry my keyboard. Just had dinner and I am hungry again from looking at all those food photos. May you have many more good eats this year. All the very best for the New Year.

    Anna - January 3, 2016 Reply

    Haha… I love that, thank you for the kind comment Norma. 🙂 I too wish you a year of delicious eats, and all the fun and love too. Happy New Year. 😀

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - January 1, 2016 Reply

I’m guilty of 4 of those. I’ve never claimed ownership of someone else’s food but it’s a terrific idea.

Your Instagram photos make me happy and hungry all at the same time.

Happy New Year!!

    Anna - January 3, 2016 Reply

    I LOVE that you’ve done the chair shot before Maureen, feeling the prouds and a whole lot less dorky if blogging royalty are admitting to it too. Ha! I’m pleased my pics make you feel good, that’s the best! Wishing you a very happy new year too! Xx

      Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - January 10, 2016 Reply

      I stood in a chair at Peter Kuruvita’s Beach House restaurant at the Sheraton in Noosa to take a photo. I don’t know shame. (it WAS a sponsored post at their request, but still…)

Liz (Good Things) - January 1, 2016 Reply

Delicious! Sending a thousand wishes of good health and happiness your way, Anna. Happy new year! xxx

    Anna - January 3, 2016 Reply

    Thanks lovely Lizzy! 🙂 Wishing you all the happiness and fun filled days, and deliciousness in 2016, looking forward to following your tasty adventures too. Happy New Year my friend. Big hugs. Xxx

Mabel Kwong - December 31, 2015 Reply

So much delicious food, Anna! All well shot. Lol, I’ve actually never seen anyone standing on their chair to get a clear, top down shot of the their food…which would explain why my food photos never look like yours. I am going to try that technique some day. Thanks for the tip 😀

I’ve always wondered how do you eat a sushi burger. I’ve had one of those before, a soft shell crab one that was handed to me in between a piece of paper, so I ate it like how I would eat a half-wrapped burger. It was messy, and then I realised eating it with chopsticks or utensils was much easier 😀 Also, yes, sexy squid. Squid is always sexy!

Best wishes to you for the next year, Miss Anna1 Looking forward to seeing more food and travel photos from you. Big hugs and kisses your way <3 xoxox

    Anna - January 3, 2016 Reply

    You are the best, most wonderful, most lovely little sister a gal could ever ask for. Thank you Miss Mabel for your thoughtful and very kind comment. 😀

    If you don’t feel comfortable standing on a chair in public for a good shot, just stand up, I have been known to get everyone to all look one way, I stand up and snap away and no one notices me being a cheeky Insta snapper. Lol!

    I used a fork to eat my sushi burger, but perhaps if the ‘buns’ were in nori, it would hold together better? I will have to experiment a little more. And yes, sexy squid is tha business. Soooooo good! 🙂

    Oh yes, I do hope you have a magical year filled with much inspiration, adventure and deliciousness. Giant big squishy hugs and love headed your way. Xoxox

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