My Most Unappetizing Photos of 2011
I'm a writer, not a photographer. And while I've certainly nailed some decent shots while out and about eating, there have been a lot of really bad photos to sift through. In my defense I've always tried to maintain a low profile while I eat, and it's hard to do that with a flash cracking off every few seconds.
Bread Winner's fried chicken was a let down. It was also one ugly plate.
In honor of the year's end, here are some of the worst shots I've taken since landing in Dallas. Some of them were genuinely bad dishes, others were simply less photogenic, and some I have only my self to blame.
Remember this chimi? Cropping did little to improve this shot, which sports a blinding flash reflection in the cheese sauce and a ghastly ghostly appearance. This dish was not any better than the photo. My attempt at capturing the sour cream enchilada triple dip was so bad I had to go out and eat them again. I didn't mind, though. This is what your cachapa looks like after liver failure. Hoagies are hard to capture after they've sat in butcher paper for a few hours. Jimmy's Italian Stallion deserves better. It looks like the cooks at Pappas Bros. gave my steak a chive-laden money shot. I wish the cut had impressed me more. I swear I didn't sit on Horne and Dekker's sloppy joe before I took this shot. Someone else may have, though. This is what happens when you forget to take a picture and start eating. My attempt to restyle this dish with a fork was a lost effort. Greasy paper, bad angle, bad focus: this shot doesn't do Velvet Taco justice. Never mind that lemongrass should be roasted for serving spring rolls (or anything but a martini) out of a martini glass, this looks like wet alien skin drapes over roast pork flesh. Remember this sandwich? I wish I could forget it. There was no saving this dish. And while Tizoncito's choriqueso was certainly pleasurable to eat, it's hard to deny its likeness to animal vomit.