Hungry Northeastern students turned Instagram influencers Madison Munoz and Riley Bates are bonafide food lovers, always exploring the hottest new places around Boston. They boast 20,000+ followers under the name Nomstoppable on Instagram where they post sandwich stacks, noodle pulls, super creative ice cream cones and more inspiration for your own food adventures. Here, they chat about their bare bones approach to photography, the best place for late night eats and what’s next for Boston’s food scene.
Tell us a little about yourself. How’d you end up in Boston, and what inspired you to create your Instagram account?
I’m a Jersey girl and Riley’s a North Shore kid. We both went to Northeastern and majored in the sciences and art of eating (jk that’s not a real thing although I wish it was). Whenever we would go out, I was always taking pictures of food and Riley was usually in the background of those photos so we thought ‘why not make this IG official?’ And so we did. Originally, it started as ‘rileycantstopeating’ then it became ‘rubmabelly’ and eventually ‘nomstoppable,’ and we’ve stuck with that ever since.
Name the top five dishes on your Boston food bucket list.
1) Sicilian slice from Parziale’s Bakery
2) Cube toast from DoubleChin
3) Everything bagel donut from Blackbird Doughnuts
4) Big tasty from Tasty Burger
5) Roast beef three way from Hot Box
What do you think the next big trend is for restaurants?
Foreign food! Asian and South American cuisine is having a moment right now and I am so here for it. Whether it’s through fusion or new restaurants, I think we’ll be seeing the introduction of a lot more different flavors in traditional cuisine.
Which chefs are your favorite to follow on Instagram and why?
@SoulCakeShop!! She makes the most beautiful cakes and I absolutely love looking at her creations. They are truly works of art. I’ve had the pleasure of trying them and they are as delicious as they are gorgeous.
Beyond chefs, what are your top three favorite food Instagram accounts to follow?
Describe Boston’s food scene in three words.
It’s the G.O.A.T.
Which restaurants haven’t you been to but you’re eager to try?
I’ve been dying to try Tanam in Bow Market, I’m half Filipina so give me all the Filipino food. Also, Celeste and No Relation.
What’s your food photography philosophy, and can you share your top tips for taking awesome food photos?
“You don’t take the shot, you make the shot.” As corny as it sounds, that’s what we say every time we’re taking pictures. We’re iPhone-only people, not your fancy iPhone XYZ or whatever the new one is, so we really do have to make the shot. No camera, no lightbox, we literally just bare bones it and make it work. It’s a fun challenge for us and while equipment and quality can go hand-in-hand, we’re firm believers that equipment doesn’t mean quality. We’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished with just our iPhone 7s in tow.
A Few Of Your Favorite Things:
Favorite brunch spot: Bootleg Special
Favorite place for outdoor dining: Coppersmith
Favorite BBQ joint: Ore Nell’s BBQ
Favorite late-night: Hojoko
Favorite neighborhood for food: Chinatown
Favorite new restaurant: Shore Leave