She might be best known for her sweet tooth, but Bianca Garcia of Confessions of a Chocoholic is a lover of all types of food and she showcases that passion on her blog and Instagram account. It’s part memoir, part restaurant review, part travel diary — and the perfect place to get inspiration on exploring Boston. Hear from her on the where to find the best Filipino food in the city, the local chefs she loves following online and the spots she’s super eager to check out.
Tell us a little about yourself. How’d you end up in Boston, and what inspired you to create your Instagram account?
I moved to Boston 16 years ago with my family, but they eventually moved back to the Philippines while I decided to stay. I started my Instagram account because of my blog, which I started to marry my love of writing and food. Actually I started all social media accounts to tie to it but over the last couple of years, I’ve been posting most often on Instagram. It’s just so easy.
Name the top five dishes on your Boston food bucket list.
This is tough! There are so many mouth-watering dishes in Boston, and I have a lot of favorites, but if I were to choose just five…
Smoked Whitefish Pizza from Waypoint
Squid Ink Linguini Aglio Olio from Daily Catch in the North End
Brown Butter Lobster Roll from Eventide
Any dessert made by Brian Mercury at Puritan & Co
Filipino Lechon from Tanam
What do you think the next big trend is for restaurants?
More family style, shared plates, and less formal dining. At least that’s what I’m hoping for! I feel like nowadays people are craving more comfort food and community, and restaurants can offer them that.
Which chefs are your favorite to follow on Instagram and why?
Tiffani Faison (@tiffanifaison) – her food is incredible, but even more so, her energy and attitude are so inspiring. And I have a special spot in my hear (and stomach) for Sweet Cheeks BBQ and biscuits.
Michael Scelfo (@mscelfo) – I admire his food and his photography, everything is just so delicious! I lived in Harvard Square for over a decade and his restaurants were and still are my go-to’s. My husband and I always take visitors to Waypoint (where we had our wedding rehearsal dinner a couple of years ago) and Alden & Harlow (where we had our wedding reception!)
Ashley Lujares (@serajul) – Ashley makes delicious food over at Myers & Chang, and I love that she is helping to bring more Filipino food in front of people! She is so real and warm and I like how she features family and friends on IG.
Beyond chefs, what are your top three favorite food Instagram accounts to follow?
@eaterboston – obviously because I’m obsessed with restaurants and I like seeing what’s happening in my city
@bonappetitmag – I like their easy recipes and and fun comments
@tattebakery – no better place for pastries and beautiful interiors
Describe Boston’s food scene in three words.
Eclectic, Fun, Hungry.
Which restaurants haven’t you been to but you’re eager to try?
I have a Supper Club with my girlfriends where we try new restaurants every month but we’ve been behind so I have a long list! Definitely want to try Peregrine, Mariel, Ilona, and No Relation.
What’s your food photography philosophy, and can you share your top tips for taking awesome food photos?
My food photography philosophy is constantly evolving throughout the years, ranging from full on aggressive to plain minimalist. Right now I’m just trying to capture and express photos that make me happy, so those typically involve my favorite foods and people. But the one thing I’m really happy about is being more conscious of enjoying the moment vs styling everything and having everyone wait for my perfect shot. I used to be known as the person who will make my family and friends wait before they eat, so I can take pictures first (I still do, but not all the time). Nowadays if we’re eating out and celebrating a special occasion, I don’t want to ruin the moment by cutting in with my iPhone. And if we do have some time, I try to take pictures quickly, maybe one or two shots, then I enjoy the food.
My top tips are: 1) As much as possible, take it during the day when there’s good natural light, 2) Learn to embrace imperfection, and 3) When in doubt, flat lay.
A Few Of Your Favorite Things:
Favorite brunch spot: Painted Burro (I don’t even drink coffee regularly but I love their coffee horchata)
Favorite place for outdoor dining: Banyan
Favorite BBQ joint: Sweet Cheeks, hands down
Favorite late-night: Hojoko
Favorite neighborhood for food: toss up between the South End and Harvard Square
Favorite new restaurant: Tanam, even though it’s been open for a year, I love having a delicious Filipino restaurant in Boston!