Sisters Nia, Maria and Anna Asaridis have been blowing up Boston’s Instagram food scene since 2017 by way of their collaborative account, @curveslikeadonut. This tría have been brunching, munching, and, of course, dining on donuts by the dozen while showcasing some of the best bites in town. Here, they dive into their food bucket list, where to get their favorite pandemic takeout, and how they get the best lighting in restaurants.
Tell us a little about yourself. How’d you end up in Boston, and what inspired you to create your Instagram account?
We grew up outside of Boston in Walpole, MA. Growing up in a Greek family, food was always such an important part of our lives. Our mom was always cooking, and food was our way of connecting as a family. As we got older and began our careers, we wanted an outlet to express our love for food, and Instagram seemed to be the best medium to do so. Instagram makes it so easy to share our experiences at restaurants in and outside the city. Plus, we love traveling, so being able to showcase various dishes from around the world with our followers has been so fun!
Name the top five dishes on your Boston food bucket list.
- Doughnuts – Lionheart Confections
- Ramen – Santouka
- Birria Tacos – Taqueria Jalisco
- Buffalo Chicken Pizza – Mortadella Head
- Lobster Pizza – Saltie Girl Seafood Pizza
What do you think is on the horizon for restaurants?
This year has definitely been a tough one for restaurants, but we have been so amazed with the innovation and creativity we have seen. With indoor dining being restricted we love that some places are able to maintain outdoor dining at some capacity. The creativity around take out has also been super impressive, this is something we can see continuing on. The take home kits to make pizza, pasta, and various desserts at home is such a fun way to stay connected with your favorite chefs and restaurants! We are so appreciative of how hard everyone in the industry has been working and have been trying to support restaurants through this challenging time!
Which chefs are your favorite to follow on Instagram and why?
We are huge fans of Barbara Lynch, we love that she not only shares amazing dishes but also her art. We also love Joanne Chang! She is one of our favorites, we love keeping up with her baking, meal kits, and pop ups! Also Flour Bakery and Myers & Chang can do no wrong!
Beyond chefs, what are your top three favorite food Instagram accounts to follow?
Describe Boston’s food scene in three words.
Delicious, eclectic, and fresh!
Which restaurants haven’t you been to but you’re eager to try?
What’s your food photography philosophy, and can you share your top tips for taking awesome food photos?
Lighting is literally everything. When we go to restaurants, we try our best to sit next to windows to get all the natural light we can get. We also take portable lights with us just in case. All of our photos are taken on iPhones, so night and portrait mode have been super helpful. That’s usually enough to capture shots that are truly drool worthy!
Favorite brunch spot: Lincoln Tavern
Favorite place for outdoor dining: Committee
Favorite neighborhood for food: A tie between the South End and Cambridge
Favorite new restaurant: Cafe Beatrice
Favorite new restaurant innovation: Take Home Kits – Pizza, Pasta etc!
Meet The Tastemakers is a monthly column that shares the stories of those contributing to the conversation on Boston’s food scene.