If Instagram is the “highlight reel” of our lives, can we live with what ends up on the cutting room floor? James Beard semi-finalist and owner of Buttercream Bakeshop Tiffany McIsaac, Eater DC Associate Editor Tierney Plumb, and Food Network alum and pastry chef Rabia Kamara of Ruby Scoops join host Mary Kong-DeVito to discuss the unintended consequences of life online.
[8:38] Rabia is a Matcha Nazi and says matcha tastes like acid reflux.
[12:37] Tiffany says Twitter is a bitchfest.
[14:07] Tierney talks about the backlash against influencers.
[19:35] Tiffany coins the term “bashful blogger,” cousin to “woman laughing alone with salad.”
[21:09] Tierney describes what it’s like to walk in the influencer world.
[33:00] Rabia shares the downside of putting herself out there on Instagram.
[34:47] Tiffany shares the controversy and backlash over the cake she made for one of Trump’s inaugural balls and the role social media played in it.
[38:45] How Rabia and Tiffany handle negative comments and hate speech.
[40:27] Tierney talks about confirmation bias and the media’s role in a divisive climate.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.