Best ever bingo perfect for other hemisphere’s current season

This is a good time of year* to break out something that I put together ages ago: Food Website Bingo!

A lot of you will be familiar with sites like Foodgawker or Tastespotting, where food bloggers submit photos and descriptions of food they’ve made or eaten or whatever and you can click through and read about the food on the individual blogs, usually get the recipe, that sort of thing.

Having been submitting my own photos and recipes to such sites for more than a year now, I’ve been noting particular tropes that come up again and again; devices, descriptions, themes or motifs that recur many times, to the point of becoming a cliché. Some of these tropes are unavoidable. Some of the tropes are simply sensible. But I find a lot of them betray a bit of, well… a lack of creativity. I mean, seriously, can we perhaps pair cookies with something other than a glass of milk for once? I, for one, have never eaten cookies with a glass of milk (with a coffee, yes x 1091,145), but it’s a trope that’s been popularised by American culture and it’s just an all-too-easy fall-back food styling device.

After I’ve sighed my way through the tenth cookies and milk photo for the day on these sites, I’m just a bit over it. So to make scrolling through Foodgawker and Tastespotting a bit more entertaining (not that they aren’t entertaining as they are, because there are a lot of creative recipes and photos on there), I developed Food Website Bingo, featuring the tropes that I’ve noticed recurring most often, plus some things that are just unavoidable (e.g. gluten free things), plus some things that personally just get my goat for whatever reason (e.g. food items such as cookies or brownies balanced on the rim of a glass or cup – who would actually do that in real life? PSYCHOPATHS, probably).

So here is your bingo card…

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And now go jump on to Foodgawker or Tastespotting and have at it. How many pages back do you have to go to get a bingo?

Disclaimer: Food Website Bingo is just for frivolous fun (except for the parts where things on the bingo card actually genuinely enrage me). We’ve all succumbed to using these tropes ourselves before, and we should use our awareness of how repetitive they are to drive creativity in the future. Maybe I’ll pair my cookies with, I don’t know, a snifter of port next time.

*Basically everything is “perfect for” the 4th of July at the moment. I tried to include “Not perfect for the 4th of July” in all my Foodgawker submissions this time last year and they all got rejected…

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  1. LOVE your Food Website Bingo!!!!!! I couldn’t help but laugh reading your post and the bingo sheet, I’ve noticed the same thing. However, I have to admit I’ve been guilty of two of the items on the bingo sheet *hangs head in shame* – a photo of cookies with a glass of milk and also wrapping up cookies in a ribbon.

    The item on your bingo card that gets my goat is food in a jar. While it may look “trendy” I don’t want to eat out of a jar. The other thing is sitting food on the edge of a glass. As you say, who does that??

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    • Jess

       /  July 11, 2011

      I’m glad you like it! We’ve all succumbed to a few items, but as I said, some of them just make sense and some of them are unavoidable. It’s just when you see 20 of them in one day on Foodgawker that it starts to get a little bit preposterous.

      Food in a jar is driving me nuts at the moment. To an extent I can understand the appeal of serving a drink in a jar – it’s kind of rustic, it’s kind of novel (or it was, until it basically became the norm now on food blogs). But oh wow, when I saw someone who thought cupcakes in a jar was a good idea, I almost lost it. Seriously, cramming multiple cupcakes into a jar and acting like it’s a good thing, that’s just sheer madness. And that particular blogger, when you read the blog post about the cupcakes in jars, was saying things like how they’re perfect and convenient for picnics. How is lugging 20 breakable glass jars around convenient? How do you even get the cupcakes out of the jar? With a spoon? With your fingers? And what about the lovely cake texture that will get fantastically ruined when you cram and mush multiple cakes into the one jar? Seriously, someone did not think that one through…

  2. Hilarious. I am no food photographer and some of my pictures and creations should probably be left off my blog. However, I am definitely guilty of a few of the violations on that bingo card.

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    • Jess

       /  July 12, 2011

      Oh we’re all guilty, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. :)

  3. My darling Jess, I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that ever since you told me of your foodgawker/tastespotting bingo in that email last year, I have giggled out loud not only every single time I visit those sites, but often AT RANDOM TIMES OF THE DAY WHEN I’M NOT ONLINE AND LAUGHTER IS ENTIRELY INAPPROPRIATE. Your cleverness is my curse.

    I’m not kidding. Just the other week, in a work meeting, I wandered off and remembered the one about seasons, and I chuckled. You makes me look weeeeiiirrrd. :D

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    • Jess

       /  July 11, 2011

      Seriously, I get confused when I see a Foodgawker post for a recipe that’s recommended for the season that I am currently experiencing. I SHOULD MAKE SOUP FOR WINTER? WHY? Oh yeah it’s winter here.

  4. Best. Idea. Ever. My favorite square: photo in which food looks completely unappetizing. LOL!

    This would be so perfect for a food club event!

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    • Jess

       /  July 12, 2011

      There was a soup that I saw once that honestly could not have looked more like a bowl of vomit if it tried. I’m sure it was delicious, but maybe some things are just meant to be eaten while blind-folded.

  5. Hahaha so true and I’m so guilty of at least 3 of those if not more. But we should all be able to laugh at ourselves and see the patterns we fall into, I agree. Thanks for a good laugh and I’m glad you’re posting again :) .

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  6. Just great! I really did laugh out loud reading this. My pet hate is the “need I say more?” or “enough said”. If you only have 140 characters to convince me to cook your dish, then yes, you probably do need to say more. Even if a picture’s worth a thousand words, that doesn’t mean a few well placed words don’t also come in handy. Sorry, getting off my soap-box and going for another giggle now…

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    • Jess

       /  July 12, 2011

      Oh I agree! Language is there to be used. It’s like people saying “words fail me” or “words cannot express…”, I mean, really? That’s what words are for! Maybe words aren’t failing you, maybe you are failing words! ;)

  7. Hilarous but truee!! ha ha I’m surely guilty of couple of those. But I love food on stick. Can’t change that :-d

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    • Jess

       /  July 12, 2011

      Haha I think I chose to include the stick thing after I saw waffles on a stick on Foodgawker. I just feel like the process of making waffles needs to be as fast as possible so that I may be eating them as soon as possible – anything that complicates or prolongs the process is just frustrating!

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