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We are a generation of diners where the phone eats first. It’s just common courtesy and an automatic reaction to push the chair back and hold off digging into a meal until everybody has taken their glamorized smart phone snaps. Food is sexy, sensual and sparks satisfying intercourse at the table and elsewhere.

Strawberry tres leches cake (Hector Mendoza)

The term “food porn” was coined by feminist critic Rosalind Coward in her 1984 book, Female Desire: Women’s Sexuality Today:

“When slimmers gaze at glossy pictures of luscious foods, are they taking pleasure in the supposedly forbidden? Why is our ideal for the female form so uncompromisingly adolescent? Has fiction seen a sexual revolution or has pornography merely merged with mainstream fiction. Food pornography exactly sustains these meanings relating to the preparation of food. The kinds of picture used always repress the process of production of a meal. They are always beautifully lit, often touched up.”

Roasted Garlic (Jonathan Bourne)

 

It was a tight race, but here are  are the winning entrants in our food porn contest:

 

At Love to Go a small coffee and dessert shop. in San Gabriel. I order the waffles with ice cream, strawberries, and chocolate syrup… (
Monica Enriquez)

 

Even those who have been to The original Hat, the stand where everyone gets their famous pastrami sandwich, have rarely ever seen this item. This is the ”pastrami wet fries” which is a mountain of fresh hot French fries ladled with two scoops of velvety brown beef gravy and then topped with a mountain of fresh pastrami ribbons. I opt to get a small side of their chili just to make it a bit over the top (Ohmar Go)

Michoacanita corn on a stick

Michoacanita corn on a stick ⁠—have it Traditional: spread with mayo, coated with fresh cotija cheese, drizzled with butter and finished with chili powder. Also available inspired by the Mexican flag, with three different coatings: first, flamin’ style, coated with a layer of Hot Cheetos; second, traditional; and third, a coat of Takis, zombie style. Available at at michoacanitaicecreamco.com.

 

Where Love Lives cocktail at E.P. & L.P. (Christian Rocchi)