Miami's top foodie blogger The Naughty Fork has mastered the art of gastro travel. Here, she highlights her most delicious meals around the world.
Exploring the streets in Hong Kong. “It was such a different world,” says Schnur. “The street food was insane (intestines, bugs, etc.). Also some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to.”
If you have a smartphone and love food (who doesn’t?), you probably follow @TheNaughtyFork on Instagram. The wildly popular account documents the most over-the-top and decadent dishes (think a fried chicken creme brulee doughnut sandwich, four-layer Reese's peanut butter cup cheesecake slices and crispy shrimp bao buns sprinkled with truffle caviar—are you drooling yet?) for anyone who’s looking to cheat on their diet with their eyes in Miami. “I put my whole self into it,” says 25-year-old creator Samantha Schnur. “Go to bed late. Get up early. I’m constantly thinking of new ideas all the time.”
What started as a fun way for Schnur to share “cheap eats” and “hangover food” with friends in college quickly transformed into a bona fide brand with partnerships with local businesses like Pincho Factory and Tanuki. Now, Schnur’s mouthwatering posts extend far beyond the 305. She’s traveled to, eaten (and then eaten some more) and documented the food scene in major cities including Dubai, Paris, Hong Kong and Bali. So how does Schnur plan trips that rack up thousands of likes per post? She gives Ocean Drive an inside look.
Take us #BTS on how The Naughty Fork plans a culinary trip.
SAMANTHA SCHNUR: I never go somewhere blindly. I’m super controlling that way, ha! When I have a trip planned, I usually post a story on IG and ask my followers where I must eat in that city. Then I look up all of the places and create a list.
What’s the destination that has gotten the most engagement?
SS: New York. I could be in Antarctica inside a polar bear’s mouth and people would rather see me eating pizza in NYC. Outside of the U.S., it’s Paris. I went to L’Aligot and took a video of their aligot (cheesy potatoes) which reached more than 5 million people on my page.
Craziest dish you’ve tried?
SS: Fried scorpion in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was horrible, but at least I can say that I did it!
What are some trip highlights?
SS: I went to Australia and worked with Cobram Estate Olive Oil. We took a private jet to the olive groves in Melbourne and landed among millions of olive trees. We had lunch in the middle of the fields with super fresh ingredients and an olive oil tasting.
At Bondi Beach, Australia.
How do you capture the perfect food picture?
SS: It’s really about having the right camera and lighting. I use the Canon 6D. My camera is like my child. And I always take my pictures during the day. Right now, when it gets dark at 5 p.m., I’m having dinner at 4 like a grandma.
Do the photos with the most likes actually taste as good as they look?
SS: There is a line between something that will perform well on Instagram and what actually tastes good. I could visit a Michelin-star restaurant and photograph a beautiful oyster with gold and caviar, but it won’t perform nearly as well as a pizza with mac and cheese on it. The more over the top and controversial a food item is, the more likely that it will do well.
How do you stay fit while sampling so many new dishes daily?
SS: People get mad all the time and say, ‘You don’t eat all of that!’ And I’m like, ‘You’re right, I don’t!’ My intention was never to advertise myself as this person who eats excessive amounts of food and magically stays skinny. When I visit a restaurant for a shoot, it is usually with multiple people, so we all share dishes. But when it comes to traveling, all bets are off! But I’ll work out every single day and make sure to walk everywhere.
Photography by: PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NAUGHTY FORK