Top of the morn­ing

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

It seems that if you want lots of In­sta­gram likes, then food is your en­tree, as it were. Users love tasty-look­ing dishes, so suc­cess is more or less as­sured if you snap some­thing so pret­tily plated it’ll make your fol­low­ers want to lick their smart­phone screen.

But if that means pics of your home-spun break­fasts or bar­be­cues, the op­po­site ap­plies. A big no-care fac­tor pre­vails un­less the food is truly won­der­ful, cooked by a well-known chef or, prefer­ably, both. It’s OK, though, to post, say, a mun­dane plate of fries if you have the Eif­fel Tower as back­drop or a sim­ple prawn cock­tail on a sub­lime white-sand beach in the Caribbean. You can ex­pect to go off the scale with those.

This pic looks like a sim­ple, healthy break­fast, and so it was. Noth­ing spe­cial there, ex­cept be­yond lies Amilla Fushi, a re­sort in The Mal­dives (see Page 8), where the morn­ing meal can be taken in var­i­ous venues but, prefer­ably, by the main la­goon pool. The buf­fet fea­tures de­li­cious co­conut and pas­sion­fruit yo­ghurt, chilled fruit spritzed with zingy limes or stewed com­bos of the ilk of vanilla-poached pears and tea-in­fused dates, and smooth­ies as de­li­cious as ba­nana and peanut but­ter. Bread and pas­tries come fresh from the is­land bak­ery; the es­pres­sos are wor­thy of any Aus­tralian metro cafe.

Ac­ces­soris­ing works, too (wit­ness the sun­glasses), to strengthen the sense of mood and place. I am far from an ex­pert but I have learned that set-dress­ing is every­thing. Think of the pic­ture as a post­card de­signed to make the viewer want to be there. Of course this can backfire. I gained a lot of new fol­low­ers af­ter post­ing this pic as those keen souls thought I was a health nut and would there­fore im­me­di­ately fol­low back.

Now, feeds is a cu­ri­ous word when ap­plied to nu­tri­tion-ob­sessed In­sta­gram­mers who spe­cialise in images of barely-there meals. One fol­lower seemed to eat noth­ing but broc­coli; an­other had an un­healthy fas­ci­na­tion with ba­nanas. This vir­tu­ous crowd re­alised within days of view­ing my feed that I was not a fan of sun­flower seeds, kale or sea­weed. Un­salted cashews? Only with a sun­set-coloured Aperol spritz on the side, thanks. Oh, that deeply shal­low Su­san. Un­fol­low.

Fol­low on In­sta­gram: su­sankuro­sawa

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