I've had a little photo project idea percolating in my noggin for a couple of months now, and I finally decided to stop thinking about it and just do it to see if it is worth my time.

The idea is this: there are lots of food photos out there. People love to take pictures of the meals they are about to eat, and good food photography = me drooling onto my keyboard (one of my favorite food photography blogs is La Buena Vida). But what about when the meal is done? When everyone is sitting around the table/blanket/floor/etc., moaning and rubbing their bellies out of either contentment (if they ate just enough) or nausea (if they ate a little too much)? I've always loved how an eating area looks after it's been entirely demolished by hungry hands; sauce-covered plates, crumbs scattered on place mats, lip smudges on the rims of glasses. This may be because I have an subconscious desire for chaos, or maybe it's because all of these things represent a community of people coming together to fulfill a natural, primal urge: the urge to feast. It's poetic, in a messy sort of way.

I finally got around to starting this project in a very spontaneous way: on my friend Jon's first night here a couple of weeks ago, we ate a delicious meal of vegetarian chicken noodle soup and garlic bread, and as we all leaned back moaning and rubbing our bellies (mostly out of contentment, in this case), I looked at the aftermath of our meal and realized that if I was going to start, it should be right there, right then.

So without further ado, here is the first installment of A Meal Well Eaten!

...Okay, so there is going to be some ado, because I have a few things to say first.

1. (Nerd alert) Does anyone know if it should be "Well Eaten" or "Well-Eaten"? I am a super grammar/punctuation/spelling bitch (to the best of my not-so-developed abilities), and I tried to Google this particular phrase, but couldn't find a general consensus on which was the correct way to write it. Anyone want to share any thoughts or knowledge?

2. (Perfectionist disclaimer alert) As I said, all of this was spontaneous, and none of my lenses do very well in low-light settings, which this night definitely was, so yes, I'm aware that these aren't the prettiest photos with which to introduce what I'm hoping is going to be a fun and aesthetically pleasing project.

3. Feel free to take pictures of your own meal well eaten, and make sure to link back here and let me know if you do! It'd be really interesting to see other peoples' eating areas/taste in food/meal aftermaths.

All right, ado complete. On to the meal (or lack thereof):



a meal well eaten: installment 1
The complete meal: vegetarian chicken noodle soup, garlic bread (heavy on the butter, thanks Adam),
 slightly smashed cupcakes for dessert, with a side of gummy bears. Subway napkins (we didn't eat them,
but I thought they were a nice touch), chips and salsa, grape juice, and beer also happened.
a meal well eaten: installment 1
Toby tells me the soy sauce was on the table because we (well, not me, because I wasn't doing this)
were using it as an alternative to salt. Intriguing. 

a meal well eaten: installment 1

a meal well eaten: installment 1

a meal well eaten: installment 1
See those extra sprinkles scattered all over the place? I nommed every last one. 
a meal well eaten: installment 1

a meal well eaten: installment 1

a meal well eaten: installment 1
 This mug served as my friend Eliza's bowl; I like how if you look closely, you can see fingerprint smudges
and soup splashes on the spoon handle
a meal well eaten: installment 1
Content and full of food
a meal well eaten: installment 1
All right, so this obviously isn't an "after" picture, because the bowl is clearly still full...but look how pretty the gummy bears look in black and white! 



Happy eating!