My Favorite Foodstagrammers by Adriana Herrera


Thanks so much to the amazing ladies at the Under the Covers for inviting me to share some of my favorite Afro-Caribbean Foodie Instagrammers!

My debut novel American Dreamer is about, Nesto Vasquez, a Dominican chef whose dream is to make his Afro-Caribbean food truck a success. Nesto is all about the hustle, and is never ever one to get distracted from his goals, that is until he meets Ithaca librarian, Jude Fuller, and Nesto’s idea of happiness and success begin to change.

Nesto has a lot of passion for his food, and he offers dishes from the DR, but also from the countries his three best friends come from, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaican and Puerto Rico. The food in the book has gotten a lot of enthusiastic reactions from readers. Many report that the book made them very hungry! So I thought I’d share some of the places on the gram where I go to get recipe ideas or just delight in gorgeous and drool-inducing food.

My regular stop for Dominican recipes is SimplebyClara (https://www.instagram.com/simplebyclara/), she has gorgeous photos of the food she makes, and her recipes are authentic. She also has a website, dominicancooking.com

My favorite foodie account of all may be tchakayiti (https://www.instagram.com/tchakayiti/). This account has Haitian food recipes and they are constantly innovating and reinventing classic Haitian flavors. The photography is also GORGEOUS.

For Cuban flavors I have an account that is more in line with travel photography. Cuban Food Stories (https://www.instagram.com/cubanfoodstories/), documents the food of Cuba here in the U.S. and back in the island, accompanied by amazing stories.

For Jamaican food, my go to is Jamaican Foods and Recipes. Everything they post looks delicious and full of island flavor and flair.

Last but not least is my Puerto Rican recommendation, the IG account is themonticarlo (https://www.instagram.com/themonticarlo/), but she also has a website, Island Girl Cooks. Her recipes are not just from PR, but she has a wide range of lovely recipes and you can find pretty much any classic Puerto Rican dish on her site.

Website link: http://islandgirlcooks.com/

Thank to UTC blog for letting me share today, and I hope for some of you these foodie instagrammers become regular inspiration!


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My Favorite Foodstagrammers by Adriana Herrera
American Dreamer
Book Info

Released: March 4, 2019
Genre: LGBT
Series: Dreamers #1
Published by Carina Press
Pages: 352

No one ever said big dreams come easy

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction.

Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It’s safe. It’s quiet. And it’s damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can’t get enough—of Nesto’s food or of Nesto. For the first time in his life, Jude can finally taste the kind of happiness that’s always been just out of reach.

An opportunity too good to pass up could mean a way to stay together and an incredible future for them both…if Nesto can remember happiness isn’t always measured by business success. And if Jude can overcome his past and trust his man will never let him down.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

This book is approximately 94,000 words



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About Adriana Herrera

Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings. When’s she not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a social worker in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


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Amy R

I don’t follow and food blogs or social media accounts but I do watch Food Network.


I do not follow any food sites but, wow, those look really good!!! Thanks for sharing.


Great post