Native Highlight: @shelbysorrel
We had the pleasure of talking to Shelby Sorrel, the legend behind the Instagram account @shelbysorrel (obviously). She is an incredible individual that understands creating relationships with others is the key to enjoying life. Instagram was a natural fit for being able to express her passion for food and people and she is lighting it up in the Austin Food Scene.
We highlighted why she started @shelbysorrel and are giving you the inside scoop on her tops spots in Austin!
The inspiration behind the account
Her Instagram has been a 6 year journey that started with her roommate practically forcing her to start it. We have to give her roommate a shout out for helping Shelby realize the gift she had of taking incredible food photos.
We love how important it is for Shelby to create relationships with her followers. The main goal of these Native Highlights is to allow you to learn the stories behind the awesome accounts you follow. It was apparent in her interview that she is driven by the joy she brings to those who follow her journey. She uses Instagram as a platform to share her passions for taking photos and enjoying food. It doesn't hurt that she has a great time doing it! Each photo she posts gives you an insider look into her life and passions.
What got you so hooked on the Austin food scene?
One of the most amazing parts of food is that it brings people together. The Austin food scene especially has a magical way of connecting people that otherwise would never be connected. Shelby is amazed at the opportunities that she’s gotten with @shelbysorrel to try new things and enjoy Austin with friends. A common trend in her answers was that to truly experience everything Austin has to offer, you have to experience with friends. So grab the crew and hit a brunch or happy hour around Austin!
What are friends for if they aren’t going to constantly make fun of everything you do?! Her friends may mess with her while she’s taking the pictures, but even they can’t help but be amazed when the picture lands on her Instagram. @ShelbySorrel doesn’t just have photos of mouthwatering dishes though. Every photo tells a story of the experience she had and the individuals she was with. Shelby’s friends can make fun of the pics all they want – as long as she keeps finding amazing restaurants to share with us.
The unconventional foodie
This type of not taking everything too seriously is the reason why we think Shelby is so successful! And even more amazing, this isn’t her full time job – which just shows how impressive she really is. Not gonna lie, that list of “embarrassing” things seems pretty amazing! 9 pm bedtime? Donuts? Sign us up!
Why you need to follow @shelbysorrel right now
Her restauarant recs are definitely great, just see for yourself below! Oh, and Shelby, don’t worry about the self-promotion, you make it easy on us to do that for you. Not to mention her photos speak for themselves. She’s always open to talk and create relationships with her followers which is something that is very rare when you run into such a successful account like @shelbysorrel. She's an expert in the Austin area so if she thinks a place is great, it absoliutely is.
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Launderette is quaint, and secluded in East Austin. I have never had a dish there that I didn't love -- and their ice cream sandwiches make the perfect dessert.
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