Native Highlight: @scrumphsus
Jesse Hsu might just be the most interesting man in the world! The proud owner of the Instagram account Scrumphsus (@scrumphsus) has some pretty amazing stories. Whether he's impersonating the voices of Jim Carrey, Sean Connery, Abe Simpson, and Walt Jr. from Breaking Bad, or he's dining at the #1 and #2 restaurants in the world, Jesse knows how to have a great time!
He's an experienced foodie on both coasts, bouncing his time between LA and NYC (that's a lot of red eyes...). You're gonna love to learn about an individual that's destined to be a household name!
Check out the behind the scenes of an Instagram food blogger and find out Jesse's favorite spots in LA (with an NYC bonus below).
The Inspiration Behind The Account
Interestingly, Jesse wasn't always this into food. He had to make the leap from his childhood diet of home-cooked Chinese and fast food (a reward for good grades) to finding amazing hidden gems that foodies love. His move to NYC was the catalyst that inspired him to post some of the most photogenic dishes on Instagram.
On top of finding some of the coolest places in LA and NYC, his photography skills are second to none.You can see in his posts that he genuinely wants to help others experience food the way he does. If he connects someone to an experience that makes their day, week, even year, he feels he has succeeded. He understands the potential influence that his content has and focuses on creating a positive reaction to it. This is a breath of fresh air and we are super excited we got connected with him.
Why the LA food scene?
LA has been on a tear in the recent years and there's no sign of slowing down. The city is already a dream come true for the health conscious individuals, but it's ability to attract some world-renowned chefs is allowing it to make some noise in the conversations of best cities for food. Jesse told us that when he first moved to LA as a freelance photographer, he loved the access to budget and mid-tier spots to stretch that dollar out (btw, you gotta check out his work here, it's incredible!).
Jesse Hsu, Meek Mill, and a disco ball
We had to share this story because it was absolutely hilarious. Hired by Bacardi and shooting a commercial with Meek Mill, all while wearing a disco ball helmet! How can we get our hands on that video?
Why @scrumphsus is a must follow
We couldn't have said it better ourselves! Food has an amazing ability to bring people together, no matter their backgrounds. On top of the professional photos of the most mouthwatering dishes in the LA and NYC areas, @scrumphsus attaches a story to all his posts. Every dish is filled with rich history and culture, and Jesse makes sure to help you discover the best.
@Scrumphsus's Top LA Spots
Foie gras biscuits is a must order. If there is a steak special, get it.
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Bonus - @Scrumphsus top NYC spots
Get anything resembling a dumpling: the lobster+scallop har gow and the pho soup dumplings.
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