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Is snapping pictures of food in bad taste?

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

"Take your elbows off the table" has turned in to "Look what I'm about to eat!"

It's called "Foodstagramming." Cell phone users snap instant pics of their meals then share them online.

"Sometimes I just want the world to know how good my food is and how great it looks," said Anya Jain.

She has an entire Instagram profile devoted to food shots. The multimedia exposure must be mouth-watering to restaurants.

"I think if anything, they should encourage it because it raises publicity for them. It's very good looking food. I would want to go there," she said.

Jain wouldn't want to go any place without the freedom to Foodstagram, but she better beware when she's on vacation in New York City. Some chefs have actually banned taking photos of their food inside their restaurants.

The owners thinks Foodstagramming is distracting, and they may have a point.

"The cell phone breaks a lot of etiquette rules. You have to mind your manners with a cell phone," said Joann Torretta.

Torretta teaches her etiquette students at First Impressions Tampa that it's not the device that's bad manners, it's how you use it.

"Taking a photograph of a food, I don't think that should be denied of a customer as long as they're liking it," she said.

When we crowdsourced our social media sites, FOX13 discovered some people don't have much of a stomach for phone cameras intruding on an intimate night out.

Anja believes those folks should just get over themselves.

"Sometimes the presentation just looks really nice," Jain said.

That's a compliment to the chef that Gary and Amy Moran insta-love. The couple owns Wimaumu in south Tampa.

"People uploading to Foursquare and Yelp and Urban Spoon and Twitter, we've really embraced it. I love when I see people taking photos with the phone," Moran said.

In fact, if you get spotted snapping here on a day they're serving a new creation, you just might get a surprise dessert.

"I'll send it out to them knowing they're going to share it with people. Why not?" she said.

That's something worth snapping for.

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