5@5 - Kelly Senyei
February 14th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

To Kelly Senyei, you are what you Tweet.

Senyei is the Content Producer for "Gourmet Live," the digital resurrection of the closed Gourmet magazine, and resident blogger at "Just a Taste."

Now if you'll excuse us, we just had some crazy good Valentine's Day chocolate with sea salt to describe in 140 characters or less.

5 Reasons to Tweet What You Eat: Kelly Senyei

1. The Insider’s Edge
"It’s no secret that if a restaurant knows you’re coming, you just might be lining yourself up for some VIP treatment. Headed to your local Mexican food hangout? Give them the heads up. You never know if the social shout-out may lead to a margarita on the house or a little guacamole gratis. Just don’t Tweet with the expectation of free eats. Start off by building a relationship with your local hangouts and then let the social sharing take it from there."

2. Food Porn
"Remember to be specific. Don’t think 'Just ordered pancakes,' but rather, 'Just ordered a stack of 6 sour cream hot cakes with melted Plugrá and a drizzle of Vermont’s finest.' The re-Tweets will start flowing with the more detail you include. Bonus tip: Snap a quick TwitPic for visual reference. But at all costs, avoid the taboo tableside manner of creating a full-blown photo shoot at the nearest 4-top."

3. Culinary Courtship
"You Tweet your Sunday morning indulgence, three seven glazed chocolate #doughnut holes. He Tweets his order from the local @KrispyKreme. Your two Tweets become connected thanks to a simple '#doughnut.' You find out he likes @MarioBatali and #nachocheese, too. The rest is #history."

4. Give and Take
"You get what you give. Sharing dining tips and local hot spots with your followers means you’re privy to what they have to offer in return. Social swapping leads to a self-curated community of food enthusiasts that are in-tune with your same interests. Go big and Tweet some of the powerhouses for their restaurant recs. Just be ready and willing to dish your picks in return."

5. Own Your Obsession
"I may or may not frequent Hill Country Chicken on a weekly basis, but at least I own up to it. And not only do I own up to it, but I embrace it … by Tweeting my exact order, which consists of some combination of three to five of their 6-inch long tenders, homemade ranch and barbecue, fries, homemade diet cola (note the 'diet' clarification), a biscuit and, if I’m feeling extra awesome, a serving of their Cowboy Pie. I can think of no better way of professing my love for one of my go-to weeknight hangouts than by sending it out into the universe in all of its 140-character glory. #dietfail"

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  1. bradnorthwestern

    Good stuff Kelly! You tweet bashers all are a bunch of morons, read tarkin's response.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  2. Kieran Murphy

    These are the tweets i automatically ignore. When I am reading someones twitter, and I see mention of food, my eyes quickly dart to the next line.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  3. tarkin

    I think that people that tweet what they are doing do not really belong on Twitter, they should be on Facebook. People talking about themslefs is why I have no time to Facebook. Twitter is about who you follow, not about who follows you.

    The 150 or so people I selectively follow on Twitter don’t tweet about what they are doing, themselves, or pretend to be my best friend. They tweet about the 3-4 topics I am professionally and recreationally interested in.

    Twitter is by far the fastest news source for real time events and trends I have found to date. Twitter searches have started to become my first search choice, Google my second. Yes, searching real peoples’ recent treats can get you information quicker that reading a CNN headline or asking Google. Though as with anything you read on the Internet it has to be taken with a grain salt.

    As for my tweets, I only tweet about things that interest me and that I want to remember. I personally believe that know should really want to follow me. I have in the past used Twitter as a study log tweeting a single 140 character summary of what I just studied. I am currently reading a book and making a one tweet summary of every chapter., every section for the larger chapters.

    I do understand that you would quickly say that I am tweeting about what I am doing, but that is not really correct. I am tweeting summaries about topics I am interested in. I am not just tweeting “I just read a book”.

    Study logs and taking notes are great tools. I can write them on paper or tweet them, either way their just effective. But I find being forced to sum everything up in a 140 character limit has its benefits.

    BTW, I just took the last swallow of my delicious Vanilla Coca-Cola. At 150 calories per can, I will never tweet about that kind of crap. That stuff is more the ilk of Facebook than what I ever seen on Twitter.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • tarkin barkin

      Me, me, me, me, I, I, I, I. Can you say "I need to stfu and just go away?"

      February 15, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  4. Jackie

    Quitter is as bad as MyTrash and Farcebook. Those people have to get offline and actually "socialize" with people.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Tastycles

    Do you even know how booshie you all are?

    February 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Pow

    whoa there buddy. it's just an article about tweeting. don't be angry just because no one wants to hear what you are eating... which i am guessing is several sleeves of chips ahoy topped with left over cheetos dust from your sausage-link fingers.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  7. Joe

    5 reasons why you should not tweet what you eat
    1: It makes you sound like all you care about is food
    2: It makes you sound like a fat slob
    3: No one cares that you are eating
    4: No one wants to know you are shoveling your face
    5: Its annoying.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  8. bfraz

    Writer Kelly Senyei must be a twit to think anyone cares or should ever care.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  9. balachandran

    there is something called privacy, I don't understand why should one shout out what one is doing or what one is eating !! for me tweeting, texting is as bad a habit as smoking.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  10. craqus

    please don't.

    seriously, don't cram my feed with garbage.

    if food is REALLY your career, passion, and paycheck, this might make sense, but for 99.9% of you, I couldn't care less what you eat. people don't need encouragement to tweet, people need encouragement NOT to tweet. I'm far more interested in people who tweet ONLY very interesting, thoughtful nuggets, vs. those who barf every. single. thing. they do into twitter.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  11. Chris

    "I have always thought that normal, everyday people have no use for twitter. Political leaders, yes, celebrities, maybe. For most of us though, we are nowhere near interesting enough to be listing our daily activities. If you are thinking you are that interesting, you are probably speaking more out of narcissism."

    No, noone is that interesting. I don't care what the president is eating for lunch, and if he's tweeting during the middle of negotiations with another leader, then he's not paying close enough attention.

    February 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  12. Respect

    Every hour that is spent on Twitter with updates that nobody cares about, that is 1 hour that could have been spent:

    a) trying to make money
    b) exercising
    c) Reading and making yourself better
    d) Increasing your skillset to get a job if you do not have one.

    I can name 10 people who make 250k or more, and guess how many of them spend 1 second on Twitter or Facebook?

    0. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

    Real hitters, business people, and those who do well in life don't waste time talking about it. They be about it.

    Don't talk about it. Be about it.

    Write this 100 times on a chalkboard: Nobody cares about my Twitter updates. Nobody.

    February 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • irsh

      i kind of agree 100% with you. The only people who make money on twitter are the ones telling others to "tweet". This girl kelly ann senyei is beautiful and smart and is being marketed like crazy....

      February 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Successful

      Here, here. Those that can't, talk as if they can..........

      February 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Brandi

      Unless Tweeting and Facebooking IS your job. Social media coordinators make a fairly decent amount of money these days. Go in and convince a company of the benefits of having an online presence and you'd be surprised how much money they are willing to dish out for those services. That's what I'm getting my Master's degree in now. Starting salary for a good social media coordinator can be up to $60k, even more if you get in with a well known and respected ad agency like DDB or Publicis.

      Not too shabby for 140 characters or less.

      February 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • JamBit

      U R RIGHT

      February 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • steve

      yeah what they said!
      'i'm waiting in line at the bank and my athlete's foot is acting up because i forgot to change my socks'
      twitter is for suckers
      so's facebook
      so's myspace
      go fly a kite

      February 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Adam

      And how are those any different than posting your thoughts on an internet comment board?

      February 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  13. andrew rozas

    There is actually a free site called http://www.tweetwhatyoueat.com/ It crowd sources calorie information to help you keep on online diary of what you're eating, how many calories you've having, and give you a support system of other users. You can also check it out at twiiter.com/twye

    February 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  14. Anita

    What is this "tweet" of which she speaks?? (OK, so I know, but to me it all detracts. And I have no intention of changing my Luddite ways!)

    February 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Truth@Anita

      I have always thought that normal, everyday people have no use for twitter. Political leaders, yes, celebrities, maybe. For most of us though, we are nowhere near interesting enough to be listing our daily activities. If you are thinking you are that interesting, you are probably speaking more out of narcissism.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        I delete people on Facebook for updating their hourly activities. No one cares.

        February 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  15. Truth


    February 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
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