Canon Day Diaries

My Vegetarian Bar Takeover

Get to know NYC's emerging chef and entrepreneur, Daphne Cheng, who went from hosting underground dinner parties to transforming NYC bars with plant-based menus.

by Daphne Cheng
Aug 4 2016, 7:36pm



Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Shot at 18mm. Canon EOS 80D: 1/60 sec, f/5, ISO 1600, autofocus.

Garnishing a churros dessert with pretty little flowers from the farmer's market.
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Shot at 18mm. Canon EOS 80D: 1/30 sec, f/4.5, ISO 125, autofocus.


One of the main things I do love about New York is it's incredible dining scene. You could eat out every day and experience something new and amazing every time, and never exhaust all the options. I dine out as much as I can to be able to experience new flavors, ingredients and am inspired by the many styles of top chefs. Photography also plays a big role in what I'm inspired by - as it allows me to capture the cuisines that I love the most or even shows me cuisines I must try next!

I'm so lucky to be where I am, surrounded by so many talented and inspiring people. It wasn't long ago that I was hosting underground parties to showcase my own cooking. Now, to think that a young chef could stumble into one of the restaurants I've helped create and be inspired to do something for his or herself fills me with immense joy. That's what's so great about the food scene in New York. There's inspiration everywhere, all you have to do is walk down the block, find a restaurant and ask the waiter to bring you something good.


We're lucky the restaurant is right by Washington Square Park. I took a mini escape and found some bees working as hard as we do.
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Shot at 135mm. Canon EOS 80D: 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250, autofocus.


All Photos Shot on the Canon EOS 80D DSLR

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