• Have you ever heard of Saganaki? Kunafa? Or Bubble & Squeak? Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I knew my meat and potatoes well. And while childhood favorites like Pierogies and Schnitzel will always have a place in my heart, the past few years have opened my eyes to a world of dishes I never knew existed.

    Five years ago, I traveled to Japan and Korea, where I was surprised to realize how many dishes I’d never heard of before -- dishes like Okonomiyaki and Tteokbokki. A few weeks later, I woke up with the idea to create a “Field Guide for Food” -- a pocket-sized guide to interesting dishes from around the world.

    The book idea evolved into an app idea, and Foodspotting was born. I teamed up with Ted Grubb and Soraya Darabi, and in January 2010, we launched the first app for finding and sharing great dishes. Foodspotters shared dishes from around the world, from our childhood hometowns in Pennsylvania to food capitals like Tokyo and Istanbul.

    Millions of food photos later, the time seemed right to create this book, and today, we're excited to announce that our friends at Chronicle Books and our beloved editor (and donut expert) April Walters have brought The Foodspotting Field Guide to life.

    So how many dishes in this post do you recognize? And how many have you tried? If you’re curious about dishes like these or want to learn more about all 75, then this interactive field guide and food journal is for you. Or if you think you’ve already tried them all, then take The Foodspotting Field Guide Challenge and tell the world:

    Get the book & see how many dishes you've already tried:
    http://www.foodspotting.com/book

  • Happy January, Foodspotters!

    January is one of our favorite months at Foodspotting—we joined OpenTable a year ago in January 2013, we launched Foodspotting in January 2010, and the idea behind Foodspotting was conceived on January 2009:

    On MLK Day 2009, I woke up with the idea to create a "field guide for food"—a visual, bird guide-esque handbook for discovering and identifying interesting dishes. Today, we're excited to announce that The Foodspotting Field Guide is on its way!

    This interactive field guide, brought to you by Chronicle Books, features 75 dishes we thought everyone should know about—from Okonomiyaki to Saganaki—illustrated by photos from local spotters like you. (You'll hear from us personally if your photo was included!)

    The Foodspotting book has been a labour of love, especially for April Walters, who was heading up community at Foodspotting while composing this beautiful book, so we hope you'll love it as much as we do! Thanks for making it possible.

    If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on it...

    Pre-order on Amazon
    Pre-order on Barnes and Noble
    Pre-order from Chronicle Books

    More to come in 2014!

    Alexa (and April)

    The book, inside and out + some early sketches from way back in 2009 (Find more here!)

    • 6 months ago.
      Nice to see #adobo being featured! :)
    • 6 months ago.
      Just bought it!
    • 6 months ago.
      I'm in!
    • 5 months ago.
      That looks like pure awesomeness. Thanks!
  • When we started Foodspotting four years ago, we set out to make finding good food as easy as looking in a bakery window. Foodspotting for iOS 7 brings us one big step closer towards that vision. Our iOS 7 redesign is more than skin deep -- we've completely reimagined and streamlined Foodspotting to let your photos shine (4 million of them now!). To do so, we looked at how people actually use Foodspotting and put all of our food finding features where you’d naturally expect to find them.

    Be the first to download it!

    Here’s where you can now find…

    Filters & Places
    Find dishes by place or by category using our new smart search. Look for new categories like “Find dishes at places you can reserve (on OpenTable).”

    Location & Map
    Find dishes anywhere in the world by tapping the green bar and setting your location. You can enter a city or address, or pan and zoom the map.

    About This Dish & About This Place
    Scroll left and right to discover great dishes. If a dish piques your interest, simply scroll down to learn how to obtain it.

    Explore and Activity
    Toggle between discovering nearby dishes and discovering dishes from friends with one tap (upper left), and we'll remember which you last used.

    What's Missing?
    While we were able to give almost every part of Foodspotting a new home, we had to put a few features on hold to make this redesign possible, so if Guides or Hide are important you, you might not want to upgrade. We're working on adding a few other features back as well.

    We hope you enjoy this lighter, smarter Foodspotting app as much as we do. We look forward to your feedback via Facebook and Twitter.

    Download Foodspotting for iOS 7

    • 9 months ago.
      Looks good, hopefully the Windows Phone app will have some great new features too!
    • 7 months ago.
      Everyone is saying not to upload this new version. Have the bugs been fixed?
    • 6 months ago.
      The only big one we know of is people having problems logging in with Facebook due to changes on their end. To fix, you need to 1. Go to "Settings" on your iPhone; 2. Find "Facebook" > 3. Turn "Foodspotting" off and on again. We hope you'll give us another chance in 2014!
    • 5 months ago.
      Thank you, I updated it. It's not as user friendly as the old version, but I'm slowly getting used to it. :)
  • Are you a Foodspotter? Then our shiny new "Food Camera" for iPhone was made just for you! Download the latest Foodspotting iPhone app and be the first to give it a try.

    You might be a Foodspotter if…
    (according to our Facebook & Twitter friends)

    1. Your friends and family ask if they can eat now. (Andres on Facebook)
    2. You judge a restaurant based on available lighting. (Kristopher K. on Facebook)
    3. The sound of the camera shutter makes you salivate. (@ZazuPitts on Twitter)
    4. Your camera roll contains nothing but food photos. (Sylvie C. on Facebook)
    5. You stand on a chair to get the best shot. (Bean L. on Facebook)
    6. Your husband wants to take a bite but instead slides the food towards you and waits. (Sheila M. on Facebook)
    7. You have more photos of food than photos with friends. (@seant046 on Twitter)
    8. You've ordered dishes when you're not even hungry just so you can spot them. (Me)
    9. You forget to eat your lunch because you are so busy spotting. (Our teammate Chloe in real life)
    10. You take dozens of photos of the same dish in the name of getting the sharpest, most delicious-looking shot. (Team Foodspotting)

    There are many joys of food photography, and our new Food Camera was designed to make spotting your food faster, easier and more joyful for everyone. We're glad you love Foodspotting and want your fellow diners to love it too, so we hope the new Food Camera will equip you to spend less time shooting food and more time enjoying being a Foodspotter!

    Download Foodspotting on iTunes

    Here's a tour of what's new so far, but we have even more tasty enhancements and features in the works, like food focused filters. Until then, we hope you'll enjoy this smart food camera, and we look forward to your feedback.

    KNOWN ISSUE FOR PHOTO STREAM USERS: If you use photo streams (shared photo albums), you may have to scroll through photo stream photos to get to your latest photos. If you use photo streams heavily, you may want to wait for the next update!

    You can now...

    Tap with one finger to set and lock focus:

    Tap with two fingers to set and lock focus and exposure (lighting) independently:

    Take or choose multiple photos to compare:

    Compare photos by zooming and tapping to find the best one:

    Download Foodspotting and try the new camera!

    • about 1 year ago.
      I envy iPhone users...
    • 12 months ago.
      The exposure setting is AWESOME!
    • 6 months ago.
      Macro focus, grainy low light has been unsatisfying experience on a smartphone.. I use a dedicated camera for my needs. Use my smartphone only when I forget my camera. And I have an Android.
    • 5 months ago.
      Your primary focus (excuse the pun) seems to be iOS but are there any plans to trickle these updates down to Android and Windows at any point? I appreciate that the varying architecture makes this potentially difficult but there must be ways to standardise certain features?
  • We just celebrated our birthday and over three delicious years of helping people find and share great dishes. Now we have something else to toast because we're joining forces with our friends at OpenTable, who have agreed to acquire Foodspotting!

    (See OpenTable Press Release)

    When we founded Foodspotting, driven by our love of obscure dishes like okonomiyaki, Ted, Soraya and I set out to bring a dish-centric dining guide into the world and watch it grow. We raised some money, grew our team to ten (plus alum), and built a community that catalogued over three million dishes. Today, towards the same end, we're so happy to have found a great home for Foodspotting where our site, app, and community can continue to thrive while our entire team continues to focus on making your dining experiences awesome.

    We’ve already been working closely with the OpenTable team as partners: In addition to making restaurant reservations via Foodspotting, you may have seen Foodspotting photos from select restaurants popping up on OpenTable. But we both realized we could create smarter experiences if we could integrate more deeply by, for example, recommending dishes when you make reservations to enabling restaurants to showcase their best dishes. We look forward to augmenting your dining experiences with Foodspotting’s recommendations to forge the shortest path between you and great food!

    What does this mean for me?

    Rest assured that Foodspotting will continue to live on as a standalone product, as OpenTable deeply values the Foodspotting community and your contributions. You’ll still be able to spot food anywhere in the world, from street food stalls to seven course meals. But you can also look forward to smarter recommendations, better restaurant information and a more visual, social and design-driven dining experience as we bring the best of Foodspotting to OpenTable.

    We hope you’ll celebrate with us as we reimagine dining with OpenTable. We’d love to hear what you’d like to see us create together, and look forward to making it happen!

    • over 1 year ago.
      Awesome! So happy to be a part of the growing community!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Congratulations to Foodspotting on their journey to our taste buds; and to ALL the spotters that opened our world to the diversity of awesome FLAVORS to explore.
    • over 1 year ago.
      Nice.. Not useable for where I post.. but think it's a positive addition for the foodspotting community
    • over 1 year ago.
      This is great news! We love using open table and foodspotting!
  • Have you heard of Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki or Kushikatsu? I grew up in Pittsburgh, where I was a Pierogi and Primanti Brothers Expert, and while my adventurous parents did their best to expand my horizons by feeding me everything from Egg Foo Young to Liver & Onions, there were so many dishes I simply couldn't find in Pittsburgh or even the US at all. So, as you may have heard by now, I started Foodspotting when a trip to Osaka, Japan opened my eyes to how many dishes I'd never heard of before.

    Since then, I've discovered so many dishes using our redesigned apps -- from Dosas to Doubles -- but discovering dishes using our website has never been quite as easy. So we set out to change that this summer. Today, we're excited to announce our first web redesign since August 2010, which not only unifies the site and apps, but enables you to slice and dice over 2.5M dishes in all kinds of ways.

    Be sure to try...

    Share your discoveries!

    These are just a few of the great finds our team has been exchanging all summer, and we can't wait to see what you discover! We'll feature your best finds as #dishoftheday.

    1. Set your location or pan & zoom the map to adjust it.
    2. Search for whatever you're craving by dish or by restaurant.
    3. Share your favorite finds on Twitter or Facebook, right from the header, using the hashtag #dishoftheday on Twitter or mentioning @Foodspotting on facebook!

    But what happened to ___?

    In addition to reimagining the foodseeking experience, we've redesigned every other page of the site to make your photos shine and draw attention to what matters most: It’s all about the food. This means some features have been simplified or shuffled around, which we realize may take some getting used to. But in the end, we hope you'll enjoy less clutter and MORE FOOD as much as we do! (Hint: Your Dashboard Feed, Guides and People all can be found under “Share”)

    Still can't find something? Have questions or thoughts? We're here to answer and listen!
    Visit our Redesign FAQ & Feedback Forum »

    • about 1 year ago.
      Unfortunately when I post on foodspotting and try to sync to foursquare from my phone it doesn't work. Only if I use my computer. And yes, I'm checking the foursquare box to indicate the share. Is this just a bug? Anyone else having the same problem? I find myself wasting time posting the same thing twice when I would rather be enjoying my meal and night out. Thoughts?
    • 10 months ago.
      The new iPhone app for iOS 7 is a step back. The look is colder and less food associated. Usability has decreased. More clicks and more scrolling is required. Things like "liked, tried or loved" are hidden in a deeper menus. Please go back or revise the new app.
    • 10 months ago.
      The new iPhone app for iOS 7 is a step back. The look is colder and less food associated. Usability has decreased. More clicks and more scrolling is required. Things like "liked, tried or loved" are hidden in a deeper menus. Please go back or revise the new app.
    • 3 months ago.
      It would be great to see all your submissions all at once instead of one by one. For example, seeing the photos like in a grid for easier viewing on whether you posted them or not. Maybe even being able to sort them by restaurants so you know if you already took a picture of that item.
  • When we launched our Facebook Timeline app earlier this year, we loved that we could finally see all of the interesting things our friends were wanting, trying and loving on Foodspotting. In fact, we were finding so many great dishes via Facebook that we began to crave this capability in Foodspotting.

    So in the spirit of helping people discover even more great dishes, as well as making Foodspotting more interesting for those of you who don't photograph food or don't have friends who do, we're excited to introduce The New Activity Feed for iPhone and Android (and coming soon to web and mobile web -- let us know if you want to beta test!).

    The dishes people Want, Try and Love appear as lightweight entries that you can act on too:

    And the dishes people Spot appear as full entries, complete with comments and compliments:

    We realize that for our top users, this may feel like a dramatic change (and we're exploring ways to help super users manage any information overload). But we hope that for both foodspotters and foodseekers alike, The New Activity Feed will open up a whole new world of great dishes to discover.

    Download the latest updates to give it a try, and if you haven't already, let us know what you think! Send us a note to tell us about any bugs, and if you discover something particularly interesting via the new feed, tweet it using the tag #feedfinds!

    P.S. Not following anyone interesting yet? May we suggest some of our friends, like Chow, BlackBoard Eats, and musician Mayer Hawthorne?

    • almost 2 years ago.
      Dear Alexa: I truly enjoy FS and have spent quite a bit of time on it since I joined. I am following 450+ food spotters from all corner of the globe and I enjoy the dialogue with a my spotter friends; and I do try to view all their new postings. But for whatever reasons that people want & love certain food or spot or giving friends points, it is now showing up on the activities screen (which used to be the "following" screen) and with me following 450+ people it takes forever for me to get past the wants & loves to get to the new spots which I am most intrested in and I'm confident a lot of my FS friends feel the same. So if you can separate the "wants & loves" into a separate screen and the spots in dedicate screen (like before) - for both the activities and the profile section, this Food Spotter will be so grateful. Since I updagraded my iPhone, I have stop using it because it is too slow and too cluttered with all the "loves & wants" which BTW I can barely see the food pictures and make out what they are. It also makes the "loved & wanted" food pictures on phone screen appear very small, cluttered and trivial. So I stop using my phone FS app. I apreciate your time & consideration. Let's go on with our Yummilicious adventure:-D
    • almost 2 years ago.
      Tom Doran is spot on! FS is my favourite mobile app however not so much since the update.....I agree with suggestions he has made to ensure FS continues to be fantastic for time poor prolific mobile users. Kudos to FS for seeking feedback & striving to be an ongoing fabulous experience/addiction for worldwide food lovers :)
    • over 1 year ago.
      Well put by one of the members that provides the community a positive experience~
  • We want Foodspotting to become the shortest path between you and good food.

    Foodspotting's superpower is making people hungry: If you're not launching Foodspotting because you're hungry, you will be soon after! Almost every single day, we see tweets like these...

    With our New Place Page in Foodspotting 3.5, we introduced some new ways to satisfy those cravings and close the hunger-satisfaction loop: You could learn more via Yelp, check out the menu via SinglePlatform and make reservations using OpenTable.

    Today, we're taking one more step toward closing that loop: Online Ordering Integration via GrubHub

    When you're browsing Foodspotting, have you ever wished for a "Buy it now!" button? Well, our partnership with GrubHub is the first step in that direction. When you see some amazing dish on Foodspotting, you can tap through to the Place page and see if it's available for pick up or delivery on GrubHub. Tapping "Order Now via GrubHub" will take you to GrubHub's new mobile-friendly website where you can easily complete your order, no login required.

    This is just the beginning - we're working on ways to make it easier to find food you can order in or pick up, dish-specific ordering and more. But with over 15,000 restaurants in cities large and small across the US, we hope you'll find plenty of great dishes you can order right from your phone!

    As an added bonus, GrubHub will send a $10 credit to the first 25 people who place orders through Foodspotting, towards their NEXT order, just to celebrate this partnership. Go get 'em!

    And if you need some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite orderable dishes in our hometown, San Francisco, plus a few of GrubHub's favorites in New York.

    • over 1 year ago.
      Am I the only one who doesn't want a White Dress?
    • over 1 year ago.
      Help me choose my dress!!
    • over 1 year ago.
      Am I the only one who doesn't want a White Dress?
    • over 1 year ago.
      Am I the only one who doesn't want a White Dress?