• Starting today, join our hungry mascot Spot on his quest to seek out the best sweets from around the world!

    Whether it's Turkish delight, giant gummy bears, wasabi Kit Kat, fried buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate) or something jaw-achingly chewy like saltwater taffy, add it to The Official Halloween Sweetspotting Guide to get the Pirate Spot badge on your Foodspotting profile.

    Spot as many sweets as you'd like until the stroke of midnight on Halloween! Wait too long and horrible things will happen.

    Update: Our guide originally called for candyspotting, but turns out there's already a Candyspotting.com so we decided to go sweetspotting instead.

    • over 6 years ago.
    • over 6 years ago.
      This is a great idea! (But for some reason, I can't seem categorize my findings under 'candy' or 'sweets'!)
    • over 6 years ago.
      Hi Aaron and Angie, if you have an existing foodspotting that's candy, you can add it to the guide by clicking on "Browse your existing sightings" next to the Add button on the guide... tinyurl.com/candyspotting
    • over 6 years ago.
      Thanks Amy; I added it to the guide! :) It's when I edit the actual sighting (or any sighting) under 'Type of...' / 'This is a type of...', there are no options for Candy or Sweets. ( Angie )
  • If you haven't already heard, Foodspotting is hanging out at New York Comic Con this weekend! We partnered up with our friends at A Taste of Comics, made up of Ron Richards of iFanboy, C.B. Cebulski of Marvel Comics, Filip Sablik of Top Cow and Russ Cundiff of Divide Pictures, to bring you their top recommendations for NYCC through an exclusive Foodspotting guide.

    To celebrate our combined love for all things food and comics, we worked with superstar artist, Cliff Chiang, to create a limited edition button (both pictured above on the left).

    Want this button? Just come by Foodspotting's table, located by the Autographing Area in Javitz North, and show us you're downloading our app. For extra credit and a Foodspotting t-shirt, spot something within the A Taste of Comics guide or simply tweet/Facebook about your love for Foodspotting + A Taste of Comics.

    And if you're around at 2:45pm today, go see our own Amy Cao speaking with Wylie Dufrense of WD50, C.B. of Marvel and others on the Food & Comics panel. See you there!

    Incredible photography by super Foodspotter Meng, who is so generously helping us at NYCC: about.me/missmeng.

  • Following the success of Foodspotting Week at Atwood Café, we're teaming up again with the Kimpton brand for a Kimpton Chicago Scavenger Hunt!

    The challenge? Be among the first five foodspotters to complete the hunt and you will be rewarded handsomely, as follows...

    1st Prize Overnight stay at Hotel Burnham with dinner for two at the Atwood Café.
    2nd Prize Complimentary dinner for two at 312 Chicago.
    3rd Prize Complimentary brunch for four at South Water Kitchen.
    4th Prize Complimentary lunch for two at Sable Kitchen and Bar.
    5th Prize Complimentary lunch for two at Encore Liquid Lounge.

    To participate, spot one of your favorite dishes or drinks at each of the five restaurants listed below between Monday, October 17th and Monday, October 24th.* All five locations must be spotted to qualify.

    Encore Liquid Lounge
    312 Chicago
    Atwood Café
    South Water Kitchen
    Sable Kitchen and Bar

    Why check off just one dish from your Want list when you can sample an array from five of Chicago's top restaurants? May the fastest spotters win!

    *Update: The deadline has been extended to October 31st, so you get two weekends!

  • Ever wish you could turn on your favorite app – Foodspotting, of course! – and win a trip to Hawaii just for recommending the Mai Tai you're having? Well, you're in for a treat!

    Starting today and ending on September 18th, if you spot one of many qualified Hawaii dishes, you'll be automatically entered to win a trip for two to experience the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival on the island of Oahu.

    – 2 round trip coach airline tickets from the U.S. Mainland to Oahu and one compact rental car for duration of the stay courtesy of Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.
    – 4 nights accommodations in an ocean view room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
    – Admission for two to Mauka to Makai: Hawaii's Sustainable Future grand tasting event on Saturday, October 1st, part of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

    Spot one of the dishes listed below. Each eligible foodspotting counts as a separate entry, so spot as many qualified dishes as you'd like to increase your chances of winning. Quality photos are encouraged as always and inaccurate sightings will be disqualified. The contest will end on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at midnight PT. Winner will be randomly selected from the pool of candidates. For legal reasons, the contest is only open to U.S. residents age 21 and older. For more details on the rules, click here.

    – Hawaii is the only US State to grow chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Any dish or drink that is already a type of chocolate, vanilla or coffee qualifies.
    – Kalua Pig or Kalua Pork
    – Poi, Taro, Kalo
    – Moi, Ahi, Mahi Mahi
    – Poke (raw fish salad)
    – Pineapple, Guava, Lilikoi, Coconut
    – Mai Tai, Lava Flow, Piña Colada
    – Plate Lunch (any type)
    – Shaved Ice
    – Macadamia Nut
    – Saimin
    – Fruit Punch

    With Summer coming to a close, this is our attempt to extend the remaining sun-filled days for you. Happy spotting, and tell your friends about Foodspotting! As the people of Hawaii would say... Mahalo.

    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

    • over 6 years ago.
      i came here to say just that ^^^^^ SPAM IS DEF HAWAII!
    • over 6 years ago.
      YEAH spam musubi! what sucks is that i'm from hawaii & have some of those things in my cabinet, but home-cooked things don't count :(
    • over 6 years ago.
      I am super excited 4 this contest to have the chance to go to the mauka to makai event :)) mahalo!
    • over 6 years ago.
      If I have mahi mahi dishes posted already do I need to repost?
  • As Summer winds down and we head into Autumn, we wanted to share a fun event waiting on the other side of Labor Day. From September 6th to the 13th, foodspotters in the Windy City will celebrate the first ever Foodspotting Week in collaboration with Atwood Cafe! This is the first time we're teaming up with a fab restaurant all week to showcase dishes and to share some amazing prizes. Check 'em out:

    Spot a "perfect check" to earn 20% off that check. A perfect check = 1 appetizer, 1 entree, 1 side dish and 1 dessert. Impress friends with your inside Foodspotting knowledge; bring a date!
    Spot the "secret dish" to win a $25 Atwood Cafe gift card.
    Spot a perfect check and the secret dish to win dinner for two on your next visit.

    In the event your sighting does not appear on Foodspotting until after you leave Atwood Cafe (some users prefer to spot with cameras and upload pics at home), we will connect you with the restaurant to redeem your discount or prize for use on your next visit.

    Last but not least, please tell the restaurant staff you're there for Foodspotting Week. This way, they'll know why you're showing them awesome photos of dinner on your phone.

    Make your reservation today and happy spotting! Can't wait to find out what the secret dish is.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Contests on August 31, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      Can I just say that I'm loving this conversation, Amber + Angie? :D
    • over 6 years ago.
      This looks amazing! Can't wait to bring it to plenty of other cities!
    • over 6 years ago.
      @Amy - I couldn't make it anymore. We went up to the Sears/Willis Tower that evening instead. Maybe next time -- I'd love to hear of a Foodspotting week in Toronto! @Amber - Wow! It's such a shame I saw your message only now that I'm back home. Mimi took us on the tour (and even Lynn showed up for a while). I loved it! Great work!
    • over 6 years ago.
      @Fiona - Me too. :) Thanks to the Foodspotting team for connecting food lovers all over the world.
  • Starting today, foodspotters will get some cool perks at Claim Jumper restaurants simply for spotting! Claim Jumper is hosting a special Foodspotting Challenge - all you have to do is spot any of the following dishes to instantly receive a coupon for your next visit.

    - Chicken Pot Pie
    - Range Rattlers
    - BBQ Chicken Salad
    - Widow Maker Burger
    - Tilapia Bianca
    - Roasted Tri-Tip & Shrimp platter
    - Red Velvet Motherlode Cake

    From now until August 29th, just spot the above dishes, show the confirmation to your server to get your coupon, and you'll also be entered for a chance to win some awesome prizes:
    - Grand prize: A new Canon PowerShot SX130 12.1 MP Digital Camera and a $100 gift card to Claim Jumper
    - Second prize: A $100 gift card to Claim Jumper
    - Third prize: A $50 gift card to Claim Jumper

    The more items you spot, the more coupons you get, and the better chance you have to win the big prize. Go to your nearest Claim Jumper to claim your rewards :) Happy spotting!

    Food spotted by Super Spotter Pei.

    • over 6 years ago.
      I'm new to foodspotting but how do you spot it for this contest? you go to the restaurant spot (take picture) of the food and next time when you come back to show the picture to the server?
    • over 6 years ago.
      Oh boo, they're all on the west coast.
    • over 6 years ago.
      OK, you talked me into it.
  • With the Presidential trip to Ireland recently, one of our fave countries has been in the spotlight. Where Foodspotting is concerned, we have a wee soft spot for all things Irish - our signature cocktail does contain Guinness, after all. So to celebrate our love for Ireland and its cuisine, we're partnering with DiscoverIreland.com, our first international partner, to offer a Spot & Win campaign.

    Starting today, if you spot one of many amazing Irish dishes using Foodspotting's site or mobile apps, you'll be automatically entered to win an all-expense-paid special food exploration trip for two to Ireland thanks to Discover Ireland. Here's how it works: Spot one of the eligible Irish dishes below. The more dishes you spot, the more opportunities to win. Pretty photos are encouraged, of course! Once you've added your sightings to the candidate pool, we'll randomly select a winner. The contest will end on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at midnight PT. Contestants must be U.S. residents and aged 18 and older. For more details on the rules, click here.

    Eligible Irish dishes include:
    - Black Pudding
    - Boxty
    - Corned Beef
    - Cottage Pie
    - Guinness
    - Irish Breakfast
    - Irish Coffee
    - Irish Soda Bread
    - Mead
    - Smithwick's Beer
    - Whiskey

    We are in the process of exploring the many ways that we can make sharing food sightings more rewarding, so we're excited that this marks the very first opportunity to automatically unlock possible rewards by spotting certain dishes. We're already creating similar programs with other partners, so stay tuned for more.

    Now get out there and spot some Irish dishes - you could be just one simple sighting away from a fabulous trip to Ireland!

    • over 6 years ago.
      Suzanne S. Here's hoping I'm off to Ireland
    • over 6 years ago.
      Can't a Magner's count? :)
    • over 6 years ago.
      Did you announce a winner yet?
    • 3 months ago.
      This is great.
  • If there's one thing we love above all else, it's dessert. We're famous for our sweet tooth at Foodspotting and have been known to traverse the globe in pursuit of sugar in its infinite varieties. So, today we turn our attention to an often overlooked, but delicious shredded coconut cookie called MACAROON.

    Unlike the delicate French sandwich cookie with the similar name that one usually associates with raised pinkies and estrogen-charged gatherings, a sweet, slightly toasted and chewy macaroon drizzled with homemade sea salt caramel appeals to everybody.

    Truth be told, we have had our fair share of bad macaroons. Dry, overly sweet, coarsely shredded coconut can easily turn off a potential macaroon lover for life. But we found one purveyor in New York City who does it right. His name is Dan Cohen and he's the founder of Danny Macaroons. He's kind of our hero, in a way. One by one, Dan has converted macaroon naysayers to believers. Even evangelists, like me! (Click here to see where to buy Danny Macaroons in New York.)

    To Danny and all the underrepresented macaroon lovers out there, we wish you a very happy National Macaroon Day!

    Thanks to Danny Macaroons, we'll be giving away a dozen macaroons right here on Foodspotting to three lucky winners in the United States. To enter to win, simply spot shredded coconut macaroon and type #macaroon (be sure to spell it correctly!) in the Notes section. We will randomly pick three winners on June 10.

    Photo by Soraya at La Belle Miette in Melbourne, Australia.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Contests on May 31, 2011
    • almost 7 years ago.
      Are florentines also macaroons? :) http://www.foodspotting.com/reviews/589137
    • almost 7 years ago.
      Hi Suzi! I've never seen florentine cookies that look like that. Cool! Macaroons are made up of three main ingredients: shredded coconut, sugar and egg whites.