• It's time for more eat-ups! While we enjoy some things in moderation, we always welcome any and every opportunity to see your lovely faces and spot food with you.

    Awesome eat-ups brewing in...
    Chicago at Piece Brewery & Pizzeria on May 27
    NY at Southern Hospitality on June 1
    Cape Town at Keenwä on June 4
    Madrid at El Urogallo on June 6
    Dallas at Whiskey Cake on June 7
    and a forthcoming gathering in Munich!

    While we're taking over the globe thanks to awesome foodspotters like you, we're making eat-ups more regular in our home cities, too. That said, bring your appetite because we have more parties (remember our epic birthday bash?) and Cereal Bars planned by our San Francisco crew! Our New York office, however, is holding its own with monthly eat-ups in some of the city's most tech-savvy and delicious restaurants and bars.

    You may have heard of a certain Manhattan BBQ joint with New York Times-approved baby back ribs, addictive pecan pie and celebrity following. We're talking about Southern Hospitality of course and we're thrilled to announce we'll be kicking off the summer right with an eat-up in their Hell's Kitchen location on Wednesday, June 1st. Click here for details.

    Come craving pulled pork sliders, fried pickles, jalapeño bottle caps and FRIED TWINKIES. You can expect wine, beer and cocktail specials, too. Because we love you.

    We know you'll be coming fresh off of a long Memorial Day weekend, so what better way to continue the festivities than an eat-up with friends and Foodspotting? There isn't. Be sure to RSVP.

    Check out our nifty guide to hosting a Foodspotting eat-up to join our global food party.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Contests on May 20, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      How about Athens..? :(
    • over 6 years ago.
      I think I'm going to have to get something organised in Athens, feeling really left out over here!! :(
    • over 6 years ago.
      EM! We'd love to have our first eat-up in Athens! Please email me amy@foodspotting.com and we can get started. It's easy I promise :)
    • over 6 years ago.
      What about Port of Spain in Caribbean Trinidad? Hello....we eat and eat well here too :)
  • Help us give our friends at SeamlessWeb a warm welcome to Foodspotting! SeamlessWeb is a nifty site and mobile app company that lets you order delivery and takeout foods fast and easily. Disclaimer: we're huge fans of the service!

    In celebration of our partnership, SeamlessWeb is kicking off a contest we're calling Spotting SeamlessWeb: Any foodspotter who spots a dish in any SeamlessWeb Foodspotting guide gets a one-time 10% discount on a SeamlessWeb order.

    But the best part is, for every dish you spot, you get the chance to win FREE LUNCH FOR A WEEK. The prize will go to the foodspotter who takes the best photo in each city. There will be nine winners in total spread across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Last day to participate is June 5th.

    Follow the SeamlessWeb guides to find the most popular orders in your city here and spot to win!

    Posted by Fiona Tang in Contests on May 18, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      So it's just for those people listed in those cities, is that correct?
    • over 6 years ago.
      Oops, I guess somehow my question disappeared. I wanted to get clarification if this only applies to the people listed in those cities above. Thanks!
    • over 6 years ago.
      Great question - and thanks for helping us clarify, yes, sightings are for those particular cities, for the dishes within the guides :)
    • over 6 years ago.
      bummer - not available in Canada yet :(
  • Some call it food photography, others go so far as to call it porn. Whether it makes you lick your lips or green with envy, it's clear that even the most casual food photography elicits a visceral reaction. You may have been hungry before, but the best food photos really get you going - into kitchens, into restaurants, you name it. Take it from us: pictures are the deal breaker when it comes to deciding what to eat.

    In this spirit, we're celebrating the release of On A Stick by California-based food photographer and beloved food blogger Matt Armendariz! You gotta see some of these recipes to believe em: chicken and waffles on a stick, fried popcorn balls on a stick, skewered fruit, skewered meat, and, of course, traditional impaled appetizers grace the pages.

    The book is available on Amazon, but thanks to Quirk Books, we're also giving away ten copies to foodspotters who spot foods on sticks! To enter, use Foodspotting to share photos of skewered foods you order at restaurants or find at food stores. Make sure to include the tag #onastick in the Notes section so we can count your entry!

    Ten lucky winners will be selected randomly on Friday, May 20th. Good luck and go forth, Foodspotting peeps.

    Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Contests on May 11, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      very cool! I will have to look for some fun foodies on a stick :)
    • over 6 years ago.
      The game is ON!
    • over 6 years ago.
      I finally found something #onastick too!! :)
  • For those of you who don't know, one of our lovely co-founders, Ted Grubb, is a Philadelphia native. Because of that, we're especially excited to welcome VisitPhilly.com to Foodspotting.

    According to Ted, this is proud moment for him. Not only does he have the support of his hometown, but what better way than Foodspotting to showcase Philadelphia’s culinary treasures beyond just the typical cheesesteak?

    Visit Philly is starting things off right by hosting a fun contest to reward foodspotters who spot all 6 items on its Famous Philly Flavors guide.

    Of all the people who complete the guide, 10 will be randomly selected to win a Flavors of Philly food tour by City Food Tours. Then one randomly selected Grand Prize Winner who completes the guide on Foodspotting will win an overnight stay at a luxury hotel in Philadelphia, a Flavors of Philly food tour by City Food Tours for two, and a $100 gift card to Garces Restaurant Group.

    Quick, you only have through May 25th 5:00 p.m. ET to complete the task! Follow Visit Philly here, and for official rules, please see Visit Philly's blog uwishunu.com. Happy spotting!

    Posted by Fiona Tang in Contests on May 11, 2011
  • Our co-founder and leading business lady Soraya is traveling and spreading the Foodspotting love in Australia! If that wasn't enough to prove that we love our friends in Oz, let me point out that our lovely – and smiley – Head of Outreach, Fiona, is a native Sydneysider. Clearly, we’re feeling extra affection for the Land Down Under this week.

    If you’re in Sydney on Tuesday, 3 May, please join Soraya at our first ever Australia Foodspotting Eat-Up at Harry’s Café de Wheels for their famous “Tiger” pie! As always, RSVP on the Foodspotting Meetup page and get ready to spot some beers and traditional meat pie with our wonderful colleague and friend.

    Here's a photo in case you need convincing.

    Photo of Sydney skyline by me.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Contests on April 28, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      When are you visiting Cape Town? :)
    • over 6 years ago.
      Great!
    • almost 5 years ago.
      OMG ... such a tease to all ExPat Aussies 'n Kiwis!!!
    • almost 5 years ago.
      OMG ... such a tease to all ExPat Aussies 'n Kiwis!!!
  • This week, we're kicking off a new partnership with VillageVines! First, they are generously providing all Foodspotting members a free first reservation ($10 value) as well as 30% off your entire bill – including alcohol – at over 500 dining destinations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and San Francisco.

    As an added bonus, if you're one of the first 30 Foodspotting members to use VillageVines to try five of the restaurants in one of their city guides by June 6, 2011, you will receive a $100 gift card to the VillageVines restaurant of your choice.

    So, not only do you get a deeply discounted fine dining experience at a high end restaurant, if you use VillageVines to dine at five of their properties by the first week of June, you'll also get free money to splurge on a sixth dinner! Just make sure you're among the first thirty foodspotters to complete the challenge and you're good to go.

    For a list of the eligible VillageVines restaurants, visit foodspotting.com/villagevines and get your free reservation here. Start saving and spotting today!

    Photo of Zengo, featured NYC restaurant on VillageVines, by Reiko.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Contests on April 25, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      VillageVines recently announced a new name: Savored (http://savored.com); the new name is intended to better reflect the premium caliber of the company's partner restaurants as well as the rich dining experiences the service provides to consumers. The company has also partnered with Zagat to provide Savored users with complimentary access to ratings and reviews. Savored now has a footprint in 10 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington DC.
  • At last, it's Spring! From new menus to al fresco dining, we've been happy to see seasonal changes right in our foodspotting routines. What's more, it's finally warm enough to wander about outside in pursuit of food. Today we're excited to share an upcoming tea-inspired food crawl happening in NYC on Sunday, May 1st. Our lovely foodspotter and resident tea expert Alexis Siemons tells us all about it here. - Amy

    The Meaning of Tea project is an ongoing, tea-inspired journey that celebrates the history, rituals, spirituality and simple, pure enjoyment of tea through the eyes of tea lovers from around the world. We're passionate about connecting with the ever-growing tea community and sharing the journey, so on Sunday, May 1st from 12-2:30PM, we hope tea lovers will join The Meaning of Tea and Foodspotting team on a tea crawl through New York City.

    We’ll start our adventure at Tea & Sympathy at 12PM for a quick bite, and then we’ll move to The Tea Set and Doma Cafe & Gallery for cups of tea.

    To RSVP, follow our guide and join us for the tea-inspired journey to earn your virtual badge and samples from our new organic tea collection.

    FYI: All of the tea spots are cozy, so come early to snag a seat and a spot on the tea crawl at Tea & Sympathy.

    Alexis Siemons is a tea marketing consultant and tea blogger at Teaspoons & Petals. Follow The Meaning of Tea on Foodspotting and @themeaningoftea on Twitter.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Contests on April 21, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      awwww I wish I could join for the tea party! :) it sounds like fun. The question is, will someone wear a pink tutu? heheh
    • over 6 years ago.
      thanks Amy!
    • over 6 years ago.
      How come u have sake cups in photo? Difference between sake cups and Japanese tea cups. Would think someone who spotted food all the time would know difference.
  • Everybody knows that discovering and sharing good food is 110%* more fun in the company of friends. To that end, we're encouraging foodspotters everywhere to host eat-ups, happy hours, and food crawls all over the world. Our team in San Francisco even hosts monthly "Cereal Bars," with one happening this Friday! To host or attend an eat-up in your city, visit our Meetup page. We diligently promote eat-ups on Twitter and Facebook, too, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming eat-ups in Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando, Munich, and more.

    Next Thursday, April 28th, we're co-hosting Foodspotting Cocktail Hour at Ai Fiori in New York City. We're huge fans of Chef Michael White, so you can imagine how excited we are to team up with his newest restaurant to ring in their spring cocktails and menu. Follow their guide on Foodspotting.

    There will be exclusive drink specials and even a rumor about a Foodspotting cocktail. So, save the date: April 28th 5-7PM and be sure to RSVP. Space is limited, so consider yourself warned. Looking forward to seeing you guys next Thursday!

    *not scientifically proven, but it's true.

    Video produced by Jeff Schwartz for Ai Fiori

    • over 6 years ago.
      Nice little video. How come no love for your neighbours up north in Toronto?? :)
    • over 6 years ago.
      Will, we need foodspotters like you to help us spread the Foodspotting love in Canada! We will help get the word out :) Just email me amy@foodspotting.com and I'll help you get started.
    • about 1 month ago.
      Nice video.