• Editor's Note: Huge thanks to Seattle-based Foodspotting Ambassador Valentina Vitols for helping us host our first ever eatup in Venezuela! Check out her recap below...

    Photo by Valentina Vitols

    Our first eatup in Venezuela was a success! We gathered at Franca Coffeecakes, a restaurant and bakery specializing in coffee cakes and pastries made with 100% natural ingredients. Franca Coffeecakes is located in the heart of Las Mercedes, one of the most vibrant food districts in Caracas and is owned by Foodspotter Carlos Cesar Avila. Carlos Cesar warmly welcomed Caracas' foodspotters to enjoy six different kinds of coffee cakes — walnuts, sweet squash (auyama), banana and Nutella, chocolate, chocolate and nuts, and apple!

    It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about the Foodspotting app and discuss how Foodspotting can help spread the word about Venezuelan food worldwide. At the same time, Venezuelans are excited to use Foodspotting as a way of enriching the city lifestyle by recommending dishes around their towns.

    Thank you Franca Coffeecakes for hosting us!

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR Valentina is originally from Venezuela, but now lives in Seattle. She was one of the first foodspotters to weave her professional life as a food photographer into Foodspotting. You can follow her on Foodspotting and on her blog, Valentina Loves Food.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Eatups on March 02, 2012
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  • Foodspotting turned two in January and we celebrated all month with eatups around the world. In San Francisco we threw a Foodspotting Ball Ball for our birthday and to toast to the release of our redesigned iPhone and Android apps.

    Thanks to our awesome sponsors Beretta, Hog & Rocks, Chef Michael Hung and Lemon Z Limoncello, we served delicious foods in our favorite shape, like bourbon cheese balls, whole grain rice onigiri with black truffle and Dungeness crab arancini.

    Everyone also adored the treats provided by our bicoastal birthday cupcake sponsor Sprinkles Cupcakes, some which even featured our new logo!

    In New York City, a new artist loft space-bar called Kinfolk Studios opened its doors to foodspotters and a Filipino feast of longanisa sliders (sweet sausage) and arroz caldo presented by one of our favorite East Village restaurants, Maharlika.

    From London to Istanbul and Philly to Sacramento, Foodspotting ambassadors and users got together to celebrate our second year and spot food. Even during a snowstorm, Seattle spotters met at Chino's for cupcakes by Cupcake Royale, Mini Mai-Tai and Gua Bao...

    Philly foodspotters gathered at beloved Khyber Pass Pub for drinks, an almond birthday cake with strawberry and buttercream, and cupcakes custom made by Cupcake Karma. Read the recap on bridges, burgers & beer and see more pics by foodspotter Mikey Il.

    Meanwhile... in Silicon Valley, Foodspotting ambassador and super spotter Randy collaborated with his all-time favorite restaurant Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino to make the night extra special, complete with a "meat and greet" with executive chef Jeffrey Stout, champagne and dessert tasting!

    Our DC ambassador Lisa ate this entire cake by herself...

    Just kidding! Lisa was joined by loyal spotters at H Street Country Club and the cake was created by Whisked DC.

    Los Angeles and OC foodspotters celebrated with this amazing-looking chocolate powder covered behemoth. Read the recap and see more pics by foodspotter Steven...

    Last but not least, we're still blown away by this birthday brunch spread and two-tiered cake created just for us by Delish New York Bakery in Orlando! Don't miss the wonderful write-up by our Orlando ambassador Julius on his food blog, Droolius.

    For more pics of Foodspotting birthday eatups from around the world, visit our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us - we're lucky to call you foodspotters and friends. Here's to more cakespotting and celebrating in 2012!

    In addition to those mentioned above, photos were provided by JamesMNgo, Meng He, Desmond Chow and Valentina Vitols.