• Foodspotting loves a good food holiday, especially one that we celebrate frequently! We're talking about National Cereal Day, of course. If you have ever attended one of our regular San Francisco-based Cereal Bars (they're like office hours/meet-and-mingle mornings for our friends, fellow startups, and breakfast lovers) then you would know what we mean. It's true – the Foodspotting team is powered by peanut butter-filled pretzels and cereal.

    Rumor has it that cereal was invented during the Colonial era when housewives decided to pop corn and served it with sugar and cream for breakfast. Regardless of its origin or type, we hope you'll celebrate with us by having a bowl or two. I'm not gonna lie, I sometimes have it for dinner too.

    • about 7 years ago.
      Cereal for dinner, the best.
    • 4 months ago.
      This is Awesome!
  • If you follow any of the Foodspotting team on Twitter, you'll know that we're all fans of Instagram - so it's with a lot of excitement that we're announcing that you can now connect your Foodspotting account to Instagram.

    Starting today, you can post food photos directly to Foodspotting through your Instagram account. If you follow these steps, we'll instantly import your photos to Foodspotting:

    1. Connect your account via Foodspotting Settings.
    2. Fill in the What or Caption field on Instagram with the dish name. (Resist urge to add commentary here (or other tags); please comment on your own Instagram post instead!)
    3. In the What/ field be sure to include the tag #fs, #food or #foodspotting.
    4. Fill in the Where field with the place name.

    P.S. Don't forget that filters are optional. Retro food doesn't always look better. ;-)

    P.P.S. Also, if you don't include the place or we don't have a matching place on Foodspotting, it may not post.

    We're thrilled to be one of the first companies to use Instagram's new real-time API, which makes the connection between your two accounts possible.

    Huge kudos to our awesome website guru Ben for working hard and fast on this with the Instagram team. Go on and give it a whirl - feedback is always welcome!

    • over 5 years ago.
      how i download food spotting API?any one plz help me
    • almost 5 years ago.
    • over 4 years ago.
      I've been testing the integration and I can't find the way to import my images from instagram to foodspotting. is the service down?
    • 4 months ago.
  • Common Hot Pot Dishes : Sliced meat, veggies, wontons, egg dumplings, seafood, tofu.

    In the spirit of Lunar New Year, which starts this week and falls on Thursday, we're highlighting one of our favorite Chinese stews! Typically, hot pot encourages communal dining as friends gather around a metal pot simmering with stock. Into this bubbling broth, thinly sliced meats, vegetables, tofu, and the like are cooked right in front of you. Some prefer to cook each piece individually; others, like myself, like to dump everything in and hope for the best.

    Have you tried hot pot or its Japanese cousin, shabu-shabu? What's your favorite kind of hot pot?

    Click here to see where hot pot has been spotted recently. 

    • about 7 years ago.
      Nursing a cold at present and this would be perfect right now :( Think I'll print the pix and sleep with it on my pillow. *sniff sniff*
    • about 7 years ago.
      I'm with you, Amy. I'd rather eat it than create it. In the 5 years I lived in Japan, I loved to go to shabu-shabu restaurants. So hearty and homey.
    • about 7 years ago.
      Shabu shabu is one of my faves of ALL TIME!
    • about 7 years ago.
      @Belly in Hand, hope you feel better soon!
  • Have you ever wondered: How do I show off my awesome Foodspotting photos on my own awesome website? Well, today is your lucky day. To launch our new Tips & Tricks series on the Spotted blog, we're highlighting the Foodspotting widget so that you can showcase your best or latest sightings on your own blog.

    First, for logos, chicklets, and widgets, go to foodspotting.com/about/assets or visit your Foodspotting profile to find the widget on the lower right hand corner of the page. Once you click through, you'll be able to customize the widget by changing the background color, dimensions, size of photos, number of photos, etc.

    Lastly, you're not limited to your own foodspottings. If you're a restaurant that wants to showcase all the pics taken at your establishment, you can filter the results by place or even dish. Sushi Foodspotting widget, anybody?

    • almost 7 years ago.
      I wish it worked on Wordpress.com! :(
    • almost 7 years ago.
      Love it! I've got it installed: http://food.darzie.com. It can work on Wordpress. Install a plugin that will make sure that iframes don't get stripped out of the HTML editor. I used Easy iFrames and it works well!
    • almost 7 years ago.
      darzie, thanks for the great tip!
    • about 5 years ago.
      I still wish you could do two search queries - one for the place, and one for a tag within the place. This widget doesn't help me with my site.
  • Pronunciation : nyo kee

    Common Preparations : Usually boiled, but we've had them fried. If frying yourself, be very careful as they've been known to explode.

    On a chilly January day, nothing sends us into a welcome food coma as quickly as dumplings do. As we mentioned in a previous A to Z post, there are many dumpling types, but one kind that always entices our tastebuds with pillowy, ridged carb-loaded softness is gnocchi.

    The word gnocchi means "lump" or "knot" in Italian and is originally a Germanic word that described the distinctive shape of gnocchi. We're partial to any foods that we can smother in sauce, cream, and cheese, and soft, bite-size lumps of dough are the perfect vehicle to get all the above in our bellies.

    Have you tried gnocchi? What's your favorite variation?

    Click here to see where gnocchi has been spotted recently. 

    • about 7 years ago.
      Thanks Amy! It's going straight on my list :)
    • about 7 years ago.
      Potato gnocchi at Pizza Antica in San Jose is really good. Ask for extra sauce and get the sliced chicken.
    • about 7 years ago.
      Olive Garden has chicken gnocchi soup during their soup, salad, and breadsticks lunch, that is the first time I tried them and i couldn't get enough! The sad part was they only had about 3 gnocchi in each bowl. I personally think they should trade in the chicken for extra gnocchi. Since then, I've at them at authentic italian restaurants with marinara sauce and loved them!
    • almost 7 years ago.
      I LOVE gnocchi... it's probably my favorite Italian dish (although authentic four-cheese pizzas with gorgonzola are amazing too). Hands down, THE BEST gnocchi I've ever eaten came from the Trattoria Quattro Leoni in Florence, Italy. The gnocchi itself was plump and soft, and was practically swimming in the most delicious pesto sauce!
  • Pronunciation : fon doo

    Common Variations : Cheese fondue, chocolate fondue.

    No time like the present to meet up with a friend or five for a meal of hot melted cheese or chocolate. In other words, it's cold outside; you should try fondue. Traditionally, fondue is a meal comprised of cheese that's slowly melted with spices, herbs, and sometimes wine or milk, making cheese fondue a belly filling crowd pleaser. For dessert, however, chocolate fondue meets the need of sweet tooths. To eat fondue, you merely have to spear bite-size cubes of French bread, fruit or other ingredients with a skewer and dip them into the creamy mixture.

    Have you had fondue? What did you think?

    Click here to see where fondue has been spotted recently. 

    • about 7 years ago.
      for the cheese fondu, you normally use a thick, brown ceramic pot
    • about 7 years ago.
      Cheese fondue is a specialty of Swiss and east France. It's very easy to do but you need the good cheeses and the Fondue stuff. For the hot oil Fondue it's also a french specialty coming from Burgondy. You need a special oil to do it. May be another country has also this specialty?
    • about 7 years ago.
      Oooh, I love cheese fondue best!!
    • 4 months ago.
  • Pronunciation : eh bil skee ver

    Also Known As : Danish pancakes, Danish doughnuts.

    'Tis the season to eat our favorite holiday treats! In the UK, they have mince pies; in America, we love gingerbread; Brazil and Italy have their fruit- and nut-studded Panettone; but in Denmark, they have pancakes. But these aren't your everyday flapjacks. Traditional Danish pancakes are actually called ebelskiver (or æbleskiver) and are common before Christmas. You'll never mistake them for regular pancakes, though, given their spherical shape. A good ebelskiver is light, fluffy, and while they're not sweet themselves, they're traditionally served with berry jam and powdered sugar.

    Have you had ebelskivers? What did you think?

    Click here to see where ebelskivers have been spotted recently. 

    • over 7 years ago.
      I almost spotted one last month: http://www.foodspotting.com/reviews/176902
    • over 7 years ago.
      oh man, Steve...so close :(
    • about 7 years ago.
      seems like this is the latest sensation.. probably some recipes out there instead of hitting a food spot. :P still would love to find a spot that has them though. :D
    • 4 months ago.
  • Pronunciation : duhmp-ling

    Common Preparations : steamed, fried, boiled, or baked.

    What is it? There is a seemingly endless array of dumplings. In fact, even within cultures there are different dumplings, such as Italian ravioli and tortellini and Polish pierogies, which can be sweet or savory. Common to most dumplings, however, are a shared function and shape. Dumplings are usually small envelopes or pouches of dough filled with meat, vegetables, fruit, or cheese, with edges that are then sealed shut to contain the tasty insides. But everyone has his own way of dealing with these little guys - some fry, boil or steam the suckers - and serve them accompanied with sour cream, soy or tomato sauce, just to name a few. Generally, Chinese dumplings are the ones most often referred to as "dumplings" whereas pierogies are pierogies and ravioli are ravioli. Certainly, har gao (steamed shrimp dumplings) and xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are more specific names, but in the dumpling Google search, Chinese dumplings come up first.

    With so many varieties, there's definitely no lack of dumplings to choose from. I'm partial to the savory and steamed kind, but what are some of your favorites?

    Click here to see where dumplings have been spotted recently. 

    • over 7 years ago.
      Jordan, slippery dumplings sound pretty incredible, as do "baseball" dumplings. They're southern US specialties?
    • over 7 years ago.
      You mean like Chicken and Dumplings dumplings, Jordan??
    • over 7 years ago.
      My Favorite!! I love to go China Town to have dumplings, but I prefer pot-sticker. The resturante which makes a good dumplings can definitely make pot-sticker as well.
    • over 7 years ago.
      Those are great photos!