• 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.
  • Our World Foodspotting Day eat-ups, which were hosted on Meetup.com, were so successful that we've decided to kick off monthly eat-ups! Henceforth known as Foodspotting First Fridays, we're inviting our community to gather around good food, get to know each other and get spotting.

    To kick things off every month, we'll send out guided themes to help you pick eat-up venues, and of course, they'll take place on the first Friday of each month. For the inaugural event, we're spotting circular foods. (Get it?? Ha!)

    To host or attend an eat-up in your city, visit our Meetup.com page. Be sure to email us photos from the gathering. And fear not if sign-ups for your eat-up are low! Simply bring your friends together over a good meal and spot to your heart's content; it stills counts as a Foodspotting First Friday eat-up. Looking forward to hearing the stories and seeing the sightings from your first gathering :)

    • about 7 years ago.
      What a great initiative. I'll try to gather some Copenhageners for a meetup.
  • When you're a small team of seven like we are at Foodspotting, it's hard not to consider your coworkers as family. To that end, we're celebrating everyone's special day with cake and birthday blog posts! Last month we saluted our co-founder and chief tech man Teddy for turning thirty, and today we're turning to camera shy Benjamin Bloch, our developer/engineer extraordinaire. Here are a few things you never knew you wanted to know about Ben, the only vegetarian in the Foodspotting family...

    1. What kind of shenanigans were you up to before Foodspotting?

    Before Foodspotting I worked at a startup called Scrapblog, a digital scrapbooking product founded in Miami, which later relocated to San Francisco and luckily brought me along with it.

    2. You're from Miami. Do you miss it? What's one memorable dish from your hometown?

    I was born in Fort Lauderdale, to be specific, but most recently lived in Miami. I don't miss the humidity, but I do miss my friends and family. The most memorable "dish" would be the Kitchen Sink at Jaxon's Ice Cream, which is literally a huge tub of assorted ice creams and toppings. Somebody needs to spot this!

    3. What inspired you to become a vegetarian? How do you deal with being the only one in the Foodspotting family?

    I get this question a lot... Becoming vegetarian began as a personal challenge three years ago, with the theory that it would lead to eating new, healthier foods. Positive health benefits aside, I view it as an act of compassion towards our animal friends. The Foodspotting family is very accepting of my dietary constraints, it's not difficult to deal with, and I honestly don't think about it.

    4. Favorite vegetarian dish?

    Vegetarian Burritos! Papalote has a really tasty soyrizo burrito.

    5. You've been known to venture into scary neighborhoods in San Francisco to take photos. How did you get into photography? Are you trained, self-taught, a combination of both?

    I was inspired to explore analogue photography and plastic/toy cameras like the Holga and the Lomo LC-A by playing with photo sharing apps, namely Instagram. It's a great way to explore the city and get away from my laptop. I have no formal photography training.

    6. What do you think about the amateur food photography trend?

    It's incredible to see people increasingly connecting and communicating around food through photos. Food carries so much cultural and emotional context. I think the trend is in it's infancy.

    7. Tell us about your dog, Roxy. How long have you had her? Is she vegetarian too?

    Roxy is a little Boston terrier, and the love of my life. I've had her for almost three years. She's not vegetarian.

    8. If you were not at Foodspotting, what would you be doing?

    Professionally, I'd be working to build a startup in some capacity. Personally, I'd love to just travel and take photos.

    9. What are you working on right now that's going to rock every foodspotter's world?

    I can't tell you, it's TOP SECRET... but it'll be awesome.

    10. How are you celebrating your birthday?

    Chuck E. Cheese's! You're all invited.

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on February 17, 2011
  • This Valentine's Day, we invited you guys to get in the spirit by #heartspotting aka spotting for heart-shaped foods. And, as always, you guys delivered a feast.

    From cookies to crème brulée, sushi rolls to cheeseburgers, and even tiramisu, together we found heart-shaped edibles the world over. What surprised us, however, is that many of these dishes are actually available year-round.

    Like so many seemingly elusive things, maybe it's just a matter of keeping our eyes open because who knows what escapes us when our eyes are closed?

    (I'm talking about heart-shaped foods, of course.)

    Thank you so much to all the foodspotters who looked out for hearts this weekend! We ♥ you.

    To everyone... Happy Valentine's Day!

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on February 13, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      yay thank you for featuring my heart shaped burger picture!!! :) love all these hearts, they are making my heart warm and snuggle
    • about 7 years ago.
      Yay! This is awesome :-D Thanks for featuring my heart cookie and its tuxedo date! Happy Valentine's Day!
    • about 7 years ago.
      woo-hoo! made it with my heart shaped cookie from Takahachi Bakery! I bought the last 2 on 2/14!
  • Last night, we had the honor of participating in Eats & Apps, an event designed to showcase the latest food-related apps in a casual restaurant setting. Our host venue was 4Food, which, we must admit, is possibly Manhattan's most social media savvy burger spot and an ideal place for such a gathering.

    One of the great appeals of 4food is their design-your-own burger program, which we were able to take part in last night. Turns out there are many, many ways to build a burger. Consider what's involved: Bun, patty, filling, toppings, condiments, vegetables. The combinations are endless! After some debate, we decided on a brioche bun with a beef patty filled with potato-chorizo hash and topped with cheddar cheese. (Tomato and lettuce were added at the last minute to help meet our daily veggie needs.) We named it 4Foodspotting.

    While I didn't get the chance to try the burger last night - see how hard I was working! - I went back today to try our creation. The verdict? I think we played it on the safe side and I'll say it did benefit from an extra shot of ketchup and mayo. (Then again, that's just me. I love mayo in most things.)

    BIG THANKS to our friends The Noble Rot, Danielle Gould of Food+Tech Connect, and Emily Cavalier of Mouth of the Border for bringing together so many great apps and people at this Social Media Week shindig. And for those who want to try our burger, just ask for the 4Foodspotting next time you're in the city!

    Event photos courtesy of Nico Alary whose foodspottings you can find here. For more photos from the event, visit his Flickr.

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on February 08, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      This is cool, but I still think foodspotting is somewhat missing out. You need to come to Pittsburgh. Do Pittsburgh, and we'll come up with some other suggestions too.
    • about 7 years ago.
      Thanks again for being such a great addition to the event. We loved having Foodspotting there and had a blast with your custom designed burger as one of the offerings! Here's to many more social noms to come!
    • about 7 years ago.
      Great event!
    • about 7 years ago.
      Amy thank you so much for joining us! We look forward to working with you again in the future!
  • When Foodspotting organizes an event, we do it right. Thanks to a fantastic partnership with Whole Foods Market, our Social Media Week Flashmob & Panel kicked off five days of social media festivities with a bang. Sure, it was Monday morning, but that didn't deter food and social media enthusiasts from gathering at Whole Foods Market's New York City flagship to hear our outstanding panelists Amanda Hesser (The New York Times, Food52.com), award-winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and Ben Leventhal (Eater.com and NBC's The Feast) discuss social media and its impact on how we consume food and information.

    Foodspotting's co-founder and lovely leading business lady Soraya Darabi led the 45-minute discussion. To the question "How is social media putting the role of the critic back in the hands of the user?" Ben remarked on the glut of restaurant information and suggested curating your sources to find those voices, whether they're bloggers, media companies, or restaurant reviewers, who speak to how you enjoy or don't enjoy restaurants to find the opinions aligned with yours. To the question "Have we hit social media fatigue?" Amanda commented on how social media was actually facilitating offline communication, meetings, and connections. And, last but not least, social media-savvy Chef Samuelsson spoke globally throughout the panel, closing with "Be aware of what's happening beyond your own four walls" and advised the audience to "join the conversation" as the best way to use Twitter.

    At the end, we invited our audience to spot "Helga's Meatballs" from Chef Samuelsson's new Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster, for a $10 gift card to Whole Foods Market and a lunch of Swedish meatballs. Whole Foods Market also generously donated to Careers through Culinary Arts Program for each individual who attended. Thanks to everyone who came by, tuned in, sent us questions via Twitter and helped us make the event a massive success. We could not have done it without you!

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on February 07, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      soooo much fun.
    • about 7 years ago.
      Food/Social = Physics, Coding = Mathematics http://goo.gl/fb/A6Lsf
    • about 7 years ago.
      Harlem Red Rooster looks wonderful. Meanwhile, the Australian "Red Rooster" is something very very different!
  • After months of planning, Social Media Week is here and Foodspotting is thrilled to be a part of it. If you're in Manhattan this morning, stop by our Sustainable Flashmob and panel event, which we're co-hosting with Whole Foods Market at their gorgeous Bowery location at 10AM. (Click here for details & directions.)

    To kick off these five days of events, panels, and parties, we made a video to introduce some of the good people who are taking the social digital medium and doing cool things in the industry, like Caroline Waxler of Lucky Magazine, Rachelle Hruska of Guest of a Guest, Matt Sung of design:related, and one of our panelists, Amanda Hesser of the New York Times and Food52. We met up with them at their favorite coffee shops, Korean barbecue places, vegetarian restaurants, and noodle spots, just to name a few. We asked them: How does social media play into your everyday life and how do you use it to find good food? As you'll see, Foodspotting has some awesome fans and now we have them on video to prove it!

    Without further ado, we present some of our favorite faces of social media. Let us know what social media means to you and how you use it to find good food. Happy Social Media Week!

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on February 06, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      great video! and lots of new websites for me to check out :) Social media for is a silly moments of nomnoms!
    • about 7 years ago.
      fabulous video, amy! looking forward to checking out their sites and the restaurants.
    • about 7 years ago.
      yay! thanks for watching, guys :)
  • Gung Hay Fat Choy, everyone! Chinese New Year begins today. And luckily for those who celebrate, festivities last for fifteen days. To ensure a whole year of health, luck, and fortune, different types of dishes are prepared each day of the holiday. Typically, Chinese New Year Eve is marked with a family reunion and massive feast; other days, however, call for more simple meals, like rice congee to "cleanse the system" on the thirteenth day.

    Some favorite Lunar New Year dishes include whole fish to bring abundance; noodles to promote longevity; oranges and tangerines for luck; and spring rolls to symbolize wealth. (Apparently, they look like gold bars.)

    Whether or not you celebrate, I think we can all agree these are pretty tasty foods regardless of the results they bring. Tell us: What kind of lucky foods do you eat?

    Photos by Foodspotters (clockwise) Kylie, Pongchai, Calvin, and Justafoodie

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on February 02, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      I think this is the Lunar New Year
    • about 7 years ago.
      @jinhwafication and inga: Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_New_Year
    • about 7 years ago.
      @nomnomboris, you make me laugh. Yes, lucky foods indeed! :)
    • about 7 years ago.
      Happy Lantern Festival! Today's the 15th day of the first lunar month...another celebration to cap off the fifteen-day feast.