• While the New York Foodspotting team was in San Francisco last week, we learned about Sushirrito from our friends at Thrillist. As a lover of all Japanese foods, and especially unusual food combinations, our CEO Alexa made it a personal goal to hunt down the burrito-sushi anomaly.

    We arrived at the tiny takeaway shop at the tail end of lunchtime, so, to our chagrin, the sushirritos were already sold out.

    Not to be deterred, Alexa returned to Sushirrito yesterday to sate her curiosity once and for all. The verdict? "Like a sushi roll but STUFFED with flavors." I think it's safe to say it's a super-sized sushi roll, which sounds pretty delicious to me!

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on January 25, 2011
    • almost 7 years ago.
      I love it. That looks really good.
    • almost 7 years ago.
      Hopefully they'll be so successful, they'll open a branch in New York :)
    • almost 7 years ago.
      This is incredible. I would need a supersized glass of sencha tea to truly make this a XL Japanese meal.
    • about 1 month ago.
      im hungry just looking at it.
  • Holy party, Batman! We cannot believe how great our first birthday celebration was. Adaptive Path, where our founders Alexa and Ted first met, generously hosted our party. Close to 300 people gathered over wine sponsored by Oriel, St. Francis and Domaine Carneros; birthday cupcakes sponsored by Sprinkles; drinks sponsored by Cascal; and japadog-inspired hot dogs.

    Foodspotting birthday cupcakes photo by Foodspotter Chris.

    The event could not have gone better, and what's amazing is that all over the world, our community celebrated with 100 eat-ups across 25 countries. Plus, we asked you guys to add cake sightings to our Happy Birthday, Foodspotting guide and got everything from cheesecake to churros cake to blue velvet cake. Some spotters even baked cakes just for us!

    World Foodspotting Day comes just once a year on January 15th, but Oriel is helping us extend celebrations by generously offering a 20% discount code to all Foodspotters. Simply use the promocode ORIELBASH on OrielWines.com purchases.

    Thanks so much to everyone who helped us ring in Foodspotting's second year!

    Chicken and waffles at Adsum Restaurant. Photo by Dan Tabor of Geekadelphia.

    Birthday cake photo by Foodspotter Trish.

    Chocolate pancakes at Good to Grill in Hawaii.

    Posted by Fiona Tang in News on January 21, 2011
    • almost 7 years ago.
      hooray! our chicken and waffles with jalapeno maple syrup is famous :) we had such a wonderful time at our Philly eat-up.
  • On Saturday, we celebrated World Foodspotting Day with a big bash, and at the party we asked our party-goers to draw their favourite foods.

    Check out the fun results we got, and stay tuned for more details to come later this week, recapping the success that was Foodspotting's first birthday celebration.

    Posted by Fiona Tang in News on January 17, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      Super cute! That's a great idea.
    • about 7 years ago.
      The more the merrier, Melanie! Join our FoodSpotting Meetup group, a few of us are trying to plan some upcoming 'eat' ups
    • almost 7 years ago.
      Inga - I'm working with Meetup.com to make a permanent home there for Foodspotting :) Stay tuned!
    • almost 7 years ago.
      Great news. Looking forward to it.
  • Today is World Foodspotting Day aka our team's first birthday. To prep for our big day, we went to Bi-Rite Creamery last night before our humongo burrito dinner at Taqueria Cancun. It's been a great year, and we're so happy to share it with you. Thank you for making our first year so fun, so challenging, and the best first 365 days a startup could ask for. Celebrate with us today and treat yourself to cake!
    Posted by Amy Cao in News on January 14, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      Happy 1 year, Foodspotting! thanks for being awesome!
    • about 7 years ago.
      Happy Birthday! Android app this year, please please please? I want to Spot!
    • about 7 years ago.
      Congratulations on the big day!
    • about 7 years ago.
      Happy Bday!! And yes Android app plz!!! Can't wait!!!
  • With Foodspotting's west and east coast teams reunited in sunny San Francisco, we figured it'd be a good time to show you pics of us hard at work (and eating Ess-a-Bagels, which I imported from NYC yesterday). Best wishes for a wonderful weekend, everyone! And don't forget: It's Foodspotting's first birthday tomorrow. Get the Birthday badge and celebrate with us!

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on January 14, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      Oh my God you had Ess-a-Bagels in San Francisco and did not invite me.
    • about 7 years ago.
      I haven't had a good NYC bagel in years; tough to find good ones in the Midwest.
  • World Foodspotting Day is already upon us in some parts of the world, and we're excited to celebrate our first birthday with all of you. Last we checked, there are 99 eat-ups happening across 25 countries - that's huge!

    In honour of such a happy occasion, we're giving away this special Birthday badge on Foodspotting :) All you have to do to make this cuteness yours is follow our Happy Birthday, Foodspotting guide and contribute a sighting of cake - and we're not picky, so any cake you fancy will do!

    Remember: if you're going to a Foodspotting Day eat-up, we want to see pictures (surprise, surprise) both of your food, and of the group! So however you're documenting your fun - be it photo, video or song - send them to us. We're doing a round-up of Foodspotting Day next week here on our blog and your eat-up might make it in!

    Posted by Fiona Tang in News on January 13, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      Fiona, I asked for an RSVP and never got any responses! Not sure if I'll go. Celebrating alone is no fun.
    • about 7 years ago.
      Carol, feel free to bring along friends. They don't have to be Foodspotters. Good opportunity to share your favorite app with them though (hint hint) :)
    • about 1 month ago.
      Awesome!
  • In case you have not heard, it's Foodspotting's first birthday this Saturday! The Foodspotting New York team is currently flying all the way to the land of San Francisco. It's true - Soraya and I are live blogging from the sky! This is the future, people. That and ordering Chex Mix from a touch screen. Below is the aftermath. We were feeling peckish...

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on January 12, 2011
    • about 7 years ago.
      This sure is the future, people. :-)
    • about 7 years ago.
      @Ben, I know :(
    • about 7 years ago.
      virgin america rules!
    • about 7 years ago.
      @bigloutech Agreed, but Virgin ATLANTIC rules more, I think :)
  • We're Hiring!

    While we have your attention, we wanted to make sure to get out the word that we're hiring! In particular, we're looking for:

    Mobile Developers (iPhone, Android or both!)
    Rails Developers
    Visual Designer
    Frontend Developers

    We are based in San Francisco, CA and are ideally looking for people to work side by side with us in our studio loft in South Park, but if you're amazing and live elsewhere, we'd still be open to talking. We offer competitive salaries, company-paid healthcare, dental and vision, stock options, plenty of paid vacation, and, of course, lots of opportunities to eat amazing food.

    We'll be posting more detailed job descriptions on our Jobs page soon, but in the meantime, send WORK EXAMPLES (screenshots, links to apps you've worked on, wireframes, etc. -- explain your contribution) to jobs@foodspotting.com.

    Mobile Developers (iPhone, Android or Both)

    iPhone and Android developers who are relentless about details that will make Foodspotting the easiest and most enjoyable way to stumble upon good food wherever you go. Show us that you've built, shipped and refined dynamic apps for iPhone, Android and/or other platforms. We want to see pixel-perfect user interfaces, streamlined code, and seamless interactions between client and server. Bonus points if: You can develop for more than one platform - or aren't afraid to try - and create apps that look and feel native to each. You tackle the complexities of location-based app development head on, like managing battery life, working with large data sets, and targeting information based on context and location.

    Rails Developers

    A data-loving backend developer or all-around Ruby hacker who can transform Foodspotting into the intelligent and context-aware "Pandora for Food" that we have in mind. Show us that you've built, tested, optimized and scaled Ruby (on and off rails) applications and web services that are a delight to use in every way: Fast, straightforward, elegant and powerful. Bonus points for experience working with geodata, crafting recommendations and reputation algorithms, synthesizing activity streams, implementing game mechanics, integrating with external platforms (especially Facebook), developing targeted marketing or advertising platforms.

    Visual Designer

    A UX-minded visual designer who can transform mockups into "Apple-quality" interfaces that people love to use and that communicate what Foodspotting is all about. Show us that you can take visual design from high-level concept to production-ready assets and icons for any platform: Web, mobile, even print. Be able to explain the rationale behind your design decisions. We're looking for people who are more than just visual designers, and experience in any of the following would be particularly irresistible: Frontend development, crafting clever marketing campaigns, architecting interactive products and services, creating infographics or illustrations and communicating concepts through sketches.

    Frontend Developer

    A user experience-minded and visually attuned frontend developer whose interests go deeper than the View. You could build Foodspotting from scratch (if you had to) and have awesome ideas and plans to take "location-based food" to the next level. Show us that you can take ideas and PSDs and run with them, harnessing standards-based, cross-browser HTML/CSS and JavaScript to produce elegant interfaces and code. You have extensive experience working in application frameworks (rails, django) and have been known to dabble in the Controllers and Models.

    • about 7 years ago.
      coming up with an API at any point in the future ... would love to tie it into an app for a niche market
    • about 7 years ago.
      Oh yeah ... Can I work from RTP, NC? :)
    • about 7 years ago.
      Amy! LOL. Made my day.
    • about 7 years ago.
      There is a reason Google has a major NY presence; they just bought a billion dollar block of a building. I recommend having part of the tech team in NYC as well, if only to lure local tech talent in the future. Twitter also has a NY presence. Square is squarely in NYC. Besides, NYC is the food capital of the world.