• Happy Tuesday! We wanted to bring your attention to some important changes today...

    Our mighty tech team, Ted and Ben have worked hard to completely overhaul our integrations with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Foursquare - yay! In light of these upgrades, please do revisit your Settings page to connect your social networking accounts - you'll see the sharing options for you to pick and choose what and when you want your activities to be communicated to your friends. Don't worry - connecting won't do anything automatically. Once you connect, you'll have full control over what to share whenever you spot a food.

    If you've been following along, you'll see that we're adding some great partnerships to Foodspotting like Thrillist, Bravo and Travel Channel. As a result, we've updated our policies to clearly show what Foodspotting will and won't share with our partners. For more, refer to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

    Also want to quickly spotlight our newest partner on Foodspotting... Give a warm welcome to the awesome Tasting Table, launching some new guides on Foodspotting today. Tasting Table is giving away a $750 Willams-Sonoma giftcard to one lucky Foodspotter. For a chance to win, sign up for Tasting Table's newsletters and follow its Foodspotting guides, pointing all adventurous eaters to good food and drink. Deadline to enter is December 31, 2010, so tell your friends!

    We know many of you have been waiting long and hard for the Android app, and I'm thrilled to say that we're in the process of putting together a list of volunteers to help us beta test the app. If you're interested, please email us. I know, I know, it's coming in a few short weeks. And more to come from us very soon.

    Here are a few screen shots to whet your appetite.

  • In August, our quick thinking co-founder Alexa snapped a photo of Steve Jobs just as he was leaving Flour + Water, a popular restaurant in San Francisco, after being informed there'd be a wait. Alexa and her friend Kim approached the Apple CEO for a photo first, but he nicely refused, which inspired the split second decision to get Kim - a huge Steve fan - in a stealth pic with his idol anyway. The snapshot went viral, ramping up over 33,000 views on twitpic alone. TechCrunch hilariously titled the episode "Steve Job Eats" and in the latest "Stevespotting" reference, Alexa appears alongside Sir Jobs in this awesome illustration in San Francisco Magazine, a glossy magazine! Here is an enlarged version of the page. When someone takes the time to draw you, I think it's safe to say you've made it. So, it's official. Alexa's famous!

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on November 10, 2010
    • over 7 years ago.
      Rumor has it that it was actually Seth (Alexa's hubby) that took the picture.
    • over 7 years ago.
    • over 7 years ago.
      @Ted, poor Seth who does all the work and Alexa gets all the credit.
  • First of all, we've partnered with the awesome Thrillist to create a series of guides to point you to their recommendations. In celebration, Thrillist is giving away a $500 Whole Foods Shopping Spree to one lucky spotter. Follow the Thrillist guides and enter here for a chance to win.

    Now, you may recall that we asked our users to help us identify the first group of Super Spotters. Super Spotters are those within our community who have made significant contributions to make Foodspotting such a great resource. Today, I'm very happy to introduce to you our first 100 Super Spotters!

    It took us some time to sift through all the votes and run our Super Spotter Super Algorithm, which looked at a bunch of things including points and activity level within the community. After much analysis we've finally got it down to our initial group of 100 Super Spotters. Yes, it's a tiny group for now, but we're hoping this is a good start to help us pilot the program. Drumroll please...

    And here they are :)

    This is just our first class of 100 Super Spotters, and we plan to open nominations in several months. In the meantime, keep spotting to earn more points on Foodspotting. Share foods that you recommend and take part in the great dialogue that happens across the site. Remember: The more others want and nom your sightings, the more points you receive. Happy Foodspotting!

    • over 7 years ago.
      @Seoung, that is so funny. We are experiencing the same thing...
    • over 7 years ago.
      Can I just say a big yay? So glad you're all part of the community :D
    • over 7 years ago.
      This is so exciting!
    • 4 months ago.
      Good looking! ( https://www.thetaylorsauce.com/health-beauty-tips/ )
  • In the spirit of Halloween (and because we love babies, dogs, and Katy Perry, apparently...) we put together a small collage of clever food costumes for you! Sure, you can be pizza or French fries or a green M&M again, but I think you'll score way more points with the opposite or same sex if you make a Kikkoman soy sauce hat and wear it.

    So, what are you going to be for Halloween?

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on October 27, 2010
    • over 7 years ago.
      hooray for threadless shirts rodney ;)
    • over 7 years ago.
      i was bacon!! :D
    • over 7 years ago.
      Nice threadless spotting KWentin :)
    • 4 months ago.
  • A few weeks ago, the Foodspotting San Francisco team packed up and ran away to New York City for five days. I invited the gang to stay at my place and, honestly, they were the best house guests. Together, we plowed through three boxes of Trader Joe's frozen chocolate croissants (I keep these stocked in the freezer always), got together for intense company brainstorming sessions, Alexa led a workshop at the Web 2.0 Expo, Fiona and I filmed a snack video, and everyone checked off dishes from our communal "Must Eat" list.

    Below are some highlights from the trip. Follow our Foodspotting Ate New York guide to see what we ate! Believe it or not, the week was even more fun than it looks. That week I realized - when we're apart, we're good. But, as a team, we're great.


    Fiona is Australian so she insisted we go for meat pies at Tuck Shop.

    Foodspotting in Chinatown, NYC

    Shopping around in Chinatown where we got bubble tea and soup dumplings.

    Bacon Cheeseburger at Food Parc

    We enjoyed an almost all-bacon dinner, including this bacon burger, at FoodParc.

    Foodspotting at Katsuhama

    Unleashing our not-so-inner Foodspotting geek at Katsuhama.

    Photos by Seth Andrzejewski aka Mr. Alexa

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on October 13, 2010
  • Last week, we asked you guys to help us find our Super Spotters who have impressed you with their enthusiasm for Foodspotting and excellent food photos. While we have many rewards to share with our first class of Super Spotters in the coming weeks, we sent Ben and Damien, two of our New York-based Super Spotters, to the NYC Wine & Food Festival to take part in the Grand Tasting yesterday. Check out Ben's fantastic food finds from the event. Two things to note - I want Ben's camera. And, second, I want Num Pang's Five Spice Pork Belly Slider that you see here ASAP.

    Last but not least, thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for their favorite Foodspotters. We will release our full list of Super Spotters later this week!
    Posted by Amy Cao in News on October 10, 2010
    • over 7 years ago.
      Thanks foodspotting! It was an honor and pleasure to represent you guys at NYCWFF. So much food and fun!
    • over 7 years ago.
      That Gnocchi a la Parisienne looks amazing. Great shots all around. Looks like a fantastic weekend teetering on the verge of food-coma at all times.
    • over 7 years ago.
      I'm so hungry just looking at everything you ate.
  • Hello World!

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess that we love food. But, we don't just want to eat it, we want to learn about it too. The heritage of the Foodspotting team is pretty global so we always want to learn more about, not just good foods, but interesting foods around the world. Because of this, we're re-launching our blog, which captures our founder Alexa's initial goal of creating a Field Guide for Food Enthusiasts.

    From here on out, check back regularly to learn more about food and Foodspotting. We'll find dishes that we're lucky enough to try, and others that we'll simply have to admire from afar. We will also showcase Foodspotters, spotted items and spottertunities, as well as share how-to videos to demonstrate the most efficient or customary ways to eat some of the more trickier culinary treasures. Have something you want us to look into for you? Drop us a line and let us know - requests are most definitely welcome!

    You'll be seeing plenty more of the team here, so our very own Amy Cao put together an intro video to the Foodspotting Family with our favorite foods to kick things off!

    Posted by Fiona Tang in News on October 07, 2010
    • over 7 years ago.
      Great vid, you guys are a fun & gorgeous bunch. :) Mjr <3'age!
    • over 7 years ago.
      Haha! Yay! Fiona!
    • over 7 years ago.
      My friends and I used to shoot the balls out of the straw. Deadly accurate. Since then, I've grown up a bit... a little bit.
    • over 7 years ago.
  • How can today get any more perfect…? We’re triple featured on Apple’s iPhone App Store, and the whole team is beaming with excitement and pride. Not only are we called out as an App of the Week, we’re also listed in the Off the Grid and Apps for Foodies featured apps lists.

    All we can say is wow.

    We’re in awe!

    Very happily,

    Posted by Fiona Tang in News on October 07, 2010
    • over 7 years ago.
      Coolness! Congrats guys! Foodspotting make me want to trade my Nokia for an iPhone!
    • over 7 years ago.
      hahaha do it, Hanim! It will change your life :)