• Spotted by Rodney

    Alexa, our co-founder and CEO, often Tumbles about stuff that look like other stuff and this is one of our favourite stuffs that look like other stuffs to have graced the Foodspotting pages. Plus, it's Halloween week, which gives us an excuse to write about food that has dressed up like something else ;)

    Let's take a look at what's inside, shall we? For the bun, Burger Bar halved a warm donut (mmm... donut...!), inserted chocolate ganache in place of a beef patty, added passion fruit coulis for ketchup, and a tangy jello-like layer for cheese! Of course, what burger is complete without some veggies? For tomatoes, they substituted strawberry, lettuce magically became mint, and kiwi cleverly replaces pickles. And for a delicious price of $3.95, it might become the burger I choose over just your everyday beef burger.

    • over 7 years ago.
      Kaylan - another friend was just telling me about that same one :) Going to have to try it!
    • over 7 years ago.
      wow, this looks amazing. i need to try it!
    • over 7 years ago.
      Thanks for spotlighting my photo...I just noticed this! Burger Bar in San Francisco (above Macy's in Union Square) has the same (or similar) burger for you SF foodspotters :)
    • over 7 years ago.
      We have something similar here in Atlanta, too!!! A place called Burger Club uses Krispy Kreme doughnuts on their cheeseburgers. Unfortunately, they're way too sweet for my taste.

    No matter how much you want it, inspiration often only strikes when you least expect it. Layne Mosler found hers in Buenos Aires three years ago when she left a tango club, hailed a cab, and asked the driver to take her to his favorite restaurant. Her quick decision yielded not only an unforgettable meal, but also a food writing career based on cabbie recommendations around the world. Layne has since made a name for herself as the fearless food writer who finds good food the old fashion way - by happenstance - and she just returned to New York after eating through Berlin for her upcoming book. And you know what's the most awesome part about Layne? She is a New York cabbie. Follow the Taxi Gourmet on Foodspotting, read her blog, and I hereby give you permission to stalk her on Twitter.

    1) How does Foodspotting, which lets you see before you decide what to eat, compare to your taxi adventures which often rely on just one person's recommendation without photo proof?
    I'm a New York cabbie on a never-ending search for cheap, delicious things to eat. When I'm off duty, I get into random cabs and ask drivers to steer me to their favorite things to eat, so Foodspotting comes into play after the fact. If I like what the cabbie shares with me, I post it on my Foodspotting profile as well as my blog because I want as many people as possible to know about it. When I'm on duty, Foodspotting is a way to share the fruits of my restaurant reconnaissance in an easy, immediate way.

    Do you prefer one over the other? 
    No, I don't prefer one over the other. I think they're complementary. I think it's good to get food recommendations from a lot of different sources - other cabbies, passengers, other food-obsessed people - to get a good taste of where you are.

    Has Foodspotting affected your adventures in any way?

    Yes! It's given me a platform for sharing what I eat - inside and outside the cab. It's also given me some tempting leads for things to try while I'm on duty, like papa flauta and pork mole tamale at Zaragosa Mexican Deli, kati rolls at the Biryani Cart, arepas at Caracas, and on and on!

    Any tips for other Foodspotters on the road?
    Take pictures of absolutely everything you eat. You never know what's going to hang around in your taste memory (how I wish I'd captured my favorite doner kebab in Berlin on film!). Not every city is used to food bloggers who take pictures of everything they're eating - don't be surprised if you get some strange looks. Finally, if your iPhone isn't working, ask your cab driver where s/he likes to eat.

    (Photo of Layne by Ross Mantle/WSJ)

    • over 7 years ago.
      you got it, i'll be there november 3rd to 7th ;)
    • over 7 years ago.
      ah, the magic of the internet. My work here is done.
    • over 7 years ago.
      all right, KWentin! can't wait to hear what you think. amy, that about sums it up.
    • 7 months ago.
      This just looks too delicious.
  • Spot at Doughnut Plant in New York City

    Nothing inspires team spirit like a guy in a dog costume or a duck in insurance commercials. So, not to be outdone, we embarked on our Foodspotting mission with a mascot in tow. You may have noticed him lurking in far corners of our website; he has even been known to shove his face where YOUR profile photo should be...

    Even though he loves attention, routinely photo bombs our team's food photos, and is on an eating tour around the world - he's currently on holiday in Iceland with Fiona, our Community Lead - it's hard to deny this guy is kinda cute. Everyone, meet Spot, our official Foodspotting mascot. He's hungry, owns a kick-ass camera, and is made of felt.

    Click here to follow Spot on Foodspotting!

    • over 7 years ago.
      Hi Sheldon!
    • over 7 years ago.
      @touchan, trust me it's on our massive to do list! We want an online shop too and we're working towards it. @Carlo, yes that's our goal. Starting off with the team and then slowly...taking over the world one Spot photo at a time.
    • over 7 years ago.
      Amy take a look at the iPhone app "Lisconizer" in the app store, it was done by a friend of mine who's a freelance deveoper and he could replace the polar bear with an image of spot - making it an augmented reality fan-app with Spot in it ;) It's even "greener" than producing felt Spots :D
    • over 7 years ago.
      @KWentin - really? ahh! okay I will take a look. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Earlier this year, Foodspotting teamed up with San Francisco's 7x7 Magazine to create the Big Eat Scavenger Hunt Guide to "100 things to try before you die." It was going to be an epic undertaking so we gave Foodspotters a year to complete it. The first person to spot ALL 100 within twelve months would win various prizes, including dinner with wine pairings plus a hotel stay.

    Enter Foodspotter Michael M who not only plowed through the 100 items, he did it under one month. This week, we tracked him down - he's since moved on to The Big Sweet SF Guide - to ask...how?

    You finished the 100 item guide in a month. What was your strategy? 

    Typically, I'd go by myself, but there were a couple of people who I would drag around town saying, we need to get tofu soup and fish tacos. I divided the city into specific paths and figured out the most efficient route. One Sunday, I started at Ti Couz, then went to Dosa, Foreign Cinema, Beretta, La Taqueria, and Anthony's Cookies before going back for my car at Monk's Kettle. I brought my kids with me on a Market day and we knocked the Ferry Plaza off in one fell swoop.

    What was the most memorable dish that you had from the 7x7 guide? 

    Toss up between the dry fried chicken wings at San Tung, the scotch egg at Wexler's and the house cappuccino at Tosca.  

    Were there dishes in the guide you did not want to eat? How did you get around it?

    When I went into Sebo, I mentioned to the staff that I wasn't a fan of white rice and my omakase came out as sashimi, which was really good!

    Though I wasn't against it at the time, if I never have the green papaya salad at Sai Jai Thai House, it'll be too soon. 

    Any tips for fellow Foodspotters?

    Call ahead. Track down the dish and don't assume it'll be on the menu when you get there. I had to call Delfina for a week before they brought back the pork sugo, which was my last item. It wasn't even on the menu the day I had it.

    Stay focused. When I went to these places, I typically only got what was on the list. If time is not an issue, try other items.

    Eat Smart. Though I completed the guide in three weeks, I actually lost weight as I was constantly eating and was only eating a little bit at a time. I haven't been as successful with The Big Sweet Guide; that's why it's taking me longer.

    Lastly, expose your friends and family to new dishes. I can't stop my kids from ordering banh mi sandwiches, soup dumplings, and pork belly now.

    • over 7 years ago.
      If you're up for some dessert, just let me know...
    • over 7 years ago.
      Michael, you're our hero!
  • We don’t sell golf shirts with the Foodspotting logo, but that didn’t stop dedicated Foodspotter Peter H. of Florida from making his own! He went to an embroidery shop that digitized the logo and created the shirt for him. Our jaws dropped when we saw this. Thanks so much for your support, Peter! Now, who’s going to get the first “I Spot Food” tattoo?

    • over 7 years ago.
      Want it!!
    • over 6 years ago.
      I have to wear collared shirt for work. I wish more sites with merch would make golf shirts.