• Team Foodspotting positively adores brunch and the opportunity to lounge in the sun on a weekend. For that very reason, it tickles us to announce our first ever Foodspotting Month is all about brunch.

    Our friends at CHAYA Brasserie in San Francisco loves the Foodspotting community and wants to invite you to spend brunch with them. For the month of June, CHAYA Brasserie is celebrating its newly launched brunch menu by hosting a Foodspotting Month. They want to thank you for spotting your favourite brunch dish. Simply stop in at CHAYA's Sunday brunches, eat delicious foods, spot the dishes you liked most and instantly get 20% off your meal.

    The Foodspotting team is also hosting a special brunch eatup at CHAYA on Sunday, June 3, to kick off the Foodspotting Month. CHAYA is treating us to an incredible brunch spread, including mimosas, pastries, their new brunch dishes and a brunch dessert. Who knows, if we're lucky, we might get to eat their life-changing Warm Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.

    Join us - space is limited so please RSVP here: http://chayafoodspotting.eventbrite.com.

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      Thank, Fiona! Street parking would be nice, especially on a Sunday when it's supposed to be free. I'm just a little worried it might be a little busy crowded.
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      Do you happen to know if there are any tickets still available for this event? Would love to join you guys!
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      It looks very good !! http://ladespensashop.com/
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  • Though the Foodspotting team is made up of travel lovers and we're based all over the world, our headquarters are in San Francisco and it's where we call home. That's why we're excited about celebrating hometown chefs at this year's SF Chefs. SF Chefs is San Francisco's premier food, wine, and spirits festival that offers food lovers the opportunity to mingle with their favorite chefs, winemakers, mixologists and more culinary superstars at events hosted throughout the city.

    Before the festival returns July 30th through August 5th, SF Chefs will take over the ballpark TONIGHT with SF Chefs at the Park, a preview festival before the SF Giants game against the Colorado Rockies. To get you pumped for the chefs' takes on ballpark food, they put together SF Chefs Guide to Ballpark Food just for you. Try the great food in and around the stadium and compare it to the chefs' versions!

    We're pumped to be working with SF Chefs and hope to see you at one of the events. It's not too late to have a fun Monday night at the ballgame. Get tickets to tonight's game here and follow SF Chefs right on Foodspotting.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on May 14, 2012
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      Dedicated, Reliable, Honest, Hard Working, 3 time International Award Winning Career Minded Head Chef seeks position. Well versed in all aspects of the Culinary field. Check out my facebook ,Twitter and foodspotting links for examples of my work. Resume available upon request to all interested parties.
  • This month we teamed up with one of our favorite food stars, Rachael Ray, to showcase 25 of America's Best Sandwiches. From Musubi in Hawaii to Fried Walleye in Minnesota, we shared your favorite sandwiches from coast to coast!

    Check out the slideshow here. Who knew one could get so creative with two pieces of bread and meat in the middle?

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on May 11, 2012
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      Hey, my foodspotting app isn't working on my iphone today! Everytime I open it, the app crashes. Does anyone know what's going on?
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      Hey Ray, sorry to hear this. Can you email us team[at]foodspotting[dot]com if it's still happening?
    • almost 6 years ago.
      Great blog
    • over 5 years ago.
      my iphone app also crashes :(
  • Last week, Foodspotting was invited to celebrate the launch of our friends Kanon Organic Vodka in Atlanta with an intimate cocktail pairing dinner at The Goat Farm, a mid-Victorian industrial site turned visual and performing arts center with an attractive ramshackle aesthetic that wouldn't be out of place in parts of Brooklyn.

    While we've enjoyed Kanon on previous occasions, it was a treat to try the wheat vodka from Sweden in various imaginative cocktails, like a hot toddy-inspired Night's Bloom comprised of vodka, ginger, mint, honey, lime and water, and paired with a four-course dinner created by Atlanta newcomer The Lawrence.

    Kanon's US president Peter Wijk was on hand to toast to the occasion, explaining how Kanon vodka appeals to the 'modern, conscious consumer' with an emphasis on the mindful vodka drinker — those who care about the makeup of what they consume and the heritage of a product. The company's slow-but-steady expansion into new U.S. markets align with this mission to reach the quality seeker, rather than quantity seeker, he said.

    Whether or not you're the kind to mull over spirit choices at the bar, we were pleasantly surprised to find merit in the vodka beyond it's lack of 'burn' — a cardamom-tinctured Kanon cocktail made with absinthe complemented a sweet corn and lobster dish while the addition of smoke and orange peel made another vodka taste almost like bourbon.

    Many thanks to the Kanon team for showing us how to regard a well-made vodka cocktail like good food. Next time you try a delicious vodka drink (or any beverage you'd recommend), be sure to share it on Foodspotting!

    Photos by Ali Khoshravani

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on April 30, 2012
  • Editor's Note: Today we welcome DC-based Foodspotting Ambassador Lisa Mathias to our blog! See below for five intriguing cherry blossom dishes she recommends in the capital city.

    Spring is underway and one of the most popular cities to visit this time of year is Washington, DC during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival! This is the festival’s 100th year, commemorating Japan’s gift of cherry trees to the District of Columbia. Until the end of April, the city will host events to celebrate cherry blossom season and many DC-area restaurants have whipped up cherry-themed drinks and dishes to put both residents and tourists in the cheery - or should I say cherry? - mood.

    The Festival’s official website provides an excellent rundown of restaurants offering these dishes in their “Cherry Picks Restaurants” list. I found a few delicious entrees, desserts and cocktails that highlight the ingredient nicely...

    Cherry Blossom Cupcake @ Hello Cupcake This local cupcake shop is currently featuring a cupcake made of a Meyer lemon cake filled with French cherry preserves, topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting and includes a fondant cherry blossom. The combination of lemon with cherry gives the dessert a nice balance of sweet and tart.

    Duck Breast with Belgian Beer @ Belga Cafe This popular Barracks Row eatery combines Kriek beer with both sour and sweet cherries to create a Belgian-influenced, cherry-themed sauce for roasted duck breast.

    Cherry Blossom Rickey @ Chef Geoff's This cherry blossom-inspired concoction is comprised of maraschino cherry liqueur, cherry puree, gin, almond syrup and lemon juice. The cherry and lemon in this drink give it a fruity taste and invokes the feel of a springtime sangria, perfect for a warm day.

    Sour Cherry Pavlova @ The Hamilton This dessert is big enough to share, yet light enough to make you feel satisfied without getting cherry overload. It includes a pistachio meringue with almond cream topped with amaretto-soaked cherries. The crisp, outer shell breaks into a softer interior that, with the cherries and pistachio crumble, has just the right amount of sweet, sour, crunchy and smooth.

    Cherry Blossom Menu @ The Federalist This three-course menu features Atlantic flounder with pickled cherries, cherry balsamic, candied orange and chocolate mint. Next, there’s the duck breast with duck confit agnolotti, salsify and a jus of Kirchwasser (a cherry brandy). Their cherry-inspired dessert is cherries jubilee with cherry compote, pistachio cake and Tahitian vanilla ice cream. You can order each as a standalone dish or all three as a prix fixe meal for $42.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR Lisa Mathias likes to tell stories, written or visualized, through blogging, photography and videography. She's a digital design continuing-ed student and Foodspotting's DC Ambassador. Follow Lisa on Foodspotting and Twitter!

    Top and bottom photos via Peter Lee and Juehua Yin on Flickr

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on April 16, 2012
    • almost 6 years ago.
      One of the best season where the cherry blossom take it's toll.I have been just wondering off this part of the year back to Philly where I almost have to swoon when I see the cherry blossom in bloom.
  • Editor's Note: Today's post is by Foodspotting Seattle Ambassador and professional travel photographer Valentina Vitols.

    Seattle Restaurant Week just began and Foodspotting is having a contest! Not only will restaurants be serving up three-course dinners for $28 (many are also offering $15 three-course lunches), spot any dish at the 150+ participating Seattle restaurants from now until April 19th and you could win one of four $50 restaurant gift cards for more foodspotting opportunities.

    Not sure where to start? Here are five of my favorite dishes to spot this Restaurant Week...

    Sockeye Salmon Crostini @ Spur Gastropub (pictured above) Beautifully presented, plump Sockeye salmon rests on a lush bed of mascarpone topped with capers and pickled shallot. This dish will redefine the way you think of the term "melts in your mouth."

    Lanzo Cured Pork Loin @ Art of the Table The menu at this tiny yet beloved restaurant features local ingredients prepared using traditional (and not so traditional) techniques. The owners believe that an ever changing, dynamic menu offers diners the real experience of eating locally so you may or may not get this exact dish. But one thing is for certain at Art of the Table: their pork dishes are magic.

    Coconut Cream Pie @ Dahlia Lounge Many foodspotters have a sweet tooth and for that in Seattle we have Tom Douglas' famous coconut cream pie! Dhalia Lounge has included this spectacular dessert on its Restaurant Week menu and, trust me, we're doing a happy dance for you. This decadent dish is made with white chocolate and toasted coconut and, as you can see, it's highly photogenic.

    Spiced Duck Leg with Chestnuts and Cherries @ Poppy This Capitol Hill restaurant finds inspiration for their dishes from the “thali,” a platter served to each guest holding a variety of small dishes. The Duck Leg is accompanied by beet yogurt soup with avocado cream, moroccan carrot salad with preserved lemon, vanilla parsnips with black pepper, savoy cabbage and oyster mushroom gratin, rhubarb pickle and nigella-poppy naan. Run, don't walk, for this dish. It's that delicious.

    Halibut @ Rover's A Seattle favorite, Thierry Rautureau is the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Rover’s and Luc restaurants, both participating in Restaurant Week. Known as the "Chef in The Hat," his dishes have wowed locals and visitors alike. If you are a fish connoisseur waiting to be impressed, this particular dish will have you singing its praises.

    Happy Restaurant Week to all Seattle foodspotters! Remember: the more you spot, the more chances you have to win. Detailed rules here.Valentina

    Follow Valentina on Foodspotting and Twitter.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on April 09, 2012
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      I found tons of great places to eat in Seattle using google's new tool, schemer. Type in your location, what kind of food you're in the mood for, and viola! http://goo.gl/GecaO
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      I love sweet cake....http://www.mattressland.co.uk/
  • Foodspotting Pinterest Board: Red Velvet Spotting

    For those who have yet to sign up for Pinterest, well, no time like the present, friends! The Foodspotting team has been using the visual bookmarking site for a while: our head of outreach Fiona loves using it for home decorating inspiration and our CEO Alexa has a whole board devoted to cats. Me? I like to pin places I want to go.

    It was only a matter of time, then, before your favorite food discovery site and appFoodspotting, ahem — shared our collective favorites in food links with you, too!

    To start, check out...

    Team Foodspotting's Most Wanted for dishes we want, like, now.
    Foodspotting Logo Spotting — our logo tastes delicious!
    Remix Spotting food mashups, like chicken & waffle cupcakes and sushi burritos.
    Strange Spotting for the scariest food stuff you'll see on one page...
    and Beautiful Food Photography 'nuf said.

    For much more, follow Foodspotting on Pinterest for some of the best eye candy on the Internet.

    Foodspotting Pinterest Board: Food Art

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      I followed you just now!
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      Thanks so much, touchan!
    • about 6 years ago.
      Awesome, my Pinterest is all about the food so I'll get right onto Foodspotting's profile!
  • Editor's Note: Today's post recaps Madrid Fusión 2012, an annual food event in Madrid that, according to our friends at Food & Wine, is "part conference, part trade show... where influential chefs demonstrate their latest recipes and techniques on a high-tech stage, in front of an auditorium packed with hundreds of their peers, aspiring cooks and the press." We were lucky to have foodspotter Lauren Heineck cover the event for us...

    Descending on Madrid for the 10th consecutive year, internationally acclaimed chefs, culinary professionals, suppliers, artisans, TV personalities and food lovers, congregated last month for Madrid Fusión 2012.

    While many of the attending chefs and restaurants from the likes of The Fat Duck, Arzak, El Celler de Can Roca and Quique Dacosta might conjure up images of modernist cuisine, the conference dealt with many of today’s food topics in Spain and beyond, as was suggested by the title “Las puertas del futuro” — the gates of the future.

    One such chef was Dani García, the young, Michelin-starred chef from Malaga, Spain who presented his technique of “frying” boquerones - Spanish white anchovies - with liquid nitrogen.

    The author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, Nathan Myhrvold, provided an enthralling presentation and jokingly stated that avant-garde cooking is actually safer and easier than the home cook imagined. “Can you put your hand in hot oil?” he asked as he waved his bare hand through escaping nitrogen gas.

    Despite the progressive talk at Madrid Fusión 2012, the event showed participants a more modest approach to current food fascinations and dilemmas. After all, the current “green” movement isn’t new by any means, but it’s certainly something that our favorite restaurants are taking closer to heart, and using their leverage to spread a message of simplicity, locality and taste. For example, vegetables were a popular topic, and here a typical Basque dish of cod fish was reinvented with a sweet onion.

    Bacalao al pil pil by Chef Josean Alija of Nerua at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

    Another advocate of “neo-vegetarianism” and eating local and native species is Rodrigo de la Calle of Aranjuez, Spain who created the postre de patatas aka potato dessert pictured above and demonstrated other uses of the tasty root veggies to satisfy sweet tooths. Additionally, various seaweeds, pine needles and cones, and tree barks were used throughout Madrid Fusión.

    The summit closed with a focal point on Central and South America, and the audience sat in a trance of curiosity and unfamiliarity, looking at new fruits, vegetables and proteins.

    Piranha by Venezuelan chef Nelson Méndez

    Although the abundance of the Amazon River (an estimated 2,000 species) offers much to discover, our guess is that it will be a while before Europeans give up Spanish jamón ibérico for piranhas or tarantulas...

    Jamón ibérico @ Madrid Fusión 2012

    ABOUT LAUREN HEINECK In August 2009, a young, ambitious and hungry woman left Los Angeles, a corporate advertising gig and everything she had previously known to work on an organic farm in Las Alpujarras, a mountain region of Granada, Spain. Later, she spent some time in Valencia, the home of paella and horchata, and Barcelona where local-cuisine reigns supreme. Today you can follow Lauren's adventures in Madrid and beyond on her blog Sobremesa in Spain.

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      great pictures!!