• Check out this great video review of our Android app on AppJudgment! Big thank you to the producers for using Foodspotting and for sharing their thoughts on our Droid app.

    The verdict? They love it, but want to be able to find and follow friends. Well, guys, we hear you and are working on including these features and more in the full Foodspotting Android app coming out soon.

  • Being a part of the Foodspotting team has certainly taken us on some amazing adventures. And the pinnacle of this might be our inclusion last week in the wonderful James Beard Foundation Awards to which we had an all-access pass, allowing us to do crazy things like accidentally wander onto the stage and hang out all night behind the scenes with the likes of Thomas Keller.

    The blogging that we did, with our official live-blogging duties for JBF didn't quite do the event justice. So what better way to capture the experience than with a video? Check out our quick highlight reel of the fun night and be sure to follow the James Beard Foundation on Foodspotting for updates on the award winners' food recommendations.

    Video produced by our own Amy Cao.

  • Editor's Note: With nearly 500 foodspottings and numerous burgers under his belt, Super Spotter Rodney Blackwell is clearly the perfect person to talk to about National Hamburger Month. Check out the contest he's running for burger junkies in Sacramento and be sure to follow his epic Foodspotting hamburger guide.

    May is National Hamburger Month! As the creator of California-based burger review blog Burger Junkies, I jumped at the chance to share my love for burgers by teaming up with de Vere's Irish Pub in Sacramento to create #sacburgermonth. For each week in May, de Vere's chefs created a Featured Burger with beer pairings. You can check out those burgers in our #sacburgermonth guide.

    It may be mid-May, but it’s never too late to join in the burger fun! To celebrate National Burger Month, add a burger that you’ve enjoyed to the new National Hamburger Month Foodspotting guide. It’s an open guide, so hopefully together we can create one of the best visual burger resources in the world!

    Rodney Blackwell runs T-ShirtForums.com and when he’s not thinking about t-shirts, he’s out fueling his Foodspotting addiction. You can follow his burger adventures at BurgerJunkies.com or on @burgerjunkies.
    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on May 17, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      sweeeet I just had a burger last night! :D
    • over 6 years ago.
      Hi Will! That is a good question. We keep forgetting to bring him with us on our outings. Sorry, sorry!
    • over 5 years ago.
      If you're ever in Calgary, Canada, come to Boogies Burgers for a giant 'Dougs' burger. You won't regret it!!!! Check out Boogies Burgers on You Tube for an example.
    • about 1 month ago.
      Awesome!
  • Editor's Note: Today's post is by lovely foodspotter Grace Boyle who recently attended the Bravo Top Chef tour event when it visited Denver. Follow Bravo on Foodspotting to see dishes recommended near you by Top Chef contestants!

    The sun was beating down on Mile High City in picturesque Larimer Square where Top Chef: The Tour was being held. It was hot.

    Excitedly, I approached the white tents, waiting for the cook-off. As we entered, Top Chef All Star winner Richard Blais and local Vail sweetheart Kelly Liken of Top Chef Season 7 staked out at their respective cooking tables as the crowd whistled and clapped.

    Each chef was given ten different ingredients and was allowed to bring a local ingredient from home. The main menu item? Fish. (A little ironic as we’re not coastal...)

    Richard brought dry ice as his secret ingredient to mix things up. With a packed house watching, the timed event began.

    Kelly’s dish included an orange and lime citrus salad with pickled cabbage. “She’s not cooking anything,” Richard joked about Kelly's final creation, a salmon salad served crudo, which means “raw” in Spanish. When asked what she would drink with her dish, Kelly exclaimed “I would drink tequila!”

    Richard broke out avocado to cool over the dry ice. He lightly cooked his salmon on one side and served it with fennel and fresh cilantro. Kelly’s dish was fresh and cooling; Richard’s was creative and different.

    The audience and judges got to taste test the goods. For our round (there were three), Kelly’s saucy, citrus salad won over the crowd on a hot day, but Richard ended up winning Denver overall.

    My favorite part of the event was getting to see Richard’s humor and ability to work the crowd. Kelly has been running her namesake restaurant for seven years and her local girl charm was witty and endearing. After all, they’re humans too and these events help us interact with them, learn about the show, their favorite dishes and what they're up to post-Top Chef.

    Check out the rest of the tour dates to see when they’re coming to a city near you!

    Grace Boyle is a Business Manager for Lijit. She writes about her passion for food on Grace(Full)Plate. Follow her on Twitter @gracekboyle and @gracefullplate.

    All photos by the author.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on May 13, 2011
    • over 6 years ago.
      this looks so much fun! I'm very excited for their DC stop :)
    • about 1 month ago.
      Looks like fun.
  • Every year the James Beard Foundation crowns the best in the U.S. restaurant industry. This year Foodspotting was invited to attend and blog live from the awards ceremony, capturing the excitement for our community and food lovers around the world. You can read our musings from the event on the JBF blog.

    We arrived at Lincoln Center and found our All Access passes in the sun-filled lobby of Avery Fisher Hall where we bumped into Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Bobby Flay – even Chef Christopher Ivens-Brown – who Fiona and I had met on our San Diego trip with Sony Electronics.

    Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Bravo's Andy Cohen, and Maya Hailen

    The chef and restaurant world is an intimate one, so it was fun to see so many familiar people in one place. Some we recognized from TV. Others, like Thomas Keller, we know because he created our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and yet others own our favorite brunch spot in the East Village.

    Before the festivities began, Fiona walked right into the auditorium and on to the stage to catch a glimpse of what the winners see. Read her post on the JBF blog here.

    We spotted Mo Rocca and Lauren Deen from the Cooking Channel who recognized Foodspotting from the recent episode we filmed for Food(ography)!

    We met Mauve and Mortimer, two cute pigs who are mascots for Whistlepig Straight Rye Whiskey.

    And soon we found ourselves in the Mercedes-Benz Victory Lane where the winners were photographed and toasted with champagne upon exiting the stage.

    This is where Fiona (pictured above) and I set up camp for the night and where we got to chat with the winners, complimented Chef Keller on his shoes, learned to speak Thai ("Chaiyo" means "Cheers!") and even got a "Nominee" sticker from Chef Samuelsson who plucked it right off Rising Star Chef of the Year winner Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and stuck it on me.

    It was an honor to get a peek behind-the-scenes of the Beard Foundation Awards parked from our cushy spots in the Victory Lane. We weren't nominated, per se, but it definitely felt like winning.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on May 10, 2011
  • Drumroll please...! Today, one of our newest partners, the renowned AskMen, is launching its Top 29 Cities to Visit, featuring the editors’ picks for the best places for single men to visit and look for adventure.

    Listen up, fellas, AskMen did the quantitative homework to help point you to cities with the best weather, average cost of a pint of beer and a cab ride, accommodations, sports, culture, and availability of single women.

    Within each city, AskMen is also asking the Foodspotting community to help recommend the best martinis that you've tried, and contribute to favourite dishes to share with the Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef judge Simon Majumdar.

    Follow AskMen's Alphameals on Foodspotting, and stay tuned for recommendations, guides and a lot more surprises from AskMen: foodspotting.com/askmen.

  • We're proud to announce that Foodspotting will be blogging live from the James Beard Foundation Awards tonight! Behind our text and tweets will be Fiona and me, and we’ll be joined on the James Beard Foundation website by awesome foodspotters and popular New York food blogging duo, Immaculate Infatuation.

    The ceremony will be held at Lincoln Center, the epicenter of arts and culture – and where we go see the ballet every summer – so we're getting dressed up for the occasion!

    For those who are wondering, the JBF Awards is like the Oscars of food and restaurants, so the best restaurant, best chef, and many more will be honored within the food industry.

    Follow the action on the Foodspotting Twitter page and on the JBF Awards site starting at 6PM ET. We’ll be sharing the action as it happens so stay tuned!

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on May 09, 2011
  • It finally feels like Spring in New York City, and we're excited to bring together NYC foodspotters on Thursday night for our first ever Foodspotting Happy Hour at Ai Fiori.

    We'll be celebrating the good weather and ringing in Ai Fiori's Spring Specialties with exclusive drink specials for you guys and some yummy bites to try, too.

    Last Friday we asked you to name your favorite Spring drinks on Facebook. In response to the online calls for gin, mint, light, citrus, cucumber, "sparkling" and "refreshing," Ai Fiori's cocktail master Eben Freeman created a special Foodspotting Spring cocktail called the Campari Cup, which will be available tomorrow at our event! You have to admit it looks pretty awesome.

    For our friends who want to recreate the Campari Cup at home, here are the secret ingredients:

    Campari Cup

    Glass: highball
    Garnish: mint sprig and cucumber peel
    Ingredients:
    ½ oz. honey syrup
    ¾ oz. lemon juice
    1 oz. Hendrick’s gin
    1 oz. Campari
    Top up club soda

    Method: Combine honey syrup, lemon juice, and gin in a cobbler shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Fill glass with crushed ice, swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Pour chilled Campari over drink and top with club soda. Top again with crushed ice, place straws and garnish.

    Looking forward to seeing you guys tomorrow! Don't forget to RSVP.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Schwartz and Ai Fiori

    Posted by Amy Cao in Spotlight on April 27, 2011