• April, Foodspotting's Head of Community, went on Southwestern Hoilday Road Trip a this year during her December vacation and got help from you on places she should eat. Here are some of her food highlights.

    One could argue that it’s harder finding food on a road trip than if you were staying in one place over a vacation. For one thing, you never know where you’ll be when you get hungry. Thanks to Google Maps, you can try to predict lunch and snack time, but there’s a good chance you’ll get hungry in the middle of nowhere. Knowing that we were departing with a very helpful guide and Foodspotting, I was confident we’d have some incredible meals. And the Southwestern road trip did not disappoint. The trip was mostly Mexican or Tex-Mex with bright breaks of outstanding not-Mexican.

    Where we went: Palm Springs, Tucson, Marfa, Austin then Van Horn, Truth or Consequences, Sedona, Palm Springs, San Francisco, with many stops in between!

    Here are the highlights...

    1. Salinas City BBQ (Salinas, CA)
    The first stop was an out-of-the-way BBQ join in Salinas City. The rib sandwich? Meaty, saucy—worth it. The brisket was great too.
    2. Cheeky’s (Palm Springs, CA)
    People love Cheeky’s bacon flight and rightfully so, but for me it was the side order of crispy waffles with salted butter that made this an extra-special breakfast. It was like a fancy Ego waffle. The rotating menu of brunch classics make Cheeky’s a place you should visit if you’re in the neighborhood.
    3. Cafe Poca Cosa (Tucson, AZ)
    While it’s true that the colorful assortment of dishes at Cafe Poca Cosa weren’t a new discovery for this trip, it was food so memorable that we sped towards it. The menu changes nightly, but one constant is the Chef’s Choice—a plate with three dishes from that night’s menu, selected by the chef.
    4. Las Cazuelas (Deming, NM)
    Deming, New Mexico is a small-ish town near another very small town, Hatch—home of the world famous Hatch chile. The restaurant shares a room with a meat deli, so we weren’t sure what would be placed before us. We got excellent beans (with hot dog!), along with an fabulous representation of Tex-Mex: green enchiladas, chile colorado, and chile rellenos.

    5. Pizza Foundation (Marfa, TX)
    Remote west Texas might not sound like someplace you can get a good slice, but then again Marfa, TX isn’t typical. This little artist town has a ton of personality and also some very delicious food. We enjoyed a chill evening of pizza with the locals at the Pizza Foundation.

    6. El Primo Taco Truck (Austin, TX)
    Although we were in Austin for a handful of days, regrettably we only had breakfast tacos one morning. El Primo Taco Truck is one man in one truck, busily cooking, taking orders, and serving up tortas, and the best darn breakfast tacos that we’ve had the pleasure of trying in Austin. Get the chorizo? As if there’s a question. (Yes, get it.)
    7. Habanero's (Las Cruces, NM)
    It’s always a good sign to be asked “Your first time here?” when you’re walking towards a restaurant entrance only to be told “Well then, you’re in for a treat.” when you answer in the affirmative. This tiny restaurant starts thing off with a welcome soup once you sit down. Good mole, great green sauce too.
    8. BellaLuca Cafe Italiano (Truth or Consequences, NM)
    BellaLuca was a great break from Mexican although they managed to make a beautiful dish fettuccini featuring the speciality ingredient of the area, the Hatch chile. We also enjoyed their wedge salad, which was a welcome insertion of green into an otherwise beige, brown, and red diet. We only wish there was room left for dessert! The perfect after dinner apéritif instead was a soak in a local hot spring tub.
    9. Happy Belly Deli (Truth or Consequences, NM)
    The next great piece of morning history from this road trip was the highway-friendly breakfast burrito. The restaurant was a small slice of local personality, with residents discussing news and reading the paper.
    10. Pie-O-Neer Cafe (Pie Town, NM)
    What does one order in Pie Town, New Mexico? Pie, of course! Our slices did not disappoint but if we had to pick a favorite, it’d be the Chocolate and Chile, Pinenut Pie. And the green chile stew was the perfect complement to the high-altitude chill in the air.
    11. Satchmo's (Flagstaff, AZ)
    Satchmo’s provided the perfect non-Mexican comfort food: tater tots. The clackened catfish was also excellent and don’t ever pass up a brisket burnt ends BBQ. It’s a delicacy on it’s own.
    12. Heart of Sedona Coffee (Sedona, AZ)
    While finding someplace to get our morning meal proved to be a challenge, our final pick did not disappoint. It was a little unwieldy in the car but the breakfast pita had a unique flavor thanks to feta, bell peppers, and an olive tapenade sauce.
    13. Jiao (Palm Springs, CA)
    Cheeky’s owner has a few other restaurants in Palm Springs and for our return trip we visited the newest, Jiao. The Asian street food menu was a delight at this point in the trip, especially that fresh Mizuna Salad. We also chewed and sniffed our way through most of the shishito peppers.

    14. Sherman’s Deli & Bakery (Palm Springs)
    Corned beef hash the way it was meant to be. This place was huge, efficient, and oh so good. You can't order wrong especially when most things come with a bagel.

    15. Romanti-Ezer (Santa Barbara, CA)
    Where to begin with this final entry in our road trip food experiences? Their Horchata had ground peanuts on top along with a cherry and was unlike any we’ve had previously. The tortillas and pupusas were homemade so while we had to wait, it was worth it 100%. Our only disappointment? That the next time we want more of their incredible pupusas, we have to get down to Santa Barbara again. Did someone say road trip pt. 2?

    So what do you think? Anything you want to try? Biggies we missed? Thank you for your suggestions, Foodspotters! Next time you hit the road, don’t forget to pack Foodspotting and you won’t go hungry.

    Posted by April in Team on January 25, 2013
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  • [View this album on Facebook: Three Years in Photos]

    Make a wish and blow out the candles, Foodspotting turns three today! It’s been an incredible year with many new features, a beautiful redesign, not to mention so many new mouth-watering sightings and delicious eatups around the world. Thank you for being such an amazing, astounding, and hungry community of food lovers.

    Because no birthday is complete without a bit of reflection, here are some highlights from the past year, our most fruitful year yet:

    On our first birthday, we proclaimed January 15th as World Foodspotting Day. Last year we threw a Ball Ball and watched as people gathered around the world and enjoyed their own eatup birthday party. This year we’re throwing our own San Francisco birthday party—a Milkshake Mashup Mixoff with our friends Cako, Frozen Kuhsterd, and The Seeker Wines on January 25th!

    Our incredible ambassadors and super users are leading the charge on birthday eatups, so join your nearby group of food lovers to find out about what’s in the works. Anyone can host an eatup, so if there’s no one in your area, check out our tips to getting an eatup started in your city.

    Belgium - Florida - Kansas City - Las Vegas - Little Rock - Los Angeles - Netherlands - New York - Philadelphia - Sacramento - Seattle - Sydney - Turkey - Vancouver - Washington DC

    Thank you for an awesome year and cheers to the future--we're working to make your Foodspotting wishes come true!

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  • April, Foodspotting's Head of Community, is going on a Southwestern Hoilday Road Trip this year during the December vacation. Can you give her a hand planning it?

    Hey there, intrepid and traveled Foodspotters. I need your help! My holiday travel this year takes me from one fantastic food city to another. Three adults and one dog take to the open road for a fast adventure from San Francisco to Austin. We’ll make some stops along the way, and this is where we need your expert opinion. What Southwestern specialities can’t be missed? Is there a restaurant or 5 we shouldn’t pass without stopping?

    The itinerary:

    - San Francisco, California
    - Palm Springs, California
    - Tucson, Arizona
    - Marfa, Texas
    - Austin, Texas

    Add your favorites to the guide! After the break (and maybe even from Instagram), I’ll report on the good food finds you the Foodspotting app lead me to want, try and maybe even love.

    Happy holidays!

    Posted by April in Team on December 17, 2012
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  • Spring is here and we're so happy to see seasonal dishes popping up in our Foodspotting feeds!

    Whether you love crispy fish tacos in Dallas, fresh fruit tarts in NYC, breakfast sandwiches topped with Spring veggies in SF or ice cream cones from Mister Softee, share your favorites in our Springtime Foodspotting guide and get our lemonade-sipping Spot badge while you're at it... Happy Spring, everybody!

    Posted by Amy Cao in Team on April 06, 2012
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  • Here at Foodspotting we believe that you are the company that you keep, which is why nurturing a strong community on and offline is one of our top priorities. We've loved interacting with you guys; you inspire us with your friendliness, good humor and enthusiasm for finding good food everyday. If you don't already, follow Foodspotting on your favorite social networks and say hello! We're always excited to chat, especially about delicious things you've discovered lately.

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    Posted by Amy Cao in Team on April 04, 2012
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  • Team Foodspotting at our SXSW Street Food Fest 2012

    Once again, the Foodspotting team took SXSW by storm! With our friends CHOW.com, we threw our 3rd annual SXSW Street Food Fest during the rainiest day we've experienced in Austin yet. Despite the downpour, our event attracted the masses, drawing 5,000 food lovers with our Golden Ticket giveaway, big tents, the chance to meet our friend, champion eater Takeru Kobayashi, and the promise of delicious street eats by Austin's beloved food trucks.

    Rain, rain go away...

    Luckily, the rain let up after 20 minutes into our 6-hour outdoor event so attendees were free to wander from truck to truck sans umbrellas and ponchos to try Austin street food specialities like chicken & waffle tacos, burgers topped with fried eggs and onion strings, kimchi fries and refreshing fruity ice pops.

    Huge thanks to Arancini, Chi'Lantro, Good Pops, Hey Cupcake, Lucky J's, One Taco and Peached Tortilla for being the stars of our food truck extravaganza, which also featured the RVIP Lounge & Karaoke Cabaret for entertainment and an eating contest with Kobayashi.

    Champion eater Kobayashi tries Texas barbecue for the first time.

    Our Golden Ticket giveaway was a hit thanks to our partners Southwest Airlines who were on hand to award winners with roundtrip plane tickets. We're also grateful to Lytro and Torani for sponsoring awesome prizes, and On the Flipside for bringing their mobile flipbook experience to our Street Food Fest. We're already looking forward to Foodspotting at SXSW 2013!

    Attendees lined up for delicious hot food on a chilly day in Austin.

    Foodspotting table with our new shirts and CHOW.com gifts for Golden Ticket winners.

    Check out our Facebook album for more pics from our weekend at SXSW 2012.

    Posted by Amy Cao in Team on March 26, 2012
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  • On Saturday March 10th, Foodspotting is bringing back the Official SXSW Street Food Fest for the third year in a row, with help from our friends at CHOW.com!

    Two years ago, we celebrated the launch of our iPhone app at our first ever SXSW. Back then, we were just a team of three. Then, last year, our second Street Food Fest drew over 4,000 people and was one of the most talked about events during SXSW Interactive.

    Join us next Saturday for our food truck extravaganza featuring the RVIP Lounge & Karaoke Cabaret for entertainment, a special celebrity guest star and some of Austin's finest food trucks:

    Clem's Hot Diggity Dogs
    Good Pops
    Hey Cupcake
    Lucky J's
    One Taco
    Peached Tortilla
    Yume Burger

    But that's not all... fire up your Foodspotting app in Austin to discover local dishes and you could win awesome prizes, just for using us while enjoying SXSW! Simply load the app and hunt for Golden Tickets. Prizes include plane tickets from Southwest Airlines, a sweet Light Field Camera by Lytro, a trip to a special BBQ destination in Texas, to a year's supply of tea from Honest Tea.

    Last but not least — need to figure out where to eat in Austin? We’re really good at helping. Follow our favorite Austin dishes in the SXSW Dish Guides below.

    CHOW.com SXSW Eat Sheet
    Cooking Channel's Ultimate Guide to Austin Eats
    The Best Dishes in Austin according to local food writer Megan Giller
    ...and more.

    For more deets, visit our official Foodspotting SXSW page, and don't forget to RSVP on Facebook. Can't wait to see you guys in Austin!

    Posted by Amy Cao in Team on February 29, 2012
  • Remember when you were little and you'd either 1. make your own Valentine's Day cards by attacking red construction paper with scissors or 2. buy a dozen Winnie the Pooh notecards to give to classmates? And on February 14th, you'd go home with a red lollipop or two...

    Because we're nostalgic for valentines, we designed Romantic Spot to share with you. To get this special occasion badge, simply add your favorite dish in the world to The Ultimate Foodspotting Guide to Foods We Love. Foie gras sushi, mochi donuts, heart-shaped foods... share what you ♥ with us. And, for the record, we love you, too!

    Posted by Amy Cao in Team on February 14, 2012