• San Francisco, rejoice! One of our most popular contests is back. While we can't believe that a full year has gone by, we're excited that 7x7 Magazine's 2011 Big Eats SF is upon us again.

    For the chance to win some amazing prizes, follow 7x7's Big Eats guide and spot as many items on the list as possible. The first three people to spot the most foods will be recognized in 7x7 magazine and will win the following:

    Grand Prize Winner: A luxury trip to Napa, including two nights at the gorgeous Napa River Inn, dinner for two at Morimoto Napa and a late-night wine tasting at John Anthony Wines

    First Runner Up: A local cookbook library from Chronicle Books

    Second Runner Up: A cleanse package from Can Can Cleanse

    Think there's an item missing from the list? Add it to the "I Can't Believe It's Not In The Big Eat 2011!" guide.

    Note: Because there are so many of the same items, unfortunately prizes can't be given to the same winner two years in a row. The contest will be over once someone has spotted all 100 items. Second and third place prizes will be awarded to whoever is next in line. Now, eat up and good luck!

    • about 3 years ago.
      Amy, a contest like this in NYC would be great!
    • about 3 years ago.
      As the only past winner of this contest, I too feel excluded. For the record, due to the changing of names of some items or places (in 2010 it was "Delfina restaurant," in 2011 it's just "Delfina." I think there's some location merging that needs to happen), there were only 53 items that directly crossed over from last year to this year. BTW- Not that I'm playing, but guess who's spotted 23 of the new items. Does this mean if I complete the list this year (but not win), would I be excluded from the 2012 list? Wouldn't it be easier to just say that the items need to be spotted in the calendar year they represent? I bet that would level the field. And one more thing, can we PLEASE banish the Egg Custard from the Golden Gate bakery?
    • about 3 years ago.
      No, no, I just photographed my 1st Egg Custard from there today! If all the items were new, Michael, there would have been an even playing field and no reason to exclude you at all; that was my original point. BTW how would you prove the photo was recent, and do you really want to eat the same thing? With the expense of going to these restaurants, I don't see the motivation for anyone beyond people with those old photos to even enter.
    • about 3 years ago.
      Before last year's contest, I've had eaten in the majority of the restaurants, but didn't have the photographic evidence to complete the contest, and it was a treat to revisit some of the places that I hadn't been to in years (Zuni) to gather the evidence. One of my frustrations last year (and what made it such a horse race) was that people were uploading pictures in bulk from the previous year. People had parties where they had 10-15 items from the list at a time as take out and people had the pictures. It would not be hard at all to modify the code to only display items within a certain date range. That egg custard was also part of the 7x7 Big Sweet guide and at least one other one, methinks.
  • Common Hot Pot Dishes : Sliced meat, veggies, wontons, egg dumplings, seafood, tofu.

    In the spirit of Lunar New Year, which starts this week and falls on Thursday, we're highlighting one of our favorite Chinese stews! Typically, hot pot encourages communal dining as friends gather around a metal pot simmering with stock. Into this bubbling broth, thinly sliced meats, vegetables, tofu, and the like are cooked right in front of you. Some prefer to cook each piece individually; others, like myself, like to dump everything in and hope for the best.

    Have you tried hot pot or its Japanese cousin, shabu-shabu? What's your favorite kind of hot pot?

    Click here to see where hot pot has been spotted recently. 

    • about 3 years ago.
      Nursing a cold at present and this would be perfect right now :( Think I'll print the pix and sleep with it on my pillow. *sniff sniff*
    • about 3 years ago.
      I'm with you, Amy. I'd rather eat it than create it. In the 5 years I lived in Japan, I loved to go to shabu-shabu restaurants. So hearty and homey.
    • about 3 years ago.
      Shabu shabu is one of my faves of ALL TIME!
    • about 3 years ago.
      @Belly in Hand, hope you feel better soon!
  • Birthdays are a time to reflect and wonder where the heck the last year went. We did the whole "Year In Retrospect" thing last week when Foodspotting celebrated its first birthday, but where would we be without the good people who found the company? That's where our co-founder and CTO Teddy comes in. On this first day of his 30th year, we're dedicating this blog space to chat with The Man himself:

    AC Happy birthday, Teddy! Do you want the questions to be frivolous or to show THE REAL YOU?

    TG The real me!

    AC Here goes nothing then. We know you love us, but what do you think you'd be doing and where would you be if you were not working on Foodspotting?

    TG When I started working on Foodspotting I had recently left Get Satisfaction to go rock climbing around the country. I'd like to think I'd still be in a tent in Zion Canyon, UT. That, or out saving the world.

    AC Fiona wants to know: What's your favorite online video?

    TG I'm currently really into The Beard Cage.

    AC I know we were considering seeing Blue Valentine last week while the New York team was in San Fran, but what movie would you highly recommend?

    TG I am kind of a movie geek. I just saw a great documentary called Dear Zachary.

    AC What has been your most definitive moment related to food?

    TG Traveling has definitely had the biggest effect on me. Visiting countries like Morocco, Korea, Thailand, Spain and France have forever changed my perception of food and how it relates to culture. I try to take a cooking class everywhere I go. I took a really fun and interactive class in Marrakech that involved shopping for all the ingredients in the souks. I think we each had $5 or something and we had to haggle to keep on budget. The worst classes are the ones that prep everything for you.

    AC Most unusual dish you've discovered on your trips?

    TG BBQ eels in Seoul. They squirm around on the grill until they're fully cooked. Take a look.

    AC Can I tell everyone that you know the words to Usher's latest album and Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me?

    TG I have a secret music crush on Usher. Taylor who?

    • about 3 years ago.
      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you @teddyg
    • about 3 years ago.
      Happy, happy birthday!
    • about 3 years ago.
      Happy Birthday from the interwebs
    • about 3 years ago.
      Wishing you a Very HAPPY Happy Birthday!!
  • While the New York Foodspotting team was in San Francisco last week, we learned about Sushirrito from our friends at Thrillist. As a lover of all Japanese foods, and especially unusual food combinations, our CEO Alexa made it a personal goal to hunt down the burrito-sushi anomaly.

    We arrived at the tiny takeaway shop at the tail end of lunchtime, so, to our chagrin, the sushirritos were already sold out.

    Not to be deterred, Alexa returned to Sushirrito yesterday to sate her curiosity once and for all. The verdict? "Like a sushi roll but STUFFED with flavors." I think it's safe to say it's a super-sized sushi roll, which sounds pretty delicious to me!

    Posted by Amy Cao in News on January 25, 2011
    • about 3 years ago.
      I saw that blog post. Looks really good! I can't wait to try it when I'm in the city.
    • about 3 years ago.
      I love it. That looks really good.
    • about 3 years ago.
      Hopefully they'll be so successful, they'll open a branch in New York :)
    • about 3 years ago.
      This is incredible. I would need a supersized glass of sencha tea to truly make this a XL Japanese meal.
  • Have you ever wondered: How do I show off my awesome Foodspotting photos on my own awesome website? Well, today is your lucky day. To launch our new Tips & Tricks series on the Spotted blog, we're highlighting the Foodspotting widget so that you can showcase your best or latest sightings on your own blog.

    First, for logos, chicklets, and widgets, go to foodspotting.com/about/assets or visit your Foodspotting profile to find the widget on the lower right hand corner of the page. Once you click through, you'll be able to customize the widget by changing the background color, dimensions, size of photos, number of photos, etc.

    Lastly, you're not limited to your own foodspottings. If you're a restaurant that wants to showcase all the pics taken at your establishment, you can filter the results by place or even dish. Sushi Foodspotting widget, anybody?

    • about 3 years ago.
      I wish it worked on Wordpress.com! :(
    • about 3 years ago.
      Love it! I've got it installed: http://food.darzie.com. It can work on Wordpress. Install a plugin that will make sure that iframes don't get stripped out of the HTML editor. I used Easy iFrames and it works well!
    • about 3 years ago.
      darzie, thanks for the great tip!
    • over 1 year ago.
      I still wish you could do two search queries - one for the place, and one for a tag within the place. This widget doesn't help me with my site.
  • Baltimore Skyline at Night

    Restaurant Week has become a welcome tradition in many cities and we hope Foodspotting will become a bigger part of them all in 2011. For our first Restaurant Week partnership, we're teaming up with Maryland during Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week between January 21st and 30th. You already know that Restaurant Week deals can be a steal, but now you can dine out and win another meal for two just by foodspotting your favorite dish!

    First things first: Follow our Baltimore Restaurant Week guide. As you dine at designated restaurants throughout the week, remember to snap photos of your favorite restaurant or dish. The more interesting the better, so keep your shots crisp, clear, and clever.

    After Restaurant Week, Baltimore food lovers will be invited to vote on their favorite photos. On February 11th, the winning photos will be chosen based on number of votes.

    Whoever has the most winning photos will win a $50 gift certificate for lunch at Sotto Sopra, plus a $150 gift certificate for dinner at Morton’s the Steakhouse. The winner with the second most voted-on photos will win a $150 gift certificate for dinner at Brewer's Art. Winners will be contacted by email. Good luck and bon appétit!

    (Photo by NearDC on Flickr.)

    • about 3 years ago.
      Thanks for supporting our wonderful Maryland food! Loving the app and just uploaded my first sighting!
  • Holy party, Batman! We cannot believe how great our first birthday celebration was. Adaptive Path, where our founders Alexa and Ted first met, generously hosted our party. Close to 300 people gathered over wine sponsored by Oriel, St. Francis and Domaine Carneros; birthday cupcakes sponsored by Sprinkles; drinks sponsored by Cascal; and japadog-inspired hot dogs.

    Foodspotting birthday cupcakes photo by Foodspotter Chris.

    The event could not have gone better, and what's amazing is that all over the world, our community celebrated with 100 eat-ups across 25 countries. Plus, we asked you guys to add cake sightings to our Happy Birthday, Foodspotting guide and got everything from cheesecake to churros cake to blue velvet cake. Some spotters even baked cakes just for us!

    World Foodspotting Day comes just once a year on January 15th, but Oriel is helping us extend celebrations by generously offering a 20% discount code to all Foodspotters. Simply use the promocode ORIELBASH on OrielWines.com purchases.

    Thanks so much to everyone who helped us ring in Foodspotting's second year!

    Chicken and waffles at Adsum Restaurant. Photo by Dan Tabor of Geekadelphia.

    Birthday cake photo by Foodspotter Trish.

    Chocolate pancakes at Good to Grill in Hawaii.

    Posted by Fiona Tang in News on January 21, 2011
    • about 3 years ago.
      hooray! our chicken and waffles with jalapeno maple syrup is famous :) we had such a wonderful time at our Philly eat-up.
  • What do you get when you combine a negative restaurant review with a chef gone rogue? The result is Bitter Feast, an indie movie about a food blogger who gets his comeuppance after publishing a rumor which leads to the demise of a TV chef's culinary empire. Renowned Chef Mario Batali (pictured above) makes a cameo in this horror film which makes this point: Be careful what you blog...

    To celebrate the release of the Bitter Feast DVD, we're giving fifteen Foodspotters their own copy! Just name your favorite food-related movie and we'll randomly pick fifteen DVD winners on Friday afternoon (Pacific time). Leave your answer in the comment section below or tweet your answer using this hashtag #FoodspottingDVD. Good luck!

    1/24/11 Update: All fifteen winners have been emailed. Thanks for playing, everyone!

    • over 3 years ago.
      Ratatouille
    • over 3 years ago.
      Ratatouille
    • about 3 years ago.
      God of Cookery
    • about 3 years ago.
      Fried green tomatoes