With deep sadness, and for so many reasons, this will be my last pic on Foodspotting:
On this day, five years ago, I discovered Foodspotting and my life changed. Such a simple thing: sharing photos of delicious food with like-minded, passionate, hilarious and friendly people. Over the years, I learned not only about new dishes and cuisines, but through those things: different countries and cultures, ways of thinking, and the simple truth that we can all come together around this virtual table, and share laughter and love regardless of our backgrounds and beliefs.
Astonishingly, Foodspotting was used in ways I don’t think anyone could have anticipated: a Foodspotter, during the floods in Thailand, shared the obstacles she faced daily to get her meal. I witnessed love bloom between two Foodspotters and the delightful way they showed their relationship through food pics. Celebrations, tragedies, and the precious day-to-day: we all shared this together.
I first joined Foodspotting because I was frustrated that some of my favorite restaurants were closing in Kalamazoo. I thought Foodspotting would be a way to create interest around these places.
Unexpectedly, Foodspotting changed the way I dined. Whereas before, I would stick with my favorite dishes, I was now ordering different and new dishes constantly: all for the sake of posting on Foodspotting. I tried so many delicious (and some not so delicious) things; my menu grew to the size of the world and I have Foodspotting to thank for that.
But as development of the app ceased, it became more and more difficult to use. Restaurants that I added would not show up in search and neither would the photos associated with them. My iPad worked less efficiently with the app and recently, the photos on it would not appear for me to upload. And we are all familiar with the blank screens that appear so often and so randomly on every device.
Another reason to stop here is because of this dish: Okonomiyaki: This was the dish that started it all. Alexa Andrzejewski created Foodspotting because she wanted to be able to find specific dishes in restaurants, not general cuisines. In spite of Foodspotting limping to its inevitable demise, I do want to give huge thanks to Alexa, Ted Grubb and Soraya Darabi for creating this app. It shone shortly but brightly.
To all of you whom I’ve grown to love on Foodspotting, please join me on the only other app that makes sense to transition to: Instagram. I’m zooeats.
Thank you all for sharing your lives and your love of all things delicious. I wish you all the best: Gunbae! Prost! Salud! Cheers!