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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Foodspotting

ispotfood-iconYes, I take pictures of my food. I'm a blogger, I take pictures of lots of strange things. Lately though I've stopped worrying about the weird looks from the tables next to me as I style my plates to get the prettiest shot.  I often make my companions wait to digg in so I can shoot their plates too.  Luckily my family just laughs at me.

A couple of weeks ago I discovered a fun little iPhone app developed for foodies just like me. It's called Foodspotting. The Foodspotting website and mobile apps make it easy to find and share your favorite foods with others using the applications. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend your favorite dishes using photos and see what others have recommended wherever you go. Foodspotting focuses on positive experience, because when you're hungry and in a hurry, you don't want to weed through a bunch of negative reviews.  They recognize that even the smallest eatery can have a hidden gem to be treasured and shared.  Users can search the app by people, foods, locations or guides, and instead of bringing up a text, it offers pictures of what Foodspotters have eaten and loved.

Instead of star ratings, you can give blue ribbons, called “Noms,” to foods you’ve tried and love. But there’s a catch: You only get 5 noms to start with and must earn the right to nom more foods after that! The more reputation points you earn by interacting with the Foodspotting community, the more noms you’re allowed to give out.

Since it's launch in 2010 Foodspotting has created a stir in the Foodie world and received support from some seemingly unlikely sources. Anthony Bourdain's Travel Channel hit "No Reservations" created several guides within the app so that you can eat where Tony eats. Even the James Beard Foundation has gotten onboard with Foodspotting by creating a series of Guides to eating with the best chef's in America.

So, what are you eating? Is it Nom worthy? Sign up at Foodspotting.com and let us know!


3 comments:

  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets weird looks when I start taking pictures of my food! lol The App sounds cool I think i'm going to have get it for my ipod touch! :)

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  2. Hi Kristen, your write-up of Foodspotting really warms my heart! Thank you so much for your kind words - everything was spot-on. You're absolutely right - "even the smallest eatery can have a hidden gem to be treasured and shared." Isn't that true with anything? We're really glad you're enjoying the app, and please don't hesitate to let me or any of the Foodspotting team know if you have questions. When you have a moment, send over a link to your Foodspotting profile & we'll follow your dish recommendations there :) team@foodspotting [dot] com

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  3. Sounds like a really fun app! I too take pictures of food and my family and friends laugh. Oh well...it's part of the memories :)

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