As a fresh New Yorker, I have adapted easily to the city’s hectic lifestyle. Walking for miles everyday and taking the subway rides have become my new daily routine. Although I had the pleasure in LA to drive my car everywhere, honestly, I have not missed it since I moved to New York. I guess, it is a good thing. Instead, I am so excited to continue my journey in expanding my “foodie” list on my Blackberry. If I say that I don’t miss anyone from back home, that would be a lie. But, thanks to Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry Messenger (BBM), I can stay in touch with my loved ones in LA and back home in Indonesia. At least, they can be jealous of the delicious food I have tasted since moving to New York.
- Sign in with your Facebook account (if you don’t want to create a new Foodspotting’s account)
- Upload photos
- Browse other users’ profiles and photos
- Review and comment on other users’ photos
- Nom it, Want it, Great Find! and Great Shot! interactions
1. How was my first experience with foodspotting?
After I created a new account, I immediately merged it with my Facebook and Twitter accounts so that I become visible among my friends who are also Foodspotting users. It’s very convenient and user friendly. Then, you can decide whether or not you want to follow your friends’ updates (in terms of photos’ uploads) by being their followers. Sounds familiar, right? Yep, it’s exactly like Instagram, but for food! After you upload a photo, you can say “nom it,” “want it,” “great shot!” or “great find!.” You can also do all of these to any photos within Foodspotting that you think deserve any of these titles. As a result, you can really get personal with this app. Especially, for a foodie like me, it is really important to have a connection with the dish before I even want to have a taste of it. Also, with those four clicks, I can share my thoughts and feelings on the dishes through the simplest way possible. Overall, I fell in love with Foodspotting immediately, and cannot wait for its Blackberry application to be launched!
Of course, the first thing I researched on Foodspotting was French toast. Several results came out, but Alice’s Tea Cup’s bread pudding French toast came out on top. The picture was taken by Amy Caofrom a perfect angle to show its texture, size and the “delicious” aspect of the food. I immediately clicked “nom it” and “want it.”
The French toast tasted as delicious as it looks. The texture is a definite mix of bread pudding and french toast. And, the fresh fruit (on top) adds a certain freshness to it. Overall, it’s a MUST TRY French toast in NYC. I am pretty sure I will go back to Alice’s Tea Cup for a second round the next time I crave for French toast.
1. How was my experience with OpenTable?
For several years, I’ve been a loyal user of OpenTable. I’ve been using it mostly to make online reservations. A lot of reputable restaurants have been participating with OpenTable and the reviews are usually accurate. Currently, OpenTable is easily accessible through the Web and smartphones. Therefore, you can make a reservation with only one click from anywhere. You just need:
- Your city or restaurant name
- The number of people in your group
Word-of-mouth, Gossip Girl and then I checked it out on Open Table.
- Foie Gras French toast: The foie gras was cooked perfectly! I had enough on my plate and finished it all. Definitely, the reviewers are spot on about Norma’s signature dish. I have nothing else to say, except, you have to try it!
- Crispy French toast: It tastes like any other French toast, but the use of rice crispy adds a unique element to this French toast. Just add some maple syrup and it is complete.
First, let me recap my reviews on Foodspotting and OpenTable: