'Foodspotting' app allows foodies to share pics of great dishes
You've probably seen their type in restaurants. Before the forks come out, the phones come out.
Foodspotters click away on their cell phones and cameras. Snapping shot after shot. A Madagascar black vanilla macaron. Lemon grass truffles. Violet gelato.
"I take a photo first and I started using Foodspotting as a way to share it on social media," said Orlando Foodspotting ambassador Julius Mayo, Jr.
Foodspotting shows diners just where to find the exact food they crave. A greasy cheeseburger, the best sushi in town, or delicate French macarons, the free app pinpoints your location and displays photos of nearby dishes categorized by type.
Mayo makes an event out of Foodspotting every month that he aptly calls "eatups."
"That's the whole point of these eatups is to meet together gather and discover food together so you can try to find new dishes," said Mayo.
Mayo, a food blogger who runs Droolius.com, has been hosting eatups throughout Central Florida for about two years, choosing locations with picturesque plates: Asian tapas, German schnitzel, spicy Thai. His most recent eatup was a sweet trip to Le Macaron in Winter Park.
"When you like a certain dish, instead of writing a review about it all you have to do is take a photo and post it and then that's your recommendation," Mayo said.
There are no negative ratings because Foodspotting is only about food people love.
"Man I love food. I really do," said Foodspotter Marianne Suyat.
And that's something all Foodspotters have in common.
Boasting around 4 million users, the app has become so successful, online reservation site Open Table recently purchased it for $10 million dollars cash.