Foodspotting app helps foodies find delicious dishes

Foodspotting app helps foodies find delicious dishes

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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. Lemongrass 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 where to find the 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," Mayo said.

Mayo, a food blogger who runs, 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 that's your recommendation," Mayo said.

There are no negative ratings on Foodspotting, because it's only about food people love.

"Man I love food. I really do," Foodspotter Marianne Suyat said.

And that's something all Foodspotters have in common.

Boasting around 4 million users, the app has become so successful, online reservation site OpenTable recently purchased it for $10 million.

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