The Foodspotting Book Is Here!

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OpenTable is proud to be the home of Foodspotting, a website and app for finding and sharing great dishes. But the lesser-known story behind Foodspotting is that long before it was an app idea, it was a book idea. Today, we’re excited to announce that this book is here!

Check out The Foodspotting Field Guide

Five years ago, Alexa Andrzejewski (now a lead experience designer here at OpenTable) traveled to Japan and Korea, where she was surprised to realize how many dishes she’d never heard of before, like Okonomiyaki and Tteokbokki. A few weeks later, Alexa woke up with the idea to create a “Field Guide for Food” — a pocket-sized guide to interesting dishes from around the world.

The book idea evolved into an app idea, and Foodspotting was born. Today, millions of food photos later, our friends at Chronicle Books and our beloved editor April Walters (previously Foodspotting’s Head of Community), have brought The Foodspotting Field Guide to life. If you’re curious about these and other dishes, or know someone who would be, then this book is for you!

Think you already know your dishes? See how many you’ve tried! Take The Foodspotting Field Guide Challenge.

On Our Plate: Top Tables with a View; Boston + Washington, DC Restaurant Week Reservations; Snap Better Foodspotting Pics + More

DCRWHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants. Find out which restaurants have heart-stopping views and mouthwatering dishes.

* Are you a Foodspotter? Use these insider tips from Luke McKinley of Ravish to make your pics look even more delish!

* New York City Restaurant Week continues. Three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners through August 16.

* Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week is on like Tron. Take advantage of $35 dinners for one or two through August 25.

* Dining out in the Big Easy is even easier with COOLINARY New Orleans. Enjoy 2 or 3-course lunches for $20 or less and 3-course dinners for $35 or less through August 31.

* Houston Restaurant Weeks continue! Enjoy $20 + $35 brunches, $20 lunches, and $35 + $45 dinners through September 2.

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts TOMORROW! Get charmed by $15.13-$30.13 lunches and $15.13-$35.13 dinners through August 25.

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Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Don’t shoot. Some restaurants are banning food photography. [Business Insider]

* But if you insist on the point and click. Here are some tips for jerk-free restaurant food photography. [PopPhoto.com]

* Make no mistake. Or at least not these five mistakes that restaurant’s make with their websites. [SmallBizTrends.com]

* Map quest. An Apple Maps error is costing Portland restaurant Metrovino $50,000 in lost business. [CultofMac.com]

* Pay your bill, pal. You may be able to use PayPal the next time your restaurant check comes. [Columbus Dispatch]

* Fancy feast. The top trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. [Mercury News]

* Feliz cumpleanos, Jaleo. The D.C. mainstay by Jose Andres turns 20. [Washington Blade]

* Shhhh! Here are some of New York’s most quiet restaurants. [Bloomberg]

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