Matchbook’s mission is to help you remember all the wonderful places you come across in your life. Whether it’s a place you absolutely love or a newly discovered place you want to try, Matchbook is the way to keep them all conveniently organized.
Matchbook is hiring a senior editor to execute Matchbook’s editorial strategy — online, in app, and across social media platforms. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about the New York City restaurant scene, possesses outstanding writing and editing skills and extensive social media experience, is excited about emerging digital trends, and is a creative thinker.
- Source, curate, write and edit content for all platforms (blog, in app, across social media)
- Identify new ways to inspire and engage the existing community and drive acquisition and engagement
- Manage, execute and optimize social media reporting, analytics and content calendars
- Collaborate with internal team (product, engineering)
- Outstanding writing, grammar, and communication skills
- Ability to deliver quality work in a fast paced and high volume environment
- Experience developing and executing multi-platform social media strategies, content calendars and tactical plans
- Experience managing a social media property on a daily basis
- Proven multi-tasker that can a manage several projects at once under tight deadlines and accommodate rapid changes
If you’re interested, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “Senior Editor.” Plain text resumes and links to online resumes are preferred to email attachments.
As some of you already know, we’ve been working hard for the past several months to build a brand spankin’ new version of Matchbook with an all-new design and an upgraded back-end architecture, rebuilt from the ground up. We looked closely at how people are using the app, we listened to your suggestions and feedback, we went back to the drawing board and we believe we came up with something you’ll really love. We’ve taken great care to ensure that everything flows a lot more smoothly, with fewer technical hiccups.
We appreciate all the support and patience our user community has shown us during this time, and we’re very excited to announce we’re ready to release the all-new Matchbook 2.0. An update to the app should be available in the app store today, check it out at matchbook.co/download.
We’ve poured a lot of love into this update, but it’s only the beginning. We will continue to work tirelessly to make Matchbook better every single day by listening to the things you like/dislike and the ideas you want to see implemented in future versions of the app. Together, we’ll truly make Matchbook the best way to remember the places you love and want to try.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on Matchbook 2.0 at matchbook.co/support, we can’t wait to hear from you.
The Matchbook Team
Krista Charles makes graphite drawings on the vintage matchbooks that she collects, using Google Street View to find out what the location on each matchbook looks like now.
A wonderful way to illustrate the passage of time and how we perceive it.
(via Miss Moss)
Some food blogs are jam-packed with great content but their lack of organization makes them tricky to navigate. Not the case on Four Tines and a Napkin.
One thing that stands out about this neatly organized site is the ability to easily browse through places by meal type (brunch, lunch, dinner, etc), cuisine or location.
This is of course not to devalue the content itself—the depth of the posts, ranging from meatballs to Michelin is impressive and each post is visually enhanced by beautifully framed photographs (cue mouth-watering).
Chief contributor Stefie’s explanation around how she themed her blog’s style on Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry (check out her and Marcus’ mammoth post on their experience) shows her heart for gastronomy and we are friends with anyone that is “on the hunt for the best quality and best tasting things out there.”
Four Tines also has a “Bucket List” of her 10 must-go places, and the “Eaten & Conquered” section, which fits nicely with the new “Want to Go” or “Went” categorizing in Matchbook.
Stefie + friends have reviewed over 100 New York eateries and drinkeries, plus a bunch of places in Boston, Chicago, Finger Lakes, Philadelphia, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Rosa and Washington DC.
What about that name, Four Tines and a Napkin? With a tip of the hat to The Big Bang Theory, Stefie shares that a fork (with four tines) and a napkin are the two basic things we need to be able to eat. One (i.e. us) would argue that we all also need Matchbook to remember those great places to eat but the name starts to get a little lengthy…
Check out Stefie’s latest post on New York’s Empellón Cocina. Apparently the pancakes for brunch are a must, and you can save it straight to your Matchbook from her post using the “Save to Phone” button.
Being able to magically pull out that perfect and impressive bar or restaurant when you’re leaned on for a suggestion is one of the reasons you love Matchbook, right?
Well, be prepared to become even more awesome because we’ve dug up some of the most enchanting secret gardens and sun-soaked roofdecks for you to enjoy this summer in New York.
If you’re using Matchbook in New York City, you’ll see “Curated List: Secret Gardens and Rooftops” on the homescreen - simply tap this button to bring up the list and “save all,” or browse each spot and save them, one-by-one.
From Parisian chic to delightful bites and brass cupolas, you’ll enjoy checking off each of these treasured spots. We promise.
PS, if you don’t have Matchbook and are insanely jealous right now, you can download it right away: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/matchbook-it/id427740544?mt=8
There is a shiny new Matchbook update waiting for you! Below are the three most requested features from fine people like you. If you have some thoughts, please share. We’re good listeners.
You can upgrade now by visiting http://bit.ly/matchbookit or by going to the app store on your phone and accessing via the “Updates” tab.
Want To Go vs I Went
Organize your list into places that you Want To Go and places that you Went. If you only want to see one category, click the little heart or finger icon.
Search In An Area
Looking for the perfect brunch spot in a particular area? Move the circle over the area you want to search in and we’ll show you the best places from your list, as well as the most saved restaurants from other users.
Search By Cuisine
Looking for an Italian restaurant? At the top of your bookmark list is a search bar that can help you out. Type in something like, “italian soho” or “french” and we’ll filter the list down for you. It’s like Google for your saved places so you can search any combination of the cuisine, neighborhood, name of the place, notes, and tags.
Great Features That Are Sticking Around
You told us that these are the things you love most about Matchbook. Keep enjoying!
⁃ Viewing all your saved places on a map. Tap the button in the top right corner of the Bookmarks page.
⁃ Creating your own tags. Tap ‘Add Tag’, and then type in any tag you want in the field at the top.
We hope you think it’s rad. Feel free to tell us your thoughts below or at contact(at)matchbookit(dot)com
We were poking around for good food places in LA and came across gastronomyblog.com, the brainchild of The Gastronomer, Cathy, and her husband The Astronomer.
The site is packed with a powerful list of reviews delivered in a thorough and compelling manner, and we simply had to share it so you can find out about some fantastic, new places to eat.
She has reviewed places all over the world including Bangkok, Barcelona, Bzeijing, Ensenada, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Manila, Montreal, Tijuana and more. US cities she’s covered include New York, Austin, Las Vegas, Chicago and her hometown of LA.
Beware restaurants—her nickname isn’t “Tuffy” for nothin’, this girl knows her stuff.
For everyone else, you can be sure that if Cathy says it’s good, the place has jumped through the appropriate hoops to get her admiration. Matchbook it straight away.
I’m going to call out her Saigon list specifically. It is impressive and if you love food and are planning on visiting this fine city, you would be doing yourself a disservice to not read through her reviews.
To finish up, Cathy lists her favorite place as Buddakan—and we’re not talking about that one from Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner, we’re talking about Philly. Yep, Buddakan in Philadelphia (you can Matchbook this one straight from the button up to your right); I have a feeling I’ll be making a trip there soon…
325 Chestnut St
We just found this little gem of a piece in the New York Times telling the historical tale of the matchbook, dating all the way back to 1892. We love a guy that solves a problem and rumor has it that Joshua Pusey, lawyer and inventor, created the matchbook because a box of wooden matches was simply too “bulky and awkward to carry around.”Read the article.
[ Illustration by Andrea Manzati, courtesy of the New York Times ]