Blogger shout-out: Four Tines, A Napkin and a… Matchbook?

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.

Blogger shout-out: The Gastronomer takes on the food world

We were poking around for good food places in LA and came across, 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
Philadelphia, PA

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A Voce
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New York

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119 7th Ave.
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21 Bedford St
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Elmo Restaurant and Lounge
156 7th Ave.
New York

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239 W 4th St.
New York

Maison Premiere298 BedfordBrooklynNY

Maison Premiere
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Stella138 West BroadwayNew YorkNY

138 West Broadway
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