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
Search In An Area
Search By Cuisine
Great Features That Are Sticking Around
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 ]
My name is Gemma and I am Matchbook’s newest addition. I’m thrilled to be here and want to tell you a little about me, a little about what I’ll be doing, and most importantly a little about what is coming up with the app.
My Matchbook journey began just over a year ago when I saw the team launch at the New York Tech Meetup. At the time I was sans-iPhone and when I upgraded from my Blackberry a few months later, Matchbook had made such an impact that it was among the first apps I downloaded.
Fast-forward 13 months and I found myself sitting in a bar chatting with Jason, Matchbook’s founder, about how I use the app, what I like, and what I wish for. It turns out, sitting down to talk with users is a big part of how things are done at Matchbook. Our continued conversations evolved into an opportunity for me to join Matchbook, and here I am. Who doesn’t love a bit of serendipity in their lives?
Over the last 18 or so months the team here has been hard at work building an amazing product for us all. My job here is pretty pin-point — to get more people saving the places they want to remember. For those of you who already love Matchbook, I’ll be sharing tips, new features and maybe an anecdote or two to help you get the most out of it. It really is a nifty life tool that has allowed me to be more curious, organized and spontaneous.
Very soon we are releasing an app update with many of the features you have been requesting. Keep an eye out for that little update icon — we promise, it will be worth it.
The number of matchbookers around the world is pretty impressive. We have people from the US, UK, Canada, China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Brazil and even Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and the Philippines! It a great tool for matchbooking the places you want to visit on your holiday, so it’s no wonder we’re global. Proud as punch.
On a more personal note, I’m originally from Australia so please don’t hold it against me if I occasionally use a word you don’t understand. Just let me know and I’ll give you a humorous tale to explain what it means.
You may have noticed that I’m fond of a bit of a story. Send me yours. I like to talk and write, but I love to listen. You can reach me at gemma AT matchbookit.com.
— Gemma is Matchbook’s Head of Marketing.