John Li has been coping with random food obsessions for as long as he can remember, starting with Triscuits as a child. His current obsessions include ramen, margherita pizzas, and single malt scotches. His passion for food and technology culminated in co-founding Menuism in 2006.

Levels on Menuism

Here at Menuism HQ, we’re obsessed with two things: improving the site for you, our loyal community of avid diners, and food (duh). That’s why we’re excited to announce our new rewards system, powered by Badgeville. You may have already seen some of our widgets floating around on the site recently.

We want to reward the most influential members of our community—the ones who share their dining experiences so that we all eat better. You’ll earn points for doing things like writing reviews, and achieve higher levels, titles and badges for completing missions, like reviewing a certain number of restaurants. You’ll also see how you stack up against your fellow foodies. Do YOU have what it takes to stay atop the leaderboards?

The rewards and widgets that you see on the site now are just the start. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll add more missions, levels and badges, and we’ll tie in some real-world rewards for certain contests. We’re ecstatic about this new rewards system, and we hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Happy eating,
John

P.S. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please drop us a line anytime—in the comments below, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.

Posted by on October 7th, 2011

Photo by scaredy_kat

I was recently invited to join a roundtable discussion at Rafe Needleman’s Reporters’ Roundtable on CNET. The theme: how the Web has changed the restaurant business. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to reflect on this intersection of digital and dining that Menuism’s been a part of for more than five years now. My fellow guest was Mark Pastore, owner of Incanto and Boccalone, and an outspoken critic of Web services like OpenTable and Groupon. The topics of discussion were broad and interesting, from diners’ growing expectations to the increasing complexity of running a restaurant business in an era of social media. Rather than rehashing many of the topics we covered at the roundtable, I thought I’d post the video so you can watch for yourself here. (more…)

Posted by on April 8th, 2011

Who wants to join us for dinner? (Photo by thelastminute)

Here at Menuism we’re dedicated foodies who are obsessed with everything dining-related. That’s why we’re super excited to announce Menuism’s new Experts Blogs, coming to you on July 19th!

We’ve scoured the blogosphere, searching for the best and most passionate food and beverage bloggers, and brought them home to you. Our Experts Blog will feature regular contributions from these recognized and respected food and beverage experts, who’ll be giving you the goods on what they know best. We hope their columns will help expand your minds, whet your appetites, and deepen your knowledge and appreciation of all things delicious. Here’s to eating, drinking, and learning about it all right here!

Keep an eye out for our first posts from our panel of experts. Here’s a sneak peek of the diverse and tasty topics they’ll be covering:

  • Cheese
  • Japanese Food
  • Oddball Ingredients
  • Mixology
  • Hosting & Entertaining
  • Chocolate
  • And more!

We’ll also be spotlighting each of our experts so you can get to know them personally and discover what makes them so pro. So get your appetites ready!

-Justin & John

P.S.  If you know of an expert who would be a great contributor, contact us!

Posted by on July 9th, 2010

Rachael White

Rachael White
Hosting and Entertaining

Kanako Noda

Kanako Noda
Japanese Cuisine

Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

Elena Rosemond-Hoerr
Southern Cuisine

Dale Yasunaga

Dale Yasunaga
Hawaiian Cuisine

Dave Jensen

Dave Jensen
Craft Beer

Duggan McDonnell

Duggan McDonnell
Cocktails

Prerna Singh

Prerna Singh
Indian Cuisine

John Brady

John Brady
Grass-Fed Beef

Mr. Lew

Mr. Lew
Burger

Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson
Sustainable Seafood

Michelle Kretzer

Michelle Kretzer
Vegan Foods

David R. Chan

David R. Chan
Chinese Restaurant

Lauren Deitsch

Lauren Deitsch
Chocolate

Alain Cohen

Alain Cohen
Kosher Foods

Jackie Yoo

Jackie Yoo
Korean Foods

Nevin Barich

Nevin Barich
Fast Food

Dawn Gribble

Dawn Gribble
British Food

Justina Huddleston

Justina Huddleston
Food Trends

Bun Boy Eats LA

Bun Boy Eats LA
LA City Guide

Sara Grunden Kuhs

Sara Grunden Kuhs
Richmond, VA City Guide

Jeff Pearl

Jeff Pearl
Chicago City Guide

Juliet White

Juliet White
Sante Fe City Guide

Ashley Dickey

Ashley Dickey
Orlando City Guide

Justin Chen

Justin Chen
Menuism Co-Founder

John Li

John Li
Menuism Co-Founder

Kim Kohatsu

Kim Kohatsu
Managing Editor

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