How to be Superb with Eddy Lu

If one were to look at my iPhone, one would notice a small handful of very deliberately curated apps. First and foremost, no Facebook and no games. As Twitter is my go-to platform for chit-chatting with the world wide web, I sprung the $3 for Tweetbot because there are certain features worth paying for (points and winks at mute feature). My apps tend to stick close to the traditional blogger arsenal: Tastemade, Instagram, Vine (even the occasional trend can suck the immovable force that typically is my iron will), Snapseed, my photo editing guardian angel, and now Superb.

Superb in a Nutshell: From Eddy Lu and the team that brought you Grubwithus, Superb is an internet-based social networking app that showcases the best places around you and reveals where your friends want to go, so you experience them together. From restaurants to street art, live music venues to hiking trails, Superb elevates user-generated content based on overall community popularity.

screenshots courtesy of Superb team

How Superb works: From the moment you tap on the app, Superb reveals places in full photo view for you to scroll through and read about from the perspective of someone excited to either check out the place or go back again. Swipe right to mark places to do, swipe left to mark places you are not interested in and tap the center button to mark that you’ve already been to a place. If you are interested in a place, Superb unveils others who are also interested, highlighting your friends at the top for quick access to message them through the Superb Conversation feature. If you are looking for a specific place or want to browse by an interest, simply search or tap on a category to do so.

Co-founder and CEO of Superb Eddy Lu took the time to answer some questions I shot off to him, giving users a more comprehensive understanding of Superb, and more importantly, why it should be in your app arsenal.

Q: What is the inspiration behind creating Superb, and what do you hope to achieve with it?

Eddy: We’re passionate about using online to facilitate offline interactions, so we created Superb to help you discover exciting new places and make it easier to experience them with friends.

Eddy Lu
Q: How do you expect Superb to grow and stand out?

Eddy: With current apps like Foursquare or Facebook, it’s about telling people what you are currently doing, or what you did in the past. We’re all about future intent – things you want to do in the future. The app is truly better with friends. If your friends are using Superb, you can see their favorite places they’ve been to, where they want to go and the places you have in common, making it easier to plan outings. We expect users will see the potential the app has to bring their friends closer together and thus, more inclined to invite their friends to use the app with them.

Q: What are the new features and improvements of the recent update?

Eddy: We’ve improved the overall design of the app, making it simpler and more intuitive. In addition, we added an option for marking places “not for me,” so you won’t see them anymore, as well as added Conversations, which allows you to message your friends about a place through the app.

Q: What is in Superb’s future, as well as yours?

Eddy: Our goal is to get more people offline and experiencing their cities. Our new Conversations feature makes this possible, but there is still much to be improved upon. So, we’ll be reaching out to users for feedback and making those improvements over the next couple of months. A couple things we’ve already heard from users are the ability to add time based events/activities to the stream, and the ability to select multiple people to see what places everyone has in common to do. As the co-founder of the company, most of my life revolves around Superb, so my future mainly consist of making the app super useful and something people truly love.

Glass on Win on Superb
My Thoughts: After getting to play with the app in the time leading up to the big launch, I can securely commit to the opinion that Superb is on my iPhone to stay. I wouldn’t bother writing this post if I thought it wasn’t worth my time (or yours).

What I Love:

  • The “To Do” feature; I have a list of carefully curated places I can reference on the go.
  • The “Not for Me” feature: Superb recommends places, and it’s nice to have a firm but polite way of saying thanks, but no thanks.
  • My Qualm:

  • The employment of photographs pulled from Instagram without filtering or accreditation, especially images feature peopling (if it be unbeknown to them). I’m unaware of how this technology works, but if the images that are pulled from Instagram are done so without the authorization of the user whom initially posted it, this feature does not sit well with me. Photos featuring people, especially children, ought to be filtered out for privacy protection and a feature that credits each image to its original Instagram user (complete with link), would leave me without any qualms with Superb.

    A labor of love and dedication, with a keen ear tuned to feedback is surely a recipe for success. For myself, a forever foodist, I’m constantly shuffling away bookmark after bookmark in my browser of places to eat. There isn’t a single restaurant I do not cross-reference online (especially at Gastronomy, where I’ve left a carpet bombing of “I’M GOING THERE!” comments in my wake). Now I have a carefully constructed list of restaurants and regional adventure destinations; all on the go, so I can utilize my Superb list when I find myself in a new neighborhood and a rumble in my stomach.

  • Discover more about Superb

  • Taste Savant: The Anti-Yelp

    I have a love/hate relationship with Yelp. I love the idea behind it, but I hate that I have to wade through review upon review just to find the truth between the digression, complaining and sometimes irrelevant nitpicking. Nefarious back door deals between Yelp and business owners on hiding negative reviews (for a price, of course, because this is America, damn it) have recently come to light, and when I was job hunting for writing gigs on Craigslist, look what I found:

    Look at this tomfoolery
    I have no words to accurately describe how much this infuriates me.

    So when I received an email from the press relations office of Taste Savant, the anti-Yelp, I was eager to chat with CEO Sonia Kapadia and find out more about her endeavor. In their words:

    Taste Savant is a highly curated restaurant discovery site designed to help the savvy diner decide where to eat out. Taste Savant curates and aggregates reviews from people its users trust including friends, restaurant critics, bloggers, chefs, and other food experts. It offers reviews from people who matter for restaurants that are worth your while. Taste Savant is also a one-stop shop for users to access all restaurant info, including menus, reservations, dining deals and delivery. In addition to offering the recommendations of restaurant connoisseurs, users will also have access to reviews through social networks. Serving as platforms for trusted opinions and reviews from friends, family and more, users can connect to the site by logging in through Facebook and Twitter to see what is well-liked among their peers as well as share their own experiences.


    During my chat with CEO Sonia Kapadia, I was able to find out a bit more about Taste Savant and its role in the Los Angeles restaurant community.

    Born out of the frustration over Yelp-digging, Sonia was inspired to create a more curated list of New York restaurants with the focused, unbiased eye of critics, chefs, bloggers and other food experts as the source for reviews. “Yelp is great for a lot of people,” Sonia contended. “(But) there is an entirely different set of people who trust what critics say.”

    Taste Savant maintains its integrity through various factors:

  • Taste Savant remains 100% objective.
  • Taste Savant does not accept advertisement dollars, as that would give misaligned incentive.
  • Reviews are all ordered chronologically.
  • All of the reviews are vetted and checked for robots.
  • Most importantly, the main motivation is to share reviews with friends, critics, chefs & bloggers.
  • It’s also worth mentioned that on the rare instances when a restaurant receives consistent negative criticism, their place on Taste Savant is reevaluated.

    Users want to know where chefs eat, so Taste Savant invited several chefs to take place in the Chef Relations Program – a title that sounds a bit more involved than it actually is. In truth, chefs let users know where they like to go and grab a bite or a drink through their own tailored “Top Restaurants” lists. Members include Adam Fleischman of Umami & Dakota Weiss of the W Hotel.

    450 restaurants throughout Los Angeles can expect to be featured on Taste Savant, from the cream of the crop down to the hole-in-the-walls ~ however, as it is a curated list, expect to only find the known hole-in-the-walls. Think your neighborhood joint is the bees knees and needs to be on the site? “We take recommendations all of the time from users,” Sonia insists. “We respect the requests.”

    The response Taste Savant has received in New York City has been overwhelmingly positive.

    “No one is taking this curated approach and aggregating the source,” Sonia informs me proudly. “As a result, people really enjoy our product. 40% are return visitors.”

    Speaking purely from a Los Angeleno point of view, I discussed very candidly about our constant need To Plan for every little outing in our life. Most of us – commuters and public transit users alike – have to take in so many factors when we go out to eat. Traffic and time are at the top of most of our lists. For myself, I try never to pay for what I can cook at home – so I want to know that wherever I’m going, it’s going to be worth my money. Having Taste Savant to assist me in making sure I’m picking the best bang for my buck is an endeavor I welcome with open arms.

    Get started on Taste Savant!

    What’s the Dish: November Events

    Did I say I would be back, like, two weeks ago? Whoops. Sorry about that. I promise that I am still alive, healing up very well from my surgery. I’m not going to lie to you, Marge…I got distracted. With fandom. If you do not know the word “fandom” I suggest you either do a Google search or you run for the hills. I should have chosen the latter, but oh well. Here we are, nearly a month out and my inbox looks like a battlefield. My blog hasn’t been touched like a – okay, I won’t go there. I may insult someone. Anywho. I do promise I am getting back into the groove of things, slowly but surely. Lord knows I have content…I’m just incredibly lazy these days. Let’s blame surgery, okay? Okay!

    In the meantime, check out these bitchin’ food and booze related events going on in and around Los Angeles. Have a drink for me while you’re at it. No, really. Snap a pic, throw it on the tweeter and hashtag #glassofwin so I can live vicariously through your glamorous life.

    WHAT: From October 1st through December 31st, Zengo at Santa Monica Place will be featuring their new Peru to Malaysia: Test Kitchen Menu. The inventive menu by Chef Richard Sandoval combines the bursting flavors of Peruvian and Malaysian cuisine to create unique small plates and specialty cocktails. (And you KNOW FROM MY POST how amazing this food is) A few menu items include:

  • Spicy Crab Potato “Sushi” (Avocado, Malay Curry, Crispy Corn Cancha & Soft Peruvian Purple Potato Cake)
  • Char Roasted Skate Wings (Ginger Chile Marinade, Crispy Lentil Rice Cake Sambal Butter Sauce & Charred Banana Leaf)
  • Arroz Con Mariscos (Mussels, Scallops, Calamari, Shrimp, Yellow Curry with Malay Rice & Thai Basil)
  • Toasted Coconut Profiterole (Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, Manjar Blanco & Chocolate Sauce)
  • Pisco Elevation (Pisco, Elderflower Liqueur & Lychee)
  • WHERE: 395 Santa Monica Place, 3rd floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    WHAT: Dominick’s is celebrating its 65th anniversary on Monday, November 4th and has planned a special night of dinner and drinks. The restaurant will be offering a one-night only menu featuring $.65 cent martinis all night long! Mini Vodka Martinis Shaken or Stirred 65 cents & Dinner for Two Prime Steak Pizzaiola with Spaghetti & Green Beans ($45) The regular menu will also be available (if you’re wondering about the food at Dominick’s, check out my coverage of the SAN GENNARO FEAST last year)

    WHERE: 8715 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048 – 310.652.2335 –

    WHAT: “Wine Riot is all about learning about wine but having a lot of fun at the same time.” Produced by Tyler Balliet and Morgan First of Second Glass (is a unique, tech-driven events company that brings together wine lovers of all ages and all levels of understanding of the modern wine industry). “Our goal for Wine Riot is to take the traditional snobbiness out of the wine tasting event experience and to make wine more approachable for everyone,” says Balliet. This year’s Wine Riot Los Angeles will feature over 35 wine booths representing almost every type of wine from around the world. Some of this year’s notable highlights at Wine Riot include:

    · Second Glass interactive mobile app
    · over 35 wine booths representing almost every type of wine from around the world
    · Wine 101 booth (new) featuring an introduction to tasting (e.g. oaked vs. unoaked)
    · Bubbly Bar (new) offering a taste of all kinds of sparkling wines
    · Photo booth
    · Uber partnership keeping the riot safe and stylish for everyone

    WHEN: Wine Riot will host two identical events on Saturday, November 9th Riot One, from 1pm – 5pm and Riot Two, from 7pm – 11pm

    WHERE: Majestic Halls located at 650 S Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90014

    TICKETS: $60 per person, include unlimited wine tastings. Uber will be partnering with Wine Riot and offering new users $20 off their first ride and 20% off the ride for existing users. BE MERRY AND BUY TICKETS HERE

    WHAT: El Cid continues its Tapas Tuesday Jazz Nights in November with the Tom McNalley Trio performing live. Guitarist Tom McNalley brings a new trio performing new original music featuring Jarrad Lander, electric bass and Matt Baker, drums, bringing fiery blues energy to jazz imagination. $5.00 cover charge; no minimum; $5 tapas and sangria specials; an extensive tapas menu and full bar with exclusive artisan cocktail creations.

    WHEN: Tuesday nights in November (5, 12, 19, 26) from 8p-11pm

    WHERE: EL CID 4212 West Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 90029

    WHAT: Katsuya at The Americana At Brand has created a dedicated Movember martini that allows everyone to toast to this great cause. The Burning MANdarin martini was created in memory of The Americana At Brand employee who recently passed away from prostate cancer. The restaurant is proud to share that they will be contributing to the prostate cancer awareness fundraising efforts internally.

    WHERE: KATSUYA ~ 702 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210 – 818.244.5900

    What’s the Dish: Food News and Events

    Food News and Events

    September only has one week left, but some would argue it is the most important week in regards to the food and drink community of Los Angeles. First and foremost, there is L.A. BEER WEEK which hosts a mega fuck ton of beer related soirees in and around the city. Some of which are listed below. It’s also the time of year people are hunkering down to switch menus and gear up for chillier weather. Our heat is having its last hurrah, so get down with your bad selves and go out to celebrate at one (or more!) of these bitchin’ events.

    WHO: The Tripel and Hudson House owner/chef couple Brooke Williamson & Nick Roberts, along with Tom Kelly and El Segundo Brewing Company.

    WHAT: To celebrate the culmination of American Craft Beer Week, The Tripel and Hudson House are pairing up with El Segundo Brewing Company for two special nights of big brews and extraordinary eats. On offer all night long (or until they run out), Brooke & Nick will be pairing: El Segundo Brewing’s Citra Pale Ale on draught with a special batch of Citra Hopped Brown Sugar Pork Ribs topped with a green papaya and fresh coconut salad (pictured above)

    WHEN: Starting at 6:30 p.m. on: Monday, September 23rd at the Tripel & Wednesday, September 25th at the Hudson House

    WHERE: The Tripel: 333 Culver Boulevard, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 | Hudson House: 514 North Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Reach, CA 90277

    WHAT: JACKSON’S FOOD & DRINK 5-course Beer Dinner curated by Chef Matt Strong and Stone Brewing Company

    WHEN: Tuesday, 9/24

    WHERE: 2041 Rosecrans Ave, El Segundo, CA

    1st course: Maryland lump crab cake with grilled tomato coulis, basil pesto, melted cherry tomatoes and micro basil Paired with: Stone Cali-Beligique IPA

    2nd course: Indian spiced cauliflower | Paired with: R&R Coconut IPA

    3rd course: Caramelized jumbo naked sea scallop with lemongrass scented jasmine rice and red Thai coconut curry sauce.
    Paired with: Stone Enjoy By IPA This beer will only be 3 days old

    4th course: BBQ pulled pork slider with crisp cole slaw and housemade BBQ sauce | Paired with: Stone Smoked Porter

    5th course: Chocolate Espresso Cake | Paired with: 2013 Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout

  • Tickets can be purchased by visiting:
  • WHO: Trattoria Neapolis

    WHAT: In celebration of their one year anniversary, Owner Perry Vidalakis of Trattoria Neapolis is excited to invite the community and fellow bon vivants for an exclusive, one night event. The restaurant’s Balcony, Wine Room and Garden Room will be transformed into different tasting areas, featuring some of Trattoria Neapolis’ most popular dishes by Chef Bryant Wigger; pizza from their 7,000 pound wood-burning oven; coffee cuppings by Stumptown Roasters; and beverages from local renowned winemakers, brewers, and distillers.

    WHEN: Saturday, September 28th 7:00 p.m.

    WHERE: 336 South Lake Avenue Pasadena, California 91101

    TICKETS: $60 in advance Call 626.792.3000 to reserve tickets

    In efforts to support the LA Community Garden Council, Top Chef Masters contestant, Richard Sandoval of Zengo in Santa Monica will be participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Taste Local Dish Challenge. Now through October 31st, Chef Sandoval has chosen to feature his signature Duck Confit-Daikon Tacos with Curried Apple & Orange Coriander Sauce and will donate $1 from each dish sold to the JBF Taste America Education Drive, which helps drive awareness around our country’s food system.

    To participate, diners can support the JBF Taste Local Dish Challenge by following the below steps:

    · Visit Zengo at Santa Monica Place now through October 31st

    · Order the Duck Confit-Daikon Tacos

    · Take a photo of the dish and post it to your Instagram account with the hashtags: #JBFTasteamerica #LA. The city with the most Instagram uploads will be eligible to win up to $10,000 to be donated to the LA Community Garden Council.

  • For more information, please visit

  • Since my funky ticker has been giving me a run for my money, and I’ll be preparing for surgery anyway, I hope that some of you will go to one (or more!) of these events, snap some pictures and post them to twitter. Tag ‘em #GlassofWin so I can see your pics! HAVE FUN!

    What’s the Dish: 5th Annual Taste of Italy – IAMLA

    Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ Taste of Italy

    WHAT: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ TASTE OF ITALY

    WHEN: Saturday, October 12th ~ 5-10pm

    WHERE: 424 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    ABOUT: Los Angeles is home to the nation’s fifth largest Italian population, and one of the country’s oldest. “Taste of Italy is a celebration of authentic Italian culture and the tremendous, yet often overlooked, legacy of Italian Americans in the region,” said Marianna Gatto, Executive Director of the IAMLA and historian. “The IAMLA and Taste of Italy provide an avenue through which people of all origins can come together to learn about the region’s diverse history and experience Italian culture through the universal language of food,” said Paul Pagnone, President of the IAMLA.

    PROGRAM: Taste of Italy features 50+ fine restaurants, 100+ varietals, celebrity chefs and live entertainment. Participating food purveyors will include: Drago Centro, Fabio Viviani’s Cafe Firenze, Toscanova, Locanda Del Lago, Casa Nostra, Trattoria Neapolis, Il Fornaio, GROM, and Dominick’s. Approximately 100 world-class wines will be served by participants such as Casa Torelli, Le Vigne, Cantina Pizzolato, Terravino, Total Wine and More, Nuova Capelletta, and others. The critically acclaimed Canzionere Grecanico will be performing live, as well as chanteuses Maria Elena Infantino and Elisabetta Russo. Actor Louis Lombardi will be present to introduce his recently launched gourmet food line, Lombardi’s Gourmet.

    TICKETS: $55 pre-sale, $125 VIP (purchase tickets here)

    BENEFITTING: Proceeds from the event will support the Italian American Museum’s exhibitions and the preservation of the building in which the Museum is located, which listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest remaining structure from Los Angeles’ little Italy.


  • What’s the Dish: 3rd Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

    Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

    Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

    “The city of Los Angeles is one of the most prominent destinations in the world for art, travel, entertainment, and cuisine, and is home to the most respected cultural institutions in the world,” says CLM Co-Founder David Bernahl. “There isn’t a better place than Los Angeles to celebrate the gastronomic talents of this city as well as the biggest names in culinary history.” – CLM Co-Founder David Bernahl

    WHAT: The Third Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

    ABOUT: The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Based amid one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents. “Los Angeles Food & Wine has become one of the most anticipated events of the summer,” says Giada De Laurentiis. “I’m excited to return and cook alongside many of my closest friends, fellow chefs, and some of the most amazing talent I truly admire.”

    WHEN: August 22-25, 2013


  • Festa Italiana – Thursday, August 22, 2013, 7:00-10 p.m.
    Hosted by beloved television personality and culinary talent Giada De Laurentiis, the opening-night celebration will embrace all things Italian including authentic Italian food, beer, and cocktails. Joined by chefs including Scott Conant, Celestino Drago, and SPQR’s Matthew Accarrino, the kick-off is poised to be a “buona sera” to remember.
  • Asian Night Market – Friday, August 23, 2013, 7:00-10 p.m.
    “Iron Chef” Morimoto hosts a unique take on the Asian Night Market featuring cherished fine dining establishments alongside mom-and-pop neighborhood eateries. Over 30 restaurateurs including David Myers, Ricardo Zarate, and David Lefevre, handcrafted cocktails, and traditional spirits will be showcased at this celebratory event.
  • Live on the Avenue – Saturday, August 24, 2013, 7:00-10 p.m.
    Top Chef Masters’ Host Curtis Stone welcomes guests to this unbelievable strolling reception culminating in a show-stopping performance set against some of L.A.’s most iconic buildings and architectural landmarks, featuring luminary talent that includes Rick Bayless, Grant Achatz, and many more.
  • Lexus Grand Tasting – Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25, 12:00–3 p.m.
    Enjoy one of the nation’s most decadent walk-around tastings featuring 30 celebrity chefs, 200 coveted wines from top-name wineries, and opportunities to interact and photograph the food world’s most lauded names—all under one roof.

  • Additionally, events will take place throughout the city during the four-day celebration —from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica—as participants have the opportunity to partake in themed lunches, and events featuring prominent chef collaborations and one-of-a-kind experiences. FOR FULL SCHEDULE CLICK HERE!

    TICKETS: Served up à la carte, each event can be purchased here.

    Los Angeles Food and Wine Event