Phone apps for foodies
By Emily Gowdey-Backus
From ciabatta bread to finding the best restaurant to take your parents when they’re visiting, these apps will rock your food world!
With options like Late-Night Eats, Business Meeting, Hipster Scene and Parents in Town, Taste Savant takes the worry out of planning any dining experience. Taste Savant streamlines a foodie’s culinary addiction ~ GrubHub and Open Table are both accessible directly from the app. Cut down on time by reading reviews from both friends and professional critics. Currently limited to Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, the app is free to download in the iTunes store. newyork.tastesavant.com.
Snooth Wine is a handy app to have in your arsenal when you want to remember a certain bottle of wine. Take a photo of the label, and the app will recognize it, rate it and display the price and provenance. The Wine Cellar feature allows you to store these photographs for later use. If you don’t have a specific bottle in mind, you can browse by color, country, price or region. The only drawback to Snooth Wine is the $4.99 upgrade fee charged for image-based search abilities. snooth.com/iphone-app.
Rick Bayless, owner of Frontera Grill, outshone everyone on Top Chef Masters with his bold Mexican cuisine. Now, you can bring the robust flavors of Frontera Grill to your table with Bayless’s Mexican Essentials app. At $2.99, it includes 35 delicious recipes and 40 instructional videos, beating the price and clunkiness of a cookbook. Never cooked Mexican food? No worry. The app’s best feature is a list of 32 key ingredients, with photos, so you can identify exactly what you need. chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/apps.
When you’re making last-minute dinner plans, count on Leloca to inform you of the best local open tables. After choosing a venue, you then have 45 minutes to claim the table and arrive at the restaurant. Unlike other deal sites, Leloca doesn’t require any payment information. With more than 300 participating venues in New York City and expanding nationwide, Leloca is the perfect app for your next Big Apple road trip. This free app is available for download on both Apple and Android devices. leloca.com/index.html.
Bread Baking Basics
Sliced bread is one of the best time-saving inventions of the 20th century, but if you’ve ever smelled the aroma of fresh-baked bread, you’ve thought to yourself, “I want to try that!” With chef/author Michael Ruhlman’s app Bread Baking Basics, you can recreate a French patisserie in your own kitchen. Step-by-step instructions, with color photos, guide you through knead and no-knead breads, as well as whole wheat, white, rye, ciabattas and baguettes ~ even a pizza dough! Toggle between directions for Mix By Hand or Using An Electric Mixer. Not so good at conversions? Ruhlman’s app converts grams to ounces to cups and back again for you. Only $1.99, the app is available on Apple devices and Amazon Kindle. ruhlman.com.