Eating at the same restaurants over and over gets boring pretty quickly, but there are lots of ways to find new hot spots. Twitter has recently become a great place to find new stuff to eat. If you have a favorite restaurant that’s on Twitter, check out their profile to see whom they follow. Chances are, you’ll find lots of other local chefs and food fans tweeting about your local dining scene.
Mom always told you to eat your vegetables. But let’s face it -- most of us don’t get enough veggies in our diets. Increasing your plant intake is really about solving two problems: finding great veggies, and knowing what to do with them once you get them. For the freshest and tastiest vegetables, shop at a local farmer’s market.
Luckily, there are plenty of recipe apps for iOS to get you started. New York Times food guy Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything ($4.99 iPhone, $9.99 iPad) can teach you -- well, how to cook everything. Instructions are clear, and the recipes are simple enough for beginners, and delicious enough that you’ll keep coming back to them as your skills grow. Ratio ($4.99, iPhone) is based on Michael Ruhlman’s book of the same name, but it focuses on the building blocks of cooking.
This problem can be solved in a relatively low-tech manner: a leftovers calendar. If you already have a calendar lying around, you can use that, and if you need to print out a blank calendar, open up iCal, start a new calendar named “blank” (or whatever), uncheck all the other calendars you’re already using, select the Month view, and press Command-P to print that month. Hang this calendar on your fridge, and when you have dinner leftovers, jot them down on the date you made (or bought) them. That way you’ll be able to see at a glance which leftovers have been in your fridge the longest -- just cross ’em off as you eat them. You can even add raw, perishable items (eggs, milk, meat, fresh veggies) to the calendar, marking the day you bought them and the day they expire. Glance at the calendar as you plan your meals, and you’ll be more likely to use it up before it goes bad.