Apple’s App Store just added a new category to its selection, “Food & Drink”. It just feels right reviewing an app from this section for this week’s Free App Friday.
The food truck business has grown substantially over the past few years, and we have social networking to thank for that. Knowing where your favorite truck is parked is so easy when you use Trux Map Lite. Trux Map tracks food trucks in 34 US cities and two from Canada.
I love food and I love cooking, but I know that not everyone appreciates it when I broadcast photos of even the most mundane dishes to all of my social networks. Well, I've found a way to make memories of the food I eat without infiltrating your Instagram feed. Evernote Food helps me keep track of all the exciting dishes from restaurants I enjoy frequenting, as well as any at-home cooking experiments that've gone right by enabling me to archive it into my Evernote account.
If you want to share everything you love, Twitter alone just won't cut it. Social microblogging apps are where it's at, but most are tailored to a specific service, and remembering which one to use can be a bit of a pain. Oink is nothing short of a game changer. It does everything you'd expect from a social rating app, but with an Apple-like elegance and a whimsical, anything-goes attitude unsurpassed by its peers.
Many of us already swear by Evernote, the popular app that gives us space in the cloud for remembering all those little scraps of information that might otherwise be lost. Now, the company is expanding its iPhone presence with two new apps aimed at helping you remember food you like and people you’ve just met.
With your iPhone in your pocket, you’re never far from a good meal. Yelp, Urbanspoon, Zagat, even Siri -- any of these will steer you in the right direction if your stomach’s grumbling. But if you’ve got Forkly, the latest in a simmering melting pot of social foodie apps, you can satisfy most any craving, whether you’re looking for enchiladas or cheddar bacon donuts.
When I was a young man, I stumbled upon a Ben Franklin quote that read, “Beer is proof that God exists and wants us to be happy.” I’m no longer a young man and I’ve since been told (by people much smarter than me) that Franklin probably never said that, but I adore the sentiment and the quote still hangs above my desk.
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.