If you're like us, you have a smart phone...a smart phone that is being highly under-utilized, subjected to menial tasks when it could really be tackling complex algorithms or at the very least launching virtual birds out of a slingshot.
Which is why we at Chow Bella have decided to start using our mobile devices to their full potential- by downloading some very slick apps. Here are Chow Bella's Top 5 Food and Drink Apps.
So you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur but truth be told make all of your purchases based on bottle aesthetic? No worries, Cor.kz can fix that. For only $1.99 you can access over a million and a half different bottles of wine with over 3 million reviews.
Compare prices, years, tasting windows, and ratings as you research wine terminology using the program's extensive forms of reference. As an added bonus, you can establish your sommelier status by sharing wine tasting activity, notes, and wish-lists among your various social networks. Familiarize yourself enough with this app, and your friends may soon be calling you Bacchus.
Take your excitement for trying new places and combine it with your love of food porn, and you, dear friend, have just created Foodspotting.
Foodspotting is a free app that allows users to share photos and short reviews of their favorite dishes at nearby restaurants. With Foodspotting, you cans search for menu items based on your neighborhood, a type of food, or simply the favorite dishes of other people you follow on social media.
It's not a forum for bashing servers or sharing your conspiracy thoughts on corporate chains. It's simply a photo-friendly guide to only the best dishes at restaurants in your area. Think Instagram but with directions.
If you're looking for some help fulfilling those New Year's resolutions, and you're not too keen on attending meetings, then you might want to download Fooducate. This free app offers convenient ways to improve, track, and share your healthy eating habits through a variety of easy-to-use functions.
Scan the UPC codes of products at the grocery store and Fooducate will offer nutrition grades, hidden additives, healthier alternatives, and helpful reviews by other users. And if you really want to stay on track, the app can also be used to keep a personal record of your diet, caloric intake, and daily exercise habits. Let the new you begin.
And they really do mean, everything. This top-selling cooking app based on the award-winning book by Mark Bittman is ideal for both the novice chef and the uninspired cook. It costs $4.99 which isn't bad considering you get over 2,000 recipes with over 400 illustrated instructions; as well as built-in recipe timers, customized shopping lists, a cooking conversion calculator, and the ability to search for meals under any field from "pasta dishes" to "quick dinners." This app is great for anyone looking to save space on the bookshelf and time in the kitchen.
Really, did you think we could resist?!
Have your favorite annual New Times edition at your finger tips with Village Voice Media's Best Of app. This free app, applicable to all Voice Media Group cities, allows you to easily search for Best Of winners from 2012 and previous years in virtually every category from Best Happy Hour to Best Hangover Breakfast. Get New Times' reviews, directions, users comments and more as you explore the city like a true local. Check out other New Times apps by visiting our mobile page.
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