This morning I had the pleasure of stopping by CTV Morning Live to chat about some popular/new food apps! Click the image above, or click here to watch the segment on CTV Morning Live! (They don’t have video embedding functionality so I can’t just embed it :() Please disregard my HORRIBLE posture and the fact that I am looking down too much at the iPad (many takeaways here for next time, folks lol). Also Veronica & I didn’t plan to practically match!
Below are more details on what apps I talked about and why they should be a part of your foodie app arsenal:
Yelp (and Urbanspoon)
These are two of the most popular restaurant review apps out there. I use both of them to check out restaurants in the area, or look up new restaurants I’m interested in trying to see how they fared with others. You can search by price range, neighbourhood, see the most popular or most most recent posts from friends. I love linking my restaurant review blog posts to Urbanspoon but I’d say Yelp wins locally because of all the foodie perks that come with posting your Yelp reviews or checking in at different restaurants. The more you review, the more likely you’ll get invited to free food events in the city (and become a ‘Yelp Elite’ member). Even if you don’t use Yelp a lot, just having an account can still get you into some pretty sweet, free food parties.
Street Food App
This is a must for food truck fans. There’s more and more food trucks hitting Edmonton streets every day and this app is the ultimate guide. It tells you what’s open and where, and usually gives you listings for the whole week so you can really plan out your food truck lunches! There are new trucks being added all the time and I find I’m always discovering new ones through this app before I hear about it anywhere else.
This is a new app featuring recipes from local chef Daniel Costa of Corso 32. There are lots of food and recipe apps out there but I did want to highlight this one because of the local aspect. The app is free and includes 15 recipes for Chef Costa’s favourite dishes. I’ve already tried a few recipes from the app and they’ve turned out great. The instructions are very simple and straightforward. There’s a playlist feature to it so you can listen to his recommended jams while cooking his favourite foods and I think just overall it’s a great, modern take on the old traditional cookbook.
Now Gastropost isn’t technically a food app but when you’re talking about food and smartphones, you have to talk about Gastropost. More and more people are taking photos of their food and sharing on social media and Gastropost is encouraging that! Sign up on the website and you will receive weekly food missions – food themes to guide you along your food adventure. It inspires you to share the one thing everyone has in common – eating. The missions are also great as a way to get you to try new foods or consider eating something you might not have had it not been the mission for the week. Share photos of your food using #gastropost! Best of all, when you hashtag your photos on Instagram or Twitter with #gastropost, you have the chance of getting your food photo featured in the Wednesday food section of the Edmonton Journal. It’s a lot of fun! (Click here to read the Social Media Spotlight I did on Gastropost when it first launched in Edmonton!.)