As with everything, the foodie cultures of the world are now in the spotlight for app developers. So now, as a foodie you can take your passion on the go by having any of a number of creative and useful food apps. Some are for Android, some for the iPhone, and some are free and others paid. Whatever the case, this list comprises some of the best apps for foodies of any ilk.
This is an app for the iPhone, and the reason it’s on this list is because sometimes a foodie needs to surprise himself or herself with something different. This app is meant to help you discover new food establishments. It works like a slot machine. You shake the phone, and the three radials spin. The first one stops on a city, the second a type of cuisine and the third a price range. You can lock in any of these, but it’s more fun to let it choose a place for you!
Another app that helps you find restaurants is Foodspotting, which is available for free on most devices. This app is like a dedicated food-review Instagram. Users upload actual photos of the dishes which they share to the page of the restaurant they’re visiting. We all know how sweet and enticing a good meal shot can be. What’s more, each plate can be rated, giving you a narrowed cross-section of each restaurant’s fare.
This is one of the coolest apps for foodies who love fish. The best fish is also the safest fish in terms of your ecological footprint. You don’t want to eat fish that’s endangered, but it’s sometimes hard to tell. Monterey Bay Aquarium, the biggest in the world, has created this awesome app that allows you to immediately tell which species are overfished and which you should buy in its place.
Backed by the powers that be in the food world—Bon Apetit, Gourmet and Conde Nast, Epicurious is a recipe app that packs everything you need into a suitable, manageable and friendly user interface. You can look up recipes for anything, be it Italian or Vegetarian Middle Eastern. In addition, the homepage algorithm offers up its own suggestions every time you log in.
It was a toss-up between Foursquare and Yelp apps, but we’ll go with Foursquare because of its social tendencies and helpful tips. You can use the app to ‘log in’ to restaurants to share with your friends, and when you’re there, the app automatically supplies you with some hints and tips for which menu items to go for based on user reviews—excellent, no?
This is a great app for foodies who like to look out for their calorie input. When you’re shopping around, you can use this app to scan the barcodes of products in order to see the calories and serving sizes of products. The app then rates the food based on a scale of A to F. We include this app here because it’s a great idea and more people should use it—the more people using it, the bigger their database will grow, because so far it’s still not all-encompassing.
Well, that’s our list of the best apps for foodies. There are plenty of others, but remember not to get lost in the tech—it’s all about the taste.
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