The overlapping of Thanksgiving and Chanukah this year resulted in a brand new holiday: Thanksgivukah! It has created a foodie sensation and brought kosher into the limelight. I’m not Jewish, nor am I an expert in kashrut, but I’ve done a bit of research into the subject and I realized there’s a whole world of kosher apps out there. It’s a good thing, because keeping kosher takes a bit of planning (no mixing meat and dairy), which can be especially difficult to manage during the holiday season.
The Manischewitz Company, a leading manufacturer of kosher food products, released The Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide earlier this year. The app advertises hundreds of kosher recipes for daily cooking and every Jewish holiday throughout the year. Whether you’ve recently adopted a kosher lifestyle or you grew up following the laws of kashrut, new recipe ideas will always come in handy.
Keep reading to find out more.
This week I’ve got another wine app review for you. Looking for a go-to app for wine lovers this holiday season, I recently reviewed Wine Enthusiast. Like many wine apps it excelled in one area (providing access to thousands of reviews from wine pros) but flopped in the area of user reviews (cumbersome data entry). I have yet to discover a wine app that can do it all, providing a good user experience for remembering favorite wines, access to professional reviews, interaction with a community of wine lovers plus a complete database of wines. Delectable Wine promises the complete package, plus the ability to purchase wines and have them delivered to your doorstep.
I’ve been let down before, though, so I’m cautiously optimistic. The technology is there, the data is there — why have so many wine apps failed to provide the complete experience?
Keep reading to find out if I’ve finally found the Holy Grail of wine apps.
Since it was mentioned on the Today Show in October, Yummly has been in the spotlight as an app to watch. I’m always skeptical about crowd-sourced recipe apps, but this one got my attention with its smart search capabilities. Yummly connects users with a vast amount of recipes from sites across the web, but what’s more, the app learns your tastes as you use it, providing you with more personalized search results over time.
Is Yummly the most powerful recipe app on the planet, or just another average recipe app? Keep reading to find out.
The holiday season is a time for stocking your cellar and brushing up on your wine stats for ordering off restaurant wine lists. This is the Olympics for wine lovers. Experts need an app to keep track of good vintages, while novices need a cheat sheet to give them a competitive edge. I’m a big fan of wine apps — it’s just so useful to have varietal information and wine reviews at your fingertips when you’re in the wine shop wading through bottles for your next party. When I think of Wine Enthusiast, I think of their encyclopedic website. They do it all: distribute wine, sell all the accessories like glassware and storage, as well as publishing Wine Enthusiast Magazine. I’ve always appreciated how, unlike Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast puts a ton of wine education articles on their website for free. Could the free Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide be your new go-to resource for all things wine?
Keep reading to find out.
Holiday cheer or holiday hell– that is the question. November has arrived, and with it, the season of holiday entertaining. It’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving dinner menu and buying supplies for Christmas cookie baking. Doe the very idea of preparing your first Thanksgiving dinner terrify you? Or maybe you’ve been having the same people over for the same Christmas menu every year and you need to shake things up a bit?
Food52 is here to help. The founders, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, have combined their own recipes and kitchen wisdom with that of their online community of home cooks to make the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52. A treasure trove of 127 recipes, 25 video tutorials and 800 step-by-step food photos and demonstration slide shows, this app aims to help you plan a party from start to finish.
Is the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52 the ultimate guide to holiday entertaining? Keep reading to find out.
Today is a big day. On this first day of Movember (the month formerly known as November) millions of men around the world will shave their faces and begin to grow a moustache. They grow their Mo’s to change the face of men’s health and bring awareness to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues like depression. Through the independent global charity, Movember, these Mo Bros (and supportive Mo Sistas) raise funds for research and support programs for men’s health.
In 2012 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the globe raised $147 million for Movember. This year, I’ve joined the movement as a Mo Sista and you can join too with the Movember app.
Keep reading to learn more about moustaches and joining the Mo Generation.
When I first came across a new app PEOPLE CelebFood by Time Inc., the publishers of PEOPLE magazine, I was skeptical. This magazine is famous for paparazzi photos of celebrities and red carpet faux pas. If I want to know what’s happening with Brangelina, I consult PEOPLE. If I need an update on Kanye and Kim’s baby, I consult PEOPLE. If I’m looking for cooking inspiration, I consult PEOPLE?
I’m not a regular reader of the magazine, more of a closet reader — I’ll peruse the celebrity news during a pedicure or waiting in the doctor’s office. PEOPLE magazine is a guilty pleasure, just like a decadent slice of chocolate cake or cream laden fettuccine Alfredo. Maybe I judged too soon, maybe PEOPLE magazine and food are the perfect combination?
Keep reading to find out.
I love to photograph food, but I don’t love my food going cold while I upload, edit and share mouthwatering images. Over a year ago I stopped using Instagram to edit images as other apps like VSCO Cam provided enhanced editing capabilities and more beautiful filters. With increased functionality came complexity and frustration — sometimes I just want to snap a quick pick of my tower of flapjacks and be done with it so I can enjoy my meal. Leave it to a food blogger to come up with a solution to a problem many foodies face.
Stephanie Quilao of Noshtopia blog founded Vibrantly to help foodies create “stunning food photos in one tap.” She has lofty goals: to make iPhone food photos look “Pinterest-level” good and simplify the process. The lady walks her talk and every photo on her blog is taken with the iPhone. She’s a great example of the adage that a beautiful photo can be captured with any camera, not just a DSLR.
So, can Stephanie deliver on her promise that, “in one tap, your ice cream shots will look bright and creamy,” and “your friends will be able to see the details in your beautiful Dragon Sushi Roll?”
Keep reading to find out.
Boys’ night in — it’s about getting together with your friends for a little fun, food and drink. Are you thinking of hosting the next boys’ night in, but need a little inspiration? Maybe your friends are tired of the same old, same old every Friday night? It’s time to shake things up with a little help from your iPhone.
Fall and winter are the best times of year for boys’ nights in, so turn on the big game, dust off the poker table and stock up the bar. I’ve selected 4 great iPhone apps to make your next manly gathering the best ever. Themed parties are a great way to make a night in more fun and these apps have enough material to inspire a whole year’s worth of boys’ nights in.
Bond with your friends as you learn to make your own bacon, stock the bar and see who’s the cocktail master and compare knife skills Top Chef style with a chili club. This time of year craft breweries release their seasonal beers, so why not have your friends over for a beer tasting?
Keep reading to find 4 essential apps for entertaining your friends at home.
A month ago I announced Cookbooth, the app for creating step-by-step photo recipes, was going to revolutionize recipe sharing. You may remember that I was excited — actually head over heels gaga for this little app. You see, I had become jaded, and nothing in the App Store was doing it for me. The iPhone app market seemed stagnant; lacking innovation. Now I realize it was just the calm before the storm.
As Yoda said to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back, “There is another.” Nonapkin, released in September on the heels of Cookbooth, is another social app for creating step-by-step photo recipes. Now I believe we’re looking at a new trend. Developers have jumped on the next big leap for recipe apps, and I think we’ll be seeing more players in this arena going into 2014. As with any new platform, the cream rises to the top. In time, we will see which apps offer the best user experience, functionality and social interaction.
After my glowing review of Cookbooth, Nonapkin has a lot to live up to. How does this app measure up to the current standard? Keep reading to find out.