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It’s that time of year—back to school! I used to love starting a new school year every autumn because it meant new clothes, reconnecting with old friends and a fresh start. A lot of people mourn the end of summer, though, so luckily my latest app pick will satisfy everyone by inspiring vibrant, delicious packed lunches to provide brain fuel for the whole day. Foodie Recipes releases a new cookbook each month and their latest theme is Back to School: 40 Ideas for School Lunches.

Whether it’s time to send your own kids back to school or you’d like some ideas to liven up your own workday lunch, this carefully chosen collection of recipes from popular food bloggers is guaranteed to inspire. Did I mention the app (and every new edition) is free? (more…)

What’s the first thing you do when planning to travel? I reach out to any friends who might have a restaurant recommendation for the area I’m planning to visit. Usually I end up with a folder full of emails with lengthy lists of restaurant recommendations and never end up visiting them. I’m short on time and it’s just not convenient to research every place and locate it on a map. Or I visit a recommended restaurant and it ends up being a dud. Where Chefs Eat seeks to solve both problems by creating a restaurant guide using the most trustworthy source — chefs — and utilizing interactive mapping to get you there.

The app pulls recommendations for 2000 restaurants in 60 countries from over 400 of the world’s elite chefs. It’s not a definitive list of the world’s best restaurants, rather, a list of the best places to eat, whether it’s a midnight snack or a greasy spoon breakfast, a bargain meal or a special occasion. Today’s chef is a world traveler who visits other restaurants for inspiration. Phaidon Press has tapped into this invaluable resource to bring you an interactive guide that’s easily to access on the go.

Are delicious meals essential to your travel experience? If so, keep reading to learn more about Where Chefs Eat. (more…)

If you have a passion for food, wine and travel then you need to know Katie Parla, author of the popular blog, Parla Food. An American living in Rome for the past decade, Katie has established herself as an expert in Roman food culture. Her food journalism and restaurant reviews have been featured in the New York Times, Saveur, Travel + Leisure magazine and many others.

Whether you’re planning a trip to Rome or just dreaming of one, Katie Parla’s Rome is an essential guide to help you avoid tourist traps and revel in the most authentic experiences of Rome. More than just great restaurant recommendations, the app features tools to help travelers get around, plan based on location and search for food and beverage experiences based on filters like budget, distance or type of food. Looking for a cozy wine bar to end your evening? Want to know where to find the best gelato in your neighborhood? Or maybe you’d like a to find a tour of the bustling market? It’s all there in Katie Parla’s Rome.

Ready to hop on a plane to Rome? Read this first. (more…)

How many times have you wandered the produce isle self-consciously sniffing melons or squeezing avocados, unsure of what’s ripe and what’s rotten? Do you ever wonder which fruits and vegetables are worth spending extra money buying organic to avoid high levels of pesticides? If I look in your fridge right now, will I find moldy berries, limp salad greens or a forgotten avocado way paste its prime? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to check out Harvest — a pocket guide to selecting and storing fresh fruits and vegetables.

To learn more about how to tell if your melon is ripe, keep reading. (more…)

Some keys to a successful outdoor party are well-proven. You need good food, good drinks, good tunes and, naturally, good friends. Fortunately, there are apps to help you out with at least three of those (and maybe all four?). Of course, fun entertainment also can’t hurt.

And because you and the other partygoers will be having such a great time, you’ll want to take lots of cool photos that you can edit, jazz up and share with everyone. Here, we present a few top picks that cover all these bases and more. Check them out after the jump. (more…)

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is sampling the local cuisine. There are times when dining at a familiar chain is comforting, but more often than not I prefer to find an establishment native to the city that I’m visiting. When it comes to finding these local favorites, there are a few apps one can employ such as Yelp or Urbanspoon. For me, though, I stick to one app in particular: Ness.

In November 2011 I reviewed Ness, which I called a “sure fire winner.” Recently, Ness received a major revamp, including a new method for finding recommendations, list creation and more. Find out after the jump if the revamp is an improvement or hindrance to an already fantastic app. (more…)

Have you ever found yourself between flights in a foreign city with several hours to explore but no idea what to do? It’s easy to be overwhelmed and end up wasting hours standing in line with thousands of other tourists. Avoid the lines and explore the city like a local using Travel Channel Layover Guide with Anthony Bourdain’s favorite places to eat, drink and stay. This engaging app is full of videos, photos, maps and contact information to inspire you and help you plan. Don’t just stand on the sidelines and watch – create your own layover itinerary by adding timelines, photos, notes and mapped locations.

Don’t waste precious time on the touristy destinations during your next layover. Read on to learn more about making every second in a foreign city count with Travel Channel Layover Guide. (more…)

It’s common knowledge that our oceans are in trouble. Coral reefs are dying, the glaciers are melting and our precious seafood resources are being overfished. These problems are huge, and finding the solution is a daunting task.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app seeks to help consumers protect the oceans by choosing ocean-friendly seafood. Whether you’re browsing a menu in the sushi restaurant or standing at the fish counter of the grocery store, the Seafood Watch app provides quick and easy answers. If you’re concerned about where your seafood comes from and supporting sustainable fishing, you may find the Seafood Watch app to be a useful pocket guide. Keep reading to find out more about saving our oceans. (more…)

With the numerous and varied food-finding apps on the market, the average restaurant goer has an arsenal of handy decision-helping technology at his fingertips. You can search for what is closest, what cuisine you love and even what local chefs recommend. But what about searching for ambiance, in other words, a particular vibe. Say you are looking for a place to go on a romantic date, and you are looking for a restaurant that is reasonably priced, cozy, romantic and maybe a little Don Draper-esque? Or maybe your companion is of the printed kind (come on, you know you’ve shunned human dinner dates so that you could read about that juicy love triangle that was just starting to develop in the book you said you would never read, but somehow made its way into your hands by way of impractical night of vino and No? Just me?) Well, friends, Hoppit can help you out.

Ready to see what your city has to offer? (more…)

When I married a woman who is an incredible cook and loves to bake, I knew I had hit the jackpot. Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize is that also meant I was now obligated to watch hours of programming on the Food Network. In the last five years I’ve seen so much Paula Deen my arteries are clogged just from watching, and I’ve learned that you can make literally anything into a food competition with ingredients I’ve never even heard of (what exactly is “jaggery” anyway?).

Well, if you’re a foodie like my wife who loves watching the Food Network then you might interested in their new app, Food Network On the Road. The question now is does it live up to the promise of helping you find all the places where the stars eat when you’re on the road? Read on to find out. (more…)

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