Five Must Have Food and Drink Apps

mobile-apps1Everyone, in every corner of the world, loves food. And who is better than your own personal smartphone to recommend you what you like. After going through gazillions of apps across the Milky Way galaxy, we bring you the best 5 food and drink apps that the whole planet Earth would appreciate (just the Android & iOS users actually) Here you go!

1. Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner

This app gives a fun twist to the conventional recipe apps. You can either pick the desired ingredients for a meal or just shake the phone to surprise yourself with new recipes.

The app gives you a choice to select the course, ingredients and preparation time. If you don’t want to choose, just make your phone spin up a combination. If you are happy with the selection, just proceed to view the relevant recipes or just spin again. Sadly our selection of Chicken as Dessert did not give any results, bad taste perhaps.

All the recipes come from allrecipes.com itself, where home cooks post, try and review the recipes everyday, which could be viewed on the app too. If you don’t want to use the Spinner, use the conventional search engine.You can find recipes to match your gluten-free, vegetarian or other diet too. What we didn’t like about this app was the time it took to present the list of recipes, it’s justifiable because it connects to the web to retrieve the selection. But overall its a great recipe app to download on both Android and iOS phones.

2. Foodspotting

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Now this is one app that will help you pick what’s the best thing to eat in a particular restaurant. Everyday millions of people upload pictures of what they eat, but on Foodspotting they do it for a purpose, to share with the world what’s good to eat and where to find it.

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Unlike other restaurant guides where people give rating to restaurants, this app allows you to rate individual dishes. From Dumplings and Dosas to Pasta and Kala Khatta, if you are craving for a particular dish, the app will tell you the nearest best place to find it. And if you want to recommend a dish, just snap a picture and share it with your friends and other Foodspotters.

You can bookmark the dishes you love and follow friends, experts and other users to see what they recommend. We experienced a tiny bug in its auto-location update feature on its Android version, however all worked fine on an iPhone. Foodies will adore this app.

3. Mixology Drink Recipes

Mixology is an app exclusively for making drinks, with recipes for making all kinds of cocktails, mocktails, punches, shakes etc. It has over 7,900 recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. So if you want to try out bartending yourself or don’t want to go out every time for a nice smoothie, this might be the right app for you.

Like the various food recipe apps, Mixology supports search by ingredient feature too. One can easily switch between Imperial and Metric units. The app could be used for some fun mixing experimentation and even to learn some serious bartending techniques and terminologies from its bartending guide.

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The app is free of cost on both Google Playstore and Apple appstore but shows ads. If you wish to get rid of those bugging advertisements you could download its paid version ‘Mixologist’. Android version’s UI isn’t as good as iOS.

4. BigOven

This is another recipe app with 250,000+ recipes and a good looking UI. But what we like about this is its integration with Facebook. Besides sharing the recipes with other cooks around the world, you could easily see what your friends are cooking and even share your recipes with them.

Another interesting feature of this app is that it allows you to upload your favourite recipes from written text or cookbooks by clicking a picture of them. The BigOven team then types it out for you. Currently the limit for this particular service is 3 for the free BigOven account holders, but with a pro membership you could increase it to 25. However we are not sure how many people will actually use this feature.

BigOven is creating a food social network of its own, by letting people upload photos of any recipe, add recipe reviews, share recipes via Facebook. Its plan meals ahead feature is pretty handy too. This too is available for both Android and iOS.

5. Vivino Wine Scanner

There are so many Wine label scanning apps but we like this one the best. It is fast, accurate (was correct 8/8 times we tried and wished for it to be wrong) and really informative. Next time you are ordering some wine at a restaurant, you wouldn’t have to appear totally clueless in front of your date.

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This app is really user friendly, just take a picture of the label and it will tell you all you need to know about that wine. From tasting notes and winery to global user ratings and friends’ recommendations, its hard to go wrong with so much information. And based on your ratings, the app even gives you recommendations personalised for you.

Sadly, it is not yet so popular in many countries including India so it doesn’t show local prices and the local shops selling the wines we come across in restaurants. But it is still a good app for reviewing and rating wines and then sharing recommendations with your friends online. You can find this app free of cost on Google and Apple app stores. Drink responsibly, Cheers !

To contact the author, email sugandh.dhawan@wirefootindia.com

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