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Foodies are their own breed, hunting down the best restaurants, unique ingredients and living to tell the tale. And there’s no better foodie pairing than a wine connoisseur, bringing their own history and knowledge to the table. And if you’re a foodie, you probably enjoy a good glass of vino, too. To make your food and wine adventures all the more memorable, your faithful Android is by your side. Search recipes and restaurants, discover new wines and take notes and photos of labels. These Android apps will help you along your way, whether you’re an aspiring foodie or a well-aged bon vivant.
In the Kitchen: Recipes, Chefs ($1.99)
From the Food Network comes a very useful Android app for foodies and wine lovers alike. Centered around the celebrity chefs and experts you already know and love, this app has tons of recipes and articles to follow, with videos and specialized categories for holidays and events. In the Kitchen will get you started with recipes and shopping lists, with a wealth of new menu items to try out on any given day. Save the recipes you like, get pairing recommendations and get going in the kitchen. The app includes a unit converter and a kitchen timer as well, so you’ll feel like a pro in no time.
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Urbanspoon is great for foodies hunting for a new local dining spot, or for travelers seeking a new discovery. Known for its appeal in foodie groups, Urbanspoon helps you uncover just the type of restaurant you’re looking for, whether you’re looking for something familiar, well-reviewed or completely out of the ordinary. This Android app promotes discovery, with an option to shake your phone to receive new recommendations for nearby restaurants. Shake to your heart’s desire, adding a bit of random adventure to your palate, or drill down with Urbanspoon’s categorized filters to find exactly what you want.
Evernote’s productivity app may not be the first to come to mind for foodies or wine lovers, but it’s a great note-taking tool to remember your favorite meals, ingredients and experiences. Incorporate location, photos, audio and written notes to “bookmark” these experiences, aggregating and sharing them at any point in the future. Evernote’s search functions work similar to your brain’s recollection methods, enabling you to pull up your past experiences from a variety of triggers. You may remember the raspberry tart from that Manhattan cafe, but what was the name? Evernote will help you stay organized and excited about your culinary adventures.
Experimenting with new food and wine can be a cost-inhibiting activity, so coupons are a great way to drill down discounts and open doors to venues you may never have been able to afford otherwise. This daily deals app is perfect for urban outings, honing-in on local deals that you and your friends can partake. Redeem your coupon directly from the app, receive notifications for available, local vouchers and explore your own city or the one you’re visiting during an upcoming vacation.
Foodspotting Lite (Free)
Sometimes you need a little food porn in your life. Nothing will get you going like a visual guide to good food, and Foodspotting has created an entire Android app to whet your appetite. Foodspotting is designed to help you fix your craving, uncovering local venues, popular menu items and social recommendations. When you come across something wonderful, be sure to share it with the world. Upload your own photos through the Foodspotting app, earn badges and points for quality contributions and gain some recognition for all the effort you’ve put into becoming the proud foodie you are.
Swirl Pro ($3.99)
One of the most popular wine guides in the Android Market, Swirl Pro is for serious folks looking to learn about wine. The app helps you discover the wine you’re looking for, with a database covering thousands of bottles. Powered by Snooth, this app also offers varietals and pairings so you can learn then teach some to unsuspecting dinner guests. Add your own wine notes, pictures and tags to different wines in order to keep track of your personal favorites: There’s nothing worse than wandering the wine store looking for that bottle of Shiraz you had a few months back.
Hello Vino (Free)
For some on-the-spot wine recommendations, the Hello Vino app is happy to help you out. Offering an array of wine recommendations, you can search for bottles based on food pairings, occasions, regions and personal taste. Whether you need a white wine for your chicken dinner or something above average to take to your holiday party, this app provides suggestions accordingly. Select the category you want or just run a keyword search. A series of wines will appear, with details for each, including the average price, year, description and user reviews. Get a close-up of the label so you know what you’re looking for, and start to pick like a pro.
Wine + List, Ratings & Cellar ($3.99)
This Android app acts as a digital wine cellar for your notes, ratings and personal inventory. It’s a management app that helps you keep track of your personal experiences, translating them back to your home life. It’s a helpful note-taking tool you can refer to while you’re out shopping for a new wine, traveling in Napa Valley or merely introducing friends to your personal wine cellar. The full app comes with a bar code scanner for easy entry, photo uploads, and CSV or email export options for additional copies of your notes. You can track statistics of your wine journey, noting your average ratings, how many different wines you have, and your total cellar value.