Atlanta’s Scoutmob Now On FourSquare

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 29, 2011

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Scoutmob, the Atlanta-based coupon site, has just joined forces with check-in service FourSquare.  This partnership means that people who use FourSquare’s mobile application (iPhone / Android / Blackberry) can now access Scoutmob’s discounts from within the 4sq app.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, as FourSquare currently offers deals from sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and Gilt City (just to name a few).  Meanwhile, this is a huge deal for ScoutMob, who offers its services in 13 cities (with seven more marked as coming soon).  As FourSquare has roughly 10 million users and last I heard Scoutmob was under 1 million, this is a whole new piece of exposure for our little Atlanta engine that could.

[via SM blog]

Recipe Organization: A Techie’s Tip Guide

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 27, 2011

RecipesNearly every home cook I know has a system for organizing their recipes.   Some of my older friends (and a few of the younger one’s as well) use a classic card system.  My mother, for example, has this little open top card box stuffed to the gills with all sorts of recipes.  Some of my other friends, who tend to use cookbooks as their source of inspiration, use a system where by they either dog ear particular recipes of note or they rip the pages from the cookbooks and three-ring binder that shiz.   Under the old school umbrella, I’ve even got a friend – let’s call here Martha – and Martha hasn’t written a recipe down ever.  Seriously – her head is like a freakish memory bank.  It’s like instant Dewey decimal up in there.

The problem with these paper based systems is that they are incredibly difficult to manage.  You have to commit to an underlying organization method (Cuisine type, Main ingredient, type of course).  This can make meal planning incredibly cumbersome (unless you’re Martha of course).

So unless you’re blessed with a particular gift for list management, using technology to keep track of your recipes is incredibly beneficial endeavor.  But choosing a way to store all your stuff electronically can be a daunting task.

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Seafood Watch And Project FishMap for iPhone/Android [Technology]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 12, 2011

seafood_watch_iphone_appEarlier today (technically yesterday by the time you read this), I spent some time reading an article on sustainability and seafood, which prompted me to write this little bit on an associated topic: the Monterey Bay Aquarium and their Seafood Watch app (android market/apple store).  The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the leaders in the sustainability discussion as it pertains to seafood.  They have launched a number of initiatives and have a hand in the food served at quite a number of seafood restaurants all over the country.

Project FishMap and the Seafood Watch app is an attempt to take their sustainable seafood recommendations and put them at the tip of your fingers in the most accessible way possible.  The app helps you not only see what seafood (even sushi) they consider ocean-friendly and then helps you find nearby restaurants that are sustainable conscious (or not for that matter).  Last but not least, they crowdsource information so that you can update your findings on the app and let other people know about it.  For those without an iPhone or android, you can use the mobile site.

DOWNLOAD: android market / apple store

More on Sustainable Seafood

Now, as that article by The Passionate Foodie will tell you, sustainability is a hotly debated topic.  It’s been turned into a buzz word and much of the accepted “facts” aren’t really accepted (or even facts).  So while I can’t universally back the list of seafood listed as sustainable, I believe Seafood Watch is a great tool for those looking to educate themselves a little bit more.  For those of you not as technically inclined, you can find pocket guides and online tools on MBA’s website.

While not perfect, the Aquarium’s Seafood watch app is a great start.  The Aquarium has taken great strides to update their information every six-months, so this should be relatively fresh (HA – I made a pun!) information.

For more info on seafood sustainability, take some time to read through a few of the Passionate’s posts on sustainability.  They are in depth, highly informative, and he has a huge TRUST factor in my book.  He never takes anything at face value, and does his best to present a balanced take on whatever the topic at hand is. (show him some @ love)

Moreover, get on the interwebs and start searching.  Learn what sustainability actually is and how it affects (and effects) you.    Here are some good reads:

UrbanSpoon Rez Hits Atlanta [Online Restaurant Reservations]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 22, 2011

While OpenTable seems to be synonymous with online restaurant reservations, they aren’t the only game in town.  UrbanSpoon, another one of those online restaurant information sites (and one that I actually use), launched their own system back in late 2009.  The program, simply named Rez, has been slowly rolling out to different cities over the past few years.  Thankfully for those of us in the Dirty Dirty, Atlanta is now on the map.  Rez itself is geared towards those of us who do the eating; meanwhile, UrbanSpoon has released an ipad app aimed at helping those of us who do the feeding.  That application is known as RezBook.  As it stands, there is still some growing up to do for Rez, but it’s a start nonetheless.  More details after the jump!

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The Best iPad Food Apps: The Complete Foodie Guide To The iPad [Technology] 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 07, 2010

I make no bones about my general disdain for a company that embeds personal information into audio files that you purchase (see: Apple).  That said, I know a big thing when I see it … and for better or worse, the iPad is a big thing.  That I have no intention of playing with it for any significant amount of time is neither here nor there.  What’s important is this: we’re foodies and the iPad will be good to some of you.  So … were you one of the 300,000 people to rush out and purchase an iPad on day one?  If so, check out some awesomely cool things you can do with it after the jump (with a tip of the hat to awesomeness that is Super Mario Brothers)!

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