All sports fans encounter a quintessential problem before, during, and/or after an intense game: where do we eat? Where the Athletes Eat strives to give you easy access to recipes that fulfill the cravings of any sports fans, but what if you’re out and about and looking for a quick bite to eat after watching a game?
Luckily, your smartphone could end up being your best friend in times like these – if it isn’t already. Ever since the “Food and Drink” category went live on Apple’s App store in 2012, we’ve seen an influx of foodie apps hit the market, with many people now preferring recipe apps over more traditional cookbooks and magazine. 888 Holdings, which powers Total Gold, claims that “Targeted marketing has helped to increase revenue year on year” and that they “have seen success in our mobile strategy, with 30% of revenue generated through our dedicated app.” Today, we have thousands and thousands of food apps, but one certainly takes the cake: Evernote Food.
Evernote Food isn’t geared towards sports fans, but that just means it has more support. Available for iOS and Android, it searches for new places to dine and preserves some of your home-made recipes, even some of the best eat-out moments. Aside from taking note of your daily meals, Evernote Food also allows you to access a pool of interactive recipes, pin your favorites from the list into your own virtual cookbook, and note names of restaurants for future dining.
Four basic features
As you launch the app, it displays four of its main features: Explore Recipes, My Cookbook, Restaurants, and My Meals.
It pulls recipes from a selection of food blogs pre-configured with Evernote. The manner at which the images are presented lives up to its huge thumbnail aesthetic. You can also pin (similar to Pinterest) your preferred recipe blogs on a virtual cookbook, if you want to create your own version of the dish. The app directly goes to the main website of the source for full details.
After pinning certain recipes, the My Cookbook tab narrows them down into two sources: the Explore Recipes and the Evernote account. If you have a cluttered account, Evernote Food identifies and categorizes your recipes automatically into groups such as Main Course, Appetizer, Side Dishes, Baking, Breakfast, etc. However, you may encounter minor glitches, wherein the app mistakenly identifies a regular note as a recipe. In this case, you can hit the “Not A Recipe” button to remove it from the list.
The Restaurants tab narrows down a list of actual dining places. Using your device’s GPS, it browses the web for the nearest bars, cafes, and hangout places, based on the keywords you typed. In PCMag’s review (http://www.pcmag.com), the best feature of this tab is its ability to relate any restaurant information to your Evernote account, allowing you to access its map and menu.
The My Meals tab employs an Instagram-like mechanism, where you can post notes and photos of the food you ate, the location, or the people you’re with. You can incorporate additional information, such as the date, place, and time of the dining experience.
Surprisingly, logging meals is a different feature from the My Meals section. MakeUseOf said this feature is the heart of the app, serving as a diet log to record all your meals. To use this feature, there are certain field you need to fill in, including an automatic location tagging feature to share the name of the dining place with your friends. Additionally, you can view the images fully by pulling down a gripper below it.
Clipping restaurants is also possible in the app, a feature powered by Foursquare. Aside from searching for new restaurants, you can use Foursquare to search the location of your upcoming trip. It displays a restaurant’s map, address, contact information, and photos of the place. However, Foursquare will only be able to tap into the information that users provide. Thus, it works best in the cities where you’ve used the geolocation tool beforehand.
This sums up why Evernote Food is the best mobile tool for the food junkie. Combining a Geo-tagging feature and an Instagram-like photo-hosting service, it certainly lives up to conjure the best dining experience.