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Gourmet on the Go!

Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!


December 14, 2010

Top 5 Mostly Free Foodie Apps for 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 3:18 pm

Have you heard the joke “How do you know when someone owns an iPhone – Because they constantly tell you!”  Yes, there is many a true word said in jest.  Anyway, having rummaged through the deep barrel of iPhone foodie apps I have selected my top 5 for 2010.  They are of course mostly free, as I loathe ‘paying’, and all rate high on the handy app scale…

  1. Foodspotting  (free)
    FoodSpottingYes all restaurants report to serve wonderful food and until you get there you are shrouded by this sometimes illusion.  This fab app allows you to upload piccies of dishes from individual restaurants and give them a ‘nom’ rating.  What a splendid idea!  There will be of course, many restaurants that do not like this app, I say – tough!  Pull your socks up.

  2. Yelp (free)
    YelpSo it’s two o’clock in the morning and you are yearning for Peking Duck, some hot Sake, and perhaps a packet of Polo’s and some Rennies.  Yelp jumps in to the rescue!  This handy app lists places to eat, shop and drink, with contact details and opening times.  Handy reviews from the ‘community’ provide feedback (not always from the business owner either!)

  3. Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals (£4.99 – lorks!)
    Jamie's 20 Minute MealsJamie Oliver, the patron saint of Essex has brought to us his app for tasty meals that can be prepared in a 20 minute flash.  Yes, we are all so busy etc., etc., that time to cook has become a rare luxury (even though many people dwindle away hours watching xfactor and soap operas, ahem.)  So here you can find a host of quick recipes that will feed your family without the fuss.  If you cannot cut up onions or garlic, it will take you at least 30 mins though…

  4. OpenTable (free)
    OpenTableOK, so we live in a society where nobody wants to actually ‘talk’.  Why talk, when you can press buttons and forego all that embarrassing politeness and god forbid – questions.  Open Table takes the hassle out of reserving a table at your favourite eatery, by allowing you to view where tables are available, how long you will need to wait and book without even a whiff of scary human interaction.

  5. Global Eater Food Dictionary ($0.99)  
    Global Eater DictionarySo you don’t know your velouté from your vichyssoise this great little app will educate!  Food stuffs and dishes from popular world cuisines are simply defined so that you knows what they is…  I heard that A.A.Gill ‘relies’ on this app – no, really!

  6. Added Handy Bonus App! – Flashlight (free)
    FlashlightOK, so you are in a restaurant and you want to take a photo of your fine dish du jour (to upload to Foodspotting), although it is dark and the haughty restaurant expressly states ‘no photographs’.  Ahh, but wait Flashlight shines a light on this dilemma.   Just pretend you are showing this fabulous app to your friend “Oh look, bright light – haw haw” and then whisk out your camera, turn off the flash – surreptitious snap, snap & done.


August 18, 2009

Upminster is the Choice of BBC1 Pilot Programme

Filed under: Celebrations & Events,Foodie Competitions — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 1:31 pm

–  Call for Essex Foodies to Star in the Show

Upminster Farmers Market

Upminster Farmers Market

Upminster Farmers Market has been announced as the venue of the pilot episode of a brand-new BBC1 food show presented by a celebrity chef. Filming will take place at Upminster Farmers Market on Thursday, 3 September from 9am to 2pm and producers are looking for two couples who share a love of food to take part.

The couple can be partners, family or friends who share a love of food and think they have real talent in the kitchen. Viewers will watch the couples as they spend time in the kitchen competing to create an original recipe/dish before heading off to Upminster farmers market to see whose stall will be the most successful.

Ian Chisholm of Upminster Farmers Markets said: ‘It is a real honour to be chosen to host filming for a BBC show, and we hope to get lots of visitors along on the day to be part of the filming and sample the competitor’s dishes.’

Here is the Info…





We’re making a new food show pilot for BBC1 and we are currently looking for fun, lively couples (friends/partners/colleagues/relatives) to take part. We’re looking for people with a flair for cooking who’ve also got an eye for spotting a gap in the market. Do you think you have what it takes to create the next great selling idea, like cupcakes, pies or smoothies? 

To find out more give us a call on 0207 2550738 or e-mail us on and tell us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to be on the show. 

Applicants must be over 18.


—  Sounds good to me & certainly worth a go!

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