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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

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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.


November 3, 2009

Taste of Christmas – Ticket Giveaway & Discount Code

Taste of Christmas - London ExCeL - 4th to 6th Dec 09

Competition Details:

Yes, Essex Gourmet have 4 pairs of wonderful ‘*Taste of Christmas’ tickets to giveaway!  The foodie event of the festive season, is returning to Excel London this December 4-6, 2009.

And the winners of the tickets are:

Becky Thorn – Surrey
Tom Gurling – Norfolk
Lynne Clark – London
Kally Wilde – Essex

Our Twitter Competition for open tickets for this fantastic event were won by: Gary Fenn – Essex.

Have a fabulous time on us people!  If you didn’t win, then there is still time to grab tickets at a discount price (see below for details.)

Taste of Christmas in partnership with Waitrose – 4th-6th December. 

Taste of Christmas Dec 09 - Discount Code

Discount Promotion Code

Tickets for Taste of Christmas 2009 are selling fast! Subscribers of Essex Gourmet can also benefit from a special ticket offer:

2 tickets for £32 (saving £12)!  Quote promo code “TASTE” when booking online at: or by calling 0871 230 7132

About Taste of Christmas : 

Taste of Christmas, the wintertime sibling of the sell-out summer show, Taste of London, is the first truly Christmassy event of the season.  It returns to London’s ExCel, for three full days of indulgent eating, drinking and shopping.

Dine at the finest restaurants, see top chefs at work, gather festive foodie inspiration and stock up on speciality food and drink from the country’s finest producers. As always, there are some huge names lined up to attend with the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Richard Corrigan, Jean-Christophe Novelli andAntony Worrall Thompson all making appearances.

For exciting updates on participating chefs and restaurants, visit

(If you would like exclusive access to the very best of London’s Restaurant scene join Taste Club now for a complimentary membership at

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