Tuesday, January 6, 2015

apptastic

(If I don't mention it, no one will notice that its been ridiculously long since my last post, right? Right?? Sorry.)

So I've downloaded a couple apps recently (ok...within the last year), and I thought I'd give 'em a quick review for you guys, so you can either jump on the bandwagon, or stay far, far away or tell me, 'Em, I've been loving that app since before you were born.'

Ultimate Food Value Diary Plus: this is a Weight Watchers work-around. I really really like it. In this area though, I'm easy to please. For $4, I can track my daily WW points+ and scan barcodes and search their database for point values. You can also track your weekly allowance and factor in exercise points. Sa-weet. There are aspects of WW that you don't get from this app--recipes, moral (human) support, and I believe it has a less-chock-full-database than the legit WW app.

Waze: after a few recommendations, I downloaded this app for directions/maps/traffic. It seems to always have the inside scoop on the best route. There is a great user interface which allows you to report an accident, or a cop, or any other driving hazard. It can sense when the car is moving, and it does not allow the driver to use the app when the car is in motion. Safety first!

Cartwheel from Target: I'm sure you already have this, but in case you don't, get it! Additional sales, deals, coupons, fabulous-ness. (after having typed that, I'm having a hard time believing that the combination of letters in 'fabulous' actually make up a real word.) You can search the app for deals, or scan a product in the store. As far as I know, you can't use it online.

SnipSnap: *just* downloaded this one. Meh. I'll live with it for a couple days. I really thought it was going to be this amazing, super awesome thing. Not yet. I wanted to find an app that would let me scan physical, clipped out or printed with the receipt coupons and aggregate them into one app and ideally one barcode that I could scan at every store and see if a coupon was applied. This app does not do manufacturers coupons, or work at grocery stores. Womp womp. Stay tuned.

Speaking of apps...apps of the food sort have been on my mind as well. I was at restaurant the other weekend and on the menu was a bruschetta with ricotta, honey and pistachios. And I just knew, I knew the way you know about a good melon, that I had to have me some of that. And of course, of course, they were out. So those will be appening (ha) sometime soon.

Do you forgive me for my appsence? I hope so.

What apps, either of the technological or gastronomical variety, have been on your mind lately?

til the hummus wraps,
Em