Apps guide you to grub; and more
This year's Interactive crowd is certainly making use of cell phone cameras and iPhone apps. The folks from Foodspotting attended the third annual BBQ Crash Course at Emo's in droves last Friday, snapping plenty of photos of the banana pudding as a component of their weekend food treasure hunt. Speaking of new apps, Jonathan Shapiro created one after visiting SXSW last year. "I found it cumbersome to navigate multiple websites/blogs to find some of the best places to eat, so I surveyed locals in Austin about their favorite places to eat and what to order," he explained via e-mail. From that survey, Shapiro created an Austin Restaurant Guide listing restaurants and favorite dishes at each spot. Check out the survey at www.grubthis.com/austinrestaurantguide and look for the iPhone app at the iTunes App store.
One of my favorite new restaurants is Foreign & Domestic (306 E. 53rd), and I'm very excited to know they're opening for brunch starting this Sunday, March 20, from 11am to 3pm. Check out the entire brunch menu at www.fndaustin.com.
Here are some suggestions for culinary mementos of your 2011 visit to Austin: Barbecue Lover's Guide to Austin by Gloria Corral is a comprehensive, self-published paperback barbecue guide you can pick up at local independent BookPeople (603 N. Lamar); Maria's Crazy Kitchen: Recipes From Austin's Beloved Taco Xpress by Maria Corbalan and Ruth Carter is a genuinely handmade piece of local folk art for sale at Taco Xpress (2529 S. Lamar) and contains good recipes, too; AustiNuts (2900 W. Anderson, 323-6887) has created two sizes of guitar-shaped boxes celebrating the live music capital of the world and filled them with tasty nut assortments – look for these great gifts at the store, online, and in Downtown hotels and airport gift shops.
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