True confession time, Tasting Table is one of the Accidental Locavore’s favorite food-based newsletters (Serious Eats is right up there too), so when they decided to do an app for the site, it immediately got downloaded. It wasn’t until recently that I started to play with it. If you’re not in NY, SF, LA, Chicago or Washington DC, this is not the site (or app) for you. Essentially what the app does, is to take the contents of the newsletter and let you carry it around with you. Now, how useful this is…
If you’re in NY and you click on articles about markets, you get nothing, if you go to the national edition, three choices come up, the most recent being a promo for Open Sky. It’s much more useful in finding restaurants, or referring to the articles about dining or drinking. With the newsletter you always have the option of saving anything (recipe, restaurant review, etc.) to a “to-do” list and that, happily, is easily accessed with the app.
Downsides: an annoying pop-up ad for tortillas that doesn’t go away. An inexplicable list of places “nearby”. It’s inexplicable because when you click on a push-pin and find it’s Fairway (market) the description is not for Fairway Market, but for an article on salsa from 2010. And it’s only iPhone compatible. Currently it’s on the Tasting Table website, although the iTunes store says it’s not available in the US.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 (For one of my favorite newsletters, the app is sadly lacking)
Developer/Seller: Tasting Table
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch