Whether you’re choosing a wine or searching for the best street food in Vancouver, there’s an app out there that can help. Here are some of the best free tools for turning your mobile device into a culinary insider.
Wine lists are now arriving at restaurant tables by iPad; Sommelier Wine allows the user to browse a wine list by region, vintage, varietal or country, offering winery info and pairing suggestions literally at your fingertips. (Compatible with iPad.)
When you’re on the road, Urbanspoon can help you decide where to eat. Shake your iPhone and it will suggest a random restaurant. Use the GPS to browse what’s nearby on an interactive map, then click to see reviews or make a reservation. Urbanspoon covers all of Canada and the U.S., and large metro areas in the U.K. and Australia. (Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.)
Food is a visual thing; Foodspotting allows users to discover and share dishes, not just restaurants. See what your friends are eating and where, and what they like best. (Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.)
Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet
When you’re out exploring Canada, this app takes you on a culinary journey, with stories about each territory and recipes from national historic sites like the Fortress of Louisbourg’s French Soldiers’ Bread. (Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.)
Street Food Vancouver/Calgary/Toronto/Boston
Find food trucks in whichever city you’re in: maps pinpoint their locations, and ratings let you know which are most popular. (Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.)