The World Congress 2014 in Barcelona will no doubt yield the blueprint for the next big innovation; but the question on everyone’s lips after the congress is: where can I find a good restaurant? Which traditional dishes should I try? and Where do I buy ingredients to take home? As a local Barcelona citizen I would like to to divulge the inside scoop for app loving foodies. Enjoy!
1. Looking for a nice restaurant in Barcelona?
TheFork is an app that puts at your disposal more than 13,000 restaurants across France, Spain and Swtizerland. It compares prices and offers over 1 million reliable reviews to guide you. What´s more, the entrepreneurs behind this app are based in Barcelona and have reviewed over 368 restaurants locally, so if you´re looking for a culinary gem in Barcelona, you’ve found the right place to not only source your restaurant, but to make a reservation. The apps offers also discounts of up to 50% off in participating restaurants.
Available in ITunes and Google Store.
2. Lost in translation with Spanish food terms?
Spanish Food Guide
When you are sitting at a restaurant with a menu in your hands, don’t you just hate not knowing what exactly you are ordering exactly?. Wouldnt you like to know the ingredients of a typical Spanish dish before ordering? Look no further than The Spanish Food Guide; it offers over than 84 definitions of traditional Spanish dishes, a detailed picture of them with a short description, a search engine with keywords and a database arranged in alphabetical order. With this app you will know exactly what to expect when you are ordering. What´s more, it today´s gluten or dairy free allergy climate, it´s an invaluable resource for allergy prone people.
Available in ITunes.
3. Want to learn the best recipes from the world´s most celebrated chef?
Once you´ve sampled our Catalan and Spanish specialities, you might decide to make these dishes at home. Who wouldn’t, right? This app gives you access to the menus of none other than El Bulli, the globally reknowned restaurant which was home to the world ´s best-known chef - Ferran Adrià. The restaurant may have closed its doors to the public but it´s secrets haven’t!
This app will guide you towards creating menus and individual dishes just like a professional cook. Your dishes can be non-expensive and always following a balanced diet. They are designed by the team of one of the best chefs in the world.
Included are detailed instructions on every dish and a guides on getting professionally organized at home such as how to optimize and plan your cooking, how to select and buy the ingredients, as well as interesting information about the food itself. Above all you will have first class advice from Ferran Adrià and his team. If you´re really proud of what you´ve put together, you can also photograph your dishes and share them via social networks or email.
This app is only available in Spanish so far.
Available on ITunes, Amazon for Android, Google Play and Windows
4. Where to buy the paella ingredients and other cool stuff?
So you already know how to make a range of delicious dishes, but where do you buy the ingredients?
Barcelona´s City Hall has designed a new app allowing you to find the city´s markets and discover their opening hours, timetables and other related services.
The app also features a section on recipes with market products, tips for buying in a market as well as advices on how to preserve your market produce . It also includes a game which automatically activates when you are within 150m of a market.
Available in ITunes and Google Play.
5. Do you want to show off your cooking skills?
Developed by entrepreneurs from Barcleona, CookBooth is an app for foodies and chefs alike. It offers the chance to create incredible pictures of your recipes and share them with friends and asociates who will appreciate your abilities.
It also includes sections for managing your own fotorecipes to include; KITCHEN in which you store ingredients and comments, LIBRARY where you store your recipes in the cloud and organize them in books, EXPLORE where you can discover recipes by other chefs and foodies, and CHEFS where you can find specialists in different types of cuisines and discover new recipes.
Available in ITunes
Finally, now you can enjoy gastronomy through your mobile. Enjoy and Què aprofiti!
Photo credit: Flickr Thomas Pleil