Mobile apps, what would I do without them? I certainly wouldn’t be the proud earner of the
Hot Tamale badge on Foursquare, that’s for sure. Thought I’d share a few of my favorite
Fine Wine & Good Spirits – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board apparently has a great marketing department. This little app is a searchable database of their inventory. Tell it what you want and it’ll tell you what stores have it (we’ve found that sometimes it’s more accurate than the employees). You can also place an online order via or search special order items. Very convenient for folks who know what they like. (iOS) food / drink apps in this post.
Fondu – I wish more people in Pittsburgh used this restaurant review app. Sync it with Foursquare and it pulls all the restaurants where you check-in into an easy-to-use review interface. Rate a restaurant from one to four “petals,” add photos, and write a review. You can also follow other Fondu users and comment, favorite, or like their reviews. (iOS)
Foursquare – As noted above, this app syncs with Fondu so I figured I’d add it to the list. This location-based app recognizes where you are and lets you check-in, share with your friends, and add location tips. Admittedly, I’m a bit obsessive about checking-in. Foursquare awards points for each check-in and, because you can see your friend’s points, can lead to some fun competition. It also awards badges for things you do a lot, like go to Mexican restaurants (Hot Tamale badge mentioned above) or home improvement stores (Fixer Upper badge). Some brands are also using Foursquare for promotions. American Express, for example, gives discounts when you check into locally owned restaurants and use their credit card to pay. (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, and more)
Grocery IQ – No more paper shopping lists. This is a very useful app for those who have more than one grocery shopper in the household. Jess and I both downloaded this app. We can add, favorite, and delete grocery items from a shared list. You can also scan item UPCs to add them to the favorites list. (iOS, Android)
Seafood Watch – This app from the Monterey Bay Aquarium helps you choose which seafood options are best for healthy oceans. Simply choose the fish you are considering while in a restaurant or at the grocery and the app will tell you if it’s a Best Choice, Good Alternative, or to Avoid it. (iOS, Android)
WTSO – Wines Til Sold Out is an online store that sells wine at about 25-70% off original
retail prices. The app notifies you when a new wine is available. When the wine sells out, a new notification comes through. Based upon the price of the wine you can get free shipping on an order of anywhere from one to four bottles, and they usually arrive within three to five business days. Many of the offerings have fairly high Wine Advocate ratings. I’ve ordered from them twice now and have not been disappointed. (iOS, Android)
Please share your own comments and reviews if you choose to give any of these apps a try!