The Techy Culinarian

*Honest Blogger Found Here: I participated in this campaign as part of the AT&T Brand Ambassadors program.  I was given AT&T product and an event invitation in order to facilitate a blog post. Opinions are solely mine.

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Are you techy in the kitchen? Does a propped up tablet grace the top of your counter for easy recipe access? Maybe you are constantly armed with a smartphone filled with foodie applications like Epicurious, Foodily or Allrecipes. Kitchens of today are definitely not the kitchens of yesteryear. With information available at our fingertips 24/7, nowday families can eat tasty, restaurant quality meals any day of the week, track dietary intake or record their time spent on exercise. Somehow, we all still find excuses to avoid cooking and weightloss. *guilty*

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Recently, the AT&T Michigan Avenue flagship store in Chicago hosted a tasting experience for customers and VIP attendees (that’s me!) Employees and guests showcased how AT&T devices, accessories and apps can be integrated into a culinary lifestyle. The afternoon consisted of:

  • A culinary demonstration by Tyler, sous chef of Quay – he discussed the versatility of microgreens and how they are used in a restaurant setting. Above, you can see the delish bite of toasted pumpernickel atop balsamic vinegar & EVOO, topped with watermelon, sliced radish and microgreens. Mmmm…tasty. He also discussed how many chefs are getting new ideas by using the Samsung S Note app.
  • A wine pairing/tasting done by Executive Chef Dan Marquis, 2011 winner of Food Network’s Chef Hunter – red velvet cupcakes and a meat bread pudding were paired with several different wines.
  • A health & wellness consultation by Allie LeFevere, healthy living expert, coach and media contributor – Allie was very informative and discussed the use of two apps: My Fitness Pal and Fooducate. My Fitness Pal is a calorie counter and diet tracking app that helps you realize exactly what you are putting into your mouth and how many calories your are burning each day. It has the largest food database of any Android/iPhone calorie counter and has amazingly fast food food and exercise entry. You can even scan bar codes of your pantry items for extremely quick food tracking. The app fully syncs with the web so you can log on from a computer or phone…and your info is backed up online so you never lose it. Also, you can diet with friends by using the message feature for discussion and support. This is personally my favorite tracking app that I’ve ever used. The Fooducate app was new to me…but how helpful! Not only can you track what you are eating, but you can scan a bar code while at the store and it will give you nutritional information, warnings and suggestions for healthier foods. I already eat rather clean, but I’m excited to try out this app in hopes of being able to recommend it to others looking to make dietary changes.

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  • Informational talk given by a representative of Quay – She spoke of the seed to plate movement and how Chef Dan Marquis oversees all produce in his restaurant. He actually has a local Illinois farm where he grows the goods that are used at Quay.
  • Apps useful for foodies on the move – Do you ever find yourself in the city, wondering where you can go for dinner and which restaurant would actually have available tables? If so, you need the Open Table app. You can enter an area, find a restaurant, check out availability and make a reservation all right from your smartphone. Convenient…yes. Oh, and you can even earn “reward checks” for booking through the app. Or…maybe you had a little too much “fun” out with the girls and need a ride home? Check out Uber. Sign up for an account and you can call for a vehicle type of your choice to pick you up right through the app. With hassle free payment you don’t even have to fumble around with cash OR a tip! Also, you can view the history of your driver and follow your car straight to your pickup location.

These are just a few of the gazillion apps to help you become a techy culinarian. Do you have a favorite app that you swear by? Do tell! Do tell!

 

2 Responses to The Techy Culinarian
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    October 4, 2013 | 12:17 PM

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