Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Foodie Heaven

The most useful apps for food lovers

Foodies rejoice! If you’ve got a passion for dining out and experiencing great new flavours, and you want an easy way to access the latest food crazes and recipes, then there’s a huge range of fantastic food apps that can get you all this information in an instant.  Whether you want to escape from preparing dinner, or going out with friends in a big group, here are a few food apps for every occasion:

Urban Spoon - Free

Experience dining options at chance level with the ‘shake and deliver’ application by UrbanSpoon. This app features a ‘slot machine’ style that devises neighbourhood, type of cuisine and price into three columns. All you have to do is set your preferences for these criterias before you shake your phone, and voila! It’s not only a great information tool but also a fun way to brainstorm ideas with your friends.

VegOut - $2.99

If meat isn’t on the cards for some of your guests, there is now a direct way to search for vegetarian friendly restaurants. VegOut is a comprehensive database, which can cater for the dietary requirements of all types of vegetarians. You can locate restaurants that are both local and international, which is also handy for the avid traveller.

Open Table - Free

For those who want to make a last minute reservation, OpenTable can tell you which restaurants have tables available. The search feature is customised to cater for the specific size of your dinner party, and can narrow down to your desired menu to the type of cuisine you prefer. Currently this application is specific to the US, Canada and the UK, so it’s worth downloading as an emergency go-to when you travel to new and unfamiliar places.

Zagat - $10.49

Zagat is a universal app that can filter your search to the ‘best of’ restaurants nearby. You can browse through photos of dishes, or use the app to reveal signature dishes in the restaurant of your choice. The ‘recommendations’ feature will also ensure that everyone will have a great dining experience.

If you’d like to access these useful apps and discover fantastic new recipes and dining options, but do not have an iPad or tablet computer, technology rental can be a great way to check out the latest gadgets before you decide to buy outright.

It’s never been easier to experience a diverse range of food and dining at your fingertips!

*The apps listed are just a few suggestions for you, I have not personally used them myself.

Care to share what you thought about the apps if you've used it before? Comment below! :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Masterchef Cookbook Giveaway - Winners!



Sharon Fawcett and Kylie B! 

You both are the lucky winners for this Masterchef Cookbook Giveaway.

Thanks to all my lovely readers who took the time to be part of this giveaway! 

Please send me your postal address to 
You have until 8am (Sydney) Wednesday 16th May 2012 to send me your details,
 otherwise I will have to pick another winner!

All thanks to HarperCollins Publishing for sponsoring these awesome books!

Look out for future giveaways!

Happy Chef-ing! :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Masterchef Cookbook Giveaway!


How have you been?
I have something for you all. I would like to give away 2 x Masterchef Australia Series 3 Cookbooks (worth $39.99) to 2 of my lucky readers! 

There are recipes, tips, information from guest judges like Nigella Lawson, Maggie Beer, Adriano Zumbo and Neil Perry as well as Masterchef contestants. 

Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers for sponsoring these awesome cookbooks.

To win:
Firstly, like my Facebook Page and follow me on twitter Passionatemae and tell me who was your favourite Masterchef contestant. 
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This giveaway is open to all my readers in Australia. Two lucky readers will be chosen randomly.

Giveaway closes 12th May 2012 at 12.00pm Sydney time. Winners will be announced on my website.

Hurry hurry! 

You will have 24 hours to respond if you're the winner otherwise I would have to choose another lucky person.

Good Luck! :)