Back in November 2011, Mike and I were bouncing along a winding road in Southern Colombia when I had an idea. “There should be an app that tells you the local food specialties in different places.”
Different regions in Colombia each had their own specialties, and we kept almost missing out on them b/c we didn’t know what to look for. As serious food lovers we found it frustrating that the only way to get a good idea of what to look out for in a new countries cuisine was to leaf through lonely planet or ask around. I wanted a database of interesting foods all in one place at my fingertips.
Well there wasn’t any app that seemed to do what we wanted, so we decided to make one! It was more of a struggle than we expected, but I’m now thrilled to announce our new creation to you:
Meet Eat the World.
Eat the World is an iphone app designed to help you figure out what to eat in different parts of the world. I’m not talking about restaurant recommendations, there are thousands of resources for that already. No, this is going to help you find local dishes to try, specific to whatever part of the world you are visiting.
In Andalusia? Don’t leave without trying the Gazpacho Andaluz.
In Xi’an, China? Don’t miss out on Jing Gao, a special sweet with muslim chinese influence.
And if you find yourself in the Andes region of Colombia, don’t you dare miss trying one of my personal favorites: Chocolate con Queso.
And so on. These reccomendations are based on both personal experience and research. For each entry you can see a picture of the dish, a description of it’s contents and significance and the spelling or traditional characters so that you can use the app itself to order if you can’t pronounce the dish. In places like China this app will be very helpful for ordering food when you can’t read characters on the menu.
So far we have a lot of great countries including China, Thailand, Vietnam, France, Spain, Colombia, Uruguay and more. We even have regional US foods. Over time it will grow to encompass even more countries. We’re currently working to add Fiji, Mexico, Argentina and more. Suggestions are always welcome, for both locations and dishes.
Even better, it costs less than a tip at a restaurant: only $1.99!
I don’t mean to bombard you with marketing copy, but I AM excited to share with you. I think that ETW will be a great resource for travelers who love food. We created something that we as travelers would like to have, and I hope it will add value to your travels as well.