Tuesday, October 23, 2007

websites i can't eat without

My personal heaven: a wall of hummus
(conveniently in the Whole Foods at Union Square)

So I already plugged our favorite Thai restaurant in Boston, but as I struggled to write a restaurant review, I was reminded of all the websites that do it so much better.

With that, here are 3 crucial sites for all things food (did I miss anything?):
  • Yelp - Citysearch is an abomination. And the sooner you go visit Yelp, the sooner Citysearch will finally die. Yelp is full of user-generated, wisdom-of-crowds-style reviews of just about everything in your city, but restaurants alone make the site worth a visit. This site will one day get bought for a lot of money. And bravo to whomever buys it.

    In the meantime, if the founders are looking for more investors...

  • Chowhound - If you're more of a foodie looking for a real treat, this is the more exclusive alternative. It's little more than a glorified forum, but the recommendations are from folks who all love food way more than you do, which is a good thing. Put on your fancypants for this one, it'll be worth it.

  • Open Source Food - Feeling ambitious and want to cook? Welcome to the future of recipe sharing. Even if you're as unwieldy, ignorant, and cowardly in the kitchen as I am, you'll find something worth trying that you're actually capable of making. And it'll probably turn out better than you think. Added bonus: this site is so pretty it hurts.
Now go eat something.