Food & Drink - Mobile App Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Tools

Our three favorites:

Food Network on the RoadFood Network on the Road 
(Developed by Food Network)
Available for: iOS
Released: August
Price: Free

Food Network on the Road is a mobile-optimized travel guide to the five-star restaurants, greasy spoons, bakeries and food trucks featured on the cable channel's marquee programs like Diners, Drive-Ins & DivesCupcake Wars and Giada's Weekend Getaways. Viewers search for featured restaurants by city, chef, cuisine type or program title--whether you're looking for a specific spot that once made your mouth water or just seeking out recommended dining wherever your travels lead, the app can feed your hunger, complete with address, phone number and driving directions for each restaurant. Users also can save places they want to visit (or visit again), create road trips based around restaurant wishlists, recommend spots to friends, and earn Food Network badges upon arriving at their dining destination. 

HoppitHoppit 
(Developed by Hopscotch Group)
Available for: iOSAndroid 
Released: September
Price: Free

Hoppit helps you find the right restaurant or bar at the right time, recommending spots based on whom you're with and what kind of atmosphere you want to enjoy. Currently available for major U.S. locales including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Hoppit pinpoints your location and identifies nearby destinations according to your desired environment (selections include "Romantic," "Swanky" and "Hipster") as well as your social context (i.e., "Colleagues," "Family" or "My Two-Year-Old") and price range. You can also click through each recommendation for atmosphere details, noise level, location, contact information, etc. It's an invaluable resource for anyone looking for lunch in all the wrong places.

PannaPanna 
(Developed by How 2 Media)
Available for: iPad
Released: November
Price: Free

Essentially a multimedia hybrid between Cook's Illustrated and cable's Food Network, Panna is a high-definition video magazine optimized for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad and iPad mini, highlighted by step-by-step cooking demonstrations from world-renowned chefs. Each issue features close to three hours of real-time video tutorials filmed in home kitchens and backyard grills; the chefs pepper their technical demonstrations with cooking tips and insights, and users can swipe within each video to repeat steps and instructions. Consumers also can share recipes via Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter and email, generate shopping lists for preparing each dish, and browse by recipe, chef, issue, meal or keyword.