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Essential Food Apps for Every Foodie

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Essential Food Apps for Every Foodie

Mmmm…food…

Sorry, I got caught up in my research. Now if only I can get through this article without drooling on the keyboard…

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Anyway, if you’re a food connoisseur, you’ve probably discovered an intense affinity for Pinterest since its launch in 2010. But there are so many other apps available for you to sink your teeth into. Civilian Bar and Kitchen in New South Wales, Australia, has created an infographic for the foodie in all of us. Whether you prefer to create your own meals or have the food brought to you, there are many apps available on the iStore and Google Play to assist you along the way. Best of all, most of them are available for less than $5; some are even completely free, while still others require in-app purchases.

For the chefs, there are apps that convert measurements based on serving size and units used, as well as timers to make sure you don’t overcook your meals. There are also apps which curate recipes and tips from the best food blogs in the world, and deliver them right to your phone. For those looking to cool down with a nice beverage, there are also drink recipe apps. For the health-conscious, there are apps available that scan barcodes at supermarkets to check nutrition facts, gluten content, and whether the product contains GMOs.

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For those who love to dine out, there are apps that locate the best restaurants and dining establishments in your area, along with reviews from the app’s user community. Other apps categorize restaurants based on their vegetarian or vegan standing. One app even gives a report on the wine to order at a specific restaurant after plugging in your entree.

Now, for lunch…

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    Featured photo credit: Civilian Bar and Kitchen via civilian.net.au

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    Last Updated on November 22, 2021

    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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    Simplify

    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

    Absolutely.

    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

    Be Mindful

    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

    Reflect

    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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