If any of you know me, you will know that I love my wine. Red in Winter, Rosé on the odd occasion and White…whenever! I love the history of wine making and the way wines are made from all sorts of different ingredients. I don’t think I will ever know enough about wine and all its details but one thing I do know for sure, I do enjoy it! With friends at a lunch, romantic dinners with G, laughing with family or relaxing with a good book or writing this blog.

I spoke about discovering apps the other day here, and this is another that I think every wine lover should have…Vivino!

What is so great about this app is that you have a profile that will save all your favourite wines and the wines you have reviewed. Similar to the Zomato app where you can review the wine and comment to all the people that are on your profile. Like Facebook you will have friends on your newsfeed that pop up with their reviews about the wine they have tasted. On the various wine reviews, you will see others that have commented whether they are on your profile or not.

To use this app, take a photo of the wine bottle label. Once the app has analysed the image it will confirm with a “Voila!”. All the details about the wine will be displayed with ratings, the farm it comes from , the grapes used and what food you should pair it with.  How clever?

How many of you have this app and does it meet your expectations?


Zomato App

I am quite useless when it comes to apps and what the latest trends are regarding new apps for Android or iOS (…or in human terms for example, Samsung or Apple). I generally use my phone for phoning, texting or social media catch-ups but since I moved over to the Apple world, I have been exposed to apps! What a wonderful discovery! One app I would like to share, is the free app called Zomato . Have any of you downloaded it?

I have found living in the city very different compared to living in Durban where I could go to the beach to get out. Here in the city, we go to restaurants, cafes and pubs / bars. I absolutely love this alternative because there is just so much to choose from. Some expensive, some affordable. Some Thai cuisine, some Italian – which do you choose from?

Zomato has been the greatest site for me when choosing a restaurant. When first moving to Johannesburg, I wasn’t sure of where we were going when a friend would suggest a restaurant. I am always intimidated by menus, I am always the last one at the table to choose what I want – there is just too much choice!! I learnt to go online and check out the restaurant menu before heading out so that I knew the variety of food offered and familiarized myself with the menu so it wasn’t so difficult to choose. Zomato was always the first site to pick from when looking on Google.

Now that I have become accustom to Zomato, I downloaded their app and have been so fulfilled. It will ask for your location so that it can choose the various restaurants or bars in your area, it will give you the option of breakfast, lunch, supper or drinks and then defines the cuisine to which your growling tummy desires. Even better, it gives you the latest on trending places at that time. Hipster hangouts, hidden gems or tea times, you can choose. A list of places to see will be featured and many visitors to these places have reviewed what the restaurant / cafe is like regarding service or cleanliness. Very appealing! Recently Zomato have updated their software and when logging in to the app to greet you, “Hello Chanel.” to which you can then choose what your heart desires.

If you keep your locations services on, the app will pick out all the places that are closest to you for food or drink when moving around or travelling to different towns, cities or countries. Clever!

Let me know your favourite aspects of Zomato!