There are way too many places to eat in the Bay Area so it
can be hard to figure out where to go. To filter all the informatino, I often cross reference
reviews online and from print resources. Then I ask my friends in
the food industry for their opinions.
One person I trust is Carolyn Jung, a James Beard award-winning food and
wine writer based in Silicon Valley. You may have read her work for years
in the San Jose Mercury News. Or,
maybe you’ve visited her popular site, Foodgal.com where she posts on
restaurants, chefs, cookbooks, recipes, and touching food stories.
someone who gives me the scoop and honest assessment of a restaurant. Should I
go or pass? Are there flaws worth overlooking for something interesting to
With over a
decade of experience as a professional food journalist in the Bay Area, Carolyn
knows the local food scene and she also writes well. She’s poured all of that
into her Food Gal app, which has been designed for the iPhone (an Android version
is coming soon).
What’s in the
Food Gal iPhone app?
There are 75 restaurant recommendations, from new to
renowned, located from the wine country to Los Gatos. Each one has a
detailed review, suggestions on what to order, and delicious photos. And if you’re
like me and get lost easily, the Food Gal app is GPS enabled. Restaurant
websites, addresses and business hours round out the logistics of things.
Carolyn updates the app for free on a regular basis so her recommendations remain fresh to app users.
The Food Gal goes for a mere $1.99 at the iTunes app store, but maybe you’d like
to test drive it for free? I’ve got some to give away.
Here’s the giveaway lowdown:
Prize: Food Gal mobile app (3 winners total)
is eligible to enter: Despite
the fact that the app is a download, this giveaway is open to people in the
U.S. only. The app is for the iPhone, iTouch, or iPad so you should have one of
these devices, or have access to one in order to enter. You don’t have to live
in the Bay Area to enter, win, or use the app. Just be curious about Bay Area
How to enter: Simply leave a comment on this post. What’s
your favorite Bay Area place to eat at? Include your email address so that I can contact you directly if you win.
you enter more than once? Yes, if you’re a fan of the VWK
Facebook page, follow me on Twitter or have joined me on Pinterest,
you can enter an extra time for each of those social media networks. If we’re
buddies on all three, then shoot, you can enter 4 times. If you’re doing
multiple entries, let me know who you are by including something like [FB],
[Twitter], or [Pinterest] in your comment.
to enter: Wednesday, August 29, noon
notification, and claiming the apps: The
winners will be randomly selected via Random.org and notified by email. The
winners will be announced on Thursday, August 30. I’ll send the winners information
on how to download their apps. If you’d like more details, read the official
[8/29/12 Update] And the winners are . . . Sansai, Christina the Baker with a Cause, and Candice. Thanks all for entering.