Evernote is an app I use every day — on my desktop, my iPad and iPhone. A great method for collecting information (sites, photos, ideas, notes, articles) on the fly with the complete confidence that you’ll be able to find them again.
Last year the software company came out with a fine little app for organizing restaurant notes and photos called Evernote Food. Start using this app, and all your photos of a single meal, along with any notes or comments, info on the restaurant, etc., stick together. It’s great for traveling, when you’re eating at a number of restaurants in close sequence. You won’t have to wonder where that photo of a dish goes — with which restaurant, which country.
Last week I think it was, they issued an update to version 2.0. And made this once beautifully simple app needlessly complicated. Not everybody is going to agree, but for my purposes, it’s like taking a beautiful Laguiole steak knife that works admirably for one purpose and trying to turn it into a Swiss army knife.
The developers have added a restaurant search something like Yelp’s, but the database isn’t yet large enough to effectively cover the territory. They definitely have some wrinkles to work out. When I was on the Eastside, the “explore restaurants” feature suggested both L & E Oyster Bar and Domenico Ristorante (which previously occupied the same space and has been gone for quite a while). And an attempt to explore Beverly Hills gave me Sprinkles cupcakes, Urth Caffè, Mastro’s Steakhouse and European Sausage Kitchen. But no Spago or Bouchon.