The Digital (Foodie) Life – Untourist App (Part 2 of 5) – The Digital Life


The truth is, I’ve always had a secret passion for food.I’m often cruising through cook books, trying new restaurants, and discovering new cooking shows!  This CityLine blog has often been very technology-oriented, but living “The Digital Life” doesn’t always have to be “geeky.”

We live in a world of blogs, apps, smartphones, and there’s literally something for everyone!  In my online travels, I stumbled upon Andrew Dobson, a self-proclaimed “Professional Foodie,” based out of Toronto.  In the last installment of the five-part series I call “The Digital (Foodie) Life,”  I got the opportunity to chat with the founder of the dobbernationLOVES blog, and talk about what inspired him to create it!

Continuing with our food and tech theme, I spoke to Dobson about one of his top recommended apps when it comes to traveling and dining abroad.

“This past weekend I spent my Saturday afternoon using the ‘G Adventures Untourist’ App on my new iPhone 4S.  As you can imagine, I am borderline obsessive about the restaurants I visit when on vacation.”

Dobson isn’t kidding when he refers to himself as “borderline obsessive.”  He tells me he typically sets up a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet outlining each day of his trip, and slots in well-researched recommendations for each day’s breakfast, lunch, dinner and late evening watering holes.

“‘The Untourist App’ is on my list of “go to” resources before departure,” he adds.  The application is built on recommendations from the “G Adventures” Worldwide network of CEOs.  The term, “CEOs” refers to “Chief Experience Officers.”

Untourist highlights over 1700 must-try culinary experiences and off-the-beaten path restaurants that make travel worthwhile.

Dobson boasts its friendly user experience.  “Just tell it where you are, and Untourist will plot location-specific suggestions on a local map for you. Whether you’re preparing for your next adventure abroad, or just window-shopping from the comfort of your couch, Untourist puts the whole planet at your fingertips.”

From there, you are able to read reviews of local restaurants submitted by the globetrotting travel experts at G Adventures.  The application features several of Dobson’s own reviews from around the world.  Whether you are on a business trip, planning a family holiday, or sitting at home with a craving for the best restaurants around, use the Untourist App to satiate your cravings.

In the next installment of “The Digital (Foodie) Life,” we’ll explore the trend of “restaurant video-blogging,” and how you can hop on the bandwagon.

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Repost from CityLine.ca


About Winston Sih

Winston is currently the Digital Media Producer-Correspondent for City television stations across Canada, producing content for the network’s digital properties including Breakfast Television, Cityline, CityNews and Entertainment City. He is also an on-air correspondent for the network’s in-house productions where he can be seen reporting on the latest social news and trends.