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No Photos at Restaurants?

How would you feel if you couldn’t photograph your food at a restaurant?  Would you still want to eat there?  I was disappointed not to photograph my food at Per Se, but then it was Per Se, so it was an exception.  I would think twice about eating somewhere if I couldn’t take photos.  I’m not obnoxious about it though.  I just use my phone to take photos and if I can get a decent picture without flash, I don’t use it.  I can see how it would get annoying to other customers if one is there with a tripod and huge lens, etc.  But is it any more annoying than customers having phone conversations?  I think it should be up to the restaurant, whatever its culture/policy is, but I do think that a lot of people want to blog today and that restaurant may miss out on potential diners if they do prohibit photography.

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4 New or Updated Apps for Foodies

Here are 4 new or updated apps and games for iPhone or Android users.

Flickr iOS 7–This updated app allows you to automatically upload and  adjust your photos.

Find. Eat. Drink.–What differentiates this app from other restaurant review apps is that the reviews are written by those who work in the food industry.

The Whole Pantry–The “world’s first health, wellness and lifestyle app,” it has recipes and shopping lists for meals that are sugar and gluten-free.

Bakery Story:  Fall Treats–This game allows you to create your own bakery inspired by fall treats.

Cool Food Blog

Sweet Explorations is a very cool food blog by Francois, a baker who inspires with his creative cookie artistry.  What initially caught my eye were his tricolor autumn leaves cookies.  Aren’t they lovely and so creative?

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

Everything on his site is so enticing, but I particularly love the skill involved in his pie cookies. These apple pie cookies look delicious as well as adorable.

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photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

These pumpkin pie cookies look like real miniature pumpkin pies. If you think that’s cute, check out the lattice pie cookies.

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

photo used with permission of Sweet Explorations

You have to check out his site and see for yourself. He makes cookies that look like old-fashioned 3D glasses, movie popcorn, melting popsicles, citrus slices and balloon animals.  Check out his Christmas cookies, including gift tags and gingerbread in the shape of San Francisco houses.  I can’t wait to see what he bakes next!

5 Pear Recipes for Fall

Pumpkins and apples are the big stars of the season, but pears are a versatile and tasty fall fruit too.  Pears remind me of my grandmother because she liked them so much.  She would eat them as is, but I’m sure she’d enjoy the recipes on this round-up too!

1. Spiced pear sauce from Magnolia Days

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photo used with permission of Magnolia Days

2. Spiced pear crumb bars with dulce de leche from The Craving Chronicles

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photo used with permission of The Craving Chronicles

3. Roasted pear vanilla ice cream from Hovkonditorn

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photo used with permission of Hovkonditorn

4. Chocolate baked pear pudding from a life…including cake!

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photo used with permission of a life…including cake!

5.  Pear vanilla upside down cakes from Baking a Moment

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photo used with permission of Baking a Moment

5 Apple Recipes for Fall

I love the change of seasons. There’s something wonderful about each season. It still feels like summer here in New York, although it has gotten cooler. But my mind is turning toward the comforts of fall, that crispness of air and apple.
1.  Apple pie bars from Roxana’s Home Baking

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photo used with permission of Roxana’s Baking

2. Biscoff apple pie pinwheels from Buns In My Oven

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photo used with permission of Buns In My Oven

3. Baked apple cider donuts from The Sweet Life

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photo used with permission of The Sweet Life

4. Caramel apple pie pudding shots from e is for eat.

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photo used with permission of e is for eat.

5.  Apple cinnamon sugar cookie bars from Lemons for Lulu

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photo used with permission of Lemons for Lulu

Cool Food Blog

Culinary Flavors is a very cool food blog of Greek recipes.  The most recent post on galotiri, or Greek milk, yogurt and cheese spread, caught my eye, admittedly because of its use of full fat yogurt and milk.  The richness of this dip is very appealing!

photo used with permission of Culinary Flavors

photo used with permission of Culinary Flavors

The site includes recipes for Greek classics like spanakopita to lesser-known dishes like the dessert mastic scented galaktoboureko with kataifi phylo and dishes that cross cultures like halva.

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photo used with permission of Culinary Flavors

Panorama triangles look like yummy snacks.  In addition to the recipes, there’s a bit of Greek history so you are also learning about the Greek culture.  There are holiday recipes too, including Easter breads and cookies, Christmas cookies and New Year’s cake.

Cool Food Blog

Global Table Adventure is a very cool food blog about a family’s journey toward global peace and understanding through learning about each other’s foodways.  The family intends to highlight every country’s culture and food and focuses on one country each week, and they are almost done.  Recent countries include Uganda and Tuvalu.  The site features a cool interactive map to see what countries they have featured with a  photo of a recipe.  What a cool project and a great site for learning more about the world.