Pandora-Like Restaurant App
I am not a Yelp fan, but I am obsessed with how we interact with each other in the digital space and especially when it comes to food. So check out this newcomer called Nara. It’s a neuroscience-based restaurant recommendation site for restaurant recommendations that’s similar to music sites like Pandora. You tell it what you like and what you don't like, and recommendations are made to you for restaurants based on your preferences. Your preferences can be applied to any city, so it will recommend restaurants to your taste/budget/style when you travel. Nara says it will be adding features on hotels, entertainment, and the like coming soon. Here is an awesome HuffPo piece, and here's the Nara video if you want to check that out. I think I like it.
Being the Only Often Trumps Being the Best
Birdhouse closed last week. I never went, wish I had. I am still trying to catch up on the restaurants that opened two years ago! What started as an eatery showcasing Heidi and Stewart Woodman’s more casual fare with an emphasis on healthy eating morphed into a family-focused restaurant for the neighborhood, but didn’t survive the chef changes in the kitchen or made enough of a difference in the customers’ eyes. Some restaurants suffer from the old “Why should I eat there instead of _____ ?” question. Sometimes it’s not enough to have good food when that fare is available elsewhere. Who knows why any restaurant closes after a year, but one thing they all have in common is lack of interest in their product. Even when that product is good. In fact, we can list hundreds of successful restaurants with terrible food that are still open and still popular with their customers. Clearly as Americans, we dine out for many reasons, not just for food. Restaurateurs need focus on being the only, not solely the best. It helps keep the doors open longer.
Watch Travel Channel on the Go
The TV experience is a mobile one. Couch sitting is great, but most everyone I know sits on the couch with their laptop, iPad, or smartphone. For those Bizarre Foods, Bret Michaels, Baggage Battles, Fandemonium, Toy Hunter, and Ghost Adventures geeks out there, the Watch Travel Channel app is LIVE and in the App Store. Today’s app launch for iPads and iPhones marks the first of the Scripps Networks TV Everywhere products. All Travel Channel TV subscribers can log in and watch the latest shows—one of the largest initial rollouts the industry has ever seen. The app also provides archive video episodes and short clips anyone can watch to sample Travel Channel. Download and enjoy!