At a certain point when I’d added enough content to Taster Tots L.A. to make it USEFUL to readers around the city, folks would suggest I turn it into an iPhone app. Ya know, with all my tech expertise and entrepreneurial zeal. Thankfully I happen to know someone with precisely those qualities.
So with the launch of my pal Ben’s Know What app available TODAY at iTunes, 50 Taster Tots picks are available as an app! Other awesome contributors to what’s essentially a “hyper-curated city guide” include fellow food bloggers and writers such as Joshua Lurie of Food GPS (who has three guides), Caroline on Crack, Eddie Lin of Deep End Dining, Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly, and L.A. super mama Rebecca Woolf of Girls Gone Child. Plus lotsa recs for not-your-typical points of local interest on topics including true crime, architecture history, hiking and public art, directly from people who give a damn and know their stuff. At the moment guides are available for Los Angeles and San Francisco, with more cities to come.
Wanna know how to get it, how it works and who else is involved? Keep reading, please…
Get started by downloading Know What from the iTunes app store for $2.99, which comes bundled with 400 recs as part of the Know What Essentials package. Additional guides written by the Know What contributor experts cost $0.99 to $3.99 each. (The Taster Tots Know What app is $1.99 for 50 locations.) All guides are GPS enabled and have the bells and whistles to maximize utility and help you get more out of your city! At the moment, the Know What collective has about 1,300 locations to share. Not too shabby.
And while Know What is categorized as a travel app, it’s still useful for locals. Since as my dad likes to say, no matter where we are, we are ALWAYS tourists.
- Aileen Holmes, local artist: OC: Sooo Not the Land of Bland
- Caroline on Crack, carolineoncrack.com: Drink Here: LA’s Best Craft Beer and Cocktail Bars
- Eddie Lin, deependdining.com: Deep End Dining
- Esotouric, tour company: Charles Bukowski’s LA and On the Trail of the Black Dahlia
- Francesca Lia Block, author: LA’s Dangerous Angels
- Gustavo Arellano, columnist, editor, OC Weekly: The Best OC Restaurants!
- Jessica Ritz, tastertotsla.com [that’s me!]: Discerning Dining for Accompanied Adults
- Joshua Lurie, foodgps.com: Global Eats: Southern California; Prized Pig, LA’s Best Pork Dishes
- LA Bizarro, bestselling guidebook: 50 Ways to Lose Your Mind
- LA Freewalls, street art collective: The Biggest Street Art Gallery in the World
- Los Angeles Conservancy: Top 50 of 60s Architecture
- Mark Frauenfelder, co-founder boingboing.net: Unicorns, Carnivorous Plants and Other Angelenos I’ve Known and Loved
- Modern Hiker, modernhiker.com: LA’s Best Hikes
- Raina Lee, author: Karaoke Domination
- Rebecca Woolf, girlsgonechild.net: Fashion & Fun (for You & Your Fam)
- Burrito Eater, burritoeater.com: San Francisco’s Top 30 Taquerias
- Camper English, Alcademics.com: The City’s Best Cocktail Spots
- Carolyn Jung, foodgal.com: Ultimate Guide to Bay Area Dining
- Catherine Weis, Local Social: Oakland’s Creative Renaissance
- Gary Singh, San Jose Metro columnist: Things in San Jose that Don’t Suck
- Joshua Lurie, foodgps.com: Global Eats: The Bay Area
- San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association: SF’s Secret Parks and Hidden Oases
- SF Hertiage: Essential SF: The City’s Architectural Icons; The Building Blocks of Auto Row and Pacific Heights: The Epicenter of Old San Francisco
- Steve Blank, entrepreneur and amateur historian: The Secret History of Silicon Valley
- Thinkwalks, ThinkWalks.org: Everything Explained and Local Nerd!
- Vegansaurus.com: The Best Food in the Bay Area as Picked by Genius Experts
- Victoria Smith, sfgirlbybay.com: Sfgirlbybay’s Bohemian Modern San Francisco
- White Walls: San Francisco Street Art