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How food apps use algorithms to make recommendations for you

How food apps use algorithms to make recommendations for you

“…algorithms are also responsible for fueling restaurant apps. Restaurant recommendation (or “discovery”) apps — from stalwarts like Foursquare to upstarts like MyFab5 — come up with recommendations based on algorithms’ interpretations of data (yours and theirs). Others, like the just-launched Luka and the six-month-old Flavour, apply algorithms to recommendations curated by professionals and tastemakers. But when biases, context, and emotion are removed from the equation, how effective are the algorithms when it comes to recommending something you’d like — especially […]

Vegetables: the future of food?

Vegetables: the future of food?

Livestock are not as efficient as plant based foods, according to a recent report from The Economist. And if we want to be able to feed an extra 1.8 billion people in 2050, we are going to have to think about the future of food product seriously. The report says: “According to the United Nations, livestock uses around 30% of the world’s ice-free landmass and produces 14.5% of all greenhouse-gas emissions. Making meat also requires supplying animals with vast amounts […]

Melbourne’s top 200+ blogs April 2014

It’s been a long time since anybody has updated any listing of blogs in Melbourne publicly and I’ve collaborated with Thang Ngo at Noodlies in Sydney to create a list based on Alexa ranking. Thang has incorporated the Melbourne listings with his Sydney listing to create a ranking of 595 Australian blogs. Inevitably as this is the first time for Melbourne we have accidentally left out a few people and perhaps included a few shouldn’t be here. If you think […]

The great food blogger witch hunt

The great food blogger witch hunt

I’ve updated this post as more information came in from Sharky. If anyone else wishes me to update anything, please let me know. I am attempting to be as accurate as possible here.You’ll see the updates appear underlined like this. There’s this group of people who are so passionate about food that they spend a fortune and invest hundreds of hours of time engaging with the culture surrounding it. Not only are they eating out, buying ingredients, gadgets, renovating kitchens […]

One Dualit toaster. Loved by owner. Despised by girlfriend.

One Dualit toaster. Loved by owner. Despised by girlfriend.

The answer to whether one should love or hate the Dualit toaster is a debate about toast. Are you the kind of person that wants light brown and, in my view, limp toast? Or do you want dark browned, crisp toast – the kind of toast your maiden aunt told you put curls on your head? Are you a food pornographer from the 1990s? Or a locavore and a minimalist? I guess I’m all of the above. To me there’s […]

Should I attend Taste of Melbourne 2012?

Should I attend Taste of Melbourne 2012?

Win prizes by reviewing restaurants for Google and Zagat The good news is that after years of decline Taste of Melbourne has rejuvenated itself, upgrading the restaurants exhibiting their food and moving to Albert Park. The bad news is that if the weather turns bad – and the forecast is for showers and a temperature that won’t rise above 19C – then you’ll be damp and cold queueing for your credits and food at the MoVida and Mamasita stalls on […]

The new shape of food journalism and reviews

The new shape of food journalism and reviews

Some things creep up on you. Others arrive in clusters. The evolution of food journalism and reviewing in Australia is a mixture of both with the dumping of two important restaurant critics in Sydney and Melbourne, the replacement of the editors of two major newspaper food sections at Fairfax and the elevation of Yelp! as the most likely winner in the food review stakes. So what happened? First to the Yelp! news, which is really significant. The latest IOS update […]

Save Epicure. Or build something new?

Save Epicure. Or build something new?

The food and drink business has a love hate relationship with its media. They are either moaning that newspaper sections and magazines don’t write about them. Or when they do they get it wrong. Then there is the thorny issue of critics, the journalists that probably get the most stick for not rating restaurants (or anything subject to critique) quite as highly as the owners would like. When I started my own food magazine Tomato (which became this blog) eight […]

Melbourne Trends 2012

Recently, I was asked to talk to journalists in Melbourne and Sydney about Melbourne food trends in 2012. I’ve yet again been so bloody busy that I haven’t had a chance to blog it but here is a video shot of the Melbourne day.

The George Calombaris effect and surcharges

As the Christmas and new year break recedes and Australia Day approaches, once more the open wound of the hospitality game one again resurfaces: surcharges. This time though it has hit the headlines big time thanks to the perfect storm of a silly season slow news cycle and Masterchef judge and serial restaurateur George Calombaris mouthing off about it in the Power Index (where I’m pleased to see That Jess Ho rates a mention in its analysis of the Melbourne […]