Hello readers, you may be looking at the title of this blog and wondering what on earth I am on about this time? Well, good food does talk to our senses and taste buds; especially when we are enjoying a meal with friends and relatives.
Good Food Talks is an app that means you no longer have to have the menu read to you when you visit restaurants. This app doesn’t have every eatery’s menu in the universe on it now, but I’ll bet that with time more chains, independent restaurants, pubs and bars will catch on to the idea of making menus accessible to all, even if it is through the use of a smartphone.
I have yet to go out for a meal and try the app on location, but I have spent time looking at pubs or restaurant’s menus from the comfort of my own home. I know I am sad, what can I say I love food!
Now I’ve introduced you to the apps concept I am going to say a bit about my experience of using it. I am using an iPhone10R with VoiceOver on it.
When you open the app, you can choose from different print options or just go straight into the next page. Using VoiceOver, I skipped the print choices and went directly to the main page of the app where you can choose to search for a place or pick one from a list of locations that are near to you. Depending on how many menus the eating establishment has you can peruse the menu like you were reading from say, starters, mains, deserts, pub classics – you get the idea.
Using Voiceover, I haven’t found any glitches and really want to try this out for real, I know I can use the app but am really looking forward to reading a menu to myself in a social setting, thus taking the responsibility away from my partner who also has sight loss or others I may be socialising with. I know that this can be an antisocial thing to do, using your phone at the table or when you’re out but if this is the only way I can independently read a menu then I will forgo the critics who could call me rude.
Thank you to the developers of this very useful app, I’m sure I’ll make good use of this software.
Update! Over this past weekend I have successfully used the app. I was on my way home from a weekend in Edinburgh and had some time before we were due to arrive into London.
I decided that as we were going to have dinner at a restaurant at London Waterloo before getting our next train home, I would look to see if I could find the menu on Good Food Talks – I did. I easily found the branch of the eatery I wanted and perused the menu and chose what I wanted before we’d even stepped on to the platform at Kings Cross station.
As soon as we arrived at the restaurant and were seated, we ordered our food because we had already decided what we wanted to eat. A combination of using the app to decide what we wanted, very quick service and an enjoyable meal, some speedy walking meant that my partner and I were in and out and on the train home within 30 minutes of sitting at our table.