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Black-owned Restaurant Finder Tool Is Climbing The App Stores

The smartphone app eatOkra has seen a recent jump on the Apple App Store and for great reason — it does an incredible job of helping our community find Black-Owned restaurants in our immediate vicinity.

The app, a brainchild of New York couple Anthony and Janique Edwards, has been around since 2016. In the wake of ongoing protests around the country following the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd and countless other Black Americans, the app has gotten as high as #20 on the food/drink category.

At the time of publication, they currently sit at #25, an impressive number amidst a list of food delivery and resource apps like DoorDash, Starbucks and McDonald’s.

EatOkra is described as a “guide to finding black-owned restaurants and food trucks.” The app boasts listings in NYC, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, St. Louis, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Houston & Dallas, Portland and Detroit, to name a few!

With the influx of new users, the app’s creators have been working tirelessly to add new features like filtering restaurants by proximity, bookmarking and easy navigation features. No smoke, these guys are adding features to their platform that took Yelp ages to get right. And without the strong arming.

Go download it on the App Store or Google Play.

The app has proven invaluable for both Foodbeast and the greater foodie community to locate, patronize and amplify the delicious food created by black-owned businesses in our own neighborhoods.

 

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Deals Fast Food

Get a Free Burger From Wendy’s Literally From The Palm of Your Hands

Why buy one burger when you can buy two?

Yes, the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast, the burger. Now this isn’t a “Royale with cheese,” but Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, or the Dave’s Single Burger are literally in the palm of your hands, until March 31.

Here’s how.

Ya got an iPhone or Google Pixel or some other smart phone do-hickey right? Well, you pick that up, you download the Wendy’s app, go into “Account” and then get to “Offers” and you’ll see three deals ready for the picking.

On top of getting the two sandwiches for one deal, there’s $2 off any full-size salad.

I just tried to make sure this worked and it took me about five minutes to install and confirm emails to get to the offer. Seems like you can do this while waiting in the drive-through line.

But that’s not all that Wendy’s is offering. On Feb. 23, through its Twitter account, Wendy’s announced their Double Stack Burgers to be newly priced at $1.

So if there’s any other reason to go to Wendy’s besides their nuggets, it’s this deal, also two burgers for one dollar is the future that we must embrace.

 

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Alcohol Drinks Toasty

Minibar Delivery Gets Into The Wine Biz, Connects Customers To Vineyards

If you need a great bottle of wine for that romantic dinner or a client and want to go beyond the usual rosé, Minibar Delivery may have just the bottle for you.

The on-demand alcohol delivery service recently announced that it is launching Vineyard Select, a nationwide direct-to-consumer wine shipping service that connects customers with independent vineyards, not typically sold in stores, for wine deliveries to their home or office.

To order, wine lovers would need to download the Minibar Delivery app or visit the website and enter the delivery address. They can then browse the wine section to shop from curated vineyards, as well as explore each vineyard and its products. The Vineyard Select launch partners include Penrose Hill, Uproot Wines, and The Blending Lab to offer a variety of wines that fit every price point, with minimum orders that start at $45.

“Direct to consumer wine shipment is a natural expansion for Minibar Delivery,” said Lara Crystal, co-CEO and co-Founder of Minibar Delivery via a statement. “Our customers are wine lovers – wine is the top selling category on our platform. There are so many incredible winemakers out there that aren’t available in traditional liquor stores. With Vineyard Select, we can open up a whole new world of wine to our customers and connect vineyards with a new, enthusiastic customer base.”

Vineyard Select also benefits vineyard partners as they leverage the platform to reach a new marketplace and educate customers on their wine varietals.

The launch of the Vineyard Select program marks a key growth milestone for Minibar Delivery, following its recent influx of $5M in investment capital. In addition to its service of on-demand alcohol delivery in 37 markets across the country, Minibar Delivery makes it easy to send a gift across the country, book a professionally-trained bartender on demand, and access a dedicated concierge service to answer all spirits-related questions.

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Fast Food Technology

Lyft Now Has A ‘Taco Mode’ That Lets You Make A Taco Bell Pitstop

Photo: Taco Bell

Taco Bell has announced a new partnership with Lyft that’ll surely please anyone with the late-night munchies hoping to grab some fast food on their way home.

The ride share app will now feature a “Taco Mode” that activates with the push of a button. Taco Mode allows customers to visit The Bell on their way home. Some lucky riders will even get free swag and tacos during the limited promotion.

Taco Mode testing is currently underway in Orange County, CA, where Taco Bell Headquarters resides. The collaboration between the two brands will be available between July 27-29 and August 3-5. It will only be open from the hours of 9pm to 2am. Whether the Lyft driver gets to indulge on that Taco Bell goodness remains to be seen.

Now that Lyft has Taco Bell on lock, we wonder if they’re open to partnering up with any fried chicken spots. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

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Fast Food Hacks Restaurants Sweets Technology

An App Finally Exists That Tells You Which McFlurry Machines Are Broken

Image courtesy of Ice Check.

We all know the feel of going to a McDonald’s and ordering a McFlurry, only to find out that the machine is broken… again. While McDonald’s did recently unveil a new machine that cuts down the time needed to fix and reset the machines, a new app offers a better solution: it’ll tell you which machines nearby you are working.

The app, called Ice Check, works in a similar style to the traffic app Waze, which informs you of cops, accidents, and road hazards via getting information from its users on what was happening on the roads. Ice Check will work in a similar fashion, using consumer input to inform which McDonald’s McFlurry machines are currently operational.

Participating McDonald’s locations will also input data to the app, meaning that several McDonald’s will be feeding in the info to tell you if their McFlurry machine is broken or not. The locations will also be giving out coupons if their machines are down.

In addition to the McFlurry information, Ice Check allows you to bookmark specific McDonald’s franchises and provides turn-by-turn directions to your selected McDonald’s.

The app is going to drop onto the App Store on April 14th, so when that date arrives, McFlurry lovers will be able to rejoice in knowing they will be able to reliably find McFlurry machines that are up and running.

Now that’s pretty sweet.

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Drinks News Technology

New Driving App Gives Users Free Coffee If Phones Go Untouched

More people glance at their cell phones while driving than they’d like to admit. As quick as a simple look would take, a split-second of losing focus could mean life or death on the road.

Toyota’s concern for this dilemma was clear when they recently collaborated with a mobile phone company to release a new app in Japan that gives drivers an incentive to keep from glancing at their phones, reports RocketNews 24.

Called the Driving Barista, the app tracks how long your phone remains facedown as you drive. If a consecutive 100 kilometers (62 miles) are reached, you earn yourself a free coffee from Japanese coffee chain Komeda Coffee. You get more coffee as more miles accumulate.

Using the phone’s GPS and internal gyroscope, drivers will find it difficult to cheat themselves to a free cup of joe. Just keep your eyes on the road and you’ll get your caffeine fix.

This isn’t the first time a brand has incorporated smart technology to keep consumers from looking at their phones when they’re not supposed to.

Hopefully, the Driving Barista sees some success in Japan. We sure could use something similar in the US. Though it’s alarming to think that we need an incentive to detach ourselves from our phones.

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Feel Good News

‘Sit With Us’ App Makes Sure Students Never Have To Eat Alone Again

“You can’t sit with us,” is a popular Mean Girls quote, where character Regina George was reminded by Gretchen Wieners that she was wearing sweat pants on the wrong day, therefore not allowing her to sit at their lunch table.

 

While it was a fairly accurate depiction of the ridiculousness that occurs in high school cafeterias, bullying actions like that might soon be a thing of the past, thanks to 16-year-old Natalie Hampton’s new app.

It’s aptly called, “Sit With Us,” and is a private way for students to find a group of kids to sit and eat lunch with.

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By making the seat-finding process discreet, it prevents awkward, Forrest Gump moments where mean-ass kids say things like, “Seat’s taken,” when the seat is clearly not taken.

Hampton was inspired to create this app after spending most of her 7th grade year eating alone, according to LA Daily.

Hampton launched the app a week ago, she said she has already seen a change within her own school, telling NPR that classmates are posting open lunch invites and getting involved with the app.

If Regina George had this app in the Mean Girls movie, she could have smoothly left the table and sat with a more loving, accepting group of students who didn’t care about her sweat pants.

h/t huffpo

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Cravings Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss News Technology

Papa John’s Now Lets You Order Pizza Right From Your Apple TV

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Binging on television shows and ordering pizza pretty much go hand in hand. When you’re in that mesmeric state, however, you’re not gonna want to pick up the phone and order a pie. Some folks even think tweeting a pizza emoji is already too much work, saying that it takes away from the experience.

Elite Daily reports that Papa John’s Pizza launched a new app that lets you order pizza using your Apple TV. Users will have access to the entirety of Papa Johns’ menu, including sides and drinks. You make your request through the app and your pizza will be delivered right to your doorstep.

To sweeten the deal, Papa John’s is also adding a 25% discount to anyone ordering through the new app.

Sounds like the perfect time to re-watch Stranger Things.