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Apple loves 42 Restaurants

An update to our blog is long overdue. The 42 Restaurants iPhone app is still going strong, and recently the price has dropped to US$1.99. Right now we have it on Sale for only 99c, so grab it fast if you don’t already own it [iTunes link]!

In January this year, Apple reached the 10 billion mark with their App sales. The image below was featured all over the web – on Apple’s home page and just about every big tech website – and what’s that there a few icons from the top? Yes, indeed, our very own 42 Restaurants app icon!

Apple sells 10 Billion Apps

But we have even more reasons to be proud. Last year we were featured in a second UK TV ad, and just yesterday we were included in the US AppStore Essentials: Apps for Foodies. It seems that Apple loves us.

42 Restaurants featured in US AppStore Essentials… again!

In October last year added a few new restaurants to the app, which brings the number of delectable recipes on offer to well over 50. Unfortunately some of the original restaurants we featured are no longer with us. In particular, we remember Chocolate Pink and the scrumptious Signature Mousse Cake that they gave us. We will not remove them or any other restaurants once they have been added to the app. And as a tribute to Chocolate Pink, you can click here to download their Hazelnut Cookie Bottom, Chocolate Truffle Mousse, Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Buttermilk cake recipe.

Happy baking!

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The Free Taster Version Released

42 Restaurants LITE

We are proud to announce that the FREE version of 42 Restaurants has been approved and is available in the iTunes App Store. To open iTunes and download the app, click here. The release includes 4 recipes from 4 incredible restaurants, for your tasting pleasure. And don’t forget that the full version of 42 Restaurants contains over 42 amazing recipes of the same quality as these.

The list of recipes in the LITE version:

  • Michael Mina’s Caviar Parfait
  • The Schwardwaldstube’s Marinated Goats Cheese with Dried Tomatoes and Zucchini in Baked Filo Pastry with Wild Garlic Pesto (One of our personal favourites)
  • The River Café’s Wood Roasted Turbot Tranche with Capers
  • Hibiscus’s Tarte au Chocolate

Bon Appetit!

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42 Restaurants iPod Touch Version Released

All good things have come to the iPod Touch! Today, the new iPhone 3.0 Software Update for iPod Touch was released, and 42 Restaurants is proud to announce that the iPod Touch version of this beautiful cookbook is now also available for purchase.

iPod Touch users can get 42 Restaurants from the iTunes Store. The application is available on version 2.2 and later for the iPod Touch and the iPhone.

Enjoy!

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42 Restaurants: The Work Behind the Application

42 Restaurants Recipe Flow View

As a special introductory offer, 42 Restaurants currently sells for $6.99.
From 7 July it will cost $8.99.

Yes, the price is a bit higher than many other apps in the app store, but what people don’t realise is the amount of work that has gone into this application. 6 months and literally thousands of restaurants were researched, reviewed and contacted.

Once we had chosen our initial group of restaurants, we had to make sure they had supplied all the required information. e.g. photos, logos, legible recipes. Some recipes even had to be translated into English from French, Italian and German.

Our designers then got to work on designing each restaurant’s pages and formatting it for the phone. Since each design in the application is different this became quite a long process. Once the designs were completed, the restaurants were then contacted for their approval of their designs.

Programming the application was probably the smallest amount of work, but even that took 2 programmers 2 months to complete.

We are planning on adding more recipes and improving some of the performance aspects of the application. We are also tweaking the User Interface a lot to make it more robust. All of this will get released in the next or subsequent update, and will be available to new as well as current users.

This is what some of the people who bought the app think:

“A beautiful coffee table book on my iPhone!”
“Beautiful AND Useful”
“Totally blown away by the design of this application”
“This app allows you to learn about the restaurant, chef, food, etc all while providing the most stunning photography of the food and restaurant”
“A must have for all food lovers, and for that matter, anyone who appreciates the finer things in life.”

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42 Restaurant Officially Launched

42 Restaurants Now Available in the App Store

Restaurant Guide meets Gourmet Cookbook

42 Restaurants: the cooking application the Apple iTunes App Store has been missing

Cape Town, South Africa, 5 June 2009

Click here to open the application page in iTunes

The iTunes App store is full of lazy-cook, quick dinner fixes, but how often do you come across recipes taylor-made by some of the finest chefs in the world? The recently launched 42 Restaurants, an application developed for the iPhone, answers this demand. Home gourmets, professional chefs and lovers of amazing food worldwide will delight in the fact that, unlike most other food applications, the focus of 42 Restaurants is not on the quantity but the quality of recipes.

Restaurants from North and Central America, the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia contributed to this cookbook-meets-restaurant-guide. Each participating restaurant submitted up-to-date information and an exquisite recipe. Each recipe is presented with a unique design. With over 200 dazzling full screen photographs of dishes and dining halls the user is transported all over the world. Attention to detail makes this app one of the few in the App Store truly dedicated to creating a memorable visual experience. It is the Louvre of cookbooks.

The list of featured restaurants includes 40 Michelin Stars altogether. Many James Beard award winning chefs and restaurants listed in the S. Pellegrino list of World’s 50 and 100 best restaurants are also participating. St John Restaurant in London, Picholine in New York, Rockpool in Sydney and Schwarzwaldstube in the Black Forest are but a few of the internationally-acclaimed participants.

42 Restaurants makes optimal use of Apple’s intuitive methods of navigation – swiping, tapping and rotating the screen. Whether it is French Bubblegum Ice Cream, Venison Burgers, Caviar Parfait or Truffle Risotto, there is a detailed array of lavish options for any food enthusiast.

42 Restaurants is the creative passion of designer Margarét Grobler and developer Michael Gaylord, who’s small team has a good track record in web site and user interface design. For more information on this product visit www.42restaurants.com.

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Free Recipe: Warm Chocolate Soup

This indulgent warm chocolate soup is an all-time favourite at Wild Honey, served with crème fraîche and chopped almonds.


Ingredients

For Soup:
  • 50g / 1,8oz dark chocolate, 60-70% cocoa solids
  • 50g / 1,8oz whipping cream
  • 50g / 1,8oz butter
  • 4 eggs, separated
To Serve:
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • Good handful of chopped almonds
  • 120-180ml / 4-6oz créme fraiche

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 100°C / gas ¼ / 212°F .
  2. In a gently warmed bain-marie (or a bowl set over, but not touching, some gently simmering water), heat the chocolate and butter until just melted. Add the egg yolks and combine lightly.
  3. In separate bowls, lightly whip the cream to ribbon stage and beat the egg whites until standing in soft peaks, but being careful not to over-beat.
  4. Fold these into the chocolate
    mixture and immediately transfer to 4-6 individual ovenproof serving bowls.
  5. Bake for 9 minutes.
  6. Allow to stand for a minute or so after removing from the oven.
  7. Then sprinkle with icing sugar, scatter with chopped almonds and top with a spoonful of créme fraiche.
Tips:

The quality of the chocolate you use for this is quite critical to the flavour of the finished soup. Chef Anthony Demetre suggests you use Valrhona’s 66% cocoa solids.

Wild Honey (London):

Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, the team behind the successful Arbutus restaurant in Soho, launched their second site ‘Wild Honey’ in July 2007. Wild Honey continues in the same style as Arbutus – an award-winning combination of modestly priced great food and wine in an informal, friendly ambience. Wild Honey has a Michelin Star.

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Let’s see some of the restaurants!



With 42 Restaurants you’ll be creating at home the same dishes that are served in these fine places.

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Chef Bios: Michel Guérard

Michel Guérard

Michel Guérard

Michel Guérard along with Paul Bocuse, Pierre Troisgros, Alain Chapel, Alain Senderens, Jean Delaveyne and Roger Vergé is one of the most important Founding Fathers of the Mouvement Culinaire Français, precursor to the world-wide Nouvelle Cuisine Française.

Mr Guérard performed his apprenticeship as a pastry chef at Mantes-La-Jolie under Kleber Alix and moved on to work at a number of restaurants in Paris. It was while working as a pastry chef at the Hôtel de Crillon that he won the Meilleur Ouvrier de France Patisserie in 1958. He achieved his first Michelin star in 1967 at his restaurant Le Pot-au-Feu.

In 1974, along with his wife Christine Barthélemy, he restored the hotel, restaurant and thermal spa Les Prés d’Eugénie at Eugénie Les Bains, a thermal spa in the Group of the Chaîne Thermale du Soleil. The hotel and restaurant is the leading Weight-loss center in France, thanks to a new concept in cooking: Cuisine Minceur, now Cuisine Minceur Active®, which, with its scientific, sensory and playful approach, has redefined the relationship between Health and Nutrition. The Spa at Eugénie les Bains holds the record for foreign spa visitors, who make up 12% of their clientele.

Between 1990 and 1995 Mr Guérard served on the Municipal Council of Eugénie les Bains and used this experience to do a complete makeover of the town, thanks to an original bipartite development convention between the Société Thermale d’Eugénie les Bains, the Société familiale, and the Commune d’Eugénie.

42 Restaurants features a recipe from Michel Guérard’s 3 Michelin starred restaurant Les Prés d’Eugénie called ‘A Garden of Warm Truffle Purée Floating on a Chilled Green Pea Soup’. In his words: “This island floating in truffle juice on an iced pea velouté, evokes a quiet and fluid smoothness on the palate, unlike crusty fried dishes with footsteps crunching through snow.”

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Chef Bios: Laurent Tourondel

Laurent Tourondel

Laurent Tourondel

Honored by Bon Appétit as Restaurateur of the Year in 2007 and by Food & Wine as a Best New Chef in 1997, Tourondel also has received an array of “Best of…” awards from publications that include Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Saveur and Wine Spectator. Tourondel has changed the approach of fine dining by creating accessible menus prepared with the finest ingredients and presented in a casual, comfortable dining room. By adhering to his belief that ingredients should be stellar, food simply prepared and service kind and efficient, BLT restaurants have become household names.

With the passion and skill of a French-trained chef, and the sensibility and style of a metropolitan restaurateur, Tourondel has successfully infiltrated the rarified world of New York restaurants and the national dining landscape, much to the delight of critics and diners alike.

Tourondel’s BLT (Bistro Laurent Tourondel) chain of restaurants include, BLT Fish, BLT Prime, BLT Burger and BLT Market in New York City. He has brought BLT Steak to Washington D.C., San Juan, Puerto Rico; Los Angeles and White Plains, NY; and BLT Burger to The Mirage in Las Vegas.

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Chef Bios: Ichiro Kubota

Ichiro Kubota from Umu

Ichiro Kubota from Umu

Over the coming weeks we will be adding some bios on chefs that we are featuring in the application. First up is Ichiro Kubota from Umu Restaurant in London.

Originally from Kyoto, Executive Chef Ichiro Kubota, moved to London in January 2004 to set up Umu. Kubota’s passion for food and cookery was nurtured at a very tender age as he watched his father prepare regional Kyoto dishes. Whilst in Kyoto, Kubota spent five years at the prestigious Tsuruya restaurant, the restaurant of choice for the Japanese Imperial Household. After leaving Tsuruya, Kubota moved to the traditional Kyoto restaurant Hassun, and worked alongside his father, who was the Executive Chef, for two years.

Kubota left Kyoto in 2002 and moved to the Michelin starred Hotel La Villa, Corsica, France. Here Kubota spent a year working his way around the kitchen, studying technique. After short spells at Duverger in Lyon and the three-starred Georges Blanc, Kubota met Marlon Abela, owner of MARC.

Ichiro Kubota’s focus at Umu is on introducing classic and re-invented true Kyoto cuisine to London, drawing on the best of ingredients and techniques.

Within 5 months of opening Umu, he was awarded a Michelin Star.

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