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10 Apps That Will Keep Your Palette Inspired

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Check out Lifestyle Mirror's favorite apps for food and wine lovers.

Make your food and drink-loving life easier with these apps!

Today’s foodies are a tech loving bunch, proclaiming their adoration for all things edible through Instagram filters and Foursquare check-ins. The app industry has followed suit, catering to hungry consumers with food and drink apps that offer healthy eating tips, quick meal ideas, grocery shopping organization and more.

See the 10 Apps That Will Keep Your Palette Inspired

We sifted through the dozens of great food apps to find the ones that are the most useful and well designed. From an ever-reliable egg timer to a city-based restaurant recommendation app with suggestions culled from experts, these are the apps you need now.

--Leah Bhabha

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Autumn Cooking: Fall Foods, Guidelines, and Recipes

Each year, the environment provides subtle hints that fall is on its way. The air smells different, the winds are stronger, and there’s a slight crispness to the atmosphere.

Fall is a time of preparation and change for the colder days ahead. It evokes images of bundling up, sitting around fires and enjoying warm, soul-soothing meals.

Fall also brings a predominance of Vata—the air element according to Ayurveda—which has the following qualities:

With so much change occurring around this time of year, it’s best to incorporate lifestyle choices that encourage a sense of grounding and warmth, especially when it comes to food.
It is no coincidence that cravings for soothing foods that are sweet, salty, sour, and spicy can increase during the fall months. Pumpkin pie, apple cider, and roasted green chilies are fall traditions that actually help to counter the erratic effects of the season.

As Mother Nature goes through her process of transitioning into fall, your own internal environment has a similar response.

Vata’s “airy” influence can sometimes aggravate symptoms such as:

  • Dry skin
  • Cold extremities
  • Stiffness
  • Dry bowels
  • Irregular appetite

Your mental state can also be affected by experiencing:

  • Restlessness
  • Spaciness
  • Nervousness
  • Desire to be more carefree and light

Whether or not you experience these symptoms, be mindful of seasonal fluctuations. Adjust eating and cooking habits as needed to help ensure adequate nourishment for the body and mind.

11 top tips for iOS app design

1. Choose your color palette carefully

Be careful in your approach to color. Your color scheme and how you deploy it will affect the user experience and usability of your iOS app design.

HIG recommends limiting your color palette to those that are in your brand logo throughout your design. Moreover, you’ll want to make sure that the colors in your palette work unanimously towards a more intuitive UI. Use the colors in your palette to consistently demonstrate various UI elements in a way that helps the user recognize the different parts of the interface.

Furthermore, with respect to warning messages, make sure to use a color like red in tandem with an icon like a triangle to make it clear when an error occurs.

2. Use color to demonstrate interaction

The HIG recommend using tint colors for elements with interactivity. Tint colors are those that are more saturated with white and have a lighter appearance. If you do this, the user will have a much easier time distinguishing static elements from interactive elements. You might even consider using entirely different colors for interactive vs non-interactive UI elements.

3. Adapt your color scheme to light and dark appearances

Lastly, make sure your color scheme is adaptable to both light and dark appearances. The iOS system colors are all automatically adapted for both appearances, according to their semantic color system. Using the system colors for certain icons and elements in your iOS app design can save you time.

4. Use iOS custom typography where possible

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to typography, although the HIG do recommend using the two iOS custom typefaces: San Francisco (sans serif) and New York (serif). Apple designed these typefaces with both scalability and adaptability in mind.

Does this mean you can’t use other typefaces that aren’t specified by the HIG? Of course not. In fact, it can help your brand stand out and make text more vibrant. However, we at Justinmind recommend you take care that your typography is always legible throughout your iOS app, as readability comes first in the user experience.

5. When to use San Francisco and New York

For paragraph text and functional text (such as for navigation or instructions), we recommend using the San Francisco or New York typefaces as the majority of iOS app users will be accustomed to reading this font.

In addition to that, there are up to six different fonts for the San Francisco typeface, so you don’t need to worry about distinguishing text hierarchies for your user. Meanwhile, Apple’s New York serif acts as a complementary typeface for San Francisco, and is great for titles.

6. Don’t take up space with a logo

Apple’s HIG recommends reinforcing your brand, but you’ll need to make sure that your logo doesn’t take up too much screen real estate. This can get in the way of both content and navigation, to the detriment of the user experience.

Nonetheless, there are other ways of reinforcing your brand. The easiest and most recommended approach is simply adopting the same color scheme of your brand colors and using them for various UI elements throughout your iOS app design. You can use your brand palette for iconography such as glyphs, to highlight text and even for backgrounds or splash screens.

7. Don’t create your own light and dark appearance settings

When it comes to the light and dark appearance of your iOS app design, always avoid creating your own appearance settings. You don’t want to create separate settings that clash with the systemwide settings on the user’s device.

By doing this, you could end up creating confusion and extra work for the user. This is because they’d have to turn two sets of switches on and off to control light and dark appearance.

8. Ensure adequate contrast in dark appearance

Next, for accessibility reasons, you’ll want to ensure the text in your iOS app design is still legible when in dark appearance. For example, if the user increases the contrast whilst in dark appearance, is there less visual contrast between the dark text and the dark background?

As long as your iOS app is in dark appearance, you’ll also want to make sure there is adequate contrast between the background and the foreground. An example of when this is necessary could be when modal sheets appear in the UI. You can do this by adhering to Apple’s HIG dynamic standard color guidelines.

Lastly, consider designing symbols for both light and dark appearance. To do this, simply design hollow glyphs with outlines for iOS light appearance and filled glyphs for iOS dark appearance.

9. Respect iOS gesture norms

Unless vitally necessary, try to avoid interfering with the systemwide gestures for the edge of the iOS device. This is because those gestures usually allow the user to access the Home screen, the Notification Center, the app switcher and the Control Center.

Always use standard iOS gestures to complete standard tasks. Users are accustomed to these standard gestures across a wide range of iOS products and don’t generally appreciate having to learn new gestures for achieving the same action. An example would be the left-to-right swipe to go back to a previous screen.

10. Choose elements that utilize iOS haptics

You can also make your iOS users feel at home by using standard UI elements that are compatible with iOS haptics such as sliders, date pickers and switches. Did you know that you could get full access to all of these standard elements using Justinmind’s iOS element UI kit?

11. Create in-app navigation

As you probably know, iOS apps, unlike android apps and those of other OS, don’t have access native navbar. Instead, the apps themselves have to ensure they cater for the user’s basic in-app navigation. The HIG recommend that you should always place this navbar at the top of your iOS app design and include a back button (← or <) accompanied by the title of the previous screen.

For example, if your user is viewing a message from a particular contact, then your navbar would have the back button, followed by “Messages”. The user would then understand that if they press the back button, they would then go back to all messages. On the right, you should include things like edit, done and other features that are necessary in that display, or else further navigation options.

2. Vegan Curry Sunrise Scramble

You'll love this recipe if you're a fan of breakfast for dinner! Loaded with veggies, this spicy, dietitian-crafted tofu scramble some little heat thanks to a dash of medium-hot curry paste. We promise you'll never miss the eggs.

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3. Spicy Turmeric Chicken

Calories: 227

Trying to curb your carb intake? With zero total carbs per serving, this simple and quick chicken recipe — just 15 minutes from prep to plate — is for you.

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But what this dish lacks in carbs it makes up for in tastiness thanks to its marigold-colored marinade made of an assortment of aromatic spices and fresh herbs.

Loaded with tangy turmeric and fragrant garlic, these seasonings not only heighten the flavor but also help decrease inflammation and keep your immune system strong, according to Langevin.

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Southwest Outdoor Dinner Party

The idyllic outdoor dinner party is on our lifestyle blog today, perfect for year-round SoCal celebrations, or to inspire all you snow bunnies’ summer plans! With a cocktail bar stocked with pretty color coordinating glassware and Gazpacho shooters (how perfect!) and seating areas from Adore Folklore stuffed with ikat pillows and rugs, guests were bound to enjoy themselves! The Spanish flair continued through the Cargo Creative cacti floral arrangements, sombrero decor, and paella menu from Root Cellar Catering Co. We give the team at Layered Vintage an A+ for this impeccably designed affair captured by Troy & Aimee Grover! Can we come to the next one?!

Behind the scenes with Jill at Layered Vintage…

Down here in sunny Southern California, our style is quite colorful with influences from Mexico mixed with the casual vibe of the beaches. The rich swirling colors of the desert sunset are like nothing else and so they served as our palette. Since the weather is pretty comfortable all year round it seemed fitting to have an outdoor party with delicious bites, personalized cocktails and a rad space to hangout and celebrate!

Location: The Villa San Juan Capistrano:
C reative Direction & Design: Layered Vintage
Styling & Florals: C argo C reative & Layered Vintage
Photographers: Troy & Aimee Grover
Furniture Rentals: Adore Folklore
Fashion Styling: OC Style Report
Hair & Makeup: Swell Beauty
Catering: Root Cellar Catering Co.
Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Miss Multee
Models: Molly Roberts, Katie Collins, Kylie Scott

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter

Let’s warm you up with the easiest recipe. You won’t be making your own peanut butter from scratch for this one. Instead, you’ll be using store-bought peanut butter.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serving: 1 Person

Level: Beginner

Take one small bowl and add two tablespoons of peanut butter. Add inside one tablespoon of olive oil and mix it until you get a smooth texture. After that, add in your cannabis and mix it well. When you’re done, put it in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Keep in mind that this peanut butter will have crumbles. If you are not a big fan of that crumbly texture, you can easily make cannabis-infused olive oil and use it in the recipe to get a smooth butter-like texture. There are a lot of variations you can try and get it closer to your preferences.

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You can stream cycling and treadmill workouts from the sleek Peloton Studio in any space. Sure, Peloton's bikes and treadmills have created a fitness revolution, but if that's not in the budget for you, a Peloton Digital subscription still nets you access to their live-streamed classes. And now, they’re more than cycling or running: Fire up your app to take strength, yoga, meditation, barre, or Pilates classes, too. Check in for a live class, or peruse their on-demand library that’s thousands-deep. The playlists are available in the class description, so you can make sure the tunes are on the mark before you get started. (iOS and Android, $13/month)

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Party in Five

Have a Hukilau

In the Tropics

Create that island ambiance by hanging tiers of banana leaves on a vertical space, like an exposed fence or a wall of your home. The rows of greenery make a big impact and double as the perfect backdrop for photos. Stake tiki torches around the dining area and light them just as the sun is setting for a soft, flickering glow.

A Place With Purpose


Flaunt Your Flora

Lei It On Me

String lei garlands across the backs of chairs for a final decorative touch. Make them yourself out of crepe paper flowers and ribbon, or purchase leis from any party supply store. Cut premade leis in half so you have one single strand to tie on each end of the chair, and keep some necklaces whole for guests who want to get in the spirit by donning theirs.

Tai Me Up

Sweet Starters

Serve easy-to-prepare tropical appetizers: grilled fruit skewers. Mango, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple and grapes become even sweeter when cooked as their natural sugars caramelize. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes before threading on the fruit and cooking so they don't catch on fire.

Roll With It

Crazy for Caramel

For a salty-sweet finish, serve dressed-up popcorn in banana leaf cones. The star ingredient? Hawaiian macadamia nuts, of course. Start with this caramel corn recipe as a base, swapping out the pecans and cashews for the tropical nuts. Guests can abandon their seats and walk around with the crunchy mixture while mingling.

We spoke with bakers across the country to find out how couples are serving up cookies at their wedding receptions. Here’s what they had to say.

The classics never go out of style.

If you’re not sure what cookies to serve, either as part of a buffet or as a wedding favor, you can’t go wrong with the classics. Ann Vickers of Bella Dolce Cookies in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, suggests couples include any of the following fan favorites: Buckeyes, Thumbprints, Chocolate Chips, Snickerdoodles, Sugar Cookies, Lemon Bars, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Coconut Macaroons, and Pecan Tassies.

All in the family

If you have a favorite family recipe you can ask a local baker to make dozens of them for your wedding, or you can bake them at home in advance of the wedding. “It’s a nice nod to family members to honor or remember them with a cookie that they were known for at your wedding,” says Dawn Casale of One Girl Cookies in New York. “When we create a dessert table we have descriptions for each cookie, and will name a cookie after the relative who made it a family favorite.” If you decide to DIY cookies for favors or a dessert buffet, start baking weeks, if not months, before the wedding and freeze them so you’re not up all night the week of your wedding baking. Ask friends and relatives if they’ll help you bake enough cookies for everyone to enjoy.

Try some unexpected cookies

While you can’t go wrong with the classics, listed above, there are some new favorites that are sweeping the nation. French Macarons are popular because of the dozens of colors and flavors they’re available in. Plus, they’re delicious and pretty. You can pick flavors that complement dinner or your color palette. (The bakery chain Baked by Melissa makes bite-sized macarons.) Other contemporary cookies include chocolate dipped Oreos, Sumbitch Cookies (as seen on How I Met Your Mother), Apple Pie Bars, Girl Scout Cookies (original or inspired-by), whoppie pies, and gluten-free and vegan varieties.

You can also ask a baker to do a new twist on a classic, such as Salted Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies, Earl Grey Cookies and Chocolate Stuffed Gingerbread Cookies. “Our most popular cookie is a Toffee Chocolate Chip, which is a twist on a classic with homemade English toffee candy on top of our classic chocolate chip cookie,” says Heidi Niel of Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Make them personal

Sugar cookies, shaped into anything from engagement rings to pets, are still quite popular, but couples are sticking with the more classic wedding imagery for pre-wedding day celebrations (engagement parties, showers, bachelorettes), and going with more personalized designs for the big day, Dani Boglivi Fiori, owner of Sweet Dani B in New Jersey, tells WeddingWire. “For the wedding, couples are trying to make it as personal as possible,” she explains. “For their wedding favor they’re picking two cookie designs to represent both of them.”

Go local

Whether your wedding is a destination or not, bakers are whipping up batches of cookies that reflect local favorites or made with local ingredients. Heidi, from Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies, tells WeddingWire that weddings in the south often order Pecan Pie Bars with locally sourced pecans. Other geo-baked cookies include Pastelitos de boda (Mexican wedding cookies), Key Lime Sables (Florida), mini black and white cookies (New York) and maple cookies (Vermont).

Just add ice cream

Personalize favors

Couples who want to end the night on a sweet note can package cookies in cello bags or a bakery box for guests to take with them on their way out. Several bakers WeddingWire spoke with explained that cookie favors are being personalized in both design and packaging. “Couples are really being creative when it comes to the type of cookie favors they want,” explains Lisa Starobinsky, owner of Crispy Edge Cookies in Teaneck, New Jersey. “While we see a lot of monograms and traditional bridal designs, there are couples who come in with unique and fun ideas that perhaps push the boundaries of the traditional wedding cookies.” Some creative cookie shapes include, pets, sail boats, emojis and sports team logo or equipment. For favor tags, couples are getting imaginative with wording and going beyond their names and a wedding date. Heidi of Heidi's Heavenly Cookies shared one example of a couple who enjoyed camping, so their favor was a S’mores Bar with a tag that read: Sending S'more Love Your Way.

Include gluten-free, nut-free and vegan varieties.

Just as you would be concerned about dietary restrictions during cocktail hour and the reception meal, couples should consider dietary restrictions and allergies with their cookie selections. “Always include one nut-free and one non-chocolate cookie option, such as oatmeal raisin or sugar,” advises Heidi. Many bakeries today offer cookies that accommodate dietary restrictions. If the one you’ve hired doesn’t, order one or two varieties from a second bakery to ensure that everyone can enjoy dessert.

Make 'em minis.

If you think your guests will limit the number of cookies they’ll enjoy because the cookies are large in size or they’re worried about calories, consider serving miniature versions of either traditional or trendy varieties. “We’ve always made small cookies because I wanted them to be served tapas style, so people can have lots of different flavors without feeling overwhelmed,” explains Dawn of One Girl Cookies. “The miniature size allows guests to sample all the varieties: fruit-filled, chocolate, nut, etc.” Her company’s classic, chocolate and seasonal cookies (plus whoopie pies!) are about an inch in diameter, which allows guests to try more than just a couple of flavors, and have enough room for seconds too!

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