Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dining On The Go

Dr. Mok Oh, Founder of EveryScape.

Mobile apps are where it's at. That's why were were excited to be invited to lunch at Upstairs On The Square yesterday to celebrate the launch of the new Boston edition of EveryScapeEats.com. This new iphone app not only finds you a restaurant but also actually takes you on a visual stroll through the place so you get a real feeling of being there. You can see the dining rooms, decor, window views, bar areas and even the entrance and surrounding neighborhood venues. It also uses geolocation if you're in an area where the eats are unfamiliar and you want to find out what's nearby.

Pulled pork sliders, steamed asparagus, house made kettle chips and beef on crostini.

I was lucky enough to be seated with the Founder of the company, Dr. Mok Oh, which meant for fun and interesting conversation about social media and restaurants. We laughed as we both sat down and checked in on FourSquare. Then he demonstrated the site for me on his ipad. The tours of the restaurants will also directly link you to CitySearch reviews so that you can read immediate citizen journalist reviews by CitySearch contributors. The on-the-go visual search content is unique and impressive. Boston is the first City to have the app which will eventually roll out across the country.

The buffet luncheon spread at Upstairs On The Square.

And although the ever gracious Mary Catherine Deibel may not be there to greet you at the door you can still take a stroll through Upstairs by clicking on this link to preview the service: Upstairs.

My dessert selection: mini cupcake, rumball, cookie and eclair.

Needless to say the food was great, especially the mini lobster rolls. The rolls are soft inside with that buttery crisped outside. I could have eaten a whole plate. The spicy shrimp served on skewers were also a standout, as well as the mini pastries. You may remember from a recent post That Upstairs abandoned all print advertising in 2010 in favor of using social media so this evolving new field is definitely a force to be reckoned with, especially in the hospitality field which are all basically social venues by nature. We look forward to keeping you updated on more interesting apps and doings in the field in the months ahead. In the meantime we are adding EveryScapeEats to the Open Table and Foodspotting apps already installed on the iphone.

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