Looking to go beyond drip? Baristame is an Android app for coffee enthusiasts, containing recipes and layer guides for popular espresso drinks. Most of us need a little caffeine to get going, and testing out new ways to get that jolt will keep weekend mornings fresh.
The “Pro” version is $0.99 (espresso machine not included).
Nothing beats Sunday morning coffee and crossword puzzles. Go green and do them on your smartphone or tablet instead, pulling in top puzzles from newspapers around the country.
Belly is an app that helps you accumulate points when you shop at local restaurants and stores. Scan your phone on the shop’s iPad every time you go, and then you can redeem points for actual items at the business. Find Belly-accepting businesses here — there are thousands of them across the U.S. And let’s be honest, don’t we always lose loyalty cards?
Sure, you live in New York or Chicago or Los Angeles — but do you really know the city? Sometimes it takes an urban guide to show you the ropes and get you to places you’ve never been to or heard of. That’s where MyCityWay comes in.
The app tells you about new restaurants, shops, bars, events, nearby Wi-Fi hotspots, local news and traffic information, making it a perfect companion for weekend exploration.
Want to hit the town for a fun dinner? Avoid long waits by making a reservation at one of more than 20,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Use it a lot, and you’ll earn points to cover these delicious meals.
OpenTable recently acquired Foodspotting, and its new Facebook app shows you where your friends have eaten, making the app more visual, social and discovery-focused.
Okay, you’ve picked up some produce and fresh meat at the farmer’s market — how are you going to prepare your feast? Dinner Spinner is an app from AllRecipes.com that lets you search by ingredient, prep time or dish type, then shake (a la UrbanSpoon) for inspiration and results.
If cooking becomes a habit, you can use the app as a shopping list — just scan the items you’re running low on and/or add items directly from recipes.
11. Cocktail Flow
What’s a weekend without some good libations? Tend bar at home with Cocktail Flow, an app teeming with recipes for margaritas, martinis and everything in between.
Stock your “bar” in the app by tapping the booze you have on hand, and the app will serve up cocktails that can be made with them. It’ll also suggest additions to the bar based on your current stock (i.e. bitters or Grand Marnier).