Digital is part of our life. Today, one can arrange sushi home delivery, order organic fruits and vegetables or dairy products directly from the farm, book a table or even cultivate a plot of land. Phones, tablets and applications offer a new playground for innovative services that will help us save time, facilitate search, socialize the shopping journey and simply make it fun. Here is a glance at bookmarkable websites for foodies in Paris.
Food scandals have made the news recently in France. Remember the 100% beef ©Findus lasagna made with horsemeat, then the rotten meat at ©Quick and ©Ikea chocolate tart suspected to contain excrements (I know this is terribly disgusting).
If you don’t pay attention, the “franchouillard” – said of something typically French – meal that you’ll get at a restaurant or supermarket has already made a tour of Europe, if not the world, and barely includes regional vegetables/products.
In this climate of suspicions, some brands differentiate themselves by offering labeled and/or traceable products. Le Campanier or Panier Bio Paris offer you to find organic fruits and vegetables (but not only local) when TousPrimeurs.com let you choose which farm you want your products from. For traceable meat, Carré de boeuf and Les colis du boucher are two websites to consider, although this might be quite expensive for only one person or two. Same concept for fish : MonPoisson.fr.
Some restaurants are also concerned by providing consumers with detailed information on the sources and background of products they use. A new label « Des produits d’ici cuisinés ici » has just been created to help locate those places. For “locavores” consumers willing to eat the season and favor local production, run to Saveurs Paris IDF website to find the map of awarded restaurants in Paris.
Home delivery can be really useful. Either because you have friends over and nothing in the fridge or simply because you’re feeling lazy after a long day of work. Alloresto is a very helpful website which enlist numerous restaurants in Paris offering home delivery. They’re classified by delivery zone, type of cuisine… Awesome to find exactly what you’re looking for depending on your needs.
For those who crave for dessert, Citycake is the website to add to your favorites. You can order cakes from the best pastry shops in Paris such as La pâtisserie des rêves, Popelini, Les cupcakes de Chloé.s, L’atelier de l’éclair… and be delivered at your doorstep.
Coming from NYC, foodtrucks trend continues to pick up steam. But the trucks are always on the go and it’s not so easy to locate them. Simple and useful is the map provided by Pouet-Pouet to help you quickly find one next to you for lunch or dinner.
Share your experience and learn from others’ is something truly enjoyable as a customer. Ratings, reviews and comments are the best word of mouth. In Paris the one online service to book a table is La Fourchette. It makes it really easy to find and book a restaurant in Paris while reading the latest reviews about it. For La Fourchette unconditional, have a look at Loisirs & Privilèges private shopping plateforme which offers 20% cashback on partners websites. Same concept but slightly different offer, Restopolitain offers you one free meal for each reservation. The subscription costs 15€/month.
Digital is also one place for gaming. Angry birds, Candy crush and other online games are huge commercial success. What if the game could meet reality ? This is what offers MonPotager.com. You plant you seeds and you see your vegetables grow while one farmer actually do it for real. And after the harvest, you receive your basket full of fresh products. How good is that ?