I don’t know about you, but I’m a gadget freak. And a dyed-in-the-wool Macophile. (Just to show you how easy a Mac is to learn—for the trillions of people still on PCs—I was indoctrinated when I was 27 years old. By a third grader. And that was on an original Macintosh. You know the one; it was heralded in the famous “Why 1984 won’t be like 1984” TV spot.
So what does this all have to do with Leite’s Culinaria? Plenty. I’ve been looking for a way to make us portable. So that you, and I, can make better use of the site. Our old technology (and at 10 years old, it was a dinosaur in tech terms) didn’t allow for it. Enter Brave New Code. It’s a bunch of brilliant designers, developers, and coders who created an interface so that Leite’s Culinaria can stream to your iPhone at speeds up to twice as fast as other programs. And the interface is pure, elegant Macintosh. Click on the photo at the left, and you’ll see the three newest entries on the site (as of the time of this writing). And there are three important drop-down menus on top: Categories, Search, and Menu. It lets you get to the information you want faster and easier.
So once I customized it, I had to do a test drive. I’m alone in the city this weekend—The One is in CT hobnobbing with our friend Ellen at an art opening. So, I decided to make Rhode Island Clam Chowder, part of the article written by Laurie Jones. I went to Fairway, yes the same Fairway I’ve been complaining about for years, to gather ingredients. While my fellow shoppers balanced a shopping cart, sometimes an infant, ingredients list and pen, which when held in the hand while digging though a pile of shallots can be horror-movie frightening—all I had was my trusty phone. I clicked on the recipe, complete with pictures, turned the phone sideways for better viewing, scooped up the ingredients, and was out of there in no time. I even sent a comment from my phone.
The best part is you don’t have to do anything to make it work. We did it all for you. Now, if you don’t like the mobile interface, just scroll to the bottom of the phone’s page and turn it off. From then on you’ll get LC content exactly as you get it here.
Gotta go. There’s a chowder with my name on it.