Things have changed a lot since I first started this blog in 2009. And when I say ‘things’ I mean both what I write about and the ‘platform’ I use to get my ideas out there.
The one thing that has stayed the same is me. I’m a writer. I use words to tell a story. And I’ve been doing this for my entire career. Before I became a ‘blogger’ I was a journalist and author. While I’ve now added photography to my skill set, I’m still – and always have been – in the business of telling stories.
I first started this blog as a way to continue telling stories when magazines and newspapers were no longer a viable platform (they stopped paying a living wage). And so I wrote and wrote and wrote, and this blog came into being. Along the way social media happened. And while it presented all sorts of opportunities to meet new people, what I really saw it as was a way to tell stories. I’m always up for new creative outlets and so jumped on board all sorts of things as they developed. Each one – be it Instagram, Facebook or even Snapchat – presented a new way to tell my tales. I”m always an ‘early adopter’ for better or worse!
One of the best decisions I made along the way was to embrace the project of writing an app. My first app, Eat Rome, was published in 2011 and was the first app written in English, to help people find the best places to eat in my city. I went on to add Florence and Venice, and eventually Torino, Milan, Umbria and Puglia.
The way EAT ITALY the app, works is that the primary app is free to download. Then, within the app you have the option to buy the different cities and regions that I’ve included. The bigger apps (Rome, Venice and Florence) cost $2.99 to $3.99. And the smaller apps were, up till now, $1.99.
The BIG NEWS of today is that the smaller apps will now be completely FREE! Guides to eating in Puglia, Umbria, Milan and Torino are already up and running. You may have noticed I’ve been traveling an awful lot lately, so expect to see Naples, Positano, Emilia Romagna, Sicily and more coming very soon. For free!!
Here’s how it works: you can download EAT ITALY right now, this very minute. You can download all the current apps right away. And as I write the new apps, they will magically appear as updates on your phone.
FYI: I also update all the content in the existing cities and regions constantly.
What will you find in the apps? Stories of course. Because that’s what I do. But in this case they are stories about all sorts of my favorite food related things. Restaurants for sure, but also gelaterie, enoteche, food stores and (duh!) ceramics stores!
Thanks to all of you for reading my stories, where ever they appear. And to those of you who have made EAT ITALY a best seller on iTunes since the day it was published, I can’t thank you enough for your support. It’s what keeps me moving forward!!!
For more information on dining in Italy download my app, EAT ITALY. EAT ITALY is a free app, and contains guides to Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence as in-app purchases. Torino, Puglia, Milan and Umbria are free. Eat Italy is available for both iPhone and iPad. Coming soon for free: Emilia Romagna, Naples, Positano , Sicily and more.
And if you’re coming to Rome? Don’t forget my book: Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City.