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tripwolf iPhone update

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If you’re one of our many iPhone app users – get excited! tripwolf has just released the newest app update.

If you’re new to tripwolf, it’s now even easier to sign up and log in through the tripwolf iPhone application. The app itself is much faster because we’ve fixed some bugs and improved performance in general.

Now, you can read reviews and leave your own right from your iPhone!  Check out restaurants before you go, or leave that (great?) review while you’re still sipping that last martini.  You can even add new places to tripwolf from your iPhone, and it will show up in our travel guide immediately.

And, if you haven’t yet, check out our great new content – we have recently partnered with Footprint Books, a publisher out of England and we have put the entirety of their Peru guidebook online on tripwolf!

As always, Happy Travels!

– tripwolf

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British Food is Awesome. Really.

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I got back from the UK last week, and it was my most delicious trip there to date (see “England: Good Food, Horrible Death“).  When I first traveled around the UK in 2000, I actually lost weight because I couldn’t find much I wanted to eat, but this time around, I stuffed my face happily and had a list of food destinations that was too long to get through in one trip.  And we’re not just talking London – I gorged myself in Yorkshire and Wales, too.  I was curious to see what had caused such a dramatic turnaround in a relatively short time period, so I did a bit of research.  It turns out that British cuisine has been on a steady rise for a while now (admittedly, in 2000 I was a broke backpacker so that’s probably the last demographic to benefit from this food revolution), and canned meat and heavy sauces are slowly being edged out by Michelin-starred restaurants and an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.

Food in Britain tends to be the butt of jokes the world over, with everyone maligning the boiled meat and drab vegetables they presume to still be the standard.  When a recent survey announced that chicken tikka masala was now Britain’s most popular dish, many foreigners sniggered – even British people don’t like their own food!  But once upon a time, Britain actually enjoyed a reputation for fantastic food.  Feasts were notorious for delicious pheasant and game, and the British weakness for cakes and puddings ensured that there was always something sweet to enjoy at the end of a meal.  Things changed with the age of the Industrial Revolution and its ensuing population boom.  Most growth centered in cities, but the infrastructure needed to sustain an urban food supply was practically nonexistent; at a time when London’s population had swelled to over a million, food was still being transported by horse-drawn barge.  Thus, the move away from the land rushed in the advent of canned and preserved foods that didn’t require refrigeration, not to mention a growing disconnect between people and the origins of their meals.

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