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This App Will Recommend Recipes to Match Your Favorite Instagram Photos

This App Will Recommend Recipes to Match Your Favorite Instagram Photos

Have you ever seen an amazing photo of a Mason jar salad on Pinterest but have no clue how to make it? This app is the answer.

Until now, the value of most Internet food porn was aesthetic, not functional. But now there’s an app out there that can help you turn that Instagram snap of beautiful homemade sushi or paleo-friendly grilled salmon into a recipe that you can follow along yourself. That’s what Handpick, the ingredient recommendation search engine and app, promises with its new Recipe Match feature.

Recipe Match’s algorithm scans the hashtags used in the social media post (Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest) and analyzes the photo itself for ingredients, then comes up with similar, highly rated recipes so you can try out the food item in the photo yourself. Handpick’s CEO Payman Nejati broke down how Handpick’s new feature works.

“Handpick's food visual recognition automatically detects if a picture is an actual photo of food or not,” said Nejati. “Assuming it is, it then classifies it against a quality score ranking from 1 to 5, it then sorts it in a food genre (dessert, salad, or sandwich, for instance) and visually recognizes ingredients that are clearly visible in the picture. Handpick surfaces the post in the Handpick App and matches it with dozens of recipes using a similar set of ingredients and dish types.”


How Your Favorite Instagram Filters Got Their Names

Have you ever wondered how they came up with the names of your fave Instagram filters ? They feel kind of totally random, don't they? Like, why is Toaster so toast y anyway? And what puts the clare in Clarendon?

Well, Juno Demelo over at Refinery 29 (who happens to share a name with one of the Insta filters) spoke with Instagram's communications manager Liz Bourgeois and content strategist Hazel Jennings to find out exactly where the most popular filters' names came from.

Ludwig: The filter is named after the famous German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe who popularized the saying "less is more," which explains its minimalist feel.

Juno: The co-founder of Instagram, Mike Krieger, named this filter after his dog, Juno. She has her own Instagram. Just an FYI.

X-Pro II: Short for a technique called "cross-processing," X-Pro is a photography technique where you process photos in a chemical solution intended for a different kind of film. The filter was originally meant to fix crummy pictures taken on 2010 smartphones back when the app just launched, but it's clearly stood the test of time because it's still a fave even though smart phone cams have came a looooong way.

Crema: This one is a nod to the Insta office's coffee-drinking habits. "We really like coffee and happy hour at Instagram," revealed Jennings, shedding light on Crema's light and creamy look.

Kelvin: This filter was named after Lord Kelvin, a scientist who studied heat, which is why it's so orange and bright, like the surface of the sun.

You can find out what went into naming the rest of your fave filters here, but long story short: the Instagram filter names aren't nearly as random as you thought!


The Best Recipes, Products And Hacks We Tried This Past Week (April 13-17)

There’s no “right” way to navigate this coronavirus pandemic everyone lives and copes differently. That being said, fostering a sense of community may make getting through this time a little bit easier.

Enter this weekly guide. Every Sunday, we’ll bring you a shortlist of products, routines, workouts, recipes, apps and other things we tried the previous week that make life easier during this universally stressful time. Take a look at the suggestions below:

Activity Recommendations

Participate in bar trivia from your couch.

The bar in my neighborhood where I usually do trivia started hosting it virtually. My team and I communicated over Slack and the host read out clues and answers over Zoom. They also did home delivery of food and their cocktail menu, so I had a burger, fries and an old fashioned while we played.

It wasn’t quite like the real thing, of course, but it felt good to be doing something in my community and supporting a local business. I’ve seen a lot of similar happenings with other bars on my Instagram, it might be worth taking a look to see if it’s happening in your community. ―Jamie Feldman, Lifestyle & Personal Reporter

Try your hand at simple, DIY home renovations.

This week I set out on a mission to paint one wall in my living room. It was certainly a labor of love but doing something with my hands felt really good, and took my mind off of everything for a little while. Plus, it was a killer arm workout (I’m still sore). Now I have a beautiful burnt orange accent wall and knowing I did it myself is something I feel proud of. Even if the top is a teeny tiny bit wonky. ―Feldman

Workout Recommendations

Stretching exercises on Peloton and YouTube.

My workout recommendation is to not work out sometimes. Seriously. The “no excuses” exercise mentality has damaged my relationship with fitness in the past, so I’m trying to be more mindful about acknowledging why I like to workout (the anxiety relief!), what workouts feel good (boxing! weights! short runs!) and when exercise just doesn’t appeal to me. There were a few times recently where my head, heart and body just couldn’t get into exercise. Instead of pushing myself, I listened to myself.

On those days, I opted for a few stretching classes on the Peleton app (which is still offering a free 45-day trial if you sign up before the end of the month!). You can also find stretching and other yoga-related moves on YouTube. Highly recommend taking these types of rest days, stretching your muscles or doing something else that’s more relaxing. You need them. ―Lindsay Holmes, Senior Wellness Editor

Recipe Recommendations

A unique, tasty way to celebrate Taco Tuesday.

I have been trying to stick to some routines for my 5-year-old daughter, who loves to make plans and talk about them all week. So we have been doing Taco Tuesdays, and she gets REALLY into it. This past week, I made this recipe for Pork Tacos with Corn Salsa from a blog called Carlsbad Cravings. I don’t know what about this recipe worked so well, but it was really flavorful and tender, even in salads the next day. I think this will be my go-to taco recipe from now on. I did mess up 1 million dishes in the kitchen making all the steps, but I’ve got loads of time, right?! My daughter’s verdict: “Even though the meat looks disgusting, it’s SO delicious.” Um, thank you? ―Kate Palmer, Head of HuffPost Life

The easiest spaghetti meal with kitchen staples.

Growing up, my parents used to make their own version of Chicken Spaghetti whenever we were short on time or just wanted something easy. It only requires four simple ingredients: Chicken, spaghetti of your choice, peas (which are optional) and zesty Italian dressing. (The zesty version is key!)

Marinate the chicken in the dressing for an hour, then cook it in a pan. Add the peas and a little more dressing once the chicken is cooked and allow it to simmer until the peas are done. While this is going on, make your spaghetti, then mix it all together. I usually just eyeball how much of the dressing you need save a tiny bit of the pasta water and mix that in to make the “sauce” consistent. It’s completely elementary, but it’s delicious, easy and could save you on groceries if you already have these items stocked at home. ―Holmes

A healthier alternative to your favorite fast food meal.

This is embarrassing, but I totally forgot I have an Air Fryer. It was just hiding away in a dark, remote corner, unused and gathering dust. I pulled it out, read the instruction manual, and made the best fried fish I’ve had in ages ― with no oil. Not a drop!

I’ve been having serious fast food cravings lately, so I turned the fish into a healthier version of a Filet-O-Fish sandwich with a brioche bun, homemade tartar sauce, lettuce and American cheese ― and it was FANTASTIC. Now I’m looking forward to figuring out what else I can cook in it. I highly recommend doing the same, whether you have an Air Fryer, an Instant Pot, a waffle maker or whatever. ―Kristen Aiken, Senior Editor, Food & Style

Product Recommendations

A fancy tea blend that makes the ultimate nightcap.

I’ve been aiming to swap my usual nightly glass of cabernet for a cup or two of tea, and I think it’s helped me sleep better and generally feel better the last few weeks. After all, alcohol lowers your immunity, and we could all use all the help we can get now, right? I’ve tried to make it a bit more enticing by using fancy teas and my favorite tea infuser. I’m obsessed with this Cherry Marzipan green tea blend from Tea Forte. I’ll still have that wine, but try to limit it to the weekends. ―Palmer

A postcard you create online and send to your loved ones in the mail.

My family discovered Postable this week, which is a service where you can create and send physical postcards to people. You can choose from a selection of adorable pre-made cards or you can create one using your own photos. The service will then print, stamp, address and mail it. My grandmother is currently in a nursing home without most of her sentimental belongings, so we created our own cards using family photos so she can display them in her room. It’s a nice way to keep in touching during this socially distant time! ―Holmes


9 Gift-Giving Apps That Make It So Easy to Find the Perfect Present

Birthdays . Mother's Day . Father's Day . you name it.

Picking out the perfect gift requires plenty of energy, thoughtfulness, and yes, cash. But what if we told you there's a way to cut down the time and cost? Allow us to introduce you to the beauty of gift-giving apps, which help you find, curate, and deliver customized gifts for any occasion. Whether it's your significant other's birthday, Mother's Day, or any holiday in-between, trust in these nine gift-giving apps to guide your through the process with ease.

If you're ever stumped on a gift, flowers work for every occasion. Make the process even easier with 1-800-Flowers' app, which helps you find the perfect bouquet and send it to your loved one in a flash.

Get it for free for iOS or Android.

When in doubt, we always trust that Amazon has our back. If you need to figure out the perfect present, their gift search feature allows you to browse by a specific person. And we all know about their quick and efficient shipping process.

Get it for free for iOS or Android.

Bring your favorite memories to life with Artifact Uprising. This app takes your photos from Instagram or your camera roll and creates gorgeous prints, books, and more.

Get it for free for iOS.

Get your friends and family in the holiday spirit with, well, spirits. All you have to do is insert your address, and Drizly will find and order booze. You can even have it shipped directly to you or the recipient of your gift. Even more, their "local" feature presents a variety of beverages that were made in or around your area.

Get it for free for iOS or Android.

Giftagram syncs up with your contacts to deliver a gift right to their door. Along with curated gift packages (desserts, technology, plants, and more), they also have a reminder tab to ensure that you never miss a loved one's special day.

Get it for free for iOS or Android.

Ever get stuck on that one picky relative? We do too. Giftster is here to save the day as it allows you to invite family and friends to join a group, where everyone can share the items they'd love to have. This is the ultimate app for your next Secret Santa, but you can use it all year.

Get it for free for iOS or Android.

One new app that'll solve your gift-giving woes is Givingli. Rachel Rothman, chief technologist at the Good Housekeeping Institute, says it's a platform to give digital cards with digital gift cards. They're adorable, and your environmentally-conscious pal is sure to love it.

Get it for free for iOS.

Slice is here to help you shop smarter. Not only does it connect you to online deals from your go-to retailers, but it also serves as platform to track all of your packages in one place. You can keep an eye out for those in the "shipments" section on the bottom left of the app.

Get it for free for iOS or Android.

Know someone who could use a deep tissue massage? Pamper your bestie with this at-home massage app. You can request a masseuse or masseur, which kind of massage (sleep massage, anyone?), and how long the service will last.


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Shannon Alexis runs a vegan food Instagram and blog that features recipes and beautiful photos of what she makes. She focuses on creating healthy, yet not restrictive recipes that are accessible for all types of vegans. You can check out her recipes on her website and keep up with her on Instagram!


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The Best Grocery List Shopping Apps to Destroy Those Weekend Errands

Sometimes, grocery shopping can feel way more stressful than it should. Long lines, screaming children . SOS! Whether you're short on time or just sick and tired of constant coupon-clipping, these grocery list shopping apps are here to help. Though more major brands are turning to online grocery delivery, there's still a certain satisfaction that comes from a good old-fashioned trip to the market.

So, to help you get your grocery shop on, we've rounded up the best list-managing, meal-planning, and money-saving grocery list shopping apps to make future trips easier than ever.

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AnyList makes quick work out of organizing your grocery list by category and translating it into an easily navigable plan of attack. Reviewers particularly love the time-saving Autocomplete feature, which suggests common grocery items as you type them and then intuitively organizes those items into categories.

In addition to creating organized lists, this grocery list shopping app also lets you easily share those lists with your contacts, select and organize recipes according to your designated meal plan, and sync Siri for a hands-free experience.

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This all-in-one app helps you create healthy and personalized weekly meal plans, find recipes based on that meal plan, and organize grocery lists around those recipes. Mealime even includes a built-in tool that shows users the nutritional information of each recipe right down to calories, macros, and micros. With the most personalization options of any minimal-waste meal-planner out there, you can cook exactly how you want to eat, from paleo to vegan to gluten-free.

One of our favorite features of the app is its clever built-in grocery list function, which creates and optimizes user-friendly grocery lists based on your personalized meal plan. When you build a new meal plan, a grocery list of all the ingredients you'll need for the week is automatically generated.

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Out of Milk allows you to take your grocery list wherever you go &mdash no pen or paper required. In addition to allowing users to create a fun, interactive shopping list, you can also create customized to-do lists and even keep an updated home pantry inventory for reference.

Plan, manage, and share your grocery shopping list with ease using Bring! Whether you're planning an office party with colleagues or making a list for supermarket supplies with family members for a big get-together, this clever grocery-list app allows users to create, sync, and share shopping lists with everyone involved in planning.

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Flipp lets users browse, filter, and find the best deals on weekly grocery essentials by matching local circular deals with coupons from your favorite brands. Reviewers describe Flipp as a paperless coupon master source that makes saving money on groceries easier than ever before.

Think of Flipp as a hybrid grocery-list shopping app and mobile deal-finder app to save you valuable time and money.

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Clean, simple, and incredibly easy to use, Our Groceries is a favorite grocery list shopping app for families on the go. Ideal for collaborating on shopping lists for any meal or occasion, users can sync up multiple lists to seamlessly check off or add items while shopping in real time.

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Although this is technically a recipe app, ChefTap has an impressively intuitive built-in grocery-list organization tool to make your favorite saved recipes come to life. ChefTap automatically clips recipes from any site and saves them into the app's permanent archive without any cutting and pasting, highlighting text, or hidden third-party sites involved.

ChefTap then helps users create grocery lists based on the specific ingredients used in their favorite archived recipes. The app combines like items on the list, figures out what section of the grocery store each item on the list is located, and sorts the whole list by aisle to save you time and energy in the grocery store.

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Named a "must-have app" by The TODAY Show, Cozi Family Organizer enables users to keep their family's busy schedules organized, synced, and up-to-date.

With a shared family calendar and a to-do list feature for tasks like grocery shopping, household chores, and more, Cozi is an essential, all-encompassing organizational app for modern families on the go.

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With its cute animated touches and easy-to-use interface, Avocadolist will make running errands fun while simultaneously boosting your efficiency as a shopper. Reviewers love the automatic-sort feature, which organizes grocery lists into categories to save time, as well as the built-in calorie calculator for tallying food items.

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BigOven simplifies home cooking for busy families and individuals on the fly. In addition to being a super easy-to-use grocery-list organizer, BigOven also comes loaded with more than 350,000 recipes and helpful tips for meal planning. If one of your goals is to cook at home more often, consider this app your motivational sous chef!


Meditation Apps

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Customers are shopping online more than ever: 67% of smartphone users say they "window shop" on their phones. At just the tap of a finger, online grocery services and food apps offer delivery right to your door, and you can order flower delivery and wine mailers to get your holiday gifts in on time.

Clothing apps are gaining popularity for fashion inspiration, easy-to-browse pages and quicker access to deals. You'll often find that these clothing apps offer special features when you're shopping, or even unique discount codes just for shopping on the app!

Check out these best clothing apps that are free to download (and some even offer free delivery to your door!). Whether you're a new mom hoping to buy or sell baby items, want to shop more sustainably, want to streamline your closet or could use a personal stylist for an upcoming event, here are the latest and greatest apps to fit your fashion needs:


22. A pan and lid rack to make your kitchen cabinets look like they belong on an Instagram ad. Do yourself a favor and add this small organizational piece to your cabinet it will most likely change your life.

Promising review: "I bought this to help organize our small apartment cabinets. This product would definitely work even better with a taller space, but it fits perfectly inside my cabinet with just enough room to get the pots and pans into it with a little tilt. It's well made and the rubber feet make it seem nicer. I love the adjustability. I have no worries about any of my pans getting scratched because of the coating on everything. I was able to fit two pans, two pots, and a deep saute pan. Would definitely recommend to anyone needing something you can adjust and if you don't have much space. When I get a larger kitchen I will definitely just buy a second one to accommodate the rest of my items!" —Target reviewer