Storing places to go - wheel of restaurants?
Does anyone have a good system they use for cataloging the list of places that they want to go that get mentioned here on the board? I sometimes email myself or save a list in a text file but I want something better.
I'm imagining some service where I can store the list of places I want to go along with some notes as to what dishes are great / why I want to go there and then when I can't decide what to eat I can just click a button and have it spit out a recommendation based off my list.
Maybe something along those lines doesn't exist, but what is everyone on here using?
It looks like you're located in the LA area. There's a great website out there called foodistcolony.com. You can add restaurants to your "Wish List" and check them off when you're done. It also has a place for you to keep your notes about each restaurant. I'm not so good about updating my account and restaurants I've been to. But when I'm deciding where to go to eat, I just check my wish list.
DH used to have a spreadsheet of all the restaurants he visited (included ratings) and all the restaurants he wanted to hit. But it got to be cumbersome, and he gave me his wish list and I just input that info into foodistcolony.
Electronically, I mark a topic with good information as a favorite topic (on Chowhound) and then I send it to myself at my e-mail account as well, where I have a file created for recipes and places.
I also have a steno pad which I keep in my car glove box.....pages or sections broken down into food items or categories,e. g.
When I'm on the road in a particular area, I have the address and telephone number readily available......I do not record directions, as I have GPS in my vehicle.
I have a spreadsheet on Google Docs, so when I see a restaurant I want to try I can just copy it over, regardless of what computer I happen to be on at the time. I generally add cuisine, price, and neighborhood, along with name and street address. Haven't tried the Chow lists, that might also work well.
I use FileMaker, too. I created a simple database with the basic info--name, address, neighborhood, hours, etc--plus a few notes on what people are saying about the place (I can usually cut and paste from online reviews or message boards like Chowhound). Then I synch it, using Filemaker Mobile, with my Palm--so I always have a searchable list right there in my purse.
I write down the local places in my things-to-do notebook, along with addresses, phone #s, and any info like their hours. If I see an interesting-looking place while going around town, I'll jot that down, too, then come here to Chow to see if anyone's been there and what they think of it. I'll also see if the place has a website so I can check out the menu.
I keep a separate notebook for out-of-town restaurants.
I keep meaning to create a list here on Chow, but that notebook in my back pocket is so very handy when we're doing the "okay, where can we eat around here?" thing.