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By Bob on May 18, 2011 2:42 AM

The official start to summer is just a couple of weeks away and a lot of us are going to be hitting the roads and airport bars taking to the skies. Miss Charlotte and I will be right there with you, so if you see me in a backwater barbecue joint in Mississippi or the Admirals Club at LaGuardia, say "Hi," but say it real LOUD because I'll be wearing my noise-cancelling headphones and rocking out to Robert Earle Keen's, Gringo Honeymoon.

When I'm not immersed in my iTunes playlist, I'm usually playing with an App. Here are some of my new travel favorites that'll make your time on the road a little better:


Roaming Hunger

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This app will let you navigate the world of street food with ease, finding all the gourmet food trucks and carts you can handle with a simple touch of the screen. Roaming Hunger utilizes a mashup of Twitter and Google Maps to provide real-time location for your favorite gourmet food trucks and carts.


Features? Yeah, it's got 'em.
*Real time food truck location map so you can find food trucks 
*Detailed food truck profiles 
*Food truck pictures (so you know what you're looking for)


Cost: FREE

While coupon apps attempt to get you to buy everything from A-Z, making it debatable if they truly "save" you money, the Poynt app can save you money on one important necessity: gas. Whether you're around home, or on a road trip to an unfamiliar place, Poynt uses your phone's GPS and cell site location to know where you are and directs you to the nearest and/or cheapest options to fuel up.



Cost: 0.99

Traveling to the Big Apple? If you want to take in a Broadway show, your best (and cheapest) way to get tickets is to check out the discouTKTS Booth-350.jpgnt ticket booth TKTS. You used to have to stand in long lines before you even knew what they had for sale - not anymore. The TKTS ticket buying experience is easier than ever thanks to the TKTS iPhone app that lets you know, in real-time, what shows are available at all three TKTS Discount Booths.


Hotel and Flight Search

Compares hundreds of travel sites at once and lets you find airfares and hotel prices quickly and easily. It's released a new version of the wildly popular and top rated travel app that features a completely redesigned user interface, also maximizing speed and reliability of search functions. The app continues to include free travel services including flight, hotel and car rental search, itinerary management and flight tracking, but has added some great new features:

*Language translation for 10 European languages including German, French, Italian and Spanish

*Car service search feature powered by Groundlink

Cost: FREE


Word Lens

One of the coolest iPhone apps around, WordLens visually translates foreign phrases. Just point your camera to a sign or menu, for example, and behold as the text instantly reappears in English. Though there's currently only a Spanish-English version, more language options are on the way.
Cost: FREE




I thought the only place to get cool apps for my iPhone was Apple's App Store. Turns out I was wrong. A company called GetJar has a load of great apps for the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and even Windows Mobile phones. You won't find these apps at the iPhone App store, but they're easy to get. Just use the browser on your phone and go to www.getjar.com. You'll see these Apps (and about 7,000 more) and you can download 'em straight to your phone - just like you'd do by going to Apple's Apps store.



Browse & book from over 100,000 hotels worldwide. Live rate availability, full-screen photos and secure, in-app booking make hotel reservations a breeze. It's the easiest way to reserve hotels for last-minute plans, cancelled flights and more. No hotel booking fees.

Cost: FREE


Weather Underground

Provides weather information for worldwide locations, including current conditions, hourly forecasts, radar and satellite maps.

Cost: FREE



Use this app to discover great nearby places, get personalized recommendations on where to go next, save and share your favorite places, and find exclusive deals from local businesses!

Cost: FREE


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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