Despite having grown up and spent at least 20 of my almost 25 years living in Toronto, I still get lost all.the.time. Granted I have the worst sense of direction but you would think that by now I would have a vague sense of where I am going. Unfortunately Toronto is both poorly laid out and constantly expanding that no sense of direction would be of any use.
It genuinely baffles me how anyone got around in the world before Smartphones. Sure I took 10 years of geography, but that doesn’t mean if you handed me a map I would know where to go. I need to be able to enter my location and my destination and watch the little dot move closer to my endgame in order to know I am actually going where I am supposed to be.
Cue introduction to my latest obsession, the new YP app. Remember back in the day when you wanted someone’s telephone number you had to look them up in the yellow pages? I’m 90% certain that book weighed more than I did. Thankfully we’ve come a long way since then and the yellow pages has managed to find a way to keep up, in the form of what else, an app! I should probably mention the app is free to download, and you know how I feel about all things free…
The YP app makes it easy for you to find whatever you are looking for from your current location. So for example when I was looking for a coffee shop to bunk up in for some ecookbook writing I was easily able to select “coffee” and it came up with an endless list of options listed by distance to my current location.
The YP app also saved the day last week when I procrastinated booking C’s birthday restaurant. We live in a neighbourhood saturated with restaurants, both good and bad. The YP app allowed me to search by reviews so I could filter out the bad ones and only see the good ones, which was how I landed on Marben. Even better, it allowed me to connect directly to OpenTable so I could easily make a reservation. We both loved our meals which included ceviche cones to start, scallop risotto for him and lentil salad for me and agreed we would be back.
Or how about the other day when I was food shopping in Kensington only to discover the store I was at doesn’t take credit. YP to the rescue, which allowed me to find the nearest bank location to take out money with my handy map showing me how close I was getting to my destination (oh and that I was going the right direction). The app has been so helpful that I am starting to consider it a close friend.
Since you all know I’m a sucker for a good deal, the app even let’s your refine your searches by deals. My only complaint would be that they aren’t always up to date. Then again my friend Mic is filled with an insane amount of information regarding Toronto restaurants that I’m almost not surprised they can’t keep up with her. For the record, she was the one who introduced me to buck-a-shuck oysters and half-priced wine at Beast. Come to think of it, I almost hope they don’t publicize that deal since I’d like to hoard it to myself.
It’s no surprise that I use the app almost exclusively for food purposes. It saved me by telling me the only grocery store that was open in my hood on Victoria Day and is responsible for discovering the most delicious sushi restaurant, which is the latest to drown my bank account. The app is available across Canada so it can both save your day or drown your bank account too. So long as you’ve got data, you’ve got directions!
Do you have a good sense of direction? Have you used the YP app or something similar?