We've all wished we could carry Anthony Bourdain around in our pockets when traveling to a new city, and now, the marketing geniuses over at the Travel Channel have figured out a way to make such a thing possible. In digital form, at least. Today they announced the new "Travel Channel Layover Guide With Anthony Bourdain" app for iPhone and iPad. (Sorry Droid and BlackBerry users, once again.)
Predictably, the app mimics the first season of his show The Layover, in which the Bourdain camp set out to help viewers avoid tourist traps in various world cities in favor of more fun and interesting local haunts. Bourdain didn't restrict his advice to just restaurant recommendations, though the show, and the app, include plenty of those.
For the moment, the Layover app features only the cities visited during season one, so if you happen to be visiting Singapore, Rome, Amsterdam, London, Montreal or Hong Kong in the near future, it's particularly worth your $1.99 to download. However, New York, Miami, San Francisco and, thankfully, Los Angeles, are also on the list.
As for Tony's L.A. recommendations:
Chateau Marmont, as we learned on The Layover's L.A. episode, is his absolute favorite hotel in the world, so naturally, he suggests one stay there. He also recommends swinging by Animal, the LudoTruck and of course, In-N-Out Burger (preferably when going both to and from the airport), among a few other spots, then taking in a drink and some entertainment at Jumbo's Clown Room.
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Along with Bourdain's advice are quotes and videos, a chance to check in to locations via social media, earn badges (because who doesn't want the glory of a Bourdain seal of approval?) and, best of all, a customized playlist for each city. L.A.'s includes a lot of Iggy (Pop, and with The Stooges) and, of course, Snoop Dogg. Well played, Bourdain.
The Layover app is available for download via iTunes.
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