FOODIE JOURNAL Culinary News & Notes by Sarah Gleim

Instacart sends its shoppers to pick up groceries (seen here at Whole Foods Market) for clients who place their order online.

Instacart sends its shoppers to pick up groceries (seen here at Whole Foods Market) for clients who place their order online.

When food and technology meet, it’s not always a good thing. For instance, whether or not genetically modified foods are safe is about as hotly contested a debate as any other. But then there are times when technology combines with our food world to deliver a home run. We found a few great apps and online tools that simplify the way we shop and eat out in Buckhead.

Instacart

When you’re desperate for groceries but can’t leave the house (sick child, on deadline), you can place a grocery order via Instacart and have it delivered within the hour, or at the time of your choosing. The service works with several stores in Buckhead and Brookhaven, including Whole Foods Market, Publix, Kroger and Costco.

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Caviar

If you’d rather just have a meal from a Buckhead restaurant delivered, check out Caviar. The company teamed up with tons of the best spots in the area to offer exclusive delivery—think Qing Mu, Meehan’s Buckhead, NaanStop Buckhead, Eclipse di Luna and more. You can order online or on the free mobile app, and keep track of your order via Caviar’s built-in GPS tracking feature.

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Living Social Restaurants Plus

For those nights when you’re ready to get out of the house, Living Social launched Restaurants Plus to let customers eat at great restaurants and save money. All you have to do is sign up on the website and pay with your registered credit card. Then you’ll start earning 30 percent cash back at Buckhead and Sandy Springs restaurants, such as Gordon Biersch, Meehan’s Public House and Food 101.

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