Lee Foster’s latest travel app, Berkeley Essential Guide (Sutro Media, $2.99), has been released in the Apple iTunes App Store (http://sutromedia.com/apps/Berkeley_Essential_Guide).

The app celebrates 120 favorite aspects of Berkeley, as chosen by local resident Lee Foster. Foster is an award-winning travel journalist, winner of eight Lowell Thomas Awards. The entries include selections related to food and the Gourmet Ghetto, the University, the cultural/arts scene, the neighborhoods, and the lovely parks, such as Cesar Chavez Park on the Bay. All the write-ups and all the 500 plus photos in the app are original content created by Lee Foster. The app has interactive maps with GPS capacity, slideshows of photos, and external links for each entry to further information from the Internet. Anyone who purchases the app also receives free future updates.

This is Lee’s fourth app in the iTunes App Store, following his San Francisco Travel Photo Guide (Sutro Media, $1.99), Washington DC Travel Photo Guide (Sutro Media, $1.99), and an ebook-style app of his literary book Travels in an American Imagination (IndiaNIC, $2.99). The apps play on Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad mobile devices. Lee Foster’s 10 books, 4 apps, and 200 worldwide article/photo subjects can be seen on his website at www.fostertravel.com.

The A-Z list of 120 entries selected by Lee Foster for this first release of his app Berkeley Essential Guide includes the following:

ACCI Gallery, Adagia, Adventure Playground, Ajanta, Amanda’s Restaurant, Andronico’s Market, Ashkenaz Music & Dance, Aurora Theatre Company, Bancroft Hotel, Barney’s Gourmet Hamburger, BART in Berkeley, Beckett’s, Berkeley Bowl, Berkeley City Club, Berkeley History Center, Berkeley Ironworks, Berkeley Pier, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley YMCA, Berkeleyside, Bette’s Oceanview Diner, Bistro Liaison, Books Inc, Builders Booksource, Café Gratitude, Café Rouge, Caffe Strada, Caffe Venezia, Cal Performances, Cesar Chavez Park, Cesar Espana, Cha Am Thai, Cheese Board Collective, Chester’s Bayview Café, Chez Panisse Restaurant/Café, Corso, Culinary Walking Tours, David Brower Center, Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Berkeley Inn, Downtown/Arts District, East Bay Express, East Bay Vivarium, Ecology Center Store, Elmwood, Elmwood Café, Espresso Roma, Everett & Jones Barbecue, Expressions Galley, Farmers’ Market Saturday, Farmers’ Market Thursday, Farmers’ Market Tuesday, Filippo’s, Firehouse North, FIVE, Fourth Street, Fourth Street Studio, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Gathering Tribes, Gourmet Ghetto, Gregoire, Henry’s, Hotel Durant, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Indian Rock Park, Jazzschool, Jimmy Bean’s, Jupiter, Kite Festival, La Farine Bakery Elmwood, La Note, Looney’s Smokehouse, Meal Ticket, Mint Leaf Wine Bar, Moe’s Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Ohmega Salvage, Open Studios, Peet’s Coffee, PIQ, Poulet, Pyramid Alehouse, Rasputin Music and DVDs, REI, Riva Cucina, Rose Garden Inn, Sake at Takara USA, Saul’s Restaurant & Deli, Sea Salt Restaurant, Solano Avenue, Solano Stroll Festival, Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, Spice of Life Festival, Sur La Table, Taste of the Himalayas, Telegraph Avenue, Thai Delight, The Bone Room, The Daily Californian, Tilden Inspiration Point, Tilden Botanic Garden, Tilden Lake Anza, Tilden Little Farm, Tilden Merry-Go-Round, Tilden Regional Park, Tilden Steam Train, Totland Playground, Toyo Japanese, Triple Rock Brewery, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley Art Museum, UC Botanical Garden, UC Campus Tour, UC Lawrence Hall of Science, Ver Brugge Meats and Fish, Vino Wine Shop, Visit Berkeley CVB, Wood Tavern Restaurant, Yasai Produce Market.

Lee Foster comments about the app entries as follows:

“I look forward to strengthening this app in the future as I release updates of it. There are bound to be errors in my observations about some of these entries, and they can be corrected. As I learn more about each entry, I will write more extensively about them. When I make new photographs of each entry, they will be included. I undoubtedly have overlooked some worthy Berkeley entities, and will include them as entries in future releases as I learn about them.”

Foster has been a pioneer in online and Internet travel publishing going back to the 1980s. He was actually the first travel writer to earn a dollar in the new online environment, long, long ago, when he put all his travel writing on CompuServe in return for a 10% royalty. The story is referenced on his website at www.fostertravel.com if you Search CompuServe. Foster is now an enthusiast about apps. His San Francisco Travel Photo Guide app has been a best seller in the Apple iTunes App Store.

“The pleasures of Berkeley can become immediately apparent to a worldwide audience with this app,” says Foster. “My San Francisco app, for example, has been downloaded now in 46 foreign countries. My parallel book on San Francisco will never sell outside North America. Much of the future of travel communication will occur through apps on mobile devices.”

Contact information:
Lee Foster
Foster Travel Publishing
PO Box 5715
Berkeley, CA 94705
[email protected]


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