5 Windows Phone apps to boost your Valentine’s Day

Yes, that highly anticipated/dreaded day is coming round again, and my colleague Joyce has showed you 5 iOS apps which will hopefully spice up your Valentine’s Day. But what if you, like me, are one of the rare breed rocking a Windows Phone? It’s time the platform got some love, so here are 5 Windows Phone apps to help you create that unforgettable evening with your partner!

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List (free)

e27-EpicuriousSure, you can bring your partner out to dinner, but to really make an impact, get your hands dirty! Epicurious should be a familiar name to those who like to mess around in the kitchen, and is a treasure chest full of recipes sorted by categories, including “Romantic dinners”.

Fancy some Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa? How about Roast Salmon with Sweet Chipotle Glaze and Hominy Puree? If you haven’t yet settle on a dish, you can discover recipes by filtering out the main ingredients of each dish, such as cheese, berries, or various meats.

For the noobs out there, there’s even an “I can barely cook” category which sorts out the easiest recipes for your perusal. At the time of writing, there are over 8,000 of those recipes!

Once you’ve identified the dish you want to make, add it to a built-in shopping list, which automatically helps you list out the ingredients you need to buy. Hit the supermarket, get what you need, and get ready to impress your partner! (Or not, depending on the taste of your masterpiece)

Cocktail Flow (S$4.49)

e27-cocktail flowNow that you have the food, it’s time to break out the booze. If you want to impress the ladies (or the gents) with your mixing prowess, you need Cocktail Flow. At S$4.49, it’s not exactly cheap, but it has a huge and regularly updated library of cocktail recipes that makes it worth the money.

Load up the virtual bar with spirits that you have in your physical bar, and watch the app start generating a list of drinks you can immediately start making. Discover even more drinks by visiting the “Shopping” section, and let the app will tell you what other sweet alcohol you need to buy to expand your repertoire.

And it’s possibly one of the slickest Windows Phone app you’ve ever seen. Just take a look at some of the user reviews, which heaps lavish praises like “designed spectacularly well” and “perfect interface” among others.

But remember: drink responsibly. You don’t want to wake up the next morning with a tiger in your room.

eBay (free)

e27-ebayNothing says you care more than a thoughtful gift. That means going off the beaten on-the-shelf items track and go on the hunt for something unique. And one of the best places to find that perfect quirky gift is eBay.

But we can’t camp by our laptops/desktops all day just to outbid other people, and that’s where the eBay app for Windows Phone comes in. Featuring a slick interface that is completely at home on Windows Phone’s metro interface, the apps lets ebay members search, bid and check their activity on the go.

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t support the listing of items for sale at the time of writing. If you want to sell your possessions to raise cash for a present, you’ll have to list it on the website first. After that, you can keep track of the sale on your phone.

Good Movie (free)

e27-good movieWhat’s worse than getting stuck in a lousy movie? Getting stuck in a lousy movie with a date.

To prevent that from happening, you need Good Movie! Fire up the app and do a search of the movie you’re thinking of seeing, and it will pull in information from various movie databases, including reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, trailers from YouTube, information from Wikipedia, and Images from Bing image search.

Unfortunately, the app can’t read your partner’s mind to see what types of movies he/she like, so you’re on your own there!

Love quotes (free)

e27-love quotesThis free app features more than 300 quotes from personalities as diverse as Julie Andrews, Mother Theresa, and Shakespeare. An in-app rating system helps you sort out the well-liked quotes from the rest of the pack.

When you see a quote that you like, you can send it to a loved-one via SMS, Facebook, or email. But don’t send them all at once! Keep your love alive by adding your favourite quotes to an in-app favourites list and then sharing them one at a time.

Just be careful to pick the right moment to use the quotes, or you’ll end up looking cheesy!

Did I miss anything? Share your top V-Day app picks in the comments below!

Raymond Lau

Raymond Lau is currently pursuing a degree in Communications & New Media at NUS. He has a passion for all things digital, especially new media (as you can probably guess), and is currently conceptualising a top-secret start-up that might or might not involve sharks and lasers. He also writes for Techgoondu and PublicHouse.sg.

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