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Michelin Stars on iPhone Apps, Social Media and Around the World

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Can’t get enough Michelin? Here’s your guide to staying connected with the restaurant-rating/guidebook company who bestows stars on restaurants, as well as culinary celebrity.

Getting Social with Michelin Stars

In the U.S., Michelin is obviously keen on leveraging social media. It has a rather fun Tumblr, which is a blend of travel info from all over the world, and interviews with Michelin-starred chefs, most of these conducted on video.

If you’re more of a Facebook person -- and who isn't, really -- you’ll find similar coverage on here, in addition to inspiring quotes about travel. There's also the occasional, thought-provoking poll. Which is your preferred choice of shellfish, anyway?

On Twitter, there’s the all-purpose @MichelinGuides. But this account is not as interesting as the city-specific Twitter accounts, which are the ongoing thoughts of Michelin inspectors as they go about their business.

For example, a representative tweet from the New York Twitter feed:

Ugh cold snap! Delish ways to warm up: slurp matzo ball soup @KatzsDeli; go for very spicy at Zabb Elee; fire up fondue @kashkavalnyc

And from Chicago:

Tasting menus are like an arranged marriage: sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, but you commit until the end.

And from San Francisco:

I could go for about a dozen hot pretzel rolls from @sonsdaughterssf and their salted yogurt/buttermilk butter right now.

Find the accounts here:

Michelin Star Apps, 2013

Although you’re unlikely to decide to have a meal at most Michelin-starred restaurants on the fly, it’s still handy to have the info on your phone. (As long as you have an iPhone.) The U.S. apps – available for New York, Chicago and San Francisco, each cost $3.99. The app for the entire continent of Europe costs $16.99, and country-specific apps for Europe run $8.99. More information on Michelin apps.

Where to find International Michelin Guides

Although the U.S. media naturally tends to focus on Michelin’s U.S. coverage, this is not actually the company’s great strength.

Europe is Michelin’s stronghold, and it covers the continent in a few different ways.

There’s the Guide to the Main Cities of Europe -- there are 1,700 restaurants in this guide, and 1,500 hotels.

This monster guide covers 44 cities in 20 countries, ncluding: Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Antwerp, Prague, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Paris, Lyons, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Athens, Budapest, Dublin, Rome, Florence, Milan, Turin, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Oslo, Warsaw, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Bern, Geneva, Zurich, London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Glasgow.

There are country guides for Italy, Great Britain and Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal, and Germany. (Of note: in 2013, Berlin became the city in Germany with the most Michelin-starred restaurants, signifying a culinary shift from Munich and Hamburg.) There are city guides for Paris and London In Asia,coverage is most extensive in Japan. For Tokyo , the guidebook includes about 250 restaurants. There's a separate guide to Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe Nara, which has 200 restaurant selections.

In China, there’s a guide to Hong Kong and Macau which includes about 250 restaurants. Notable: the Hong Kong guide also includes some very inexpensive one-star restaurants.

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