Curry Up Now in San Francisco’s Mission District hits the spot!   »

imageI love drinks in mason jars! It feels so Portland, Oregon

One of my last afternoons in San Francisco, I found myself in the Mission District’s Curry Up Now restaurant. I had been meaning to go for a while, and was in the mood for a light snack. Samosas and beer it was! 

I enjoyed my afternoon pit stop. My only regret is that I was not more hungry, because many of their menu items sounded pretty good! Curry Up has a nice beer selection, along with special vegan and gluten-free menus. The prices were fair, dare I say, even on the inexpensive side? Inexpensive for San Francisco, that is. I thought this would be a good place to grab a bite to eat and a drink with co-workers, when everyone is different levels of hungry and spend-happy! It’s also open late (midnight) on Fridays and Saturdays, which is great because I get HUNGRY when I go out. I don’t always want a burrito; I like variety! 

imageI pretended to be enthralled by the decor (which is actually quite nice) while I eavesdropped on the young, hipster girls at the table next to me discuss Taylor Swift at length. It was a little slice of heaven. 

Curry Up Now has three locations in the Bay Area, including 659 Valencia in San Francisco, 321 Hamilton Ave in Palo Alto, and 129 South B Street in San Mateo! 


Invest in a vegan future, for real this time  »

Hey vegans with dollars! Remember when Mission Street Food refused our investment money (or more accurately, refused our money in that “we’ll take your money but not give you any say in the business even though that’s how investment works in the real world”)? Well now’s your chance to put it to use, albeit on a smaller scale. Dolores Park vegan food truck Sunny Vibrations is looking for an investment of $5,000 to hire a new employee and prepare for the warm weather onslaught of hungry Speedo sunbathers/outdoor medical marijuana users. Same deal as before: either buy a $500 share in exchange for future profits, or put up the whole $5,000 for extra bragging rights. Sunny Vibrations has also started serving up Dragon Lines Tempeh, so they’re not just committed to vegan food; they’re also keeping it local whenever they can.

Speaking of awesome food trucks and how we need way more of them, San Francisco City Supervisor Bevan Dufty is calling for a hearing on the rules and permitting process for street food vendors. It will be open to the public on Monday, Mar. 8 so make sure to come down and tell your side of it. Otherwise, NIMBYs will flood the meeting and complain about how we need to shut down small businesses serving vegan food because there were too many people standing on the sidewalk last Sunday, or whatever. One of biggest problems for small business owners is the expense and the complexity of the permitting process. It’s the same problem that’s been plaguing Curry Up Now’s new San Francisco truck, which promises a new vegan menu when it opens but is now over two months behind schedule. So show up to the hearing and get civic, already! If I don’t get a samosa in me, there’s going to be hell to pay.

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