New Vegansaurus app is a pocket guide to the best S.F. Bay Area vegan eats! »
IT’S ALIVE!!! Vegansaurus has been part of the Know What app for awhile and we’re excited to announce that we have our very own app! It’s a guide to all the best in S.F. Bay Area vegan dining with mini-reviews, maps, and more! It’s super handy, I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now and I can’t stop looking at it, it’s so much fun! I’m like, “What do I feel like eating? Let’s see what the app says!” It’s like a Magic 8 Ball but the answer is always, “HELL YES DO IT.”
From the press release:
The Bay Area probably has more veg food than any other place in the universe, and yet, believe it or not, not all of it is delicious. In fact, some of it is not even good. Which is why Vegansaurus, the bicoastal juggernaut of all things vegan, has eaten every single vegan dish in the entire Bay Area (* okay, not every single one) to make sure that you only put absolutely awesome vegan deliciousness in your mouth. You’re welcome.
It has 77 restaurants and is basically a pocket guide to S.F. Bay Area vegan eats! It’s available for Apple products now with an Android version coming soon! So buy it and have all the awesomeness of Vegansaurus with you when you’re on the go! Seriously, we will just be there in your pocket, cursing and screaming to get out. For only $1.99, it’s impossible to not unleash the beast!
For your enjoyment, here’s what it looks like (isn’t it great??) (don’t answer that unless you agree, it’s kind-of an unofficial site rule):
Know What App! »
Hey guys! Vegansaurus is featured in this cool new Know What iPhone app. They gathered a bunch of super-smart experts* to create city guides of awesomeness. We did one for the best veg food in the S.F. Bay Area. So buy it! Because it’s cheap! And fun! And maybe even useful!
The Vegansaurus guide is just $1.99 if you feel like owning it. MAYBE YOU DO, MAYBE YOU DON’T—either way, we still love you! Just a little more if you do and a little less if you don’t, because that’s how love works.
*AND US! WE TOTALLY FOOLED THEM!
Awesometown: Snooze button donates to charity! »
With the Snooze app, you can donate a quarter to a worthy organization every time you hit the snooze button. Um, AWESOME! Genius idea. The money goes through Let Give and you get to choose which charity to donate to from a list of non-profits. They only have a handful of orgs you can donate to but one is Nature Conservancy, which protects stuff like, you know, nature and that sort of thing. No but for real, they fight to protect coral reefs, migratory birds, rainforests and more. So I think that would be a good organization for us late-sleeping vegans to support. Another good option might be City Harvest in NYC, though they aren’t super vegan.
Alright, that’s all on the tech beat today! Just had to share because it’s totally cool.
You need this: Vegan Guide to New York City 2011 mobile app! »
If you’re a vegan living in the New York City area, or a vegan who spends a lot of time in NYC, or even just a human being who LOVES food, this app is for you! Created by vegan author and Historical Advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society Rynn Berry, this user-friendly app is seriously a vegan’s dream. Born from the original vegan-favorite paperback guides, it’s the only 100 percent vegetarian and vegan guide that is continually updated, with more than 120 professionally reviewed restaurants. Where Yelp, MenuPages and GrubHub fall short, TVGNYC2011 picks up all the slack and then some.
After launching the app, four tabs appear on the bottom of the screen: List, Map, Filter and More.
Under List, we find a comprehensive listing of every vegan/vegetarian option in New York City and its surrounding boroughs, and features the ability to search by distance (from your current location, or any location you enter), name (alphabetically listed), and price level (inexpensive, moderately priced, or expensive).
When we click on a listing (here we see vegan fast-food utopia FoodSwings Brooklyn), we’re presented with every detail we could ever need, with extras to boot! From this screen, we can find address, phone number, hours of business, price level and more. We can even read a detailed review, get driving or subway directions, and check in via FourSquare. Awesomesauce.
Under Map, we find a Google Maps-style map which first drops a pin at our current location, then fills us with glee as we watch dozens of beautiful little green pins surround us. Way up in the Bronx and all the way down to Flatbush, Brooklyn…this map has everything covered.
The real genius of this app lies under the Filter tab. From here, we can narrow down our search based on any number of tastes, price levels, and locations. Only want top-rated restaurants? Click the Critic’s Pick tab, and that’s all you’ll see. The Cuisine filter featured every type of grub, from raw to kosher to fast food. If you’re only on the search for a good spot to binge on vegan ice cream—as we often are—there’s a filter for that, too. The More tab is mostly informational, with details on the author and the app creator, Cutting Edge Consulting. But therein lies a little gem—a map with a list directing us to Rynn Berry’s top-22 favorite vegan joints in NYC, including Franchia, HanGawi and Candle 79. Neat!
Considering the wealth of veritable information and recommendations, and taking into account the continuous updates, The Vegan Guide to New York City 2011 mobile app is a steal at $4.99. It integrates fully with other social apps like Facebook and Twitter, so you can broadcast your near-orgasmic experience with vegan cannolis to everyone on your friends list. This app will only get bigger and better as more vegan menus pop up all over New York City, and it’s always good to be in the know.
Product review: Mark Bittman Vegetarian Cooking app! »
I got to test out a gratis copy of the new Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything Vegetarian iPhone application! Since my last mention of the app was less than informative, here is a thorough review, because I love you!
My official recommendation: it’s awesome! If you want to spend the $4.99, it’s worth your money and a lot cheaper than purchasing the actual cookbook. The recipe selection looks pretty amazing. I haven’t made anything yet but there are really a lot of things I already want to make! Or get someone else to make for me! You can make me food and I’ll give you fashion tips—fair trade!
I am told there are 950 vegan recipes and variations out of about 2,000 vegetarian recipes in total. The breakdown is 397 recipes and 553 variations to non-vegan recipes. There’s also a “top 100 vegan recipes” list under “Bittman’s picks” and several little “references” that like suggest vegan breakfasts for you, cheese substitutions, and one I’m really interested it: how to make any bread vegan. I love bread!
I don’t see any way to isolate the vegan options for the entire app but when you search for something, it’s super-easy to bring out the vegan options because of the vegan filter. You can search for key words if you want or you can use the filters they already have like “style.” So you can do a search by selecting “sweet” as the style and select just vegan options and it will pull up anything sweet and vegan (you saw where that was going). You could also search “cauliflower” or whatever word you want and select just vegan options. Oh and one of the style options is “raw” and there are 26 recipes and variations with that search. That’s for my raw friends! You know I’m always thinking of you.
When you are just browsing the recipes, the vegan ones are clearly marked but you can’t immediately see if a non-vegan recipe has a vegan variation. But when you use the search function, it lists all vegan recipes and all vegan variations for that search so that is prob the best way for us to look at variations. But just browsing for recipes is easy. There are no pictures so if you only like cookbooks with food pictures, this is not the app for you. I often like pictures but the names of these recipes are enticing enough that I don’t think I would miss them that much.
One thing to note: Reader Ryan K. says that some non-vegan recipes are marked vegan and vice versa. I haven’t run into this yet. I can send the creator a note about this and hopefully they can fix it in a future update.
Here are some screen grabs! First, a recipe; as you can see, it has the overview, ingredients, steps and variations:
Here’s a progression of how you can browse without the search. First you pick a general category and a more specific category:
Then you pick a recipe. You can easily see which recipes are vegan but if you select a non-vegan one, like the first veggie burger, it might have a vegan variation:
This is also cool: when you look at a recipe, you have all these options for what to do with it:
Another function is that you can generate shopping lists—kinda nice and useful. And as long as you have your phone, you will always have your grocery list.
Here’s my favorite part:
Under the style search option, you can search for hippie! It pulls up what you’d expect, tofu and whatnot.
Here’s my second favorite part! For some of the basic recipes and techniques, there are these illustrated guides:
Love it! You KNOW I like pictures over actually reading instructions. And as you can see, these aren’t crazy Ikea-style stick figure pictures that I can never understand.
All in all, I’d say it’s worth at least $4.99. Even though all the recipes aren’t vegan, I’m still very pleased with it. If you are vegetarian, it’s DEFINITELY worth the money. It has more recipes than the Vegan with a Vengeance app and that one costs $9.99 (say what?). The recipes are a little lacking for vegan dessert options but I actually think the first thing I want to make is the vegan banana chocolate-chunk bread pudding. Banana and chocolate are my favorite and I love bread pudding! I’m going to eat the hell out of that.
Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian app seems all right »
Mark Bittman, everyone’s favorite omnivore, has released an app for the iPhone and iPad that shows you How to Cook Vegetarian. It seems fairly vegan-friendly but I don’t want to pay the $4.99 to find out—$4.99 buys a lotta grapes! But as you can see from the sample screen here, there’s a “vegan” search button.
So did anyone buy this? Laura is telling me it has some kind of countdown timer for how long the recipe should take. Like you can race to beat the clock! But Laura straight makes shit up like 90 percent of the time so that could be totally false. Like when she told me I couldn’t get pregnant in a hot tub. Thanks a lot, Laura! And your child support is late again!
NYC: Free cooking class with Alexandra Jamieson! »
Alexandra Jamieson (of The Great American Detox Diet and Top Chef: Just Desserts fame!) is teaching a cooking class on Sunday, Mar. 13 and it’s FREE! We just heard that there are still spots left—spots that could be filled by your beautiful self! It’s part of the NYC 21-Day Vegan Challenge that I mentioned a little bit ago. Here’s the info:
Great American Detox Diet author and superstar vegan nutritionist, Alexandra Jamieson, who literally wrote the book on eating vegan (Vegan Cooking for Dummies) will teach an intimate class on how to make seitan chimichurri skewers and chickpea blondie brownies with almond cream—recipes that are super-easy, filled with protein, and 100 percent gluten free.
Chickpea blondie brownies with almond cream?! WANT. I may have to register myself! OMG and you could register too and then we’ll meet over chimichurris and fall in love! Or, you know, I could do my usual Sunday routine which consists of watching Matlock reruns on channel 55 and cursing the day I discovered red wine.
YOU GUYS. This is the biggest news of all biggest news! VegWeb.com (the world’s largest and greatest veg recipe site!) JUST launched a new iPhone (and iPod Touch*!) app, The Vegan Recipe Finder. It’s freaking amazing, putting over 13,000 (!!!!) vegan recipes at your fingertips! It’s kinda like having the world’s largest cookbook in your pocket. SO FREAKING RAD. What’s more awesome? Vegansaur Jonas designed it, and often-contributor Joel developed it. Oh and I worked on it too! FULL DISCLOSURE! What’s rad about that is that the whole thing was developed and designed by VEGANS!! It’s ONLY $2.99 and every penny goes back to vegans and making the world a better place for animals. Not to get all deep on you, but that’s fucking awesome. Plus, it runs great, constantly updates with new recipes, and will keep you busy in the kitchen for days. That’s where you should be anyway, right? Now make me some pancakes!
*Actually, word on the street is that it looks pretty great on the iPad too, and as we know, the iPad is the world’s best kitchen gadget. That’s right, throw out the Kitchenaid and the Cuisinart (give ‘em to me!), and just get an iPad! Next week I’ll talk about how the iPad can replace everything in your bedroom too. Rowr! Also, gross!
YOU GUYS. Get Foursquare for your iPhone (or lameberry ZING) so you can get free dessert at Millennium. Thas right, it’s free food and it can be yours if you’re willing to embarrass yourself with an app that’s SO YESTERDAY. Also, that picture in the corner up there with my name under it… that’s kinda what I look like. Only I’m more like a ninja.
Free shit, Peta’s non-crazy iphone app and WOODY HARRELSON’S WEBSITE O’CRAZY! All this and more in Friday Link-o-rama! »
Hey, we’re nothing if we’re not inconsistent. And attractive. And very inconsistent. But whatevs, here we go.
Want to win a free copy of The Vegan Scoop and make really delicious vegan ice cream all summer long? Yeah you do, fatty. Head on over to VegWeb giveaway thread and let them know your favorite vegan ice cream flavor is for a chance to win! Speaking of ice cream because I CAN’T SEEM TO STOP HELP ME, Vegan Dad has a delicious-looking recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream up. Do want!
"Put the Lime in the Coconut" Vegan-themed potluck over at Notes from the Vegan Feast/21st Century Table. Jonas really loves that song, it’s his favorite, so this is up here for him.
Fancy Nancy just sent us a recipe for Rhubarb Puff Pie along with the words, “even I would eat this.” Strong endorsement! Speaking of delicious looking vegan pie things, the kitchn has up a photo of the most amazing looking plum and fig tart i want to eat it all night long, luckily they link to the recipe too! It’s no surprise they are from Vegan Feast…everything she makes looks to be made of magic!
Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto executive, had joined the FDA as “senior advisor to the commissioner.” Essentially, that means that he has tons and tons of power. This is the same dude who approved the use of Monsanto’s genetically engineered growth hormone in dairy cows. OBAMA WTF? (link)
Peta’s done something useful! That involves neither fake blood nor (nearly) nude ladies! Yes, everyone is surprised. Be Nice to Bunnies is a fancy new iPhone app that, among other things: gives you access to Peta’s Cruelty-Free Database; provides multiple search options; and is regularly updated to coincide with the actual CFD. With regular use, this will change your shopping habits, starting with its purchase for $1.99.
Are you aware of Voice Yourself, Woody Harrelson’s insanator website? I’ve been exploring it for hours and have yet to determine its reason for existing. Pertinently, I did learn that Woody and his wife, Laura Louie, consider themselves to be “raw food, vegans [sic] who flow with the ever-changing aspects of [their] lives. [They] eat predominantly raw food, consume honey and enjoy a balanced diet.” I did not understand their “Mission Statement,” like, at all, so here is a description for you instead: Voice Yourself is:
another half-baked celebrity vanity project an impenetrable hodgepodge of neo-hippie crap a nice-enough effort to built a socially conscious online community.
Vegan spinster aunt explains her guilt for accidentally killing a centipede in a glue trap meant for spiders, and how she, a true insect-loving person, came to commit such a foul deed.
That’s it for today. Next week maybe we will have more links. Definitely, if you send us some.