Say It Your Way

March 17th, 2010

Opinionated people welcome! Your ratings and reviews determine the Top Ten restaurants featured in the Ultimate Guide, our online database of vegan and vegetarian foods in the San Francisco Bay Area. Your review is also a great way to support your favorite veg restaurants that make our Bay Area such a wonderful place to live and eat veg.

So help us support them by taking two minutes to share your two cents. You need a userid on the bayareaveg.org website. This userid is distinct and separate from any other userids that you may have on Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. It can reuse or be the same name as one of your userid on another site if you like.

Once you have a userid, just start reviewing all your favorite veg restaurants and businesses. It’s that simple. So what are you waiting for?

1. Register for a Userid – and be sure to add a profile graphic!
2. Find the restaurant you want to review in the Ultimate Guide
3. In the listing for each business, there is a button called “review”. Select that. The next screen may ask you to log in. (This is also where you’ll have the opportunity to select the link “I forgot my password” to re-establish your ability to login)
4. Type your review, and that’s it!

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The Secrets of Vegan Baking classes start March 27th

February 21st, 2010

Class participant made Christine's vegan cupcakes for a bakesale

Christine Dickson will once again be offering her popular Secrets of Vegan Baking Classes with Bay Area Vegetarians!  In 2007, many of you will remember the Secrets of Vegan Baking classes held at Sur La Table in SF’s Union Square.   This class is now being held at Whole Foods in San Mateo.

Upcoming Secrets of Vegan Baking Classes include:

03/27 Secrets of Vegan Baking: The Chocolate Trio – San Mateo
04/24 Secrets of Vegan Baking: Berry Sweets – San Mateo

Christine has also created the Secrets of Vegan Baking website with Video Demonstration, Free Sample Recipes, and Baking Tips.

She will be giving a free presentation during our 2/28 Vegan Food Party, and we’ll be giving away one of her vegan cookie mixes!

Christine teaching at Sur La Table in SF

Thank you to  Christine for once again offering these classes, and to Whole Foods for underwriting this class with space and ingredients.  The San Mateo Whole Foods is also offering a vegan raw foods class on 3/9 with Patti Searle ($35 , more info )

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New Loving Hut coming to SF Union Square

February 9th, 2010

Breaking news!  A new Loving Hut will be coming to Union Square this spring.

And the real good news is that it’s being run by the same family who first brought us Golden Lotus in Oakland, then Golden Era in San Francisco, and most recently Merit in Sunnyvale.  While under the same family management, it will be operated under the Loving Hut brand.

It will be in a high traffic food court, offering a smaller scale of food than the current restaurants.  Similar style to the Golden Lotus steam table lunch offerings (yum!)

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Nature’s Express opens in Berkeley

January 17th, 2010

Nature’s Express opened yesterday in Berkeley on Solano Avenue.  They bill themselves as healthy fast food, and they’re all vegan.

Check ‘em out .. and be the first to review them!  And if anyone has a photograph of the restaurant, please use the ‘add photo’ button to submit it.

Ultimate Guide – Nature’s Express: read it, rate it, review it!

Thank to Marin Veg for the original tip-off.

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Bodhi Vegetarian House (Rancho Cordova) added to UG

January 16th, 2010

Bodhi Vegetarian House is a Vietnamese-style vegan restaurant in Rancho Cordova.  While they are newly added to the Ultimate Guide, they have been open for a couple of years.

Ultimate Guide:  Bodhi – read it, rate it, review it

With most of our membership in the San Francisco Bay Area, we do like to include listings for places to eat veg in adjacent areas.  So if you dine out veg-style in the Sacramento area, please check the Ultimate Guide to see if your favorite places are listed.  If they’re not, please add them!

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Amba open in Oakland

January 12th, 2010

Amba, a new vegetarian restaurant featuring Mediterranean fare, is open in Oakland at 6464 Moraga Avenue in Montclair Village.  For more information (hours, website, etc), please visit the Ultimate Guide link below.  Thanks to Amba for letting us know of their new vegetarian eatery.

Ultimate Guide – Amba: read it, rate it, review it

According to the Ultimate Guide, this is Oakland’s 6th vegetarian restaurant, joining the ranks of  Encuentro, Golden Lotus, Pizza Plaza, Souley Vegan, and The Breakroom Cafe.  If you know of other vegetarian and vegan restaurants that should be included in the Guide, please submit the listing for review and inclusion.

Oakland vegetarian restaurant list (6 entries)
East Bay vegetarian restaurant list (25 entries)
San Francisco Bay Area vegan restaurant list (39 entries)

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Cha-Ya (9th St) closed in SF

January 3rd, 2010
Cha-Ya

Cha-Ya

Cha-Ya has closed their 9th Street restaurant in San Francisco, which opened last summer. You can still find their delicious Japanese vegan cuisine at the original Berkeley location and their Valencia location in San Francisco.

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Job Opening: Animal Care Manager (Grass Valley, CA)

January 3rd, 2010

We are posting this at the request of Animal Place. As Kim said in her email to us, “We are moving up to Grass Valley in April, so the new manager will be instrumental in moving the animals and setting up new animal care procedures. It is an exciting time for Animal Place and they will be a part of it all!”

Please contact Kim (info below) directly about this job opening.  Thank you!


Animal Care Manager

Resident, live-in position

www.animalplace.org

Organization description: Animal Place is a sanctuary for farmed animals and education center for the public. It operates two facilities – a permanent sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA and an adoption center in Vacaville, CA. The headquarters is located on 600-acres in Grass Valley, CA. The adoption center, Rescue Ranch, is on 60-acres in Vacaville, CA (90 miles south/west of Grass Valley).

Job Title: Animal Care Manager for Grass Valley sanctuary.

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Math Whiz needed

January 2nd, 2010

We need a math whiz to provide advice for the Ultimate Guide.  The Ultimate Guide (UG) is a database of San Francisco Bay Area restaurants providing vegan and vegetarian food in the SF Bay Area, as well as businesses owned by vegetarians.

The goal of UG is to promote eating veg by making it as simple as possible to find restaurants serving veg food.  To support the best restaurants based on your reviews, it creates the Top Ten list of veg restaurants.  This is currently a straight average (total number of points divided by number of reviews).

For example:
Millennium has 34 reviews and a rating (average) of 4.34
Udupi Palace has 9 reviews and a rating (average) of 4.33

We need a math whiz to help us create a formula that also reflects the number of reviews the restaurant has, as well, in the final rating.

And if you’ve got a website or blog or email signature, please link back to The Ultimate Guide – help us promote veg eating!

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Garden Fresh – new location in the new year

January 1st, 2010

Garden Fresh, a popular vegan Chinese restaurant in Mountain View, will be opening a new location later this year in Palo Alto, conveniently a short walk from the Caltrain station.  For many, Garden Fresh is synonymous with scrummy scallion pancakes.

Thanks to Doug for the heads-up!

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