New Loving Hut coming to SF Union Square

Tuesday, 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!)

Nature’s Express opens in Berkeley

Sunday, 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.

Math Whiz needed

Saturday, 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!

Garden Fresh – new location in the new year

Friday, 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!

Gracias Madre (SF) opening 12/14

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Gracias Madre, a vegan restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission district by the creators of Cafe Gratitude, is scheduled to open December 14th.  It will serve organic Mexican cuisine.

Thanks to Dana for the heads-up.

iPod Bay Area Veg Guide – Updated

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
iPod Bay Area Vegetarian Guide

iPod Bay Area Vegetarian Guide

An updated version of our handy Ultimate Guide is now available for your iPod.

It’s easily installed by downloading a file and moving it content to the ‘Notes’ directory of your iPod. The Guide does not programmatically alter your iPod in any way: it’s simply a collection of documents organized for easy browsing.

Please spread the word to all your friends!

New World Vegan closing August 2009

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Well, we’ve long heard rumors that New World Vegan would be closing .. thanks to Rachel for sharing the update that a date has been set.  New World Vegan will close its doors at the end of August.

New World lives on in Symphonie, a sister restaurant located in Richmond that opened in February 2009.

Long-time Bay Area folks may remember another veg restaurant, Bode, that occupied that same location prior to New World Vegan.

Cha-Ya opens 3rd location in SF

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Cha-Ya’s newest restaurant in San Francisco opened its doors last week, at 9th and Irving.  For this all vegan Japanese restaurant, this is it’s 2nd SF restaurant, joining its original Berkeley location and SF Mission district.

Thanks to Winnie for the update of San Francisco’s newest vegan eatery.

Ultimate Guide – Cha-Ya:  read it, rate it, review it

Souley Vegan Reopens in Jack London Square

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Souley Vegan reopened on Friday, July 24th in its new restaurant location in Oakland’s Jack London Square.  It was previously located on 13th Street in Oakland, closed last fall for remodelling, and never re-opened.  Many in the veg community are happy to see the return of vegan soul food.

Souley Vegan continues to sell its fare at Farmer’s Markets throughout the bay area, including the Lake Merritt Farmer’s Market and the relatively new Farmer’s Market in the Metreon complex in San Francisco.

Thanks to Bob for sharing the official word of their long anticipated opening.

Ultimate Guide: Souley Vegan – read it, rate it, review it

Great Animal Rights / Veg Books Wanted

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Bay Area Vegetarians’ Food for Thought book club is now meeting monthly.  We will be discussing general non-fiction veg/AR books on odd-numbered months, and animal rights philosophy books on even-numbered months.  Most meetings are held in San Francisco, but we occasionally have meetings on the Peninsula.

Future books include Case for Animal Rights by Tom Regan, Ethics into Action:  Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement by Peter Singer, and Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz.

If you’d like to share a suggestion for a great book to read, please comment with your suggestion!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Food for Thought Book Club, please see the event calendar for upcoming book discussions or join our Food for Thought Book Club list, which is a very low-volume yahoogroups list dedicated to book club organizing.

2009 Meetings
Jan – Appetite for Profit
Mar – Striking at the Roots
May – Animal Rights discussion based on Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation
July – The Longest Struggle

2008 Meetings
Jan – For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism
Mar – Making Burros Fly
May – Eternal Treblinka
Sept –  Specious Science
Nov – Sexual Politics of Meat

2007 Meetings
January – Dominion
March – Vegan Freaks
May – The China Study
July – Free the Animals
Sept – Pleasurable Kingdom
Nov – Committed: A Rabble-Rouser’s Memoir

2006 Meetings
Feb – Animal Liberation
July – The Pig Who Sang to the Moon
Aug – The Way We Eat, Why Our Food Choices Matter
Nov – Living Among Meat Eaters