Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, July 15, 2011

Apps Food Trucks Love, Coffee's Strange New Bug-Fighting Properties

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 8:46 AM

click to enlarge TalkPoints.jpg

Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.

1. Food Truck Technology. Mashable has a post up about apps that food trucks and popups are using. The programs, most of which work on smart phones of tablets, include the popular Square, the low-cost system that attaches to an iPad and scans Visa cards, and the brand-new Tapviva, which lets customers order ahead of time. Mentioned in the piece are locals Rice Paper Scissors and the La Cocina kiosk at the Ferry Building. (In a semirelated story, the Wall Street Journal reports on the benefits of Twitter for restaurateurs.)

2. Healthy lattes. The coffee-focused Sprudge blog reports that on Tuesday, groups of Seattleites protested Starbucks

for stripping its partners of paid sick leave (you're not an "employee" at Starbucks,

you're a "partner," and God help you should you get your language wrong). The only employees who still have theirs? The

corporate muckity-mucks, of course -- and San Francisco workers. Thank

you, Healthy San Francisco.

In other coffee health news, coffee and tea drinkers apparently have lower levels of drug-resistant staph (MRSA) hiding in their nostrils. So next time you order your single-estate Rwandan, lean over the cup and take a huge sniff.

3. Pineapple cake and Cool Ranch Doritos. Lastly, I can't get over the horror of this.

Follow us on Twitter: @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.
Follow me at @JonKauffman.

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , , ,

About The Author

Jonathan Kauffman


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • San Francisco Street Food Festival 2014
    The San Francisco Street Food Festival was another success this year. Dozens of vendors with original, unheard-of creations, such as deep fried mac and cheese on a stick, black pea paste pancakes, and Korean quesadillas. Then there was the comfort foods we've grown accustomed to, like creme bruleé, shrimp rolls, and pound cake. Photographs by Mabel Jimenez.
  • Paul McCartney @ Candlestick Park
    Thursday, August 15th marks the last concert at Candlestick Park. Who better to close out the venue than Sir Paul McCartney. Photographs by Sugarwolf.