Eat St.–Find the food trucks near you!

I just downloaded Eat St., a free app from the Food Network that helps you find the food trucks near you. (This is going to be hot in Seattle! The City Council just okayed food trucks to park at the curb on public streets rather than just on private lots.)

I checked it out for my neighborhood and found just one mistake–it pinpointed the food carts I know about, but identified one bricks-and-mortar satay restaurant as a street food vendor. (Hmm, maybe I should walk over there and check it out. Is there a satay window?–would that count?)

The app (for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad) also tracks Twitter updates, has a link to the TV show, and recommends food carts based on your current location. For each vendor, there are buttons for tweets, menu, hours, and profile, though the trucks I checked mostly just listed their website or Facebook page.

Looks like a fun one, and the price is right! Download it here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eat-st/id425451799?mt=8

Take a look at the website here:

http://eatst.foodnetwork.ca/

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

From the website:  The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. Our recommendations indicate which seafood items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.”

Now, in addition to the very informative website, they have interactive mobile apps so that you add this info to your roving “external memory.”

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch website:

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp

Phone app url (for iPhone and Adroid users):

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_iPhone.aspx

If you use a different smart-phone, you can access the mobile website through your web browser here:  mobile.seafoodwatch.org

Low Carbon Diet Calculator

Here’s a fun web app from the Bon Appetit Management Company:

www.eatlowcarbon.org.

Basically, you calculate the carbon impact for a range of meal options by dragging  food icons into a skillet. On a thermometer with the usual green, yellow, and red indicators, the app then shows you the number of “carbon points” for your selection. (Warning: you know perfectly well where that cheeseburger-and-fries is going to end up.)

The site also offers information about the research underlying the app and advice about reducing climate change through mindful munching.