There’s a (vegan) app for that!
Our guest blog post series continues with apps vegans will find useful both at home and abroad! As the proprietor of My Drunk Vegan Kitchen, I’ll add another to the list: Barnivore’s apps to determine if your wine, beer, or liquor is vegan!
Whether you’ve already begun your summer travels or are sitting in the office daydreaming about them, one of the most fun parts of the trip is always the menu. Thanks to the glories of smartphones, you don’t have to plan ahead too much to be able to find the best vegan fare wherever your vacation takes you. I’ve collected what I consider the top ten apps for traveling vegans, although take note that some are more broadly for vegetarians. They don’t all provide the same information, so no reason to limit yourself to just one!
- HappyCow - This is the most popular database of vegetarian, vegan, and veggie-friendly restaurants around the world and allows you to search by city or current location using your phone’s GPS.
- Vegan Xpress – This app can tell you what the vegan options are at common non-Vegan restaurant chains as well as common supermarket items, wine and beer.
- Veggie Passport – A simple translation of tons of phrases that vegetarians specifically will need when traveling abroad. Includes phrases that won’t be in common travel books, in 34 different languages.
- Be Nice to Bunnies – Rather than tell you about food products, this app has detailed information about toiletries, cleaners, and many more products that are animal-cruelty-free, including data about animal testing.
- Berlin Vegan Guide – OK, so this one is only helpful if you’re traveling to Berlin, Germany for vacation, but we’re including it here as an example of an app with everything. This app includes restaurants, groceries, organic produce, toiletries and even which coffee shops stock soy milk.
- Go Vegan! – On vacation or at home, this is a vegan cookbook with tons of extra tools including an email shopping list, video tips for vegan cooking and recipes for vegan alternatives to things like parmesan cheese.
- Cruelty Free – Although this is pretty similar to the Be Nice to Bunnies app, it’s layout is simpler and may be easier for some people to navigate on-the-go.
- iLocate – This is actually a whole set of apps that can help you find things near your location, including a vegan restaurant locator which can help you find directions, maps and contact info.
- Secretly Vegan – This includes tons of common brands of food you’re likely to find in any supermarket. Search for an ingredient and the app will give you a list of which brands are vegan.
- Whole Foods Market Recipes – A large recipe database lets you search for only recipes tagged as vegan and you can search by ingredient, which is handy if you’re traveling and need to make do with whatever’s on hand.
Eat well and enjoy your summer travels!
About the Author: Eva Forman is a researcher and blogger for Consumer-Rankings.com, an in-depth comparison and review site where she blogs about gadgets and technical services.