Category Archives: mashup Find the restaurants featured on your favourite TV shows

As some of you may already know, I have recently launched a new website named that allows you to quickly find restaurants featured on TV shows such as Best Thing I Ever Ate, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, etc.. as well as Michellin guide rated restaurants. I figure it finally time for me to write a blog post explaining the site and what I hope to do with it.

The idea for the site came from my summer road trip to Seattle. Since Nithya and I were driving up there with no specific plans we decided that we wanted to try out as many of the Best Thing I Ever Ate restaurants as we could using my existing map as a guide.… Read the rest

GGLC Membership Map

I originally posted this on the Golden Gate Lotus Club blog but figured I should cross post it here as well.

A few days ago I received the latest GGLC Memberhip roster in the mail (if you have not gotten one please contact David Anderson (ggmail AT gglotus DOT org) to update your postal address) and was fascinated to see the large number of cities that our members are spread over. After talking it over with a few folks at our last monthly meeting I hacked together the following map of club members:

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Each marker on the map represents a zipcode that has at least one GGLC member.

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Map of The Best Thing I Ever Ate locations

Map of all the restaurants featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” along with contact info and directions. The official blurb of the show is:

Ever wonder what the biggest food stars and chefs eat in their free time when they’re paying? Find out on The Best Thing I Ever Ate! It’s the ultimate guide to the country’s most amazing meals, eats, and treats as told by the pros who spend their lives obsessing over food.

Update: Check out my new site to easily find restaurants from the Best Thing I Ever Ate and other Food Network shows in a single place.Read the rest

Map of Throwdown with Bobby Flay competitors

One of my favourite food network shows is Throwdown with Bobby Flay where he goes around challenging various chefs to a cook-off with their signature dish. Seeing the show really makes me want to go and try out some of the dishes but unfortunately there is no single list of all the restaurants and their locations. Seeing that my last mashup map of the Dinners, Drive-Ins and Dives locations is the most popular page on my blog, I decided to put together a new mashup with the locations of all the Throwdown restaurants.

Update: Check out my new site to easily find restaurants from Throwdown with Bobby Flay and other Food Network shows in a single place.Read the rest

Google Earth map of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Nithya and I have been big fans of the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives show hosted by Guy Fieri on the Food Network. We love the fact that it travels the country looking for the small anonymous restaurants that serve great food without emptying your wallet.

Update: Check out my new site to easily find restaurants from Diners, Drive-Ind and Dives and other Food Network shows in a single place. Designed for both PC and mobile (iPhone, Android) use.

One day we were wondering if any of the show restaurants were in the Bay Area when I stumbled on this page that lists all the eateries they have visited on the show.… Read the rest

Trip tracker

UPDATE: Since Yahoo! has shut down may of the services that Trip Tracker relied upon I have replaced the live links with some real example images that I captured over the years.


Trip tracker is a quick hack that I created using the FireEagle location platform from Yahoo! Research Berkeley and is designed to convery a quick summary or what I’m doing during my summer holiday. The first part is a badge image (above) that shows you some quick summary about my current location. It shows you the following things

Location: A map tile of my location which zooms appropriately based on the accuracy of the available location.… Read the rest

GeoRSS maker

I’ve had some time over the weekend and decided to put some finishing touches on a couple of mashups that I started a few months ago but never completed. The first of these is the GeoRSS Maker which is something I dreamed up when I was making a GeoRSS file for my F1 circuit guide. At that time the process I uses was to first make a GeoRSS template file with a bunch of empty item elements before manually looking up the geographical coordinates of each individual racetrack(usually available on wikipedia) and entering the data into the template. This process was painful enough that I decided to build an automated way to extract coordinates from Wikipedia and insert them into a GeoRSS file.… Read the rest

F1 circuit guide

SFF1 just used a version of my F1 circuit guide on their site. It was inspired by Shane SF neighbourhood guide and is a mashup of several technologies including:

I’ll go into more details in a later post but it basically uses the TagMaps callback function to pull in content from Flickr, Wikipedia and Youtube to give a quick overview of each track.

You can also play with a version of the guide on my website.

[tags]F1, Formula 1, circuit guide, TagMaps, mashup, Pipes, Flickr, Wikipedia, YouTube[/tags]… Read the rest