Holy #Caffeine, Batman!

What is the difference between #lightroast and #darkroast #coffee? Is one superior to the other? Nowcado turned to the Zagat website for insights. A light roast allows the origin of the beans to shine through, so if you are partial to Ethiopian bean or a specific Guatemalan bean, then you’ll want a lighter roast. Lighter roasts tend to be brighter or more acidic. A darker roast takes on the flavors from the roasting process, so if you want a more full body flavor you may want to go darker. For the average coffee drinker, a medium roast is the perfect combination of flavor, acidity, and body. What coffee roast is your go-to?

Classic #Scones

#Clotted #cream, while scrumptious with #strawberries and other #fresh #fruit, is most closely associated with scones. A quick Internet search will prove that there are hundreds of scone recipes, some of which are truly inventive (goat cheese and chives are a personal favorite; another Nowcado team member prefers bacon and cheese scones).

We posted a recipe just last month for cranberry scones and heard that it was a little intimidating because it required some specialized equipment. Here is a recipe for more simple classic scones, slightly modified from allrecipes.com. No food processor required!


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients.
  3. Grate the butter into the mixture and then mix with your fingers.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
  5. Stir the ingredients of the two bowls together with a fork. You may need to get your hands in there to really work the dough and roll it into a ball.
  6. Lightly flour a flat surface and pat your ball of dough into an 8 inch circle approximately 3/4 inches thick. Sprinkle sugar on top of the rolled out dough.
  7. Cut the dough into 8 triangles and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes and serve warm with clotted cream.


Tell Nowcado your favorite scone recipe! What interesting flavor profiles have you baked or tasted?

OLW: Detect Browser Version

#Javascript to detect browsers like #Firefox, #Chrome, #Safari, #InternetExplorer or #Opera can be incredibly useful. We looked around and saw inconsistent results with many implementations, but this one line native implementation slightly modified from StackOverflow proved to be both accurate and fast.

var u=navigator.userAgent, t, m=u.match(/(opera|chrome|safari|firefox|msie|trident(?=\/))\/?\s*(\d+)/i) || []; if(/trident/i.test(m[1])){t=/\brv[ :]+(\d+)/g.exec(u) || []; 'IE '+(t[1] || '')} else if(m[1]==='Chrome' && (t=u.match(/\bOPR\/(\d+)/))!=null){'Opera '+t[1]} else { m=m[2]? [m[1],m[2]]: [navigator.appName, navigator.appVersion, '-?']; if((t= u.match(/version\/(\d+)/i))!= null) m.splice(1, 1, t[1]); m.join(' ')}

Use it when you need to handle browser-specific bugs in any way, or if you want to provide a different experience to users on different browsers.

“Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, ‘Send one of my bags to New York, send one to Los Angeles, and send one to Miami.’ She said, ‘We can’t do that!’ I told her, ‘You did it last week!’” – Henny Youngman

Clotted Cream and Strawberries

#ClottedCream and #strawberries is a refreshing afternoon #summer #treat. Putting together the sweet, creamy treat (or a passable knock-off) is easy.


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar (not granular sugar!)


  1. Whip the heavy cream in a stand mixer or by hand until stiff peaks form.
  2. Fold in sour cream and confectioners’ sugar with a spatula until just combined – don’t overdo it.
  3. Put the mixture into the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  4. Serve chilled with strawberries.

What summer treats do you prepare in your kitchen?

Nowcado Update: Adding New Items

It is now possible to add new items on nowcado.com just like on the mobile apps. On the website, however, you can add multiple items as easily as you might edit an Excel table. First you hit the + in the upper right of the screen next to your cart. Then you select a store (exactly as you would when adding an item to a different store from an item’s detail page), and finally you enter in your data for that store:Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.50.47 PM


You must enter an item name and price, and can optionally also add an image and barcode for the item. Names are autocompleted based on other products already in the Nowcado database, along with existing pictures and barcodes, if available. You might even find that in some cases, an item has a price already if that product is currently in our system for that store. You can use this form to set all of these attributes!

Nowcado Update: Add Items to Other Stores

You can now use an item’s detail page on nowcado.com to list that item at a different store. Below all of the current stores which have that product listed, you can click an “Add to other store” button that presents this dialog:Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.47.20 PM


You can pan/zoom on the map to find the store if it already exists in our service, which are indicated by the markers on the map and the matching entries in the list underneath. Clicking on an entry in the list will select your store. You can also click the “Add unlisted store” button at the bottom of the list to add an entirely new store to Nowcado.

Once you have selected or added your store, it is a simple matter of entering in the product price and hitting submit:

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.48.06 PM


Let us know what you think!

Nowcado Update: Edit Item Name and Image

On nowcado.com it is now possible to edit the name and image shown for an item, and to see the history of every previous name and image (similar to wiki sites).

On an item’s detail page, when you hover over the item’s name at the top of the screen, a pencil will appear:

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.46.19 PM




Clicking on that pencil will give you the edit name dialog which will let you rename the item and see its history:
Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.39.18 PM


Similarly, if you hover over an item’s picture, you will get a pencil that lets you edit the image:Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.46.37 PM


Clicking that pencil gives you a dialog which lets you upload a new picture (click the “Choose File” button) or switch to a previously uploaded picture from its history (using the dropdown on the left):Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.43.28 PM


The history is presented in the dropdown from most recent to oldest.

These features should make editing data on Nowcado much easier. Let us know what other data editing tools you would like to see!