I walked by Life Alive several times before I finally went in (mostly because every time I walked by, I had just eaten). I ordered the Island Alive smoothie, and it was delicious! It is made from banana, mango, pineapple, coconut oil, coconut-based ice cream, and almond milk. It was one of the most delicious smoothies I’ve ever had — and that’s saying something! I tend to compare all of my smoothies to the Santa Barbara, California-based smoothie company Blenders in the Grass, and Life Alive was the first one I’ve ever had that actually stood in the same league. Their style was very different from what I’ve usually had in a smoothie — it was more full of texture than it was ice-creamy, and it was completely delicious! I wish I’d stopped in sooner and tried some more smoothies, or even some of the food they offer.
Okay, this is a bit of a goofy one to post about, but I had such a good time with my friends here that I couldn’t resist. We stopped by ABC Pizza House in Cambridge, Massachusetts on our way home from a pub. ABC is a little hole in the wall pizza joint, and I ordered two pieces of cheese pizza. For pizza by the slice, it was quite tasty. Also, the staff working those late hours of the night were energetic and friendly, and made the wait really fun.
On the way home from a long day on the town, I swung by Moody’s Falafel Palace in the Central Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was just looking for a little bit of sweetness, and I found it here with a piece of baklava and some lady fingers. The prices were super cheap, and the treats were good. While there’s no place to sit inside Moody’s, it’s a cozy little place nonetheless and the food was nice.
The Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. It’s an entirely-vegetarian restaurant, but not even the most avid meat-eaters would be able to find fault with it. The food is incredible. The staff is friendly and fun, and really quirky. The diner is super-cute inside. And have I mentioned the food? The food is to die for. I wish I lived in Cambridge just so I could eat at the VG every day. The first time I went (because, yes, even though I was just visiting I ended up making return visits to the VG) I ordered the Cambridge Street Omelette (above). Oh my goodness, was it delicious! The omelette is stuffed with chipotle black beans, roasted red pepper puree, Vermont jack cheese, and sweet corn…and the whole thing is topped with a homemade shallot and apple salsa. It was so good I almost want to fly back to Boston and stop by right now.
Of course, I also ordered their hot tea, because that’s what I do with breakfast. I had several options to choose from, and was also offered not just cream, but regular milk and soy milk as well. It’s wonderful to have options! And speaking of options, have I mentioned the dessert case yet? The vegan dessert case? I took a picture of it (below) because it was so amazing.
I ended up walking away with a slice of the Coconut Citrus Layer Cake (front and center in the picture below), and a friend of mine walked away with a slice of the cheesecake (that beautiful concoction that’s topped with strawberries and blueberries in the picture below). I have never had vegan cheesecake, but this one was every bit as delicious as any non-vegan cheesecake I’ve ever had. I don’t know how they did it, but boy oh boy did they ever do it! Both desserts were incredible.
So you can imagine why I went back for more. I returned another day and ordered the Stuffed French Toast for breakfast (below). *Best. Decision. Ever.* What’s it stuffed with? Vanilla Nut Vegan Cream Cheese, that’s what! And it’s topped with Caramelized Banana Butter, Strawberry Basil Sauce (an unexpected but absolutely delicious choice), and Maple Syrup. It was so good! As I mentioned earlier, the Veggie Galaxy is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in the world. It’s at least in the top 5, but might be right up there at #1. You definitely have to give it a try if you’re ever in the area. You won’t be disappointed!
Dado Tea + Coffee was the first place I ate in the Boston area. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Dado on Church Street was a cute little establishment with lots of fresh air and sunlight pouring in the large windows and open doors. The friendly and down-to-earth staff made ordering fun, and set the mood for the entire meal. I was delighted by the fresh and original menu options, and once I saw the Monkey Wrap (above) I knew I had to get it. The fresh apples and bananas in this whole wheat wrap were held together by peanut butter, and while I’ve made several of these on my own since visiting Dado, the ones at Dado somehow tasted better. I also couldn’t resist getting myself a little treat when I saw a giant glass jar of Sabbiosini cookies (below) by the register. It was a simple and quick dining experience, but one of my favorites nonetheless.