Just what got checked off the Vegan To-Do List from my Return to Boston post…
See tall buildings? check!
As for food, let’s start with the No Name. If there was a flag representing Vegan Boston, this would be on it. The very first gluten/fake meaty anything I could stomach! (and now require at least once every two years). Battered gluten, sweet and sour sauce, sesame seeds, broccoli – need I go on?
More from Grasshopper – Tofu & Broccoli
1/100th as exciting as the No Name, I know.
What best follows Grasshopper? Pizza! Who’s with me? (Not immediately after! Allicia can attest.)
Slice of the day from Peace ‘O Pie in Allston. With Daiya, vegan sausage, pine nuts, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic.
I was really content with my experience at the former T.J. Scallywagg’s. On top of that, this was the first time I tried the Mozzarella Daiya and continued eating. Super nice staff, great menu, and gluten free options! Any place that optimizes the pine nuts gets a gold star in my book.
My friends shared this intense looking vegan ham & mushrooms pie:
Tableside jar of Parma. A shaker of nooch (okay, or Parma) is the true sign of a vegan friendly establishment.
Soy Latte from Espresso Royale on Newbury Street
Featuring Bagel Rising bagels and cream cheeses & tofu cream cheeses!
Below, you can see my first East Coast bagel experience – a real treat with jalapeno tofu cream cheese, roasted red peppers, and sprouts. Thank you to my friend Sarah for the rec, even if I wasn’t badass enough for the vegan Tequila bagel sandwich!
Spike’s Curly Fries
Dinner at Montien Thai Restaurant in the Theater District.
One of those great, impromptu dining decisions. I was really pleased that our server didn’t even flinch at the vegan requests.
Sorry for the flash photos, but what can I say? It was after a bubble gum martini at the IT.
Rice Noodle something something.
Back Bay, the old college stomping grounds.
Comm. Ave – tiny little bits of old snow that broke my heart.
Wired Puppy Coffee on Newbury St.
Espresso from Wired Puppy. Every now and I give in and decide my stomach is up to the task. It was worth it.
Davis Square & Blue Shirt Cafe
My friend Millie and I decided to visit Davis Square for a bit. I have so many fond memories from my first apartment there.
Our original intention, besides wandering memories, was to visit the new, all vegan Pulse Cafe that someone had left me a comment about a couple months ago. Sadly, we were in Davis early on, and the cafe didn’t open until 5pm.
We then browsed the menu at Diesel Cafe and were both bummed that the most exciting vegan option being a hummus plate, and went corner the corner to Blue Shirt for lunch. The cafe had expanded since my days of running in for a wrap with tofu to quickly eat on the T to class or work downtown, and it at least seemed like their vegan options had as well. There were a few more mentions of tofu on the menu, but bizarrely, it’s not that they weren’t vegan, because I comprehend that honey and eggs are utilized, but that there wasn’t a vegan-izable version of a couple of these options. Both Millie and I found our wraps unexciting, which is extra sad considering that a) we have just flown in that morning and were ravenous, and b) we’re both excitable people!
A Disappointed Millieship
Her Disappointing Curry Wrap
My Disappointing Wrap. I rarely don’t remember what something was, but this…huh?
Expanded Blue Shirt Cafe
Ah, Chinatown. I remember when I found you terrifyingly sketchy to walk through at night as a college freshman. How things change. This is where the original Buddha’s Delight was. I did go for lunch at My Thai, and have a review in the works.
Soy Latte from Boston Common Coffee Co. in Downtown Crossing. News to me. I have to say that it doesn’t look like much, but it was decent.
Let’s head to Kendall Square. When I lived in the area, I was constantly paranoid of secret helicopter pads and underground labs blowing up on the MIT campus.
My reason for the venture to Kendall – scoping out the Clover Food Labs food cart. It was nearby the relocated Olive Tree cart, which was formerly my staple Jerusalem cart (and restaurant). I was in college, so my diet was supposed to consist of $3 falafel wraps. C
Heading down to Central Square – just because it’s fun, I will mention again how much I used to love Pu Pu Hot Pot, their free delivery, and Spicy Tofu and Broccoli in Garlic Sauce. And again, did you see their name?
The highlight of my time in Central Square, or Cambridge, for that matter,my first exposure to Leslie and the Lys! Wow. Wow. Wow. WOW.
Another highlight? 1369 Coffee House. So reliable!
Vanilla Soy Latte. Vanilla = Vacation.
Next up, NYC.