VEGAN BOSTON

A mini Boston adventure… 

A fabulous weekend in Boston checking out some fabulous vegan friendly venues, all recommended by our wonderful Facebook Community ~ Thank you. 

I travelled with my dear friend Tara (@tara_panchaud for those who love seriously amazing travel photography and deserve a retreat or two), she’s a fabulous retreat host, travel guru and professional photographer… Not only did we share fun, laughter and amazing food, Tara’s fabulous knowledge of Boston meant we could travel around like locals with our cameras, exploring all of the beautiful streets  – Thanks Tara for a wonderful weekend.

BY CHLOE

 

Whenever anyone mentions “by CHLOE” I get a little bit excited, so our trip to Boston wouldn’t have been complete without adding these guys to the list.

If you’ve not yet had a chance to visit by CHLOE, they’re a plant-based restaurant chain with an insane menu filled with a whole host of comfort food classics. The restaurants are stylish and very Instagrammable so if you love taking foodie pics whilst enjoying some excellent munch, you’ll be heaven.. 

Popular with both vegans and non vegans too, you can find delish dishes on the menu such as the Guac Burger, Quinoa Taco Salad, Chicky Chicky and Mac N Cheese – oh and a selection of sweet treats too.

The Guac Burger is a black bean, quinoa and sweet potato patty, topped with guac, corn salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion, tortilla strips and chipotle aioli! It not only looks the part, it tastes fabulous too.

The Quinoa Taco Salad is a big bowl of colour, texture and flavour that not only tastes great, it counts well towards your five a day too. In my opinion, this is a bowl filled with so much happiness!

The Chicky Chicky, (think chicken strips only no animals harmed in the making!), well what can I say? They are devilishly mourish and all of our meat eater friends should try them – we recommend adding a selection of dips for an indulgent dunking session.

The Mac N Cheese is literally heaven in a bowl! (we had the GF version). Sweet potato cashew cheese sauce and topped with the most tasty shiitake “bacon” pieces and almond parm! This is one of the dishes I missed most when transitioning to vegan and since cutting back on gluten, so it was such a treat and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since our Boston adventure.

For dessert we took cupcakes and a cookie back to the hotel! A red velvet cupcake that looked too pretty to eat, a chocolate chip gluten free cookie (soooo yum!) and a Chocolate with vanilla frosting gluten free cupcake. by CHLOE have got the sweet treats nailed too.

All in all, we loved our visit to by CHLOE (as always). The menu is one of my favourites out there, they cater well for those who need gluten free, without compromising on flavours. They are somewhere you can expect your non vegan friends to enjoy too so a fabulous, fun place if you’re travelling with a mixed group.

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LIFE ALIVE

Life Alive is a health conscious, plant focused veggie chain with plenty of vegan options. We visited their Boylston Street in Back Bay, their 5th location that opened just last year.

The interior is bright, full of colour, high ceilings, stylish wall art and features an open kitchen plus a really cool non-alcoholic bar where they prepare epic smoothies and smoothie bowls. It’s a spacious venue but they’ve managed to keep the layout very inviting and relaxing, with cosy seating areas with different styles of tables, benches and scatter cushions.

Expect green bowls, smoothies and so much more. We enjoyed the PB & J Acai Smoothie Bowl –  which was a refreshing Acai Bowl topped with a huge scoop of peanut butter (my absolute fave!), hemp and peanut and almond granola crunch – It was everything I love about life!

To try out alongside the Acai Bowl, we were treated to the Rainbow Harvest and Autumn Equinox.

The Rainbow Harvest is off of the “Grains” menu and is a rather giant bowl filled with every possible delight you can imagine, it’s a bowl of nutritious rainbowness – Lemon flax brown rice, whipped sweet potato, beets, carrots, broccoli, kale, tofu, sprouted legumes and ginger tamari sauce – It arrives beautifully presented and tastes out of this world, it was definitely up there with our favourite dishes from the trip.

The Autumn Equinox is off of the “Greens” menu and is a delicious and nutritious bowl of roasted butternut squash with sticky pomegranate & toasted seeds, brussels, green apple, gold beet and farro with a fresh cranberry vinaigrette. I’m not usually a fan of brussels but these. were. AMAZING! A really yummy dish.

We love how it’s the kind of place you’d pop to for brunch and end up staying for hours as it feels like a relaxing escape from the hussle and bussle of life – It’s a space of calm bliss.

In their words they are “here to renew your energy & connection to life by soulfully serving you fantastic, vibrant, organic, whole food!” and we can’t think of a better way to sum up Life Alive – we left feeling nourished, calm and happy.

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red white japanese

If you haven’t visited Boston, the famous Newbury Street is a pretty cool area in the Back Bay. It’s home to stunning architecture, lots of red brick buildings and so many cool shops and boutiques, oh… and our lovely friends Red White Japanese!

Visiting in February, it was pretty cold.. My face and hands were freezing! We stepped off the street and down the steps into Red White, the venue warm and welcoming filled with a crowd of happy customers enjoying bowls of Ramen with their friends.

…Tok and the team serving fabulous grub with a smile, seeming to remember each order without writing it down and serving each dish with so much love and passion.

The Buddha Ramen and Buddha Bowls will warm your soul, delicious with a kick and lots of flavour.

We loved the never ending Ramen toppings – If you’re as indecisive as me, these will have you covered!

The Green Tea is lush and refreshing and perfect to enjoy with your Ramen bowl.

They offer food to eat in or food to go… If you love authentic Japanese cooking this super friendly venue is definitely somewhere to add to your list! 

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CLOVER FOOD LAB

Clover Food Lab is a veggie chain with lots of vegan options. They have 12 stores in Boston and beyond! 

We visited their CloverDTX store which was their first ever Boston restaurant which opened it’s doors in 2016, before that, they operated out of a truck close by! The interior is high ceilings and bright, with a mix of small white tables and a large, cool, uneven cut wooden table that sits in the middle of the restaurant for people feeling sociable and larger groups. 

On walking in, you notice the lined up “Clover” branded cups with pour over freshly brewed coffee in the making… (which we thought was pretty cool!)

You’re greeted by enthusiastic, friendly and highly knowledgeable employees who will talk you through the menu and make recommendations to suit your palette.

They’re well known for their chickpea fritters and rosemary fries, so we had to try these! Plus the homemade sodas came highly recommended.

We had the chickpea fritters served as a platter, filled with a delish selection of nutritious goodies, this was such a generous portion size and their hummus is top notch.

If you’re in the know, there’s a secret menu! Well, we were treated to the pretty epic BLT, a pita filled with smokey tempeh, lettuce, tomato and vegan mayo. The side portion of rosemary fries added to this was… perfection! 

For a refreshing drink, we’d definitely recommend one of the soda’s – the Blood Orange being our personal favourite.

We love the company’s ethos for serving locally sourced ingredients where possible plus we spotted compostable platters being used. So for commitment to doing their bit for the planet, we’re giving a big thumbs up for this too.

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FOMU

We’d heard such amazing things about these guys, but sadly, Tara and I didn’t get to visit, luckily, our friend James @plant_powered_pilot, landed in Boston the night we left, so he paid them a visit on our behalf! 

Super popular with locals and tourists alike, FoMu serve “from-scratch” natural, plant based ice cream, cakes and baked goodies… along with premium coffee and teas. They have four Boston area cafes which in their own words “offer the perfect respite from everyday life”. 

James overindulged in a delicious selection of flavours which he said were seriously good! Full of amazing flavour with none of the chalky taste you get from dairy. 

They have a commitment to sustainability and use compostable paper products in their shops and eco-friendly shipping packages for take aways, another big thumbs up for our friends at FoMu!

If you’re in the area, head to your nearest FoMu for fabulous tasting ice cream that has been created with passion and plus coffee and other sensational goodies!

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SIGHTSEEING…

Some sightseeing ideas from my friend @tara_panchaud

Harvard University – In the Cambridge area: Discover where the likes of Natalie Portman, Matt Damon and Bill Gates studied: https://www.harvard.edu/on-campus/visit-harvard/tours

Boston Duck Tours – For a bit of fun: https://bostonducktours.com/

For Picturesque sightseeing and photo ops:  Beacon Hill

To be continued…