On our way home from the airport we stopped in to the vegan Cafe Indigo in Concord, NH. We have wanted to go here many times but it isn’t open on Saturdays and that is when we normally go through. Well lucky us it was Monday and they were open and we were starving.
My dad and Neil ordered The Rachel which is the vegan seitan version of the Ruben and it was delicious. My omni father who loves his meat even loved this sandwich he couldn’t stop talking about how good it was. My mom ordered the Veggie Burger which was homemade and so good. My favorite dish was my own the Spinach and Soysage Burrito it was amazing. The burrito was creamy and delicious.
For dessert the 4 of us split a chocolate chip cookie bar which was delicious. They were all out of there Carrot Cake which has been named by VegNews for being the best vegan carrot cake. Oh well we loved our cookie.
One of the other great features about this place is that they have to-go items such as cookies, cupcakes, and salads. They also have tofu turkeys to go and homemade pies- this would be great for anyone looking for a quick holiday meal!
. Since Neil is heading north to New Brunswick next week we won’t be having vegan Thanksgiving so we enjoyed it yesterday with two of my girlfriends, Monica and Laura. After we shared vegan Thanksgiving we spent the remainder of the afternoon in the kitchen baking cookies from Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.
Already to bake!
We made the Blackstrap Gingersnaps first; I received a sample NuNuaturals NuStevia Baking Blend and we decided to try it out with these cookies instead of sugar.
Look mom greasy hands!
City Girl Snickerdoodles
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows
All of these cookies enjoyed with a nice cup of Boulevards Organics Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate
We also made some Lazy Samoas (not photographed) which were delicious and just like the caramel delights I enjoyed as a girl scout. The girls and I really loved this cookbook and found that all the recipes were fun and yet easy. A few things we really loved were that all the cookies were baked at 350F and that all took 8min to 12min which was great especially when baking 4 different kinds. I really loved all the cookies I have to say it’s a toss up between the Chocolate PB and the Snickerdoodles for my favorite.
This past weekend my husband and I headed south to Lowell & Boston for the weekend. We stayed in Chelmsford and decided that we just had to go to Life Alive for dinner in Lowell. We visited the cafe the same weekend last year and they actually had a booth at Boston Veg Fest 2008 (they didn’t have one this year though.)
I enjoyed The Swami which had a- (as described on the menu)- “Miso Curried Sauce sweetening a masterfully-tasty mix of tamari roasted almonds, flame raisins, pearl onions, dark greens, broccoli flowerrs, and shredded carrots, served over brown rice with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.”
Neil enjoyed The Emperor- (as described on the menu)- “Sweet and nutty short grain brown rice, melted cheddar cheese, sundried tomatoes, steamed greens, sweet yellow corn, shredded carrots, tofu and sunflower sprouts crowned by our Satisfying Sesame Miso sauce.” He got it without the cheese obviously and subsituted with raisins and nutritional yeast.
Neil loved his dinner so much that he just had to hug about it.
For breakfast Saturday morning we went to our old standby Bagel Rising– inside the Espresso Royale on Newbury Street. We both got the ‘Joy of Soy’ on a whole wheat everything bagel; mine with jalapeno tofu spread and Neil’s with veggie tofu spread. I enjoyed a double espresso and Neil a soy chai.
We love Life Alive so much that we went back again for dinner Saturday night. We started out with a shot of wheatgrass.
I’m boring and got The Swami again- this time with squash.
Neil got The Rebel – (as described on the menu)- “Sesame ginger nama dressing with flax oil and Braggs, tofu, carrots, beets, dark greens, broccoli and hijiki steamed over quino and short grain brown rice”- They were all out of quinoa so he just had brown rice and I gave him half my squash.
For breakfast Sunday we went to Newton Center to Prana Cafe– a mostly raw cafe that serves it’s full menu from 7am-4pm.
I ordered the Burrito – (as described on the menu)-“Wrapped in chard leaves with refried beans, avocado, marinated vegetables, and sour cream.” I have to say this was the best thing that I had all weekend and was a ridiculous amount of food.
My husband decided that he would be nice and take a picture of me eating the biggest bite ever.
Neil had the Prana Burger – (as described on the menu) -“Taylor grew up in Chicago eating deep fried hamburgers at a favorite family restaurant. This tastes so much better and actually fills your body with the best vitamins, minerals, and enzymes ever so you feel satisfied but not slowed-down. Served on our homemade-n-hearty onion bread.” This came with yummy crispy kale chips and Neil ordered cashew cheese on top. It was delicious!
We finally made our way to the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival where we enjoyed trying the different samples and meeting various vendors. We are excited though because we met the owners of a new vegan B&B on Cape Cod and we are excited to check them out. The owner told us that the vegetarian one we had visited last year is now closing so they are opening to fill the need.
We stopped up to the noon demo but were really disappointed with it and decided to leave about 10 minutes in. It drove me nuts that they guy kept calling omnivores carnivores …..seriously??
Anyways the fest was fun but after two years of visiting I don’t think we would go again unless we happened to be in Boston the same weekend it was going to be happening.
We did leave the fest with a wonderfully sinfull treat from Vegan Treats– the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Bomb- which was incredible.
Yesterday afternoon I went to my mail box and was delighted to see a small box addressed to me. I ran inside opened up the box and was excited to see 5 vegan cookies staring up at me. The cookies had arrived from The Inspired Cookie which makes 100% vegan and gluten free cookies. What I love about these cookies is that there are no strange ingredients and they are made with 100% natural ingredients and are 70% organic and did I mention are VEGAN!
I received the following cookies:
Warmth- Mayan Hot Chocolate
Tranquility- Lemon Lavender
Rejuvenation- Chai Ginger Chunk
Clarity- Peppermint Chocolate Chunk
Abundance- Double Chocolate Ginger Chunk
So far I have only tried the Mayan Hot Chocolate but let me tell you this cookie is to die for. It has a great deep chocolate flavour and a hint of spice in the background it was delicious.
I will post more once I try the other cookies but if they are anything like the Mayan Hot Chocolate I am sure they are amazing as well.