Of all the recommendations I received for the Boston area, I ultimately decided to have lunch at a totally different place than anyone recommended -- Life Alive. Why? Well, for a few reasons. First, the reviews were great. Second, they were all organic. And third, the food sounded incredibly natural and wonderful. This proved to be a very good decision.
Life Alive is a vegetarian cafe with an emphasis on "feeding the vitality of the world." They strive to provide healthy fantastic food for people on the go, while honoring and protecting the environment. Their website had a hippy vibe, which was the same vibe I got from the cafe. This is a good thing.
When I arrived around 11:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, there was already a pretty long line. I took a look at the menu and was overwhelmed with the choices. The concept was quite simple -- fresh smoothies, juices, salads, and bowls. By the time I got up to the front, I was still torn and relied on their advice to help me choose. Then I sat down at bar-like table in front of the windows to watch the passers-by.
The cafe itself has an island feel with its bright colors and plants scattered throughout. Its huge windows allow the sunlight to shine in and brighten the cafe. I loved the vibe. I ordered a Life Alive juice, which is apple, beet, carrot, celery, kale, and wheatgrass. Delish!
For my entree, I ordered The Green Goddess and I absolutely loved it. It is a bowl filled with broccoli, greens, tofu, and sprouted legumes over brown rice. It had a flaxy nama sauce on top with fresh avocado. The sauce was light and absolutely perfect. I also loved the hard red and green sprouted lentils. There is nothing I'd change about this dish.
This is the type of place I feel like I could eat at every day. The food is fresh, organic, and healthy. And the prices are pretty typical at $5 for the juice and $9.25 for the bowl. I will definitely be back next time I'm in Cambridge.
765 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139