Hello again my friends! My, how I have missed you all! No matter how amazing a vacation is, it is always good to be home.
The last few days have been amazing. My trip to Boston was incredible- I got to spend 4 days in an amazing city, catch up with a good friend, eat great food, see amazing sites, and basically just do whatever we wanted, when we wanted. I was really sad to leave Boston, but I’m taking that as a good sign! I must have really loved it to be missing it after such a short time :)
Now I want to share every little detail about my trip, but I’m sure you guys would find that juuuust a little boring, so I won’t put you through that ;). I do want to share the highlights though and I think I’ll take 2 posts to do that. Since today is Wednesday, it seems fitting to devote this What I Ate Wednesday to my Boston eats! And boy were they good. I managed to eat a ton of amazing vegan food even though I only went to one specifically vegetarian restaurant! The city has sooo many options on every corner and even the seemingly most un-vegan-friendly places turned out delicious food for me. So let’s take a look shall we?
In that pile, there’s tea, instant oatmeal, Vega Powder, chia seeds, trail mix, sweet potato chips, dark chocolate, miso soup packets and water. We also brought lots of fruit on the plane with us to munch on and we raided the breakfast fruit stash every morning. We were prepared!
A look at my homemade trail mix. Basically everything in my pantry all thrown into a bags. Lots of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, cereal, cinnamon, vanilla and some chocolate chips for good measure.
As a result, this is what my breakfasts looked like! Wheat-free apple cinnamon oatmeal topped with chia seeds and trail mix, with a banana (unpictured) on the side! I missed my green smoothies, but these bowls kept me full for hours!
Now onto the food we ate out!
The first dinner was a soup from Wagamama. A tofu, lemongrass and coconut soup which was delicious! The picture is on my friend’s camera and we haven’t exchanged pictures yet so unfortunately no photo! Same goes for a Bruschetta salad I got on for lunch the first day.
This was a stall at the SoWa Open Market on Sunday that made gluten-free, vegan, no sodium roasted nuts that were amazing! Flavours included chocolate coconut, mango cayenne, key lime ginger, vanilla cinnamon and chocolate yerba mate. The guy was super generous with samples too :) Check out their website and visit them if you are in the area! I may or may not be munching on the chocolate coconut variety as I type this…
Also at this market…food trucks!
This was the Bon Me food truck and it had awesome vegan options.
Ginger Lemonade and Thai Basil Limeade
Organic Tofu and Shitake Mushroom Rice Bowl. Umm YUM.
Not vegetarian but I hear it was delicious! Like I’m talking best sandwich she’s ever had. Jerk Chicken Sandwich. Guys, Boston knows how to do sandwiches, trust us!
Next, my dinner at a MIJA Cantina and Tequila Bar…
A huuuge salad with pico de gallo, avocado, roasted corn and a cilantro dijon dressing with 2 mini portobello mushroom and black bean tacos! A very well rounded meal! Sorry about the terrible photos! Also has sangria which is unpictured.
Mid morning snack at Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Cambridge. Fuelled our Harvard exploration with a Jasmine tea cooler, soy raspberry mocha, a raisin scone and a Bunny Banana Chocolate granola bar. This was a really cute hangout and you got the impression all the staff and customers were really smart ;)
Lunch in Cambridge was at Veggie Planet, a vegetarian place. Unfortunately their pizza oven was broken but we still got delicious sandwiches! I got the Oddlot sandwich with tofu-basil mash, kalamata olives, spinach, marinated tomatoes and garlic, topped with sriracha. Holy amazing! Even came with a perfectly dressed romaine salad. For dessert we shared a vegan brownie, although I didn’t get a photo (oops)
Fresh squeezed lemonade. There were vendors of this everywhere! Lemonade and roasted nuts are Boston’s street food and they do them well!
Since we were in Boston, dinner at a seafood restaurant was in order! We settled on McCormick & Shmick’s. Not a very vegan, or even vegetarian friendly menu, but I figured I could get a few sides and be fine. Our server was so amazing though that I ended up getting a delicious meal! She clarified with the chefs on what had dairy in it and she recommended the off-menu pasta primavera. I was way impressed with how helpful she was. So if you are a vegetarian with seafood-loving friends and family, this is a good option!
LOTS of Samuel Adams beer. This photo was taken at the brewery tour, which I highly recommend. It’s by donation only and you get a free cup like the one in the picture and beer! And guess what, a ton of Sam Adam’s beer is vegan (their website says no animal products are used, but barnivore says a couple aren’t vegan friendly)! The ones I had were the Boston Lager, Summer Ale, and Pale Ale. Seriously a fun time! Even if you don’t go to the brewery, ever restaurant in Boston serves it so definitely partake in one or a few ;)
You guys bored yet?? Only a few more…
Burritos from boloco! I got a burrito bowl while my friend got mini burritos which were adorable!
This is the cajun bowl with rice, black beans, roasted corn, roasted tofu and salsa. I subbed the sour cream for guacamole- very good choice! This was recommended to us by a local barista and I can see why it’s a favourite. Great food, lots of options and really fast service. This place was PACKED at lunch and we ordered and got our food within 5 minutes of walking in the place.
Coffee at Thinking Cup Coffee Bar. This was awesome coffee! They use Stumptown beans which are widely though to be the best tasting and best quality beans in the world. Went here twice over the 4 days, this is the Vanilla Ginger Latte with almond milk(!!). I also got a Cinnamon Vanilla almond milk latte another day. Clearly a local favourite, this place was always busy. The food looked really good too even though I didn’t try any.
Another food truck! This one was the Clover Food Lab Truck located at the Boston Common. They focus on seasonal produce and have meat and vegetarian options which are easily veganized.
I got the BBQ Seitan Sandwich. Delicious. No other words for it!
And that concludes my recap of Boston eats! As you guys can see, I ate a lot of bread and pasta and therefore, gluten, and boy am I feeling the effects. I knew it would happen and I tried to help my system out as much as possible- I brought probiotics and digestive enzymes with me, made sure my breakfast was gluten-free by bringing certified instant oats and opted for rice bowls instead of wraps when offered. But that could only go so far. I need to majorly detox from this trip because my digestive system is NOT happy. But it was so worth it :). It’s back to lemon water, green smoothies and high raw for a while!
Aside from the gluten, I think I did a really good job of staying healthy while still indulging on this trip! Bringing trail mix, breakfast and other snacks not only kept things healthy but also helped keep costs down. I also made sure to drink lots of tea and only a little coffee and had lots of fruits and veggies. I think “sensible snacking” and healthful eating while travelling was successfully accomplished!
Anyway, so glad to be home with all these lovely memories! Look for a recap of more of what we did coming soon.
Hope you all had a wonderful 4 days while I was gone!