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Melissa-in-Cambridge-Massachusetts

I recently went to Cambridge, Massachusetts to visit with family and, of course, like every new place I go, I made sure to scope out the vegan scene. I didn’t have any expectations. However, what I discovered was pleasantly surprising!

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I went to a local Whole Foods where I found Living Harvest’s hemp seed-based tofu which is a great source of plant-based protein for anyone with a soy allergy. I used it in a stir fry. (Got check out my Instagram for the pics!) It’s a bit more crumbly than soy tofu due to the bits of hemp seeds throughout it. Also, it can’t be frozen and then thawed and cooked (as per a tip from Living Harvest). My impression is that it’s a bit less versatile than soy tofu. For example, I don’t think I would use it for a ricotta in a lasagna or pasta dish due to the hemp seed component, but it would work perfectly well in sandwiches, stir frys, and breakfast scrambles.

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I spent a good deal of my time on foot walking throughout Cambridge near Harvard Square. Using my trusty Happy Cow app, I was able to locate an all-vegan cafe, O2 Vegan Cafe.

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Because this little cafe was all-vegan, I didn’t have to “think” about my choices. I ordered freely and happily. I sampled both a juice and a smoothie, ordered the caprese salad (in a wrap) and a side of nachos. Both items were prepared freshly on-site with housemade nut cheeses — so good! The owner came over to check on me and we got to talking about the vegan scene here in Cambridge/Boston. I expressed my delight at finding an all-vegan location and how amazing all the food was. She was kind enough to bring me a sample of their corn chowder. I’m not usually a soup lover, but this housemade soup was a little taste of heaven given the cold, windy Northern weather.

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I have to say, at the risk of sounding like a cliche, the food at O2 Vegan Cafe tastes like it was made with love. The owner, Mimi (pronounced Mee-Mee, although I have no idea how she spells her name), has done a wonderful job of providing a little vegan nook in the heart of Cambridge. The facility is clean and the staff is friendly. I really lucked out in finding this place.

Now, I don’t have the best sense of direction. So how lucky was I to happen upon a shop that was some sort of combination of a chocolate/beer/wine/food gifts/deli store?! I had no desire to check out the deli, or cheese, or other food gifts, but a section of this little store was entirely devoted to chocolate. After perusing many of the labels and ingredients lists, I was able to score a couple of vegan chocolate bars — oh yeah 😉

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With a fully belly from O2 Vegan Cafe and a few bites of chocolate, teehee, I continued exploring on foot. I noticed on my Happy Cow app that there was an all-vegan shoe boutique within walking distance. A vegan shoe store?! That was a no-brainer; away I went.

En route to the shoe store what did I happen upon but none other than a group of local volunteers from the Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition advocating for animals and spreading the vegan message. That. was. awesome!! I stopped to talk to one of the ladies who was leafletting to tell her I was vegan, too, was visiting the area, and I thought what she and her fellow volunteers were doing was pretty awesome.

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I practically floated the rest of the way to Sudo Shoes, the vegan shoe boutique. Not only did they have men and women’s shoes, from casual to dressy, but also a few accessories such as belts, wallets, and purses — all vegan, of course. I spoke to the saleslady who said business had been going very well and soon they will have their sales online as well. So keep an eye out for that!

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All in all, I had a wonderful time both visiting with family and checking out the vegan scene in Cambridge. On my next visit, I hope to head into downtown Boston and delve into the vegan scene there, but I guess that will have to be for another time 😉

 

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