‘Life Alive’ in Cambridge / Review by HYL Sister: Aida

LIFE Alive in Cambridge offers healthful, fresh vegan/vegetarian fair and a welcoming colorful atmosphere.  As soon as you walk into Life Alive your senses open up!  The air is filled with freshness – it actually feels oxygenated.  Your nose fills with aromas of herbs, greens, spices, ginger, carrots, beets, grains all mixed together – it is an intoxicating mix that begins to draw you in.  Your belly begins to rumble, ready for a treat. The café is known for its bowls, wraps and freshly blended/squeezed drinks.

THIS place is the real deal.  Sometimes, when I have eaten at vegetarian restaurants it feels like they are playing “dress-up”, like playing veggie; Life Alive is not playing around.  They have researched every item they serve and see food as a therapeutic healing life-giving part of life! Love that.  Everything is chopped and blended on the spot so the food truly tastes garden-fresh every time.  Having worked in restaurants I know how tricky consistency can be (especially working with fresh, healthy foods) and Life Alive has never failed.  Nearly a 24/7 operation as it is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner…impressive!  Lots of folks run in quickly and are served fast for take-out. I do this on occasion between yoga classes, but I really enjoy hanging out there too.  The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and I like going down to the basement, extremely cozy it is a great place to sit with a friend or two to get into some fun ‘goss’.  Our conversations tend to be uplifting there because of the joyful atmosphere Life Alive creates.

I really love the “Adventurer Bowl”.  It combines corn, beets, broccoli, dark greens, cheddar, tofu, sprouted legumes, and tamari almonds over quinoa and brown rice. This amazing mixture is topped off by a delicious sesame ginger sauce.  A large bowl is under ten dollars, decent value for the quality and diversity of items.  And your eyes will feast too because it all looks like a piece of colorful, modern art all splashed together… you can’t wait to dig in!  Every bite is like a flavor explosion on your taste buds.  You might think the crunch would overwhelm, yet it does not, and the consistency is perfect.  After eating this meal I feel alive! I am satiated, balanced and can allow my day to unfold with an extra little bounce in my step.

SO whether you are in search of a great place to run in for a wheat grass juice, needing to get your morning energy with locally made granola and a vibrant smoothie, hungry for real, whole foods full of nutrients and nourishing power, or up for enjoying a great glass of wine while listening to some live music, Life Alive has got your fix!

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