Monday, July 23, 2007

Boston Part One: The Food

Well, we made it back! I have missed reading everyone's blog and I'm hoping to make lots of visits in the next few days! Like others have done with their recent vacations, I'm splitting my posts on Boston over the next few days. I'm going to make everyone wait to hear about the wedding cake, but don't worry, it's coming soon! First, here's some of the yummy vegan cuisine from Boston and surrounding areas...


My favorite dish of the trip by far was actually not from Boston or even Massachusetts! John and I drove up to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to escape wedding planning during the week. Thanks to our B&B's recommendation (The Bartlett Inn) we tried the White Mountain Cider Company Restaurant. The chef created a unique and delicious dish especially for me. There was a zucchini stuffed with corn, asparagus, and chanterelle mushrooms. Underneath was a mouth-watering tomato-based sauce surrounding by more of the filling and purple potatoes. I thought the presentation was phenomenal. I highly recommend a meal here if you're ever in the area!






We had high hopes of climbing Mt. Washington, but alas, the weather was not cooperating. It all turned out well though, as we spent a relaxing day in our cottage and driving around the White Mountains. We stopped at Pinkham Notch to check out the trailhead we would have taken and got some lunch there.... veggie chili! It was just cool enough outside to eat this surprisingly spicy chili. Lots of zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, black and kidney beans with some whole grain bread. Made me want to snuggle up with John next to a fire and take a long nap.




Back in Boston, sort of. Thursday we had two tastings to attend (trying to decide between wedding caterers). Between the two we were trying to escape the rain in Beverly, MA and I remembered the Organic Garden Cafe. So we stopped there and I had a raw chocolate brownie with some fresh cashew milk. I was surprised that I liked the brownie so much, raw desserts tend to taste more like dates than chocolate, but I was pleasantly surprised. The cashew cream on the brownie was especially yummy.



The next day we returned for lunch. I started with a cup of their cold zucchini lemon bisque. It was delicious and refreshing.




Then I had a hummus wrap with veggies. Sorry for the blurry photo. I enjoyed lunch, my soup was definitely the favorite. Can't wait to return and try some of their other menu options when we're back in September!





And finally, while spending a beautiful Saturday in downtown Boston, we detoured slightly and stopped for lunch at T.J. Scallywaggles for vegan pizza!! I asked for the most popular pizza, and the swift response was the Chikhin BBQ. I was in heaven being able to order a pizza and not ask about the veganess of the dough, ask to hold the cheese, check and see if there's dairy in the tomato sauce, etc. Another cool thing that I've never seen at a restaurant before was a book with all their ingredients they use and the labels with nutritional information.



More tomorrow on our cake tasting trip as well as other wedding planning excitement!

7 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

wow!! looks like Part One of your trip was quite a success (and quite delicious as well) - that zucchini dish is such a lovely presentation; oh and I've heard nothing but great things about T.J.'s - I didn't get a chance to go there last time I was in Boston, but I'm hoping to get there soon. I'm looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!!

vko said...

How fun to see vegan food in Boston. Can't wait to see more!

Veg-a-Nut said...

First of all, WELCOME BACK! Sounds like you had yourselves a good time. The food looks grand. How awesome for the chef to fix you that fantastic zucchini dish. I want some of that and I love purple potatoes. The brownie does look delish!

Tracy said...

Welcome Home! It all looks wondeful, but man, that pizza stopped me in my tracks! I'm so jealous....

Vegan*asm said...

Yummy, yummy. I need to go to Boston and get some of that food in my tummy.

KleoPatra said...

Wow, all that food looks soooooooooo good! ALL of it! i'm so happy you're home safely and with such great success while you were on the East Coast...

Celine said...

that's too bad about Mt Washington but YAY! you're back. :D