If you happen to find yourself in Cambridge’s Central Square, with a desire to nurture both your stomach and your soul, I highly recommend stopping by Life Alive. This appropriately self-titled “urban oasis & organic cafe” specializes in organic vegan and vegetarian cuisine, with a focus on highlighting ingredients known for their health properties – life wheatgrass, kombucha, and using organic agave nectar in place of sugar.
However, if you find yourself outside the bohemian vegetarian crowd, don’t go running for the hills yet. Life Alive is more than Birkenstock sandals and Kumbaya circles. It’s real food, that’s really delicious – and it leaves you satisfyingly full at the end of a meal, rather than nauseatingly stuffed. For example, my boyfriend, a carnivore that would rather go without eating than try tofu, still enjoys Life Alive’s “The Hot & Healthy Bachelor”: A meal of melted cheddar, hardboiled egg, broccoli, kale, Braggs, and nutritional flakes, all warmly nestled in a soft whole-wheat tortilla.
When not in the market for a full meal however, sometimes I check out Life Alive’s full bar of smoothies and fresh pressed juices. One of my favorites is the Ginger Crush: a refreshingly cold juice, filled with ginger, maple syrup, and lemon. It’s light, but with a ginger kick – and it’s basically the closest you can get to giving your digestive system a spa day.
Lastly, Life Alive hosts free live music most Thursdays from 20:00 to 22:00, so listen up while you chow down.