Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Elephant Walk

Elephant Walk
663 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451
781 899 2244
(Additional locations in Cambridge and Boston, check their site for address and info.)

Elephant Walk is rather well known and has won awards for both the food and wine list. The fare is French Cambodian. Surprisingly, their have a separate vegan menu. My family and I visited EW for my 30th birthday after my skydiving adventure. I had a wonderful salad from the specials menu that consisted of endive, beets, almonds and a lemon vinaigrette. My meal was the Mee Siem. It was flavorful, but very salty. Last weekend, I was also at Elephant Walk with a larger group of vegan friends. After our food arrived, most everyone at the table also noted the saltiness.

A public parking lot is available at the Waltham location. There is a restaurant owned lot behind the Cambridge location. In Boston, you will only find on street parking.

While Elephant Walk is a great change of pace when looking to try something different, I can't recommend it as highly as other restaurants. The salty food and high prices are a turn off for me.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly
447 Route 1
Kittery ME 03904
207 865 6006
*Also has a Freeport, ME location.

When Pigs Fly bakery is not 100% vegan, but all of their breads are made sans dairy. You may find a few with a honey and some artisan breads have eggs, so check the ingredients which are listed prominently on signs above each loaf.

As you walk inside the store, you'll be amused to find tables filled with baskets of bread and bags waiting for you to pack some up and take it home. There are wicker baskets by the door to carry with you. All the staff are smiling and helpful. A table towards the back of the store has one of each loaf available for sampling. They are more than happy to slice your bread for you, before leave. My favorite breads are the "Sicilian Green Olive with Hot and Sweet Cherry Peppers", "Cranberry Lemonade" and Chocolate. The garlic and sesame rolls are also mighty good.

They also carry Happy Bean vegan cookies. Unfortunately, I am not a huge fan of them. They are a little on the crunchy side for me. Tshirts, mugs, bread mixes, jams, jellies, and various other items are also available.

Check out their website to order bread to be delivered to your house.

A few photos from the store:

Friday, October 5, 2007

Cafe Indigo

Cafe Indigo
128H Hall St
Concord, NH 03301
603 224 1770

Ever since trying Cafe Indigo's awesome carrot cake a MyThai in Boston, I couldn't wait to visit their restaurant and bakery in New Hampshire. I headed up north for work last week, so I finally got the chance.

Getting to the address was easy, finding the cafe was a little difficult for me. It is a few blocks of industrial looking strip malls and they are in the back. Fortunately, once you step inside it is rather cozy.

They had a number of baked goods on display and all of the staff was very friendly. I placed an order to go and then wandered around a bit to look at the pastries and bread and read some of the signs. They have a small fridge with some take out foods which is where I was very excited to find some Sheese, the vegan cheese from Scotland. If you've been looking for a local place that carries it, Cafe Indigo is it!

The ToFishy sandwhich I had for lunch was delicious. The home made bread was incredibly good. Later after my long drive home, I tried the grilled seitan wrap. It was also very good. Of course, I had to try a slice of cake. My choice was lemon poppy seed as I hadn't had it before.

The cake itself was mighty tasty. I personally wasn't a huge fan of the frosting. Though lemon fans would love it.

Cafe Indigo also sells their baked goods online. I've tried quite a few of the cakes in Boston and they've always impressed. Even my non veg friends love them.

Plenty of parking is available in the lots around the restaurant.

"ToFishy Sandwich"

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Crazy Burger

Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar
144 Boon St
Narragansett, RI 02882
401 783 1810

Crazy Burger is a funky little place in RI near the beach. You can literally walk from the restaurant down to the ocean and then along the road to beaches. Inside there are lanterns, fun napkins, and bright colors. You can dine outside (no kids allowed) in the cozy gazebo behind the restaurant. It is decorated with strings of lanterns and lights, plants, and cool murals.

The restaurant is not exclusively vegan, but the menu is veg friendly and the wait staff are very knowledgeable. They offer 5 vegan burgers, a number of vegan side dishes, vegan breakfast, and yes...desserts. The carrot cake is noteworthy. Oh, did I mention they have sweet potato fries?

On street parking is available and there is a large lot around the corner behind the all the stores in that block.

A few pics from my last visit:

The "Wild and Crazy Mushroom Burger"

"Just Plain Nuts Burger"