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Some signs of spring in Somerville

May 1, 2011

People out and about

Flowers

Kids on bicycles

Gardens taking shape

Tulips

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If you don’t mind feeling like a hippy, check out the delicious Life Alive cafe in Cambridge

January 14, 2011

It’s a new restaurant based off the one in Lowell. The menu calls the joint an “urban oasis and organic cafe.” You walk inside and one of the first things you notice is stacks of fresh produce (e.g. ginger, celery, carrots) behind the counter. You see this and know you’ll be eating healthy. Then you notice the list of smoothies. They are pretty expensive ($5.99 apiece), so I was a little hesitant to get one. I ended up caving and getting the “Love Alive” smoothie (blueberry, strawberry, banana, date, and almond milk). It was quite good, though I’m not so sure it’s worth the price.

Half of my smoothie (my friend had the other half)

I arrived there around 1 p.m. yesterday, and the line to order was very long. Basically you order at the counter, take a number, and are brought your food (just like the delicious Cafe Mangal in Wellesley!). As I waited, I scanned the decor and trinkets around me. A string of white lights framed a large and inviting window in the middle of the room. I also observed lots of green plants, a row of books you can read as you dine (if you get into a book you can put down a $5 deposit and borrow it), and an arrangement of teas. The teas are in little containers; you’re free to open the containers and smell the tea before ordering.

I ordered “The Seeker,” a salad with lemon garlic hummus, chopped cashews, granny applies, cucumbers, shredded carrots, spring greens, and ginger nama shoyu sauce. The dish comes in three forms: a bowl for $7.97, a wrap for $8.50, and a demi for $5.75). I got the bowl.

My friend Katie got “The Sufi Poet,” which is a salad with red-lentil hummus, cranberries, cashews, cucumber, granny apples, shredded carrots, spring greens, and balsamic vinaigrette. She just got the demi because her appetite was smaller. I must confess I initially thought the idea of hummus in salad is strange, but it went so well with the more subtle-tasting ingredients (e.g. the spring greens and cucumber). The lemon garlic hummus added just the right amount of “ooomph.” I also loved the texture of the chopped cashews.

Everything was fresh and oh-so-healthy-tasting, and it was the perfect amount of food. I will surely go back. We sat on the bottom level of the two-floor restaurant. It really doesn’t feel like a restaurant, but rather a cozy and colorful family room belonging to young artists. There are lots of nooks and crannies for sitting with your friends, as well as a play area for the youngins. Check out this little cove we snagged:

I look forward to trying some of their other menu items. They sell grilled tortilla wraps (like “The Seductress,” which boasts hard-boiled egg, broccoli, dark greens, shredded carrots and beets, garlic, yeast, and a whole wheat tortilla); “simple snacks” (like “The Crunchy Hippy,” which contains maple almond granola, dried fruit, almond milk, and maple syrup); and rice-based dishes (like “The Goddess,” which features ginger nama shoyu sauce, carrots, beets, broccoli, dark greens, tofu, and short-grain brown rice). You can also get sides for 50 cents to $3 apiece, like sesame stix, sun-dried tomato, and quinoa, as well as “jubilant juices,” like “Hive Alive” (a mixture of lemon, apple, honey, and pure water).

Another neat touch I must mention is they have a water dispenser with glasses both upstairs and downstairs (this is important to me because I normally drink tap water). Though they serve tea, I don’t think they serve coffee.

Pictures from the LaFayette Apple Festival

October 10, 2010

Yesterday was a gorgeous day for the LaFayette Apple Festival (a huge annual apple festival taking place south of Syracuse, New York). Here are a few pics I took at the event:

That's some beautiful fall foliage, huh?


People looking at crafts inside one of the many tents.

Unusual clocks for sale

Children's author Richard Mickelson signing books

Another shot of foliage

I thought this was funny.

Cute slippers for babies

I love this.

For dog lovers

This kind of freaked me out lol.

The line for the apple fritters

Apple guy

Isn't this a cool shot?

I’m so domestic

September 20, 2010

I went to both Ikea and Jordan’s Furniture this weekend. Here’s a breakfast tray I got from Ikea. I’m so happy because I can now have breakfast in bed!

My breakfast this morning

I also got this plant:

Jordan’s Furniture had the coolest showrooms. I especially loved the French-themed one (included Eiffel Tower lamps and numerous bicycle-themed decorations). Here are a few pics I took inside the store:

A nice bar

Kitchen area

Table for little kids

My pictures don’t really capture the awesomeness that is Jordan’s Furniture. I will have to go back someday and take some more!

A walk down Belmont Street

April 2, 2010

Today I got my hair permed at the Belmont Beauty Salon at 195 Belmont St. The owner, Nahrein Zavaro, did a fabulous job.

Before, my hair was dry, dead (well I know hair is already dead, but let’s say it was especially dead), and colored at the bottom.

Now my hair is curly, healthy, and all one color.

Me after the perm

I HIGHLY advise people living in the Watertown/Belmont area to check out Nahrein’s place.

It’s only been around a month or so, but she has years of experience. She is very sweet, and not afraid to be honest about your hair and its needs.

Since today is gorgeous out, I walked to the hair salon. I took a few pics on the way.

Here is a sign my bf and I have long joked about. It’s hanging up in the window of the Olympic House of Pizza.

Does spag sauce and M. balls sound appetizing to you?

We think that the House of Pizza couldn’t have done a better job making spaghetti and meatballs sound less appetizing. But maybe you disagree.

Also, I didn’t realize eggplant was in fact two words. Is this not eggplant in the traditional sense, but rather a plant made of eggs?

Next is a picture of Guido’s, an Italian restaurant/bar I recently checked out.

Guido's

It definitely caters to the older crowd at night (mostly people in their 40s, 50s and 60s), but that’s all good. They were rocking the oldies classics on the electronic jukebox machine, and gossiping about west-side Cambridge happenings. One man had met WCVB’s Bianca de la Garza in Harvard Square the previous day and was proud. My Smithwicks tasted like it had been on tap a little too long, but besides that it was a fun experience. Oh yeah, the joint also has cool Red Sox photos on the walls.

Here’s a generic shot of Belmont Street:

Belmont Street

Not too exciting, I know, but I keep it real.

Next we have a photo of the Eastern Lamejun Bakers. For those of you who don’t know, Lamejun is Armenian pizza. it’s a pita crust with meat, peppers and spices on top. I had one from this place a few weeks ago, and thought it was quite tasty. You can get it with lamb, beef or chicken, or vegetarian-style.

This bakery has a variety of other Armenian products, including cheese, breads and coffee.

Eastern Lamejun Bakers

The next two pictures are of places I want to try out. One is Conley’s Pub & Grill, and the other is Michael’s Pizza. Michael’s Pizza apparently sells calzones, something a few friends and I have every Thursday for “calzone night.” Calzone night is a longstanding tradition for several members of the group, who have been regularly gathering for the tasty treat for more than six years now. My favorite calzone is the Christinezone (named it after myself since I discovered it). It’s spinach, sausage, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Michael's Pizza

Conley's

Moving on, here’s a picture of Belmont Street Gas.

Nothing too exciting, but I thought I would credit them for their relatively low gas prices. Of the various gas stations I passed by today, their gas was the cheapest.

Belmont Street Gas

My last photo was taken on the way back from the hair salon. I was admiring my perm in storefront windows when I heard “Miss, would you like to buy some lemonade or iced tea?”

I turned my head and saw three children behind a lemonade stand. They were so cute, maybe about 6 or 7 years old. I think they were home early from school because it’s Good Friday.

Anyway, I bought a cup of lemonade for 75 cents (How could I say no?). They were very happy. I asked them how much they had earned so far, and they told me $4. But they had just started, so they hoped to earn a lot more.

Their plan was to later spend their money on slushies at Belmont Variety. Sounds good to me!

Here’s a pic of the yummy lemonade:

My cup of lemonade

My cup of lemonade

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Yeah for kids learning how to make sushi!

October 2, 2009

sushiHere’s an article I recently wrote about a bunch of children learning how to make vegetarian sushi rolls for free at a local grocery store.

Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/toastforbrekkie/2288848662

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