Last week I wrote about my experience with Revitalive Cafe in Newburyport, MA, and it was written in my typical snarky and honest-to-a-fault fashion. For the first time in my life, I had a bad experience at a vegan restaurant and I personally wasn’t a huge fan of the food, so I wrote about my impressions and didn’t hold back – mainly because I write without a censor. When it comes to this blog, I don’t hold back at all because this is my one outlet, the place where I write about my passion: road tripping, animal rights, and vegan eats. I always like to say that I’ll be blatantly honest with you all, even if you don’t like it.

What I didn’t consider is that I now have readers of this blog, stretching far and wide, and the internet’s reach is much farther than we’d care to admit. So when I wrote about my personal opinion of Revitalive, it seems that my less-than-positive experience and the way I handled it weren’t positively received. In fact, somehow my experience with Revitalive got onto to the computers of readers who have had great experiences there, many of whom are quite upset with me and the way I handled what I just considered to be an honest and 100% personal opinion of the one lunch I had at the Cafe in mid-July.

I can assure you it wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone or offend, and I certainly didn’t mean to imply that I was judging any of Revitalive’s employees. In fact, I just thought that the staff seemed overwhelmed by the crowds, and I felt bad for the way the employees had to run up and down stairs to check on whether certain menu items were in stock. When I talk about raw foodies, I do so in a joking manner, mainly because I sometimes find the raw food movement to be sort of amusing, with the talk of raw food “glow” and other such things that are supposed to come with a raw food diet. If it didn’t come across as a joke, obviously I need to self-edit more! I write about this stuff in a cheeky manner because I’m totally a believer in raw food, hence the talk about the raw food religion from the original post, but also because I sort of have one eye towards the skeptical. I always take every cure all with a grain of salt. These are my own personal beliefs and issues if you will. They are not in any way a reflection of Revitalive or a judgement towards people who eat raw food. If this went too far and it upset you, it was never my intention.  Continue reading »

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Hiya, friends! Just wanted to point out the new look here at quick cook rice. I have the lovely Caitlin of Roost and Lark Creatif to thank for the fabulous header. If you don’t know of Roost, I suggest you sit yourselves down right now and go. This is the thing. Blogging is weird, sometimes pointless, totally cliquey, selfish, and full of bullshit. And yet sometimes it’s full of amazing talent and voices you’d never otherwise hear of. I may never know Caitlin in real life, simply because we live in completely different places and come from different worlds, and I’d never know the beauty of her photographs, the stunning creativity behind her recipes, and the whimsy behind her blog, but I have blogging to thank for bringing us together. As soon as I stumbled upon her Roost, I kept stumbling back. I’m glad to “know” her, and I’m even more grateful she was able to help me carve out my little space of this strange blogging world. Hope you like it as much as I do. 

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For a follow-up response to this post, check out Honesty Revisited.

[Edited to add: I originally wrote that Revitalive's smoothies are "$10 or more a pop," and while many of Revitalive's smoothies are $10 with additional add-ins optional, they do have some smoothies for $7 & $8.]

I adore raw, vegan food, and when I talk about the wonders of veggies and nuts – simple food – turned into crazy entrees that delight the senses, I tend to sound like a religious zealot. So I try to cool it with the crazy raw food talk and just say that I love raw food. I try get others on board (in a non-Scientology way; raw foodies can totally make noises when giving birth…I think), and I ask unsuspecting friends and family to try burgers made of sprouted this and dehydrated that.

So I was thrilled when my brave sister said she was willing to journey with Tommy Bean and myself to Revitalive Cafe in Newburyport, MA. Revitalive Cafe is a raw, vegan cafe tucked into a shopping center in the middle of  quintessentially New England town. Newburyport is the type of place where you come to look at cutesy gift shops and eat lobster straight from the boat. At Revitalive, however, you can drink superfood smoothies straight from the blender (at “bargain” prices of $10 or more a pop). I figured I’d feel right at home, and I wasn’t too worried about getting my skeptical, very much not-a-vegan sister to fall madly deeply in love with taco nut meat and raw sour cream.

I figured I’d soon have many followers in my new religion. Continue reading »

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When you think of Boston, a variety of fun stereotypes probably come to mind. Depending on your familiarity with the city, such stereotypes could include wicked hilarious and/or hard to interpret accents, wicked cold winters, wicked famous clam chowder, wicked smaht colleges, wicked liberals, and wicked witches (of Salem).

Oh, I almost forgot the wicked serious sports fans.

When you grow up in Boston, explore the world, attend college in rural Pennsylvania and move to Washington, DC, you come to realize just how true those stereotypes can be. Sure, Boston is more than just accents, seafood and intense Red Sox fans. There’s history, museums, cobblestones, ducklings, Damons, and Afflecks. But Boston is a beloved subject of popular culture for a reason: it’s a city where Harvard (Yahd) intersects with Fenway Franks. If you’re thinking that Matt Damon’s relationship with Minnie Driver in Good Will Hunting is a good metaphor for this odd hi-lo Boston conundrum, then I’d say you’d be right. Yous a smaht one (translated: you are a smart one). Continue reading »

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