Ever since I discover the amazing vegan donuts at Cafe Gratitude in California I have had an eye out for them in Massachusetts. It resonantly came to my attention that Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge has vegan donuts but only on the weekends and there is only a very limited number of the two different flavors that change weekly. The donuts are available starting at 9AM when they open to dine-in guest, takeout or special order via email until they sell out. You can see what the flavors are via their social media.
Lucky for me they had donuts on Columbus Day and due to my husbands travelling we were in Cambridge Monday morning. The kids and I arrived a little before 9AM and were the first in line for donuts. On Saturday morning the apple cider donuts sold out in seven minutes! We ordered two apple cider donuts and two pumpkin donuts to go. I tried the pumpkin donut first it was a raised donut with pumpkin frosting and I found it very disappointing it was chewy and bland with an off pumpkin taste. The apple cider donut was better but too dense and not worth $3; it was a cake donut with cinnamon sugar on the outside. My kids said they were not very good donuts and the apple cider one was better than the pumpkin. The donuts at Cafe Gratitude were very delicious and definitely worth the cost and calorie consumption but the Veggie Galaxy donuts were very disappointing and I would not recommend them. If you do find yourself and Veggie Galaxy I do recommend the Taza Brownie Sundae and I want to try the Buckeye Brownie.
Do you have a favorite donut place (I do love Hole In One’s sour cream donut)? Or a great place to get vegan goodies?
A Kid free Lunch at Moby Dick’s
This past weekend my kids went to stay with my parents giving my husband and I some kid free time. So on Saturday afternoon after seeing the best lobster rolls on the Cape list I decided to try Moby Dick’s in Wellfleet (not on list but recommended by a friend plus they have steamers). There offerings include mussels, chowder, calamari, crab cakes, raw oysters, salads, clam bakes, grilled fish, fried seafood, lobster roll, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, and even a veggie burger plus desserts. It is a totally kid friendly restaurant with outdoor seating as well (but you might want bug spray) the kids menu includes chowder, cheeseburger, hot dog, grilled cheese, fish and chips, grilled salmon, chicken tenders and Kraft mac & cheese. Another advantage to Moby Dick’s is it is BYOB!
My husband and I arrived at Moby Dick’s a little past noon and it was quiet. The menu is listed up on the wall with prices plus printouts of the specials. I knew I wanted steamers and was deciding between a steamed lobster or a lobster roll; I went with a lobster roll platter. You order at the counter by the entrance of restaurant and then they bring the food to you. We choose to sit in the upper dining room which is more open and you have a better view the other dining room is more cozy. My steamers came quickly and were still very hot. They were sand free and so sweet they required no butter for dipping and were definitely worth the $11. The lobster roll came as I was finishing up the steamers which was perfect timing. The platter came with slaw and fries neither of which were very good (next time I would go with just the lobster roll). The lobster roll was nicely stuffed with lots of sweet claw meat and just a touch of mayo and some bay seasoning on top which I could have done without because I felt like it detracted from the lobster flavor. I enjoyed the lobster roll and it was definitely was better than average but not as amazing as I hoped it would be and at $26 the price was a little steep. I would have liked to try the amazing looking desserts that included frappes, Moby’s Key Lime pie, Blueberry Crisp, Lemon Sorbet, Ice Cream, Lemonade Freeze, Strawberry Shortcake, Moby’s Ultimate Madness, and Fudgy Wudgy Chocolate Cake but I decided Moby’s Ultimate Madness which is a brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream might make me not feel well as my body is not accustomed to really eating shellfish or much dairy anymore. The good news is I didn’t seem to have any issues from eating the shellfish and I now wish I had gotten the Moby’ s Ultimate Madness as I do love a homemade brownie sundae!
Have you been to Moby Dick’s what is your favorite thing to get there? Where else do you like to get steamers and lobster rolls from?
Molly, her husband, and their 4 and 6 year split their time between their little piece of the cape in Orleans and Cambridge. She was a kindergarten teacher before her oldest was born then became a SAHM. She loves running, books, supporting literacy, nature walks, arts, craft, knitting and sewing as well as being outside and on the beach!
Cafe Gratitude Review
Cafe Gratitude has six locations all of which are sadly in California. I discovered the location in Newport Beach, CA on a recent and very relax 4 day kid free get away. As many of your know my husband and I eat a mainly Whole Foods Plant Based diet; this diet can making being away from home some what difficult and stressful. So travelling to California I was hopeful but a little apprehensive about dining out. Our first night in Newport Beach I asked at the hotel if there were any good vegan restaurants around and they recommended Cafe Gratitude. We look at the menu and decided to try it out in the morning.
We arrived at Cafe Gratitude at 10 expecting it to be open and serving their lunch menu but it turned out they didn’t open until 11am so we went around to Gratitude To Go and decide to come back to the cafe for an early dinner later. On the To Go side of the building is a small store front and about four tables outside (which when the wind blows the wrong way smells of garbage). We ordered Content which is a Cast-iron quiche. Garbanzo flour frittata, Kalamata olives, tomato, red onion, cashew Feta, toasted almond romesco, gluten-free crostini for $12 and Bonita a Breakfast taco plate. Sprouted probiotic brown rice or quinoa, black beans, pico de gallo, avocado, cashew nacho cheese, spicy pepitas, corn tortillas for $13. The Content was amazing with a quiche like texture and satisfying flavor. The Bonita came with a plate of fillings and 4 corn tortillas on the side so you could make your own tacos. It was nice but I would prefer to eat tacos at lunch or dinner and have the Content for breakfast. I also tried some of the other To Go goodies over the next few days. The Holy a gluten free donut ($5) was wonderful with a rich chocolate sauce and blueberries topping a flavorful sponge textured donut that paired excellently with a cup of coffee with almond milk. The Beautiful a gluten free muffin which one days was blueberry lemon and the next day raspberry chocolate were large and delicious, I preferred the blueberry lemon one. These are large muffins and cost $5.50 but because it was vacation worth every penny. I also tried a cookie and piece of coconut pie neither of which were to impressive and the cookie was a little burnt.
As we enjoyed breakfast so much we came back for early dinner the next three afternoons. Between 4-6 they have happy hour specials. During these three trips we tried the following $6 apps Sharing Nachos. Black beans, cashew nacho cheese, pico de gallo, avocado, spicy pepitas, escabeche. Fierce a Crispy tortilla bites. Jerk marinated portobello, roasted garnet yams, cashew queso fresco, pinto beans, roasted tomatillo dipping sauce. And Intuitive a Pomme frites. Purple potato and sweet potato fries, moked salt, gremolata, choice of chipotle ketchup or spicy cashew aioli. All of which were yummy my favorite was the Fierce with its cornie crisp outside and sweet mushy inside. For entrees we tried Magical ($16.00) CG Double Double. Housemade black bean patties, tomato, red onion, chipotle ketchup, cashew macadamia Cheddar, gluten-free amaranth and millet bun, roasted garnet yams. Smokin' ($16.00) Chili bowl. Smokey red bean and tempeh chili, cashew sour cream, crumbled jalapeño biscuit, spicy chopped pickle, scallions. Elated ($16.00) Mole Abuelita enchiladas. Black beans, grilled portobello mushroom, braised butternut squash, salsa verde, avocado, Mexican coleslaw, escabeche. Resolved ($16.00) Southern soul food. Red beans and dirty rice, blackened jerk tempeh, smashed maple yams, spiced collards, coleslaw, jalapeño Cheddar biscuit. And Bountiful ($16.00) Blackened tempeh Bolognese. Quinoa shells, cashew Mozzarella, Brazil nut Parmesan, spinach. My favorite was the Elated with the rich sauce covering the outside and the moist flavorful filling of the enchiladas it really hit the spot. My husbands favorite was the Bountiful the shells were cooked but not mushy and the cashew mozzarella really complemented the sauce; his only complaint was more tempa in the sauce would have been nice. I also really enjoyed the cheddar biscuit and cashew sour cream. All of the dishes were delicious and I would order all of them again!
I wish there was a Cafe Gratitude or the like in both Chatham and Cambridge! Have you been to Cafe Gratitude before or know of any good vegan restaurants on Cape Cod?
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Join local moms for the first South Shore Autism Eats event. Please join us at Harbor Fire Bar and Grill in Marshfield on January 24 for an Autism Eats dinner event!
We will have our own room, a delicious dinner buffet and beautiful water view. This will be a treat!
January 24, 2017 - Harbor Fire Bar and Grill, Marshfield, MAHarbor Fire Bar and Grill
239 Dyke Rd
6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Autism Eats now in its third year was started to give autism families an opportunity to enjoy restaurant dinners without the stress that often accompanies these outings. Since everyone in our private room "gets it" there is no need to explain any behaviors or feel like all eyes are on us. It is a wonderful way to have a night out with other families in an autism-friendly
This is going to be an amazing event! We have a family traveling from Burlington and another coming all the way from New York! Several of our local state reps will be making an appearance. This is not only a great way for families to network but for all our special children to make some new friends.If you are interested and missed the original post please visit www.autismeats.org to register and please feel free to message me if you have any questions. And even if you are not the parent of a special needs child please help spread the word. So many families can benefit from events like this - thanks!
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