When I was researching different points of interest in Lowell, I couldn't help but feast my eyes on Life Alive, a groovy "Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe" located in the heart of the cities downtown arts district.
Life Alive has a great health mandate: to provide a space in which "You are entering a world of pleasure. A world of delicious, organic, and therapeutic food, created with love to feed your vitality. Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, raw, gluten-free or other foodie…We know you want to feel great after a meal." With an objective like that, I knew I just had to stop here (in fact, we dined here twice during our stay).
Once inside, I was immediately struck by the good energy and energetic decor: the walls and tables were immersed in engaging colors and curious objects. There is also a reading area stocked with a varied selection of material; everything from raw food un-cookbooks, to the history of Food Not Bombs, philosophical texts, and more. Check out their elaborately decorated, and eco-friendly washroom; what a bath-tub!
Part of their nutrition mandate, and of course, a famous excerpt from Hippocrates:
The reading area/ book shelf:
The servers were so friendly, helpful, and nice; one lovely lady told us about some of the more hidden Jack Kerouac attractions in the city, of which I was most grateful. With another, I had a lovely conversation about food blogs, including Oh She Glows. It was interesting to experience the diversity of locales and blogger readership for myself, especially on such a random trip as ours - I never thought I would encounter another Oh She Glows fan on my road trip travels.
After finally deciding on a drink order (so many great items to choose from), I opted for the Be Alive, which is a juice blend of Apple, Beet, Carrot, and Greens; "a deliciously sweet mix that cleans your blood and nutrifies your entire body." It was delicious - a superb juice blend. Alissa Cohen decided to join me lol:
For a quick dinner, I ordered The Mystic Mountain Salad, a mesculin greens salad with sweet corn, celery, shredded carrots and beets, cucumber, sunflower seeds and sprouts. With some lemon hummus on the side, plus granny smith apple slices and cashews, this was superbly satisfying salad. I wish my photo turned out better, but unfortunately, the lighting wasn't that great:
After traipsing the town, we decided to venture back a second time, as the food was so yummy. Below is the same salad, but served in a different arrangement, with broccoli instead of avocado. I appreciated the fact that the restaurant 'mixed it up,' and changed their presentation of dishes on a daily basis; it was nice to have a different experience of the same dish:
A mural reminiscent of Henri Matisse's The Dance adorns the wall on the outside hall:
Some more quick snaps from our time in Lowell, also known as "the Venice of America":
An interesting shot of the canals and cityscape:
One of the old mill buildings, complete with advert for "knit fabrics":
"Highlight" - some uplifting mural art
Overall, we had a wonderful experience in Lowell; a city with a vibrant historical and cultural landscape, delicious vegan/raw food (I wish there was a Life Alive in my area!), and many a hot spot. Kerouac would be so proud of his cherished city.