It will sound silly for many of you, but it took me 37 years to go to the US for the first time (and only 8 and 1/2 months to baby boy!). It was a short trip and we just went to Boston but I was very happy. I had a great time there, met amazing people and ate at great places (or should I say “one great place” considering that we went there for 3 days?) and hanged out with the best dude ever: my son. It’s amazing to be able to travel and baby boy is a great traveller already, I have to say. He did great in the flights and almost didn’t suffer with the jet lag and we noticed that his first tooth came out there and he wasn’t crying at all!
The weather helped and we could walk around, see Boston and we also went to Salem for a couple of days to meet friends. I loved being there in the fall. Boston is beautiful and walking around Salem in October, close to Halloween is something special, I have to say.
Those same friends were responsible for introducing us to Veggie Galaxy, a fast food place in Cambridge (450 Massachusetts Avenue) where we went first with them for brunch and then we came back in the next two days to eat cause we couldn’t resist! Veggie Galaxy is a fast food kind of place where everything is vegetarian or vegan (but they have a vegan version for the veggie options too) and they also have a vegan bakery. They serve from pancakes to (huge) sandwiches and burgers and their selection of cakes if the best one I’ve seen so far. Even baby boy ate there: a few slices of pancakes with blueberries (L).
Pancakes with blueberries and cream
to baby boy (he didn’t eat the cream)
Even the menu was good enough to eat!
Oh, those onion rings!
The American way of eating!
I wish Rome had a place like that. It’s sad to think that I’m living in a huge city, one of the most famous cities in the world and there’s no vegan place or even a veggie fast food or bakery place to go to eat.
Pumpkin cake: the best cake I’ve ever had
Another amazing thing there was going to Whole Foods. My husband have read some negative things about them and we didn’t know if we should go there or not but we did and we supplied ourselves for the whole week (we stayed in a residence inn because I cook baby boy’s food daily and we needed a stove and it was really practical, I’d advise parents with babies to stay in residence inns or to rent an apartment when travel with babies!). We got everything healthy for baby boy and everything “trash” to us (don’t take me wrong, I usually eat healthy but I had to try all these pizza and burgers!). Doesn’t Rome have this kind of store? Yes, there are some organic shops around but the options are very limited I have to say.
During the week I was back I was kind of depressed I have to admit. Everything sounded easier and better and more organized in Boston. I won’t say more beautiful too because Rome is still one of the most beautiful cities in the world in my opinion. I’m not sure if I’d like to live there but I want to go back as much as I can for sure.
PS. I asked on our Facebook page if it would be nice to write more about my experience as a mother of a vegan baby and got some positive feedback. I know that there are many other vegan families around but I still think many people don’t have too much information about raising a vegan child. What do you think?