A few weeks ago I went to a bridal shower in Lowell, MA. It's been my experience that bridal shower food can be a bit . . . disappointing. With that in mind, before heading north on 95 I asked a friend who grew up in Lowell for a lunch recommendation.
As predicted, we most definitely needed a real meal after the party! Armed with my local recommendation, my friend and I headed to Life Alive Cafe.
Life Alive is in downtown Lowell, near the UMass Lowell bookstore. The town center is actually quite charming and has a very New England feel to it. The cafe is located in a red brick building.
After placing our order we found an open table in the center of the dining room. The table was decoupaged with images of fruits, vegetables and animals.
For lunch my friend chose a dish called the Emperor. It was cheddar cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, dark greens, shredded carrots, sweet corn and tofu over brown rice and drizzled with miso sauce. She said the dish was very flavorful and delightfully cheesy.
During our lunch my friend went to use the bathroom. When she came back she said, "Before we go, you have to go in there and bring your camera!" I will never forget the first time I took a picture of a toilet for this blog. It was at Lolita in Back Bay and I thought, "Am I really doing this?" Well, Life Alive's bathroom was worth a photo! Check this out:
We had a great experience at the Life Alive Cafe. Our cashier was a wonderful greeter, the food was fresh as can be and bursting with flavor and the vibe in the dining room was energizing.
If you find yourself on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border, take a detour to Life Alive.
Visit Life Alive Cafe at 194 Middle Street in Lowell, MA.