I took a quick trip to Boston last weekend to visit my cousin, Aditi, who just turned 30 and passed her PhD qualifying exams (congrats!). I hadn’t seen her in a while, so it didn’t take a lot of convincing for me to agree to brave the gray, wintry, seeps-into-your-soul slush and a four-hour train ride from NYC. However, to really seal the deal, Aditi offered me the ultimate motivation to visit—vegan pancakes brunch.
Ever since I learned about the heinous cruelty on egg farms (debeaking, discarding male chicks, etc.) in high school, I have been happy to sacrifice eating cookies and cakes, and certain breakfast foods (i.e. pancakes and waffles), on behalf of abused hens. Since then, it’s made stumbling upon a vegan version of one of these items all the more rewarding and sweet. I’ve even had recurring dreams about vegan cookies!
My cousin kept her word, and after a night of revelry and fun, we hit up Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge. I was overwhelmed by all the savory options: the burgers, tofu scrambles, sandwiches, etc., but in my heart of hearts, I knew I would have regrets if I didn’t go with the pancakes. I gussied them up with coconut whip and fresh strawberries and blueberries. Incredible! In my opinion, they were only to be rivaled by my all-time favorite vegan pancakes at Quantum Leap in the village.