625 West Kendall
Cambridge, MA 02142
A huge part of my sophomore year at MIT involved my experience as an undergraduate researcher at the Kamm Mechanobiology Laboratory, where I’ve worked with my mentor, Ran, for the past year and a half to study cancer cell migration. I have learned quite a bit about the scientific research process, and along the way, I got to know members of the lab, hearing all about their graduate school struggles and triumphs. One of these people is Michelle, who I’ve often persuaded to join me in my conquest to find the most hipster eateries in Boston.
We skimmed the surface a month ago when we journeyed into Mother Juice—one of those organic, raw juice/smoothie/salad paradises. Hidden in Kendall Square, it’s a slight trek from campus, but absolutely worth the walk.
I ordered the Unicorn Blood, which included beet, carrot, celery, watermelon, and pineapple. The juices are definitely on the pricey side at $9 a cup, and for a $1 deposit, the juices can be poured into a mason jar either for to-go purposes, or for the sake of a pretty picture (as was my case). Nevertheless, the juice was fresh and delicious, with the sweetness of the beets and carrots balancing the celery. The watermelon and pineapple flavors were a bit hidden, but added to the pleasant concoction. As a disclaimer, however, I should mention that not everyone is the biggest fan of beet juice, so do be warned.
For my salad, I tried the Forbidden Rice Bowl, which had black rice topped with peppers, cashews, green onions, cilantro, and a tamari-lime-sriracha dressing. The black rice was exceedingly filling, and it had a sticky texture that paired well with the crunch of the other toppings. The dressing had a bit of a kick, and it made the rice bowl’s flavor a memorable one.
Michelle tried the Sweet Carrot Quinoa salad, which had quinoa topped with carrots, peppers, almonds, green onion, cilantro, and an almond-lime dressing. “The salad was delicious, filling, and well-priced,” Michelle said. “However, the level of hipster-ness is not for the faint of heart.”
While the salads are priced very well, the juices and smoothies are on the higher side. But, overall, I have to say that Mother Juice is a tremendously happy discovery of mine, and it regularly fulfills those raw/organic/vegetarian/superfood/healthfreak cravings that come and go. 9/10