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Review: The Living Earth

The Living Earth is a local health and well-being minded grocery store as well as cafe.    Although Worcester does not have a Whole Foods it does have The Living Earth.  While you may not be able to get quite the same level of smug satisfaction for all to see from shopping at the Living Earth (LE) as you would at Whole Foods (WF), you get something almost as valuable… health.  
    Located on the corner of Park Ave and Chandler St next to a Hess gas station, the LE lacks that culturally sanitized feeling you get from a WF.  Granted, I have only shopped there as a specialty store since the prices are comparable to a WF; but I do realize that the extra cost is part and parcel of breaking out of the grip of macro agro-business.

    The unfortunate reality is that the least healthy foods generally cost least, while the cost of living an organic, pesticide and chem. free lifestyle is prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of people.  The irony of the LE being located in the heart of inner city Worcester is not without merit.  At least the LE is physically accessible to the inner city, if not economically within reach.
   
    I enjoy shopping at the LE occasionally for certain items because it has grown with Worcester, not in spite of it.  The patronage of a local business is as beneficial as the healthy food.  In fact, the LE is an example of an organic relationship among business, customers, and community; an important concept that has been lost among the success of larger chains such as WF.

 

Living Earth

Living Earth

Restaurant Review: One Love Cafe (Worcester, MA)

            A true hidden gem located in the heart of main south in Worcester.  Located right next to the ARTichoke Co-op Natural Food Store, this special restaurant is run by a lovely woman by the name of Venice.  We came on a Thursday evening just after a thunderstorm had come through, creating a humid yet cool breeze which helped dispel the heat from the kitchen.  

            Thursdays are buffet nights and while myself, my wife, and another couple were the only dinners to begin with, by the end of our meal the restaurant was full of people.  From college student regulars who come for the home cooked food at affordable prices, to older couples looking to explore their island pallet.

            The homey feel of the restaurant was matched by the welcoming and unhurried attention from the staff.  Venice especially makes it her personal mission to make sure that not only do you get a delicious meal, but you feel at ease and enjoy your time there.            Truly it was one of the most pleasant dining experiences I have ever had.  With none of the pretentious attitude that you may find at some establishments, the food here is beyond flavorful.  From the refreshing watermelon water to the delicious fried plantains and salad to the main courses of jerk chicken and curried goat, each taste was an exploration of flavor.  We sat long after our meal enjoying the conversation, some good brews we had brought, and a very tasty coconut cake.

            When you come, don’t rush, don’t get uptight if they don’t have some of the menu items at the time, and don’t worry man!

 

One Love Cafe