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Virtual Happy Hour: A Pre-Weekend Detox With M Cafe's Macro Hour

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Crazy as it may seem, the holidays are upon us. So before the deluge of deep fried turkeys begins, you might want to consider doing some sort of detox -- or at least contemplate cutting back on the booze for an afternoon. But just because you're taking care of your body doesn't mean you should have to miss out on our favorite part of the week: Friday happy hour.

We'll always love this end of the workweek ritual, don't get us wrong. But the problem with happy hour is that once you get to drinking, all hope of getting in a Friday evening run or yoga session in is lost. Enter M Cafe's new Macro Hour, where creative, wholesome twists on traditional bar snacks made in the macro way -- with no refined sugar, dairy, eggs, meat, or poultry -- are an ideal means to getting some post-work socializing in, minus the guilt.

The “Macro-Hour” is only available at the Melrose location of M Cafe Monday through Friday from 4-7p.m., and offer six off-menu items including “macro-shooter” juice flights. The menu, crafted by consulting chef and macrobiotic expert Lee Gross, includes mini mac and cheese, crispy asparagus spears, macro nachos, BBQ seitan Vietnamese spring rolls, a ranch wrap, and of course the pressed juice flight, all priced between $4-6.

In case you are really inspired by the macro meals, here are some of our favorite juice bars around the city to keep the cleanse going. Or you could just hop back on the wagon and grab a Zombie at the Tasting Kitchen, which contains pretty much every type of liquor known to man. We might be down with the vegan eats, but we're not going to tell you how to live.