• Restaurant Review: Natural Selection

    Happy Wednesday everyone!

    I’m always on the hunt for new restaurants and obviously healthy ones. That’s one of the main reasons I started this blog. I wanted to have a place to put all the spots I love and have come to love and discover. I felt like it was something other people could appreciate as well. Enough back story though! Here is a restaurant I stumbled upon while out and about. They have two different locations one in LA and one in Arcadia. I went to the Arcadia one, so if you’ve been to the Los Angeles one don’t be thrown off by the pictures! ;)  Here is my review for Natural Selection, a restaurant committed to healthy eating by sourcing their produce locally and serving only organic and in season fruits and vegetables.

     

    Natural Selection

    305 N. Santa Anita Ave.

    Arcadia, CA 91006

    p. 626-294-0466

    Hours: Mon-Sat 7AM to 7PM Closed Sundays

     

    646 Main Street

    Los Angeles, CA 90014

    p. 213-265-7470

    www.eatnaturalselection.com

     

    First Impression: I thought it was very cute when I first got there. I really liked all the outdoor seating. I’m always sold on a place when they have that option!

    Taste: I liked my meal. Simple but tasty. I had the spinach quesadilla with black beans. The sauce they serve with it is so good! (They make all their own sauces!) I’d really like to try one of their bowls or wraps next time! I also had the Tropical Breeze smoothie, which had apple juice, strawberries and banana. It was definitely tropical tasting!

     

    Décor: The décor in here was very simple. Plenty of seating inside and outside and a few things hanging.

    Price: Very reasonable! Everything is pretty much under $10.00.

     

    Service: Good! No complaints here!

     

    Ambiance: It was very quiet in here. It probably had to do with the time I went. It wasn’t a place for a real romantic meal but perfect for lunch on the weekend with friends, by yourself or with coworkers for lunch.

     

    Overall Experience: Overall, I liked Natural Selection. I felt like they had a lot of options on the menu. I think it’s a great place if you want to grab something healthy but don’t have a lot of time to eat or maybe you do and just want to chat for a while with friends. A really laid back atmosphere with good food.

    Credits:

    Written, reviewed and photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Restaurant Review: Square One Dining

    Happy Monday everyone!

    Here is a great restaurant to check out when in the Hollywood area! Square One Dining is a restaurant I discovered last year. The meal I had was memorable and delicious! The most important thing to me when deciding if I will go to a restaurant again is if it was memorable. And by memorable I mean the food was great! Atmosphere is important too and of course price but ultimately for me if I remember it and it sticks out in my mind even months or years later, I know it’s a favorite of mine! Square One Dining is consistently good and serve organic and locally grown food. Here is my review on this great restaurant!

    Square One Dining

    4854 Fountain Ave.

    Los Angeles, CA 90029

    p. 323-661-1109

    www.SquareOneDining.com

    First Impression: I remember the first time I went to Square One it was for Sunday Brunch and the line was out the door and tons of people were hanging out outside. It was clearly a hot spot for brunch and also must have had amazing food for so many people to be waiting! The crowd didn’t throw me off though it gave me the impression that I was at a place with some good food!

     

    Taste: Delicious! I love their breakfast! I’m a huge fan of omelettes and they have a great one here! I usually get the grilled asparagus, squash, basil and goat cheese omelette. It is so, so good! Bethany had the pressed egg sandwich with, argula, tomato and aioli. She really enjoyed her sandwich as well! Both are definitely worth trying!

    Décor: There’s really not much décor inside and most of the seating is outside on the patio.

    Price: Very reasonable, especially for local and organic!  The most expensive item on the menu is around $15, everything else ranges from about $8 - $13.

     

    Service: Great! Everyone one is super friendly and polite!

     

    Ambiance: This is one of my favorite parts about this restaurant, is the outdoor seating. It’s very relaxing and nice sitting outside. If you’re sitting inside it really just depends what time of day you come and what day because it can get very busy! Sitting outside on the patio any day or time though is great!

    Overall Experience: Awesome! I love the food here, the atmosphere and did I say food? ;)

    Credits:

    Written, reviewed and photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Restaurant Review: Fred Segal Mauro Cafe

    Happy Wednesday everyone!

    Last week I had lunch at Fred Segal Mauro Café on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Fred Segal is one of the quintessential shopping destinations in LA to tourists and a hot spot for celebrity sightings. So when you’re done shopping for some designer threads, you can walk right over to Mauro Café and enjoy a delicious meal.

    Mauro Café is connected to the Fred Segal store and offers an array of options for breakfast, lunch and brunch. The Italian café caters not only to meat eaters but is also vegetarian friendly. While the food is filling and flavorful, it is not heavy. I was really impressed with Mauro Café and loved the food! I would definitely recommend adding this to your list of restaurants to try!

    Fred Segal Mauro Cafe

    8112 Melrose Ave.

    Los Angeles, CA 90046

    p. 323-653-7970

    www.mauroscafe.com

     

    First Impression: Open and welcoming! There is a lot of outdoor seating, the doors to the restaurant are both open and the restaurant is full with people. Being a destination for celebrities and the “beautiful people” of Los Angeles, it never felt stuffy or pretentious to me. It felt warm and inviting.

    Taste: Amazing! I loved the food there so much! Everything had lots of flavor and also had great presentation. Bethany and I came here for lunch. I had the Quinoa Salad, which consisted of spinach, cucumbers, peas, avocado and quinoa tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. Bethany had the Caprese Sandwich with added pesto. To drink I had the Pina Colada which had pineapple and coconut. I also tried a create your own juice. I picked kale, green apple and ginger. Bethany had the Minty Hawaiian, which had pineapple, coconut and mint. We both really loved our meals! My salad was full of flavor and very fresh. Bethany’s sandwich was also very fresh and tasty! Our drinks were amazing! Our meals were really great!

     

    Décor: Inside there is lots of artwork hanging. The floor is all brick and there are white string lights covering the ceilng. Inside towards the back of the restaurant there is a bar made of all dark wood. In the far far back of the restaurant there is more seating and also a quick service counter for pastries and juices/smoothies, etc. Back in this area of the café also has artwork lining the wall above the seating area.

    Price: Very reasonable! Especially for such a trendy spot! Juices will run you from $4.00 to $8.00. Smoothies are $8.00. Entrees range roughly from $12.00 - $23.00.

    Service: Great! Everyone that worked there is very nice! The owner, Evelyne, is also super sweet! Great service always makes for a pleasant experience!

     

    Ambiance: Outside the seating is very casual, with wooden tabletops and plastic bright colored chairs. Inside has a more up scale feel, with white tablecloths and flowers on the tables. The inside is also a lot darker and intimate feeling. But because of how the vibe is outside that transitions into the inside as well, so it’s not stuffy or uptight feeling. It feels really “homey” here.

     

    Overall Experience: Really great! I enjoyed the food and drinks, the atmosphere and service!

    Credits:

    Written and Reviewed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed by: Bethany Nauert

    (Big thank you to Evelyne Joan and Rachel Johnson for having us!) 

  • Juice Shop + Market: Bee Organics

    Hello friends!

    Before I get into today’s post, I want to say how proud and excited I am that the blog is a year old! Thank you to all of you that have believed in me (and Bethany!) and who continue coming back to the site and reading all the fun things I’ve been sharing! I hope the blog has helped you in someway or you at least find it pretty to look at! ;)

    Today I’m sharing another market/juice shop located in South Florida! West Palm Beach is my hometown so it’s really exciting to share a spot that’s from my roots! This is a great place if you’re looking for pre made juices, made to order juices and smoothies and tons of other healthy products. Such as vitamins, supplements, energy bars, organic and health conscious sunscreens, lotions, face/body washes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc! There is a section for baby products as well. I thought it was a great place to pick up a smoothie or a juice and to also grab some healthy products. (Not to mention they also have a yoga studio in the back!) Here’s my review on Bee Organics.

     

    Bee Organics

    123 Datura Street

    West Palm Beach, FL 33401

    p. 561-651-9796

    www.bee-organics.com

    First Impression: I immediately had a good feeling about this place when I got there! There was tons of space and seating inside. It felt really cozy, especially with the rain in South Florida. It felt like a great place to relax, watch the rain (or the sunshine!) and enjoy a smoothie and/or juice.

     

    Taste: Both the smoothie and juice tasted great! I do have to say that I really LOVED the smoothie, though! I ordered the Green Colada Smoothie (Spinach, Banana, Pineapple, Coconut Milk) and had the Pure Green juice (Celery, Cucumber, Parsley, Spinach, Lemon, Green Apple). I would definitely come back to try some of their other juices and smoothies!

    Décor: Cute, charming and cozy! I enjoyed the home like feel it had. There were lots of seating, wood details and a juice bar.

    Price: I thought it was very reasonable!

     

    Service: Great! No complaints. The girl working there was very helpful and friendly!

     

    Ambiance: Relaxing and again cozy! I felt like I could have sat in here all afternoon reading a book or magazine.

    Overall Experience: Great! I loved the juice and smoothie, loved the atmosphere and the vibe of the whole shop!

    Credits:

    Written and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Juice Shop + Market: CK (Christopher's Kitchen) To-Go

    Good morning, friends!

    I’m on the East Coast in South Florida visiting home (West Palm Beach to be exact.) I decided to start posting local businesses, restaurants, juice shops, etc that are not just in Los Angeles. So here is my first post on a shop in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Christopher’s Kitchen is probably the newest (or one of the newer) all organic and raw restaurants in the area. They opened the restaurant four years ago and year ago they opened CK To-Go. CK To-Go is an extension of the restaurant but they also offer cold pressed juices, wheatgrass shots, handmade chocolate/desserts, health products and health books. I always like to know where I can go to get a juice and something healthy to snack on and knowing about places like this are really helpful! While on vacation I’m still able to keep up the healthy choices because of knowing about spots like this! I hope others can find this to be helpful for them as well!

     

    CK To-Go

    4783 PGA Blvd.

    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

    561-318-6191

    www.ChristophersKitchenFL.com

     

    First Impression:

    Very cute! The plaza it’s in is nice and the inside of the shop is very clean and simple.

     

    Taste:

    I tried a few of their juices. I always go for the green ones and out of their green ones my favorite was youthful. Youthful has been one of the juices they have had since the shop opened and is a very popular one. I really enjoyed this one! The tricky thing about green juices is it’s hard for them to taste smooth without having a ton of sugar to mask the leafy taste but this one was perfect.

    Décor:

    Again, very cute and simple. I liked how it was very open and it was clear what was going on when you walk in. The juices and premade food are on one side and the products, books, vitamins/supplements are on the other.  I always like white subway tiles so that also made it feel nice and upscale!

     

    Price:

    This was the only thing I was really thrown off by. Now coming from LA where everything is super expensive when I go other places I’m like oh this is cheap! And usually everything down here is very reasonable, until I was charged $12.00 for one bottled juice. Now there are places I’ve been to that charge that much but very few. I was really surprised that it was that much. That was my only issue with CK To-Go.

     

    Service:

    Great! All the people that worked there are very friendly and helpful!

     

    Ambiance:

    There’s not a whole lot of atmosphere going on in here, hence the name “to-go”. It’s basically you grab and go. It’s not a stressful environment but you’re not sitting in there and hanging out. Although, you can sit outside in the plaza seating and enjoy your food. It’s pretty quiet there and if there is no rain it would be a nice setting to eat your lunch but I think if you were wanting to sit down and eat then you would just go to the actual restaurant which is right around the corner.

     

    Overall Experience:

    Good! I thought it was a nice place. Even though I thought the juice was overpriced I would still go back because of the quality.

    Credits:

    Written, reviewed and photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Fruit Infused Water

    Happy Friday friends!

    Here is a fun and simple “recipe” you can try over the weekend! Technically, it’s not really a recipe because it’s so simple and easy. It’s definitely no new concept but I thought I’d share anyway! I’m someone who drinks a TON of water, I’m not kidding! I drink water and juice and that’s it! This “recipe” (we will call it that because I don’t know what else to call it, haha!) will help you to drink more water. To get the full benefit of the fruit though, you need to eat the fruit entirely, but infusing the water will definitely add flavor and make drinking water way more fun! So drink your infused water and then enjoy some yummy fruit!

    Infused Water

    Ingredients:

    *NOTE: The ingredients and amounts are entirely up to you, that’s what also makes this fun. The ingredients I’m listing are the best and most commonly used for infusing water. You can play around with how long you let the fruit soak in the water, you can let it sit over night or you can let it sit for a few hours, totally up to you. The more you try it out you’ll notice what you like best!

    • Mint
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Cucumber
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Pomegranate
    • Watermelon
    • Grapefruit
    • Orange

    To help get you started here are some ideas for combinations to try!

    • Strawberry + Mint (pictured)
    • Grapefruit + Raspberry (pictured)
    • Cucumber + Mint (pictured)
    • Grapefruit + Orange
    • Pomegranate + Orange
    • Strawberry + Cucumber
    • Blueberry + Orange
    • Strawberry + Lime
    • Cucumber + Lemon + Lime
    • Cucumber + Lemon
    • Cucumber + Lime + Mint
    • Mint + Lime (pictured)
    • Orange + Lemon + Lime (pictured)
    • Blueberry + Pomegranate + Raspberry + Strawberry (pictured)
    • Strawberry + Mint
    • Pomegranate + Cucumber
    • Watermelon + Mint

    Again, there are so many combinations you can try but hopefully this list will give you some help or inspiration!

     

    Directions:

    • Get the fruits of your choice, wash thoroughly.
    • Get a pitcher, Mason jar or large glass and if you need to cut your fruit, do so.
    • Put all your ingredients into your jar or pitcher, etc. then fill with filtered water. (*NOTE: If you are using any of the citrus fruits, especially lemon or lime you can try squeezing some into the water as well to really get some great flavor!)
    • Put in refrigerator for however long you would like. I recommend at least an hour.
    • Enjoy!

    Credits:

    Written and Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed by: Bethany Nauert

  • Local Business: Kiel Pollitt of LA Juice

    Hey friends!

    I’m really excited to share this interview with you all today! LA Juice is a new juice shop on the happening and fashionable, Melrose Ave. Surrounded by high fashion shops, LA Juice fits in quite nicely in the neighborhood! I was in love with the décor and most importantly their juice! I tried a few different samples of juice but I really loved their Malibu Greens, Sunset Greens and the Berry Banana Protein Shake! Honestly, some of the best juices I’ve had and very high up on my list of favorite juices!

    I met with Kiel Pollitt, who is the founder of LA Juice, and we talked juice, astrology (He writes monthly horoscopes on his personal site, www.astro-health.com, and also for a wellness site in Sweden called www.thedailygood.se and metrosource.com) and how he used feng shui to create the perfect atmosphere for his new business! I found that part of my wonderful experience of going to LA Juice was not only how beautiful of a shop he had created (No joke! He did not miss a beat with creating LA Juice, every detail is on point!) as well as amazing tasting juice but was meeting Kiel and how down to Earth he was! I also really loved that the juice was made in house, behind the counter but pre bottled so you can still grab and go.

     

    Check out my interview with Kiel Pollitt and definitely check out LA Juice! ;)

    8360 Melrose Ave

    Suite 104

    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    p: 323-951-0765

    www.lajuiceshop.com

    Was opening a juice shop something you always wanted to do?

    "Not exactly, I first discovered the powerful healing benefits of juicing 8 years ago when I cured my cystic acne through juicing on a daily basis. Over the passing years I became more involved in the juicing world by working for different Juice Companies. Then the right moment lined up and the idea of L.A. Juice was born."

    How has your background in holistic health and nutrition helped you with starting LA Juice?

    "In so many ways, from creating the juice recipes and understanding different body types and their own unique needs to delivering a product that’s truly superior in quality."

     

    What has been the most rewarding part of owning your own juice shop?

    "I love creating things so much from designing the space to bottles, logos and the actual recipes. It has allowed me to enjoy merging my creative needs with my desire to spread a product that can heal the body."

    With juice shops/companies popping up everywhere nowadays and especially in LA, did you ever worry or have doubts that you were entering an over saturated market? If so, what led you to continue pursing opening one?

    "Never, in fact the Natural Health world is currently the fastest growing industry. Coffee is on every corner, why can’t juice be? L.A. Juice is unique in its’ design & standards that sets it apart."

    What was the most important thing for LA juice to have that you felt would set it apart from the rest of the juice stores?

    "I never wanted the shop to feel commercial in anyway. I wanted it to feel upscale and customers to have an experience that reflected the beauty and quality of the juice itself. Pressing the juice directly behind our sales area is a huge difference from other competitors that use a central kitchen or hpp their juices. Moreover, we only use Organic Produce and Glass bottles. All of our produce is thoroughly washed in alkaline water system. Every last detail has been taken to deliver a supreme product."

    What is the most popular juice ordered at your shop? Which is your favorite?

    "The Sunset Greens is our best seller. It’s great because people get their daily intake of Greens with it still tasting outstanding. My personal favorite is the Golden Glow because its’ ingredients + flavor are so unique."

    Do you have plans of expanding?

    "Yes, we hope to open a westside location eventually but nothing confirmed as of yet."

    Credits:

    Written, Interviewed and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Recipe: Spaghetti Squash "Pasta"

    Hey friends!

    Here’s a unique recipe to try! It’s a healthy spin on traditional spaghetti using Spaghetti Squash. My good friend, Bethany Nauert, contributed this recipe. It’s super healthy and also very simple to make!

    Ingredients 

    • 1 Spaghetti Squash (Most likely found easiest at Whole Foods)
    • 1-2 cups of Spinach
    • 1/2 or 1 whole Red Bell Pepper
    • Parmesan, shaved or grated
    • Olive oil

     

    Directions

    • Wash all your veggies

    • Punch many holes into the squash, using a screwdriver or scissors. You can use a knife, but it's more difficult to punch all the way through. 

    • Heat the squash in the microwave for 6-8 mins, if it doesn't feel somewhat soft and definitely hot…then stick it in the microwave and heat for an additional 1-3 mins depending.

     

    • When you cut the squash in half, the "meat" inside should be very squishy and soft. If it's still cool (it should be piping hot) then it's not done and you can heat more.

     

    • Meanwhile, sauté your spinach and bell pepper on medium heat in a skillet or wide sauce pan with a bit of olive oil for flavor.

     

    • When squash is ready, you need to scrape the middle out and remove all seeds.

    • Then with a fork you can literally start peeling the spaghetti strands from the walls of the squash… it will look like pasta as your shred it off.

    • Add squash, bell pepper and spinach to a bowl…top it off with Parmesan and DINNER IS SERVED! :)

    Credits:

    Written by: Bethany Nauert + Kristen Tola Hettich

    Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Recipe + Photographed by: Bethany Nauert

  • Local Business: Joyce Gass + Ellie Josephs of OH BAR

    Good Morning everyone!

    Today I’m sharing with you an interview with two lovely women, Joyce Gass and Ellie Josephs. Joyce and Ellie have created a raw energy bar friendly for those of you who vegan and/or are allergic to gluten and nuts. Their OH BAR, the OH being an acronym for Organic Health, is absolutely delicious and filling! I had the chance to meet Joyce and Ellie in their kitchen to watch how they make their OH BARs, but I promised I wouldn’t show all the steps! ;)

    Here is a peek into their process of making these yummy bars, along with their interview of what inspired them to branch off and pursue making energy bars and how it is rewarding to them!

     

    You both come from different backgrounds other than the food industry, could you tell us a little more about yourselves?

    “Yes, that is so true. I (Joyce) came from a background in special education and working with mentally and emotionally challenged folks of all ages as a mental health specialist. Then I went on to become a massage therapist, a teacher of massage, t’ai chi, and other supportive modalities until finally becoming the Director of the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing, a holistic therapeutic massage school in Culver City. All of these experiences have occupied the last 35 plus years of my life! I continue to have a massage practice though on a much smaller scale since we have embarked on our OH BAR journey.”    

    “I (Ellie) came from a background in music. I was a serious French horn player in New York, went to Music and Art High School, The Manhattan School of Music and performed in local orchestras in the New York area. When I moved out to

    Los Angeles, I got a job at the L.A. Philharmonic as their Production Coordinator.  For many years I had a deep curiosity about massage therapy. While still working at the L.A. Phil, I decided to go to school and become a massage therapist. That’s were Joyce was teaching and where we met.  I haven’t looked back since. 27 years ago!”

     

    What was it that inspired you both to create OH BAR?

    “A few years ago we decided to go on a raw food diet. We were busy soaking, sprouting, learning how to create nutritious raw food and having a great time! Being food enthusiasts already with a love for the kitchen and all things related, we wanted to come up with a raw, nutritious energy bar that would be a perfect grab and go complete food. We were craving an energy bar that was pure, had no sugar, was high in protein, fiber and balanced with good fats and carbs. We experimented around with recipes and came up with the two OH BAR flavors, our Original and Cacao/Goji Berry. We, of course, started out in our kitchen, sharing the OH BARs with friends and family. Then before we knew it the bar took off!”

    Why was it important for OH BAR to be raw vegan?

    “We wanted the OH BAR to be raw and vegan mostly because that was what we were practicing. But we also understand the value of raw food and how it increases our energy, vitality and overall sense of well-being. Given our healing background, we wanted to create a bar that was life giving and not depleting to the body. Something that was healing and full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients. We knew if we kept the temperature low in the dehydrator, didn’t zap the bar with high baking heat we would maintain the integrity of the nutrients. We really wanted to make a bar that was the perfect energy food filled with vitality and health! We feel we have accomplished that with the OH BAR!”

     

    Do either of you follow a raw vegan diet or have in the past? If you no longer do would you consider trying it again? If you do what are the positive changes you’ve noticed in following this diet?

    “When we followed a raw food diet we felt great! Our skin was glowing, our eyes were clear, we had amazing energy.   We were raw vegan strictly for about a year and a half. Time passes, our bodies change, the seasons change and we both felt like we needed to introduce some lightly cooked foods, fish and chicken. All organic of course! I (Ellie) in particular found myself needing more animal protein. We have to listen to our bodies and really tune into what is needed. Our current diet is probably 75% raw; 25% cooked. We always buy produce from local organic farmers and only eat organic poultry. We have actually given up eating fish for the most part given the sad situation in our polluted oceans.”

    You have two flavors of OH BAR’s, The Original and Goji Berry. Which is the most popular? Which is your personal favorite? Do you want to add to the list of flavors you offer?

    “Yes we have been focusing on our two flavors of OH BARs. We also make a raw granola OH GRANOLA and sell that in a few different venues. The granola is not a retail item. From our sales, it seems that the Original is a favorite but the Cacao/Goji is also a great seller too! It offers increased anti-oxidant benefits given the raw cacao and raw goji berries. Two amazing super foods! We are considering a third bar and have some ideas but want to continue focusing on our two OH BARs at this time.”

    What has been the most rewarding part of starting OH BAR?

    “The most rewarding aspect of starting our company Four Hands Healing Foods, home of the OH BAR, is the amazing position we are in to educate and help people make healthy food choices. We are passionate about awakening the body’s own healing potential via a healthy lifestyle and mindful eating. Getting a chance to share that passion with as many people as possible is a gift.   The OH BAR is a vehicle for us to do that. Education empowers people to make healthy choices with a sense of peace and joy.”

     

    What key component really sets OH BAR from the rest of the bars out there?

    “It’s hard to pick one key component that sets OH BAR apart from all other bars out there.   Not only do we touch each and every bar with love, as it is hand made, hand packaged, hand labeled, hand boxed in cases but we bring a sense of healing to everything we do. More specifically OH BAR is not filled with refined and processed ingredients, chemicals, or sugar! All the bars out there either have high sugar or agave causing a spike in our blood sugar. We use coconut nectar, which is a low glycemic sweetener and rich in amino acids. We feel this has been revolutionary for our genre of products. And the OH BAR contains no grains, which can be inflammatory for some folks. It’s NOT a granola bar! Every single ingredient in our bar is enzyme rich and life giving! That’s the truth!”

    Where can we find OH BAR?!

    “You can find the OH BAR in a variety of locations mostly in southern CA. If you go on our website: www.ohbarorganicenergybar.com there is a map showing all the locations where the OH BAR can be found. The location is marked with our logo. Eat with joy and vitality!"

    Credits:

    Written, Interviewed, Styled & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

     

     

     

  • Juice Shop Review: Beverly Hills Juice

    Good Morning friends!

    Looking for a great spot to pick up a juice? Running around doing errands and need a healthy snack option? Beverly Hills Juice is that perfect option! I love this little spot so much! It’s located right down the street from the Beverly Center. I enjoy going here because the juices are all pre bottled and they have perfected one of my favorite ways to enjoy a smoothie/shake! I play with these types of smoothies at home; I call them “Smoothie Hybrids.” Basically, it’s mixing fruits and veggies you’ve juiced with other ingredients into a blender to create a smoothie. Beverly Hills Juice has become popular for this style of smoothie/shake. I think it would even be safe for me to say that that’s what most people order when they go there. They call it “Banana Manna Shake.” You get to pick what juice you want and they mix it with their alternative vegan ice cream, which is made from bananas and your choice of almond, cacao or sunflower seeds. The shakes are really amazing! I highly recommend stopping by if you’re in the area to try one! I promise you will be very happy you did! ;)

     

    Beverly Hills Juice

    8382 Beverly Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90048

    P: 323-655-8300

    www.BeverlyHillsJuice.com

    Monday – Friday: 7AM - 6PM

    Saturday + Sunday: 9AM – 6P

     

    First Impression: I remember the first time I saw Beverly Hills Juice, I was drawn in I think because for one it was a juice shop and for two it’s simplicity. It’s simple and understandable. It’s not like some juice shops where you go in and you feel entirely overwhelmed by what to order or your options. This is the complete opposite at Beverly Hills Juice. You will see your options in a clear window and you have a choice to make it a shake or not. Plain and simple. I like that!

     

    Taste: Amazing! I’ve tried many different varieties of  their Banana Manna Shake and I’ve always have been very impressed and satisfied with how great it tastes. My ultimate favorite thing to order is their Orange Coconut Juice and combine that juice to make it a Banana Manna Shake (and add almonds.) It’s probably one of the best shakes I’ve ever had! On this trip I tried their most popular ordered item, Apple Ginger and Coconut Juice as a Almond Banana Manna Shake, I also tired their Watermelon juice which was absolutely delicious and refreshing! Both tasted great!

    Décor: Again, I was drawn into the simplicity of this shop. I’m a sucker for all white interiors and especially white tiles! There isn’t much décor other than the tiles that add texture to the walls. I like that about this place though. It’s a very small space so I think if there were more décor it would feel very overwhelming and distracting for such a small shop. It also reminds you that the focus is on the taste and quality of their juices and not by the décor of the shop, I also like this about Beverly Hills Juice.

    Price: The juices themselves are very reasonably priced it’s once you start turning the juices into shakes is when it becomes pricey. You can expect your shake the cost about $9.50. They come to this price as they add the price of your juice to the price of ingredients to make the shake. I think it’s a little expensive for a shake but I can understand paying for quality ingredients and also you’re buying the juice anyway as they pour it entirely to your shake. This is also pretty typical pricing in LA so that’s also something to keep in mind. Beverly Hills Juice ONLY EXCEPTS CASH!! The nearest ATM is a couple stores up and across the street.

     

    Service: Great! Everyone that works here is super friendly! They get really busy in here but they are able to get everyone in and out pretty quickly! There aren’t too many options of things to order here and having their juices all pre bottled really helps speed up the process of ordering. This also makes coming here really appealing because I know it won’t take up a lot of time.

     

    Ambiance: There isn’t much of one.. Haha! Basically you go in order and leave. There is a bench out front you could sit on but I think the point of this shop is really just to be quick service and get people their juice or shake and they are on their way. 

     

    Overall Experience: Perfect! They have high quality juices and shakes and have really fast service. One of my favorite juice spots!

     

    Credits:

    Written, Reviewed and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich