• 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

  • 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