• Los Angeles Local Roundup

    There are so many great products that are locally made here in LA! I love discovering new companies and brands, espically ones that blow me away more than something that's mainstream! Here are a few favorite companies of mine found here in Los Angeles! (Note: A few are made outside of LA but still in California and the card in the center is made in Florida.) 

    1. Airplant by AirplantMan 2.Handmade Milk Vases by Robert Siegel Handmade 3. Hand Painted Ceramic Coasters by The Coastal 4. LA Juice by LA Juice Shop 5. Illustrated Los Angeles Art Print by Rifle Paper Co. 6. Los Angeles Market Bag by Apolis 7. Five Stripe Cutting Board by Would-Works

    Learn more about LA Juice Shop HERE! :)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Local Business: Erin Gomez + Scott Walker of Juice Ranch

    Happy Friday everyone!

    If you’re ever in the Santa Barbara area and are looking for some tasty fresh bottled juice, head over to Juice Ranch! Their juices are 100% Organic and 90% of the produce is sourced locally! I had the opportunity to talk with Juice Ranch co-owner, Erin Gomez, about how she and her boyfriend, Scott Walker, got into the juice business. Erin definitely has a passion for cooking and obviously juicing. During her interview she mentioned how her idea of a fun night was having “detox night” at her home making juices and doing fun detoxing things with her friends. Scott suggested they move the detoxing to a different location and here they are about to have three Juice Ranch locations!

    Have you both always been involved in the food industry?

    Yes, I was working at restaurants, I then moved to Guatemala and worked a sous chef with some girlfriends. Every week I would try new recipes. When I moved back to the states I wanted to continue a similar lifestyle to what I was living over seas and worked on a charter boat as the chef. I cooked and planned all the meals. It was a great job! Scott’s background is originally in film and films for an environmental film company. He is on the business side of things and more behind the scenes. He films all of our videos and does the marketing.

     

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

    Yes and no. I always told myself I didn’t want to run a restaurant but always went towards the food industry direction but it was actually my boyfriend Scott’s idea. There wasn’t anything like it in the area and I loved making juice concoctions at home so we went for it!

    Do either of you follow a specific diet? (Vegan, Vegetarian, etc..)

    Not strictly, we try different diets all throughout the year. We try to see what works. I’m big into whole and organic foods always.

     

    What is your best selling juice? What is your favorite?

    The Greens N’ Ginger is the most popular. My personal favorite is the Johnny 5 Alive. It’s sweet, tangy and spicy. It wakes you right up! Scott’s favorite is our new flavor, Coco La Ti Dah.

    How did you come up with all of the flavors of juices at your shop?

    I’ve been juicing for a really long time. I find a lot of joy in mixing flavors. I’m always curious if I can make something into a juice.

    What’s the most rewarding part of owning your own juice shop?

    The community! The people it has brought into my life. People with cancer come in and get addicted to juice and it makes them feel better. Also, working with my partner and it feels really good to be your own boss!

    Do you have plans of expanding?

    Yes! We just opened up a location in Isla Vista and we will be opening a shop in Westlake Village in less than a month!

     

    Locations:

    Santa Barbara

    33 Parker Way

    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    805-845-4657

     

    Isla Vista

    6533 Trigo Road

    at The Loop

    Isla Vista, CA 93117

     

    Westlake Village

    2847 Agoura Road

    Westlake Village, CA 91361

    805-230-2444

     

    www.JuiceRanch.com

    Credits:

    Written, Interviewed and Photographed by:  Kristen Tola Hettich