Review by Catherine’s Cabinet
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE JUICING, I love smoothies, I love anything and everything that contains a boatload of fresh, live enzymes and nutrients all packed into a tasty and convenient little package. This is why I can’t wait to talk about the new kid on the block because they are bringing the words “juice bar” to a whole new level.
In February, I went to Hawaii for my cousins wedding. It was my second time to the North Shore of Oahu and I b-lined it straight for one of my favourite little smoothie bars. Instead of my usual picks in the form of green juices or sweet-tasting smoothies, I opted for something on the menu called an “Açai Bowl”. It was explained to me that fresh frozen Açai berries were blended into an almost iced cream consistency, then topped with whatever superfoods or little healthy bits I wanted. So I went for it full force and IT CHANGED MY FRIGGEN LIFE.
When I came home from Hawaii, I thought that I may never get to have this mind blowing healthy sweet treat ever again. Until… I walked into The Good Press. Holy Açai dreams come true, Batman! Not only does The Good Press kick butt at making fresh, live enzyme packed, delicious juices, they also do fabulous smoothies, nut milks, add ons, tasty eats… aaaaaand Açai bowls!! Can you tell that I’m a little excited here? So much that I might quit all of my jobs, buy a tent and camp out front every night so I can wake up at the crack of dawn and just eat them all day long. Have I left you with a lovely mental picture of how sexy I’ll look after doing this for weeks on end? I’ve officially gone crazy. Moving on.
After seven years of running a successful juice bar at Sunshine Wholesome Market, husband and wife team Leila and Andrew Ois launched their new juice bar concept, The Good Press. They genuinely believe in local, fresh, healthy and organic. I’m all over this stuff. They also pride themselves on using the best ingredients, cold-pressed into convenient glass bottles in order to produce the best tasting and healthiest juices.
“The feel-good juice bar welcomes the community with its fun, creative and delicious experience. The menu features cold-pressed juices and smoothies using seasonal combinations; a variety of revitalizing live energy shots; açai puree fruit bowls with toppings such as super-food granolas, almond butter, hemp seeds and seasonal fruits; delicious house-made nut milks; a daily selection of wraps and salads; and entry-level cleanses. In addition to the menu items, an in-house nutritionist – Jeffron De Savoye – is available for consultations by appointment to ensure informed dietary decision making and professional recommendations.”
So, why Açai berries anyways? Other than the fact that they are delicious, they are packed with antioxidants (there’s that word again). Native to Central and South America, they’re loaded with more antioxidants than most other berries! Also called the “beauty berry” as their top nutritional value has been known to help keep your hair, nails and skin looking top notch! So does this mean I can eat Açai bowls and it will make me look prettier? Yep, I’m gonna run with that theory.
One of the first things I noticed, after squealing with excitement over the many varieties of Açai bowls, smoothies and juices was how their items are so reasonably priced! This is absolutely key in an industry continually littered with overpriced goodies. I always say that we should make the most with what we have. Well, they are doing this ten-fold at The Good Press and I can’t wait to keep forcing all of my friends to go there, all of the time. I’m serious guys.
Photos: The Good Press
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