Monday, February 11, 2013

Where to Drink: The Juicing Experience @ Sustain Juicery

The Drinks: detoxifying juices, whole fruit smoothies, energy boosting shots and wellness cocktails

The Location: Downtown L.A.

The Vibes: A tiny juice bar in a nondescript building, at the edge of the Jewelry district, past Broadway

Good for: When you need a *healthy* energy booster – a great alternative to caffeine, coffee and Coke

When-To-Go: Mon.-Fr. 8am-6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-4pm

The $ Factor: $$; smoothies and juices are $7 each, wellness cocktails are $5 and shots are $2

I’ll Be Back…: For the “get glowing” shot, comprised of burdock, honey, mala and cinnamon that is supposed to boost the immune system 

The 4-1-1: Recently, I got a new addition to my family: a juicer. And let me tell you, it’s been life-changing. I’ve never eaten - well, actually drank - so many delicious beets/carrots/celery/chard/kale in my life, and most importantly, I feel extremely invigorated and full of energy.

But on the flip side, juicing an absolute nightmare. It takes a huge amount of ingredients to make one reasonable glass of juice, and it can be costly buying so much veggies and fruit. Not to mention, it's a workout – it takes a lot of arm strength – and, it’s difficult and time-consuming to clean the machine.

After spending $500, burning 2,500 calories and cleaning for four hours to literally make like two glasses of juice, I thought to myself: there has to be something easier than this, right?

There is. It’s called Sustain Juicery.

Open for a little over a year, this juice bar has a variety of different drinks made exclusively with all natural ingredients, and a slew of drink enhancers, like chia seeds, vegan protein and powders. The menu changes seasonally.

The first thing I noticed about this place was the smell. It smells like a garden, probably because of all of the produce displayed in the open. All fresh everything. It was quite a pleasant surprise, especially after trekking down 6th Street and being bombarded by the sights and smells of an urban, concrete metropolis.

Secondly, you must try a wellness cocktail. A straight up shot of wheatgrass intimidates most people, but the wellness cocktails incorporate this misunderstood plant along with other ingredients to take the edge off. My “green lady” cocktail had apple and burdock, and even though I didn’t do it, I felt like running 20 miles after having it.

Other drinks to try: “the classic green” (more savory than sweet, but still flavorful); “the emerald,” (delightfully sweet, with mint, ginger, pineapple and even dandelion); and the “juice recovery” (with kale, Asian pear, lemon and ginger). Interestingly, there’s also cleanses available, ranging from 3 to 7 days, and from $126 to $294. I’m planning to try that in the near future, so I’ll let you know how that goes.

Since I’m new to this whole juicing thing, I have no idea if Sustain Juicery is the best juice bar ever, but I can say that it came to me highly recommended by multiple people and I’ve had positive experiences whenever I’ve gone. The staff has always been helpful, giving great advice on what to pick, and stopping by here takes a fraction of the time that it would take me to make a juice at home.

So the next time you’re looking for all of the benefits of juicing without the mess, I highly recommend stopping by Sustain Juicery.

See you there soon!

For more information:
Sustain Juicery, @sustainjuicery, Facebook 


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