Happy Thursday friends!
Since apparently this week is California week, I figured I would add to it by introducing some things that I found during my time there that I haven’t seen on this side of the world.
Disclaimer: Some of these thing may actually exist on the East coast, but if they don’t exist within my limited traveling radius around my house, they don’t exist to me.
1. Coconut Milk at Starbucks
I know Dunkin Donuts is now offering almond milk, but I was surprised when I went to get my espresso over the weekend and saw Starbucks offering coconut milk! I didn’t try it because of course I am not a fan of coconut, but props to whoever enjoys it. Let me know how it is!
I did stop in a small independent coffee shop later on and had an almond milk latte which was just divine.
2. Tender Greens
I can confidently say that this does not exist on the East coast because all of their locations are in California. This made to order salad shop was amazing! This was the first time I almost saved some of my salad for later. I didn’t of course because I am a glutton for leaves. Check out their website and menu here and if you are on the west coast, get some immediately. If not, book a ticket.
3. Perfect Bars
So these do exist on the East coast, but I had never seen them until I got some samples at Expo East a few weeks ago. I just looked them up as well and they are in 23 stores near me, so I guess I’m just oblivious. They are not in Wegmans which is the closest to me, but hopefully I will see them soon! Since I first saw them in a store while in CA, they make this list.
These bars are incredibly nutrient dense and also delicious. They are gluten free, non-GMO, contain protein, complex carbs, and 20 different superfoods hidden inside. They are sweetened with honey, so if you don’t like the taste of that then these may not be for you. My recommendations are the almond butter flavor and peanut butter flavor. Look for these in the refrigerated section since they contain some raw foods. To find a location near you, check here.
Venice is currently the only location of this store, so I know it’s not on the East coast. This store offers a caffeinated alternative to coffee and focuses primarily on juices. The main ingredient is guayusa (g-why-oosa), which is an Amazonian herb that provides a different form of stimulation than the caffeine of coffee. Their product boasts the energy of coffee without the crash, due to guayusa also including an ingredient found in tea known to calm its drinkers.
The woman at the store let us sample all of the flavors and I ended up buying a ginger lemonade drink for later. They also offer hot drinks made with their Gunshot blend. The cold Gunshot latte actually tasted like coffee which was impressive. I drank my juice before my flight home and was sufficiently awake without being overcaffeinated. I also didn’t have my normal espresso that day. Check them out if you are ever in Venice, CA. The shop is decorated really cute and the staff is very nice and informative!
5. Almond Water
Of course I didn’t buy any of this because I just want to look at new products and not sample them, but when I was getting my almond milk latte, I also spied this almond water. I can’t say anything else about it because I didn’t drink it, but now it will haunt me until I find it again and report back.
So that’s my list for today. I am getting more information about our upcoming move to Chicago, but rather than continuously edit and rewrite what I share with you, I will update everyone when my info is more concrete. What I can say is that we will probably try and be there by the end of the month. Eek.
Question of the day: Have you ever had any of these things? What does almond water taste like? Almonds? Probably. What things have you found in other areas that were new to you? SO MANY QUESTIONS (not a question).