ginger and salt

post-yoga lunch: juicebox.

photo 2 (2)Yikes. It has certainly been awhile since I’ve posted and it’s not for a lack of eating. I’ve finally wrapped up some projects and can spend my time writing less businessy things and more foodish things.

In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions and the optimism that follows the red wine, fudge, and cheese binge that is also known as December, it felt appropriate to share one of my new favorite spots in my neighborhood, Juicebox.

I’ve mentioned Juicebox before as I did one of their cleanses last year and always looked forward to the weekend when I could sleepily walk to get a juice at their pop-up inside La Bête.  I’ve also taken a wonderful class with co-owner Brandin at The Pantry at Delancey.  Well, Juicebox now has a place to call its own and I couldn’t be happier.

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The light, airy space sits on 12th next to the police station on Capitol Hill and is the perfect spot to spend a leisurely morning or afternoon, or just to grab something on the go if you must.  The first time I visited was after an especially sweaty yoga class with my mom. The juice and food were exactly what we were craving; it’s all oh-so-healthy, but still delicious and satisfying.

We’re big on sharing so we did the Quinoa Greens, the Persian Spiced Chicken foldover sandwich, the Kashmiri Curry Carrot Soup, the green juice, and the blended juice with apricot, almond milk, honey, and nutmeg.

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The quinoa salad was more up my mom’s alley, although I still definitely ate my fair share. It’s certainly bitter with the radicchio, but the lime dressing is bright and refreshing.  I also love the combination of crunchy radishes and creamy avocado with quinoa, as it’s something I’ve been doing more at home lately. This is definitely one of the healthiest food options on the menu.

The chicken wrap, on the other hand, felt much more indulgent.  I had a hard time sharing this one.  The green romesco sauce is so delicious; I could’ve eaten it with a spoon.  I’ve since been back and while it’s certainly a tough call, I think I might actually prefer the St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna Confit sandwich with potatoes, olive tapenade, soft boiled egg, and harissa. It’s like a salad Niçoise in a sandwich form.  All in all, I’m a huge fan of the foldover sandwiches.  The housemade flatbread comes warm and it’s thin enough so that you don’t need a carb nap after but thick enough to hold it all together.

photo 3 (2)The curry carrot soup was wonderful, especially on a gray winter day in Seattle.  It was spicy and sweet in all the right ways.  Not to mention it was served in the most darling little teacup (see below).  Sadly, I’ve yet to see it reappear on the menu but my fingers are still crossed it makes a comeback one of these days.

Juicebox makes several wonderful juices, but my favorite is the least sweet option, the green.  It has lacinato kale, romaine heart, celery, cucumber, apple, and lemon.  This juice would be my dad’s worst nightmare, but I can’t get enough.  I feel like if I have one green juice for every Mexican coke I drink, I’ll be a-okay in life.

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We finished off with Juicebox’s answer to a milkshake: the blended drink with apricot. They have a couple of other options in this category including one with cocoa nibs and banana, but the apricot combo sounded too dreamy to pass up.  The almond milk used is the real deal, not the thin stuff I put in my smoothies every day.  Again, not overly sweet and with that nice wintery hit of nutmeg.  This drink is a treat.

photo 1 (2)I also loved the Ginger Shot with Local Raw Honey I sipped on another visit and am dying to make it in the morning for the Roasted Pumpkin Oatmeal.  For those of you who can’t function without your espresso, they have Stumptown so you can relax.  A juice and a couple of things to eat will definitely set you back $25-$30, so sadly this can’t be a daily habit for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it’s worth every penny considering how good it tastes and how good I feel once I leave.  Frankly, I’m amazed there aren’t more spots like this in a town so obsessed with being healthy and wearing Patagonias, but for now, Juicebox will do just fine.

Juicebox, 1517 12th Avenue, Suite 100, Seattle, WA, (206) 607.7866, http://www.juiceboxseattle.com, Open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

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