Ever since Florida Juice and Bowl opened up over a year ago I have been wanting to try it. Not only is it super close to where I live it just puts off this really cool beachy and healthy vibe that I wanted to be a part of. Florida Juice and bowl is located in Jacksonville Beach and was recently voted best Acai bowl in the 904. In addition to acai bowls they have fresh juices, coffee (including nitro brew), kambucha on tap, smoothies, pitaya bowls and poke bowls.
My husband and I stopped by to get kambucha, cold pressed coffee with macadamia milk, tuna poke and a salmon poke. I loved all of the add ons for the poke and they let you choose all lettuce, rice or a mixture of lettuce and rice. Add ons include things like macadamia nuts, avocado, seaweed salad, cucumber, ginger, wasabi, spinach, avocado, etc. I opted for the spicy aioli on the side and my husband opted for the Shoyu Wasabi sauce which he said was much spicier than mine.
It was delicious and I felt really safe because I didn’t see gluten anywhere except in the sauces that contained soy sauce and those are optional. It is a little pricer than most lunch spots but you definitely get what you pay for. Everything we had tasted so fresh. In talking with one of the staff they pretty much make everything in house and try to avoid refined sugars or sugar at all. The constant sound of delicious fresh smoothies being made filled the air during lunch. I also liked that almost all of the disposable items were biodegradable.
This is definitely the kind of place I will crave and I will be back!
About 3 years ago I subscribed to a veggie home delivery program called Front Porch Pickings. Every two weeks a box of vegetables grown within Florida is delivered directly to my doorstep for only $26 a delivery. I love vegetables and am not picky at all. Even my husband enjoys the veggie creations I come up with. My goal every two weeks is to use everything in the box even if I have no idea what it is. I have grown to love turnips and kohlrabi, vegetables I never would have purchased on my own at the supermarket. I even became hooked on my eggplant parmesan recipe because I had no idea what to do with the gorgeous eggplants I got in my delivery box.
What I really love is they send you what you will be receiving the Sunday before they deliver so you can make changes and take out items you don’t like. For instance sometimes there an abundance of salad bunches in the box and my husband usually purchases tons of spinach for our salads so I may substitute for more of one thing or add on something different that may be available. In addition to vegetables you can add in local coffee, bread, soaps, and more.
Because everything is from Florida the vegetables usually arrive ripe and full of nutrients. Another nice thing is if I run out of something that is especially delicious I know it is going to be available at the local farmers market or grocery store so I can go and get more. I feel like I am on top of whatever is in season based on what is in my box. Here are a few of my finds from my local deliveries:
Oyster Mushrooms, sweet potatoes, green beans, eggplant, peaches, tomatoes, muscadine grapes and sweet potato greens.
Here are a few of the meals and sides I have made with items from my Front Porch Picking bin:
Locally grown black eyed peas with fresh sauted green peppers
Locally grown green peppers and mushrooms in a chicken stir fry
Locally grown arugula, peppers and cucumbers in a yummy salad
Locally grown roasted zucchini
Do you subscribe to a local veggie delivery service ? What is your favorite vegetable?
I need to vent a little bit…
I haven’t been feeling that great lately. I know what it is. During the weekends I am usually on the go and rarely have time to prepare my own meals. As much as I say at restaurants:
“I have celiac disease, I am gluten-free, dairy-free and shellfish-free, please notify the chef. Also please avoid cross contamination by asking the staff to either change out their gloves or mix my food in clean bowls and avoid breading, sauces, and spices”
…I still find a way to become sick. During the week it is super easy to stay gluten-free I usually make all of my meals. I still manage to get sick even when I am super strict, which makes me wonder:
- Is it true what they say about gluten and coffee?
- Should I avoid my Diet Coke because there could be gluten in the caramel coloring?
- Is it true what they say about quinoa and other grains still aggravating celiacs?
- Is my non-dairy creamer making me sick?
- Do I need to worry about the meat I eat, do I need to be concerned if they were fed grains?
I am not one of those people who knows exactly what makes me sick. I typically eat the same thing each week and rely heavily on vegetables and salads. After two years with this disease I am still perplexed and frustrated. I miss convenience and I miss being able to eat without having to describe what is wrong with me. I don’t miss bread or pizza (well maybe a little) or stuff like that, I am just frustrated that gluten-free does not always mean gluten-free for all. Packaging is confusing and cross contamination is not always labeled or taken seriously.
Thank you for letting me share- I promise to post something positive next time…
What is hard for you? Do you have any advice for me?