“Eat it. It’s good for you.” Everyone’s mom said this a few hundred times. At Alchemy Juice Bar Café the food is not just good for you, it tastes incredible.
I’ll be upfront. Health food restaurant – I was a bit worried. Places that stress all organic usually end up being synonymous with “blah” to me. Walking up to restaurant located at 203 New Britain Ave., Hartford, Conn., I was wondering what was waiting behind their brightly colored door.
What was waiting was one of the brightest smiling faces I’ve seen in a long time. My server/cashier was also a treasure trove of knowledge. Handing me their menus, after she saw I was a little overwhelmed, she immediately started schooling me in the ways of Alchemy’s artistry with all things organic.
Starting with the beverage menu, I had to ask about the shots they serve. I was especially interested in the E3 LIVE BRAIN ON shot. This is two ounces of wild harvested blue green algae from Klamath Lake going for $5. What will the tiny wicked sounding potion do for you? Well, it’s said to energize, help with balance and focus. And, it has more chlorophyll than any other food. Tempting, but I wasn’t so adventurous this day.
I skipped their milks, healing teas and medicinal brews; though I must say they have great choices and ones I will have to continue my education before I try. After discussing the merits of their live juices, all made fresh, I almost chose the Garden of Eden, a concoction of carrots and apples. It is one of my server’s favorites. My final choice was the Carrot Cake Live Raw Smoothie for $8. This mouth watering treat is made with carrots, dates, bananas and chai spices. The only thing I can say wrong with it is there was a bottom to my glass.
Lunch was equally hard to pick. They try to use produce as local and fresh as possible. The “Create Your Own Salad Bowl” was very tempting. Starting out with a base of greens, beets, carrots, daikon and toasted sesame seeds, the have add-ons like avocado, goat cheese, pate, and seaweed. My choice: their daily special veggie bowl of brown rice and steamed collards. It was huge, wonderful and just $6. When I say they use fresh produce, I mean fresh. After I placed my order, they went out to their garden to pick my vegetable – now that’s fresh!
While waiting for my food at one of their bistro tables, I had a chance to look around. Three of the walls are painted chalkboard black and hand decorated by one of the owners, displaying their menus and other businesses and philosophy. They are works of art that will keep you captivated. They sell a selection of all natural and organic food items. Also, they offer weekly food delivery, nutritional counseling and food classes. The owners are very serious about living a sustainable live style and are working to buy a farm to grow all the café’s food.
The verdict: out of this world. Most definitely I will return and continue my education. Who knows I just might end up with a degree in health food after all.