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Last snow picture of the day. The Brooklyn garden in twilight. #nyc  (at TAY)

Last snow picture of the day. The Brooklyn garden in twilight. #nyc (at TAY)

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What I should’ve had for breakfast this morning. From Roy Lichtenstein.  (at Whitney Museum of American Art)

What I should’ve had for breakfast this morning. From Roy Lichtenstein. (at Whitney Museum of American Art)

Addiction

I’ve come to realize that I might have a slight addiction to cold-pressed juices. Self-diagnosed as I realized that when I’m traveling to a city, my first thought is ‘Where can I get my juice around here?’ I’ve seen these pretty bottles for awhile at the market but didn’t quite understand the higher-than-average price point, until a friend had me sample some early last year.  I didn’t realize until later that there’s a large manufacturing process to cold-pressed juices. 

When you order a regular juice blend, it’s typically tossed into a blender and pulverized, which sometimes gives you that frothy top. But what is happening here is that the vitamins and minerals are introduced to more oxygen and the value of those nutrients are reduced (our skincare formulas are built along the same methods—small-batch production means less oxidation which results in more effective ingredients for your skin). With cold-presses, the fruits and vegetable are especially prepared and are slowly pressed down. The runoff becomes extract. It’s quite labor-intensive and takes some pre-planning and a good amount of time, but the quality and taste makes it very worthwhile. 

It looks like this artisan manufacturing process is appearing all over the country. Have you tried one yet? What did you think?

Here’s my juice diary from various places across the U.S. 

SAN FRANCISCO

Juice Shop

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If you walk too fast, you’ll miss this cute juice stand next to the sidewalk. I picked up this pineapple-chia seed blend and it was absolutely delicious. The juice was probably all gone within a matter of minutes. It tends to go more towards the fruit side of the produce aisle and doesn’t feel overly acidic. @juiceshop

LOS ANGELES

Pressed Juicery

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This local mini-chain is amazing. With cute storefronts, business is brisk and it’s no wonder why. I stopped by the one in West Hollywood and fell in love. The ‘Greens 3’ here was absolutely refreshing and the Spiced Almond Milk (almonds, dates, vanilla bean, filtered water, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt) was all-satisfying. @pressedjuicery

NEW YORK

BluePrint Cleanse

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What’s great about BluePrint Cleanse is that they seem to be everywhere, at least, most of the Whole Foods and upscale specialty markets I’ve been to. Great as a ‘pick-me-up’ during the day. @blueprintcleanse

Love Grace Foods

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According to their website, “Probiotics help your body to create vitamins and eliminate toxins.” On top of that, this smoothie is a satistyfing drink. This one is my favorite flavor has banana, flaxseed, almond, lemon, dates, vegan probiotic himalayan sea salt, and coconut oil. When I met chef Jake who crafts these concoctions, I told him that it tasted like a healthy version of Calpico (one of Japan’s top-selling soft drinks). I’m craving this probiotic smoothie right now… @lovegracefoods

Creative Juice

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Found inside participating Equinox gyms, these designer bottles are stored in petite fridges at the café. I picked up this blood marmalade-almond butter -banana-rice protein recipe. It was quite substantial. The flavors have been concocted in partnership with NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer, so these juices tend to have more exotic blends like butternut squash, goji berries, chilies, and more. Definitely delicious. @creativejuice

SEATTLE

SUJA

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I picked up a couple of bottles during a recent trip to Seattle. So I’m not sure if this company is from the Pacific Northwest (the address on the bottle mentions a ‘San Diego’). But this was a good option from the local grocery market. The Coconut Almond was almost horchata-like! I was attracted to the bottle design and typography. @sujajuice

If you are looking for a Seattle-based place, check out the cold-presses smoothies at Evolution Fresh. Actually, Evolution Fresh is going to be showing up at your local Starbucks soon. @evolutionfresh

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If you have any recommendations for other cities, please post below! 

-Sarah

INSIDE THE BOTTLEAll-Purpose Shea Butter for skin and hair===================================
I get emails from all over the world asking about this product and I’m always so happy to read those messages. Most folks heard about the product through word-of-mouth, from New York to Asia to Africa. The original inspiration for this came from complaints about regular hand lotion that didn’t have lasting effects, especially when doing a lot of handling (carpentry anyone?), cooking, or just plain dry weather. The second concern was having a hand lotion that didn’t leave a greasy, slippery residue. I had always used some sort of shea butter for my skin in the past, so I did experiment with some mixtures that included this ingredient. After a few trials, I realized that I just wanted to go straight to the source of ultra-moisture and use this highly-concentrated plant element. So I took out all of the other things that a normal hand moisturize has and went straight to the source. I love this formula for its all-day moisture that penetrates into deep dermal layers seconds after application. My hand still stayed soft even after hand-washing. Since the shea butter is absorbed by the deeper layers of skin, the hunt was on for very pure and organic matter. The shea butter that is used is an organic one and I was pleased that it’s fair-trade based. By blending some organic rosemary oil (mmMMMmm) from Tanzania (the best!), this shea butter became a more effective aromatherapeutic formula. A client once remarked, ‘It smells like a spa!’
The growers also told me that shea butter is sometimes used for hair and I used it for awhile for light styling. It worked well for flyaways and static and I didn’t have to worry about putting damaging chemicals in my hair. 
I keep a jar in my purse at all times. If you happen to do the same, you’ll find it very handy. Just be sure it’s not sitting in a warm/hot environment and you’re good to go. 

INSIDE THE BOTTLE
All-Purpose Shea Butter for skin and hair
===================================

I get emails from all over the world asking about this product and I’m always so happy to read those messages. Most folks heard about the product through word-of-mouth, from New York to Asia to Africa. 

The original inspiration for this came from complaints about regular hand lotion that didn’t have lasting effects, especially when doing a lot of handling (carpentry anyone?), cooking, or just plain dry weather. The second concern was having a hand lotion that didn’t leave a greasy, slippery residue. I had always used some sort of shea butter for my skin in the past, so I did experiment with some mixtures that included this ingredient. After a few trials, I realized that I just wanted to go straight to the source of ultra-moisture and use this highly-concentrated plant element. So I took out all of the other things that a normal hand moisturize has and went straight to the source. I love this formula for its all-day moisture that penetrates into deep dermal layers seconds after application. My hand still stayed soft even after hand-washing. Since the shea butter is absorbed by the deeper layers of skin, the hunt was on for very pure and organic matter. The shea butter that is used is an organic one and I was pleased that it’s fair-trade based. By blending some organic rosemary oil (mmMMMmm) from Tanzania (the best!), this shea butter became a more effective aromatherapeutic formula. A client once remarked, ‘It smells like a spa!’

The growers also told me that shea butter is sometimes used for hair and I used it for awhile for light styling. It worked well for flyaways and static and I didn’t have to worry about putting damaging chemicals in my hair. 

I keep a jar in my purse at all times. If you happen to do the same, you’ll find it very handy. Just be sure it’s not sitting in a warm/hot environment and you’re good to go.