Time feels like it’s flying this year! I looked at my desk calendar and noticed that I had an upcoming business trip to Seattle, a city I have never been before.
Of course I had to Google the town, its attractions and more importantly, the healthy eateries near by.
My coworkers don’t mind that I choose our dinner spots because my palette is diverse, I love all food, and always keep everyone in consideration.
As I browsed the online menus, I notice lots of seafood joints, typical steakhouses, oooo…. an African restaurant and one that fit me perfectly…. a cafe called “JUICE IT“.
According to Google maps, JUICE IT was only a few blocks from my hotel, and one block from where I was working.
So I took a 7:30 am flight out from Philly airport (go Phillies!) and landed in Seattle by noon. I made it to my hotel, unpacked, put my warm boots on and trucked around the city.
The weather was cloudy, a little breezy and in the mid 50s. For a change, the lack of sun made it feel relaxing and peaceful.
Anyway, so as I walked around I came across this funky food vendor that served pulled pork and grilled veggie sandwiches. I loved the design of the Maximus Minimus mobile, but I wasn’t in the mood to stuff my belly with grease so I kept it moving.
Everyone seemed to point me to the direction of the famous PIKE STREET MARKET, so I headed over to check it out.
It was soooo cute! The market place featured hundreds of vendors including fresh seafood, fruits and veggies, pastries, nuts and candy, arts and crafts, and even live music!
The sight of fresh everything triggered my appetite, so I decided to find this “JUICE IT” place.
After a few blocks of walking, I finally arrived at the Convention Center where I saw a sign for the eatery. It wasn’t visible from the street, but arrows pointed me into the basement of the building and there it was!
It was a little quaint cafe that displayed its menu on a chalk display.
Hmmm…. What should I get?
I heard a few people order a rice bowl and others requested fresh juices. Since it was around 3 pm then, I decided to keep it light and order their “Cleansing Juice” with my own twist.
It was my turn in line, and a beautiful glowing girl smiled and asked for my order. Of course, I always add a twist to my orders but she was sweet enough to cater to anything I wanted.
This concoction consisted of Carrot, kale, beet, cucumber, apple, wheatgrass and ginger. I added a scoop of whey protein to make it a mini meal and to fill me up until dinner time.
I was so intrigued by this little spot and sparked up a conversation with the staff. The glowing juicer girl was actually the owner. She introduced herself as Abigail and revealed that she had owned this place for 15 years! What! She looked like she was in her mid, to late 20s… wow… maybe the Juice is keeping her young and radiant.
When my juice was done, I thanked everyone and assured them that I would return in the next few days.
A few hours later, my hunger struck again and I couldn’t help but crave that Juice cafe again. Oh well, I’m going for it!
“You’re back!” Abigail smiled and asked what I would like. I noticed a Wild Salmon rice bowl that sounded tempting and delicious so I asked her opinion.
“It’s yummy! And light!”…. as she put her hands on her hips and swayed side to side. ha ha.. what a bubbly chick! I like this one!
Ok.. yummy and light are two words that perfectly describe good Ghada food so I ordered it…
In just a few minutes, Abigail handed me a brown paper to-go box with my meal inside. I sat at one of the tables outside and opened my package to dig in.
Mmmmm…. Interesting concoction!
On the bottom was a perfect portion of cozy steamed brown rice, topped with smoked wild salmon, then topped with cucumbers, sweet peppers, cabbage,broccoli, carrots, spinach and finally topped with lemon dill sauce.
Wow… what a delicious little rice bowl! I had to go back in and give the staff props on their delicious food and discuss their menu.
Before I left, Abigail reached into a glass case and pointed to a few homemade raw desserts. I had a choice of cranberry oats, coconut, peanut butter or magic chocolate… hmmmm… let’s do coconut!
All I thought was.. I wish I could take this whole place home with me!
For the next 4 days, I stopped in at least twice a day to order a Cleansing Juice and my Wild Salmon rice bowl. The fresh ingredients and atmosphere were so addictive and kept me wanting to come back for more.
Before I left to head back to Philly, I made sure to grab Abigail’s info so we can keep in touch. I felt like I truly found a hidden treasure.
If you’re in the Seattle area, and you’re looking for fresh, light and healthy food, please stop by JUICE IT. I promise you’ll thank me!
Click here to check out their menu!
Tune in this Sunday and I’ll teach you how to make a similar version of this delicious Wild Salmon bowl!