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Dining Out While Juicing: Day 24

5 Comments 26 January 2014

Dining Out While Juicing: Day 24

I can’t believe that I’m almost finished with my New Year’s Juicing Challenge. It has been much easier that I thought it would be, but juicing does curtail your social events, and when you’re doing it alone it can feel kind of isolating. But going out and having fun isn’t out of the question when you’re juicing in NYC.

That reminds me, do you remember how excited I was on Day 1 about doing this challenge with a group of friends? Well, I’m the only one who actually started it! So I’m doubly thankful for supportive readers like you. I appreciate your encouragement and enjoy hearing how your juicing endeavors have been going.

Everyone goes to brunch on Sundays in New York City. It’s not a matter of if you’re going to brunch. That’s assumed. It’s where you’re going to brunch. We have several restaurants in our neighborhood that serve gluten-free, vegan meals, and thankfully they also happen to serve juice too. So going out for Sunday Brunch hasn’t changed while on this juice cleanse.


These juices are from Blossom, my absolute favorite vegan brunch spot. I have sampled every juice on this menu, and it’s hard to say whether the Pink Lady or the Ruby Red is my favorite. The green juices are good too, I just make them a lot at home so the others are more fun for “out for juice” drinks.


Last weekend I asked the Husband if he wanted to go hang out at a bar. His response was “I feel like this is a trick question.” It was and it wasn’t. We did hang out at a bar, but it was a juice bar at Peacefood Cafe. I was excited to try their Asian Roots juice with green daikon, sweet potato, apple, and ginger.

Asian Roots_Gluten-Free_Cat

I loved this juice and can’t wait to make it at home.


They call this one The Hangover Cure with apple, orange, carrot, celery, and ginger.

Perfect for brunch.

Last night we went out for dinner with friends at Spring Natural Kitchen, another favorite neighborhood restaurant. They serve cold-pressed juices along with a beautiful menu with many gluten-free, vegan options. They even have homemade gluten-free bread!


I meant to try several of their juices, but the Watermelon Pineapple was so good that I had to have two.

I realize that I’m in a unique situation in New York City. Not everyone has 5 different juice bars within a few blocks of their home. But on Day 24 I’m incredibly thankful to be living in such a juice-friendly city!


Readers, dish!

  • Do you go out for brunch?
  • Do you have juice bars near you?
  • What’s your favorite juice bar?

Your Comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Betsy says:

    The Ruby Red sounds wonderful! I wish that I lived in NYC!!

  2. Emma says:

    That’s really fun that you were able to still dine out while juicing.
    I did a 3-day juice cleanse last week and definitely found socializing hard. Each day I met with somebody over a mealtime and had to sit there with my herbal tea while they ate! I didn’t mind too much it was just a little awkward.
    We don’t have a big brunch culture here but when I lived in Paris I always went for Sunday brunch. It was something to look forward to at the weekends 😀
    Congratulations on sticking to your goal with the juicing Heather. Super impressive.

  3. WOW – that is so cool that you have so many juice options so close by. Must make things a little easier when you want to socialise.

  4. Ttrockwood says:

    I’m in nyc too and my juice habit was killing my bank account!!! Hahaha! I bought a good breville and juice almost daily as my lunch.
    Juice press “sweet potato pie” is my weakness…..can’t get it to taste the same at home either.

    • Heather says:

      Hey neighbor! Sweet Potato Pie sounds so good! I will definitely seek out Juice Press. I had a juice at Peacefood Cafe that used sweet potato, and I was surprised at how little they juiced. Maybe a slice or two? So I wonder if most of the flavor comes from other sweet fruits. Thanks for commenting!!

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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