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Gorgeous new Philly juice spot “Ryan Crown’s Club” opened just a couple weeks ago and is already bursting with positive vibes.

Jar Bar, one of my favorite spots in the city to grab a bite of raw food or juice–the only raw food restaurant in Philly–abruptly packed up and moved all operations to the suburbs last week. While I wish them great success in their new location in Radnor, I was pretty bummed that the options for organic juice in the city had gone from really solid to practically zero overnight. My love and I had actually made plans to grab juice at Jar Bar with Rachel, a beloved childhood friend I hadn’t seen in years, and suddenly our juice venue of choice had closed without warning! Oh no!!

Luckily–fatefully–Ryan Crown’s Juice Club opened just a couple weeks ago and I’m SO glad we were able to down our liquid nutrition and spend some quality time there! Ryan Crown’s Juice Club is a gorgeous spot nestled in a great location, the Sweat Fitness on 15th and Arch. The bar is a tiny oasis packed with beautiful living accents like plants suspended above the bar in mason jars.  The juice menu is the product of mastermind owner and creator Ryan, who lovingly prepares extraordinary libations for his juice delivery clients and juice bar patrons. Ryan is seriously knowledgeable about juicing. Got acne? He’s got a genius herbal and veggie blend to take care of that. Craving green juice that tastes amazing? Grab the Lemon Ginger Blast, Ryan’s signature drink that recently landed him “Best Green Juice In the City” accolades from Philadelphia Magazine.

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Ryan Crown’s Juice Club menu is artfully and thoughtfully designed to meet your taste and health needs.

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Ryan looks peaceful in his cilantro and aloe plant juice kingdom.

Drinking "Alkaline Forest" at Ryan Crown's Juice Club.

Drinking “Alkaline Forest” at Ryan Crown’s Juice Club.

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Taking sweet and lovely wheatgrass shots prepared–on the house!–by Ryan.

The alternate title for this blog post was going to be “If You Juice It, They Will Come,” because I’ve decided that despite our unhealthful gastronomy reputation, Philly has a growing nutrition awareness current flowing through it and just needs the right visionary leaders and businesses to usher in a new age of wellness here. I’m super grateful for the new Ryan Crown’s Juice Club, and will be sure to patronize it as much as I can. Let’s all support this gorgeous new Philly institution and get our drink on, yeah? Check out the juice bar and juice delivery service by clicking here.

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Drink this juice, feel amazing.

Green juice flavor balancing is somewhat of an art. Folks like Gena, Kris and Courtney juice expertly, and I have to say I often combine juice ingredients pretty well myself. Too much spice or tang overpowers the juice, while too much sweet and the libation tastes weird. My friend Ivory puts jalapeño in juices! There really is a spectrum in terms of what our unique palates can handle!

Today, I made this juice incorporating beets, fennel, chard and kale, and with a little experimentation realized that for the whole juice to come together it needed a bit more sweet for me to get it down. After all, the best green juice is the one you actually like to drink. I added a bit of cucumber, apple and lemon juice and it really changed things! Here’s the recipe I used. I’d love to hear what you like to put in your green juice!

 

Slightly Sweet Beet Fennel Kale Juice (serves 1-2)

Ingredients:

1 beet

1 bulb fennel

1 cucumber

1 apple

1/2 lemon

bunch of kale

bunch of chard

Instructions:

Juice them in a juicer, or try my “juice in a blender” method.

 

 

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I thought I’d do a little round-up of my favorite vegan dishes in Philly! As you can see, some of them are raw, some aren’t, but they’re all vegan, mostly gluten-free (I think!) and are completely delicious. They are in no particular order.

10. “Clean” Green Juice

Where to get it: Jar Bar in Center City

My favorite juice in the city, hands down. “Clean” contains: cucumber, celery, romaine, spinach, kale. $5.50 for 16oz is very fair and makes this my go-to juice when on the go in Philly.

9. Chickpea Salad with Falafel

Where to get it: SweetGreen in University City.

This salad is delicious. SweetGreen is amazing, and so close to where I live it’s almost criminal. (Image.)

8. Banana Whip, aka “Frobana”

Where to get it: HipCityVeg in Rittenhouse Square

A long time ago, Gena Hamshaw figured out how to make frozen bananas into truly magical soft-serve ice cream using only a food processor or green star juicer, empowering legions of vegans to make the treat for themselves. HipCityVeg, which opened a little while ago, serves this healthful vegan twist on soft serve from 10a-10p each day of the week! I love that I can get this whenever I’m remotely near Rittenhouse Square. Everything is remotely near Rittenhouse Square, and for that I am very, very grateful. (Image)

7. Brussels Sprouts shaved and grilled with smoked mustard

Where to get it: Vedge Restaurant, when it’s featured on the “Dirt List”

This dish is unreal. Shaved, grilled and smoked, these Brussels Sprouts are unlike any I have ever tried before. Crisp, savory, and slightly crunchy bits grace each sauce-coated shaved Brussels sprouts mound. I ordered this dish both times I have had the privilege of dining at Vedge and was consistently thrilled. Pure vegetable bliss. (Image)

6. Brown Rice Inari

Where To Get it: Mizu (in various locations throughout the city)

Inari is so amazing. It’s traditionally made with sushi rice wrapped in fried bean curd, but Mizu makes a version with brown rice that’s a tad more healthful and really delicious. You have to specially request it with brown rice but it’s totally worth it! (Image.)

5. Sea Vegetable Salad

Where to get it: Vegan Tree on South St.

Generous chunks of wakame, fresh greens and other veggies, plus sesame seeds and well-prepared tofu. A truly delicious option for pre-made seaweed salad–the best I’ve found in Philly so far. (Image)

4. Vegan Bubble Tea

Where to get it: Vegan Tree on South St.

While some controversy abounds as to whether bubble tea is safe, for now I’m a huge fan of the bubble tea options at Vegan Tree. Completely vegan bubble tea is semi hard to come by in Philly, so these are a real find. I love the green tea, coconut, and Jasmine green tea flavors best, but have a (tapioca) ball and enjoy what you will! (Image)

3. Chocolate Coconut-Based Vegan Soft-Serve

Where To Get it: Pure Fare, Center City

This soft serve is out of this world good. Coconut-based soft serve has arrived to Philly and it’s unbelievable. (Image.)

2. Gluten-Free Vegan Cake Balls

Where to get it: Sweet Freedom on South St.

Sweetened with low glycemic coconut sugar, these gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free confections from Sweet Freedom are made with high-quality ingredients and taste like a chocolate Universe just collided in on itself to form black (brown?) holes of deliciousness. These are gone in just a few bites. Perfect. Image.

1. “Green Delight (w/ Spirulina)” Popcorn

Where to get it: Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods in West Philly.

This spirulina-coated popcorn is like crack for those of us who love algae snacks. And who doesn’t love algae snacks?

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear in the comments which dishes you love to enjoy in Philly that I haven’t listed here 😉

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Green juice and locally-grown flowers in my kitchen.

While I’ve been known to down glasses of liquified mustard greens, radish, beet greens, arugula and other “strong” plant ingredients, I’m a huge fan of mild green juice now and then. Appease your palate while boosting your veggie intake with this cool twist on a classic:

Delightful Mild Mint Green Juice

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

1 medium or 3/4 large cucumber

1/2 head romaine lettuce

5 stalks celery

1/2 green apple (optional)

4 peppermint or other mint leaves

Instructions:

Juice, drink deeply and enjoy!

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If you’ve got a juicer, a juice bar, or a raw restaurant nearby, you’ve probably figured out how to get your hands on nutrient-dense liquid nutrition. But did you know that you can also make juice in your blender? With the help of a nut mylk bag (available at health food stores and online) or even cheese cloth if you’re in a pinch, you can use your plain old blender to make delicious juice. To be fair, I tend to make blended juice in a Vitamix and it’s been awhile since I’ve used a less advanced blender to get the job done, but I have done it, and yes, it does work.

This weekend, while visiting my brother Asher in Los Angeles, he took a few breaks from working on exciting projects at his film studio Pollution Studios to drink juice and hang with me. Here is the technique and recipe we used to make juice together!

Juice In A Blender! (Serves 1-2)

1. Chop all veggies, fruit, greens.

2. Blend all  ingredients.

3. Pour smoothie mix into a bowl with a nut mylk bag or cheesecloth. Pictured is a cheesecloth straining system.

4. Remove pulp-filled nut mylk bag or cheese cloth (freeze or immediately use in other recipes, if you’d like!) and pour strained juice into vessels of your choice.

My brother…enjoying fresh juice!

Voila! Enjoy! How do you like to make or get your juice? 😉

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