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Best smoothie place?

dkrocks May 1, 2007 08:36 PM

Is anyone bored of jamba juice?

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    potterta May 3, 2007 09:31 AM

    Orange Julius has the best smoothies. Dairy Queen has owned the Orange Julius brand for about 15 years now. They have improved their recipes in the past 5 years, and now offer what is called a Premium Fruit Smoothie, which is made with real fruit, yogurt, and a small amount of ice. Unfortunately most Orange Julius stores are only located in enclosed malls but there is a rumor that they might start showing up in all Dairy Queen stores over the next few years.. They still carry the original Julius drinks which contain real fruit, the powders to make them frothy or thick, ice, and a natural sweetner base, but most people have migrated to the Premium Fruit Smoothies as they are thicker and better tasting and normally lower in fat than the Originals.

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      SeanT May 3, 2007 09:24 AM

      I have an acai smoothie obsession these days and the jamba version aint so great. Look for Juice it up and ask for a little extra ice.

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        nitaj May 2, 2007 07:41 PM

        I like the smoothies and Fresh squeezed juices from the juice bar at Jon's supermarket in Van Nuys.

        1. ipsedixit May 1, 2007 10:00 PM

          I sort of like the avocado smoothie at Mr. Baguette.

          Oh, how I yearn for the days of Orange Julius .... :-)

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            katkoupai May 1, 2007 10:40 PM

            I thought Orange Julius was still around. The Northridge Mall still has one. :)

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              mlgb May 2, 2007 09:22 AM

              Theres a DQ in Palm Desert that incorporates Orange Julius.

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                Das Ubergeek May 2, 2007 09:23 AM

                So does the Brea Mall... but the best smoothies might be from Brianna's in Anaheim, on the corner of Ball Road and State College Blvd.

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                  katkoupai May 2, 2007 09:47 AM

                  Right, mlgb and Das. :) Orange Julius is now a fusion with some other place that serves hot dogs, ice cream, cheap nachos (with the fake cheese), and the like. I think it is Dairy Queen, as mlgb suggests above. I still get an orange julius about once a year. Good stuff.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek
                    dkrocks May 2, 2007 07:41 PM

                    what makes briannas so good?

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                      Das Ubergeek May 3, 2007 08:06 AM

                      They use fresh fruit, not frozen, and yogurt, not smoothie base. And you get a cherry and a little umbrella with it.

              2. chica May 1, 2007 09:41 PM

                Does it technically have to be healthy...with fruits? Can be it of shake or malt-like quality? :) If so, I'd consider trying MILK on Beverly, which has wonderful desserts including ice cream shakes and malts.

                Some healthy jamba juice like chains are juice it up and Robeks juice.

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                  Diana May 3, 2007 09:14 AM

                  Actually, smoothies aren't really all that healthy. Lotsa calories and sugar...sometimes fat.

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                    Frank_Santa_Monica May 3, 2007 09:30 AM

                    OMG. You are absolutely right! Smoothies are horrible for you. Unless it's made with unpasturized juice.

                    The BEST smoothie you can get, aside from making it at home, is at The Beverly Hills Juice Club. It's like $7 a smoothie, though. There is a huge assortment of unpasturized juice and wheat grass and blue algae you can add to your smoothie. None of that processed chemical stuff here. I go almost every day. There's always a line. Try the vegetable stuff also.

                    Beverly Hills Juice Club is located on Beverly Blvd. and Orlando.

                    1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica
                      dkrocks May 3, 2007 11:01 AM

                      I agree Frank... not too many places around that make innovative fruit smoothies and/or drinks - au natural!

                    2. re: Diana
                      chica May 3, 2007 09:06 PM

                      And yes, there are healthy ones, as the posters here mention. It entirely depends on where you go, and what you order where you go.

                  2. katkoupai May 1, 2007 09:33 PM


                    I like their selection.

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                      ktm May 1, 2007 09:31 PM

                      I had a great unexpected taste treat today that might qualify. I ordered a "honeydew melon juice" at the Indonesian cafe / grocery at the corner of National / Motor (where National curves) and it turned out to be a smooth frozen slushy glass of pure honeydew. Yum!

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                        mlgb May 1, 2007 09:22 PM

                        I'm bored with smoothies in general, but I liked a green tea one I had at Smoothie King. Trying to remember what fruit I had in it, but can't.

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