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Searching for the perfect fruit smoothie! Where do you get yours, CT?

stuck in Hartford County May 8, 2010 01:59 PM

Not sure what's come over me, but l've been craving fruit smoothies this spring. I already posted my love for Stew Leonards' pina colada/berry combo, but it's a little too sweet (OK, FAKE). I don't really like "milky/creamy" style smoothies- just fruit juice, fruit and...whatever. No healthy *hit like vitamins/wheat germ/grass or hippie stuff.

In high school, I worked at Everything Yogurt and we made good banana/strawberry smoothies (strawberries/bananas/honey/orange juice).

I'm not above a good cola/cherry slurpee from the gas station 7-eleven, or a red icee, either (are these the same?).

There's a really good smoothie place in the back of the National Hotel on Block Island. There's a Robeks in my hometown (EXPENSIVE/HIPPIE STUFF ALERT). Sadly, no Jamba Juice near here :( I miss the Orange Juluis stand in the New Orleans airport! Island Oasis too FAKE/SWEET.

Where do you get yours, CT?

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    ganache123 RE: stuck in Hartford County May 9, 2010 04:28 AM

    Had great smoothies in Seatle at Emerald Smoothie and just noticed one in the Evergreen Square in Windsor/Manchester? It's in that mall that has Pottery Barn and LL Bean.

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      Uncledave RE: stuck in Hartford County May 10, 2010 09:06 AM

      I don't like smoothies masquerading as a milk shake or "juice cocktail" , loaded with sugar and/or sweetened yogurt. Nor do I want a slushee, fattened up with (cost saving) ice.

      I want just fruit - fresh fruit, organic if possible. And choices of supplements to add are nice.

      There's a Robeks in West Hartford -- I'm not crazy about the product. Ditto for Jamba.

      Best by far is Alchemy Juice Bar in Hartford near Trinity.

      http://www.alchemyjuicebar.com/

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      Alchemy Juice Bar Cafe
      201 New Britain Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

      Robeks
      2397 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905

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        Sean RE: Uncledave May 10, 2010 02:44 PM

        Crazy Burger in Narragansett, they also make awesome frozen lemonade in alot of different flavors

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          stuck in Hartford County RE: Uncledave May 11, 2010 03:59 AM

          I've heard of this place. What's the parking situation? I work on Asylum next to St. Francis, so I don't think I'm too far, but I'm not really familiar w/the area.

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            Uncledave RE: stuck in Hartford County May 11, 2010 11:18 AM

            It's on-street parking. I've never had more than a 1/2 block walk.

            Good food there too. It's vegan, with some raw selections, but done nicely and satisfying. Good portions. A couple of homemade soups and stews each day.

            If you like their smoothies, which you will, you can buy a glass bottle for refills.

        2. kattyeyes RE: stuck in Hartford County May 11, 2010 11:04 AM

          Next time you get down FFD county way, Luncheria Valencia in Norwalk has a variety of juices...you can blend up 2 or 3. I had pineapple mango (YUM!) and my dining partner had strawberry (and melon, I think?)...just juice, no nonsense, and I was very happy with their arepas and empanadas, too. It's on 1/the post road not far from The Lime. Need to get back again soon.

          And right there with you on Orange Julius--that's a big nostalgic fave, too. That's easy enough to play with at home, esp. if you add 43 Liqueur, but that's another topic for another thread. :)

          If you wanna add slurpees in the mix, I have to add a recommendation for my local favorite lemon ice/Italian ice--that's Vecchitto's in Middletown...and I think/I hope they open Memorial Day weekend. Not a slurpee, just straight up Italian ice and the best I know of. Flavors change regularly and can include chocolate, almond, watermelon, grape, root beer...the list goes on.

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          Vecchitto Italian Ice
          323 Dekoven Dr, Middletown, CT

          Luncheria Valencia
          172 Main St, Norwalk, CT 06851

          1. njensen RE: stuck in Hartford County May 11, 2010 12:08 PM

            If just fruit is what you're after try Meli Melo - they are know for their crepes, but have an excellent seleciton of juices and smoothies that they make fresh to order.

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            Meli Melo Restaurant
            362 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830

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              brookerme RE: stuck in Hartford County May 11, 2010 01:12 PM

              just noticed that Target has fruit smoothies- today I saw Mango and Strawberry. Sign says Archer Farms real fruit juice

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