My first food review on this blog! It finally happened, I’m actually going to write a food review on this blog even though I feel like I’m not extremely knowledgable in food and my opinions and preferences may not be the same as yours.
Last week I got invited to a private tasting session at Commodity Juicery. This was my first time going to a cold-pressed juicery, but after seeing countless beautiful photos of these places on Instagram, I was so excited to visit!
The store itself is quite small, but its very bright and welcoming. There are a variety of different juices, smoothies, meals and snacks you can get here, which is great because it’s not just limited to juice! I was really impressed with how informative this juice tasting was, and how knowledgable everyone working here is. If you look at their website, Commodity Juicery, you can see all of their different kinds of juices, what’s in each of the juices, what kind of vitamins they have and their health benefits. I really like their website because of this reason; I’m not big on being super healthy with food, unfortunately but it’s good to know all the potential health benefits of the juices so it makes me feel like a better human being when I drink them. There is also a scale for each of the juices based on it’s sweetness, which is really helpful for new juice drinkers like me since I don’t think I want to start out with a not sweet juice. Below is a glimpse of what some of their juices look like! I really like the simple and minimalistic design of their tags, and since they’re all hung around the bottle with rope I feel like it says something about how personal it feels since it takes effort and time to do that. I also really like that platform that the juice is placed on, I’m not sure what it’s for exactly but it looks great in photos!
For my tasting session, the juices I tried were:
(01) Sweet Greens ($10)
This was my favourite juice out of all of them, I definitely recommend this to you if you’re a cold-pressed juice beginner like I am because it was super easy to drink and the right amount of sweetness! I’ve had my fair share of homemade kale smoothies that don’t taste the best, but this juice with Pineapple, Kale, Romaine, Cilantro, Green Apple and Lime was a solid combination. The pineapple (which I definitely thought was orange at first) made the whole thing taste sweet and refreshing! I thought I would have a hard time enjoying the green juices because kale and cilantro just sounded so daunting, but I was wrong!
(02) All Greens ($10)
Another very green juice was the All Greens, it had Kale, Cucumber, Romaine, Celery, Parsley, Lime, Lemon, Ginger. I was nervous to drink something that had parsley and ginger in it, which I don’t like eating. However, I love celery. If you talk to any of my friends about what I eat, they’ll all know I love celery and I hate cheese. Luckily, the celery in this juice was the most prominent taste I discovered when I tried this. If you’re a fan of celery, this is for you!
(05) Feel The Beet ($10)
This is the juice that I wasn’t the biggest fan of. I think the beets had too much of an earthy root vegetable taste, which I didn’t really enjoy. However, my friend Jeannie, that I brought along (check out her blog too!) liked this juice because of it’s earthy taste. This juice had Beet, Carrot, Turmeric, Green Apple, Ginger and Lemon.
(08) Orange Roots ($10)
This one tasted mainly like carrot juice, I’m not the best at detecting ingredients in things. It contained carrot, turmeric, apple and lemon. Something to mention about this, on their website, each of the juices have a list of health benefits that the juice may help with. For this one, among a couple of benefits including improvement of eyesight, it also lists clearing acne which is good for us stressful students!
(10) Sunrise ($10)
Again, my non-existent skill of detecting ingredients strikes again! All I got from this was the grapefruit, which isn’t bad because I actually like the taste of grapefruit. Ingredients in this juice were Grapefruit, Apple, Lemon and Mint. From what I remember, this one was pretty light and sweet!
Healthy G Smoothie ($9)
This smoothie was packed with all the good stuff, including Kale, Banana, Spinach, Avocado, Cucumber, Parsley, Cilantro, Ginger, Spirilina, Dates and Apple Juice. I don’t even know what Spirilina is, or what is tastes like exactly but it sounds cool. I think this one had a pretty distinct ginger taste, which I’m not a big fan of. However, for those of you that like your smoothies strong and flavourful, this one has your name written all over it!
(12) Matcha Mylk ($12)
Before I went to the tasting, I was asked which drink I specifically wanted to try. After perusing over their menu, I found this Matcha Mylk, which I knew would be one I had to try. Ever since I started my food instagram, I tend to decide what I want to eat based on how it looks and what it is. If you’re familiar with food-related things, Matcha is finely grounded up green tea and a very popular asian flavour for ice cream, lattes, cakes, you name it! Since this was matcha, I specifically asked for this because I knew that people that look at my Instagram would want to know about this. However, I think that most of the matcha I drink is heavily sweetened, which really affected my enjoyment of this. This was a nut based drink, which meant that it was made with Cashew and Almond. It had a very subtle Matcha taste, and was lightly sweetened with Maple Syrup and Vanilla Bean. I think if I hadn’t been so used to overly sweetened matcha drinks, I would have enjoyed this more.
After trying out all those drinks, we tasted some of the Organic Raw Bowls, Snacks and Raw Treats.
The photo above was the Kale Caesar ($10). Whenever I go to a restaurant and they have something on the menu that I want, but I see it also has cheese in it, I always ask for no cheese (it’s a preference, I just don’t like the taste of cheese!) Luckily, since this is vegan, I didn’t have to worry because it doesn’t actually have cheese in it! This salad had Kale, Romaine, Coconut Bacon, Rawmesean (their take on Parmesan!) and Cashew Caesar Dressing. Having a salad with kale in it sounds intimidating because everyone talks about how its super bitter and shouldn’t be eaten raw. However, I was super surprised with this because it tasted EXACTLY like a normal caesar salad, but in my head I knew it was way healthier (so that makes me a better person, right?) This was a great way to take something like a caesar salad thats borderline healthy, and turn it into something that’s actually healthy.
This was my favourite of the food tasting at Commodity. There are plenty things that I’m not a big fan of, rice is one of them. Being Chinese, I used to have rice everyday for dinner and that just made me slowly stop liking it. A donburi is usually made with rice, but this Sesame Donburi ($10) contained none! The ‘rice’ was made out of chopped cauliflower (they call it Raw Ryce here), and mixed with Broccoli, Bean Sprouts, Red Cabbage, Carrots, Green Onions, Kale, Sesame Seeds and Chili Lime Dressing. This was amazing, I would eat this for lunch every week if I was close enough to this place. The sauce was super addicting, because it tasted so good. I don’t really know what else I can say to express my feelings about this bowl, but just think positive good things!
The soup we tried was Carissa’s grandmother’s recipe for Vegan Minestrone Soup, it’s not currently on the menu but it was delicious! There were also some Zucchini Chips ($5), which are dehydrated and seasoned with something that tasted a bit spicy?
It’s not a health food/drink establishment unless I talk about Kale one more time! These are Kale Chips ($5) and they’re basically dehydrated kale that’s seasoned. I really like savoury snacks, and if this wasn’t as expensive i’d eat it while I watched TV. This is pretty much why I felt super healthy after I left the place.
These were the Coconut Macaroons ($4), not to be confused with my love, the ‘arons’ in Guacarons, which is for Macarons. This just wasn’t my type of dessert. I find the texture of coconut shavings to be really weird and I didn’t really like the taste of it.
Overall, I had a really great experience trying out what Commodity Juicery has to offer!
Thank you to Carissa Campeotto from Commodity Juicery and Sophia Rizos from Zomato for this opportunity!
3975 Fraser St