Sometime back in late March or early April I heard news on Twitter of a juice/smoothie street food vendor coming to Vancouver as part of the new fleet of food trucks this year. I found their handle (@juicetruck), and started following them. For months I was taunted by their tweets of creative and delicious sounding juice and smoothie creations, cursing the fact they they still were not open! Kinda mean if you ask me, but a good way to drum up interest for sure!
Then one day this July I saw the tweet I had been waiting for…
Yes! Finally, after months of drooling over my phone and computer screen, I was finally going to get to taste some of these creations I had read so much about. You better believe I figured out the earliest date possible to make the epic trek into downtown Vancouver to get my juice on.
I made my way into Vancouver last week (Tuesday I believe?), and wandered through Gastown until I came to the intersection of Water and Abbott Streets where I was greeted with that which I was searching – The Juice Truck.
I walked up to the window, chatting with the owners Zach and Ryan while perusing my juice and smoothie options.
So many to choose from! I had smoothie on the brain, so at least I was able to cut my options in half. I eventually narrowed it down to The Strawberry and The Almost Chocolate. It was Zach’s description of The Strawberry – “tastes like a strawberry oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen” – that finally helped me make a choice.
And so, The Strawberry was mine.
The Strawberry – strawberry blended with coconut meat, coconut milk, raw cacao nibs, vanilla & agave.
Now, I can’t verify the whole tasting like a blizzard thing (note to self – get to DQ and try said blizzard), but I can tell you this was creamy and delicious. Lots of great strawberry flavour with a hint of chocolate and a little texture from the cacao nibs. Not overly sweet, and I wonder if the agave is even really necessary? My only issue is I wished it had been colder – I like me an ice cold smoothie, especially on a sunny day.
I didn’t feel I could write a fair review of The Juice Truck based on one visit though. I mean, they have 13 juices and smoothies on the menu. So I planned another trip back this week.
This time, I thought I should try out one of the juices. And after the somewhat heavy lunch I had (more on that in another post), I felt The Green was the appropriate juice for the day.
Ummm…so it’s not so green looking, because I had them add some red delicious apple to the blend.
The Green - cucumber pressed with green kale, parsley, celery, lime, and mint (add apple for 1/2 the green).
I was actually going to go straight up green, but after chatting with Zach and Ryan again (seriously great guys to talk to – so friendly and personable while you wait for your fresh juice/smoothie), they convinced me I might want a bit of sweetness in the juice if I wasn’t looking for hardcore veggie flavour. I figured it might be safer to add the apple…just in case. I do have that whole “super taster/bitter flavour hating” issue after all.
This was an interesting blend. The apple definitely made it sweet, and yet the celery and parsley flavours really dominated the juice. The guys told me that the straight up green is very heavy on those flavours. I am curious as to how it would taste straight up, because I almost found the apple too sweet? Maybe subbing in something like a Granny Smith apple would be better – I may hate bitter, but I do love sour, plus this would help preserve the green colour.
After my two visits to The Juice Truck, I am definitely a fan. Not only do they have a tasty, fresh, healthy, refreshing product (using as many locally sourced and organic fruits and veg as possible), but the owners are awesome. All of the items on the menu are made to order, and although they don’t do custom juice/smoothie combinations, you can ask them to leave something out if you aren’t a fan (I’m looking at you ginger). They tell me that they do plan on offering a feature smoothie or juice each week that isn’t on the permanent menu – apparently in their testing they had a bunch of other great recipes. I heard rumours of Apple Pie and Key Lime Pie creations…just sayin’.
Plus they have cool buttons!
If you find yourself in downtown Vancouver, say between the hours of 12 – 5 pm, make your way over to Gastown and get yourself a juice or smoothie from The Juice Truck. Tell them I sent ya – it won’t get you anything, but it would make me feel special.