Pit Stop At Café Bliss

During my birthday visit to Victoria, I spent some quality time window shopping downtown. It was a sunny, warm, beautiful weekend – you can’t ask for better shopping weather. I love to wander up and down the streets, popping into shops that catch my eye, making mental notes of things I like that I may want to go back and actually purchase. Inevitably though, all that shopping leaves you needing a little pick me up – a refreshing drink or perhaps a mid-afternoon snack. I considered a trip to Starbucks for an iced green tea latte, but quickly changed my mind when I found myself standing outside Café Bliss.

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Someone forgot to take a picture outside, so the business card will have to suffice.

Café Bliss is an organic live food juice bar – 100% raw, vegan, organic, gluten free, local, and according to their website, 100% made with love. So west coast hippie – I love it!

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Now Cafe Bliss has been open for some time – I know they were around when I was still living in Victoria. Yet I never managed to get around to trying them out. A shame I tell you – I mean, just look at the delectable treats in the display case!

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Black forest cake, mint matcha squares, monkey rolls, bliss balls, and so much more!

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Breakfast brownies? Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’d be okay with eating a brownie for breakfast.

As much as I would have liked to order one of everything from the display case, I really just wanted something refreshing to drink. So I took my time browsing the menu of juices and smoothies.

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I’m pretty sure there is something on that menu for everyone’s tastes, and then some. You can understand why it took me a good 5 minutes to go through the whole thing. And then I asked the server at the counter what she recommended, because I just couldn’t decide on my own. That’s my new favourite thing to do when I go into new restaurants or when I just can’t decide – ask the server to recommend something. I’d say 9 times out of 10 it turns out awesome, and often they will direct me to something on the menu that I would normally pass over on my own. Try it next time you are unsure!

Anyways…she recommended a few smoothies that were her favourite, but when she drew my attention to the Creamy Green, I knew I had to have it. I think simply because it was going to be the same colour as the iced green tea latte I had considered getting earlier.

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Blending up my Creamy Green smoothie – Cafe Bliss’ blender of choice appears to be the Blendtec.

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Creamy Green Smoothieapple, orange, banana, hemp, lucuma, tocos, maca, pollen, vitamineral green, vanilla, almond milk. Say that 5 times fast!

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First off, I loved the choice of glassware – mason jars! Even if you order your smoothie to go, you get a mason jar (with a lid). You just pay a deposit of $1.25 (if I remember correctly), and you get that back when you bring the jar back at a later time. Thumbs up for sustainability.

The smoothie was creamy, delicious, and refreshing. I can’t say that any one flavour stood out – instead, they all played nicely to create one enjoyable drink. A little “earthy” as my mom would say, but I enjoy that.

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Good to the last drop.

Had I been hungry, I would have loved to try out some of their creations from the food menu.

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The Thai Noodle Bowl and Falafel in particular caught my eye. Too bad I didn’t have time to go back while I was still in Victoria. Guess that means I’ll need to take another trip back to my second home – preferably sooner rather than later. I could use a little bliss in my life.

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And probably one of those breakfast brownies 😉

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3 Comments on “Pit Stop At Café Bliss”

  1. August 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Omg i always get the creamy green smoothie! it’s my favourite!! good choice 🙂 ❤

    • August 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

      I’m all about ordering smoothies I would love to make at home but can’t do to lack of blender. Totally gonna need to go back there and try out more of their foods – perhaps on our next blogger meet up? 😀

  2. August 25, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    As soon as I saw the food menu I waas like “I would love the thai noodle bowl!” Great minds think alike!

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