Acai for Me!

Smoothies step aside, acai bowls are here to stay. Sure a smoothie is great, they are refreshing, quick, and easy. But with an acai bowl, you get the frozen acai sometimes blended with coconut water or almond milk, and all of the fresh juicy ingredients layered with granola. I don’t know about you, but I sure love a nice cold refreshing bowl of fruit on a hot summer day, and here in Florida, EVERY DAY is a hot summer day.
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This past week my Mom was in town, and I always love to show her my new foodie spots, and she really enjoys trying them out as well. Nobody in my family ever turns down free food.

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Our first stop was 3 Natives in Boca Raton. I have been hearing great things about them, and I knew it was a nice little air conditioned spot because I had stopped in earlier in the week to try it out. Now I didn’t get to eat my bowl right away because I brought it to work with me and put it in the fridge instead of freezer, but let me tell you, even melted and soupy, it was still tasty and hit the spot. 

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On this day though, with my Mom, I got to experience it in all of it’s frozen goodness. I ordered the V.O.T with no kiwi and I added strawberries. The abbreviations stand for the Village of Tequesta where 3 Natives got its start. This beautifully constructed bowl had mangos, raspberries, granola, shredded coconut, and strawberries, with the frozen acai sorbet nestled down in the bottom.

 

When I tell you this stuff is better than ice cream and healthier, I am being serious. It is vegan, fresh, and customizable. They are almost too big to eat in one sitting, but I did say almost. My Mom and I both ate every last bite, and then decided we would be back with my Sister and her family.

 

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 3 Natives also carries Nelly’s cold brew, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and much more. Make sure you sign up for their rewards program through FiveStar when you are there so you can reap the benefits of discounts and $$$ off (since you will be going ALL of the time) 

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Now, 3 Natives isn’t the only place to get this wonderful bowl. There is a cute little shop on South Federal Hwy. in Delray right before Linton called Surf Shack Subs & Smoothies. There is no air conditioned seating but that didn’t stop me from sitting and enjoying my meal on a 94 degree day. The décor is island style and they even have corn hole to play while you hang out. The island music playing sets the tone for a very relaxing experience. And, as a bonus, it is right in front of the pinball museum, so have a bite to eat and then go get your gaming on for a mere $2.00 for half an hour of play.

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                                                               IMG_0749My Mom and Sister were still hooked on acai bowls, so they both ordered a different one so we could have something to try, but I was in the mood for one of their famous subs I have heard so much about.

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After looking at the menu for a few minutes, I ordered a Roasted Chicken Banh Mi, which was to die for (for real though, my lips were ON FIRE). All of the flavors were there; the crunchy peanut sauce, the spicy srirachia, the crisp cucumber, and the pickled veggies all put together on a perfectly baked roll. As soon as I was finished, I regretted not ordering the large so I could have some for later.

The Shack is known for last minute deals on their Facebook page, so check them out and be sure to follow!

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I cannot wait to go back to both places to try the other delicious items on their menus. What have you tried? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

3 Natives – 1200 Yamato Road Boca Raton, Fl 33431 561.717.8121
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

 

Surf Shack Subs & Smoothies– 916 SE 5th Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33483 561.501.7868

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday

(will stay open later for special occasions if asked)

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