I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m one of those folks who can eat cold foods year-round. Iced coffee? EVERY MORNING. Ice cream in 33 degree weather (which in the Bay Area is considered the equivalent of winter in Alaska)? Count me in! Cold soup from a can? Let’s not talk about the things I had to do while trying to survive in grad school… I digress.
All of that being said, one of my all-time favorite treats (year-round) is the acai bowl. The acai berry is a Brazilian superfood which is known for being high in antioxidants, as well as high in weight loss properties and anti-aging properties.
There are many different possibilities of combinations for making your own acai bowls at home (acai can be purchased at stores such as Whole Foods and Sprouts). I have done it, and they do turn out well. Blend acai with some frozen banana, almond milk, spinach (gotta get those greens in!), top it with granola and honey and you are good to go! However, as I find with many other foods, there there is just something nice about getting one that is made by someone else, and that may feature ingredients that most people don’t have just lying around in their home.
Seeing as I am guilty of getting one of these bowls at least once a week, I figured it was only fitting that I do my first review on one of my favorite places: Vitality Bowls Superfood Cafe in Palo Alto!
This past Sunday, my friend Brytney and I explored the downtown Mountain View area as well as a little bit of Palo Alto. I of course had to bring my camera. We ended up at Vitality Bowls, so it worked out perfectly!
I also have a meeting I go to weekly in Palo Alto, and Vitality Bowls is one of my favorite places to stop. What can I say? I like big bowls and I cannot lie!
This past Sunday, I got the original Vitality Bowl (which is the basic acai bowl). I have a small obsession for goji berries, so that was my main reasoning. Brytney got the Nutty Bowl (blended with peanut butter as well as other ingredients) which I had never tried, and really enjoyed! The peanut butter flavor overpowers the acai flavor, so it is a good option if you’re a peanut butter lover and aren’t too sure about ordering something that is pronounced “ass-ay-ii.” Both were delicious!
Although there are multiple locations, the Palo Alto location is right off of California Street, and is located conveniently near Cal Train for those of you who take the train to work in the mornings! The shop itself is always very clean and although sometimes the employees are in back, they are really good about checking to see if anyone has come in the store.
In terms of popularity, oddly enough I RARELY see more than 1-2 people in the store besides myself. It could be that people take their bowls to go, or do online orders (a feature offered by the shop), or maybe I just come at all the wrong times.
Pricing is perhaps the one dilemma that I have with Vitality Bowls. The cheapest bowl on their menu is somewhere around $10.49, which although I understand is probably for a couple of reasons… namely effort (these bowls take a few minutes to make/blend, chop the fruit, etc.) and cost of ingredients (some fruit isn’t always in season and can add up – acai alone is pretty pricey), it is still hard to put out that much for what is essentially a treat. Still, if you’re looking for a great, overall healthy, chilled, and delicious treat, acai bowls at Vitality Bowls Superfood Cafe are the way to go!
Plus, if you go at sunset you can take gorgeous pictures!
Did I make my point?
Katie’s Rating Round-up:
Location ☆☆☆ 3 stars
Atmosphere ☆☆☆ 3 stars
Cleanliness ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars
Taste ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars
Price ☆☆ 3 stars
Check out Vitality Bowls and let me know in the comments what YOU think!