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Kale Me Crazy, First Impressions

A new juice joint called Kale Me Crazy has opened up in Atlanta. Their facebook page states “Kale Me Crazy is an upscale juice bar that specializes in cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and raw foods.  We believe in better health and well-being through organic raw food”.  I love smoothies especially in the summer, so we headed over to try it out.

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Its interior is sleek, mostly white and modern and small.  There is seating at the front bar or at another bar facing the window. The guy at the counter was really nice and let us sample the juices. All the juices and smoothies are vegan and they offer some vegan baked goods.

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I got the Refresh smoothie- kale, celery, apple, banana, mint, coconut meat, coconut milk and maple syrup.

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Neal got the Recovery smoothie-banana, cherries, cashews, coconut yogurt, almond milk and vegan protein.

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Both smoothies were good, but I think I would have liked it more if there had been more cherry tartness in the Recovery and more apple sweetness/tartness in the Refresh. Neal really liked his and thought it tasted like a cherry milkshake.

I got the vibe that they were still getting a feel for what customers wanted and liked, so it’s possible their menu may change. If I happen to be in the neighborhood and get a hankering for a smoothie I’ll definitely stop by again, but I don’t see myself going out of my way to get one. To be fair, I don’t think I’m their target demographic because while I like smoothies, I’m not that into the whole juicing thing (I like pulpy fiber!). And since I own a Vitamix, it’s hard to justify spending that much on a smoothie when I can make one all day, err’day for a fraction of the price.

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Homemade spinach, pineapple, frozen banana,and coconut flakes smoothie.

What do you prefer….fresh pressed juices or smoothies?

A weekend, brought to you by the letter F

is for freeing a caterpillar from a dangerous bike ride.

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F is for feeling like a kid again when getting up close and personal with trains.
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F is for festival, the Inman Park festival where we got to see Jeanette Zeis (a local vegan artist) selling her goods alongside Kenn Twofour.inmanparkfest1F is for food…

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Friday night take away from Chinese Buddha. They have a separate veg menu and these are satay sticks.

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Strawberry-banana pop from King of Pops.

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Vegan reuben from Dough Bakery/ Gutenfleischers (click for link)

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A sad version of raw ackee scramble with green onions. We needed to get groceries. (click pic for a better version)

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Enh. This was just enh. But again, we had no food in the house. We needed to get to the store.

F is for furbabies that need their nails trimmed.

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Chai Pani, First Impressions

We finally got a chance to try out a newish restaurant in downtown Decatur called Chai Pani. It is advertised as Indian street food. The first time N and I tried to go there was a Friday night at around 8:30pm and the wait was 45 minutes! So we passed on it and decided to go Saturday around 12:30pm and there was no wait at all.

Parking is a pain here because it shares a parking lot with another restaurant and a dry cleaner, so I recommend walking or biking if possible.

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The inside is very open, colorful and bright. There are a lot of BIG windows that let in natural light.

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The complete menu can be found online here. There are several items on the menu that we had never heard of before. The menu designates vegan items with a “V”.  Yay!

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We weren’t terribly hungry so we just got a few smaller dishes, focusing on items that we had never heard of before.

The exception were the samosas, but we were curious as to how their version tasted. It was delicious. I even ate all those raw onions after dredging them through that tangy tamarind chutney!

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Menu description: Savory, flaky pastry stuffed with spicy cumin scented potatoes. Dressed with tamarind and green chutneys.

We also had the Bhel Puri because they called it an “Indian street food classic” on the menu.  It was good and just as the menu described…tangy, crunchy spice with a little bit of sweet too! N described it as “like eating Indian style rice crispies cereal”.

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Menu description:Tangy, crunchy, spice- an Indian street food classic. Puffed rice, flour crisps, crunchy chickpea noodles, cilantro and onions tossed with tamarind and green chutneys.

I also wanted to try the Corn Bhel, which seemed similar to the Bhel Puri but with fresher ingredients like corn, tomatoes and cucumbers…but they were out 😦

Finally we tried the Masala Fries.  These just tasted like regular fries to me with cilantro. I was hoping for more of a strong masala curry taste.

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Menu description:handcut shoe string potato fries flecked with cilantro tossed with seasoning and salt. Served with tomato chutney.

Overall, the food was tasty as evidenced by our clean plates.  I’d have to say that the samosas were my favorite.

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Service was good, though we did have to wait a little while for our bill. We’d probably eat there again in order to try some other things on the menu (like their crepes/dosas and sambar) and to get the samosas! I just wouldn’t go during a busy time because I don’t think its worth waiting 45 minutes for.

Excuse me, can somebody point me to my next meal?

Not to toot my own horn, but when I set my mind on doing something, it gets done. And it gets done well. This weekend I decided to focus on eating all the good foods and having fun. It was tough at times, but I think I did a good job.

I started at Revolution Doughnuts. I was pleased to see they have clearly marked all vegan donuts with a “V”. I picked up a couple of apple fritters, a raspberry sprinkle, dark chocolate and a vanilla.

The apple fritter had real apple bits.

N and I went to the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire  at Georgia Tech later. We went last year and they have definitely grown. The fair is basically a place where a bunch of nerds and creative DIY’ers share and create. There are usually a bunch of robotics and engineering things in addition to crafty things.

Some highlights include watching shirts get screen printed. These cute designs are by Chris Neuenschwander at Noosh Studios,

Chinese calligraphy by Lin Li from the Atlanta Chinese Calligraphy Lovers Association,

eclectic bikes from bike kayaks, double-decker bikes

and a shoe bike that N actually rode. He didn’t fall.

There was also a lot of fun DIY projects for me kids, like mini steam rolling printing

and squishy circuits made out of homemade play-doh!

So much creativity a hungry girl it did make. So later that night, we went to the Atlanta Food Truck Park to watch our friends New Terminus  play (Former Fish Taco Fanatic’s husband is the drummer!) and get some grub.

We ate at the Soul Veg truckbut it was so dark that this is the only decent pic that came out. It’s  the last bit of N’s vegan cheese steak. I had jerk tofu with greens…oh, so good!

On Sunday, we made sure to get to Dough Bakery and Gutenfleischers to get their turkey dinner special before it ended. A hoagie stuffed with mashed taters, thinly sliced “turkey” and smothered with gravy. No words, all drool.

They had festive cupcakes that I couldn’t resist either.

All in all, I’d say a gluttonous job well done!