What: The Marcie’s Matcha smoothie
Where: Fresh Juice Bar, 73030 El Paseo, No. 104, Palm Desert; also in La Quinta and Palm Springs
How much: $5.95 for 16 ounces; $7.95 for 24 ounces
Contact: 760-837-9777; freshjuicebar.com
Why: All the unique flavors.
As I drove away from the Fresh Juice Bar on El Paseo, I faced a dilemma.
I knew I was going to be writing an Indy Endorsement about the Marcie’s Matcha smoothie on which I was sipping; after all, it was one of the best smoothies I’d ever tasted. However … I could not figure out how in the world I was going to describe the flavor.
Describing the color (yellowish-green) would be easy. Describing the texture (delightfully smooth) would be a piece of cake. But the flavor? Well, here’s my best effort.
It was sweet—but in a mellow way, thanks to the banana and vanilla whey. It was slightly earthy, due to the matcha green tea (read: powdered green tea) and the almond milk. It had just a hint of spice, due to the cinnamon.
But here’s the kicker: Even though I’ve used words to minimize the power of all these flavor profiles—mellow, slightly, just a hint—the sum of all these parts is a smoothie that’s packed with flavor.
As I pondered all of this for what seemed like seconds—a minute or two, tops—my heart sank when the flow of liquid in the straw suddenly ceased: My 16-ounce smoothie was gone. I’d practically guzzled the thing. This depressing event turned my thoughts from describing the flavor to regretting the decision not to get a 24-ounce smoothie instead.
Try this smoothie. You’ll like it. And trust me: Get the 24-ounce size.