Don’t Panic, It’s Organic at Kreation Organic Kafe in BrentwoodBy Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Don’t panic, it’s organic!!! A few weeks ago Edible Skinny was lucky enough to have a AB FAB meal at the AWESOME Kreation Organic Kafe in Brentwood. Dining with the AMAZING Yoga Guru Jordana Reim (who just finished summiting Everest Base Camp with her company 180 Retreats!!!) we sampled complimentary activated charcoal water, were dazzled by blooming napkins, contemplated which flavor to pick from a juice selection that went into the hundreds, and embraced the non-oxymoron statement of desserts that are good for you. Health at this level might sound like a fantasy, but I assure you in this timeline it’s the ultimate reality a Kreation Organic Kafe! ;-)
Founded in 2005 by Marjan Sarshar; in the last decade Kreation Organic Kafe has expanded to 17 locations serving 100 percent USDA-certified organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies and superfood snacks. Four of these locations (Santa Monica, Abbot Kinney, Beverly Grove, and Brentwood) are full-blown cafes and juiceries serving salubrious Iranian-inspired fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch menus. The Brentwood location is also the first location in Kreation history to have a Bar (with a capital B) with Koktails crafted with Kreation’s signature juices.
Bring on the Juice!!! Jordana and I started our meal with a couple of rounds of the Feel Better Shot, a healthy shooter that invigorated us with a serious punch of Turmeric and Echinacea, a bright burst of energy from Lemon, and a Cayenne kick. It’s dense infusion of Vitamin C, will instantly refresh any foggy head! But another solution is always alcohol (you like that pun there?), as Kreation Organic Kafe’s Brentwood location is the first to offer a full beer & wine bar, featuring cold-pressed juice Kocktails! I voted for their Margarita, which was delightfully spicy, sinfully alcoholic, and yet also full of the freshest cold-pressed juices available (so at least it’s a bit healthy…). FYI Kreation Organic Kafe San Vicente has Gratitude Hour everyday from 3pm-7pm for Kocktails and appetizer specials! ;-)
You are what you eat; don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake... We then continued on to the food portion of this edible adventure! We noshed on their Avocado Toast composed of Mashed avocado, Roma tomato, basil, garlic, chili flakes and chia seeds garnish on multigrain bread. And in honor of Meatless Mondays (and Jordana being a Gluten Free Vegan) we also dined on their Vegan Meatballs and Sautéed Zucchini Noodles. Trés Yumm!!! (With 3 Ms!!!)
In 2005, Marjan Sarshar started Kreation as an organic café on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica serving only 7 menu items, all her favorite Mediterranean and Persian recipes. Because they were one of the first healthy cafes, they were an instant hit for the health conscious eaters who wanted to live a high quality healthy lifestyle. Later that summer, a retail space immediately adjacent to Kreation became available and she jumped at the opportunity to open the Juicery in that space. September 17, 2011 became the official birthday of Kreation Juicery. And from then on, it was to infinity and beyond!!!
Sarshar still stays close to her Persian roots, with Kreation Organic Kafe recently honoring Nowruz, the Iranian New Year (which is celebrated on the first day of Spring). For the following 13 days afterwards, the restaurant offered Persian-inspired dishes to honor this holiday of renewal including: KooKoo (Persian Quiche), Ash Soup, Bone Broths, Yogurts, Rose Water and succulent Chicken Kabobs with Sumac. Kreation’s house spices and sauces are also inspired by Mediterranean-Persian fare.
It’s no coincidence that stressed spelled backwards is desserts!!! To finish our meal, Jordana and I noshed on some Raw Cacao Pudding, this plant-based pudding dessert is a non-guilty essential full of the indulgent, satisfying flavor of chocolate while infusing your body with one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet: Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese. So hello dessert and goodbye stressed!!!
So here’s to life being delicious, all your moments being postcard worthy, and not panicking since THE JUICE IS ORGANIC! ;-)
Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com