Raw Food Meet Up @ Thrive Juice Bar

by Sasha on June 18, 2011

One of the simplest pleasures in life is to go out for a meal with some great people and spend time eating and talking. Last night our Kitchener-Waterloo Raw Meet-Up selected Thrive Juice Bar for an evening of fun.

When I started the raw food meet up, I really just wanted an avenue to help people learn about raw food. I also wanted to have the opportunity to meet with like minded people in our community. To get together and create a feeling of community for people who want to eat healthy, but also go out and have fun too.

Our evening out was a huge success. Thrive Juice Bar provided us with the best service and the food tasted amazing. I want to send a big shout out to Jonnie the owner and thank him for his great hospitality. I must say this about Jonnie, he is passionate about food and health and this reflects in the food that he provides to his customers. The food is full of flavour, highly creative and the best part of all, it is highly nutritious. You will leave feeling energized, happy and just plain good about yourself and yes the prices are really affordable.

We started off with some drinks. We all got different things but one of the popular choices was the Coconut Cashew Medjoal Date Smoothie. Others tried the Thai Avocado Smoothie that incorporated the flavours of lemongrass, avocado and coconut water.

I opted for the Big Green Smoothie. (Yes I love my Greens) This is full of nutrients and flavour. It is jam packed with all things green including E3 Live, Wheat grass and fresh greens.

Then we proceeded to the BEST Raw Soup ever. A melody or carrot, curry & coconut blended to perfection.

For the main meal I choose a fantastic raw Pad Thai dish filled with vegetables such as cabbage, bok choy, carrots, snap peas & daikon to name a few. The veggies are mixed in a creamy cashew sauce and flavoured with chili, cilantro and mint. For all of you health seekers out there, this dish is a nutritional home run. I can’t say more about a dish filled with my favourite daikon and cabbage.

And last but most definitely not least…. the desserts.

Here is a rich raw chocolate brownie plate that I enjoyed.

Other’s went for a fresh mango marinated carpaccio with coconut ice cream.

So if you have not been to Thrive Juice Bar, go check it out.

Big thank you to all of the meet up members that came out to this event and to those also who helped promote it. I want to give a shout out to Mary, a fellow blogger from This is Vegan, who came out to this event and posted about our night as well. Stay tuned for our upcoming raw meet up events…..

For those of you that don’t live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, do you have local support or raw groups in your community?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren June 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

Everything looks so good! What a great place!

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Sasha June 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

HI Lauren,

Thanks for your comment. Yes the food presentation was really nicely done.

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Barbara Coon June 19, 2011 at 4:50 am

Hi Sasha, How satisfying to thrive in community with such delicious food. Everything looks delicious. Your palate is very intriguing and inspiring. When is your recipe E book coming out?

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan June 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

This restaurant looks so swank! I'd love to try that soup, and of course the brownie dessert.

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Sasha June 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for your comment. As people start to demand more healthy food more and more places like this will start showing up. I hear you on the E book. My husband keeps asking when I will get started on that. 🙂

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Sasha June 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hi Amber,

Thanks for your comment. The soup was really great. Time for me to get busy in the kitchen. 🙂

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Lacia June 20, 2011 at 12:33 am

I finally went there the other day for the first time and it was YUMMY! I had the portabello sandwich (not raw I know) and man I could have eaten 2 or 3 of them! That soup looks (and sounds) really good….must try it!

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Lisa June 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

Oh my—the food looks amazing, and how awesome there are so many people interested in raw food in your area!

There's a vegetarian meetup group around here, but not raw. I know there is a lady who puts on a raw lunch once in a while, but I haven't gone yet. It would be fun to meet other people with similar interests!

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Sasha June 20, 2011 at 3:52 am

Hi Lacia,

Good to hear from you. I am glad you have tried it. I am loving mushrooms. I had some marinated raw mushrooms that I made at home with thyme. Yummy. I ate them before I could take a photo. You should join our meet-up. We may be heading back there soon. 🙂

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Sasha June 20, 2011 at 3:56 am

Thanks Lisa,

Yes I have really been happy with the meet up group. This was only our third time meeting and everyone is quite eager and really nice. It is a lot of fun to have a common bond over food.

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rawkinmom June 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Sasha what a fun time!!!! I think that its great that you have a community of people that enjoy the same things as you plus its a night out with no kids!!! BONUS, right!!?? LOL

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Sasha June 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

Rawkinmom,

To funny. A night to be out with other raw foodies and yes a night with no kids!!! Love em, but mommies need their breaks too.:) Actually my daughter is really getting into the kitchen with me. So I will be doing a family raw food event sometime soon.

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Tebasile July 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

Everything looks so delicious! We have been there a couple times and loved everything from the menu.

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Sasha July 9, 2011 at 5:32 am

Great to hear that you have been there. I am now wondering how close we live to each other? Maybe we will connect one of these days.

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