Monday, July 14, 2014

Liquid Gold at Living Cafe

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I was early for my Hog Shack reservation on Saturday and dropped into Living Cafe for a cool place to wait. It was such a hot day so I decided to go with a nice cold drink. I asked for the weirdest one they had and they suggested their Liquid Gold Organic Smoothie ($9): fresh almond milk, frozen bananas, dates, turmeric, maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, vanilla.

First off, it wasn't as cold as I had hoped. Maybe I should have asked them to throw in some ice as well.
Second -- and this is just my own pet peeve -- it came in a mason jar. I wish restaurants would just stop it with the mason jars. It's like they ran out of proper cups and glasses and mugs and dusted off something from the cellar that was meant for canning fruit.

The use of turmeric reminded me of Golden Milk, to which I was introduced at Ethical Kitchen. I couldn't stomach it there, so I hesitated when they told me there was turmeric in Liquid Gold. But what the hey, let's give it a try. Sadly, it was kind of yuck for me.
The main flavours that came through for me were turmeric and banana. The former made it a turn-off for me, but you will have to decide for yourself. What made this drink okay in the end was the lack of a lingering after-taste. I was worried I would have to suffer a bitterness in my mouth for the duration of my drink and after, but the flavour cleared itself very shortly after each sip from the fat straw.

At $9, I can only recommend this drink if you have a buddy who would be willing to take over, or if you can handle turmeric in your smoothie.

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