An Open Letter To My Fellow White People At the Juice Bar

Categories: Indigestion
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Gustavo Arellano
Dear fellow white people:

Enough.

Enough with the damn $10 cups of juice.

Enough pretending to be dedicated to local, organic, sustainable food when you then turn around and order a glass of can-you-even-still-call-it-juice with lúcuma from Peru, açaí from Brazil, mangosteen from Thailand, spirulina and chlorella from God only knows where, and a whole host of African spices and roots. Some of these juice bars have so many bizarre powders they look like a steampunk apothecary by way of a Kowloon subway station.

The juicing phenomenon (the kind you drink, not the kind you inject) has gotten ridiculous. Three-day juice cleanses that can run tabs of $50 or more per day? That's not a detox program, that's an enema for your wallet. 

I bought a beautiful glass of juice this weekend. It had beets, carrots, pineapple, celery and orange in it. It really hit the spot, all eight swigs of it. Of course, because I bought it from a fancy juice bar, it cost $5 for what I estimate was 8 fluid ounces of juice--just slightly larger than a second-grader's Juicy Juice box. Of course, it wasn't made to order: it came out of a case and I was personally reassured it was fresh.

I bought another beautiful glass of juice this morning. It had beets, carrots, celery and orange in it, though no pineapple. I didn't have to worry about whether it was fresh, because the lady who owned the juice bar took out beets, carrots, celery, and oranges and juiced it right there in front of me. Of course, she called it a vampiro, because I was standing in one of the dozens, if not hundreds, of places that sell juice to a chiefly Latino clientele. The difference? This juice, which came in a 24-ounce cup (with ice), cost $3.65.

If you're going to juice and you don't have the machinery at home to do it, the place to start is the juice bars of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove--and while we're at it, Little Saigon has plenty of places for fresh fruit and juice too. The one near my house is called Brianna's; right across State College is another one called Natural. They're absolutely everywhere in central Orange County and even down in Lake Forest: just look for the telltale sign that says "JUGOS NATURALES". When in doubt, check the local Latino supermarket: many of them have juice counters that rival Whole Foods, at half the price or less.

Most of them sell all sorts of good things to eat, too: biónicos and escamochas and their relatives, chopped fresh fruit topped with your choice of cottage cheese or homemade yogurt cream, with granola and coconut and raisins; many of them sell ezquites, corn chopped off the cob and dressed with your choice of toppings, from crema to lime and chile powder. Brianna's even sells a vegetable cup that has shredded beets and carrots and cucumbers in it. You can buy a huge bowl of fruit with lime and chile powder on Fourth Street of downtown Santa Ana for $6.

Is it really worth three times as much money to be surrounded almost exclusively by people who look like you?

Buen provecho.

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Marcia Coro
Marcia Coro

It's everybody not just white people. We humans are competitive and we're always trying to find ways to feel better than others.

David Bri Gham
David Bri Gham

In Korea a very common sight (aside from all the other lovely street food!) is a juice vendor that will take a fruit of your choice and blend it will some ice and a little bit of sugar, and the kicker is, they cost about $.85!

Earl Marty Price
Earl Marty Price

Hell yea, we got a new place going up in Temescal next door to a taqueria run by latinos and a block away from another run by latinos..this is going to have "authentic" fish tacos and will be owned by gringos...my poor neighborhood is getting hipstered out

Roberto Alvarado
Roberto Alvarado

My Spot was in Hollywood. The Juice Fountain. Awesome juices for a very reasonable price.

Heriberto Hernandez Jr.
Heriberto Hernandez Jr.

Yelp "jugos" in your preferred high-Hispanic area, and you should get plenty of choices.

Kyrie
Kyrie

No where did it state it was a reunion show. Monique does however own the rights to the Save Ferris name.

Marcos Hdez
Marcos Hdez

@william Oh god you wouldn't believe how true that is. They come to the discount Nordstrom rack in Houston just to buy stuff to "presumir" meanwhile being the biggest of jerks to all of us paisas.

André S. Belcher-El
André S. Belcher-El

- - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWLjVFPqxH0 Mind control Mind control refers to a process in which a group or individual "systematically uses unethically manipulative methods to persuade others to conform to the wishes of the manipulator, often to the detriment of the person being manipulated"

Mick Slick
Mick Slick

Sure but I think we should remember who started the trend going back the Anglo-Saxons....

Will Webb
Will Webb

same goes for People from Mexico, specially Monterrey, and Mexico City, who are often seen wearing Prada, Burberry, Lacoste, and think they are better than the rest of the 'raza' cause the got nice shoes and 'trapitos' on

grvz5247
grvz5247

Love those Mexican juice bars.

Lee Young
Lee Young

Will somebody please open a Jugueria in coastal North San Diego County? All these surfingyoga/holistic health yuppies would be pretty interested and somebody could probably make a killing. So much better than that nasty, sugary Jamba Juice. I don't know of any down here. There is a fantastic place in Moreno Valley that I hit everytime I'm in Riverside Co.

Mick Slick
Mick Slick

White people have this incredibly strange cultural thing about them that dictates if you pay and arm and a leg for the very same thing you can buy at the discount store for a buck fifty, less tax, you are somehow elevated to the status of the breed of betters. This is a clear indication of inevitable downslide of the white race-even if they are taking thier damn time about it.

Richard Allen Cornelius
Richard Allen Cornelius

in durham ,there is a click of real back stabbin' sour pusses that believe if they pay way more for whole foods, that it will make them less of a skumbag. go out of their way to be extra kind to african americans in public. like dope dealer that only uses his cell phone at red lights back when cell phones were not a dime a dozen.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Check out Taqueria Las Alondras on Muirlands south of Ridge Route... it's been a while since I was there but I remember having good vampiro there. Also, there's a juice counter inside the enormous El Campeón in SJC if you want to take a little drive.

he.masterlink
he.masterlink

I Love Natural's!!! Aside from amaxing freshly squeezed juice and fresh smoothies.. the have shrimp cocktail and fruit and veggie platters... HUGE fruit and veggie platters. I dotn know how they make a profit. The size& price of my veggie platter makes it cheaper to buy from them than go to a grocery store and make it myself!

Katie Pyle
Katie Pyle

Ok look all races have good traits and bad traits. Also the juicer was created by a white man by the name of Dr. Norman Walker back in the 20's or 30's. Nice try tho Dave Liberman.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

You can't be racist against white people, fool.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Racist? You MUST be joking, silly white man.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Noah, shut your white ass up, my fellow cracker ass cracker.

Jorge Reyes
Jorge Reyes

Mexicans/Latinos did it before it was cool

Noah Flaum
Noah Flaum

My fellow white people, please stop addressing other white people as "fellow white people." That is all.

Aimee Monahan
Aimee Monahan

Awesome article. Can you recommend a specific juice bar in Lake Forest? Mothers isn't too bad, 4.95 for 16 oz fresh pressed (right in front of you) fruit & veggie juice, whole foods is a total rip off.

loveabullie
loveabullie

Organic smorganic - who cares??? I've been eating/drinking non organic all my life and all my parts are still intact and working correctly and - far as I know - I have not grown any extra parts. And my parents never ate an organic piece of anything in their lives and both lived well into their 90's. We've turned into a nation of pansies.

JenDacy
JenDacy

Naturals... also has bomb ass broccoli n cheese and my fav the Corn Cup! its like elotes in a cup

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

But I love my $10 juice :( Oh dammit.

dr.taquito
dr.taquito

Any of those $4 juices use organic ingredients?

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

@Mitchell_Young If it means I don't have to hang around with the likes of you, I'm happy to be a caricature. Besides, I match about 75% of the items on that list.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Mitchell_Young You're just jealous because Dave can get more play than you AND is more gaba than you.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Dave_Lieberman @Mitchell_Young As do I. Hopefully there is no overlap in our respective 25% of non-matches.

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