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Scrumptious Summer: West Coast Açaí

Bri Garrett

Words by Josie Ouellette, Photos by Adrienne Sheh

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During the summer, I had the opportunity to head to the suburbs of Los Angeles with my friend Adrienne, an adventure that involved lots of food and many beaches. One food that’s hard to find on the East Coast, but is plentiful on the West Coast, is the açaí bowl. Açaí bowls are made out of frozen açaí berries and are typically mixed with different combinations of fruits, then topped with honey, granola, and fruits of your choice. While there, I had the opportunity to have this delicious treat twice, and I must say my favorite was at Paradise Bowls in Hermosa Beach, California. The shop is no more than a five minute walk from the beach on a strip filled with local shops and restaurants.

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After many conflicting thoughts, I decided to get the Chocolate Arc. This contained a blend of açaí berries, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, and dark chocolate almond milk, and granola, honey, bananas, strawberries, coconut shavings, and cacao nibs were on top. When I received my bowl, it was almost too pretty to eat. After taking my first bite, I was in heaven. Surprisingly, the blend of peanut butter and acai berries goes beautifully together, and I devoured it. As a peanut butter lover, I was skeptical about mixing it with berries, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Should you ever visit Los Angeles, California, check out Hermosa Beach where you can find an abundance of açaí bowl shops as well as other local goodies. Since I’ve been back in Boston, I have been trying to find a shop that can stand up to the West Coast treat. So far I haven’t had any luck. Stay tuned for my discovery of an East Coast açaí bowl!