Guam Diner Bytes: Tropical Blendz
Something fresh, rejuvenating, nutritious and delicious has sprouted on the restaurant scene in Saipan this past November and I was delighted to have lunched there during my most recent visit to Saipan Friday of last week. Tropical Blendz is a juice bar that also serves vegetarian dishes, baked goods, salads, teas, coffees, shakes and shots (as in the Wheatgrass, Spirulina, Noni, and Ginger)!
I had stopped by in January but they had just closed. This time, I was there around lunch time and when I walked in I immediately was greeted by someone who already knew me from Guam - Sandy Weaver, one of the owners (small world!). I really liked the look and feel of this place – very warm, welcoming, and nurturing. There were several tables of people eating with others at the counter. The restaurant is well-lit by sunlight that pours through the front and side windows, and is accented by green and orange painted walls and orange colored chairs and placemats.
Fresh food is prepared daily and written on a menu board hanging on a wall. The soups for the day are Potato, Lentil, Dahl, and Carrot Ginger ($5.50), and the Salads were Broccoli, Kale, Pasta, Greek Pasta ($7.50). For main special entrees, you get your choice of panini, deluxe burger, or hummus wrap, (all specials are $8.95, and include either a soup or salad). From this menu I ordered the Hummus Wrap (hummus, grilled bell pepper, eggplant, lettuce, and tomato). I selected the carrot ginger soup, which was served piping hot!
For a beverage, I asked Sandy what was a popular favorite - their beverage menu board was full of a variety of beverage concoctions categorized as vital fluids, power shakes, hot beverages, and shots. she suggested the exotica (mango, vanilla, banana, coconut milk, nutmeg, organic protein powder, almond or coconut milk), which was $5.50 including the protein powder. I did enjoy this shake and could see myself trying others on their board, like the Liver Cleanser made with grapefruit, lemon, cayenne and beets, or Brain Tonic, made with apple juice, coconut milk, strawberries and banana.
I took my time enjoying the fresh-tasting wrap with its healthy ingredients. The hummus was well-blended. The soup portion was huge and I was impressed by the combination of flavors as I don’t think I’ve ever had a ginger infused carrot soup. I heard from Sandy that they were planning to discontinue their breakfast service and extend their hours past 5 until 8 or 8:30 p.m. and eventually serve some wine and beer.
I do know that the type of healthy and nutritious food they are serving will go a long way to improving the health, longevity, and quality of life for many of Saipan’s residents. I’m looking forward to my return and to meeting Sandy’s partner Oxana Chekoldina. They’re to be commended for their culinary vision in offering healthy options.