Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Blends with Benefits

Lei ChicThe perky host had made it seem so easy.

Maybe it was your chardonnay-induced haze or maybe it’s because everything looks simple at 2 a.m., but despite the infomercial’s promise, things aren’t going too smoothie with your new Miraculous 12-in-1 Drink Master.

Two broken blades, three jammed buttons and one volcanic explosion later, and you realize that it’ll be miracle if your latest late-night impulse buy manages to make anything other than a new hole in your wallet.

Your sweet dream of fresh, homemade fruit drinks are down the drain, literally.

Luckily, David and Makani Clarke are ready to blend a hand. Two years ago the North Shore couple began whipping up organic smoothies with solar-powered blenders at the Haleiwa Farmers Market. Now, they’re also transforming locally grown produce into delicious concoctions six days a week in their new Haleiwa Town Center shop, Universe Juice.

Tune in to the Mint Sin, a refreshingly light-but-creamy blend of cool mint, bananas, soy milk, cacao nibs and grapes. Or, sip back and relax with the indulgent Toasted Monkey, made with chocolate, peanut butter, bananas, hemp seeds, coconut and soy milk.

But wait, there’s more. Universe Juice now also offers tasty, healthy snacks created almost completely from ingredients supplied by local small farms and businesses.

Order up a crispy waffle topped with decadent slices of toasted coconut butter from Naked Cow Dairy and lilikoi syrup from farmers market favorite, The Hawaiian Chef. Or, fill up on an avocado and fresh fig sandwich packed with local beets, cucumbers, greens and a cilantro pesto dressing.

Swing by after 5 p.m. and you can even snag a fresh awa drink served up on Universe Juice’s striking tree trunk bar.

Just what you need to exercise a little remote control.

Universe Juice is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the Haleiwa Town Center, 66-145 Kamehameha Hwy. The entrance is only visible from the parking lot next to A Scoop of Paradise. For more information, call 808.228.0491 or e-mail makani@universejuice.com.

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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