When I turned 16 I told my parents I wanted a job. They offered me a credit card. Most 16 year olds would have taken the card and ran to The Gap, but not me. I wanted a job. I wanted to earn my own money. So my dad contacted his friend and got me a job at a cafe called The Grand Cafe. I loved working there. I loved my boss, my coworkers and the atmosphere. But most of all I loved the food and drinks!
The Grand Cafe served the best sandwiches, soups, salads, coffees and smoothies that used the highest quality ingredients. Their sandwiches were a mile high loaded with deli meats, sauces, avocados, coleslaw, lettuce, red onions. Oh my goodness they were tasty. Then there’s the smoothies. The Grand Cafe was making juices before juicing was a thing. Orange and carrots were the customers favourites. But me? I loved their smoothies! Strawberries, mangoes, papaya, pineapple, banana…. So many smoothies. So many combinations.
I have to say that working at The Grand Cafe was the highlight of my teenaged years. In fact, it ranks in my top 3 favourite jobs I’ve ever held. In fact, maybe one day I’ll open my own little Grand Cafe, but for now I have my memories.
Fast forward almost 2 decades…
Today at the fruit market with 8 pounds of strawberries in hand, I saw some beautiful pineapples. All of a sudden I flashed back to my days at The Grand Cafe and to the best smoothie they had on the menu… Sunrise Smoothie.
The Sunrise was a simple drink. Nothing complicated but wowza! It was delicious. I grabbed the pineapples and rushed home. I knew what we were having for dessert tonight!
A delicious drink with no added refined sugar and only the freshest fruit!
- 1 1/2 Cups Quartered Strawberries
- 1 1/2 Cups Chopped Pineapples
- 2 Bananas
- 2T Honey
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 1 Cup Ice
- Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Add papaya or mangoes for a tropical twist!