OH! Juice

I recently became a brand ambassador for OH! Juice after sampling their fresh pressed juices and really enjoying them.

They are a local San Diego business and their juices are available for delivery or for pick-up from the Hillcrest and Little Italy Farmer’s markets. While I’ve never been particularly good at a full 3-day juice only diet, I do enjoy doing a cleanse consisting of mostly juices with some small salads mixed in.

I find myself doing a 1-day juice cleanse at least once a month (usually after a particularly heavy weekend of eating) to “reset” my body. Otherwise, after so many baked goods and eating out, I develop uncontrollable cravings for junk food. But after a cleanse, even a short one day one, I don’t crave unhealthy foods as much and have the willpower to make smarter eating decisions. Of course, eventually that willpower goes away, and I start making bad choices for days on end, and then it’s time for another reset.

I’ve tried about half a dozen pressed juice companies and so far OH! Juice has been my favorite. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Glass bottles. Most press juices I’ve had are sold in plastic bottles. But discovering that OH! Juice uses glass bottles was a moment of enlightenment. It makes so much more sense to be serving the juices in glass bottles. After all, the juices taste better and it’s healthier.  Glass bottles unfortunately do cost a little more, but if you bring back your bottles, the company gives you a discount.

Boudin SF

Boudin SF just opened its newest San Diego branch in the Balboa Mesa complex (also home to the future 85ºC Bakery and Chicken Charlie’s). The bakery, originally from San Francisco, is known for their sourdough bread and sculpted bread creations. The cafe location also serve a variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups.

The official grand opening is set for October 2, but they are currently operating through a soft opening and training.

Through their Facebook page, I learned that they were inviting the public to dine for free during their soft opening, with the encouragement that guests would donate to local San Diego charity, Promises2Kids. We signed up to attend of one of the sessions this weekend.

Once inside, we got to choose one entree and one dessert.

Guests were also allowed to take home a loaf of fresh baked bread or one of their adorable turtle breads. Guess which one I chose?

Clam Chowder in a Sourdough bowl

These buttery shortbread cookies with a hint of pumpkin are sandwiched together with dulce de leche sauce.

These cookies are made in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. OXO has agreed to donate $100 for each cookie post dedicated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer that is posted in the month of September. They are also donating 25 cents for each tool that sold in the month of September bearing this sticker.

My mind has been in pumpkin overload so I wanted to make some sort of pumpkin cookies. Shortbread dough needs to be quite dry so I stayed away from using regular pumpkin. Instead, I used some pumpkin butter. The pumpkin butter gives the cookies a nice hint of pumpkin and spice without ruining the buttery melt-in-your-mouth nature of a shortbread cookie.