Bondi Harvest

Bondi Harvest, a popular breakfast & lunch cafe based in Australia, has opened its first location in the USA! Created by Guy Turland and Mark Alston, the two have a popular Youtube channel, cooking book, and cafes in Australia. The name Bondi Harvest comes from Sydney's most famous stretch of sand called Bondi Beach, where there is a strong breakfast cafe culture in that area. Since Guy has always had a strong connection to the ocean, it was only fair that his cafe embodies it! 

The cafe itself is super cute and hip, and there's seating inside and outside on the patio. We ordered the fried egg sandwich, the three tartines (sweet halloumi, avo toast, and wild mushroom), as well as the Bondi breakfast. Acai bowls were unfortunately sold out, so we got the On the Green and Mango Madness smoothie. 

Avo Toast, smashed avocado, smoked paprika, sea salt, evoo- This toast was simple yet delectable. The flavors were very prominent especially since avocado is more on the muted side, and it was yummy! 

Wild Mushrooms, tabasco kale, ricotta, almonds- I love how the ricotta really added to the toast! Great textures overall with the nuts and the various ingredients, and this toast was my favorite of the three!

Sweet Halloumi, avocado, lemon, pistachio dukkah and grilled halloumi, raw wildflower honey- I've actually never had halloumi cheese, and I liked how it was grilled for texture! The honey added an overall subtle sweetness to it, and this one was also delicious! 

Fried Egg Sandwich, bacon, avocado, hot sauce, aioli, aged parmesan, tomato- this may or may not be the best fried egg sandwich I've ever had! I still think about this sandwich to this day... and am so impressed at how perfect it was! Definitely a must order! 

Bondi Breakfast- two eggs, bacon, roasted tomato, avocado, mushrooms, sourdough toast- This dish was more than just your average breakfast dish! We loved the presentation and the taste of everything. We were too full by this point, so we actually boxed this one togo. 

The On the Green (kale, spinach, avocado, coconut water, apple juice, lemon, mango pulp) and Mango Madness (frozen mango, turmeric, cinammon, coconut cream) smoothies were super healthy tasting. The smoothies were more viscous, and had a nice texture overall. 

During our brunch,we also got to meet Guy Turland himself, and he left me with an impressionable quote, "Restaurant is just a place to eat, while a cafe is a community." This is so true in so many ways- people always hang out and bond at cafes while a patron goes to a restaurant to eat. The whole vision behind Bondi Harvest is so clearly seen at this cafe, and it's amazing to see how far Bondi Harvest has come! 

Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs

7515 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Mud Hut, Love Shack, Greenhouse Chip

Mud Hut, Love Shack, Greenhouse Chip

Life house Tonics + Elixirs is really differentiate themselves from other wellness bar and smoothie places as it uses extremely organic and high quality ingredients to make their drinks! Their tonics are packed with herbs and medicinal mushrooms (like the ones you get at Chinese herb stores) and taste amazing, if not better than regular smoothies!

My friends and I came in after lunch, and we fell in love with the decor. They offer very clean simple lines with cool and neutral colors to complement the store. The teal watercolor wall is gorgeous, and we could not stop taking photos of the shop!

The owner was very welcoming, and he introduced to us the various tonics that he offers and the healthy ingredients in each one.

He gave us samples of his steeped elixirs to try including:

The Bunker which is a light charcoal lemonade that was surprisingly really refreshing.

The Bunker

The Bunker

The Fungi Palmer which is similar to an arnold palmer but they use medicinal mushrooms.

Fungi Palmer

Fungi Palmer

Auga de Jamaica that tastes like a hibiscus tea with rose petals and other types of herbs.

Agua de Jamaica 

Agua de Jamaica 

Ingredients of the Steeped Elixirs

Ingredients of the Steeped Elixirs

In the end, the three of us ended up getting their blended tonics which we fell in love with! I got the Greenhouse Chip which is their most popular drink- it tastes like a mint chip but includes almond milk, cashew milk, mint extract, cacao nibs, wheat grass, barley grass, and more. There was fresh mint that was added to the smoothie straight from their plant, and I couldn't even taste the wheatgrass even though they put a large amount!

Love Shack and Greenhouse Chip

Love Shack and Greenhouse Chip

My friends got the Mud Hut and the Love Shack- the mud hut was similar to a chocolate smoothie but way better- I actually couldn't decided if I like the Mud Hut or the Greenhouse Chip better. 

The Love Shack had pearl powder in the smoothie which is great for the skin/ complexion, and this one was similar to a strawberry smoothie but includes coconut, goji berries, rose water, passion flower, and more. 

The people at Lifehouse are so passionate and knowledgeable of their tonics, you can tell they really believe in a person's wellbeing and the products they offer! Everything from the aesthetics to the taste was perfected to every minute detail. Chinese herbs are typically known to have a bitter and sour taste, but the drinks here don't taste anything like that! So ecstatic to have found a place that offers extremely healthy yet reinvigorating and tasty smoothies!

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