By Betsy Rothstein and Margareta Heed - 04/25/07 07:29 PM EDT
The Green Juice Bar at the Mint gym in Adams Morgan leaves you with a great first impression. Its interior is retro, with low tables, armchairs and pillows in earthy colors. The atmosphere feels fresh and light with giant windows in a small bar setting.
But you don’t go to Green to look at the furniture; you go to drink the smoothies, iced coffees and juices, all made from organic products. The drinks can be elaborate concoctions. The iced maca mocha coffee is made with almond milk, cacao, cayenne, maca and raw sugar. The strawberry and kiwi smoothie is a pleasure to sip.
An interesting choice for a post-workout drink is the blue-green grapefruit juice, a beverage whose color conjures images of probably-not-nearly-as-pleasant-tasting algae. The iced juice was fresh and tasted like it was squeezed right out of a grapefruit.
Green Juice Bar is located at 1724 California St. NW. Phone: (202) 328-MINT.
Café to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
On May 2, starting at 6 p.m., Café Atlantico will host a free demonstration on how to prepare its popular guacamole, followed by a free tasting courtesy of Hass Avocados from Mexico. From April 28 to May 5, Chef Katsuya Fukushima will feature dishes made with the smooth and creamy avocado, such as pineapple salmon ravioli with avocado and scallion, honey sauce and tuna ceviche wrapped in avocado with coconut ginger sauce and corn nut powder. Other featured dishes include carne asada with baked avocado and, for dessert, chocolate cake with avocado passion fruit sauce and passion fruit sorbet.
Café Atlantico is located at 405 8th St. NW. Phone: (202) 393-0812.
Firefly welcomes new chef
Firefly is welcoming a new executive chef. Daniel Bortnick has honed his skills in kitchens from San Francisco to Italy to Peru. He was most recently executive sous-chef to Chef Robert Weland at Poste Moderne Brasserie in Penn Quarter. Among the season’s features will be small plates of Oysters Rockefeller, deviled eggs, Roma tomatoes stuffed with basil and pine nuts in balsamic syrup, chicken matzoh ball soup and New England clam chowder.
Firefly is located at 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Phone: (202) 861-1310.