I really enjoy trying new food items. This might surprise some people because I’m quite a picky eater. The things I like though – I love.
When Tropical Smoothie reached out to me regarding their new unBEETable berry it went like this:
You have to be kidding me. THAT IS THE BEST NEWS EVER.
Beets seem to have this love or hate stigma which nothing in between. I land very heavily in the love side of things. I’ve always loved beets, too. My mum tells me that it’s always been a go-to thing for me. Last time she visited we even bought beets and she canned some for me. I just don’t know anyone that eats them as I do.
I’m not sure whether the other people in our group liked it, but I seriously loved it. I will warn you though: the first sip is VERY earthy. I wasn’t really expecting the beet flavor to really make it in because of the amount of other fruits in it so I was a little taken aback. After two sips though, I was completely sold. The fruits definitely end up complimenting and slightly overpowering the earthy taste. You always end up with a little bit of an earth taste, but I think that overall the flavor was awesome. It’ll be on the menu starting Aug 25 and I can’t wait!
Usually at tropical smoothie I’m an Island Green (IG) girl, but in addition they made us a Totally Green (TG) which is currently on the menu. The IG has a lot of a fruity flavor so when I tried the TG I was expecting something completely different. The biggest difference being the taste of celery. I really don’t like the taste of celery. I had one sip and thought – meh…. but then you just keep drinking it and you start to notice the apples and kiwi and you kind of get over it. I actually got so over it that when I went to Tropical Smoothie this morning – I ordered a TG over an IG. Surprisingly – all of the orders in front of me were also for a TG and I convinced the girl behind me to try it, too. I did warn her about the first sip though – it’s only fair.
The restaurant is also taking a new look on food. Introduced to us were Noodle Bowls. There were two kinds: Ginger Miso Chicken (GMC) and Spicy Mongolian Steak (SMS). My first thought was – noodles… whatttt? But I thought it was a good addition to the menu. I preferred the GMC but I think it was because it was lighter and had a nice amount of flavor. The SMS was also very good – definitely had a little kick to it. Both dishes were incredibly fresh. Since I’m not a huge meat eater I asked about the possibility to get the bowl without meat and that’s an option! They are super open to customization.
The other thing I didn’t expect whatsoever was the new Tropical Smoothie look! I really thought I was lost when I drove to the store because I didn’t see the traditional TS logo. They’ve completely change everything and the changes are so so positive. They also made a conscious decision to not include soda machines in their new locations. I don’t drink soda so I would really never notice, but I think that’s a positive change. They also rolled out their own lemonade for those who would not like water. I had a really awesome experience at TS and I’ve clearly been back to a different location since.