‘Shwa Girl Reviews: Lil Organic Kitchen

I’ve been meaning to check out The Lil Organic Kitchen in Whitby for a while now. Every time I head over to Toys R’ Us for a newLEGO set I see it from the corner of my eye going west on Hwy 2. I follow them on Instagram and they’ve been advertising their cold-pressed juices lately and they looked really good.

So yesterday, after run #1, I hopped in my car and drove over to Whitby to check it out. It’s located in the strip mall on the North East corner of Thickson and Hwy 2. I also noticed that there’s a Health Food Store right next door. Convenient for someone who’s on a health kick like moi. I made a mental note to stop in there after I was done in The Lil Organic Kitchen.

The best way to describe the inside of the restaurant was Earthy. The modern-looking room was split into two areas – a very comfortable looking dining area with tables and big leather seats, and an open kitchen. The colour scheme is green with earth-tone accents (LIKE A SALAD!). And it was exceptionally clean. It looked like the perfect place to meet a friend for lunch or for coffee.

The front counter had a display case with healthy looking baking, as well as even healthier looking salads. In another display case, they had the most beautiful looking Pakora that I’ve ever seen.

The menu is etched on giant chalk-boards above the counter. One board boasted six different types of healthy bowls, from a Curry Bowl (Creamy vegetable masala on Basmati Rice topped with raw veg) to a Mexican Bowl (Brown Rice, Grilled Veg w/ Sunflower Pesto, Chili, salsa, Avocado, topped with Corn Chips).

Another menu listed all the fresh juices that were available. The one that struck me was the Alkalize Up (Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Spinach, Lemon, Ginger and Parsley).

I didn’t really feel like eating by myself, and the new Real Housewives of Potomac was beckoning me from my living room PVR, so I ordered four juices (two “Alkalize Up” and two “Grounded”) as well as a large salad from the display case to go. The young lady behind the counter was really nice and answered all my dumb questions about the benefits of a cold-pressed juice as opposed to a regular juice. At the last minute, I also bought two juice shots from the refrigerated counter – the “Digest/Cold” and the “Immune”.

I thanked the young lady and was on my way, but not before I stopped into the Health Food Store directly next door to the restaurant. I have been looking for dried goldenberries all over the place and I figured I could get them at a health food store. I was right. As I was paying for my berries, I asked the lady at the cash if the two establishments were owned by the same person. She said that yes, they indeed were. She also said that the owner was a Nutritionist and that this person was really interested in helping people get healthy. I liked that.

I chugged one of the Green Juices on my way home. Super tasty. I would have liked to see more Ginger in there, though. But that’s just me. I’m a spicy kinda gal.

When I got home, I pulled out the salad and was thrilled when I had the first bite. It was an extremely colourful mix of kale, black beans, sweet potato, parsley, and sweet peas. It had a really nice curry taste to it, and it was really spicy – just like I like it. I finished the whole thing in about ten minutes.

And you know how much guilt I felt? ZERO. In fact, I could actually FEEL myself getting healthier.

Stay tuned because I think this place is going to be a once per week joint for me. I definitely want to try that pakora. And the Mexican Bowl. And everything else on the menu.

Lil Organic Kitchen is located at 1618 Dundas St. East, Unit 3, Whitby.



About the Author

Lasha Laskowsky-Reed (‘Shwa Girl) was born and raised in Oshawa.  She is a former College Professor, Television Producer and Lead Singer of a punk rock band.  Lasha is currently working at being a good housewife and mother as well as finishing her first crime novel, Hammered Heart.  Find Lasha at http://shwagirl.blogspot.ca/.

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