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Pura Vida: Frozen Bowls of Açaí Berry Goodness

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Photo by Beth Swanson
Pura Vida, located on the corner of Washington Ave and First Street in South Beach, adds a little tropical flair to healthy eating. The laid back ambiance of the place is well represented by the name, Pura Vida or pure life, which is the philosophy of Costa Rica that reminds them to always live life to the fullest. The interior is brightly painted and you can even come here to rent surfboards or hang up your surfboard if you are stopping in for bite to eat. There isn't a lot of space to sit down, but there are a few tables and a food bar. However, you can always get your food to go. It's not rare to see bikini-clad women or hot surfers waiting for their meals, so sometimes the eye candy alone is worth the visit.

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Photo by Beth Swanson
The place serves a full menu of smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, juices and their famous açaí bowls. They also offer different meal combos like brown rice and chicken that is accompanied with lentil soup and salad for $9.95.

Although all of the food is good, the açaí bowls are the real draw at this little surfers' paradise. The açaí bowls are $9.95, but you can also get a mini bowl for $7.95. The bowls are made with a puree of frozen açaí berries, bananas and apple juice. The blended meal is then topped with granola and fruits like blueberries, pineapples, strawberries and bananas. They are light, so you go away feeling full but not stuffed. It's almost like a unique spin on yogurt with fruit and granola, except these bowls are much sweeter and a million times more refreshing.

Pura Vida
110 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
305-535-4142


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Photo by Beth Swanson

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