The Good Press
The Good Press is quickly garnering a following in Yorkville for its fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. How else are you going to fit into all those posh clothes without keeping to a liquid diet? So take a few steps down to their basement location, to the calming white walls and nice hardwood, and get one of the made-to-order smoothies, or take a bottle of juice to go. I sat in on the single bench with a friend and took in the surroundings.
Andrew and Leila, the owners behind the already popular Sunshine Wholesome Market on College, are the masterminds of bringing this cold pressed juice to Yorkville. If you frequent the Sunshine juice counter you'll recognize some of the juice and smoothie flavours up at The Good Press, like Strawberry Sunrise and Lean Green. Everything is organic and locally sourced when available.
Juices run from your basic pure carrot, orange, apple or grapefruit ($6.50-7.50) to complex blends. I tried the Red Devil - a beet, orange, ginger, lemon and cayenne combo that was sweet, earthy and had a lot of zing.
The All Greens also packed a vitamin punch - it's made of, you guessed it, all greens, including kale, parsley, romaine, cucumber and celery, and other seasonal ingredients when available ($13).
The smoothies are wonderful and mainly fruit-focused, but some, like the Black Beauty (kale, blueberries, apple and Spirulina) or the Green Meanie (cucumber, kale, apple, celery avocado, Spirulina, flax oil, lime and lemon ($13) also have tons of veg. I tried the Tropicalia, a bright mix of pineapple, mango, coconut oil and orange ($8). The coconut oil was a great, nutty and enriching addition - subtle, but took the smoothie to the next dimension.
If you get the Big Breakfast, with dates, banana, cinnamon, flax oil, and milk and protein choice ($9) you get to pick between their organic soy or rice milk, and organic hemp or all natural whey.
You can also add a protein to any juice or smoothie ($2.50), or some E3Live (1/2 oz. $2.50, 1 oz. $4). Spirulina, flax oil, ginseng or coconut oil can be added on for an extra $1, or add extra greens for $1.50 just to take your drink to its healthy max.
If you are looking for a meal, instead of a meal-replacement, get one of their acai bowls. The Hippie is full of acai puree, blended with banana, and topped with hemp seeds, almond butter, house made super food granola and fresh fruit for $9. The popsicles that are such a hit at Sunshine Wholesome Market will be available at The Good Press very soon, just in time for summer.
Photos by Jesse Milns.