Birthday Fun at Thrive Juice Bar

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 14, 2011

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Recently, Jonnie Karan, owner and CEO of Thrive Juice Bar, generously invited us to a party at his café to thank us after a recent trip and review of his restaurant. The party turned into a birthday bash featuring all kinds of delicious vegan foods new to the menu at Thrive. Sign me up!


Cathy, Angela, Gen, Will, Dale, Sara, Matt, Nina, Kevin, Kate, Robyn, Jenny, Cathy, Eric, and I all celebrated Angela and Eric’s birthdays, Thrive style!


Jonnie shut the place down for us! Open-mouthed smile Or should I say, he opened for us! How amazing that Jonnie, Stephanie, and Sarah gave up their Saturday night to host this party- on the house. Who does that?


I love the modern and sleek look of the café Smile It’s all stainless steel, white, and green.



Upon arriving, we were brought out cocktails!

The Kale Mojito was made up of kale, lime zest/juice, coconut water, and sweetened with organic cane sugar! On the right, the Strawberry-Blueberry-Mango with Mint. Mmm.

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Both were incredible, but of course I was partial to the kale mojito and Eric the Berry!


Fresh veggie platters with in-house herbed marinated olive tapenade,  jalapeno hummus, roasted red pepper hummus and flax seed crackers were served next.


Then, wait for it…


Vegan Falafels made up of red lentil and bulgar served on endive spears (which are lined with an in-house made artichoke tapenade) served with quinoa tabbouleh and topped with arugula (there were black and white sesame seeds and a lemon vin drizzle too). Party in my mouth.


Interestingly, they were doughy in an addicting sort of way (not crispy like traditional falafel) and the flavours were spot on. It was my favourite food of the entire night! I might have to recreate these babies at home! I doubt they would taste as delicious as these were, but a girl can dream.


They must have sensed my obsession because they sent me home with some! I may have stuffed one in my face on the drive home.


Thanks Stephanie, you know how to woo a girl.

Next up, Gluten-free & vegan flatbread pizza with artichoke hearts and crushed cashews – the sauce is a fresh tomato, garlic and basil and the pizza was finished with fresh basil leaves. Perfecto!



Jonnie, Stephanie, and Sarah were all wonderful hosts and treated us like Kings and Queens while they worked tirelessly all night long. It was such a nice thing to be treated to vegan food! That rarely happens and I appreciate it SO much.


Some birthday pics ensued…but first the birthday girl needs to get in the middle!


Much better. With Ange and Cathy!


Now with the birthday boy. Eric is of course celebrating his “first” of many 29th birthday’s if you catch my drift…


In other news, I forgot to pose with my hand in my pocket again! :| I’ll never learn.

Then it was time for the main course, I mean, dessert. I almost split my pants in vegan/raw/GF dessert glory!

First up, Raw brownies made with Walnuts, dates, organic cocoa, and vanilla bean for the base. The icing was made up of avocado, dates, agave, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla bean. The Raw Goldies (cute name!) were made with Walnuts, dates, and vanilla bean with a cashew butter & lucuma powder glaze!


Eric preferred the chocolate and I preferred the Goldie. We’re so not predictable.

Chocolate birthday shots! Made with pure cacoa, cashew butter, organic chocolate chips, coconut water.


Then it was time for MORE dessert. Is this real life? Do they make skinny jeans with an elastic waist? If not, I’m inventing them.

I quickly took a picture so I could inhale this Raw/Vegan Gluten-free chocolate fudge cake made with Avocado, cocoa, dates, agave, coconut oil & cacao butter.


I was like, “damn it camera take the picture already!!!”


Finally, in a moment of desperation, I used the FLASH!


A huge thank you to Jonnie, Stephanie, Sarah, and Becca for treating us to such a lovely evening filled with creative, delicious vegan food and great company.

And a very Happy Birthday to Ange who celebrates her birthday TODAY!!! Birthday cakeStar


See you tomorrow for a recap of Birthday party #2! It involved pumpkin spice doughnuts, vegan cheeze burgers, chocolate cupcakes, rosemary olive oil chips, and some crazy Irish fun…


Emphasis: Crazy Irish Fun.

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[email protected] August 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

whoaaa this is truly my kind of place! I would love to visit there! hehe. Sometimes it’s so hard taking pics indoors isn’t it? :P They were so nice to open it up for you guys too.


Nicole @ giraffelegs August 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm

yum!! That all looks so good =)


Tracy @ Tracys Treats August 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Gosh, it all looks sooo delicious! Yum!


michelle August 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Those falafels in endive have convinced me to book a dinner at Thrive!


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner August 16, 2011 at 12:26 am

That fresh veggie platter looks INCREDIBLE!


Casey August 16, 2011 at 5:40 am

This all looks incredible!!
Such a classy looking place.
Can you please pass some of the desser through the computer?
Thanks! ;)


patti farnan August 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

So jealous! Looks awesome!


DORIS @vanillacocoberry August 16, 2011 at 6:35 am

I went to Moes in Universal last night because of your post :) it was delicious.. I got the personal trainer salad with extra guacamole and nachosssss YUM was sooo good and sooo fast! perfect pick since I was starving!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

I love that name for a salad!


bree marsh @ deliciously dense August 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

i love your top!


Claire August 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

Yum! Nothing better than well prepared vegan food! Looks like you had an awesome time!


LizAshlee August 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

Wow, everything looks SO delicious! What a classy party and everyone looks beautiful, especially you…love your top! :)


Mallory August 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

Tried a green Monster for the first time and it was so yummy!! I forsee lots of them in my future!


Zestful Lou August 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

I would love if a restaurant around here would just, you know, shut down and cater to me. How lucky!!


cibo matto August 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

amazing!!! ^_^


Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking August 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Looks like you had a great time! I love your shirt by the way!


Larry August 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Way to go, Sis, you served up a storm on here! It all looks very luxuriously tasty. I would choose these mouth watering items (in order of priority):
— vegan flatbread pizza
— Raw brownies
— Chocolate birthday shots

-Stephanie’s Bro


Marianne August 19, 2011 at 3:16 am

Thrive Juice looks like an awesome, modern place. I’d love to check it out, if I ever found myself out that way. Stupid question – how far is it from Toronto? Because I may find myself in T-Dot next June.


bev jarvis August 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Congratulations!! The food looks delicious and is displayed so well – such talent.
You developed such an amazing menu.
Happy Birthday to the lucky girl and her friends.


Tosca August 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

o wow, amazing
looks soooooo good


Diana August 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

OMG looks like such a fiesta for the mouth & eyes! I am moving to Canada so I can eat there…and also hire you as my personal chef ;)


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