People in Tampa only know of acai bowls from two sources: Fit2Run in International Plaza or some famous food Instagram account they follow that puts up pretty pictures of it. I’m going to go ahead and say that my target audience in this post is girls, considering guys probably aren’t even sure how to pronounce the word “acai” as they read it right now. Back to the point: even I thought that they only existed in the mall and in really trendy California juice bars via social media. WRONG. They’re here! And you can get one on either side of the Gandy bridge. Swami Juice is on MacDill right off of Bayshore. You’ll probably miss it the first time you try finding it because it’s tucked away under the crosstown. It’s a small, quaint shop that radiates zen. You can get juices, smoothies, cleanses, and bowls here. Since it’s so close to Bayshore, I like to drive to Ballast Point and enjoy my bowl here sometimes.
If you ever have a reason to pay a visit to the 727, you absolutely have to go to Karma Juice Bar and Eatery. They’re so new that they don’t even have a website yet. It’s located at 209 1st St. NE in Downtown St. Pete. It’s got a modern feel to it and is more pricy than Swami. However, after finishing my bowl, I think it’s worth it. I got “The Brainiac”, which came with acai, granola, bananas, strawberries (substituted because raisins are gross), pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and honey. I have no idea what chia or pumpkin seeds do for you but I’m pretty sure the stranger it looks, the healthier it is for you.
If you really want to bring out your nature side, make a stop at Sunken Gardens afterward. Don’t let the 1980’s-looking street sign fool you. I promise you’ll end up forgetting that you’re in Florida and not in an exotic rainforest in South America. I took over 150 pictures while in the gardens but I’ll attach just a few to still leave an element of surprise when you visit 🙂