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JRINK has been cleansing District residents’ toxic bodies after marathon boozy brunches, late night bar crawls, and my-boss-didn’t-get-reelected benders for about five years. Shizu Okusa‘s cold-pressed juice company is diversifying its offerings and adding plant-based bento boxes to the menu at two of its retail locations in partnership with H Street NE restaurant Pow Pow.
Pow Pow’s plant-based chef Margaux Riccio got connected with JRINK through Pineapple, a group that works for greater recognition of women in the food world, especially those in leadership roles. She’ll be making three plant-based bento boxes, each with a distinct purpose.
One promotes gut health and contains miso roasted cauliflower, purple potato with plant feta cheese, and kimchi brussels sprouts spiked with ginger. Another is said to help with inflammation and contains beetroot hummus, quinoa snaps, and jasmine bamboo rice with yuzu (Japanese citrus) and aji (a spicy chili sauce). The plant protein bento box should power you through your day with its Thai bean medley, Sriracha cashews, and kimchi burnt broccoli.
Each bento box costs $10 and will be available at JRINK’s Foggy Bottom (1922 I St. NW) and 14th Street NW (1630 14th St. NW) locations starting Wednesday. Pick them up starting at 10 a.m. If demand is high, the boxes may be offered at additional locations.
JRINK employee Kallie Seniff,who is spearheading the bento box launch with Riccio, says venturing into food was a logical next step for the juice company. “There are other ways to be healthy and cure what ails you,” Seniff says. “Food is one of those things. We want to continue people’s education on how they can keep themselves healthy. People often say they’re too busy to be healthy and we’d like to figure that out for them so there’s no excuses.”
Next month, JRINK is making another move. They’re launching Apothékary inside Epic Yoga’s Dupont Circle location (1323 Connecticut Ave. NW) in mid-May. It’s an herbal “farmacy” that will sell everything from plant-based superfoods and special teas to CBD oil for stress relief. CBD comes from cannabis, but does not possess any psychoactive properties. It helps with pain, swelling, and relaxation.
Apothékary sounds like the kind of place that leaves you wondering whether we’re living in the future or the much distant past.
JRINK, multiple locations, jrink.com