Monday, November 5, 2012

Moberi

(Also click here for Part 2 -- February 2013)

Moberi is a juice and smoothie cart located at the Rose City Food Park (NE 52nd and Sandy) in Portland, Oregon.


I had a chance to speak with owner Ryan Carpenter at the food pod. The word "moberi" just poked out at me, and Ryan mentioned how he wanted to tie "mobile" somehow back into the name. After all, he literally makes the smoothies by pedaling on a custom Schwinn stationary bike. I know people love a healthy drink before, during, and after a workout, but this is taking it to the next level.

One bike outside...
And another in the cart!
There are a few different options for smoothies, juices, and protein shakes. Ryan will have whey, hemp, and a more vegetarian-friendly protein blend on hand.

Ryan will eventually add protein shakes to this menu!


All smoothies are $5.75. The Moberi has a nice blend of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, Greek yogurt, and agave. It's certainly more on the tart side, and the seeds from the berries add a texture that could turn away some people. Luckily, I'm not a picky person at all. Also, since I've basically gotten my sweet fill the previous few days elsewhere, having something like this was a welcome choice. The yogurt gives this a very slight creamy texture, but the fruits and ice remind me of the refreshing smoothie taste. I'm honestly not sure how much the agave necessarily attempts to sweeten this one.

Ryan's making the smoothie!
"Moberi" smoothie
The "Turtle Power" is a refreshing smoothie. Spinach and kale are responsible for the green color here, but you won't taste veggies. Instead, you'll get this sweet-tang effect from the apples, bananas, and mangoes. The ginger is a powerful aromatic counter, and while too much can turn away some people, my friends and I enjoyed this one. As a note, whenever I attempt to eat healthy at home, I end up making a spinach shake, so I'm very used to seeing a lovely shade of green in these circumstances.

"Turtle Power"
"Uncle Jesse" is another great choice. Avocado and coconut milk give this a creamier presence, much like a fruity shake. While the strawberries remain front and center, the mint adds a cool fragrant twist. Dates add a touch more sweetness.

"Uncle Jesse"
(just a sampler size here)
Kids and adults should enjoy the DeLorean, a simple smoothie with strawberries, bananas, and mangoes. A nice tropical feel here.

Ryan will give you the option to make your own smoothie, too. Yup, if you missed your workout, you might be able to take a turn on the Schwinn!


I can't wait to try the protein shakes that Ryan is planning to offer. "One Night in Bangkok" will feature sriracha and peanut butter. In a shake?!?! I'm totally down to try it.

Ryan is also an awesome person to talk with. Check this cart out! 8.75/10

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