Yes, I realize how omnipresent this potent little berry is. The acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) has been increasingly popular in the US over the past few years (thank you, Oprah). Imported from Brazil in smoothie mix form, acai has tons of antioxidant properties.
The reason why I'm talking about it? Because today, I went to Cafe Brasil in Santa Cruz and ordered their acai bowl-the perfect antidote for a 100 degrees, blisteringly hot day.
It looked something like this:
The acai bowl features the acai smoothie mixed with apple juice and ice, with a thick layer of the most amazing vanilla almond granola (organic, of course-this is Santa Cruz, people), and artfully topped with sliced strawberries and bananas.