Fans of Kim Nguyen's clean, modern takes on Vietnamese dishes at Magasin (4201 Magazine St., 504-896.7611; www.magasincafe.com) may be interested in her newest venture: an organic, cold-pressed juice bar named The Pressery (3005 Magazine St., 504-304-7791; www.thepresserynola.com). Though the juice bar concept isn't new, some of the ingredients are off the beaten path: think pennyworth shots instead of wheat grass, artichoke juice instead of apple.
"I wanted to incorporate Asian vegetables that people may not know the benefits of," Nguyen says. "It's great to incorporate Asian remedies and vegetables people may not take a second look at."
Nguyen grew up drinking fresh juices daily, a tradition handed down from her mother and grandmother. "We take a shot of pennyworth or the bitter melon," Nguyen says. "We have this juice tradition. I now have my family do it."
Nguyen credits her juicing habit for her glowing complexion and high energy levels. At The Pressery, customers can pick up a glass bottle of juice made from local produce for $8 or enough juices for a three-day cleanse for $160. The juice bar also has grab-and-go options like kale salad, brown rice spring rolls from Magasin and cold-pressed juice ice pops. Once a month, The Pressery will collaborate with the restaurant Seed and offer items from its menu.
As holiday parties approach, Nguyen urges people not to overdo it when it comes to food and drink. But if they do, juice can help restore them.
"After a long day of drinking and eating you need ... green juice," she says. "Juicing is like a restart."
The Pressery's signature detox drink
1 cup spinach
2 cups kale
1 celery stick
1 1/2 green apples
4 mint leaves
1/2 medium lemon, peeled
Juice the produce using the method of your choice and combine juices. Drink immediately.