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Food

Èple: It's Norwegian for 'Refreshing'

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OK, it's not really. It's Norwegian for "apple" but that is just too obvious. Èple's fun fruit stand at The Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax is definitely not limiting itself to pedestrian fruit like apples, though. Dragonfruit, cherimoyas, and a variety of other exotic fruits are the stars of the show. And employees assure us that in spite of being owned by Pinkberry, there are no mystery ingredients -- everyday they are peeling and chopping away to use only fresh fruit in their ice-blended drinks.

The display is a riot of color, shouting, "fresh fruit! fresh fruit!" It's as if owner Pinkberry said, "Oh yeah, you doubt our ingeredients? You want to know what's in our fruit drinks? Bam! In your face!" And you know what? The fresh fruit drinks are insanely delicious, as if flavor was a by-product of making Pinkberry and they had to find somewhere to put it. The honeydew and mint drink wakes your sleepy tastebuds right up to summer. Èple's juices and blended drinks include Cherimoya, Blood orange, Starfruit, Peach and mint, Apple and ginger, strawberry and banana, and kiwi.

Other offerings at the fruit stand include fruit-flavored honeys, grapefruit jell-o, and an unusual sandwich made with whipped cream and sliced fruit that one would expect to find in Little Tokyo. The drinks are a little pricy, but so worth it. Being neighbor to the beast, some foodies are raising a critical eyebrow at the place. This is the very first Èple stand, so only time will tell.