july2014_opendoors_cafevivaCulver City is rapidly becoming a day-to-evening destination for foodies looking to partake in the neighborhood vibe while enjoying a variety of healthy farm-to-table options. Café Vida is the newest spot on Restaurant Row that is also a destination for fresh juices and smoothies. Built from the ground up and designed with a spacious feel and a rustic-meets-SoCal-meets-Latin by Phillip Spencer, the indoor-outdoor space has an organic ambiance that mirrors the food.

Offering all-day dining, Chef Francisco Cornejo and Luis Castaneda have created a seasonal menu with a number of organic, vegan, and low-fat options. The light, flavorful dishes with a Latin flair are filled with fresh and spicy surprises such as smoky chipotle or delicate mint leaves. Superfoods make appearances in dishes such as the breakfast oatmeal with chia seeds, or the gluten-free pancakes with flax and chia with organic maple syrups. The homemade lemonades are made with agave nectar.

The juice and smoothie menu includes both functional and delicious items with a variety of ingredients. The Immunity Shot and Immunity Cocktail provide a midday power boost. The Alkalizer isn’t just kale, it is double kale with green apple, ginger, and lime. The Perfect Date is a sweet and nurturing treat filled with hemp seeds that is a potent power breakfast.

Whether lingering for a meal, or stopping by for some liquid refreshment, Café Vida offers both freshness in menu items and locale.

Café Vida, 9755 Culver Blvd., Culver City