I have no shame and order the Number Two, even though I don't generally have trouble in this department and Josh is unsure of the contents of the tonic even after searching for the recipe (He gives me 20% off for being so daring.). I ask him to throw in the "Bad Vibe Killer" for kicks, which includes black tourmaline, white yarrow flower, and ocotillo flower to increase "deep telepathic communication."
The drink placed before me a brownish-yellow (telling) with a slight iridescence from the coconut water. It smells distinctly of tamarind but without much taste. As Josh explains, it's a drink of function.
I look through the recipes of the elixirs that are scattered about the counter. The "Cura" catches my attention, as one of its descriptors is "anti-cancer." Quite a claim.
"Well, I gotta be careful what I say here, but I think it's because it has chlorophyll, which clears out bad cells so that new cells don't grow in abnormally, or cancerous." An explanation that can be used to describe pretty much everything with chlorophyll, like the kale in my nori roll.
After a little over an hour, I thank Josh and head home to wait for the effects to kick in.
A few hours later, I feel sort of hungover, with a slight headache and stomachache. Josh had cautioned me that the Number Two might work immediately, but instead, I spend the entire rest of the night with sharp pains in my stomach.
The next day, the juice creeps up to fulfill its promise suddenly and violently. Let's just say I can't leave the house. Effective? Yes. Comfortable? Absolutely not.
The upside, and although not the mystical experience it might hope to be, Botica & Co. turns out to be a refreshing change from a typical juice bar where overenthusiastic cleansers sip wheatgrass. And even though Josh could spend less time curing my health and more time correcting my pronunciation of things like "jamaica" (ha-MY-kah, by the way), I could see myself going back at some point to order something on the safer side. But mostly just to see Josh.
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