New vashon food truck provides smoothies
By Keziah Rutschow, Reporter
This February, Steven Brewer and his business partner Elijah Berry opened Anchor, a small health food restaurant located in the heart of Vashon between Camp Colvos and Giraffe. Anchor sells new healthy foods and drinks on Vashon Island from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends.
Brewer’s goal for Anchor was to bring healthy fast food options for lower prices to teens and service workers who may have been priced out on the Island before. Personally, I feel that the drinks are a bit on the higher side, but you are definitely getting quality products. A fellow reporter Mackenzie Guadagno and I found that Anchor is a great place to find fast and healthy options. They have their menu up on Instagram @anchoronvashon, where you can see all of their caffeinated beverages, smoothies), steel-cut oatmeal, and blended granola bowls. As their business grows, Brewer and Berry plan on expanding hours and holding events. They have added more recipes and will continue to expand their menu, even hoping to use local farmers’ ingredients in the future.
Mackenzie and I decided to visit Anchor to test some of their products. We were able to try two smoothies, one in their healthy drink category, and a smoothie bowl. Their fitness category includes drinks with protein and fruit-based ingredients while their health category is mainly based on more healthy/plant-based ingredients. The first smoothie we tried was their Chai-Builder ($8) off of the fitness category of the menu, containing vanilla, whey protein, chai, banana, and macadamia nut milk. This was Mackenzie’s favorite as it tasted just as you would expect and was sweet but not too sweet. If you are a chai lover you will definitely be a fan of this drink. My favorite was the Golden Milk ($6) under the Health category, containing tumeric, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, vanilla, maple syrup, and macadamia nut milk. It tasted like a healthy cinnamon roll smoothie, and I was obsessed. The last drink we tried was a Charcoal Lemonade Slushy ($6) under the health drinks; if you are a sour lover, you will love this drink. Containing lemon, activated charcoal, and maple syrup, it’s one of the best, and sourest, lemonades I have ever had. The charcoal gave it an interesting aftertaste and cool dark look. Lastly, we tried a blended granola bowl called Peachy Bowl ($11) with peaches, spinach, banana, chia seeds, blueberries, granola, coconut flakes, agave, and almond milk. They kindly made this up for us as a surprise and was another favorite of mine, and I could not stop eating it. It tasted rich in peaches and again was sweet but not too sweet. The peachy bowl was something I would buy as a quick-to-go breakfast or snack.
They just had so many options, and we couldn’t choose because everything sounded so good. Next time I definitely want to try their oatmeal and we have heard positive reviews, especially about their tumeric & blueberry and strawberry & cream oatmeal. I can’t wait to go back with my friends to try everything else they have to offer.