Kitchen Confidential

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At the Free People home offices we have so many amazing things available to us. One that I’m sure many employees will tell you that they’re grateful for, is the amazing food. You can either head over to our dining hall called 543 or stop at the café Jharoka – both of which offer menus that are stocked with gourmet ingredients and creative pairings. The offering includes some of the freshest ideas in the culinary world today: smoked tofu and pear chicken salad with blackberry jam and arugula on a brioche, or, for the non-vegetarians, how about a grilled flank with balsamic mushrooms, horseradish mayonnaise and spring mix on semolina hero? The people behind these masterpieces are talented chefs, baristas, sauciers – they each have a reputable background and an artistry to share.

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Meet Corbin – our 543 drink specialist who’s prepping up his magical Hangover Smoothie. FP Jemma will tell you that he steams the best cappuccino, and he’ll humbly profess that it’s what he loves to do. We talked to him while he got to work at the blender, learning all about his love of drinks and how he uses vitamin B12 to cure our post party pains.

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Where did you work before this? Before this I worked at various coffee shops, always making drinks.

And how long have you been with the company? About a year now

How did you develop this hangover recipe – was it out of necessity? Ha – not so much…I mainly just researched ingredients. It’s about trial and error – getting to know ingredients and what they’re good for. I then combine things with similar benefits to make a power house recipe with a specific benefit, like weight loss or energy.

How does this smoothie help to cure a hangover? Bananas, spinach, and B12 have a lot of potassium which will give you a big kick and make you feel good. The B12 also has great added energy benefits. The Kale is just good for everything – it’s so nutrient-rich.

Where do you get inspiration? Are there any sources you often use for research? I mainly just talk to people, I visit other juice bars, and the internet – I look a lot of things up on the internet…

What’s next? I’m going to be adding supplements to the cleanses more. So far I’ve just been making combinations with the juicer like carrot, ginger, and lemon – no water or anything added. I’m going to start putting in supplements like Spirulina and Echinacea. For the New Year there will be a whole cleansing regiment offered. Employees can pick up a package of 6 juices each day to either use as a liquid diet or to add on top of a healthy eating regimen.

Here’s how to make the hangover smoothie:

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Ingredients (Serves 2)

One handful (approx 1 cup) of Washed Spinach

4 Leaves of Washed Dinosaur Kale

2 Bananas

1 Cup of Soy Milk

4-5 Drops of Liquid B12

¾ Cup of Chopped Ice

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Directions

Put it all in the blender & drink!

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He left us with a bottle of the first batch. It was full of banana-y flavor, and although not hungover, it definitely put some pep in our step.

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Comments

Christina -December 16, 2011, 10:48AM

That looks tasty. Although, I’m hardly hungover, this still looks good for a slower moving morning. I’ll have to try!

Christina
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folk&fairytale -December 16, 2011, 12:08PM

If I whip up a batch of this stuff and bottle it how long does it last in the fridge before it gets funky?

InfiniteWithin -December 16, 2011, 12:36PM

Yum! I will be trying this soon…probably this weekend…lol

brittany -December 16, 2011, 12:37PM

Sounds and looks delicious. Being hungover isn’t a concern for me, but since it’s the holidays the rest of my family might appreciate this smoothie.

I would say this would last about 3 days. 5 at the most, but I think that might be pushing it. Smoothies don’t always have the best life span.

Mary R. -December 16, 2011, 2:06PM

So fun to see! I just love the whole vibe and culture over there! You guys are so cool! I think I would enjoy seeing even the bathroom or the copy room! :P

EV -December 16, 2011, 2:12PM

Sounds like the perfect smoothie for this time of year. Love you guys xx

Michelle -December 16, 2011, 2:39PM

Should do half soy milk half coconut water! I drink coconut water for my hangovers because its filled with potassium (more than 1 whole banana!)plus has electrolytes without all the fructose in gatorade…

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