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Acai face-off: Ubatuba vs. SunLife


Everyone loves a fresh acai bowl (blended acai with different fruit toppings) but with so many options in the valley, how do they compare? Arguably, Ubatuba and SunLife are the most popular amongst Louisville girls but in terms of price, taste, location, consistency, design, and toppings available, which acai spot is the best?

Ubatuba (18641 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana)

Price: $6.50 for a small, $8.50 for a medium, $12.00 for a large.

Taste: The acai sorbet at Ubatuba is definitely on the sweeter side. I personally love the sorbet, but many complain that it’s too sweet.

Location: Uba is in Sherman Oaks right on Ventura Blvd. so parking is a bit of a hassle. There is a small parking lot in the back and a parking garage that services other businesses in the area.

Consistency: The sorbet is very icy and more solid than the sorbet at SunLife. It certainly has a higher concentration of acai because they don’t blend the acai with other fruits.

Design: Compared to SunLife, Uba definitely designs their bowls more artistically. Most of the time, they do flower designs and creatively craft their bowls with care.

Toppings Available: Uba has many fresh toppings available and what’s nice is that you can customize your bowl with whatever you want. It usually comes with strawberries, bananas, granola and one other topping of your choice, but you can also just pick four toppings from their extensive list. Some of their toppings include Nutella, kiwi, peanut butter, mango, coconut, carob chips, and hemp seeds. They also sell empanadas and pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) and have a fridge full of assorted beverages.

SunLife (4799 Commons Way Suite E, Calabasas)

Price: There are two different acai bowls-the Brazilian Bowl and the Hawaiian Bowl and both are $8.95.

Taste: The Hawaiian Bowl has more of an acai taste since they use acai sorbet, and the Brazilian Bowl has more of a general fruit taste since it’s blended with bananas, strawberries, blueberries, apple juice and almond milk. Both are tasty, but the Brazilian Bowl isn’t a pure acai bowl.

Location: SunLife is in the Calabasas Commons right next to Sugarfish and Johnny Rockets. Ample parking is usually available, depending on the time of day.

Consistency: For both bowls, the consistency is more liquid than Uba’s. It melts faster, especially on a hot day, and resembles the texture of a smoothie.

Design: There usually is no design to the bowls at SunLife.

Toppings Available: Both bowls comes with granola, hemp seeds, strawberries, bananas and coconut. You could probably try to customize it, but there is no option on the menu to do so. SunLife also sells an array of pre-made pressed juices and has an extensive amount of fresh juices, smoothies and protein shakes. Additionally, they sell frozen yogurt, cold brewed coffee and have various fresh lunch options.

-Kerry Judge

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