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Now open: Bowl of Heaven in Mountain View

Uploaded: Mar 4, 2015
The acai-bowl trend continues on the Peninsula with the opening last month of Bowl of Heaven at Grant Park Plaza in Mountain View.

The 1040 Grant Road shop is the first Northern California location for this family-owned Southern California chain. Bowl of Heaven serves acai bowls as well as smoothies, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and healthy grab-and-go snacks.

For those who don't know or haven't had an acai bowl, the antioxidant-rich Brazilian superfruit is typically frozen and then blended with other fruits or healthy add-ins to create a smoothie-like base that is served in a bowl and topped with ingredients like fruit, granola, coconut, seeds or nuts.

Bowl of Heaven bowls also include the company's own proprietary "Maq7" superfruit juice, a blend of seven superfruits, from goji berries and acai to prickly pear and maqui, a Chilean berry.

Owner Dan McCormick opened the first Bowl of Heaven in Rancho Santa Margarita four years ago, inspired by trips to visit three of his daughters attending college in Oahu, Hawaii, during which he and his wife would often eat acai bowls. McCormick teamed up with his son-in-law, Brandon Beazer, to start the company. They have since franchised and have six total locations, with more on the way this year.

Acai shop Bare Bowls opened on Emerson Street in downtown Palo Alto in November, and another franchised chain, Vitality Bowls, is slated to open this spring at at the former Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum location on California Avenue.
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Posted by Michael O., a resident of Stanford,
on Mar 4, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Eat it if you like how it tastes, but "the antioxidant-rich Brazilian superfruit" has no proven benefits other than making money for the people who market it. If you want to live a longer, healthier life, you should quit smoking, exercise a bit, don't overeat too often, and find the right grandparents -- you know, the kind that were healthy and lived a long time.

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Posted by Leena, a resident of Cuesta Park,
on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:54 am

I luckily found Bowl of Heaven a few days ago and was so excited to have them so close to us! The bowls they make are so refreshing, so wonderful, and make you feel amazing after eating one. My kids really enjoyed the bowls and smoothies as well. Loved the North Shore Bowl it reminded us of our trip to Hawaii a few years ago. I also loved that some of the bowls include green veggies & make them delicious! We're definitely going back soon.

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Posted by Alex, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Mar 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm

I found Bowl of Heaven through a co-worker at El Camino Hospital. I always look for a healthy meal that can fulfill my hunger. This place is clean and everyone who works there is very sincere to educate the community on how to live healthy. I usually get the green glory in the morning on my way to work and a lime-a-licious bowl with vanilla protein after work.

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