Every now and again, a breakfast comes along that really gets ML in a spin. The acai bowl is one such breakfast. The Brazilian fruit, which is now worth more than gold owing to it being granted antioxidant status by food PRs and obliging consumer journalists, is the new blueberry (well it was before mangosteen, pitaya and pomegranate knocked it off its perch).
It has a punchy, tannic kind of taste that some have likened to chocolate Marmite, but ML puts it more towards the blueberry spectrum with a breath of pepper. It tastes wonderful as a frozen pulp, served with fresh fruit, yoghurt and granola.
I first had it in the long-gone Brazilian cafe on Oxford Street, just off Tottenham Court Road, but came across it again in California at an unassuming little cafe in Aptos, the Hole in the Wall, also purveyor of bottomless coffee (a novelty to Brits but standard in the US), French toast, waffle, granola, ham steak and other breakfast delights from across the pond.
If you're not visiting Aptos soon, or Brazil for that matter, you can get acai online or at your local Brazilian cafe. Given that this is the time when New Year's resolutions start to go awry, acai is a good starting point for getting your detox intentions back on track.