New York Women's Culinary Alliance

Ethiopia-Smoothie Mash-Up: Health Meets Harlem

Jeri Jackson

Ethiopia-Smoothie Mash-Up: Health Meets Harlem

By Sara White / 23-Jul-2018

Exploring Ethiopian Cuisine and Smoothies
On July 23 Alliance members were treated to smoothies and an extraordinary meal at Oasis Powerhouse, one of two juice bars founded by Ethiopian born owner Abdulsalam (Abdi) Abujebel, our host for the evening.   Abdi operates two locations in West Harlem which offer freshly made smoothies and juices in addition to healthy salads, soups, sandwiches, grain bowls and Ethiopian Sambusa.
As we were enjoying our meal, Abdi told us about his childhood in Ethiopia which introduced him to food, health and wellbeing while working at his father’s homeopathic clinic, which provided herbal remedies from their family farm.  He arrived in NYC from a refuge camp in Kenya and some years later Adbi’s dream of starting a business that incorporated healthy eating (he had developed diabetes)  came to fruition with Jimma Juice Bar, still located at 3163 Broadway at 124thSt.   He offered healthy alternatives to his West Harlem neighborhood that was clearly lacking in fresh produce options.  Since then Abdi has added Oasis Powerhuse at 600 W 139thSt. He serves the same fresh smoothies, juices and foods as his first location but has become a neighborhood gathering spot offering classes and events that everyone can benefit from.   
We left with a feeling of gratitude for having not only enjoyed such a fantastic meal but getting a glimpse of the spirit he has brought to the area.  
Please visit Abdi and enjoy a healthy smoothie or snack.
 Jimma Juice Bar
3163 Broadway
NY, NY 10027
Oasis Powerhouse

600 W 139th St

NY, NY 10031

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