Update 12/1/16: Jamba Juice is closed.
In a word: Upscale Orange Julius.
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JM drank the Strawberries Wild.
Nichole drank the Pomegranate Paradise.
We split an apple cinnamon pretzel.
The bill was $10, or $5/person.
JM gave Jamba Juice a B+; Nichole gave Jamba Juice a B (see our grading rubric).
Walking into Jamba Juice feels like walking into a cloud of baby aspirin, all sweet and orange. The noise of blenders constantly going full-blast and the bright, bright colors make for a near-overloaded sensory experience.
We had a bit of trouble placing our orders. Nichole felt quite old and deaf when she had to ask the clerk to repeat himself more than once. That unpleasantness over, she took some comfort in the idea that her Pomegranate Paradise would reverse the effects of aging with its fabulous antioxidant properties and whatever else Jamba Juice is selling with its smooshed fruit excretions.
JM has a theory that people generally don't like to eat fruit because it's too pulpy, so juice and smoothies are frequently made from them because the flavor and nutrients are palatable but the fiber is not. On the other hand, JM did relish the little chunks of strawberry in the bottom of his cup.
The apple cinnamon pretzel came toasted, but resembled a pretzel in nothing but shape. This made it easy to stroll State St. while noshing. A large juice might make a refreshing substitute for a full meal on a hot summer night - at least, it's more likely to replace a burger than, say, a Chocolate Shoppe ice cream is. Of course, the more State Street grows to look like a mall, the more Jamba Juice is its Orange Julius.