LBC By Ruck 008: Salud Juice

Sundays are for walking, with weighted rucksacks on our backs. This past Sunday, our destination was 4th St. aka “Retro Row.” Lucy and I set out from Lakewood Village, and we rambled through Lakewood Country Club, along Carson St., down Cherry St., over the 405 Freeway, through Signal Hill, and Cambodia Town before arriving at Salud Juice on 4th and Cherry.

Salud is a Long Beach-based juice bar dedicated to healthy lifestyle choices. Since the start of the pandemic, Salud has remained a positive, optimistic, and encouraging source of inspiration in Long Beach, and for their customers. As a family, we have been supporters of theirs from the start, but seeing how they have risen to the challenges of these times has only made us more appreciative of the service they provide our community. Lucy and I purposely set out on this walk to support Salud, and in turn, support ourselves with some fresh, healthy, raw, organic food served in eco-friendly packaging.

Lucy got a White Smoothie, and I got a White Bowl. We sat outside on the sidewalk, people watching while enjoying our food. After eating, we ventured along 4th St. where many of the closed businesses have taken to decorating their windows with a diverse selection of merchandise, adorned with price tags, and signs with a phone number to call or text if one is interested in purchasing an item. This form of window-shopping is probably a worldwide phenomenon, but this was the first time I’ve personally come across it. I love seeing things like this, answers to problems, people trying their best.

We finished our ruck with a stroll through the historic and treasured circular neighborhood of Carroll Park. From there, Ann picked us up, and we continued our Sunday with a drive through Palos Verdes and a visit to Lunada Bay, where we delighted in watching the waves lapping on the rocky shore. Our next stop was our favorite plant-based restaurant in Los Angeles, Hinterhof, for some take-out. Another beautiful Sunday in the books.