Julia's Kitchen

Nourish your body, feed your soul.

What is Julia’s Kitchen? September 23, 2014

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Julia’s Kitchen is a small, casual restaurant serving food that is unparallelled in quality. We are all about the food. We love it. We soak, sprout, and ferment it. We treat it with care. We allow it to shine in its simplicity.

Everything is organic, because organic ingredients are always available in this little gem of a town. If we can’t get something organic (other than a few things like salt and baking soda), we use something else.

We use olive oil and coconut oil; only those. And we are very careful about how we treat them.

We understand that the abundance of food available to us is a true blessing and we hold the awareness that there are many others throughout the world, even in our own country, for whom food is far from abundant. We are very mindful to avoid waste, to avoid unnecessary ingredients, and to make the most of the ingredients we do use.

Sprouting seeds (what we call grains, beans, nuts, and seeds) changes their nutritional profile; it pretty much makes them into different foods. A sprouted seed versus one that is not sprouted has a higher proportion of protein and a lower proportion of starch; it takes less energy to digest because chemical changes have taken place that, in effect, unlock the available nutrients rather than keeping them bound up by phytates and other anti-nutrients. That’s why seeds have almost always been soaked, sprouted, and/or fermented. That’s why we do it now.

We rely on the flavors of our ingredients to make our food taste good; while we do include sea salt and coconut sugar as flavor enhancers, we use them judiciously. If you are accustomed to stronger sweet or salty flavors, you may need to add a bit more to your meal and we have them available for you. It’s as simple as that.

We know that enjoying food is all about the achieving the right balance of flavors, and that balance is different for each person. We want to make our food right for you. In case it needs a little tweaking to suit you, we have a whole bunch of really delicious, healthy, house made sauces, dressings, and condiments to dress it up just right.

We think that everyone should eat more vegetables. We are here to support you in that.

There are a lot of ways to define value; we think this is by far the best value in town.

We hope to see you soon. It will be our privilege to feed you.


Julia’s Kitchen Red Lentil Coconut Curry May 19, 2014

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I have been making this soup and variations of it for at least 8 years. For the last two, we’ve had it at the cafe every single day and I’m still not sick of it! This recipe was requested by a couple who visited the cafe while in Boulder last Summer and still remember it fondly. I hope to write a cookbook in the near future, because I really want this kind of food to be accessible to everyone, but for now, blogging it is! Of course, you should make this recipe your own by switching up the veggies and tweaking the proportions to your taste. Take the coconut and curry out and add some Berbere spice and you’ll have a delicious Ethiopian soup!

Julia’s Kitchen’s Red Lentil Coconut Curry

Serves 6-8

  • 3 cups split red lentils
  • coconut oil for sautéing
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4-5 medium carrots, diced
  • 4-5 stalks celery
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1-2 inches ginger, grated (no need to peel!)
  • pinch asophoetida
  • 1 strip kombu
  • 1/4 cup curry powder
  • 1/2 package creamed coconut, dissolved in a large measuring cup of hot water
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • chopped cauliflower
  • chopped spinach
  • sea salt and lemon or lime juice to taste
  1. Soak red lentils 8-12 hours in filtered water.
  2. Heat a large soup pot to medium-low heat.
  3. Add coconut oil and swirl around the pan.
  4. Add chopped onions and cook 5-6 minutes until translucent.
  5. Add chopped carrots and celery and continue to cook 4-5 more minutes.
  6. Clear a space in the center of the pan, add 1 teaspoon coconut, add minced garlic and grated ginger, and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 45 seconds.
  7. Meanwhile, drain and rinse lentils.
  8. Add lentils to cooked vegetables with water to cover by 3 inches and bring to a boil.
  9. Add asophoetida, and kombu and turn heat to a high simmer for about 20 minutes, or until lentils have started to break down, stirring often.
  10. Add the dissolved coconut cream, tomato paste, curry powder, and cauliflower, turn heat down, and continue to cook, stirring often, for 10 more minutes.
  11. Stir in the chopped spinach and season with salt and fresh lemon juice to taste.
  12. Enjoy as is or over cooked grains!

We have moved! March 1, 2014

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IMG_2444We have officially moved into our new location at 3980 Broadway and we are now back up and running and open for business!

We have expanded our hours as well; we are open Monday through Saturday 7am-10pm and Sundays 7am-7pm.

We are so excited to be joining such a sweet community and we love our new space!

We might need a little extra patience as we get our bearings, so let’s call this a soft opening, but you’ll find the same nourishing and delicious food you found at the original space and I see expanded offerings in our future! We will announce a grand opening date soon!

Thank you so much for all of your support! Love, Julia


Moving date set! February 16, 2014

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Good morning and happy Sunday! It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day, so get ready to enjoy it!

In case you haven’t heard, we will be moving to a new location VERY SOON! Here’s the plan…We will be at our current location, 4457 North Broadway, until Tuesday February 25th. We are planning on closing for one day only on February 26th, then hope to reopen on February 27th! Of course, this all does depend on the health department, the move going smoothly, etc, so please check back in case there are updates:) We are moving to 3980 North Broadway, which is in the Hillside Shops by Lucky’s on the Southeast corner of Broadway and Quince. We will be in the spot closest to Quince where O!Pizza/NOBO Pizza used to be.

During the transition time, our Sunday hours will change to noon to 5pm; the rest of our hours will stay the same (M-F 7:30-7:30, Sat 9-8) and we will be expanding our hours when we move!

As do most things in life, this gift came suddenly and without much warning! We have a quick timeline and are going to do our best to meet it. Do you want to help? Let us know! I think lots of little opportunities will come up, and here’s what we need right now:

  • Help creating a Video/campaign on Indiegogo (new equipment is needed, plus even a simple move is expensive!)
  • Do you know a good and inexpensive moving company? We will do a lot of it ourselves, but need help with the large equipment

Our current space provided an opportunity for which I am so grateful. I’ve dreamed of opening a restaurant for a long time and didn’t think it was in the cards anytime soon given my resources and experience (or lack thereof). Thank you to Shadi Ramey for setting it all into motion! And thank you all for being such lovely and supportive friends and customers.

We will keep you updated on our progress; like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram for more regular news! We will have a Grand Opening in mid-March…

Have a wonderful Sunday! Love, Julia


Win a Free Personalized Food Empowerment Session! January 5, 2014


Happy New Year!

I hope you are feeling fresh, invigorated, and inspired to make this your best year yet. I am really excited and inspired for this next year in the life of Julia’s Kitchen and the manifestation of our intention to help people reconnect with food and reap the benefits of all the beauty, vibrancy, and richness it brings to our lives.

If you are on board with this intention, we want to give you, and ourselves, a little jump start, so we have a special offer…a chance to win a free individualized Food Empowerment Session with Julia. I don’t want to sound too woo-woo, but that’s the best phrase I can think of to describe what I’d like to offer. What exactly “food empowerment” means depends on what you as an individual need. It could mean learning the basics of veg-centric food preparation, it could mean a pantry makeover, it could mean gaining a greater understanding of the diverse array of whole foods available to us, and how to keep them nutritious and make them delicious, it could mean learning to shift from old habits in the kitchen to new ones, or revamping old favorite recipes to be more health supportive and nourishing. The goal is to teach you whatever you need to learn about food to make your best choices. I’ll meet you wherever you are with food right now and we will figure out together how you can be more empowered around food.

The rules of this contest are simple: For the next two weeks (Sunday January 5th through Sunday January 19th), for every $15 spent at Julia’s Kitchen, you will receive one entry into our drawing. Just one person per entry please, but you can enter yourself or someone else.

Maybe you don’t know me that well, so here is my philosophy around food: I think we could make amazing, significant, substantial gains in our food system, our environment, and the overall health (all kinds) of our society by simply getting ourselves back in the kitchen and eating more plants. Not necessarily all plants; everyone’s body needs a little something different. The percentage that comes to mind is 75%, and of course I’m talking about plants in their whole, minimally processed form. If you think about it, this applies to everyone regardless of what makes up that other 25% of food on the plate. Instead of seeing food through a divisive lens, isn’t it nice to just focus on what we all have in common?

We are looking forward to many opportunities to nourish you in the year to come, so please spread the word to anyone who might want to know, and stay tuned!


Julia’s Kitchen – reaching out! December 19, 2013

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IMG_2105Hello Boulder community!

I hope this email finds you all in a peaceful and happy space.

We are coming up on our 2-year anniversary at Julia’s Kitchen! I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished ~ we have nourished many bodies and fed many souls. We have learned a ton about all kinds of things. We have met new people and nurtured new (and old) friendships. We have stayed true to ourselves and our beliefs. We have operated with integrity. It has been quite amazing. We want to keep going and growing.

We are truly doing things differently than other restaurants and other businesses. This is deeply rewarding, but it’s a challenge to go off the beaten path, especially when going it alone. So, I am reaching out to this community because I need some support and I want to create a community that wants to be involved. I know it’s taboo for a business to voice this sort of thing because we are supposed to look shiny and perfect, but one of the things that defines Julia’s Kitchen is transparency and I think that’s more important. You know what’s in the food, you know how it’s made, you can watch us make it, and I think you know you can trust us.

So what can you do?

*You can come into the cafe. Saving money right now? That’s ok. Camp out with your laptop. We will be honored with your presence. The more energy there is in the space, the more energy is drawn into the space.

*You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Comment, like, and share our posts. This can really help get the word out. Face-to-face conversation is of course awesome too. Please spread the word in any way you can.

*Bring a new customer in. We will give each of you a $10 credit for a future visit to the cafe; to say thank you to you and to welcome your friend.

*I have started to look into grants, small business loans, opportunities for investment, and different options for structuring this business so it’s sustainable long into the future; also so it’s sustainable for me personally in the here and now. If you know about these things, or if you know of organizations or private individuals who would want to support a business that is creating a net positive for the world, please share.

*You can let me know if you are interested in helping out with space beautification (outside in particular), accounting (for trade or for a fee), posting fliers, and we can be in touch as our plans unfold.

*You can just let me know that you support this cause. I am not a needy person, but I do need a little lift right now.

Thanks for reading and for all of your support, patience, and kindness over the past two years.

Wishing you deep contentment and much light on these beautiful dark nights, Julia


New Hours, a Cooking Class this Sunday, and other news from Julia’s Kitchen December 3, 2013

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We are expanding our weekend hours starting this weekend! We will also have live music this Saturday and are looking for more people who want to share their talents (such as musicians, poets, story-tellers…) to help us build community in our little space. Please help us spread the word and share your ideas so we can continue to build a more vibrant and robust business as we head into our third year! Our new hours are:

  • Saturday 9am-8pm (this week with live music and a Saturday special!)
  • Sunday 10am-6pm
  • Monday-Friday 7:30am-7:30pm

In response to many requests for cooking classes, we are going to try to make them a regular part of our routine. As many of us face a conflict at this time of year between a natural desire to settle down and cozy up inside our homes and the bustling energy of the holidays, cooking is a wonderful way to stay connected and take care of ourselves. There is nothing like a delicious bowl of soup to soothe every part of your being, so this Sunday, I’m planning to teach a cooking class focused on soups and stews. Given what I hear about the upcoming weather, it will be just on time!

I’m all about simplicity and finding ways for everyone to fit cooking into any kind of schedule, so we’ll talk about crock pots, pressure cookers, no-fuss homemade stock, and we will continue our discussion on balancing flavors to make your food taste just how you like it! We will of course need sufficient enrollment to go forward with the class, so please sign up as soon as you are able by stopping into or calling the cafe.

What? Soups and Stews Cooking Class

When? 4pm Sunday December 8th

Where? Julia’s Kitchen 4457 Broadway

How much? $30

Have a beautiful day and I hope to see you on Sunday!





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