La Canada Shopping Centre
Costa del Sol
Having happened upon Terra Sana in Malaga I was positively delighted to find a scaled down version in this rather repugnant indoor shopping mall. I hate shopping malls. They are festering hellholes full of overperfumed shops, neon striplighting, consumerism and fastfood. La Canada is no better – apart from the views from the upstairs gallery where you can see the sea. Anyway, Terra Sana is on the ground floor of the mall and has no such views. Compared to Terra Sana in Malaga (which has views of the Alcazaba and the Roman theatre) this plasticised version is a very sorry relative indeed. Even the staff are less friendly, although that could be down to the lack of atmosphere, air conditioning and piped music that must make their ears bleed after several hours.
Anyway, it is a spot where you can stop and get your food shopping (Al Campo also in the mall has a great range of fruit and vegetables and an organic aisle) and have a juice and pretty decent salad.
So, beginning with the juices available at Terra Sana you can choose from the following lovey amalgamations:
Zinger: apple, carrot, orange and ginger / Pura Vida: carrot, beetroot, apple and celery / Melon Star: melon, apple and lemon / Exotica: pineapple, pear and strawberry or you can create your own personalised juice from your favorites. I went straight in for the Pura Vida with a bit of ginger. The juice was smallish for €3.90 but it was tasty as fuck and I felt like I immediately benefited from its raw goodness. It had been a while since I had eaten anything other than white bread, heavily sugared cake or hot chocolate. Tasting this juice was like experiencing the first caress of Spanish sun after a long dark English winter.
Terra Sana also have a range of smoothies such as the Vitalizer which contains orange juice, pineapple, kiwi and passion fruit or the Melonisimo with apple juice, melon, banana and frozen yogurt. Smoothies are €3.90 and sadly most come with some sort of sorbet – but you can always ask for one without.
Marvellously, Terra Sana also have supplements you can add to your drink such as vitamin C, aloe vera, ginger, spirulina, wheatgerm, lecithin, bee pollen, echinacia, calcium or wheatgrass. No doubt delivered in small quantities but available all the same. Each additional ingredient will cost you 80c.
If you are after hot drinks you can get fair-trade coffees and chocolates made with soya milk and a range of good quality organic teas and infusions and a Moroccan tea made with fresh mint.
Terra Sana have delicious lassis made with organic yogurt (they do contain sugar). You can choose from mango, peach, melon, lemon, berries or banana.
The menu has vegetarian and vegan dishes clearly marked and includes salads, tapas such as hummus and nachos, really tasty quesadillas, vegan samosas and edamame.
The wraps and salads are the best edible things on the menu. The Terra Sana house salad is good, as is the Thai salad and the portions are incredible.
Terra Sana in La Canada doesn’t get a paws up from young Sweepy, as dogs aren’t permitted inside the mall. Only fetid consumers who leave more mess behind than my dog ever could.
Shame about the venue, shame about the unfriendly staff – but thumbs up because they serve fresh juices, smoothies, lassies, wraps and salads.
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