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Ernies Açai Becomes Gables’ Newest Snack Shop

Less than five minutes from campus lies a take of fruits and sweets combined
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Elyse Harris
Ernies Acai, located in Coral Gables, Fla. is a favorited restaurant by many students.

“Are you going to Ernie’s today?” Quickly becoming the traditional six-words to meet up for after-school snacks and to hang out with friends, Ernie’s Açai has entered into a state of success with Cavaliers.

Following the trend of #eataternies, both seniors enjoy a spoonful of “The Automatic” açai bowl. (Aaron Rojas)

Since opening its doors on Nov. 4, 2022, Ernie’s Açai has become a bustling hub for the health-conscious at Merrick Park. Every day, the shop welcomes dozens of customers drawn to its innovative approach of turning healthy fruits into irresistible treats: açai bowls.

Using only 100% fruit and respective juice, each of the 12 bowls featured on their menu comprises six toppings more or less. Packed full of antioxidants, these açai bowls ultimately combine a delicious texture whilst checking off the boxes for vegan, organic and gluten-free options.

“It’s a perfect after-school snack for anyone. Because of its diversity of options, its a convenient place for students who play after-school sports, such as myself, because of how close it is to Gables. Personally, my favorite bowl is the Chocolisto, but sometimes I like to get their Lost Gypsie smoothie,” sophomore Gabriella Arango said.

Aside from taking a bite into fruit-covered sugariness, Ernie’s Açai’s menu also contains six different flavored smoothies, with the ability to customize the soft-served drink starting between $9 and $11 for either a regular or large.

Committing to serving the Coral Gables community as well, Ernie’s Açai also allows for fundraisers and student discounts to happen. As a token of appreciation for their patronage, Ernie’s Açai offers a 10% discount on their purchases with the only requirement being a form of student identification.

“I love coming here with my friends after school to catch up and enjoy some healthy treats together. It’s become our favorite hangout spot,” freshman Ethan Brown said.

Not serving just bowls, Ernie’s Açai also allows Cavaliers to become workers, providing not only tasty treats but also job opportunities for local students.

“My favorite part about Ernies is the energy transmitted to our customers and team while being capable of having a great time at work with others. We are also able to maintain a quiet learning environment for students to enjoy their school assessments and overall have a refreshing snack,” senior Cayetano Burneo said.

Creating Ernie’s Açai into a high-demand place, the restaurant has managed to expand to two new locations. Announcing the hype behind their milestone through their social media, the restaurant announced its new presence in Miami Lakes and Pinecrest on Feb.12, 2024.

Shining with a happy smile, Ernie’s Açai ensures 100% customer satisfaction. (Aaron Rojas)

With each bowl served and each smile exchanged, Ernie’s Açai has become the new post-school pick-me-up treat, where every item tells a story through tasting the Brazilian acai palm trees from South America.

“I can’t say that I have a favorite part of Ernie’s, because I love every part of it, from the food to the staff, and even to the music they play. I choose to go to Ernie’s Açai because it’s close to school, and the environment is quiet enough for me to finish homework and other things,” sophomore Arango said.

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Elyse Harris, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Elyse Harris is currently a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at Coral Gables Senior High. This is her first year in CavsConnect, and she is thrilled to start her journey in the publication, hoping to improve her writing skills. She enjoys writing poetry, going to the beach, hanging out with friends and you will always catch her listening to music. As someone who is very academically focused, she hopes to become a doctor and participate in medical research in the future. Still, Elyse tries to always keep a balance between school and her social life. During this school year, she is excited to learn new things and is prepared for anything she may encounter.
Aaron Rojas, CavsConnect Features Editor
Entering his third year in CavsConnect, Aaron Rojas is the newest editor on the team for Features. As he enters the ranks of rising juniors in the International Baccalaureate program, Aaron dedicates his afternoons to various school clubs such as the French Honor Society, IBHS, Gables Interact and Mock Trial. Aaron is a proud '06 natal year with having the ability to drive now, except for the moments he remembers Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet that same year. Despite his penchant for restful Zzz's, Aaron indulges in taking up the many responsibilities of a young adult, such as by reading text articles on Apple News while sipping a half glass of celery juice every morning. Sensing the countdown to graduation standing at under two years, Aaron's ultimate major choice remains veiled in uncertainty. For now, Aaron hopes to keep his friends and classmates smiling around him before his unshakeable self-assurance points to a path that will undoubtedly be his perfect fit.  
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