Chef Oren who is the owner and mad chemist of The Vape Kitchen is a classically trained chef who studied in the culinary arts in San Francisco many moons ago before chefs were ever known as TV celebrities. He also worked at a few well known restaurants here in Los Angeles. Michel Richard's Citrus, La Brea Bakery, Campanile, Joe's in Venice to name a few. His expertly trained palate can formulate and/or recreate virtually any flavor one could dream up. His gifted palate enables him to create any custom flavor on the spot when customers visit our shops.
The Vape Kitchen is a family owned brick and mortar business run by Chef Oren and his wife Mai. In their spare time (when they have it) they enjoy hanging out with their 3 kids, cooking & eating really great food and going to shows. Chef Oren can be found tinkering on old European cars, play loud punk rock music or goal tending for his many ice hockey teams when he's not in mad scientist mode.Business claimed on 2016-04-07, updated 2016-03-15.
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Jasmine Milk Tea by The Vape Kitchen
What makes Jasmine Milk Tea distinctively unique comes down to what goes into crafting the flavor. Much like the time-tested tradition of finding the best tea leaves to make the best tea, we took a Vape Kitchen signature approach to perfecting this flavor. The process to make each bottle is over THREE months. We take young green tea leaves and triple infuse them with a fresh, summery blossoms of jasmine which are then rolled into pearls. We take these unique sweet floral tea blossoms and directly infuse them into our signature VG blend for 3 months, which imparts an incredible distinctive flavor. The result: a rich and smooth, creamy milk tea that has never been done before.
Lemon Cheesecake by The Vape Kitchen
Fresh Meyer Lemon infused Cremé fraiche slowly baked until creamy and golden. Add a rich, buttery Graham Cracker crust, some fresh, unsweetened whipped cream and enjoy….oops. Almost forgot the candied Meyer Lemon Zest! Peaches 'n Cream Fresh summer peaches topped with sweet vanilla cream
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Ok, this has no right being as good as it is. This came as a sample in a recent order, and probably like you are right now my first thought was "huh? that's... strange".
Salted Mango Cucumber? Hey - open mind right? I'll tell you this - I haven't been able to put this down, it is absolutely amazing and so fun to vape. I thought, hey if anything it will be one of those flavors that I can vape every once in a while as a palate cleanser or when I'm just in the mood for something completely different. Instead - I've almost vaped this full bottle straight down. I would never have guessed it, and never have thought that anything cucumber could be an ADV for me.
So what does it taste like? To be honest, it does tasted like salted mango cucumber. The cucumber is so realistic and refreshing and somehow does have a cooling feel to it. Not like menthol but just that refreshing natural coolness that comes from the cucumber. The mango here isn't super prominent, it's blended in to the cucumber to give it this nice tangy sweetness which works so very well. The salted part you can definitely taste, but it's not intense like putting salt on your tongue. Kind of like the salt in a salted caramel vape if that makes sense.
The flavor intensity here is wonderful, a 5 or 6 out of 10. As with other TVK flavors, there's a great mouth feel here with very satisfying clouds. The juice itself is crystal clear, and it just tastes so crisp and clean. Very high quality stuff.
Can't say enough about this, I've never had anything like it before but it's extremely pleasurable to vape on. The mix of mango and cucumber is brilliant, and the salt does somehow turn this just slightly savory as well. Great stuff and way more approachable than I thought after just reading the name. You should try this at some point, esp if you aren't afraid of cucumber.
Reviewed using: Wismec Reuleaux rx200, OBS Cheetah RDA, dual SS .24g @ .24 Ω, 85W
Now THIS is some limeade! I've tried a number of limeade juices and they just never were able to hit it quite right for me. With that in mind I held off from ordering any for a while. I trust TVK to do things right so I took a chance and they really nailed this one.
First off, it has the intensity it needs, I'll say a 7 out of 10 - it's potent but not too much. I mean if you are looking for limeade you kind of want that flavor explosion don't you? The lime here is not the same as in the coconut lime ice from TVK either, it's more sugary sweet like you'd expect. In fact it's just uncanny how accurate it is. It's very akin to a nice lemonade, but just with lime. Tangy and sweet and has a bit of zing to it.
Lychee - I wasn't sure how this would work, that can be a flavor that can make or break a profile, and in my experience it seems to land more on the break side. It's perfect here, and slight. It melds with the lime so well, gives it more character and adds just a touch of something exotic. It comes in more at the end of the exhale and is just really really good - I'm amazed at what it does interacting with the lime.
And finally the cooling - it's very very slight, but definitely there. If you typically aren't into menthol vapes, or flat out against them, I really think this wouldn't be an issue here. TVK states this isn't menthol so I'm not sure if it's just a touch of koolada or what. It works here but it's just a note, and it certainly doesn't change the flavor. If anything it probably helps to bring out the sweet fruit notes more. I enjoy a lot of cooling and I wouldn't add more here - it's perfect as is. This is limeade and too much cooling would take away from that.
The Pedestrian line comes in 60ml bottles and is priced lower than other Vape Kitchen flavors. The quality is certainly the same and what you'd expect from TVK.
Really impressed by this one and would definitely reorder - it's refreshing and sweet and flavorful, and the best limeade flavor I've tried. Great for summer vape.
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I received this juice as a sample alongside an order, and I was excited because it was on my list of Vape Kitchen juices I wanted to try. The best way I could describe Hibiscus Cherry Blossom is that it's a slightly fruity, very floral, white tea flavor.
This juice is light, the kind of light that produces wispy flavor notes throughout. There's no real dominant flavor. The inhale is a tangy floral flavor, and the exhale is reminiscent of the tannins in tea, with the slightest hint of cherry.
Hibiscus Cherry Blossom is incredibly refreshing. I may have to go back and buy a larger bottle.
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I hate to piggy back on reviews but the two here are about how I would describe it. Very much a vanilla milkshake with some strawberry in there. They did a wonderful job with the strawberry being a strawberry syrup rather than fresh ripe strawberries. The front end is so much great vanilla milkshake taste with a hint of the strawberry syrup, and the exhale the syrup really comes to the forefront with the lingering vanilla milkshake flavor. I get a hint of malt on the exhale as well, just enough to get that old timey milkshake taste. And the lingering aftertaste feels like I just finished off a shake. Very very good juice, and I would like to know the ones that trump this one from my other 2 fellow reviewers, because I'd be giving that juice a shot :)
Reviewed using: Baby alien baby beast 70w
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So I recieved this as a free sample, but didn't want to try it before I tasted macaroon for real. And sure enough the restaurant I went out too the night of getting this juice, served a cheesecake with a side of macaroon. Kind of irrelevant but interesting non the less. Anyway, macaroon reminded me of a custard jello. And vape kitchen nails it with the creaminess and backend eggy I got from the macaroon. The almond sneaks in on the exhale for me, very light and lingering after the vape. Very cool flavor, not an ADV for me but a nice fill in on occasion.
Reviewed using: Smok h-priv 220w baby beast 65w
I never smoked in my life, I am grossed out by smoking or inhaling anything other than air until I sampled Vape Kitchens juices. Thai Mango Sticky rice in particular . Since that day I have become addicted to Vape Kitchens juices.
I now vape everyday with a drip mod and have tried many of their flavors at zero nicotine .
The owners are fantastic and the staff are amazing and helpful. I have met the owners at a vape expo and have been to the North Hollywood store several times. Each flavor is made with care by a chef
This is a wonderful company.
The juices are 100% VG and they don't use food coloring, sweetener, or diacetyl. Their flavors are bold and interesting. The juices haven't needed a steep of the several I have tried so far. The customer service is friendly enough and shipping is free and reasonably fast. I would give them a 10 but for now they don't offer online payment. It has to be over the phone or via PP invoice. Once they are able to do online ordering I will give them a 10.
My god, these people. These nice, nice people. I had some trouble with their Black Friday coupon -- not only did Mai give me a personal coupon code to use instead, she helped walking me through the issue and fixing the problem with the site that caused it right then, even though I had what is comparatively a really tiny order.
Today my order came, and it feels like my birthday. Little stickers and a note on the order slip, four 5ml samples (how did you guys know I wanted to try the milk candy and the sticky rice?) and a little pouch of candies.
At this point, I'm ordering again no matter what the juice tastes like. This place makes me feel special.
I seriously didn't expect this, but I was contacted by Chef Oren after I posted this review. He'd heard I'd received one of their faulty caps (evidently they got a bad batch from their vendor and didn't notice until they'd already sent a couple out), so it looks like that's not going to be an issue any more.
The second part of this update is that, perhaps most of all, he was upset because I'd had a bad experience. There's definitely something human that's lost when you communicate with another person through a computer screen. Let me confirm: these people are real and passionate about what they do. They have absolutely proven to me that my one less-than-stellar experience was unacceptable, and even disturbing, to them. They did this not by bribing me or threatening me, but by taking time out of their day to interact with me as a person and figure out what went wrong.
Everyone has bad days. Freak things happen. How those freak things get handled can make or break your faith in a business. Consider my faith in these great people restored.
Lastly, since the bad cap I had was responsible for me losing my Lemon Cheesecake, they're sending me a replacement. So consider that full disclosure, or whatever suits you. Thanks, you guys.
PS - to the people who manage juicedb: I tried to keep my original review in this submission, but I guess it was too long and your page wouldn't accept it. I don't feel great about deleting my initial impressions, so if you could fix that, then I could provide you with the type of honest and accurate review I'm sure you want from your community.
To those who were curious, here's a brief summary:
1) TVK, based on quality and consistency of juice alone, is a 10 in my book.
2) I had them rated as a 7 because:
A) I was subject to what I didn't know at the time was a batch of faulty bottle caps that would pop off and sit sideways. I had a bottle of Lemon Cheesecake empty out entirely into my vape bag because of a faulty cap.
B) I had a difficult order with them that was messed up and was entirely my fault, and trying to get it fixed before it shipped was complicated and an exercise in the dangers of misunderstanding.
3) Despite the above, I still intended to do business with TVK based on quality of their product alone.
IMO one of the premier juice vendors around. Almost everything I have tried is not just good but exceptional in taste and quality. Their chef/mixologist works some serious magic on putting together some complex and well defined flavors that are 100% VG based.
Bottles and labels are nice. Flavors are exceedingly unique and well thought out. There are some common ones in the mix but they taste unique compared to other vendors. Their website is slightly frustrating to use but just a minor complication.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Oren at Vape Exhibit in Austin. He was incredibly friendly and talkative. One of those "hey stranger, pull up a seat and hang out forever" type of people. He is fun to talk to, quirky, and very straight forward. Really cool dude.
Not to mention he was mixing custom flavors on the spot and nailing them according to the couple people's reactions I saw. His challenge to me and a few others was to come up with the craziest thing you would want to vape and tell him and he would make it for you.
In all the juices I have tried I have not come across more accurate fruit flavors than TVK produces and I have not run across many vendors so welcoming and happy to see and converse with literally everyone.