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California Dreaming: Assistant Principal Brings 'Samba Bowls' To Ridgewood

Jenny Sayegh is opening Samba Bowls on E. Ridgewood Avenue after working as an assistant principal in San Diego.
Jenny Sayegh is opening Samba Bowls on E. Ridgewood Avenue after working as an assistant principal in San Diego. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Sayegh made this acai bowl at home. It's topped with granola, blueberries, strawberries and banana slices.
Sayegh made this acai bowl at home. It's topped with granola, blueberries, strawberries and banana slices. Photo Credit: Jenny Sayegh
Samba Bowls will open in June.
Samba Bowls will open in June. Photo Credit: Jenny Sayegh

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — A new acai bowl cafe is coming to Ridgewood.

Wayne native Jenny Sayegh, who recently moved to Ridgewood from San Diego, plans on opening Samba Bowls on E. Ridgewood Avenue on June 1.

"I'm bringing California back with me," said Sayegh, 32.

Her shop will focus on acai bowls, which are made from the tropical berry that boasts a wide array of health benefits. They're like smoothie bowls and can be topped with granola, fresh fruit, coconut flakes and more.

Sayegh started as a high school math teacher at Northern Highlands Regional and Park Ridge.

She moved to California to take a job as an assistant principal in San Diego, where she fell in love with acai bowls.

Sayegh began making them and eventually decided to leave her education job to follow her dreams.

"I still love teaching and I love education in general," she said. "But I've always wanted to be a business owner... I'm taking the fun route."

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