Follow Your Heart

February 11, 2011

in restaurant, vegan

Last night I went out to Canoga Park to watch the rough cut of some friends’ newest film. I’d been present at the very first reading (which I mentioned in my very first blog post!) and even auditioned for it, so making the hour long trek in traffic to give feedback was a no brainer, especially when I realized the screening room was just down the street from here:

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Sound familiar? This is probably why:

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I reviewed their famous vegan mayo last spring (still working through that jar, actually). It’s made in a solar-powered factory near the Follow Your Heart Market and Cafe, first opened in 1970.

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Still feels very hippy dippy, especially in the vegetarian cafe part

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I only had 1/2 an hour to eat and asked the waiter what he recommended to save time. He suggested “The Follow Your Heart Burger.”

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I was dining solo and appreciated the reading material they had lying out

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It was filled with Follow Your Heart’s rich history, newspaper clippings, etc. My favorite section was the letters from kids who toured the market/cafe on field trips.

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Funny how the novocaine from my dentist appointment wore off completely the second the burger arrived!

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It came with a choice of cheese – regular, vegan, soy – or avocado. I hadn’t eaten since breakfast, so I went with the fattiest option possible.

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Also on the side – carrot chips – though I must admit I was disappointed when they arrived and weren’t the baked/fried version I’d envisioned

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Surprisingly good combo, especially with Cadia ketchup!

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Should have ordered the Nutburger instead – I prefer those kinds of veggie burgers to fake meat substitutes.

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Still, I polished off everything but the onions!

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I looooved the vibe at Follow Your Heart and was sad not to have more time to explore. I don’t know if the food is really worth driving out of your way for, but if you do find yourself in Canoga Park like I did, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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