Follow Your Heart Cafe and Market

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 Follow Your Heart Cafe and Market.

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Sound familiar? This is probably why. Β They’re the ones who make Vegenaise!

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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 Cafe and Market, 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’s filled with Follow Your Heart’s rich history, newspaper clippings, etc. My favorite section is the letters from kids who tour 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 comes 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!

I loved 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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19 thoughts on “Follow Your Heart Cafe and Market

  1. elise

    oh bummer. i def know what you mean about fake meat burgers. i wouldve been annoyed by that choice. when i go out to eat, i want something i cant make myself at home.

  2. Pink Foodie

    Definitely will tell my vegetarian neighbors about this place. They probably won’t mind the drive to check out a new spot. Thanks for the tip.

  3. edenseats

    As a carnivore, its difficult for me to warm up to veggie burgers, but in this case, it might happen. I’m always wary of brownies at these hippie joints though….

  4. chezjulie

    Sometimes I enjoy hippy-dippy as opposed to organic and trendy.

    I agree about nut, grain, or bean burgers being better than fake beef ones.

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