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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{ 19 comments }

1 Felicia February 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

I wish I had one of those stores right by my school! I would go all the time. :)

2 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

Wow, that burger looks DELICIOUS! I love veggie burgers of all kinds, so I’m sure I’d love that place. Too bad I’m not anywhere near it. :(

3 Pink Foodie February 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

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.

4 Jenna February 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

What an awesome little store and cafe with what looks to be great finds!

5 elise February 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

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.

6 Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

I don’t do fake meat since the nut or bean burgers always taste better to me. It looked good though. Sounds like you had a fun night out!

7 nobel4lit February 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

Oooh, my boyfriend lives out there… gotta head over to this place pronto!

8 janethoffmann February 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

love their products but had no idea they had a restaurant. looks awesome!

9 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

I agree I would much rather have a bean/nut burger than the fake/pretend meat kind.

It does look like a very cute market.

10 Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine February 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

I love reading stuff that kids write!
The nutburger supreme looks delish (from what I could see of the description)!

11 Carmella February 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

just came across your blog!

I LOVE FOLLOW YOUR HEART!!
the nutburgers are AHHmazing!!

12 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

Love that they have reading material at the table! How cute!!

13 lowandbhold February 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

I haven’t had a veggie burger in way too long.

14 Andrea@WellnessNotes February 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Sounds and looks like a very cool place!

15 emily (a nutritionist eats) February 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I love little hippy cafes like that! :)

16 edenseats February 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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….

17 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Follow Your Heart looks fabulous! Remind me again why I live in New Jersey and not out west where it’s not hard to find markets/restaurants like that? Love your posts, Lynn. Thanks!
Fran

18 Yasmin February 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Sounds delicious…I have drool coming down my face. True story :)

19 chezjulie February 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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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