Follow Your Heart

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:


Sound familiar? This is probably why:


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.


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



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.”


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


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.


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


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.


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


Surprisingly good combo, especially with Cadia ketchup!


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


Still, I polished off everything but the onions!


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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  • Felicia

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

  • J3nn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    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. :(

  • 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.

  • Jenna

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

  • 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.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    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!

  • nobel4lit

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

  • janethoffmann

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

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage

    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.

  • Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine

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

  • Carmella

    just came across your blog!

    the nutburgers are AHHmazing!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

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

  • lowandbhold

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

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Sounds and looks like a very cool place!

  • emily (a nutritionist eats)

    I love little hippy cafes like that! :)

  • 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….

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don’t Count

    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!

  • Yasmin

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

  • 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.