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The Farmer and the Cook

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The Farmer and the Cook came highly recommended by everyone who heard we were heading to Ojai.

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It’s a vegetarian restaurant (yes, owned by a farmer and a cook) with a market inside…

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…and a pizza oven on the patio.

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We wound up ordering other things, though the pies did look delicious.

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Super fresh Chilled Sun Gold Tomato Soup, with Avocado…

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…a Kale Caesar Salad with Cashew Cheese…

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…and regular cheese on a stellar Veggie Burger, made from lentils – served with Vegenaise and Banana Chutney.

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This dinner made us so freaking happy.  I’m curious about their Mexican menu – and of course, those pizzas!

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Grain Lab

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In my experience, there’s two types of Burbanks – the retro/funky kind with restaurants like The Tallyrand and fun thrift shopping, and the massive strip malls that feel like Anytown, USA.  I visited the latter, and was surprised to find this gem amongst the giant chain stores.

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Grain Lab Deli/Kitchen has been open for 2 years – when they invited me in for lunch even Rachelle (the Queen of Ventura Boulevard eateries) had never heard of it.

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We glanced at the periodic table-inspired menu, then took a seat…

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…sipped on fresh lemonade and soda…

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…and enjoyed a few lunch options.

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In addition to The Queen, her little Princess came to help, as well as Anna.

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My favorite were the sandwiches – this was a Turkey Pretzel Sandwich, with gruyere and cheddar cheese…

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…and a Chicken Pesto with Avocado and Oven-Roasted Tomato.

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We were also impressed with the bowls – Seared Ahi Tuna with Brown Rice/Veggies…

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…and a Steak Protein Bowl mixed with grilled eggplant/zucchini/carrots/squash.

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On the side – killer sweet potato fries with avocado pesto…

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…and Beets with Yams – tossed with goat cheese, cucumber, candied walnuts, and lemon vinaigrette.

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They’ve got green salads as well – this is the Kale Citrus Salad…

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…and a Cindy’s Special – sans feta and added chicken – taken to go!

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Next time you’re doing some marathon mall shopping, stop by – it really is yummy!

Grain Lab Deli & Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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More Sun More Cafe

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SunCafe Organic is one of my favorite vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.  They moved, but just up the street…

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…to a bigger space with valet parking (free if you’re picking up for takeout)…

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…and a patio.

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Dogs welcome!

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My favorite vegetarian was my date, of course.

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I didn’t have any of the alcoholic stuff…

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…but did partake of Grapefruit Sage Kombucha on tap.

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(Abe was quite pleased with the craft beers and specialty cocktails.)

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Here’s what we ate!

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Raw pizza (above) on a Gluten-Free Rice Flour Crust and Sun Nachos on baked blue corn chips (they’ve also got raw ones)…

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…The Kale Colossus…

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…which included bananas!

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Naners made an additional appearance in this stellar Tahitian Vanilla Shake…

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…served with a piping hot, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie.

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All the food was, as usual, wonderful and plentiful!  We wound up taking our entrees home as leftovers…

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…Raw Pad Thai (above) made from Golden Beet Noodles, and the Sun Burger on a Fluffy Whole Wheat Bun.

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This meal was hosted.  Check out the full menu at the SunCafe Organic Website; follow them on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter.

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