I’m very lucky to live near one of the best vegetarian health food markets in LA. Follow Your Heart is a vegetarian market with a restaurant as well as a yoga studio. The company is responsible for the many popular Follow Your Heart products including as Vegenaise, Vegan Gourmet Shreds, and various vegan salad dressings.
The first time I visited Follow Your Heart, I wasn’t vegan. I went with my younger, longtime vegan sister and I had a hard time finding anything I wanted to order. I was a little less than willing to try new things. I don’t know if I ordered something that just wasn’t all that good (I don’t remember what it was) or if it was because I went in with a bit of a closed mind, but I was not a fan.
However, my sister very graciously invited me to dinner after staying over at our place and she loves Follow Your Heart, but doesn’t live close enough to dine there regularly. So, I was looking forward to trying it again, this time with an open, vegan mind.
Be warned if you happen to visit, when you walk in to Follow Your Heart, you will feel confused and lost. You enter in the market, near the registers… just walk past them and all the way to the back. In the back corner is the entrance to the restaurant. It is even tinier than the market. Don’t let that discourage you, it’s perfectly fine that way. In fact, this just means that you will be in closer proximity to the celebrities who dine there. Seriously, one time Allison and I saw Travis Barker and his son there. We were led to the patio out front, which was nice.
I ordered the Nutburger, vegan. It’s described as “A Nut and Vegetable Patty on a Toasted Whole Wheat Bun, Baked with Raw Rennetless Cheddar Cheese, and Topped with Sprouts, Tomato, Pickles, Vegenaise, and our Special Sauce.” It tasted great, especially with the Wizard Sauce (request it – that stuff is tasty). The nut and vegetable patty was not very firm. It wasn’t sloppy, but it did fall apart just a little bit. I’m not usually a fan of big piles of sprouts, but they went really well with the burger.
Allison always wants us to look like we are insane diners for blog photos. Don’t mind our insanity.
Allison ordered the Organic Tempeh Tacos, vegan. They are decribed as “Two Organically Grown, Stone Ground Corn Tortilla Shells, Filled with Seasoned, Grilled Organic Tempeh, Jack and Raw Rennetless Cheddar Cheese, Tomatoes and Fresh Cilantro. Served with Organic Spanish Rice, Organic Black Beans Guacamole, Sour Cream and Lime Wedges.” She loved it, especially with some added Wizard Sauce.
We both ordered the vegan chocolate shake, after confirming that it doesn’t contain bananas (I’m allergic); Allison ordered extra chocolate. I found them really bland, not all that creamy. I’ve made better vegan chocolate shakes myself (check out the post on that), so I don’t think I’ll order that again.
I’m will definitely be dining at Follow Your Heart again if Allison has anything to say about it! I’m also likely to stop by to pick up hard to find vegan products since the market is on my way home from work. Definitely worth stopping in if you’re in the area!