Hey everybody, it was a long weekend for me so I’m gonna keep this post short and sweet. Today, I decided to hit up the Natural Cafe in Thousand Oaks. It’s got a totally different vibe from the Simi location, which is nice. Plus, where else can you see a skinny, hippy lookin’ white kid go from eating vegan food to rollin’ a Range Rover on dubs in 2.5 seconds. Gotta love T.O.
Natural Cafe – Westlake Blvd, West of the 101 in Thousand Oaks.
So last time I posted on Natural Cafe, I wasn’t super impressed with the food. Today, I decided to give them another chance and also broaden my horizons in the process. I ordered the natural burger, which is a veggie burger, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what is in it. If any of you guys know what is in a veggie burger, leave it in the comments.
So I ordered, and started to look around the restaurant while I waited. The first thing I noticed was that this restaurant has a great outdoor patio area. Unfortunately it was packed, so I ended up getting my food to go. Oh well, maybe next time.
Along with my natural burger, I ordered a cup of hearty vegetable soup which comes with this awesome chunk of wheat bread. I think in terms of the meal as a whole, the bread was my favorite part. It has a bunch of seeds on the crust like sunflower and pumpkin, which give it a crunch that most bread lacks. The soup was pretty good too. It was a tomato broth base and had large chunks of celery, tomato, carrot and red potato. I’m actually wishing I had another cup of it right now.
The natural burger was a little disappointing. Maybe it’s just because I am not well versed in veggie burgers. It had a decent consistency and was not dried out, but that’s where the compliments end. The bun had no flavor, the red onion was half cooked, and the veggie patty was a little on the cool side. It’s weird, but I think the hotter the patty, the more air-like the veggie burger. Thoughts?
Well, I gotta say that next time I think I’ll try one of the other burger options on the menu. I think that the turkey burger is the next in line. Unless you guys have other suggestions.
One last thing, I am making this week a weight loss week. Believe it or not, eating out all of the time can cause weight gain. And not healthy, 20-inch-biceps weight gain either. I’m talking about spilling out onto the belt buckle, needing to be lubed up to get through the doorway weight here.
Therefore, I am planning on doing all of my posts this week on healthy options. Whether at health food restaurants, or just trying to make healthy choices for any restaurant that isn’t McDonald’s. P.S. – If you haven’t seen Supersize Me, rent it. It pretty much outlines what my body has done since starting this blog.
Thanks for letting me get away with the short post tonight. Take it easy and keep it healthy.