Park Hotel

1/4 round (1.5 oz) dairy-free blue cheese, crumbled (Soy Bleu by Veg Cuisine)
1 TBL olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 Gardein Beefless Burger (frozen)
1 slice of cheese by Galaxy Nutritional Foods Rice Cheddar Flavor
1 English Muffin by Food For Life (Living 7-Sprouted Grains)
handful of baby greens
1 slice of red onion, finely chopped

In a small bowl, crumble in blue cheese, add oil and balsamic and lightly mix to combine.

In a small frying pan, cook frozen burger according to package instructions (you can choose to grill instead). Once done, add on cheddar cheese slice and cover for 30 seconds to melt.

While burger cooks, toast english muffin. Top toasted bottom half of muffin with baby greens and red onion. Then lay on the cheddar cheese burger and top with the blue cheese mixture.

Makes 1 outrageous burger


 I’m always looking for great vegan restaurants in my local area. My daughter’s piano teacher told me about the Golden Mean Cafe’ in Santa Monica, CA. I dragged my husband with me, as he is my partner in crime when it comes to new finds. Actually, I like to try what he orders, and vice versa.

Our server spouted off several specials, all sounding delicious. I was told prior to going to order the Lean Mean Veggie Burger with the works (added tempeh bacon, vegan cheese and avocado). The burger is made from beans, grains and veggies. My dish came with a side salad of spinach, black beans and yams dressed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette. Absolutely delicious and I would return just for this dish alone.

My husband ordered one of the specials, which was a sweet corn tamale cake garnished with a red sauce and soy cheese accompanied with a couscous side salad that was light and fresh tasting. I loved his too and would go back for this dish as well.

We decided to take home a slice of the top 3 cakes in the  picture. I love chocolate, and as this cake was delicious, I found myself loving the coconut iced cake even more. How could that be?! All 3 desserts were to die for! There are gluten-free desserts too!

Golden Mean Cafe serves up soup, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, shakes, pastries and several appetizers and entrees. The cafe  is quaint and has a very comfortable and eco-friendly atmosphere using warm tones and cozy cushions.

Check out their website for location and hours and plan your visit this week.

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