Here I was, stuck in Palm Springs, California for a conference and wondering where I could find good, vegan fare. There weren't too many options so I decided to head to the local natural foods store to see what they offered at their fresh foods counter.
Nature's Health Food Market & Cafe is an old-school health store like the ones you'd see in the 1970's. It is small and filled with random healthy food that is probably pretty hard to find in this town. Inside the health food store is a counter where they prepare fresh vegetarian salads and sandwiches.
Their menu was pretty extensive listing tons of salads, sandwiches, wraps, elixirs, and smoothies. I had a hard time trying to decide what to order so I asked their advice. They first asked if I was vegan and, if so, if I ate honey to which I stated that vegans do not eat honey. This question is really starting to agitate me. It is only being asked because a bunch of vegans have decided to start eating honey for some reason. Anyway, they proceeded to tell me that all of the bread has honey in it so I couldn't order any of the sandwiches. I thought this was pretty odd. I mean, they are a vegetarian cafe so you'd think they'd have vegan bread so they could make their sandwiches either vegetarian or vegan based upon the customer's preferences. I expressed my dissatisfaction with this and proceeded to order the Braised Tofu Wrap as per their recommendations.
I sat down at a table and waited for the order. A few minutes later, it was ready. It was a fresh spinach wrap filled with slices of braised tofu, mixed greens, tomatoes, cilantro, brown rice, and Vegenaise. I found it to be a nice, fresh wrap, but, unfortunately, it lacked much taste. I think if there had been a bit more sauce, it could have been pretty good. It was also served with a nice side salad with a lemon tahini dressing.
All in all, it was a satisfying lunch for an area that has few options. I just hope they start offering vegan bread in the future. I'd come back and eat here, but I'd probably request extra sauce with my wrap. It's not a bad deal for a $10 lunch.
Nature's Health Food Market & Cafe
555 S. Sunriseway #301
Palm Springs, CA 92264