Featured Restaurant – Zinc Cafe

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on August 1, 2012

Zinc Café

350 Ocean Avenue

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Phone # (949) 494-6302

Website: http://www.zinccafe.com/


Market: 7am to 6pm – Everyday
Café: 7am to 4pm – Everyday




Zinc Café in Laguna Beach is one of my favorite places to stop for breakfast or lunch when I am in Laguna. At this location, there is a café with patio dining and a market for take-away meals and treats.

 Cafe Counter

Sabrina and Dre

At the café, orders are placed at the inside counter where Sabrina and Dre greeted us with a friendly smile and took our order. After ordering the trick is to find a table. This can be harder on the weekend but we have always been lucky. I love their patio; it is covered with umbrellas and has a casual, relaxed feel.

For breakfast at the café, they offer many egg dishes, oatmeal, muesli, granola, seasonal fruit bowls, yogurt, French toast, fresh juices, coffee and tea drinks. For lunch the menu features sandwiches, salads, personal size pizzas, quiche, soups, chili and entrees like spinach lasagna and potato enchiladas. There are many vegetarian options.



Stuffed Pepper

On our last visit, I had the quiche with a mixed green salad and pea soup. I enjoyed it all. The pea soup was velvety and mellow and the green salad was flavorful. The quiche was tender and the crust was buttery and flakey. My husband had the stuffed pepper with the mixed green salad. The pepper was stuffed with brown rice, celery, mushroom, Swiss chard and seasoned with curry and other spices. It was savory and delicious.


At the market, they have hot and cold drinks, baked goods, cold sandwiches, and deli salads, cheese and wine. We usually take something home and on this trip we got a grilled veggie sandwich. The sandwich was so tasty.

If you find yourself in Laguna Beach, stop by Zinc Café for a healthy and delicious meal.

Thank you to the friendly and helpful staff at Zinc.

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Book Review – The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on July 6, 2012

The Eat, Drink, and be Gorgeous Project by Esther Blum is a book that inspires healthful eating by creating awareness of what you are eating and the motivation to make positive changes. The author is a registered dietitian and a certified nutrition specialist, resulting in a book that is full of informed nutritional advice and common sense.

My favorite feature of this book is the three-month food and exercise log. (See my post) The log is organized so you can track your meals, exercise, water intake, protein, fat, low-sugar veggies, complex carbs and low-sugar fruits.

This is not really a diet book and I think that is why I like it. This book offers four different meal plans: low-carb, dairy and gluten free, balanced and lean body. These meal plans are not a strict diet or restrictive way of eating. These plans are balanced diets that will aid in weight loss but more importantly they will help you to embrace healthy lifestyle habits.

In addition, this book offers advice on meal planning and grocery shopping. Also, there is exercise advice, sleeping tips, information on nutritional supplements, easy recipes and a list of substitutes. The main focus of the book is self-love with a balance of clean, mindful eating with some indulgences. If you were interested in making healthy changes in your diet, I would recommend this book. It is a quick and easy read that will be helpful in realizing your goals.

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Book Review – Veganomicon

Posted by Jennifer (the RD)  on June 15, 2011

I am not a vegetarian, but do eat lots of vegetarian food.  My sister bought me this book because she knows that I teach a vegetarian class and that I am always experimenting with vegetarian dishes.  I actually think this really is the ultimate vegan cookbook, just as it says on the front cover.    The book is not only well laid out, but has an EXCELLENT opening section, explaining what staples to stock your pantry with, proper use of kitchen tools, how to  understand cooking and prepping terminology (julienne vs. dice or mince, etc.), how to understand the basics of various cooking methods, etc.  The recipes are extremely well written, with very wonderful introductions for each recipe that make you feel like  the authors are speaking directly to you.  Of course, the recipes are wonderful!  My top rating to this book that I believe vegetarians and non vegetarians alike will enjoy.  🙂


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Book Review – “Eat to Live”

Posted by Jennifer (The RD) on April 6, 2012

Overall, this book had some wonderful advice.  It really advocates a change in lifestyle.  IT IS NOT A DIET.  Who can argue with the fact that increasing the nutrient density of your meals is health promoting?  Continue reading

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Book Review – Blissful Bites

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on March 2, 2012



Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan is essentially a vegan cookbook. Since I am always looking for tasty ways to add more plant-based meals to my diet I was intrigued. Continue reading

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Book Review – The Secret

The Secret

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on February 10, 2012

A few weeks ago, a friend told me that he really enjoyed watching the documentary on “The Secret.”    Basically, the “secret”  of life is based on the law of attraction.  The things you attract to your life are a reflection of your own thoughts.  The things that you think about most supposedly appear as your life.  Continue reading

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Book Review – Forks Over Knives

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on January 6, 2012

My interest in food and healthy lifestyles led me to see the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” Since I enjoyed the documentary so much I wanted to read the book. The book parallels the documentary about the benefits of a plant based diet and it contains 125 great recipes. Continue reading

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