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Lydia's Kitchen opens in Petaluma

Fans of all things vegan, raw, organic, gluten-free and generally non-toxic to your body are celebrating the opening of The Sunflower Center, serving Lydia's Lovin' Foods in Petaluma. It's a combination restaurant and gathering spot where you can have your vegan cheez cake and eat it too — possibly while watching a music workshop, yoga group, or checking out some wellness literature.

Housed in the ground floor of an office park, it's a bit of a head-scratcher of a location, but seems to have taken over the better part of a corporate cafeteria. It's the second brick-and-mortar location for Lydia's, which also has a cafe in Fairfax (31 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax) and frequently serves up their raw soups and vegan burgers at summer festivals.

Bright windows and fresh flowers, along with a family-friendly corner make it the perfect spot to try a vegan buckwheat mushroom crepe, "pizzaz" raw pizza with pesto or alkalizing green soup.

Best bets: Cashew "kreem", banana and chocolate crepe; coconut almond hummus with blinis or pizza-esque pizzaz with marinated vegetables. First-timers to this cuisine may can dip a toe in with fresh ginger lemonade and Lydia's Famous Greek salad with walnut dressing.

The center also has take out and a small selection of refrigerated Lydia's Lovin' Foods salads and spreads.


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