Imagine yourself sitting on the beach or a craggy mountain peak and unwrapping your favourite salad or sandwich from Nature's Garden Favourites Cookbook. Hearty, filling and nourishing to energize you for your favourite activity.
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Making people happy with good food has always been one of my great pleasures. To me cooking is a form of art and the only form of art that gets eaten and remade everyday. I like to think of myself as an artist and I love to create great tasting food that looks amazing.Read more
Quaint, cozy, natural and charming are only a few words to describe Nature's Garden. For me it was not a place to conveniently purchase food, it was a place of experiences, relationships and connections. I always felt at home being there and not only did they provide amazing wholesome food and excellent service. I found their warm and inviting atmosphere spoke of their passion and dedication for healthy living. What stood out for me particularly were the smiles and laughs we shared. Natures Garden was a place where I always felt happy and for me that is what made Nature's Garden successful and a place you just wanted to hang out at. If you wanted to connect with your community and enjoy the most amazing food at reasonable prices, then Natures Garden was the place to spend your time because it was a place where you felt good. From my eyes Natures Garden was a place of value and integrity and I am fortunate enough to have built such wonderful connections there.
An effervescent SFU alumna with an ever present smile, Dolores used to whip up some wonderful meals, soothing, tasty and nutritious, at Nature's Garden when she and her husband owned the SHOP atop Burnaby Mountain. You can bet her cookbook will be packed with recipes for the home cooked soups, paninis and pasta salads that we used to relish on campus.
"When I think of healthy, wholesome good food on SFU's Burnaby campus, Nature's Garden definitely was on top of my list. Dolores, Bill and the NG crew were attentive and keen to serve customers by providing the highest quality of food and service. Their orzo salad was like none other (and my husband calls me a carnivore!)"
I have been a client at Natures Garden for over 6 years. This place has always warmly greeted me with great fresh food and very relaxing atmosphere. Being a regular there I have noticed that Dolores has always been at the heart of the operations. The food, service, atmosphere everything was due to her effort and commitment. She has always surprised me with new culinary creations. Just when you feel like you tried everything and thinking of going to grab a snack somewhere else she comes up with something new and very special. The food has always been extremely fresh and Dolores did a fantastic job of preserving the natural taste of ingredients. Every time I came in it felt like I was visiting one of my close relatives as the food has a very home-made taste. I am very sad that Dolores is no longer involved with Natures Garden Cafe and I am eagerly awaiting her cookbook!
When Dolores and Bill left Burnaby Mountain, they left an empty spot in the community they had created around Nature's Garden. Not only did Dolores' cooking and baking give healthy fare a good name, wholesome food was served in an atmosphere that encouraged good conversation. I remember the warmth of tasty vegetarian soups served with a biscuit, their variety of quiches with flaky crust, their hearty bison panini, and their guilt free chocolate zucchini cupcakes. They got me eating my veggies and loving it.
But most of all, I miss just sitting around chatting with Bill and Dolores, who knew their regular customers by name. That's the spice that makes the already good food even better.