While I am glad there are plenty of delicious Mexican restaurants in San Juan Bautista, I was a little bummed that there are not many places in town with a variety of healthier options. However, a little market and cafe recently opened in SJB just a block or two from our office called the Natural Wonders Cafe. It is a little health food market that also has a small kitchen and serves a good variety of fresh, organic meals.
The owner, Alma, is a very sweet middle-aged woman with a thick accent originally from Mexico City. She is quite possibly the most hospitable person I have ever met, and also loves to chat me up when I'm there to eat lunch.
"I've done a little bit of everything and lived in a lot of different places," she explained to me on my very first visit. She has a background in marketing, advertising, and finance but her true passion is cooking healthy, healing foods and she always wanted to run her own business to share her cooking with others. She loves to use spices from all over the world which gives all of her dishes a unique flavor, although I have noticed that all of them have a bit of a spicy kick to them!
It is so nice to have a guilt-free place to eat if I don't pack my lunch for work, and it is also great that she has quite a few shelves with the essentials I normally have to make a separate trip to New Leaf to pick up.
Eating there is like enjoying a meal at home - she makes everything fresh in the morning, and she's so kind and friendly that I always leave feeling warm inside with a very full belly. My favorite dish so far is her curried chicken on a bed of baby spinach....
I know people don't often find themselves in San Juan Bautista since it's just a small mission town without much around it, but if you are ever in the area... please stop in and have lunch there. She could use the support, and I want to make sure she stays in business so I don't lose my healthy lunch spot!