Cosmic Cravings

After running my fourth half marathon, I felt like I was sailing through clouds from all of the endorphins surging through my system. After changing into some “proper” street clothes (from my original outfit of a loose-fitted old race tee and shorts) at a McDonald’s restroom, my Dad, the girls, and I made the fifteen minute-ish drive over to Berkeley for lunch.

I thought I was starving, but my friend assured us that her growing appetite was making rocks look appetizing to her. I obviously did not want her to develop pica, so it was a good thing our destination was not too far—literally speaking, that is.

 entrance of saturn cafe

Our “real” destination was a vegetarian-friendly (and vegan and gluten-free) universe with pink-and-black painted walls, that also had a couple of bedazzled columns thrown in.

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I was more than ready to join the crowds already feasting away at their Sunday morning brunches/early lunches. We arrived around 12pm, walking strutting in oh so fashionably late ;)

 Ready to join the crowds already seated.

Ready to join the crowds already seated.

Once we were seated and settled in, we marveled at the shadow-box-like decor of LEGO scenes underneath the glass of our table:

lego

My favorite was this scary guy with LEGO knobs on its head:

octolego

I gave the breakfast/brunch menu a look-see, but my eyes gravitated and were fixed on the appetizer offerings, since they were cheaper and sounded more “fun”.

pass on the lego menu

I decided to go with the nachos but sub-in steak-cut fries instead of having chips. My sis and friend ordered the Saturn Sliders so they could try two mini versions of vegetarian-friendly burgers, as well as some onion strings. My Dad ordered a scramble off the brunch menu.

All of us ordered a variety of dishes, but the portions that came out could have fed about two more people. Even though I ordered a half-portion, the plate that came out was gargantuan—piled high with guacamole and cream:

 Nacho Fries - Steak-Cut Fries served with black beans, melted cheese, guacamole, green onions, salsa, pickled jalapeños, and sour cream

Nacho Fries – Steak-Cut Fries served with black beans, melted cheese, guacamole, green onions, salsa, pickled jalapeños, and sour cream

About a third of the way in, I was already starting to feel full from the starchiness of the steak-cut fries. I still finished my meal, knowing that it would go towards refueling my body after the 13.1 miles it endured. 

 Just couldn't stomach those last three fries apparently...

Just couldn’t stomach those last three fries apparently…

My sis & friend enjoyed their burgers, and were full themselves after attacking one burger each. After taking a water/onion string break, they challenged themselves with the second burger.

Saturn Sliders Four of our gourmet burgers made into a bite-size treat! Two California Burgers and Two Space Cowboy Burgers.

Saturn Sliders – Four gourmet burgers made into a bite-size treat! Two California Burgers (Saturn patty with jack cheese, sliced avocado, mayo, lettuce, red onion, tomato, and pickles) and Two Space Cowboy Burgers (Saturn patty with fakin’ bacon, onion strings, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. Topped off with mayo, lettuce, and tomato).

Out of the two flavors, both girls preferred the Space Cowboy burger, since it came with fakin’ bacon and BBQ sauce—it at least sounded more delicious and unique to me as well!

The Onion Strings (and random onion coins that made their way onto the plate) were a table favorite. If they had been onion rings, it might have been even more of a knock-out. The bite-size pieces had the right amount of coating and crunch nevertheless, and I was a big fan of the ranch sauce they came with.

 Onion Strings, Served with a side of vegan ranch dressing.

Onion Strings – Served with a side of vegan ranch dressing.

I even preferred the sauce over the salsa that came with my fries!

The scramble my Dad had looked well-balanced and hearty. Who needs sausage or bacon when you have soyrizo

 Hot & Spicy Scramble Three organic eggs with pickled jalapenos, soyrizo, and jack cheese. Served with home fries and toast weekend brunch.

Hot & Spicy Scramble – Three organic eggs with pickled jalapenos, soyrizo, and jack cheese. Served with home fries and toast.

I was seriously stuffed by the time I cleaned my plate. I didn’t have a food coma, but I certainly felt like I had a food baby—at least it felt like it since I pretty much waddled out of the restaurant. 

After walking around for a bit, we decided to get back home around mid-afternoon since we were all exhausted from the early wake-up call for the half marathon, and I was in much need of a nap! Sleeping was next on my list of things to do that Sunday ;)

Do you like partaking in the occasional brunch? Or would you rather wake up early for breakfast/wait for a “proper” lunch?

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8 comments

  1. Allie says:

    LOL to you not wanting your friend to develop PICA! Too funny! I kinda love when restaurants serve HUGE dishes because then I get to have leftovers for a day or two :)

  2. Rachel says:

    This place looks sooo good. As for your question, going out for breakfast is too early for me – so waking up would be a “challenge.” Lunch is my favorite meal of the day – so naturally I’m pro-lunch. But brunch? Brunch is perfect. I wouldn’t go every weekend, but a few weekends would be great.
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    • P says:

      You mean to tell me that none of the amazing vegan restaurants you visit offer brunch :( ? How unfortunate…but at least they still offer some really good- looking, drool-worthy food :D !!

  3. Ashley says:

    Your fry nachos look so good! I totally would have been all over that brunch menu though — I’ve never been to a place that offers vegan options for breakfast or brunch and I’ve always wanted to see what the big hype is with brunch!
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    • P says:

      I’m not a super big fan of brunch but some of the items on their brunch menu (like the huevos rancheros!) looks certainly appetizing!

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