Discovering Fullerton’s Vegan Oasis

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Last Sunday my husband and I went to Fullerton to check out Green Bliss, an organic café/coffee shop that we’d heard good things about. On the drive, I asked my husband, who always has an answer for everything, what Fullerton was known for.

His immediate response was, “Cal State Fullerton.”

“When I tell people I went to Cal State Stanislaus, no one’s even heard of it.” I said. I don’t think a state college is something that a town is “known” for.

“You’re probably right,” he responded. “I only know that because my ex-girlfriend went to school there.”

After this conversation we determined that Fullerton is known for nothing, but at least they had a vegan-friendly café, which is more than many places can boast.

We arrived at the coffee shop, and it looked adorable from the outside. And the inside was just as charming with a hipster, eco-friendly vibe.

Their menu wasn’t large, but I loved that they made their own nut milk and had lots of vegan and gluten-free options. We both ordered nut milk mocha latte’s and my husband ordered a gluten-free Avo-Campania Panini and I ordered a gluten-free Avocado BLT Panini.

We sat outside on their lush, tropical courtyard. It was beautiful with a fountain and everything!

Our food and drinks came, and I was surprised that our panini’s looked more like sandwiches than the panini’s I was used to. This was probably because we got them gluten-free. Still, they were both delicious! I loved the coconut “bacon” on mine.

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Gluten-free Avocado BLT Panini

The nut milk mochas were outstanding! This place knows their coffee.

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All through our lunch, we were serenaded by a young guy playing a Ukulele. This was cool! When we finished lunch I asked if I could take his photo for my blog, and he happily agreed.

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Aaron and his ukulele

We chatted with  for a while, and then Aaron blurt, “Hey, do you want to meet the manager?”

“Sure,” I said, and he went in to get the manager, Jenny, who also happens to be the owner’s sister.

Jenny told us about she and her sister’s vision to create a welcoming space that honors Mother Earth.

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Jenny Ho, Green Bliss manager

Fullerton may not be known for much, but from now on it will be known to my husband and me as the town where we discovered one of the best vegan-friendly, earth-friendly, allergy-friendly coffee shops we’ve ever been to.

Photo Credits

I asked Aaron, who is a photographer, to take the photo of Jenny. You can check out more of his photos and other things he’s into on his blog: aarondelani.com.

The photo of the Green Bliss courtyard at the top of this post and the cup of coffee are courtesy of the Green Bliss website.

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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25 Responses to Discovering Fullerton’s Vegan Oasis

  1. Yum! I’d like a Panini please 🙂 It’s always great meeting the people who run local eateries and shops. I feel a sense of community when I know the who behind the what. Aaron and Jenny seem like wonderful people. And I love ukulele, so you can’t go wrong with that!

    • Hi Jean! I have to be honest, writing a blog has made me more bold about meeting people. I would never have approached a stranger to ask if I could take his photo if I didn’t write this blog. I love that blogging has opened me up to meeting more people, it’s been interesting and fun. I’m looking forward to meeting you next week too! Celeste 🙂

  2. Karen Lomeli says:

    When I think of Fullerton I think of Green Bliss. I love that place and I am blessed to call Rita & Jenny Ho my friends. They visionaries and good folk. If you are in the area stop by the food and drinks are delightful, if you’re not in the area make the trip, it’s worth it!

    • Hi Karen! Thanks for your comment. I have to say that I love Green Bliss too. And yes, Rita and Jenny are visionaries. I wish there were more people like them opening up cafes. Celeste 🙂

  3. Lovely pics and man I loved the coffee pic 🙂

    • It was a beautiful café. I just wish it was closer to where I lived. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Celeste 🙂

      • I am having a good weekend so far :). Settling in the new town. Girls’ rooms got painted yesterday. Their cupboards are in order now.. Most of the stuff unpacked and in place.. I am in peaceful state now :).
        Had first set of friends visiting already for dinner. Made some nice appetizers. Happy girl after that 🙂
        Thanks for asking and listening too 🙂
        Have a great Sunday:)
        Sonal

    • Glad to hear that you’re having a good weekend. Moving is tough – I’ve done it so many times. It sounds like you’re feeling settled, however. And you’ve already had company. I’m sure you made them some wonderful food. I always wonder what it would be like to actually meet some of my blogger friends. I’m sure if we met it would be fab! Celeste 🙂

    • Will do! And if you ever get to SoCal, please let me know. Celeste 🙂

  4. wardieward says:

    Who would have thought! In Fullerton? I thought it was a steak and fries kind of town. I wish Jenny Ho would come to Byron Bay (Australia) and start a similar restaurant here. We are sorely lacking a Green Bliss in our town.

    • I think Fullerton still is a steak and fries kind of town, but apparently there’s enough interest in healthy eating for this place to exist. It’s a new restaurant, so I hope it makes it. Thanks for stopping by Wardie, I always love hearing from you! Celeste 🙂

  5. Ally says:

    What a lovely oasis Green Bliss is! Your meals look yummy, and the coffee sounds great too.
    🙂

  6. Awesome, will have to add that to my list of places to try out.

    • Thanks for stopping by Ivonne! I’m sure you’d love this place. Not only is the food healthy and delicious, but the atmosphere is peaceful and beautiful. Celeste 🙂

  7. Shannon says:

    You know? These posts are making me mad! We have so few vegan or earth-friendly spots to dine in my area south of Houston. Meat-eaters are the norm. Vegans like me, the weirdo. Sigh…I’m in the wrong state.

    • Maybe you need to move to Austin. I’ve read that it’s a vegan hot spot. It’s where Rip Esselstyn is from and everything. Okay, so I know moving isn’t practical. All I can say is that I hope that one day soon veganism will be so popular that there will be vegan restaurants on every corner. That’s my dream anyway. Have a beautiful Sunday chica!! Celeste 🙂

      • Shannon says:

        You are too right. Austin is a superb spot for all things green and sustainable. I have family there and always enjoy the visits! Lots of nature and vegan-friendly restaurants there. Many, many choices, especially if you’re willing to brave the interstate traffic.

        Happy Sunday to you, Chica!

    • One of these days I plan to visit Austin. When I do, you’ll have to tell me the best places to go. I don’t know when I’ll get there, however. Someday, someday…

  8. Liz says:

    Never had nut milk but that coffee looks delicious. Have a wonderful week!

    • Thanks for stopping by Liz! Homemade nut milk is wonderful. I actually prefer how it tastes over regular milk. Of course, I’ve been vegan for awhile so I’m also used to it. Celeste 🙂

  9. Sophie33 says:

    I am happy to hear that you found a lovely place to enjoy yourselves, eating & sipping lovely coffee & food! 🙂 Thanks for the review! 🙂

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