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Blue Palate on the Road: Nature’s Kitchen | Blue Palate

Blue Palate on the Road: Nature’s Kitchen

by Lindsay Sauve on July 31, 2009 · 0 comments

Photo credit: Joe Pemberton

Photo credit: Joe Pemberton

Interstate 5 from Oregon to California, which I’ve driven a dozen or so times in my life, is the quickest way to travel up and down the west. It’s scenic in parts, but mostly it’s just straight and quick. And if you’re trying to make it to San Francisco in less than ten hours, be prepared to sacrifice any grand culinary aspirations. The freeway is dotted with the typical fast food and truck stop options, easy on the wallet but not always the palate.

I have found a little gem among the Taco Bells and Iron Skillets in the little town of Yreka neat the California and Oregon border. It’s definitely a convenient pit stop town, the first after climbing and descending the precarious Siskiyou pass. Nature’s Kitchen on Yreka’s main drag is a tiny oasis among a sea of fast food and gas station food marts. You can sit down for a quick, healthy sandwich and fresh juice or grab an iced espresso and a homemade date bar (big enough for two!). Best of all, this tiny natural cafe/store provides a dimly lit, peaceful sanctuary from the freeway, complete with calming smells of cumin and sandalwood, kind, smiling shopkeepers, and chant or flute music that will surely take the edge off.

Jump back on the freeway, hit 70 mph, and enjoy the view of Mt. Shasta, thankful you successfully dodged the drive thru window.

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