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Greer's OC: Discover Wild Strawberry Cafe

March 21, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Wild Strawberry Cafe in Newport Beach just celebrated its first anniversary, and we can't believe we didn't discover it sooner.

Owner Natasha Kazic, originally from Montenegro, created a charming eatery with truly good food in the Design Plaza at Newport Center. The European-style café specializes in health-conscious crepes, homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and homemade pastries and baked goods.

After fasting for 40 days and losing 100 pounds, Natasha says she found her purpose in life: to open a café to offer nutritious dishes made with less sugar, mostly gluten-free and other healthy options like almond milk and quinoa, without sacrificing flavors.

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She didn't just dream up Wild Strawberry Cafe's health and nutrition concept on a whim. She's worked as a nutrition counselor and personal trainer at the St. Regis and the Montage Laguna Beach, and is also a fitness instructor at Ultra Fit Club.

At Wild Strawberry Cafe, we recommend the Black Forest ham sandwich with honey Dijon, Muenster cheese, spinach and roasted bell peppers; the turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, avocado and pesto aioli on French baguette; or the vegetarian sandwich with tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and sprouts served on a French baguette.

The cafe is off the beaten path and you're not going to discover it easily, unless a friend tells you, you work nearby, or you read about it here. Whether you stop by for a shot of espresso, a blueberry crepe (made with gluten-free buckwheat flour) or smoked salmon sandwich, you'll be happy Kazic made her dream come true.

Wild Strawberry Cafe, 240 Newport Center Drive No. 100, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, go to wildstrawberrycafe.com.

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