For fun on a hot day, we all tried different specialty drinks. My 12-year-old got a fresh strawberry smoothie ($4.50) that she called, "sweet and smooth, very strawberry and very icy." My mother a got a creamy and chocolaty iced café mocha ($3.25) and my son got an espresso mocha freeze, ($3.50) which was no stronger than any blended mocha drink and was very refreshing. I tried a regular organic Givalia coffee ($1.30 for a small) that was strong but not bitter.
I had thought of trying a breakfast sandwich or breakfast quesadilla ($8.95), but lunch had too many things to choose from.
One special for the day was a grilled chicken Dijon sandwich ($9.95) and a menu special is a Portobello mushroom sandwich ($8.95), but we decided to try a rosemary chicken sandwich with roasted pepper, provolone cheese and the special house spread ($6.95), which was mild and tasty.
The Chinese chicken salad ($8.95) had fresh grilled chicken marinated in Asian spices, mixed greens with water chestnuts, toasted almonds, mandarin oranges tossed in a house vinaigrette dressing. It was crunchy and delicious.
We tried the Greek salad ($8.95) without the chicken or tuna, and my daughter ate the sun-dried tomato, red onions, bell peppers, olives and Feta Cheese. Her first reaction was, "Cheesy. I like cheesy."
The biggest hit, however, was the turkey wrap — turkey, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing and sweet grilled onions and bell peppers wrapped neatly in a tomato tortilla ($7.95). Everything was fresh tasting. A delightful dining experience for someone needing a quick, but not heavy, lunch. It's also a great place to just run in for a coffee and a sweet and moist muffin. The raspberry muffin was a treat.
Sandwiches and wraps come with a small house salad. Rosemary also has Hardbite potato chips ($1.35) from Canada, several smoothies, tea ($1.50 to $2.75), orange juice vanilla freeze ($3.15) and a variety of healthy and fun bottled drinks.
The motto on the menu is "Joyful Eating/ Healthy and Delicious." And getting fresh, firm, choc-full of chocolate chunks cookies (75 cents) on our way out the door ensured that.
JOANNA LINKCHORST is a lifelong resident of La Crescenta and an enthusiastic eater. She can be reached at JoannaVVEagles.com.