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(….it just might read like one, ’cause it’s that friggin’ good)

Panorama at Sugarloaf Mountain, Sedona

It was a weekend retreat to stunning Sedona, Arizona—noted by some as the States’ most beautiful natural spot. And natural not just because of the beauty red rocks, but also the naturopaths, healers, psychics, mid-life-crisis advisors… and as we discovered, eateries.

Though we nearly ran out of fuel and schlepped into a burger joint, a little sign caught our eye for ChocolaTree‘s Live Organic Vegetarian Eatery—a little piece of heaven saved for our hungry souls.

For the first time in weeks, a menu to be ordered from without discrimination…  a vegan’s dream! Everything 100% organic, most made on-site, no substitutions necessary, no asking the server “Sorry to be difficult, but can you take out the cheese and meat and eggs and everything delicious but please please don’t serve me another salad?!” Not only were we treated to some damn delicious, wholesome food, but we also uncovered a hippie mecca—a garden in the back with prime seating circled round an old tree, hula hoops for post-lunch digestion, a screen to project documentaries. Inside, organic seeds, unique local crafts, kale chips galore, and the best—shelves and shelves full of unique raw, vegan, GOURMET chocolates, truffles, and bars. Did we stumble across this, or did the spoken-of energy of Sedona really just attract us directly to our match?!

We left with full, happy bellies a large cardboard box full of goodies… Coconut Cream Pie (raw, vegan, gluten-free), Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Chia Seeds, Greens, Chia Seed Crackers (raw, vegan, gluten-free), “Parmesan Cheese” (vegan, gluten-free), a few lattes for the roads, and of course, a tribute to ChocolaTree’s roots—some delicious little chocolate squares. We’ll be back, Sedona, but in the meantime… do you ship to Canada?!

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Garden Sanctuary

 

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Fiesta Feast - Spring Greens topped with Picco de Gallo, Fresh Guacamole, Quinoa, Vegan Cheese Crumble, Black Beans, and Sundried Tomato Wrap.

 

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Viva Burrito - Homemade Sundried Tomato Wrap filled with fresh tomatoes, red bell pepper, red onion, shredded cabbage, creamy vegan cheese, pico de gallo, and fresh guacamole. All raw, all vegan.

 

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Olive Oil and Vinegar, not as dangerous as it may appear.

 

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just some of the selection of raw, vegan chocolates. with fillings like spirulina! maca! greens and mint! awesomeness!

 

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14-mushroom blend chocolates—not for the faint of tongue.

 

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Warrior Bars sweetened with honey—dark vegan choclate, gogi berries, maca, pecans, and L.O.V.E.

 

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4 responses

  1. You are sooo lucky! I live in the states, in a spot where nothing vegan is around, let alone vegetarian. That place looks like freaking heaven! This makes me want to turn vegan even more badly!

    • It IS heaven, I swear! I do think the states have really made some advances lately in being more accommodating to vegan diets – every time I’m in a city or airport there it seems there are some marked vegan options! Sorry they haven’t come to your city yet.

      And just for the record.. I’m not fully vegan myself 🙂 At least not yet!

      • I know a lot of places, like the highly metropolitan areas are getting swarmed with vegan/vegetarian places. Too bad I live nowhere close to any of them. I actually live where hunting is everything to everyone. Figures.

        My dream is to open up a vegetarian/vegan restaurant of my own one day. 🙂 We’ll see how that goes, though.

        Cheers to on the road to veganism!

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