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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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Made the drive out, Arcade Fire style, to the ‘burbs for the highly-recommends Vinnie Zucchini’s all-you-can-eatery. This is plate one. Call it a retox..

But don’t worry, this was just a twenty-four hour thing. Gotta put the system in shock so it knows how well it’s been treated these past thirty days! Will blog on future food plans soon, but for now-a huge thanks to everyone who’s been so incredibly supportive during this cleanse! Everyone who sent me websites, passed along tips, humored me by reading this blog, took me out to dinner.. thank you!!! And of course the biggest thanks of all, to my wonderful boyfriend Luke who completed this cleanse by my side-two big bright shiny organic stars for you, too!

I never thought I’d see the day..

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..but it came. My cleanse/life partner has actually created a BLOG. And it’s actually pretty frickin’ good, too.