A Recipe We Love

From a place that we love!


There is one particular restaurant that will always be extremely special to us. Though we haven’t been to visit in a while, I wanted to be sure to tell you all about it.

But first, a little background info—Rick and I met teaching drum corps in the summer of 2010. The group we were working with at the time is called The Academy and is based in Tempe, AZ. While spending the summer in Arizona, we had the chance to do some sightseeing and hiking in Sedona, which is about a two-hour drive from Tempe/Phoenix. That summer, I was still a cheese-loving, ice cream-eating omnivore, so living with a number of vegans and vegetarians at our staff house was an eye opening experience. When Rick and I planned our trip to Sedona, he was adamant about visiting a local vegan/raw restaurant—Chocolatree



I will readily admit that I was nervous about the upcoming food experience. I had never had food from a dedicated vegan/vegetarian restaurant before, and I just knew the people there would know I was an imposter. Luckily for me, the Chocolatree family showed me that eating vegan isn’t scary, and the community is one of the most welcoming I have been a part of.

Rick and I went back to Chocolatree in the summer of 2011 for breakfast and dinner and then visited again last April over spring break. I am not ashamed to admit we ate three square meals there in the course of about 24 hours and loved every minute of it. The restaurant is a beautiful oasis set in the middle of downtown Sedona. 




Things we love about Chocolatree:



The restaurant also has a garden in the rear which houses a garden growing many of the foods served in the restaurant, a stage/movie screen for movie nights, and a hammock strung between two trees that is the happiest place on Earth. On one of our visits, there was even a bit of a dance party happening out back with lots of local, healthy visitors.


The small shop in the rear of the store carries crystals, books, jewelry, artwork, and lots of other neat things to explore.

Chocolatree houses at least two Shiva Lingams, a giant stone shaped like a oval that was brought back from India and creates a positive energy within the space. Read more here.

Not only is there delicious food, there is chocolate. Chocolatree began first as a super food chocolate business that had gained increasing popularity. We can find their products at our local Whole Foods! I always have to have at least one piece of chocolate to go.




When we visited in April, we had some great food. We also had a chance to meet Jenny, the restaurant’s creative force, and her dad, who moved to Sedona to be a part of the business. 
Rick's favorite dish was Papa's Potato Soup and we also enjoyed the Sedona 2012, a large burrito-type dish filled with quinoa, veggies, and guacamole—great flavors and just a little bit spicy. The eggplant parmesan was fantastic as was the other soup we tried. 



As you can see, we are pretty happy campers when we visit Chocolatree.




















We were excited to hear that Papa's Potato Soup was going to be included in an upcoming cookbook put out by the restaurant, and when we received our 2013 Chocolatree Recipe Calendar in the mail, the soup became a staple at our house. 

The recipe is simple and clean, and absolutely delicious. Normally, I would share it with you, but because I feel so strongly about supporting this wonderful business, I hope you'll buy your own calendar that has 38 delicious recipes and discover it for yourself! 


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I know this wasn't billed as a restaurant review, but you're going to get one anyway :) 



Review Recap:

Restaurant - ChocolaTree 

Location - Sedona, AZ

Favorite Dish - We never get the same thing twice, so we can't really say--and that's a great thing! 

Unexpected Perk - The hammock in the Garden Oasis
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5



I hope I’ve been able to articulate how much we truly love this place. The atmosphere, food, and friendly faces lead to an experience unlike any other. We hope you go and visit!

--E&R

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