Blue moons have come and gone since I posted here last, but now I feel absolutely compelled to, because of Sedona. And Utah too, I might add. That will be another, separate post.
After over six months of living in New Jersey, my husband and I took our first Great American vacation in the west. I have heard so many things about from so many different sources about how special Sedona is that I was determined to go there, and since muggle had his annual conference in Las Vegas, of all places, we simply tagged on a few days of traveling and we were good to go.
Our route was: Las Vegas – Escalante, Utah – Grand Canyon – Sedona – Las Vegas, then a flight back to Hoboken.
It seems almost superfluous to say that eating gluten free in the States is easy peasy. Everybody knows, many accommodate, so great. But even in Vegas, you have to work for food, it feels like. If you stay in one of the big resorts, there are buffets and cafés, but you gotta stand in line before you get a table, for example. The first hotel we stayed in, the Aria, made it difficult for you to bring your own food with. You were allowed your fridge for 60 seconds before they start charging you sthg for it. If you store personal belongings in it, there is a fee of $25. Per day. Apparently you can contact the front desk if you wanted to use a fridge for personal storage, but who wants to do that when they put you on hold for hours on end on the phone? “The next available customer service representative will be with you in just a moment…” Please hold.
But I’m getting sidetracked. I wanted to talk about specifically about Sedona because it was really easy for me to find something to eat there. With a population just north of 10,000, this little town impressed me with its awareness of gluten free eating. It seems a lot of new age type folks live in and frequent the town, and many are very health conscious and environmentally aware and that makes it really easy for people like us to eat good food.
Below three places I feel are worth mentioning:
- ChocolaTree Organic Eatery
Don’t be put off by name or by the fact that it’s vegetarian. It’s menu is “100% Organic, with No Grain, No Gluten, and No GMO.” So that’s the second place in Sedona that offered an entirely gluten free menu, which is you know, pretty cool.
This is one of those places that put care and thought into their food and surroundings, which I always really appreciate. Some might say that it was slightly pricey, but what they had was all organic, and extremely well done and tasty.
My husband and I shared an Avocado Herb Sandwich and a Saag Paneer, and I took the Banana Bread & Butter, which is usually more of a side dish, as dessert. It was great, not too sweet at all, just what I wanted. Hubby had some chocolate from the vitrine, which he liked. We both had the tasty Ginger Lemonade to drink. And, I couldn’t stop drinking their water, which the waitress said is drawn from a well and filtered. I can’t explain it, but it just tasted really, really good. I drank glasses of it in one sitting.
We sauntered in on a Monday night, and they happened to have live entertainment – one lady and a guy with a guitar, and they took turns singing. It was great! Mind you, service is a bit on the slow side. The food took long, everything took long, but I think that’s just part of the philosophy… There’s no reason to rush. And they don’t rush to make you pay – you can just be there and hang out and chat, and in this country, especially after being in Vegas, where absolutely everything is about money, that was really, really nice. Highly recommend!
They are known for their gluten free pizzas. This is quite a busy restaurant whose entire menu is gluten free. The pizza section is the only part where you have to specify that you want it gluten free because they offer glutenous doughs too. Everything else, though, is gluten free. Now how special is that!?I do have to say that my husband wasn’t so impressed with the taste of his dishes, and we ate there twice. One night he had a normal pizza with figs and goat cheese (he found it all too sweet). For lunch he had a soup with Caesar Salad which had too much garlic in it.
I had the Spicy Diavola Pizza for dinner. Now I have to say, it was tasty, but, it was also just too too hot, and I’m usually not so squeamish when it comes to chilli. I had to scrape the seeds off of the pizza so that I could eat it. What was fantastic was the Hot Apple Crisp with Coconut Ice Cream. That was something that as a gluten free eater you don’t get everyday. Highly recommend that.
On the second day I had a pepperoni pizza, light on the cheese. And that was pretty good, I must say. So if you’re hankering for a pasta or a pizza and want to go somewhere where you know you can eat everything that’s on the menu, that’s the place to go.
- Cowboy Club
We just happened upon this place while strolling around the downtown area. It was quite popular too. The burgers looked really good, and they had a gluten free bun, so this is what I ended up ordering. It was quite good. I would also recommend the coleslaw with coriander on the side… Both muggle and I found it really refreshing.This is a typical restaurant with some gluten free options located centrally by all the shops, so it’s worth stopping by.
You can see pics of the dishes I ordered below.
One last place I need to mentioned is Pink Java Cafe. It’s a coffee place that also serves soy-based drinks. They have a great place for you to hang out in in the back – with a great view of the rocks.
If you love nature and hiking, Sedona’s a great place… It’s so easy for us folks to find food, so I was really grateful for that.
The next post, which I will put up soon, will be about Escalante and Boulder in Utah. Now those are really special places to visit. The nature is just spectacular – so hard to describe. And, there are two restaurants and an organic store worth mentioning.
Talk to you soon!