Eating Freely, Arizona Edition

When on vacation I like to eat all I can for the local flavors. Or maybe I really just like to try new things whenever possible.

I definitely did my fair share of eating when I was in Arizona. I tried anything and everything I could that sounded different and delicious. Here are some of my favorite eats while away from home.

Sedona Olive Oil Company. One word: DELICIOUS.

I purchased two basalmic vinegars after tasting a wide variety of oils and vinegars, all aged to perfection. There were SO many basalmic vinegar options to chose from: Espresso (Mmmmm!), Green Apple, Cucumber Melon, Strawberry, Red Raspberry, etc. There were mostly sweeter flavors to try but I went with two bottles of the BEST one they offer, Garlic Cilantro Basalmic Vinegar. I could drink this one straight from the bottle. Pricy but well worth the 18 years aged liquid gold.

There were notable olive oils but none that compaired to the vinegars. 😉

Appetizers are welcomed…

Chili-seasoned Cactus Fries with Spicy Prickly Pear Dipping Sauce. Wow.

I can’t remember where these were from but they were amazing. Trust me.

A mentionable dinner included a burger.

This is no ordinary burger. It may look mild-mannered but I can assure you, it’s nothing even close to plain.

From Cuvee 928 Wine Bar & Cafe in Flagstaff, the Cuvee Burger: Lamb and beef-made, with Cuvee cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Secret Sauce. Served with mashed potatoes with a side of butternut squash dressing. I may have to say it’s one of the most amazing tasting burger I’ve ever had.

And what trip is ever complete without dessert?

Lots of desserts.

We have here the Healing Bar and chocolate maca truffle from Chocolatree in Sedona.

And double chocolate ganache cake studded with raw cacao nibs. Mmmmm…

Have I ever mentioned I love raw, vegan, organic foods?

Well, I do.

I also love new grocery store finds, while on vacation, of course.

Dark Cacao L.O.V.E. Cup. The DARKEST chocolate you can get. Raw cacao, agave, and love.

Where there’s chocolate, there’s coffee.

Slow service but great coffee.


And that concludes Eating Freely, Arizona edition.

What have you been eating freely lately?

When on vacation do you eat a little more relaxed to taste the local flavors?

23 thoughts on “Eating Freely, Arizona Edition”

  • Looks like a blast- glad you lived it up! Cactus fries? Nice. I’ve had just steamed, or cooked, cactus when I was in Cancun and really liked it!

  • Everything looks and sounds incredible! I love trying new foods so I would definitely be doing plenty of free eating and sampling if I were traveling anywhere new. Unfortunately I haven’t done that in AGES. Clearly I need to get away! I had no idea they had that many crazy balsamic types, incredible. And I thought just plain old balsamic was delicious, not even aware of the whole world of balsamic goodness out there! Also, those cactus fries need to be in front of me right about now.

  • Freaking YUM – all of it! I do the same thing when I’m traveling – find unique food and consume it 🙂 I also love the balsamic vinegars -the espresso sounds especially rad!

  • Oh WOW! Those cactus fries look and sound amazing!! I am all about tasting my way through my vacation! There’s just something about finding hidden gems that makes my day! I’ve even found some great places in Nashville (basically my backyard) that I never knew existed!

    That garlic cilantro balsamic vinegar sounds like something I could and would bathe in!! Lol

  • those eats look great! when i’m vacationing i always try the local flavors! who knows when you’ll be back again?!? i like travelling inorder to experience the culture & food is so tied into culture!

  • Oh my goodness. So much chocolate!! And those vinegars sound ridiculously delicious! Wow. Since I’m a simp at trying new foods I usually stick to what I know. When I try something new it tends to be disappointing!!

  • totally the best part of vacation. Local flare! I love exploring new cities and places to eat. No matter where we go! maybe arizona should be next??

  • Ahh…the Chocolatree pics have me fantasizing…

    I’ve been eating fruit freely just the past week (over the yeast cleanse, over fruit-phobia, back to my old-old ways)–loving it!

  • While on vacation, I eat a bit of everything since I know it may be awhile before I can try the local faire again. It’s extremely freeing to not be so regimented about my eats. And when I come home, I just get right back on track.

  • Gah I LOVE EATING ON VACATION. I eat very freely whenever we go somewhere special – its an experience and a limited opportunity! It would be a mistake not to, if you ask me.

    However, I have been at home just studying for finals and eating freely – but not in a good way. Stress eating has been taking over a bit lately and I finally reigned it in a couple days ago. It was stressing me out on top of my stress at first, but Im letting go of it. Everything occurs in cycles and will balance out eventually 🙂

  • Eating freely and AMAZINGLY! ahhh everything looks divine! I’m bummed my arizona trip fell through in May — I would have been in a food/sunshine coma all week i’m certain! <3 Now its time to bug the husband for a vacation! haha

    Happy monday lovey!

  • i love vacation foods too. something about traveling makes me relax and enjoy food a bit more. being out of the ordinary routine with food is very nice.

    i am drooling over the balsamics and all the chocolate. yum!!! we make a chocolate mint bals at my store that i am currently in love with 🙂

  • Ooooh what a yummy burger! 🙂 I love trying the local foods when I’m traveling, too. It seems like you just get such a great overall experience in the town that way! It’s also so fun to go to those mom and pop places where the locals hang out 🙂

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