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Raw Vegan Experience!

     As you might recall, the last time I was in Carefree, we visited one of Ora’s clients-turned-friend, Sara. She runs a raw vegan academy, and now, a successful cafe.

Her inspirational messages and quotes are all over the restaurant.
Sara was still in the building process four weeks ago, and opened THREE weeks ago!
The classroom area is set up and in use for food preparation on busy nights.
Zen decor!
We started off with a combo platter. This had almond falafel with whipped avocado on top, lemony almond hummus, olive tapenade, dill and shitake mushroom pate, a green salad with dill, kale, parsley and tons of other greens I couldn’t identify…
and my favorite part of this dish: spicy seed crackers with sesame, pumpkin, flax and other things I can’t name. I honestly didn’t know half the ingredients that were in these! Sorry!
Ora chose the Rawgasmic sandwich. This had onion bread (made of smooshed nuts and onion) and was filled with greenery as far as the eye can see! This was layered with more whipped avocado and had a bunch of sprouts in for good measure.
I asked Sara to surprise me and choose my meal. She brought out raw vegan sushi with carrots, jicama, almond hummus, some kind of green lettuce, all wrapped in nori.
(Again, REALLY sorry I can’t be more specific – I’ve never had such trouble identifying ingredients! These were all disguised so well!)
This was the most crunchy thing I’ve ever consumed in my life. It came with a lovely ginger dip. I enjoyed the flavor, but my jaw ached a little after chomping on the roll.
She also brought out her “WOW tower” – this contains almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and tons of other seeds (argh, so sorry) that have been soaked to release the healthy enzymes, combined with carrots, (maybe) tomatoes, (maybe) spinach, all piled into a healthy tower.
The texture was interesting – if you’ve ever had chia seeds you know that they get kind of slimy, like flax seeds, but it wasn’t a BAD slimy. There was also a spicy bite to it, just a hint of chili flakes.
I ate a quarter of this and then was stuffed to the gills. 
This food is DENSE!
I WAS stuffed. WAS. Until I saw the dessert trays.
We ordered a tiramisu and a sweet potato pie to split three ways. If you’ve never had raw vegan food and are scared to try it, GO FOR THESE DESSERTS! The tiramisu was topped with a macadamia nut cream, and layered with Sara’s homemade dark chocolate and an almond and medjool date crust.
My only complaint was that I almost died eating this because I kept inhaling the powdered cocoa on top.
The sweet potato pie was like a pumpkin pie, but instead of pumpkin, it was mixed with rainbows and smiles. It contained sweet potato, parsnips, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves atop an almond and medjool date crust.
Overall, it was delicious, but I felt like I’d swallowed rocks by the end – SO DENSE!
Definitely something to try at least once in your life!


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The Morning After

     We had a big wind and rain storm last night in Fountain Hills. Before the show closed for the day, they repeatedly reminded us over the intercom to strap down the tents, lift everything off the ground that could be damaged from water, and clamp all loose fabrics. We listened.

Some did not.
I armed myself with hot coffee…
and a cup of bacon.
If you have to ask, you just don’t know me.
     Overall, about fifteen booths were twisted into odd pretzel shapes and littered throughout the streets. Most of those vendors threw in their hats and just went home. The day was FREEZING cold, but I kept myself warm with hot coffee and freshly-cooked crepes with strawberries (the crepes booth suffered damage, but thank GOD they were able to salvage the stoves!!!)
Oh yeah, and then it snowed.

     As soon as I got my camera out, the snow stopped. I’m sorry. Photojournalism skills = none. 
I shivered through the rest of the show, packed up the booth in record time and celebrated a wonderful show with a hot meal…
As well as a glass of merlot and my first ever tiramisu.
Shattered glass, twisted metal carcasses, snowflakes, sangria and tiramisu.
Farewell, Fountain Hills!


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