Posts tagged "TIPS"
If there is one thing we have learned in the last couple of years from Judita (rawjudita.com), it is to eat and live healthy. Nothing is better for you than real, unprocessed water and food. So when we have the chance to get out of the city and into the mountains, we make a point of finding natural spring water, farmers markets, and good organic local food restaurants. We went back to this spring several times and filled up all our water jugs. We could sure use a few of these around LA.
We are very particular about what we eat. We are conspiracy theorists, meaning we believe the government is putting fluoride in our water for dubious reasons at best, we think genetically modified veggies and grains are causing massive problems in both health and the environment, and we are largely opposed to factory farming of animals which requires tons of hormones and antibiotics to keep fattened up weak cubicle animals just this side of ill. This is not a rant or a Future Road Maps manifesto, just something we see as common sense. I, (Matt) happen to be largely vegetarian unless I’m in Central America or New Zealand, Neil is largely vegetarian and we just want what humans have had for thousands of years, milk, and eggs, and water, and vegetables that come from the Earth in a natural and unprocessed way, and clean drinking water without chlorine and fluoride etc. With this in mind, we love finding great local restaurants who don’t GMO fruit and veggies, but from their local organic farmers. With this in mind, here are some like minded restaurants:
- SEDONA AZ.
For breakfast only, check out El Portal Bed and Breakfast, you can stay the night or just show up for breakfast. This is probably the best breakfast we have ever had. All local and organic meats and veggies, and just flat out amazing architecture and design. If you’re not on a budget, stay here.
97 Portal Lane, Sedona, Arizona (800) 313-0017
Also in Sedona, The ChocolaTree
This place is Raw and Vegan, that said, they have really hearty portions, and even if you are a meat eater, it is solid enough to give you a good healthy lift on the road. The raw veggie burger was probably the best I’ve had. They also make their own chocolates on site, and holy crap. Down side, your surrounded by every single cliche of health, new age and wacky fringe religions you have ever seen. Lots of bad new age art, but what do you expect, it’s Sedona.
ChocolaTree 1595 West Hwy 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
Lastly, for Sedona, please do yourself a favor and visit Elote Cafe. This place has some of the best southwest style Mexican food ever, you will have to wait, people start lining up at 5pm to get a table, but they have great margaritas and a fantastic outdoor waiting areas with views of the canyons . 771 HWY 179 Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 203-0105
D’Lish is our first choice for Phoenix breakfast or lunch. They are not vegetarian but are vegan and veggie friendly. Meats and Veggies are local and organic. The Breakfast buzz smoothie is out of hand, chocolate, peanut butter, almond milk, espresso, who knows what else but damn! They are the FRM restaurant of the month on account of giving us free smoothies to keep us solid on the road.
2613 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Also, for dinner, we found Gallo Blanco at the Clarendon Hotel to be very much to our liking, great Mexican food with a twist. This is taken straight from their website: Gallo Blanco Cafe is a locally owned and operated restaurant where the food is cooked from scratch daily, and we strive to utilize local ingredients and partner with local farmers and distributors.
Clarendon Hotel/Gallo Blanco
401 W Clarendon Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Belgian Jenny’s Bordello Pizzeria. Tom is the chef here, and they make great fresh Italian food, and sell Belgian beers. What else could you want. One of the best things about this place, is Tom is part of every historical preservation group in Jerome, and if he’s not busy, and you have a second, he will spin yarns of the towns interesting past.
Belgian Jenny’s Bordello Pizzeria
412 Main St
Jerome, AZ 86331
And lastly, should you ever find yourself broken down in Cottonwood Az. You will find amongst the Chevy and Dodge trucks, La Belle Cafe. It’s open for breakfast and lunch, a nice stop on the way to Jerome, which is also pretty fresh if you have never been. Veggie and meat friendly, local and organic.
735 N Main St Ste A
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Neil and I are the kind of people who like nice things that don’t fall apart, and when possible, made in the USA. Camping is no exception. Before this trip we spent a lot of time searching the web, and getting tips from people like my brother Paul and his rock climbing crew, to put together a batch of camp stuff we could use forever, and be proud of using. Here we present to you, the Future Road Maps camping gear, from a mans perspective.
First off, I picked up this “Feathered Friends” down sleeping bag that you can wear as a smock. “Feathered Friends” make serious down sleeping bags in Seattle since 1972, you call them up, discuss colors, and they make it for you and ship it out. Now that is what I am talking about. Super light weight and super warm. 2 thumbs up.
1985 FJ60 Toyota LandCruiser with TLC converted diesel engine, and ARB roof tent that makes us feel like Snoopy. Also adds peace of mind when surrounded by bears at night.
Early 80’s (era correct to cruiser) new old stock Coleman stove and cooler. Classy and simple. Take note people, you don’t need space age graphics and plastic parts to “get the attention of the young people”, we are young people and we think most of the new coolers and stoves suck.
Vintage Swedish military 4 gallon water jug for our dish water, acquired at a surplus store in Jerome, AZ. Also pictured, a classy ethnic summer hat from a Cottonwood thrift store.
We are completely in love with the Swedish company Primus and their compact butane stoves and lanterns. This stuff all collapses into the smallest bag, and changes our lives for the better every time we break them out. The little pan is a lid for the bigger pan too. Epic.
Speaking of love, we are really keen on the Snow Peak stuff too. They are a stylish Japanese company with really smart and tight camping gear. The fold up cutting board and knife kit is the main player in our daily kitchen set up.
Made in Tennessee, the Kermit chair is already a classic in BMW motorcycle circles because of how compact and light it is once collapsed, this is the end all be all in well made, camping chairs. There is nothing that even comes close.
While sensible Neil chose a compact Kermit chair, I ended up finding a vintage “Gold Metal” US made wooden butterfly chair off of ebay. This thing is sweet on account of folding down pretty tightly, while being a little long, and also looking sharp in your living room at home.
As far as I’m concerned, these were the find of the trip. Vintage linesman boots acquired from an Arizona antique store. $39.00 bucks. Already broken in and pretty darn handy when your in rattle snake country tromping around in knee high brush with a bunch of camera gear.
For those of you who know Neil and I, you know that we are full of love for everything, in fact, we are pretty much neo-hippies. While we were in Arizona, Neil’s father gave Neil his grandfathers hand gun. We are not gun people, but I’ll tell you what, when you are in the bush, surrounded by nothing but bears, cougars, and rattle snake markings, there is a certain peace of mind that comes from having a little heat along. This little round up here is pretty funny to us, because we do have all these things in the truck, but we are not exactly chain smoking, whiskey drinking, gun and knife toting good ol’boys. From top left to right. Journal book by Ramsey Dau. USA made Ka-Bar brand knife. Coors, (what else would you have in a Coleman cooler while camping)? Woodford Reserve Kentucky bourbon. TSOVET watch. Blue speckled camp mug. Petzl head lamp. Leica M6 camera. Initium Aviator glasses with Polarized lenses. American Spirits yellow box. Browning 9mm classic hand gun. We just want Clint Eastwood to be proud.