Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Addictive does not begin to describe the chocolates that AnnaBlanca + Sage concoct for their line Addictive Wellness. This line is the epitome of pure passion + all that a conscientious small business should be. Not only are their chocolates aphrodisiac bombs peppered with deep + dreamy notes of herbs but the makers themselves beam with cosmic levels of radiance. AnnaBlanca + Sage may well be the most joyful life + business partners I have had the pleasure of connecting with, so genuinely committed to both their concoctions + customers. 

What also incredibly struck me about this power duo was their vast knowledge of herbs + potions. Sage  is a master in chocolatier, having begun his journey at only 19-years-old in Costa Rica. He continued on with expanding his knowledge with a vast study of alternative medicine, and got involved with David Wolfe's work + Erewhon's incredible tonic bar, where he eventually met AnnaBlanca. His goddess of a partner is a woman not close but embedded within my heart. She grew up in Hungary, a neighbour of my home of Istanbul. Although she was raised with traditional foods such chicken from her family's backyard, home-brewed kombucha, and local bee pollen, her travels took her on a temporary journey into a Western diet of processed foods, heavy metal toxicity, and candida. Her eventual illness took her back to her roots, where she found healing + a part in Addictive Wellness.

Our conversations often revolve around giggles over whipped coconut milk, herbal tonics, + the simple magic of plant-based meals prepared in joy. They're creators after my own palate: AnnaBlanca's favourite fueling snack is sprouted walnuts and almonds with homemade raw vegan coconut whipped cream, royal jelly, + raw honey while Sage enjoys a grounding tonic of ghee, coconut oil, + stevia with astragalus. So, it was certainly natural that I asked AnnaBlanca + Sage to concoct a recipe featuring one of our favourite ingredients: rose. Here is a recipe to sweep away the lingering summer heat + land you on a petal-bed of roses . . .

B E A U T Y   B I T E S : S T R A W B E R R Y  T U R M E R I C  I C E   C R E A M  +  R O S E   P E T A L S
vegan | raw | paleo 

8 oz frozen strawberries
16 oz purified ice
2 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds
3 Tablespoons Tocotrienols
2 oz raw, organic, + soaked cashews
1/2 Teaspoon Longevity Warehouse Turmeric Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Jing Herbs Pearl Powder or Moon Juice Pearl Powder
3 Dropperfulls Dragon Herbs Goji & Schizandra Drops
1 Tablespoon Grass-Fed Ghee
1 oz Pure Rose Water
1 Tablespoon Birch Xylitol
18 drops Omica Sweet Blossom Stevia
 D I R E C T I O N S | Blend on high until smooth while aggressively using the tamper/plunger to drive the ingredients down into the blade. Spoon out on tartlets of herbal chocolate  or shamelessly dip fingers or face right into the blender . . .