Renegade Health Best of Places 2010 : The Renegade Health Show Episode #732

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Moving along with our Best of 2010 series…

Today, we have the best places! These include “Best Raw Food Restaurant,” “Best Health Retreat,” “Healthiest Places,” and more.

Take a look…

Your question of the day: What are your top places for 2010?

Best Raw Food Restaurant:

Top Dog: Chocolatree, Sedona, AZ
Runner Up: Cafe Gratitude, Bay Area, CA

Best Healthy Restaurant:

Top Dog: Chocolatree, Sedone, AZ
Runner Up: Bloodroot, Black Rock, CT / Help Yourself, Key West, FL

Healthiest City 2010:

Top Dog: Telluride, CO
Runner Up: Boulder, CO

Best Food Co-Op:

Top Dog: Portland
Runner Up: Santa Monica

Best Healing Center:

Top Dog: True North Health Center
Runner Up: Hippocrates Health Center

Best Affordable Places to Do a Retreat:

Top Dog: Hacienda Del Sol, Costa Rica
Runner Up: Casa Verde, Honduras

Best Farmer’s Market:

Top Dog: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
Runner Up: Santa Monica, CA

Best Health Conference:

Top Dog: Longevity Conference
Runner Up: Raw Health Expo

Best Hike:

Top Dog: Zion National Park
Runner Up: Boynton Canyon, Sedona, AZ

Best Stretch of Road You Drove on Long Trip:

Top Dog: Highway 1 in Sonoma Country
Runner Up: Route 179 into Sedona

Most Unpleasant Stretch of Road:

Top Dog: I-10 Between San Antonio and El Paso
Runner Up: New Jersey Turnpike

Best Place You Visited During Travels:

Top Dog: Telluride, CO
Runner Up: Flagstaff, AZ / Northern Arizona

Best Place Outside the US:

Top Dog: Cuzco, Peru
Runner Up: Arenal, Costa Rica

Best Hot Springs:

Top Dog: Breitenbush Hot Springs
Runner Up: Tabacon, Costa Rica

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. oreganol says:

    Best place for vegans – New York – 100s of restaurants and cafes. The nost vegan-friendly place I’ve ever visted. Bangkok has lots ot offer vegans as well. Plus it has some super-cheap health options, especially if you need blood work and other tests done.

  2. Dr. Jérôme says:

    thank you for this list.

    you mentioned two places in Oregon on your top choice. I missed Oregon, a great place to live.

    Happy holidays from Yaoundé in Cameroon.

  3. Erin-Elyse says:

    I think you mean Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. My favorite remote, wild, rugged and beautiful summer place is the small town of McCarthy, Alaska. It is in the middle of the largest national park in the US (Wrangell-St. Elias), at the foot of a glacier and with views of old volcanoes, some over 16,000 feet. There is a community garden and the local arts/community center sometimes holds potlucks that are heavy on the homegrown veges. Actually, have you guys been to Alaska? There are lots of cool beautiful places there.

  4. Shazia says:

    I might be wrong .. but isn’t Bloodroot restaurant in Bridgeport, CT????

  5. Shazia says:

    ignore that …lol

    I read Bloodroot, Key West, FL mistake 🙂

  6. Catherine says:

    Wow, what you did really makes me want to explore more of these types of places. It’s tough for the East Coast to compete with what’s available out West. So I thought I’d share a couple of “Best Places in the East”.

    Best Farmers Market – Martha’s Vineyard

    Best Raw Food Restaurant – Used to be Alissa Cohen’s Grezzo in the North End of Boston, but it closed 🙁

    Best Spa – Pricey – Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA

    Best Retreat/Yoga center – Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA (except not enough raw foods)

    Best and worse stretch of road – Best is anywhere on the coast of New England except in the immediate Boston Area, which is the worst from Quincy in the South to Revere, North of Boston.

    Best small ride – Point Road in Marion, MA

    Best Hiking – In the White Mountains of New Hampshire

    Best Place visited outside US – Cinque Terre area of Italy

    Best Place to bike ride – The Netherlands

    Best Place for Swing Dancing – Beantown Swing Dance Camp, held at Endicott College in Beverly MA every summer.

    Best Yoga – Wherever you are!

  7. Coleen says:

    There is an incredible Food Co-op in Marietta, GA. It has a ton of Raw food there.

  8. Tam says:

    Yes, thanks for the list (and everything else you share)
    Will have to check out Teluride, CO one day – sounds magical.
    Some of my 2010 top places:

    Best Healthy/Vegan Restaurant in New York – Peacefood Cafe on the Upper West Side (check it out some time)
    Best Place Visited During Travels: Sine-Saloum Delta in Senegal – peaceful and beautiful


  9. Gilles B. says:

    How about a `Best retreat (emphasis on treat)for diabetic people`? I have a 15 year old nephew who had pump inplant put in his stomach a few months ago. I know his parents are not going to change their diet. I thought I would raise money and either send him or take him myself to a retreat. Does anybody know of such a retreat in U.S., Canada or Mexico? Thanks you guys for an awesome year!!!

  10. Karen says:

    Just have to mention – and I’m really excited about this – Cafe Gratitude is working on opening up a location in Los Angeles – JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM ME!!!!

  11. Sherry Smith says:

    Best food coop Klamath Falls ore. can’t rember the name of it.,I also like the coop in Bozeman Montana and reno nv It’s small but the people are great.

  12. Will says:

    Gosh Keven,
    It must have been this last summer that I’ve eaten any brussel sprouts. And I don’t like them raw either. The recipe looks good, I’ll just have to give it a try.
    Oh, and thanks for the Maca recipes.

    May you prosper all the days to come Kevin and Annmarie,

  13. Susie says:

    Best Retreat Center:
    Blue Spirit in Costa Rica!!!!
    Amazing food, beautiful eco-friendly environment.

  14. Darlena says:

    I also love Cafe Gratitude, but even more so … I love their newest restaurant, Gracias Madre… Thouogh it isn’t raw (some things are), it is vegan and incredibly delicious. I have sent several friends there, even ones who are not vegan and the reports back to me are amazing…
    This may be my favorite restaurant ever…been there many times and it just keeps making me believe that it really is incredible… It is in San Francisco…in the mission area.

  15. David says:

    Thanks Kevin and AnnMarie for this article and all you do. I was wondering what criteria you used to determine which restaurant was the healthiest and which was the best raw restaurant? I don’t disagree that Chocolatree is the best, just wondering how it beat out all the others you visited.


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