Inspiration from a Lifelong Vegetarian
– Writing and Photos

I will travel miles for quality chocolate and food, even through hordes of pedestrians, fruit and vegetable vendors, and a zoo of honking cars. So yesterday my love and I made our way through the Tijuana center near the famous and bustling Avenida Revolucion because surprisingly that is where you’ll find a peaceful and charming family business. The minute you walk in it feels like a retreat from the craziness outside, as you are welcomed by the friendly Mexican owners and taken by the colorful art and hats all around.

Casa Cacao features the beloved food of Mexico’s Oaxaca region and honors the health benefits of cacao. This plant is full of antioxidants and is known for reducing blood pressure, improving digestion, lowering the risk of heart disease and stress, and beyond. The menu includes some vegan options such as tamales with mole negro, a hot artisanal chocolate chai drink, and delicious coffees. We loved chatting with the owner Jose Luis, who recently became vegan as part of his efforts to improve his health and lose weight. I cannot wait to go back; it looks like a wonderful place to have a celebration with a group of loved ones.