Little Slice-of-Heaven Ambrosia Balls*
When I first moved to Alpine four years ago, friends from other parts of the country asked me what it was like. I’d say easily, “It’s a little ‘slice-of-heaven!” and reference a May 4, 1952 article from the San Diego Union Tribune I saw at Pine Valley Auto, in which Alpine is described as having the most perfect climate in the US. Then I’d go on to describe it as an “authentic” town, comprised mostly of independent businesses and boutique stores all charmingly the size of a postage stamp—as opposed to the same large chain stores and strip malls you find elsewhere.
“Any downsides?” they’d ask. And I’d say, “Well, there is one thing. Alpine’s got a great health food store for pets called Natural Instincts, but there isn’t one for humans!”
This troubled me. Notwithstanding the fact that I prefer to eat organically grown, grass-fed, humanely raised, and sustainably caught food, in addition my loved ones have challenging dietary restrictions (gluten-free, meat-free, and sugar-free.) And, while Albertsons tried to be accommodating (thanks Bob) and we’ve since gotten a seasonal weekly farmer’s market I appreciate, it’s not the same as having a natural food market in town. I had to regularly head down the hill.
With the opening of Baron’s Market last fall, however, I now boast, “And, we also have the happiest little health food store, offering a great vibe and everything I need at better prices than elsewhere!”
Yep. Life is naturally sweet in slice-of-heaven Alpine. To honor that, I offer you the following recipe for one of our favorite healthful treats, nicknamed Ambrosia Balls, aka “those yummy chocolate truffles.”