10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants

I love eating healthy food and I prefer to visit affordable restaurants! This is the list of my 10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants in 2019, where you can go and find healthy food any time of the day. I have stated which ones have good gluten-free options, and all restaurants are in different price categories as well as locations on Manhattan (where I live) My first choice would always going for an organic restaurant, and most of them in my list do focus on offering organic food, except for a few. These are easy going restaurants the bring-your-friends-or-family kind ( no reason to overdress), with a good take-out and delivery selections.

MY Top 10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants of the moment:

  1. le Pain Quotidien (LPQ): This is a staple place to visit whenever you need a good breakfast or lunch. As a true dutchie, I love bread. Since I stick to a gluten-free diet, I am so happy that they have THE BEST GLUTENFREE BREAD IN THE WORLD! There, I said it. LPQ also has great salads, breakfast items, many vegan and vegetarian options (a leaf sign on the menu means the dish is plant based), and most of what they serve is organic. This also counts for their coffee and decaf coffee. My favorites are the different tartines, the chia seed pudding, the lentil avocado salad. LPQ is take out and sit down. Multiple locations around the city. $ www.lepainquotidien.com 
  2. HU Kitchen: This is a great place with paleo dishes and take out treats and juices. That means everything is gluten-free, no dairy, and organic. They serve organic meat, chicken and vegetarian plates.  My favorite is the chicken burger. Every weekday they have a special, sometimes that is a vegan and gluten-free pizza (love it!) One location on 5th avenue between 13th and 14th $$ www.hukitchen.com 

    HU Kitchen NYC
    The Paleo Chicken Burger at HU Kitchen
  3. Dr. Smood: a chain with restaurants all over the city, this place calls itself "probably the healthiest cafe in town. They have a philosophy that people should spend their money on organic healthy food (the real healthcare as they say) and not on doctors. I love getting chocolate treats here, and the strawberry shake is delicious. www.drsmood.com
  4. Caravan of Dreams: A hole in the wall, this eclectic restaurant is dark and cosy, and a perfect place to take your friends for a vegan meal. Everything is vegan, organic and even kosher. They also serve a lot of raw food dishes. They have live music almost every night of the week. Favorites: all salads are amazing! I like the house salad dressing a lot, and the mediterranean salad. I love their seitan. Also the smoothies are great, and i like the ravioli of the day with sautéed greens, garlic tomato sauce and avocado. The raw brownie for desert is delicious. $   www.CaravanofDreams.net
  5. Spring Natural: Formerly Spring Street Natural restaurant, I order from here a lot as well, as they have daily changing menus, with a lot of vegan and vegetarian options. On top of that they try to get organic and local ingredients where they can. Think of this place as an American healthy diner. The salads are huge and their stir fry with veggies and rice can never go wrong. After 40+ years they moved from Spring street to a location just around the corner on Kenmare street. $    www.SpringStreetNatural.com
  6. Bare Burger: Yes it is an organic restaurant and serve juicy and calorie-rich burgers and milkshakes, they also have a big selection of tasty salads and even many vegan and vegetarian options for a burger. I LOVE the black bean burger, and the fava bean falafel. $ www.bareburger.com

    Bare Burger dinner
    turkey burger with gluten free bun and sweet potato fries at Bare Burger
  7. Cafe Clover: This restaurant has a very beautiful look, and I love their out-of-the-box healthy salads and dishes. Sometimes a bit small, and maybe sometimes pricey, it is a nice place to have a nice date with a friend or lover. You can sit outside on the nice terrace too! By the way if you go here, also check out the Clover Grocery next door, as it has delicious organic treats! $$ www.CafeClover.comCafe Clover Salad
  8. Eataly: This inside market across the street from Madison Park gives you a chance to eat the most delicious local dishes. Everything is divided in categories. Of course I like to sit in the vegetable section, and sometimes in the fish section. It is worth a visit even if you don't sit down for food. $$ www.eataly.com
  9. Candle Cafe: I am always amazed by the warm filling nurturing delicious dishes they come up with. Full of many veggies, they are a treat and I keep coming back. The restaurants are completely vegan restaurants and located uptown in the Upper East and Upper West side.  Favorites: anything really. I am drooling just thinking about it. And especially the dishes with seitan. $$ www.Candlecafe.com .
    Candle Cafe
    2 of the yummy vegan Candle Cafe dishes that change daily.

     

  10. Westville. Probably not organic, but they have the biggest selection of vegetables. I love to order the market vegetables plate with a choice of four vegetables on the market vegetable list. they also have other nice options, I also like the veggie burger. Nice ambiance to hang out with friends.  Multiple locations $ www.westvillenyc.com

Love, Lonneke

All pictures by Organice Your Life®

Curious to know what changed in my list of 10 best healthy NYC restaurants since my last top 10 list? Check out my previous 10 favorite restaurants HERE!

Last tip: If you suffer from celiac disease you should be careful with these restaurants even if I state they have gluten-free options. There is no guarantee that there is no cross-contamination.


Healthy Food: Ask and you shall receive

I've had crazy weeks in my life... 4am starts, 12am wraps, you know - all those glam 'life of a model' moments. Nothing I hate more than eating stuff that makes me feel lethargic, heavy and clogged. Unfortunately when working long hours or late sometimes models have to choose between skipping a meal or eat fatty, processed, or chemically treated food! Certainly not the ideal for a gorgeous figure and face that needs using again tomorrow, the day after, and hopefully the day after that.

Little collage of my green juice, quinoa salad, and lovely location of one of my shoots last week.

How I prepare for photo shoots

I usually pack an enormous fridge bag full of healthy food like dehydrated snacks, green juices, organic salad vege's and fresh fruits, bottles of my 'Supergorgeous Almond Mylk' and plenty of raw chocolate options for snacking, such as my raw cacao protein bars (from the book), goji berries and cacao beans, and a nice big slab of raw chocolate. It lasts a few days usually.. This time, unfortunately I ran out.

That one time I ran out of healthy snacks

I was driving 4 hours homeward bound, late at night with only a few hours sleep from the night before and soo tired. I was wishing I had some delicious SOMETHING to keep me awake and there was no organic coffee, or organic anything at the service stations... So I asked for something crazy! I wanted a Chia Latte but without the 'powder' they make it on which is full of sugar, flavorings and other evil things... but they couldn't get their head round that one, so I asked for a 'Earl Grey' (delicious tealeaves infused with Bergamot) Latte with a big pinch of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey and, made on non GM soy (lucky they had this!). It was the best of a bad bunch and ended up tasting delicious! I drank it with the last of  my healthy snacks, my dehydrated cacao cookies and felt very thankful.

My delish raw cacao cookies, makes for perfect travel food ;)

Boost Juice on my way home

On another big drive home I was fortunate enough to have access to a Boost Juice bar (a juice bar chain all over Australia) where I custom ordered a beetroot, pineapple, lemon and ginger juice and asked them to create a frappe with it adding in frozen mango, and green tea powder and it was PERFECT!

Organic farmers market tomatoes made a yummy energizing snack!  

Ask and you shall receive

I'm writing this post to encourage you to be bold! Go ahead, ask for crazy things to suit your needs! Even in places that you think won't have any healthy food that you could eat. The more we do this, the more people will realize the need to have healthier, raw, GF/ DF/ SF, organic, non-GM etc options available in places where now there is only fast food as an option.

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published on November 28th 2012, updated in 2019

 

 


Raw Chocolate Eco Block

We models need chocolate right? It can get us from one casting to another, one shoot to another while still keeping us feeling light & energetic ...

Raw chocolate

Actually raw cacao chocolate is a wonderful superfood for any one of us who wants to look & feel our very best, as well as have the energy to meet our superhuman lifestyles!

Eco block chocolate

Today I'm going to give to you one of the 60+ recipes from MODEL CHOCOLATE - my supergorgeous raw chocolate recipe book, due out later this year.

This recipe is cheap, simple to make, & tastes delicious! It's raw energy food you can make in 10 minutes to have on hand all week (if it lasts that long!).

Creamed coconut

Creamed coconut is available from good health food stores or supermarkets, you can get it in a jar - such as the beautiful Artisana brand - which is more expensive, or in a blocks such as Royals which make this recipe super cheap! Find the blocks at Asian supermarkets or again, from the health food store.

 

Abi's Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Eco Block

Abi's 'Model Chocolate' Eco Block
A delicious recipe of chocolate from Abigail O'Neill's book "Model Chocolate"

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Ingredients
  • 200g creamed coconut
  • 2 big tablespoons raw honey or more
  • 1 tablespoon cold pressed rice bran or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 big tablespoon nut butter, optional (makes a slightly softer creamier chocolate)
  • ½ cup chopped raw brazil nuts
  • ½ cup mixed sultanas, currants & raisins
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • ⅓ cup organic raw cacao powder

Instructions
  1. Line a flat tray with foil or non stick baking paper.
  2. Place creamed coconut into a glass bowl to melt over a larger bowl of boiled water.
  3. Remove from heat & mix in all other ingredients until combined.
  4. Using a spatula scrape out onto lined tray or mould & set in the fridge.

Notes
Supertips: you can add different kinds of nuts, seeds or dried fruits to make it a very special raw chocolate eco block!

 

10 minutes to prepare. 10 minutes to set. Makes a massive block to feed a family.

Stay tuned to for all the superfood chocolate you can eat! <3

Cacao love!

Abigail xxx

First published on August 22nd 2012, updated in 2019


Frosty Fruity - Raw Chocolate

I love to talk about raw chocolate! Check out my video and recipe below.

p.s If you would like to make this recipe for Frosty Fruity when you're going to have an actual frosty Xmas day, you can always swap the frozen fruits for some stewed fruit or dried fruits and perhaps some spices such as cinnamon, cayenne and nutmeg to make a more warming kind of chocolate treat.

Video of me talking about my book Model Chocolate and my health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmVGozECa68

More raw chocolate recipes

My ebook with over 70 superfood chocolate recipes, as well as beauty, fashion, art and featuring some beautiful Australian models, is now live via my site abigailoneill.net for $25.

Love and chocolate xxx Abigail 

 

Frosty Fruity - Raw Chocolate
A delicious frosty & fruity chocolate treat!

Author:
Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: snack

Ingredients
  • 60g cacao butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tbs raw organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbs raw macadamia butter
  • 2 tbs raw dark agave
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup freshly frozen mango, diced
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries

Instructions
  1. Melt cacao butter with vanilla powder and coconut oil in a glass bowl over another bowl of boiled water.
  2. Remove from heat, whisk in macadamia butter, agave and cacao powder.
  3. Line a glass dish with greaseproof paper and squander frozen fruit into the base.
  4. Drizzle raw chocolate on top. Chill one minute in freezer. Serve.


Vanilla-Chiaseed Mylkshake

As a girl one of my favorite things was a cold vanilla milkshake. Usually made with lots of sugar, dairy milk, ice-cream. Definitely not a healthy way to get re-energized, in my opinion. Throughout summer I like to make each member of my family a juice daily, & a smoothie or 'mylkshake' (the truefood alkalizing energizing mylkshake you have when you are NOT having a milkshake!). Here's today's simple & delicious recipe!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

Vanilla-Chiaseed Mylkshake
The truefood alkalising energizing mylkshake you have when your NOT having a milkshake!

Author:
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Ingredients
  • 2 young green coconuts, water & pulp
  • 1-2 tablespoons soaked chiaseeds (at least 15 min but best overnight) + more to stir through later if desired
  • 1-2 tablespoons light agave, more if you want it really sweet
  • The scraped seeds from an organic vanilla pod OR natural vanilla extract
  • 10 icecubes (optional but really good!)

Instructions
  1. BLEND coconut water, pulp, chia, agave & vanilla together until very smooth & creamy, adding the ice last & blend again.
  2. If you love chia seeds as much as I do, stir through another spoonful of whole soaked chia seeds for texture. Divide into 2 tall glasses & enjoy!

Notes
A Bonus: Coconut water is PACKED with super-hydrating goodness (means - a facial, for your cells) PLUS it's naturally high in lauric acid which actually BURNS fat for me as I sit here sipping & typing ;)


Raw Mini Christmas Puddings

Hi everyone at OYL!!! Well here it is. Last minute post of the year for me! I was in the kitchen this afternoon making up a raw non-chocolate version of my 'Choka-fruit Puddin' (recipe in my book) and of course posted a pic to Instagram promising to share the recipe. So here it is. These tiny puddings are the most simple, delicious Xmas treats you'll ever make, and so good, that when people find out they're healthy as well, they will probably beg you for the recipe.

Raw Mini Christmas Puddings
The most simple and delicious tiny raw puddings.The most delicious Xmas treats you’ll ever make!

Author:
Cuisine: Raw
Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup organic dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup organic pitted dried prunes, diced
  • ¾ cup mixed organic sultanas and currants
  • 1 Tablespoon organic goji berries
  • ½ cup dried Kiwi Fruit, optional – for colour, diced
  • 8 large pitted Medjool dates, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Zest of 1 organic orange
  • Fresh juice of 1 orange
  • 1 dessertspoon rum (for flavour only, optional!)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 cups almond meal (OR to make nut free – you may use ground coconut instead)

Instructions
  1. Mix together all dried fruits, spices, freshly squeezed juice, hot water and rum if using.
  2. Place this mixture at room temperature for 12 – 24hours, 2 of those hours may have mixture placed into the sunlight or in a warmer place. To be honest I didn’t have time, so only sat the fruity mixture in the sun for 1 hour then continued on with the recipe.
  3. Add in the almond meal and mix well. Form mixture into mini puddings with your hands, and decorate with goji berries or anything you fancy. Sit them in little muffin-tin liners and chill until Xmas day!
  4. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed, with freshly made raw coconut cream, raw banana or mango ice-cream (made by simply whizzing up frozen fruit in a food processor) ‘The Dreamcrème’ (again, in my book) your favourite vegan ice-cream, or yogurt such as Co-Yo.


FOOD IS THE NEW BLACK

TRENDS and TRENDSETTERS. Sometimes we love them or hate them, depending on our personal preferences in taste or style, but there's a new kid on the block and surprisingly, she's just as lovely on the inside as she looks on the outside, her name is real FOOD. No wonder everyone is falling in love.

foodisthenewblack

I came across this caption this morning 'Food is the new Black'. Love it. It sums up my concept of modern food preparation nicely. So I shared it on my Instagram. As many of you know, over the last couple of years I've poured my heart and soul into creating a book called 'Model Chocolate'.

Often in the not-so-distant-past, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan or vegetarian food has been considered 'rabbit' or 'hippie food' by mainstream food lovers. I personally wanted to change that. When I came up with the idea of my 'superfood meets fashion' styled cookbook, my desire was that it would revolutionise the way people thought about 'healthy' foods, and to inspire them that alternative food preparation could be as interesting, delicious and even spunky as the food they were used to. Actually, healthful, nutritious and deliciously natural foods are much more than that! Real food, unprocessed, and prepared as close to nature as possible more than just satisfies. It helps to create the wonderful synergy within our bodies to inspire change on more than simply a physical level. It uplifts the way we think, the choices we make in other areas of our lives, and motivates inspiration to live richer lives than what we considered possible.

So let me encourage you to 'get your VOGUE on'! By that I mean go with the still-fairly-new trend of a healthier way of eating. Why not take the plunge and experience all that life has to offer you. It's becoming easier than ever to choose natural, organic, life-filled foods. Let's get behind a trend which will not only enrich our own lives, but make our world a truly better place, encouraging sustainable farming and produce which will in time become affordable for all. modelchocolatemodelchocVOGUE

 

Recently Vogue Australia shared my book in the health section of their magazine. This has been the highlight of my yet-young cookbook Author career.

<3 <3 <3

I'm excited about the food revolution. Are you?


Raw Chocolate Fondue

It is always time to celebrate, for instance with a delicious raw chocolate fondue!

[threecol_one]CELEBRATE:
*Love
*Life
*Connections
*Acceptance
*Beauty
*Antioxidants (LOL - seriously)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]REFRESH:
*Time out - recreation
*Hydrotherapy
*Massage - touch
*Nature
*Film, music or art
*Lovemaking (if applicable)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]RENEW:
*Commitments/vows
*Faith in yourself and others
*Your body, mind, soul[/threecol_one_last]

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Abigail in her 'Garden of Eden'

Below is a fondue idea from my book Model Chocolate which I love to enjoy during a big essential oil bath with my husband, sharing a pot of green tea if it's cold or a spicy exotic herbal/fruity drink such as 'Celtica' mmm!

Celtica
Celtica
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

Suitable for all kinds of love; take the opportunity to share a healthy raw chocolate experience with your single friends or couple besties, love of your life or soulmate.

RAW CHOCOLATE FONDUE idea

Fruit suggestions ~
Mango, cut into chunks
Strawberries, halved
Starfruit, sliced into stars
Fresh nectarines, pitted, quartered
Cherries, grapes or lychees, whole
Banana, sliced

OR any seasonal organic fruits of your choice - express yourself!

Fondue Dipping Chocolate

I love a plain raw chocolate recipe such as my Classic Dark (in the book) for dipping, or simply use any of your favourite raw chocolate recipes!

Prepare raw chocolate of your choice. While cacao or coconut butters are melting you can start chopping your favourite fresh fruits and making up a beautifully arranged platter. Place a couple of small forks on the side. Finish mixing up chocolate and serve in a small bowl at the centre of the fruit plate. No need to keep warm. Enjoy! The raw chocolate should thicken naturally as it stands depending on the weather. <3

Enjoy!

xxx Abigail


super power smoothie

Hey!! How's everyone! :) I'm rushing out the door with one of my delicious smoothies in hand and a list from here (Australia) to NY, well maybe not quite that long, but there's a lot to do today! Here's a fresh and fruity a variation of my Model Chocolate Super power smoothie. You may have seen some of my smoothie breakfasts popping up on Instagram. Today I opted for the greens, berries, kiwi and banana with chia seeds and cacao nibs - they're on top so you can't see them in the picture! I also added some probiotic powder and extra water to the coconut water and pulp.

101 Ways Model Chocolate #Supersmoothie

super power smoothie
A colorful and delicious smoothie

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 green coconut, water & pulp(if you can't find a fresh one, use coconut water in a package)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, blueberries or any berries!
  • 1 tablespoon or less chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
  • Optional Extras:
  • 2 teaspoons acai, maqui powder or small handful goji berries
  • 2 brazil nuts + gel of 1 medium aloe stalk
  • 1 tablespoon rice protein, or hemp protein powder, will change the flavour
  • 1 teaspoon barley green, spirulina, or 1 handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon maca, mesquite or lucuma powder
  • Frozen banana/mango chunks or raw honey, if you want it sweet
  • Pineapple or kiwi fruit, passionfruit
  • 2 teaspoons bee pollen + ½ teaspoon probiotic powder
  • Extra water if needed

Instructions
  1. Put in blender.
  2. Mix.
  3. Pour in a glass.
  4. Enjoy!

 

This smoothie is true power food. Just experiment to get it how you like it or need it on the day. Energizing, beautifying, superfoods! Addiction plus. Sometimes I want it creamy not fruity and I'll use my 100% raw Super gorgeous Almond Mylk (in my book) as the base and no tart fruits adding raw cacao powder as well! Mmmm!

smoothieee

Enjoy playing with options or creating a few more!

Love for your day

xxx Abigail


For the Love of Food, Fashion and OYL

I love good food!! It is my no 1 passion.

I also love learning about the human body, health/healing and wellness is a lifelong fascination of mine...and if you haven't guessed it - I love FASHION. I love this industry with all the gorgeous artistic minded people who come together to create absolute genius. I love models! Models are beautiful people yes, but they are also very intelligent and at times vulnerable, real people with real hearts which can be broken! I love life. I love making life a celebration daily. Don't you? Isn't it a wonderful thing that you and I have the power to choose health today? To choose delicious, vibrant, life giving foods? 

One of my favourite quotes in my new book MODEL CHOCOLATE is:

"Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress." 'Letters to Emily' Charles Pierre Monselet French journalist and author. (1825-1888) 

I can't wait to share with you how easy it is to make your own delicious life giving foods which in turn give you more energy, while making you feel more inclined smile and be beautiful on the outside! When you take care of your body from the inside, even when it comes to treating yourself with lavish desserts, you feel so wonderful that it shows. Good luck!

Love and chocolate xxx Abigail

MODEL CHOCOLATE  is a superfood chocolate book jam packed with over 70 sugar free, dairy free, gluten free recipes for every occasion to be made in minutes. No artificial sweeteners or processed foods, just lots of real cacao love! Eco fashions, models, and art makes this revolutionary cookbook unique, cutting edge and visually inspiring and uplifting. The book is also available for instantaneous download here.

Image above of Abigail from the book MODEL CHOCOLATE. Photographer - Damien Nikora, stylist - Tamzen Holland Chalmers, make up - Ashlea Penfold, creative director Sarah Chambers.


Get your HEMPY on!... Hemp Mylk

Today I'm excited to share with you my glorious new Hemp Mylk recipe which is not only SF DF GF, but also NUT FREE! Seriously super awesome! Just sipping on an organic Dande Latte (only with the milk below) & its amazzze. So here it is. Easy & yummy, superfood-y, super-frothy Hemp Mylk...

Recipe:

1/3 cup hulled hemp seeds
1 dessertspoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
pinch cinnamon powder, optional

2 cups water

BLEND until it becomes white, super smooth, frothy & creamy Mylk. Strain through a nut milk bag if desired (I never do!), otherwise you may strain it when you're just about to use it through a fine gauze strainer.

Enjoy in smoothies, over breakfast, anywhere you'd use regular milk. To make this Mylk 'probiotic' add one capsule dairy free probiotic powder to the recipe before blending ;)

Love Abigail xxx


Raw Chocolate Brownies

RAW CHOCOLATE BROWNIES LOVE!!!... ♥♥♥

When you want to show someone some love, what better way to revolutionise yourself & the world you live in with these supereasy, superYUM organic brownies! RAW & so highly satisfying & nutritious you can even have them for breaky :D

TO MAKE:

1.5 cups organic raw walnuts

1.5 cups organic fresh medjool dates, pitted

3/4 cup raw cacao powder

1 teaspoon natural vanilla

Pinch himalayan pink salt or 3 squirts 'Cea' spray (as I did!)...

Pure raw cacao nibs for sprinkling!

Simply WHIZ your walnuts in a food-processor until fine (about 1 minute) add pitted dates, salt & vanilla, whizzz again until quite fine & starting to bind. Add cacao powder, one more whiz & you're done! You want it the mixture to be slightly dough-like but still crumbly. Press into a glass storage dish & refrigerate! That's it. If you'd like a chewier texture you can pop them into the freezer for a while before serving. Another nice touch would be to melt a little 'creamed coconut' & make white crosses on them especially for Easter, or even some desiccated coconut would do it.  

These delish raw brownies have the texture of a rich buttery brownie you'd expect to be highly unhealthful only... IT's SUPERFOOD! Love to hear how you go making this. Take I-phone pics & feel welcome to share them to my Chocolate Book Page :) This recipe is just for you OYL readers, so you won't find it in the book. Just an extra one I had laying around!

LOVE & CHOCOLATE X♥X ABIGAIL