During our cooking lesson, I asked Franck about the vanilla on Bora Bora and in Tahiti. He mentioned it is some of the best vanilla he has every cooked with or tasted, confirming everything I had thought about Tahitian vanilla before going on our honeymoon. Before he could even finish telling us about it, he was on the phone with the other restaurant at the resort asking them to bring some vanilla over. They did, and Franck proceeded to cut one open and pull out the beans to show us how amazing it was. The small was insanely fragrant and fresh:
While I thought that was the end of the vanilla story, it wasn’t. As we were leaving on our boat to the airport, we asked if we could say goodbye to our favorite chefs, Franck & Maxine. They had mentioned they would be seeing us off but were nowhere in sight. We were kind of in a rush as the waters were getting choppy, but we were told we could wait one minute for them to come and say bye. About 15 seconds later, PB and I turned our heads towards the restaurant to see two long legged chefs SPRINTING for us!!!! It was like when you see long lost loves in the movies sprinting for one another. PB and I jumped off the about-to-depart boat to thank them one more time. They presented us with seashell necklaces and then handed us… VANILLA!!! They gave us one vacuum packed bunch and another fresh bag to take home with us. We were overwhelmed with gratitude. As we were pulling away from the resort we had several employees waving us off, and we felt like we were leaving old friends behind. We hope to see them again! Honestly, writing all of this is making me that emotional. They really had an impact on us.
Anyway, it wouldn’t be right to travel all the way to Tahiti without buying some vanilla to share with you!!!! Please comment here to win a chance to win this lovely Tahitian vanilla.. and tell me what you will bake/cook with it! If you tweet about it (I am @rhodeygirltests) or link back to my blog, you get an extra chance to enter! Just don’t forget to let me know you did so!!!
The giveaway will close tomorrow morning at 3 PM Eastern time so please enter now!! P.S. You can be anywhere in the world to enter! Speaking of, while traveling from Bora Bora to Tahiti I met someone who reads the blog!!! Hi Areej from Rome!!!!!!
The world is so much smaller than we think it is!!!!