Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hawaiian Vanilla Company

Whenever possible, our vacation adventures will include an Afternoon tea; and our excursion to the Big Island was no exception. An afternoon visit to the Hawaiian Vanilla Company proved to be a delightful experience. A bamboo tray with four green leaf-shaped serving bowls were presented to us to sniff and smell before selecting our tea. We could choose the signature Vanilla flavored black tea, the Mauna Kea Sunset (black tea with cinnamon & vanilla flavors), a caffeine free rooibos, or Emma's Garden, a premium green tea with vanilla, rose & lavender blossoms. The kids opted for the Vanilla Lemonade. The Upcountry Tea at the Vanilla Company provided a relaxing and elegant afternoon in the tropical rain forest setting. Once we received our tea, we were presented with a plate that featured a tomato bisque and farm fresh organic greens with crumbled feta cheese, vanilla honey peppered pecans topped with a vanilla raspberry vinaigrette. The 'Tower of Delights' was formally presented and included a delicious assortment of sweets and savories. The savories were wrapped in yummy pastry shells and accompanied by an assortment of chutney and mixed toppings. There was a pound cake that was served with a sweet papaya glaze, and a tower of double chocolate brownies with a raspberry glaze. All beautiful, all quite tasty. Following the Afternoon Tea, we were introduced to vanilla bean farming on the Island by owner Jim Reddekopp. And, many Island harvested vanilla beans were purchased that day and have been transported to the Mainland. A beautiful afternoon, a relaxing day, enjoyed by all.


marthae said...

The 'Tower of Delights' is a lovely description! It is fun to see a little different take on tea foods and presentation. The brownie towers were clever. And to get a tour of the vanilla bean farm and being able to purchase freshly picked ones is really making me wish I had been there!

Linda J. said...

Your afternoon tea Hawaaian-style sounds delightful. I can just imagine those vanilla beans appearing in all sorts of recipes and other concoctions around your place!

parTea lady said...

What a terrific Hawaiian vacation. That tea room fare looks yummy. I like to try different foods and I liked the look of the shrimp savories and that salad with pecans. The tea selections also sound lovely.

What a treat to buy fresh vanilla beans at the source.

Time Traveling in Costume said...

OMG, that Mauna Kea Sunset sounds absolutely mouthwatering! Cinnamon & vanilla, my favorite! I tried going to the website to see if it was something I could afford to order but it's so slow right now, I'll check back later.
Anything vanilla would appeal to me. I'll have to remember this place next time we get out to the islands.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

The tea trays look very delightful!! I am hungry now!!
Sounds like a wonderful time...thanks for sharing!
Donna (IA)

Marilyn said...

What a treat! I looks wonderful. Plus, vanilla beans too.