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A Tahitian Culinary Adventure

In April I visited the absolutely mesmerizing Islands of Tahiti in French Polynesia. I had the honor of being invited by Tahiti Tourisme and boy, did it not disappoint! It was truly a mythical place to encounter and it certainly had its fair share of delectable and indulgent cuisine, which is why I thought it best to dedicate a whole post to the wonderful Tahitian culinary adventure I went on, as well as the amazing new foods I discovered along the way.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

A Tahitian Culinary Adventure

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

Being a celiac and dairy-free, you’d think I would have had difficulty finding food that didn’t make me feel terribly ill, but that wasn’t the case at all. Many of the restaurants and hotels were very considerate and aware of food sensitivities so if this is your worry when traveling here, there is really no need.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

At Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa , their main restaurant Le Vanille took my expectations to another level, offering a wide selection of local and international specialties including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. It was a true Tahitian culinary adventure!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

For a ‘quirky’, and one of those ‘once-in-a-lifetime things to do, you should definitely take advantage of the canoe breakfast at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa. They call it room service, but having breakfast transported to you via a canoe is something more magical than any kind of room service I’ve experienced before.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

I was joined on this trip by Isabelle Cheng, Allons.y and Maria Koustogiannis, Food by Maria. Make sure you check out their posts about the trip, too! An extra special shout out for helping with photos on this Tahitian culinary adventure trip. 🙂

Try the Poisson Cru

Poisson Cru is a favourite on the island and one that is actually considered the national dish among the locals and around the world. It’s a salad of raw tuna marinated with vegetables, lime juice and freshly squeezed coconut milk. It is refreshing to say the least, and certainly a good choice in the heat of summer.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

If you’re health-conscious and worry when you travel that your diet is going to suffer, Poisson Cru is your holy grail — suitable for those with food sensitivities, it’s made from fresh ingredients found easily in Tahiti and you can rely on it being served almost everywhere you go.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

Get your Tahitian Cooking On

The local people of the Islands of Tahiti are so accommodating and full of a willingness to teach others about their gastronomic specialties and locally grown ingredients. Several of those enthusiasts invited us into their homes to teach us a thing or two about Tahitian cuisine.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

Evy Hirshon is a local vegan chef who truly emits an energy and love for the organic cooking and sustainable way of life she lives. She taught us how to prepare a three-course vegan lunch that was both delicious and highly nutritious. Evy gave us a delicious concoction of ginger turmeric and lime juice, what she called ‘Power Juice’ and if made right is supposed to keep colds at bay. I think it tasted pretty damn good.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

We then cooked sweet potato with ghee which provides the potato with a nutty and buttery taste. We also had some pan-fried fish with black and white sesame seeds and there were of course some vegan options like ‘vegan fish’ and refreshing fruit. It was quite the delicious feast. I need to buy some ghee because wow does it ever make food good and crispy.

Our next cooking class was with local Tahitian chef, as well as TV and radio host, Maheata Banner. Also kindly inviting us into her lovely home, she cooked us lentil soup which was truly so fresh and ah-may-zing. We arrived later in the day and it was dark by the time we go to her house and she had most of the food ready for us. You can check it out in my vlog!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

Oh So Vanilla

Who doesn’t love the sweet smell and taste of vanilla. Tahiti definitely does, and is home to many lush and beautiful vanilla plantations. In French Polynesia, vanilla is used as a common ingredient in everything from desserts and cocktails to savoury dishes. Yvann and his family were our tour guides for this trip and kindly welcomed us to their home for a Tahitian meal. We had fresh fish served with a vanilla cream sauce made from the vanilla pods from the plantation and it was exceptionally good. We visited the island that produces most of the vanilla, which is Taha’a.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

For me, they put a lime dressing on the fish since I couldn’t have the dairy! They made lots of vegetables and gave us HUGE avocados from their garden.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

If you’re celiac or sensitive to dairy, it’s probably safe to stick to many of the vegan options you can find in the Islands of Tahiti.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

Vegan Delights

Fruit glorious fruit! In the islands of French Polynesia, you will find sooooo many fresh fruit that, if you’re not already, you will be a serious fruit-lover by the end of your travels. Basically dripping with tropical fruits like mangoes, grapefruit, limes, watermelon, pineapple and banana, you won’t have difficulty finding a plate of mouth-wateringly refreshing fruit to gobble up.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

Whilst vegetables are not a major part of Polynesian cuisine there are still some wonderful ones to choice from that make a great dish. As already mentioned, sweet potato can be boiled or fried, Uru is a staple that can be eaten as chips, because why not? Fe’i is a plantain banana that grows best in Tahiti and represents the prestige and power of nature. It can be enjoyed cooked in the oven or roasted in a Tahitian oven and has a sweet and tangy taste, unlike the bananas we all know so well.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

So, if you’re thinking of adding the Islands of Tahiti to your list of places to visit in the world, I say yes!! Whether you’re celiac, dairy-free or suffer from any other food sensitivities or allergies that might be stopping you from going, I hope I’ve given you some more information on what exactly you can indulge on so you can get booking your trip.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

Happy traveling! You can find my full Islands of Tahiti trip blog post HERE.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to the Islands of Tahiti. She visited Tahiti, Bora Bora and Raiatea. She shares about where she stayed, what she ate and what she did during her stay in French Polynesia.

This Tahitian culinary adventure post has been sponsored by Tahiti Tourisme . All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me.

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13 Comments

  1. What a great foodie experience to have!

    Posted 6.3.19 Reply
  2. Shayla wrote:

    I just love your posts! The pictures are so pretty, and it’s like taking a trip without leaving home!

    Posted 6.3.19 Reply
  3. Leigh wrote:

    Oh my gosh, what a stunning place with gorgeous food! I’ve always wanted to visit Tahiti and this is confirming that I need to go.

    Posted 6.3.19 Reply
  4. Wow Tahiti looks STUNNING and you gorgeous. That canoe breakfast looks unbelievable, such a fun experience!

    Posted 6.4.19 Reply
  5. Emily wrote:

    I mean.. look at the size of that avocado! Love the post!

    Posted 6.4.19 Reply
  6. Joy Abouzeid wrote:

    Wonderful post!! These photos are so beautiful and Tahiti looks wonderful! as well as the food

    Posted 6.4.19 Reply
  7. Brittany wrote:

    Okay now I’m hungry and I want to book a trip to Tahiti!!!

    Posted 6.4.19 Reply
  8. Deborah wrote:

    You go on the BEST adventures! The food looks amazing!!!

    Posted 6.5.19 Reply
  9. Everything looks so good! I wasnt to go to Tahiti so bad!

    Posted 6.5.19 Reply
  10. Azzama wrote:

    amazing photos. I am almost drooling.

    Posted 6.12.19 Reply
  11. Kate wrote:

    Wow these photos are amazing! Now I really want to go to Tahiti.

    xx Kate
    http://simplybykate.com/

    Posted 6.14.19 Reply
  12. This seriously looks and sounds like a dream! I would love to travel to Tahiti!

    Posted 9.4.19 Reply
  13. Abu wrote:

    I wish you health and wellness♥️💐

    Posted 12.8.20 Reply
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