Monday, July 28, 2008

Tlaook Cultural Adventures!

Come with us as we meet Gisele Martin of Tlaook Cultural Adventures in Tofino, British Columbia! Gisele and her husband Doug run this incredible cultural canoing tour off the coast of the west coast of Vancouver Island!

Gisele and her father Joe Martin were a big part of the reason behind the preservation of their local environment, preventing the logging companies from clear cutting this pristine forest, that is a natural habitat for all kinds of wild life and sheer beauty! You see the First Nation's people select individual trees to carve canoes from, and many times they only take part of a large tree to do their carvings - if they can't commit to using the whole tree for their purposes.
Want to learn about forest and fishing sustainability? Meet Gisele and Joe Martin!

Then on our canoing trip, Gisele takes us into the forest that she helped protect and we pick some fresh huckleberries for the special, traditional bannock bread we prepare...baked in the solar oven we brought along with us!

Tofino is sincerely one of the most beautiful places on the planet! Warm people, great surfing, fantastic storm watching and some of the tastiest restaurants, from the Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn, to SOBO and of course fresh, wild salmon on a stick...a recipe prepared for us on the beach with Joe Martin from Tlaook Cultural Adventures (coming soon, stay tuned!)

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Summer Sorbet, the organic, vegan refresher!

Thanks to Lisa Ahier, Chef and Co-Owner at the world famous SOBO Restaurant in Tofino, British Columbia - we have a wonderful and very satisfying summer treat for the whole family!

This is a 100% vegan sorbet made from fresh organic seasonal fruits!

Simple enough, just take your extra ripe fruit that you've purchased from a recent farmer's market, or that you have left over from your local CSA (community supported agriculture) box - you can either grill it a little to get some of the sugars caramelized, or just whip them up with a little cane sugar and water mixture - create a nice puree, then simple as that put a lid on it and freeze it up for 24 hours. Serve it with a grilled peach (like Lisa does in this segment), or garnish it with your favorite edible garden flowers! Cool, tasty and all about the fruit.

A little bit about Tofino, BC - Tofino is on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia and can really only be described in one way: breathtakingly beautiful! The lush green forests cover the mountains that shoot up directly from the crystal blue waters surrounding everything here. It is the wild west coast line of Vancouver Island, filled with bald eagles, bears, whales and pristine nature that  is respected and preserved - thanks to the First Nations peoples and their steadfast stewardship of the area.

SOBO stands for Sophisticated Bohemian, and when we met Lisa, Artie, Barkley and Ella Ahier - they were teaching us how to create incredible, gourmet organic meals from the back of a Hollywood catering truck! We've recently discovered that SOBO has moved to downtown Tofino, but they're easy enough to find - just search them out at -

So if you're looking for the real deal adventure trip of your life, head up to Tofino, BC and check out the myriad of fun things they have in store for the family there - and when you're done with a long day of kayaking, or whale watching, hiking, biking or surfing, then you've got the right appetite to go sit down and let Lisa and Artie fill you up on some of the worlds best tasting food, sincerely!

SOBO gets the Hippy Gourmet Double Peace Sign thumbs up for being one of the top restaurants on the planet. Simply put. Freshest organic, ingredients, innovative but approachable comfort-style recipes, flavors and textures that make your taste buds dance and your mind giggle with joy! SOBO simply rocks.

When we left Tofino, we took a cooler full of snacks and treats with us from SOBO for the ride back over the mountain - in fact, just writing this blog about SOBO makes us want to book a flight to Vancouver Island and make our way back there right now!

Happy Summer everybody!

Peace, Love and Organics,
Your Hippy Gourmet family

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