Vanilla From Tahiti was co-founded by Peter Cohen and Hiro Furumoto. Hiroyuki Furumoto was born and raised in Shimonoseki, Japan, and always had a fascination with international business. In 1995, around the time of the Hanshin earthquake, he decided to leave Japan for the U.S. and pursue a career in chemical engineering. After spending several years working for a U.S. engineering firm, Hiro decided to start an import business with Peter Cohen of Santa Barbara, CA called NUI Enterprises. Hiro's extensive experience with international business law and traveling gave him a unique perspective on the import/export business.
On a business trip to Tahiti in 2001, Hiro met up with some old friends, named Alain and Yannick, who were managing a successful vanilla bean farm. The timing was perfect as they were looking for an exclusive North American distributor of their 100% pure Tahitian vanilla beans. Not long after returning to the states, Hiro decided that vanilla beans would be the perfect product for his NUI enterprises and formed a company called Vanilla From Tahiti. After only a few years, VanillaFromTahiti.com grew into one of the web's most well-known resources for 100% pure Tahitian vanilla products. The site is now one of the most high-traffic web sites online for celebrity chefs, gelato makers, chocolatiers and foodies seeking the highest quality vanilla products, shipped directly from Tahiti.
As luck would have it, Santa Barbara turned out to be the perfect location for this business venture. The ideal weather, serene beaches, and healthy lifestyle all reflect values that the company holds dear. Its location on the Western U.S. coast also makes it extremely accessible for meeting business needs regarding their fine line of Tahitian vanilla products. Because this location has been so perfect for the Vanilla From Tahiti company, owners Cohen and Furumoto decided to repay the favor by promoting some of the finer points of this natural wonder. To accomplish this, Vanilla From Tahiti reviewed the website Relish Santa Barbara. Relish Santa Barbara is an insider’s guide to the food, wine and distinct culture of The American Riviera and surrounding wine country.
Whether visitors are Santa Barbara natives, families who want to plan the perfect vacation in Santa Barbara, couples looking for the perfect getaway weekend in Santa Barbara, or out-of-towners who are thinking about moving to Santa Barbara, the website encourages everyone to explore the beauty of the central coast, the charm of downtown State Street and the unsung (and sung!) favorites of the city and surrounding wine country.
Team Relish is headed by bon vivants, foodies, locavores, wine lovers and pure passionistas, Joslyn Baker and Stef Miller, who strive to dish out the best-kept and most well-known secrets of Santa Barbara and the Central Coast. They say Relish was born out of their deep love for exploring Santa Barbara and sharing their finds. They trained their palettes with hours of practice and the guidance of professional chefs and certified sommeliers.
As amateur adventurists and epicureans, Relish has set certain standards for its evaluation of locations, dining, and wine. The relish restaurant criteria are a guiding force in maintaining a fair critique of the Santa Barbara restaurant scene. They believe that everything deserves a minimum of two interactions before passing judgment. Reviews are based on food, wine, service, and ambience. The site encourages visitors to support the Santa Barbara local community by visiting these places:
Santa Barbara Adventures: Santa Barbara and the surrounding Central Coast is filled with exciting places to visit, and things to do. Relish breaks opportunities down into categories such as around town, block by block or further afield.
Santa Barbara Events: To help stoke your passion with others Relish highlights neighborhood events, wine tours, and “cluster” events such as “Relish The Holidays/Wine Tasting” or “Relish Solstice/Bloody Mary Potluck.”
Santa Barbara Places: If you’ve ever wondered where to find the best Reuben in Santa Barbara, look no further. This section contains insider advice on the wineries, food trucks, restaurants and specialty shops that make Santa Barbara special.
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About Vanilla From Tahiti: Known as the premier source for allergy free vanilla extract, vanilla bean powder,Tahitian vanilla extract, and Tahitian vanilla coffee made from the finest Tahitian vanilla beans, Vanilla From Tahiti is represented in the U.S. by NUI Enterprises, 501 Chapala Street, Suite A in Santa Barbara, CA. Further information may be found by visiting the website at www.vanillafromtahiti.com, calling 805-965-5153, or following the company on Facebook.