15 April, 2009     

Perfecting the Pacific Way through Pacific Plates, Palates and People

Robert Oliver is a internationally renowned Chef who spent part of his life growing up in Samoa and Fiji.   Robert’s company- “ Mai Kana Pacific” - is producing a cookbook that profiles the traditional native foods and includes a repertoire of refined dishes to give local hotels chefs a tool to wrap local food culture into tourism and thus encourage greater use of local agricultural products.

Shiri, one of the three co-authors of the Cookbook, is the owner/publisher of "Living in Fiji", Fiji's premier magazine and owner of "Art and Soul", graphic and book design company. Shiri is also a very accomplished photographer.

Together in Samoa through a shared passion for the people, cultures and foods of the South Pacific, the authors propose a book that is ‘underpinned by a philosophy of sustainable tourism, sustainable agriculture and sustainable cuisine. It will be a book that not only promotes the beauty of the South Pacific region, but also the culture of the destination’.

Faafetai Tele lava to all of you who contributed one way or another to Robert & Shiri through provision of accommodation, food and drink, interviews etc.  The cookbook promises to  offer an innovative, “branded” South Pacific cuisine, formatted for the tourism market, with an ingredient base made up of locally grown and produced foodstuffs.

  10 April, 2009     

Austrian Journalist returns to Samoa

  Mr Cornelius Granig, an Austrian Freelance Journalist made his second visit to Samoa this year, accompanied by photographer/partner, Ms Vlada Vasiutina.  During his first visit, Mr Granig was very impressed with Samoa and what it has to offer as a tourist destination and wrote specifically on travel to Savaii.

When he returned this second time, his writing interests were focused on what was available for holidaymakers, particularly couples.  He was also very interested and followed up on Samoa’s economy and how it was able to maintain its peaceful stability.  Mr. Granig had the opportunity meet with the Hon. Prime Minister and the Governnor General of the Central Bank and to discuss with them the high standard of living in Samoa, taking into consideration the benefit of tourism to the country also.

A special Faafetai Tele Lava to Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa for their effortless service while hosting Mr Granig & Ms Vasiutina for their entire stay on Upolu; Siufaga Resort and Le Lagoto Resort for accommodating their stay in Savaii; Savaii’s Aganoa Beach Retreat and Upolu’s very own Seabreeze Resort for the wonderfully hosted lunches with Mr. Granig; and ’Thank You’ to those who made their time available to be interviewed by Mr. Granig, namely: Hon. Prime Minister, Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi; Governor General Central Bank—Afioga Leasi Papalii Tommy Scanlan & Iosefo Bourne; Faleafaga Tony Tipamaa, Talie Foliga & the team at the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment’s Vailima Botanical Gardens; and, Karen Te’o and the Baha’i Temple assistants.  Thank you also to the properties which kindly offered to host Mr. Granig: Virgin Cove Resort Management; Hotel Millennia; Le Manumea Resort; Insel Fehmarn Hotel; and, Aggie Grey Properties.