When I was invited to attend the 3rd birthday celebration of Coconut Bowls at Serotonin Eatery, I was not quite sure what to expect. But I walked away knowing a lot more about the making of, the use of and the sustainability of coconut bowls. More importantly, I had the fun, first-time experience of eating delicious food out of a coconut bowl. I walked away thinking I must get some of these cool, sustainable bowls and was already thinking what I could make to serve in them for friends and family.
Coconut Bowls are exactly that, bowls made from coconut shells. As the tag line of the company says, 'They are made by nature and crafted by hand'. Of slightly different sizes and variations in texture, coconut bowls are excellent for eating salads (or Buddha bowls as they are known in vegetarian/vegan circles), breakfast cereals, smoothie bowls or anything else that lends itself to a bowl meal, with the exception of very hot meals.
The story of how Coconut Bowls (CB) started is an interesting one and is full of enthusiasm for the product and a little bit of naivety on the part of Jake McKeon, the owner. When he saw coconut shells being crafted by local tradesmen in Bali and being sold to tourists, an idea came to his head about importing these to Australia. Between the first idea and the successful company that CB is today came the naivety of bringing the coconut bowls in his and friends' suitcases and boogieboard bags (of all things) and the consequent reaction of customs officials. It makes for a good story anyway.
Today all those early problems are left behind and CB now reclaims over 10,000 discarded coconut shells every month. These shells are purchased from coconut farmers who have small family farms and who had previously spent large amounts of money and resources on the waste process. The shells are then crafted in ethically run workshops in Vietnam and Indonesia. So when you purchase one of these, you are participating in sustainable consumerism and enjoying the feel of these in your hands. Every bowl is unique and different, with its own size, imperfections and feel just like a coconut, except that the bowls are polished and feel smooth. And they do feel great to hold!
The food that was served at Serotonin Eatery was all vegan and served out of coconut bowls so we had the first-hand experience as to how food tastes from these. A Budha bowl and Acai dessert bowls were all assembled by the guests and so we knew exactly what was in them. This would be a great way to do a party or corporate event and to take them on a picnic too as they are very light in weight. Bowls and other implements such as wooden forks and chopsticks and bamboo straws can all be purchased online. here. There is also a cookbook, vegan bowls, which has some great recipes for healthy, plant-based meals, and not just for vegans.
If you want to try these bowls out filled with some delicious healthy food, then Serotonin is the place to go. You can check out their menu here and see for yourself why they call themselves the 'World's First Happiness Centre'.
The cool space of Serotonin Eatery complete with swing seats