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Vignes - The World in a bag

A door opens on the "Route to India". This is an invitation to travel, a "Grand Tour" like the aristocrats of the eighteenth century, thirsty of exotic discoveries. Among the rugged peaks of Rajasthan, where sometime adventures the goat of Krispati.....


Istanbul - Sumahan-on-the-water

Istanbul - Sumahan-on-the-water

Sitting bang on the banks of the Bosphorus straits is the old 19th century Ottoman distillery, which in its new avatar as a boutique hotel, Sumahan-on-the-water has gone on to become the winner of the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Award.....

The elephant and the Black Ivory Coffee

This is the latest twist to exotic coffee flavours. Thailand’s Black Ivory Coffee luxury brand is taking the help of pachyderms to enhance the flavour of its Thai Arabica beans. The entire process is exotic, and at $500 for a pound of coffee, makes it among the world’s priciest brand.

The modus operandi involves feeding the beans to the Thai elephants, and picking it out a day later from the dung. The flavour is said to be enhanced by the digestive juices in the gut of the elephant, which break down the protein in the coffee bean and thereby reduce its natural bitterness.

The process is similar to the one with the other exotic coffee brand, the civet coffee or kopi luwak, which is extracted from the poop of the civet cat. However, the elephant variety is being touted as superior by virtue of it staying longer in the cavernous stomach of the elephant.

The Black Ivory Coffee is founded by Blake Dinkin. The production takes place at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation in Thailand. Dinkin researched approximately 35 elephant sanctuaries and parks in Indonesia, Laos and Thailand before settling down for the GTAEF.

At present the Black Ivory Coffee is available in Anantara Hotel properties in the Maldives, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Thailand. A cup of this brew costs $50. Assume it is worth it.



Art Deco – Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

At the Christie’s auction at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York this month, one of the significant art pieces of interest was a lacquered wooden desk made by the renowned French furniture designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. The desk is a rare beauty with all the Ruhlmann elements.


It’s Here - Lamborghini’s Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster

The Italian car maker Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, or just Lamoborghini as popularly known, has delivered a winner with the new Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster.



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