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Bus Stops, Coffee and Mangos

At 6am this morning I called Cafe Coffee Day (India's Starbucks) in Hotel Ginger and ordered an Americano and a chocolate doughnut. Out of doughnuts a "Brownie" resembling a piece of cake was delivered to my room along with the Americano – or what I thought was an Americano until I took a sip. Coffee … Read more

Nasik Indian Wine Country

The first wine grapevine to come to India was a Sauvignon Blanc smuggled in a suitcase past Indian customs from France in 1996. Sula Winery founder had five acres of land he inherited from his father, a dream and some serious tenacity – the first crop for vintage was 1999 and a new industry for … Read more

Vishnu, Vegetables and a View

It's official, I am a celebrity – I made the evening news. Jaipur Channel 5 interviewed me at the Central Museum. Apparently I was the only non-local in attendance at World Museum Day – which won me super tourist points. Asked to comment on the museum I noted their possession of a Gandhara Buddha statue … Read more

On the road to Jaipur

So yesterday, while I was staring at the Taj from a rooftop deck it occurred to me that I'm a little tired of sightseeing. I'm definitely tired of "just looking" at marble elephants and other shapes – inlaid semi-precious stones or not. I am a tourist however, therefore what else shall I do but tour? … Read more

Krishna, Akbar a Sari and Sauvignon Blanc

Bright eyed I jumped out of bed to get ready for my ride to Agra. I then spent an hour trying to get into my orange sari and not so bright eyed anymore – rather frustrated now- I gave up and put on my brown shalwar kameez and ordered breakfast. At 9 am sharp I … Read more

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