First came the American travelers In their private jets, then frequent travelers to Italy who have done Tuscany, Venice, Rome and Florence. Apulia (or Puglia in Modern Italian) is getting discovered, but has still escaped the crowds and high prices, and maintains its authenticity and sense of place, and it’s a gem. It was here we recently traveled after Ethiopia (Ethiopian Airways has nonstop service from Addis Ababa to Rome). As with my earlier travel Fabulous Friday, rather than a travel article, I’m going to tell you about fascinating facts about the region relating to Italian history and customs, and show you culinary eye candy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy:
A travel destination to put on your bucket list is Ethiopia, that is if your tastes run to places that are distinctive, authentic, and rich civilizations with centuries old history with their own culture, food, music and dance. After a little over a week there, I’d put it in a category with India, Mexico, Egypt and China – my favorites for exotic travel.
You may have heard of the cruffin, a cross between a croissant and a muffin, a bakery item that took San Francisco by storm in 2014, then spreading to the East Coast. It starred in an earlier Fabulous Friday. On a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I was smitten by another West Coast pastry standout — the Monkey Muffin from Grand Central Bakery. The next pastry craze perhaps?
A dozen long stem red roses, rose petals in your bathtub, a box of rose candies — the kind Marie Antoinette loved. All romantic, but what about having a rose bush dedicated to you, complete with a personal message of love and affection and your name, in a rose garden in the center of a major capital city?
A $25,000 USD taco? Yes, you read right. It’s yours at the uber luxe Grand Velas Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I’m proud to say that the idea for the world’s most expensive taco was that of yours truly (my public relations firm). The brilliant execution is owed to the resort’s Executive Chef Juan Licerio Alcala. So what’s in this taco, what’s a fitting rare tequila to go with it, and has anyone bought it?