Fabulous Friday: Better Than Cashmere

shopping in provence, miamicurated
A Yangir shawl

 

Softer, lighter and fluffier than the finest cashmere I’ve ever felt is – would you believe – wool made from the fine undercoat fibers of wild goats from Kyrgystan, in the foothills of the Himalayas . It’s called Yangir. And then there’s the wool made from baby camel hair in Mongolia which it’s said “drives you to sin”   They’re the latest innovation and product of eight generation French company Brun de Vian-Tiran, founded in 1808, and  based in one of my new favorite towns — L’Isle Sur La Sorgue in Luberon, Provence. There’s a museum you can visit and the products are sold online.

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Fabulous Friday: Dessert Room

Bern’s Steak House in Tampa is nationally reknowned for its prime steaks. In fact, it has become a site for a foodie pilgrimage over the years, almost a reason in itself for a trip to Tampa. And yes, the steaks are top notch and it’s an experience. But, what is less known is its Dessert Room which warrants Fabulous Friday status. We’re talking a 45 page dessert menu for starters. That’s just the beginning of the story.
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Fabulous Friday: Iznik Ceramics

On a recent trip to Turkey thanks to our exceptional tour guide, Gamze Arteman,  I came across Iznik ceramics which are considered among the finest works of art from the Ottoman Empire. The art form was established and patronized by the sultans.. As any great art works or art form, they withstand the judgment of time, able to compete among the finest contemporary works in their genre.
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Travel Tuesday: Puglia

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:
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Fabulous Friday: Ethiopia

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.
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Fabulous Friday: Monkey Muffin

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?
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Fabulous Friday – $25K Taco

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?
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