Iran is a jewel waiting to be discovered. This mountainous, ethnically diverse country of Southwestern Asia that I recently explored is a kaleidoscope of colors, flavors and spices. It is a dream destination where one will marvel at its immense beauty and culture. Much of Iran consists of a central desert plateau, ringed on all sides by lofty mountain ranges that afford access to the interior through high passes. Iran—after seeing the beauty of the place, the kindness of the people and the sumptuousness of the food in Shiraz, Tehran, Persepolis and Esfah?n—is my new favorite destination. The Huma bird capital at Apadana, Persepolis, Iran is a UNESCO heritage site. At first, because of what I heard and read, I was very nervous to come to this country but later on realized how safe the place and kind the people were. The change of heart happened instantaneously in Shiraz, the former capital of Iran, because the capital city of Fars province mimics … [Read more...] about Iran is irresistible
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By Carolyn Evans Hammond Special to the Star Fri., May 3, 2019 In this gig, I tend to taste a lot of wines. But some of my favourites don’t make it into this column because they fall outside the topic I’m writing about. So, I rounded up some smart outliers to share with you, starting with a recent Vintages release that really gets my pulse racing. I’m talking about the deeply seductive 2012 Rivera “Il Falcone” Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva DOCG from Puglia, Italy (Vintages 177295 $24.95). I poured this bottle with about five other wines I quite like at a dinner party recently, and it totally stole the show. It’s ruby red with warm scents of black cherry coulis, freshly ground coffee, and warm cigar. The entry is smooth, sultry, and ripe while retaining an earthy-brawny underpinning. The jammy red center is threaded with clove, leather, coffee, cassis, grilled meat, and dried plum. And the crushed velvet texture slowly … [Read more...] about Here are the wines I’ve been recommending to my friends
Tom Ford has come early to rearrange the furniture. He thinks that the already stylish room in the hottest new private club in town, the San Vicente Bungalows, could be even more captivating. So a team of eight club staff members gets busy under his direction, pulling a potted plant from the terrace for one corner and setting up two dozen glowing amber votive candles.Ford himself redoes the white flowers, plucking out the roses and leaving in the ranunculus, because he doesn’t like mixed blooms. The Murphy bed he can do nothing about.As I enter, the designer is lost in thought, still fantasising about redoing the room in his own preferred palette, draping chocolate brown velvet on the walls.Everything in life can always be more sensual and beautiful, if you think about it. And Ford is always thinking about it. From the time he was big enough to push furniture, at six years old, he was rearranging it in his house. And giving his mother critiques on her hair and shoes.Being Tom … [Read more...] about Tom Ford: Portrait of a perfectionist, anal-retentive, painfully shy vegan designer
When The Financial Times’ (FT) mail room informed me that two bottles of ice-cold camel milk had arrived, my heart dropped. I had spent weeks researching and championing camel milk’s status as the “future of dairy” to my colleagues; now I had to taste it. As I went to try the surprisingly thick beverage, my nose wrinkled, my lips pursed. I realised that something I had not expected was holding me back: Prejudice.Camels were first domesticated for their milk in 3,000 BC, according to the UN, and the liquid is a staple in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, where it can be cheaper than cow’s milk. Now it is gaining popularity with producers and customers elsewhere, from health nuts in America to farmers in sub-Saharan Africa reckoning with climate change.The milk is low in lactose, allowing it to be digested by people with a dairy intolerance and cutting into the market share of nut milks.Touted by fanatics for its alleged medical benefits and by … [Read more...] about Camel milk could be the future of dairy. Are you ready for a camelcino?
Even if Aubrey’s immediate and more modest aspiration is to ‘make my own food, even make my own healthy recipe for myself every after I work out — more like a pre- and post-meal,’ she has set her eyes on higher culinary goals. But that’s just the way she’s wired. Unless you religiously follow Aubrey Miles, there are a few things you might have missed from the time she exploded onscreen in the early 2000s as the sexiest star to right now. And right now, she is a hyphenate — in a good way. In addition to remaining an actress — she appeared in GMA’s 2018 daytime romcom, Ang Pag-ibig Ko’y Ikaw, alongside Camille Prats — she has also become a personal fitness trainer, a racecar driver, a social media darling with 723,000 followers on Instagram and partner of actor-entrepreneur Troy Montero for the last 15 years and mother of three. Scroll through Aubrey’s Instagram feed and you’ll find … [Read more...] about Aubrey Miles on the art of cooking