‘come quickly, i am drinking the stars’ – dom perignon

Champagne is one of life’s elegant extras. Sadly, not an original thought. Charles Dickens said it first. But I could not agree more. Champagne is a cure for sadness and an amplifier of happiness. And of course, opening a bottle is wonderfully dramatic. Especially when you saber off the top!

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paradise found: noanoa island

The question is: when you find the perfect place, do you share that info?Well, I have found the ideal spot. And, after much deliberation, have decided to reveal this paradise. It is a little island called NoaNoa.

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chinese wine

“Chinese wine tastes like dead mouse” Peter Farrow, narrator Bonfire of the Vanities, by Thomas Wolfe It has been said that brevity is the soul of wit, so whoever observed that “a hang-over is the wrath of grapes” was very witty indeed; and likely very familiar with the Chinese.  It seems that 50% of Chinese…

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hot pot

Genghis Khan holds an impressively enduring place in modern Chinese life. He is remembered as a feared and ruthless conqueror who slaughtered anyone who stood in his way. He was particularly eager to kill the aristocrats and ruling classes whom he regarded as treacherous malingerers with nothing to contribute to his burgeoning empire. The Great…

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lama temple

I have discovered what Buddhists have apparently known for centuries… size does matter. On a freezing morning in my first February, with guidebook in hand, I visited the Lama Temple.  I hoped to find respite from the biting Beijing winter and bustling crowds that fear no weather. I knew from my guidebook that the temple…

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