Malabar coast! Mmmmmm....I took this picture several years ago when I was at Cannanore, Kerala on the Malabar coast.
The beach appears to be deserted. Nevertheless day after day I was pestered by Indian men who climbed down the cliffs and around the headland just to latch onto me. I wasn't even exposing my legs...I had a pair of trousers covering the bottom half of my swimsuit. I wasn't in a tourist area, it wasnt the tourist season (I was alone and didn't see another white face in nearly 4 weeks) and I was staying in a tiny guesthouse in the middle of a coconut plantation. I had driven over the Western Ghats...what beautiful countryside.
Inspired by Gyro's "I drank one of these last night" thread, I'd like to propose a new thread where you tell us what you're drinking today. Doesn't matter whether it's a wine, beer, soft drink, cocktail, tea, coffee, whatever... It can be something treasured from your collection or something you just bought for 50 cents (pence, pesos, hallalah etc).
In my glass is Duval Leroy 1998 Champagne. This is my last bottle. Boo Hoo!! I do have some Moet Chandon White Star. Tomorrow my best friend forever and her husband are coming to dinner, so I will post what my husband and I pull from our cellar to drink with appetizers and dinner.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
Nescafé being the #1 instant coffee in the world, it is normal for it to be mentioned all the time. What I really find bizarre, however is that just about everywhere in the world, if you just order a tea without any additional details, you are going to get a teabag of Lipton Yellow, even if you are sitting on a beautiful terrace overlooking a tea plantation.
We just tasted (drank it all actually) the bottle I brought home last Monday. Gaillac Mas de Doat 2006. Red wine produced 50 km from where I live. Being local stuff, it went well with the duck breast (magret) we had for lunch.
Violets are a specialty of Toulouse -- you can get violet syrup, candies, jam, candied violets...
Imec, in the centre of Gaillac, near Abbaye St Michel, there is a wine centre for Gaillac wines. I don't know if they give samples but you can buy local wines to give you an idea. And at the tourist office you can information about the "route du vin".
If you have a car and drive towards Cordes (worth a visit), there are vineyards on the way -- all over the area in fact -- that advertise that you can come and taste and buy on the spot.
Some producers make Gaillac Perlé, which is a slightly fizzy white wine. Also the Gaillac vin doux, is a bit sweet but not too sweet and is a good apéritif or dessert wine.