Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Suspend disbelief, this is a fairy tale set in the French village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val.  It was an enjoyable two hour film. It starts with fire and death in India, and ends, as expected, with the love interest intact and flourishing.

The story is of two restaurants, across the road from each other. One is very French, a one Michelin star restaurant, aspiring for a second star. The other, is a new scrappy Indian restaurant, hustling to get customers.

The Indian restaurant has a secret weapon, the chef, or as he calls himself, the cook.  Go see it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Western Civilization Rocks


The brother-in-law shop syndrome

Most short tours, of a day, or few days, included a visit to a store, often poorly disguised as an item on the itinerary, but really a way to make more money from you.  Money is secretly handed to the tour guide for bringing the tourists to the store.  We even caught our private guide in Israel doing it; she went up to the counter after we had bought something and got some baksheesh.

Here is a gem from http://www.travelchinaguide.com/ :


Monday, August 4, 2014