Category: 2012

Old Monk: India's favourite dark rum

The Cult of Old Monk

No bar in India is quite complete without the obligatory bottle of the country’s most famous rum. Antoine Lewis explores its near-mystic allure Ian Pereira is a devout follower of the “budha sadhu”. For the last 27 years, the commercial photographer has been religiously drinking at least two pegs of Old Monk every evening, abstaining from his […]


A first for India, tasting Bordeaux’s finest

Thursday was a historic day for the wine trade in India. For the first time, since it came into existence in 1973, the Union des Grand Crus des Bordeaux (UGCB), a collective of the top wineries of Bordeaux, presented their wines for tasting in the country, at the […]


The New Boys’ Toys

You’ve tricked out your study, your media room, your garage – so what’s next? Antoine Lewis introduces you to the new frontier: your kitchen. Let’s face it: men like toys. We may call them by other names: gadgets, appliances, tools, devices, instruments, implements, but they’re really just toys […]


Modern Indian: an evening at Gaggan, Bangkok

Antoine Lewis steps off the subcontinent and finds the new frontier of Indian cuisine Sitting in a soup spoon, resembling a neatly trimmed poached egg, is a jelly-like, milky white sphere. As I slide it into my mouth, the thin skin bursts and, to my surprise, out gushes a […]

Karl Kothavala Say Cheez Mumbai

Grate Expectations: A profile of cheesemaker Karl Kothavala

Most people have ice cubes in their ice tray. Karl Kothavala’s ice tray contains frozen cubes of a lactobacillus-rich, cheese starter culture. The culture, says Kothavala, looking adoringly at the frozen cubes like a proud father, has been growing stronger and stronger from the day it was first made. […]