Wealth Cover - April 30, 2011 (Dublin - BB)

BAR AT PEPLOES RESTAURANT AN WINE BISTRO

ENTRANCE TO PEPLOES RESTAURANT

GUINNESS

HARDY IRISH HUMOR-GOGARTY'S PUB

IRISH MUSICIANS ENJOYING GUINNESS AFTER A GIG-DUBLIN-IRELAND

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HARDY GUINNESS ON TAP-OLD STOREHOUSE DUBLIN IRELAND

LIFE LIKE PROPS DEPICTING WHISKEY MAKING

OLD JAMESONS WHISKEY BARREL

SIPPING THE STURDY GUINNESS

THE OLIVER ST[1].JOHN GOGARTYS PUB-DUBLIN

VEGETARIAN DELICASIES-CAFE FRESH

HBH SUITE PILATI GRAU SCHLAFZIMMER-HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF

ATRIUM LOUNGE-BAYERISCHER HOF-MUNICH-BAVARIA

BLUE SPA BAR-BAYERISCHER HOF-MUNICH-BAVARIA

BLUE SPA LOUNGE-BAYERISCHER HOF-MUNICH-BAVARIA

BVAVARIAN SPECIALTY RESTAURANT PALAIS KELLER-HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF-MUNICH-KI

CINEMA LOUNGE-BAYERISCHER HOF

COLONIAL SUITE LIVING ROOM-HOTEL BAYESRISCHER HOF-MUNICH-BAVARIA-GERMANY

DINING PATIO-THE GARDEN RESTAURANT-HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF-MUNICH

FALK'S BAR-BAYERISCHER HOF-MUNICH-BAVARIA

INNEGRIT VOLKHARDT-MANAGING PROPRIETOR-BAYERISCHER HOF-MUNICH

SPRAWLING ATRIUM-BAYERISCHER HOF-MUNICH-BAVARIA

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Celtic is Eclectic
From pub hopping to fine dining, Guinness guzzling and Whiskey tasting diplomas, Dublin dazzles those with taste! Krishnaraj Iyengar.

One of the side effects of in-flight insomnia is exposure to a wide and weird world! A night journey from the Middle East to Europe left me sipping ginger ale over a noisy Egyptian movie with the old alleyways of Cairo and Suez Canal scenes where huge ships appear to sail in the desert sand! And of course meditating over the celestial voice of Lebanese diva Fairuz as I stared out at the moonless stratosphere being washed by the dazzle of dawn! Arriving at the vibrant and youthful Irish capital Dublin, I was refreshed by a sharp transition from Fairuz's old classics to cheerful Celtic concertos as music filled the air! Dublin, an enchanting kaleidoscope of varied experiences makes you 'drink life to the lees', like the legendary Persian poet Omar Khayyam says “Man bande ye aan damam ke saaghi guyad, yek jam e digar begir o man natavaanam” ( I belong to that moment when the cup-bearer says, 'have another goblet'…and I cannot!)

PUB CRAWLING
A country known for its hardy, loving and amicable folk, Ireland's quaint, old Irish pubs are the place to catch the true blue Gaelic spirit! Strolling down the cobbled lanes of Dublin's Temple Bar com­plex, one would be mesmerized by the array of colorful pubs, each internationally acclaimed for their traditional music, the inviting warmth of their ambience, for the wining and dining and the undying spirit of the Irish people. The famed Oliver St.John Gogarty's Pub with its charming green façade, red and ravishing, The Temple Bar Pub and The Auld Dubliner to name a few, are one of the world's most sought-after traditional pubs where the sound of music, laughter and clinking goblets never comes to an end!

An evening in Temple Bar is an experience people of all nationalities cherish round the year, be it sunny soirees in the sultry summers or the nerve-freezing Irish winters with young party freaks draped in exquisite blacks and the leitmotif fragrance of cigarillos and the clikati-clack of high heels making their way to the nearest pub .

An area (Bar in Gaelic) once owned by a wealthy Irishman named Temple, Temple Bar is also host to music aficionados from the world over, music being an integral part of the quintessential Irish experience. Musical Pub Crawls are an all-time favorite of international tourists as musicians lead guests from pub to pub rendering old classics over generous pints of Guinness and rib-tickling anecdotes from Ireland's musical history. The highlight of my pub crawl was at an old pub where musicians narrated how the scarcity of beer in the town of Cork, south of Dublin, led two men to drive down to Devon in England and bring cider in whiskey barrels! The highly potent combo was christened Johnny Jump Up and so the number Oh never, oh never, oh never again, if I live to be a hundred or a hundred n ten. I fell to the ground n I couldn't get up… after drinkin a quart of da Johnny Jump up !

Along with the music, Temple Bar offers a wholesome experience to lovers of the spirit. At Gogarty's, a 17th century style pub named after the legendary Irish poet, playwright and surgeon Oliver St.John Gogarty, one can gorge on towering pints of Ireland's favorite drink, good ol'Guinness , a few rounds of Uisce Beatha (pronounced 'Ishke Baha', Gaelic origin of the word Whiskey!) not forgetting Gogarty's famous Irish coffee and an impressive wine list to choose from. Gogarty's Pub is also a paradise for the palate with its world class Irish cuisine with irresistible delicacies like the Seafood Molly Malone (Prawns co­ckles, mussels, salmon served in a wild Irish mushroom and seafood sauce), Dublin Bay Prawn Cocktail ( jumbo prawns with a brandy cocktail sauce), Trinity College Chicken (dating back to 1800) and the evergreen Gaelic Steak.

FINE DINING DUBLIN STYLE
Apart from the pub-passion, Dublin dazzles with its dining experiences, a heaven for culinary connoisseurs, wine lovers, teetotalers and vegetarians alike. At the city's high-end fine dining underground Peploe's Restaurant and wine bistro, old barrels, lilting jazz and the chique interiors instantly welcome you. A place to relish classic vintages, one can hardly resist the temptation to indulge in wine tasting before the manna begins to be served! An exotic 2008 Côte de Duras Grand Mayne Sauvignon, an earthy Terre Lunghe ( Vincentini Agostino) from Veneto are some of Peploe's house whites along with an inviting, dry 2007 Lacrima di Morro d'alba, Luccheti, a Côte de Gascogne Carbernet Sauvignon and a Domaine du Grand Mayne as the counterparts en rouge are simply indispensable! After revving up a buon appetito , the Gratinated Callops and grayfish tails with lemon and garlic butter, 'Moules Mariniere' (Glenbay mussles steamed in a white wine sauce) and 'Graved Lax' ( with Boston shrimps, capers and homemade brown toast) are a fine prelude to mouth-watering signature Lobster Linguine, Cepes Risotto and handmade crabmeat ravioli.

VEGETARIAN VENTURES
For strict vegetarians, Dublin offers a mind-boggling variety of pure vegetarian outlets right from organic all-veg bistros to vegetarian fine dining specialty restaurants. At the multi award winning Café Fresh, the sight of sizzling vegetarian delicacies would inspire even an ardent meat lover to dig into some Organic Mossfield Cheese with organic leaves, sundried tomato pesto, red onion, vine tomato on Sourdough, Smoked Tofu Pitta Pocket or an occasional grandma style daal rice with breezy lemonade varieties to accompany the meal!

At the swank Juice Restaurant, the city's only vegetarian sit-down restaurant, a courteous welcome is followed by exhilarating Miso Broth with cubed tofu, spring onions and sea vegetables and some crunchy Bruschetta reminiscent of quaint Tuscan trattorias . Staring out at the city's vibrancy and gaiety over spicy corn fritters and a smooth cocktail is what defines the ideal Juice experience!

Famous for its Mediterranean and Arabic varieties, Humus dips, Baba Ganush and the Mediterranean platter with marinated Kalamata olives, tabouleh, vine leaves, satayana and roast tomatoes are Juice's sought-after signature.

DRINK LIFE TO THE LEES
No trip to Ireland would be complete without a hearty binge! The Irish spirit is traditionally described by 3 C's, Caint, Ceol agus Craic ( pronounced Ka'int, Keeol agus crack) , Gaelic for Fun, music and chatting, and no Caint would be complete without the pint!

A visit to the Guinness Storehouse unveils the world of making the country's favorite drink come alive! A tour of the brewery takes you through each step of the process beginning on the ground floor where a brief video introduction commences the tour. Right from the first mixing of water, barley, hops and yeast, the tour culminates on the rooftop rotunda of the Brewery with a magnificent 360 degree view of Dublin city to give you the ultimate high! The sturdy drought when freshly served is light brown and gradually turns into a deep, darker shade as you leisurely lick the froth looking out into the horizon!

A few minutes away from Guinness is the Bushmills Old Jameson's Distillery where the intoxicating aromas of Ireland's pride invite you to delve into the intricacies of making magic out of malt! With old photographs, realistic props depicting how whiskey was made in the early days and expert guides passionately explaining each nuance, you finally arrive at Jameson's famous bar where life's cherished moments are sipped, either with ginger ale, lemonade, cola, cranberry, apple or just Jamesons on the rocks.

At the bar, a select number participants are chosen from the group for a whiskey tasting session and are given a 'Diploma in Whiskey Tasting' with a flattering certificate with the Bushmills logo in the end! In ornate calligraphy, mine read “This is to testify that Krishnaraj Iyengar is a qualified Irish Whiskey Taster”! SLANGE!

Wealth - Luxury Hospitality - April 2011

Iconic Grandeur
Its heritage magnificence is beyond compare. Kishore and Smita Iyengar size up the grand luxury five star Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany and its distinguished identity.

Few landmarks in the world command so much reverence and admiration as the regal and monarchical Hotel Bayerischer Hof in the heart of Munich. A tribute to Kind Ludwig I's liberal and gracious lifestyle intentions for his distinguished guests, it welcomes world luminaries, heads of state, royalty and well-known celebrities including Michael Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Walter Scheel, Kofi Anan, Dr Helmut Kohl, Willy Brandt, The Dalai Lama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbatschow, The Royalty of Belgium, American Senators, Hollywood stars and other celebrities, - to it's signature portals and world class living accents.

UPPERCRUST OPULENCE
This elegant landmark boasting prime position on Munich's commercial and financial hub is graced with 350 guest rooms and suites all appointed with tastefully done up interiors and upper crust comfort. With 40 air-conditioned meeting and banqueting facilities including grand spaces like the impressive Ballroom ensemble and the fabulous salons in Montgelas or the stunning 'Dachgarten' or rooftop garden with great views. State-of-the-art amenities, hi-tech and high power acoustics and sound-proof enclosures ensure private dialogues among corporates, launch presentations, event fluidity and interaction efficiency among professionals and management heads. This grand hotel is booked all year through for it's emphatic accents on the MICE and business travel features and is extremely popular throughout Germany for these very contemporary highlights on par with the world's finest. It's a treat to experience the six diversely designed living areas, accommodation planning and décor takes up a strong and serious consideration. Lush carpeting, tasteful furnishings and drapes, the bright tones complementing muted matt shades of upholstery and sheers, the facades radiating exclusivity in aesthetic design, interior themes and elements.

The 'Cosmopolitan R&B Style' has comfortable interiors with pure buff leather armchairs graced with contemporary handcrafted Wenge wood lamps by the French designer Philippe Hurel. The color scheme in deep black, a rich bold red or exotic beige tones command the spaces. The easy going ambience is enlivened with fabrics by Manuel Canovas. In the Palais Montgelas at this grand hotel, the famed architect Siegward Graf Pilati rooms and suites have cheery pastel and soothing summer tones, while discreet luxury and understated elegance pronounce the enscons of architect Hans Minarik living spaces.

English design company Laura Ashley's very English country charms bewitch guests with naïve, floral pastoral tones, warm shades and sunshine colors bringing the outdoors inside. Bold warm colors of the Savannah come alive in the colonial rooms and suites while country house styles marry chromes, reds and pastels in sheer seduction, period furniture blending with quality wood elements and silver collectibles.

LEIT MOTIF LUXURY
High above the roofs of Munich at this Heritage landmark on the Panorama floor are the Count Siegward Pilati suites with blush warm tones of ochre, lemon, sienna and amber. The Bavarian Suites command identity in country house style suites with Alpine woodwork paneling, open fireplace and deep crimson and matt viridian tones. Classical fabrics, gloriously understated jacquards and drapes in cerulean and cobalt blue tones marrying sparkling white define the classic chic of the Princely Suites. A classic fountain softly splashes water sensuality in the magnificent Paris Suite with art deco fittings, muted luminance, brass king beds and the fragrance of roses, add sparkle as a Champagne cooler waits patiently for those intimate moments.

The grandeur of Hawaiian fabrics, rare wood, exotic South-Asian fruits and wild orchids fire up emotions in the splendid Paradise Island Suite, the glittering sea-n-sand experience in the middle of Munich is unforgettable! The 1806-built Palais Montgelas adjascent to the Bayerischer Hof is the hotel's proud showcase with original wood paneling, a prized antique collection, valued art works and private, discreet, high-security living for special guests.

ECLECTIC GASTRONOMY
The absolutely striking and avant garde fine wining and dining haven 'Atelier' is one of Europe's most distinguished addresses for gourmet treats. The creatively executed designing of this space and their famous Garden-Restaurant results in a remarkable new address for haute cuisine. A passionate expression of exceptional interior accents by internationally renowned Belgian designer and art collector Axel Vervoordt combine contemporary style with interpreted creations.

Sheer raw wooden timber tables run the length of the discreet, buff amber and steel grey wall tones, as spherical seating with wooden and Alpine furniture design uplift the eclectic private dining mesh-partition enclosure. The ambience elates the wining and dining experience in privacy and intimate camaraderie to the classical hilt. Here, erudite Chef Steffen Metzger and his energetic team offer innovative dishes and evocative Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. It would be a fine 2006 Weingut Baldauf Domina Troken Franken red wine pairing 'Asparagus Mousse-covered pomegranate and Feta cheese with grilled Scallops in white wine jus'. Before the six-course sojourn, how about a flute of chilled 2000 Tattinger Brut champagne?

THE CHARMS OF BAYERN
In right royal authentic Bavarian country Alpine style the effusive "Palais Keller' restaurant with its sturdy vaults dating back from the year 1425 create compellingly fascinating Bavarian gastronomy. Originally a salt store, today the 'Palais Keller' welcomes diners from all over the world with it's fine array of blue-blood Bavarian micro beers and honest Bavarian specialties from the hotel's own court bakery. Don't miss the irresistible Obatza (Bavarian cheese-fried onions-garlic-pepper-parsley dip) with giant Pretzels, 'Bandnudeln (delicious Bavarian band noodles), Kasespatzle and 'Bratwurst' (grilled sausages) with mashed potatoes. The pork roast in wheat beer sauce is just perfect with freshly diced tomatoes…. The beer's got to be a fine Franzischkaner Pils or that remarkable Koenig Ludwig Dunkel Weisse Bier!

ICONIC ALCOVES
The rooftop 'Blue Spa Bar & Terrace' dining pad is uber chic, smart and sexy with blue and chrome tones, stylish ultra-mod furniture, a great barbecue facility, a high glass bar and some of the most breathtaking views of Munich Cathedral and surrounds. Amicable chefs create light meals with fresh ingredients that entice you by a gorgeous open fireplace sit-around, the lounge feel adding to the relaxed ambience.

A fine platter of fresh Cajun salad with crostini, blue berries, lemon compote topping and Champagne mousse lights up your appetite, the fine 2007 Silvaner white from Castell Vineyards adding zest and pep to your palate. Sit back and relax as the glass separators give you 180 degree panoramas of Munich and the distant, mighty Alps just an hour's drive away.

Six diversely created bars appeal to the relaxed and unwinding pace of hectic corporates and biz pros looking for exotic cocktails, fine spirits and vintage wines. Falk's Bar attracts with it's singularly magnificent 'Spiegelsaal' or mirror hall, the Menehune Bar at 'Trader Vic's' restaurant has Polynesian allure, -go for an exotic Mai Tai or Tiki Puka Puka. The Night Club Bar with mahoghany accents attracts with all-time Jazz greats and blues over single malts while the earthy Piano Bar entertains with accomplished pianists rendering pieces that complement a fine 1007 Bordeaux or a vintage 2001 Barolo red wine for company.

WELLNESS WONDERS
On the higher reaches of the Bayerischer Hof, the famed Blue Spa offers regenerative and revival treatments and relaxation oasis in soothing blue tone of cheery, calming environs. Star architect Andree Putman has created a haven for tranquil calm in and around a lush roof garden that instantly stills mind and body. Invigorating therapies, massages and facials ensure that your tempo is regulated to still-mo, nothing seems to matter with your holistic uplift with professional wellness themes.

ENTERTAINMENT PAR EXCELLENCE
The 'Komodie Im Bayerischen Hof Theatre’ is their unique presentation in the compact ultra-chic 560-seater cinema lounge offering light theatre, comic moments and dramatic repertoires by German and international artistes. The grand Night Club and Ballroom is the venue for memorable musical performances by Jazz and Blues greats like Marcus Millers, Pharoah Sanders, George Benson, Al Jarreau and Tito Puente.

HOSPITALITY REDEFINED
The Bayerischer Hof with its dedicated specialty attractions and features ranks way above contemporaries in the rapidly advancing hospitality world. Setting standards of classical and modern day excellence, this fin e heritage edifice under the leadership of its tirelessly energetic owner Innegrit Volkhardt and her passion for the finest of the finest, continues to endear itself to the discerning guest and celebrity patron.


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