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Heinous or Heartfelt? 'The Bachelor' Held a Rose Ceremony in a Balinese Temple

Where: Bali, Indonesia
February 24, 2015 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

Before we get into this, let's be clear here--The Bachelor, a reality TV dating show, is probably the worst kind of TV show out there.

Giving one man a chance to make-out "date" 30 women over the course of a few weeks before forcing him to propose to one of them, is a ludicrous premise. How can you possibly propose to a woman a few days after you spent the night with a different woman in a "Fantasy Suite"? And how can you really get to know each other in front of the constant cameras?

Not to mention, the show is devastating to overcoming stereotypes. The women who are vying for The Bachelor's attention are almost always edited to come off crazy, clingy or at worst, "easy." (Although, to be fair, some contestants really are crazy. #kelsey.) And most tellingly, there has never been a non-white Bachelor or Bachelorette in all 15 19 seasons of the show. No, Juan Pablo does not count.

Still, I can't look away. I started watching because I was curious about the hotels used in the show and the far-flung destinations the contestants visited but now, I am fascinated by the whole set-up--getting to know someone, or rather, a bunch of someones, under the glare of lights and the scrutiny of the HD camera all the while watching your "true love" go on dates with other girls.

Yes, the strings are almost entirely pulled by creepy ever-present host, Chris Harrison, and his producers. But the hopeless romantic in me wants this crazy reality TV experiment to work (and it has in a few cases like with Trista and Ryan, Ashely and JP and Sean and Catherine.)

Still, I am not so far gone as to realize this show is a piece of crap, albeit a crazy entertaining one. But in last night's episode, I thought the show reached a new low. After Chris Soules and his three lovely ladies spent a week "getting to know each other better" in Bali, it came time for the final rose ceremony. And here's where they held it....

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What Everyone's Buying in Bali: Kopi Luwak Coffee Packets

Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Kopi Luwak. In the movie "The Bucket List," it's the favorite drink of Jack Nicholson's character; he calls it "the rarest beverage in the world." We wouldn't exactly say that, but it is pretty rare and not to mention expensive, with a reputation as being only for connoisseurs.

Of course all this makes it a terribly in-demand souvenir purchase for tourists to Bali, though purchasers may not always realize how it's made: an Indonesian civet (like a possum) eats a certain type of coffee berry. Its digestive system digests the meat of the berry, adds enzymes to the bean inside, and then poops out the bean. These beans are then collected, cleaned and sterilized, roasted and ground into coffee powder.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Kopi Luwak of Indonesia

Where: Bali, Indonesia
April 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Kopi Luwak. It's often named the rarest, most expensive, most for-connoisieurs-only coffee and it owes all these superlatives to how it's produced: an Indonesian civet (like a possum) eats a certain type of coffee berry. Its digestive system digests the meat of the berry, adds enzymes to the bean inside, and then poops out the bean. These beans are then collected, cleaned and sterilized, roasted and ground into coffee powder.

At coffee shops around the world, occasional bags of the rare stuff find their way into stock, going for $40-$60 per cup. In Bali, Indonesia however, the "cat poo coffee" is far easier to come by since this is where it's produced.

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