I like ROOTS! I prefer ravishing flowers and fruits above ground!

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The resourceful and remarkable Travelling Gourmet TM goes in search of Roots aka “racines” in French. Ou e mes amis? (where my friends?in French)

In the…MOSTconveniently located Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Wallich Street…

As Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GOurmet TM, international Travel, Food and Wine Writer/Editor/Blogger/Vlogger/International Wine Judge, I know good food when I see, smell and savor it! Ravishing Racines which means Roots in French is one of my most favourite places for good food, to watch the sunrise and sunset and to chill out with good friends…Roots here do not refer to the dirty, soil-encrusted roots of weeds, BUT the beautiful fruits, vegetables and flowers/fleurs and herbs that GROW from the dirty roots underground, verstehen sie! OK, so I am not known for being politically correct capisch…WTH! French or Asian Kitchen the choice is yours to make! I like all! Chef Edwin Seow is good!Bread basket is superbe with Ciabatta, Baguette (what else?), Olive Bread and more, all FRESHLYStory and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet baked daily…NO cancer causing palm oil margarine but the REAL deal a very special BUTTER from France (where else) plus premium Extra Virgin Olive OIL and Balsamico di Modena from Italia (Si, where else mi amici?) Have their Grand Marnier Souffle and then sing “Je ne regrette rien!” https://youtu.be/fZhSbhd9GKU

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SOFITEL Singapore City Centre

9 Wallich Street
078885 Singapore
(Enter via Peck Seah Street

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Bountiful, Bold BANDUNG!

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The suave and sophisticated Travelling Gourmet TM jets to the…

MYSTERIOUS island of Java in INdonesia. A land of volcanoes, strawberries and fabulous food…mostly spicy but not always…awaits the eager traveller. My base was Bandung in West Java. Known in days of yore to the Dutch colonialists as the “Paris van Jawa” aka the Paris of the East…

My stay in the 5 Star Bandung Hilton was most delightful. Centrally located in the heart of Bandung, it has a lovely spa and gymnasium and large pool! The Hilton is also the host to the Bandung Symphony Orchaestra when they have a concert. I was privileged and honoured to attend their “Emperor Concert”. The Emperor or the 5th by Beethoven is a true classic . The music sways and uplifts the listener who marvels at the musical genius of Beethoven, who composed while fighting deafness creeping up mercilessly on him in his life…The Conductor, Robert Nordling is truly one of the nicest and humblest Conductors I have met. Believe me, believe me, I know a good “maestro de orchestre” when I meet one. Some conductors, shall we be politically incorrect and say it??? Pour quoi pas, mais oui, some are politically correct cowards and wimpos who are also hypocrites , but Robert Nordling impressed me with his frankness and intelligence. One distinctive feature of his performances is that he takes a few minutes to explain the raison d’etre behind the piece and even particular stanzas which give much needed understanding of the music. This is especially so for those not so well up in classical genre of music. The audience, myself included, LOVED it. Although the Bandung Orchaestra is cosmopolitan and young, one immediately feels the LOVE and Passion in their exuberant performances. All I can say is: Bravo! And Bravi! You gotta love it!!! 🙂

I was also privileged to chat with the Canadian GM of the Hilton Bandung, Kevin Girard, another bright and modest gentleman like Robert. Despite his many years as a top hotelier, Kevin is a very approchable and a very good communicator. A gentleman after my own heart with a really good aura. We share the same interests in being environment friendly, and Kevin is trying very hard to eliminate all many of unnecessary plastic material in the Bandung Hilton rooms. Alas, some things like the packets of sugar and artificial sweetener are still works in progress. Not many know that inside each packet of sugar and the like, there is a very thin layer of plastic material…Plastic containers for shampoo and conditioner are also another issue…C’est complique, n’est pas! Neverthelese, always be inspired by the motto of a most indomitable Regiment of the British Army: Who Dares Wins. Where there is an iron will, there is always a way to succeed!

To be continued

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MYSterious MYANMAR!

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The suave and sophisticated Travelling Gourmet TM jets to the…

MYSTICAL land of Pagodas…where the kind and warm people of Myanmar welcome visitors with genuine smiles and helpful tips…

I arrived to expect a run down third world airport…only to be pleasantly suprised by an ultra-modern airport that reminded me of Bangkok’s International Airport. Much better than “tres terrible” Charled de Gaulle aeroporte in Paris! I often think that De Gaulle would weep turning over in his grave to see CDG! C’est la vie n’est pas mes amis…

My base was the spanking new Pan Pacific YANGON connected in true Singapore style to a pristine and chic shopping mall, called Junction City.

To be continued…

Please stay tuned loyal readers and friends…

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Croissants, Muffins and GREED!

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The suave and slick Travelling Gourmet TM goes to see a classic retrospective…

MOVIE in a hipster cinema called The Projector with a decor deliberately left in a state of shabby-chic wahahahah! As part of the French Film Festival the movie was titled, “Les diaboliques”! Believe me, believe me, the main characters were all ueber-diabolical…mon Dieu! GREED feature sin the movie which deals with adultery, deceit, treachery, passion, hate, rage, bullying, and last but definitely not least MURDER…Starring sexy Simone Signoret the renowned buxom beauty and…the wife of the Directeur of the movie. I wonder how she got the lead role…No prizes for guessing…:-)

To cut a story short, the French Embassy kindly sponsored a lot, beleive me, I mean a lot of nice Croissants and Muffins. At the end of the movie, there were a lot leftover! The people were more interested in the murder movie than in the pastries…except for a Malay/Indonesian family, clearly highly educated and fluent in French, and members of the elite of society by their good English and expensive traditional Malay costume and attire, for the ladies that is, complete with silk tudongs/head scarves! A nice young gentleman, one of the staff of the Projector Bar and Bistro told me disgustedly at their GREED, shaking his head with a scowl,”They tar pow/take away FOUR boxes of leftover pastries and croissants!!!”

YES, GREED and AVARICE is one of the 7 DEADLY SINS!!!!

Mon Dieu! Sacre bleu! C’est terrible! Wahahahah! 🙂

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Peatix to book tickets for Goethe’s The Magic Hour sucks!

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On 28 Nov there is an event at Das Lokal, an independent restaurant rented from the Goethe Institut Singapore on the ground floor of the heritage building. Finding it somewhat unusual, rather unique, and with dinner included for S$50, I tried to book one ticket…and then the nightmare started, Peatix is the platform for booking and IT IS SO USER UNFRIENDLY AND SO DIFFICULT TO USE I ALMOST GAVE UP…THOSE WHO REALLY, REALLY KNOW ME…KNOW THAT I NEVER EVER GIVE UP UNTIL I WIN!

So after numerous attempts and numerous messages and facebook posts with NEGATIVE feedback to Goethe Institut Singapore and to Peatix, I finally managed to get one ticket!!! HIP HIP HOORAY KACANG PUTIH!!! ONE TERRIBLE ISSUE WAS WHEN I TRIED TO LOG IN, AND HAVING FORGOTTEN MY PASSWORD, I REQUESTED FOR A NEW PASSWORD MULTIPLE TIMES. Despite telling me they had sent an email with instructions to reset…peatix NEVER did send the password…until numerous strong complaints from me! PATHETIC!!! SNAFU!!! FUBAR!!!!Why, oh why must people only do their job and get things done right WHEN PEOPLE GET ANGRY AND FURIOUS AND COMPLAIN UNTIL THEY FEAR LOSING THEIR JOBS!!! WHY THE HELL CAN’T people just do things right without having people get angry with their incompetence and ineptitude????? &^%$#@#$%^&*()*&^!!!!!! Well, more often than not…they can’t. Therefore it sometimes ends up like this. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Goethe Institut was more helpful and I have strongly recommended to them NEVER to use peatix ever again!!!!I hope they heed my humble well meaning advice.

The good part is I finally got my ticket. A Happy Ending so far…so good.

https://help.peatix.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1193319

Read it and see how bloody complicated it is..

#gourmetsansfrontieres

#thetravellinggourmet

#goetheinstitut

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Truth, Lies and Karma…

An original poem by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM in the style of Kurt Tuchovsky…
A wise King of old,
was wise beyond his years
Now, those with the name Solomon
try to be wise…
but FAIL miserably…
I can’t recall…
I was ignorant of the crimes…
Non lo so…
Je ne c’est pas…
Ich weiss nicht
??????Really????
We do not believe you.
Ignorance is NO defence as any
Buaya lawyer will tell you
If true, ignorance is INCOMPETENCE
If false, LOATHSOME LIES will be exposed
John 8:32
KARMA will strike
with NO mercy
😂 We the people can cry too…and we are not dumbasses. Capisch..creepos.
Now we are laughing at YOU! Wahahahah!
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Fortnum and Mason’s, LONDON

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The suave and sophisticated Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about MR. Fortnum and…

MASON, Esquire…whose world renowned deapartment store is where H. M. The Queen does her shopping for the Royal Household. OMG! Yummie! I absolutely adore Fortnum & Mason’s for the Cheeses, Game PIes, Chocolates, Wines, Jams, Paddinton Bear’s Marmalade and lots, lots MORE!!!! Restaurants, Menswear and other goodies abound. Tons better tha harrods, the haunt of the culture-less, spiritually bankrupt nouveau riche! Wahahahah! 🙂 Not to mention, but I will mention it anyway, now owned by vile state sponsor of radical islamic terrorism…queer qatar.

 

 

This month, Fortnum’s will introduce delicious new additions from Highgrove in beautiful new packaging. This fresh look is inspired by the magnificent gardens and grounds of HRH The Prince of Wales’ home in Gloucestershire and has touches of botanical motifs. Alongside brand-new products across tea, coffee and confectionery, many of the recipes in the Highgrove collection have been reworked with exemplary new ingredients. Following a long relationship between the two brands, based on shared principles of providing the finest foods created by artisanal producers, Fortnum & Mason is delighted to unveil this new range that elegantly unites iconic provenance with craftmanship.

 

Among the new additions is the Organic Garden Berry Tea, with a sunshine-bright infusion of sweet, ripe berries that embodies the gardens, as well as an elegant, medium roast Organic Coffee Blend with tasting notes of chocolate and dried fruits. Newness in sweets includes a sublime new salted caramel fudge, crafted in Cornwall by a family-run confectioner, and Almonds, Hazelnuts and Ginger, all covered in delicious organic chocolate. These moreish treats are perfect for after-dinner or make for a delicious gift.

Highgrove ‘haute delights’ !

In over 35 years since HRH The Prince of Wales has lived at Highgrove, the land has flourished producing the very finest organic food. In addition to the new design illustrating this, the rework of the packaging also considers sustainability – one of the brand’s key focuses. All single use and non-recyclable plastic has been removed and teabags will be made from Soylon – a compostable corn-starch material. All labels will be paper backed with no plastic used and, in the new year, all compostable flow wraps will cover biscuits.

 

Fortnum’s has also worked with Highgrove to create a vintage organic champagne to celebrate the landmark 70thbirthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.

 

Alongside these new products, Highgrove’s refreshed collection brings customers the quality and provenance they have grown to expect from the brand across organic preserves, biscuits, confectionery and alcohol, all made by small artisanal producers.

 

New products will debut exclusively in all Fortnum & Mason stores and on www.fortnumandmason.comon 22nd October 2018, in addition to Highgrove stores. The full list of products is available on request.

I respect HRH The Prince of Wales. He was very dashing in his youth…alas the time after that his life became somewhat…

The French say: C’est complique, n’est pas…C’est la vie,  mes amis…

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