Jolly J W Marriott South Beach

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The audacious and inspiring Travelling Gourmet TM goes to Singapore’s newest hotel, the JW…

MARRIOTT South Beach which is right in the heart of the Civic District. You enter to be greeted by a huge floor to ceiling ever changing psychedelic wall mural. Getting here is breeze because you can go the Raffles City MRT station which is linked by an underground walkway to Esplanade MRT station. Once you come out of Esplanade MRT station on South Beach Avenue you are here.

The Club rooms and suites are very comfortable and the contemporary decor boasts a lot of steel and glass. The blinds and curtains open and close at the touch of a button giving you great views of Suntec City and more. The bathroom has a big bath tub for soaking an Jo Malone soaps and toiletries from London. The shower is very easy to use unlike some where it takes some time to figure out how to switch it on. The Executive Lounge for Club room and suites guests is titanic and serves complimentary breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Cocktails and Canapés and even has a full Bar! I really like coming here for some pre-dinner canapés and a glass or two of Taittinger champagne and a Vodka Martini shaken not stirred, Ha! Ha!


JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach

30, Beach Road

Singapore 189763

Tel: +65 6818 1888


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Around the World in 15 plates!

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The exuberant and impeccable Travelling Gourmet TM has moments of sheer culinary Ecstacy in…

MOMENTS…this superb fine dining 2 Michelin Star restaurant in Barcelona is a place where you can try incredibly unique and delicious dishes, created by Head Chef Raül Balam. My good friend Raül is the son of celebrated Chef Carme Ruscadela. The gold and amber hues of the dining room create a magical and mystical ambience to further enhance your dining pleasure. At the end of the room there is a large clear glass window which allows you to watch the Chef Raül & his team whipping up a tornado! When I was there, Raül told me enthusiastically as he brought me on a tour of his kitchen, “You must try ‘The Trip’!” I was absolutely delighted to taste his special Menu which reflects the cuisines of different cities al over the world. In each city of the special menu there is a Mandarin Oriental hotel, and Chef Raul creates the dishes of that region, while simultaneously highlighting amazing Spanish & Catalan products used in each irresistible dish. Despite having dined in many top Michelin Starred restaurants from Rome to Berlin, many of the dishes surprised and impressed me no end! The culinary TRIP began with…

At the end of my most amazing and memorable meal…I had taken a delectable journey deep into the heart of gastronomic excellence and creativity. As Chef Raül puts it, “Our cooking has to be a fiesta in the mouth!” Ay Yai! Yai! Caramba! Si, mi amigos, I had gone around the world in 15 delicious plates!!! If there is but one restaurant you have time for when you are in Barcelona, it is MOMENTS! BRAVO! BRAVO Chef Raül!

  • Moments Restaurant
  • Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
  • Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
  • Tel: +34 93 151 88 88

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La Sagrada Familia Basilica

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On a gastronomic safari in Europe, the inimitable and audacious Travelling Gourmet TM went to one of the wonders of Barcelona, namely the…

MAGNIFICENT Basilica built by architect extraordinaire Antonio Gaudi! This must-see titanic Basilica is one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona. I was amazed to learn that it has been under construction since 1882 ! It is still under construction in parts although now using modern materials which is controversial… According to the current Chief Architect Jordi Fauli, the master plan is to have the towers and most of the church’s structure completed in 2026 in time for the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Gaudi won the patronage of some of Barcelona’s wealthiest industrialists and upper-crust families, who commissioned him to build gorgeous homes and other daring buildings and parks which have helped make Barcelona a world famous tourist destination.

I was awestruck to see this architectural marvel, and to admire the ueber-colourful stained glass and other incredible aspects of this Basilica. The super high ceilings give the visitor a sense of wonder. There is a small amphitheatre perched 60 metres (196 feet) above the floor of the church from where you can gaze at the church’s stained glass windows and imposing arching ceilings.The energetic can climb to the top for panoramic views! Just visiting this Basilica is a very humbling experience. Inside there is a superb and very informative museum. The souvenir shop is also well worth a visit for unique souvenirs to remember your visit. One thing you must be aware of is be prepared for the long queues for the Security Screening in these dangerous times, before you can enter. Note too that Swiss Army knives are prohibited.

The Basilica had more than 3.2 million visitors in 2014 thus making it one of the most popular tourist sites in Spain! What more can I say? Antonio Gaudi was indisputably a genius!

La Sagrada Familia Basilica
Carrer Mallorca, 401
08013 Barcelona, España.

Opening hours:
November – February: 09:00 – 18:00
March: 09:00 – 19:00
April – September: 09:00 – 20:00
October: 09:00 – 19:00
25 and 26 December, 01 and 06 January: 09:00 – 14:00

Disabled Access: Yes

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The best workout from Sweaty Betty…

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The irrepressible and irreverent Travelling Gourmet TM tries out Sweaty Betty’s 31 days to FIT Program… and finds that the BEST workout is from…

MODELFIT by pretty Vanessa Packer…

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Amazing Akira Back Restaurant!

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The audacious and irreverent Travelling Gourmet TM goes to an old Army Camp to taste…

MOUTHWATERING Modern Japanese cuisine with Tex-Mex and Korean influences in global Chef Akira Back’s newest restaurant in sunny Singapore. It is in the basement of South Beach Avenue which used to be a British Army Camp. Subsequently it became a Singapore Armed Forces Camp. Years later all these historic military building and barracks were converted to the South Beach Hotel run by the South Beach Consortium…later it metamorphosed into the JW Marriott South Beach after a US$20 million renovation. Newly opened on December 15, 2016, this huge 634 room luxury hotel will have 9 Food & Beverage outlets, of which five are operating now. The French designer Philippe Starck’s handprints are evident in the steel, glass and chrome rooms as well as bars and restaurants.

The hotel rooms are spread out over two buildings, the East and South towers. There are also three Heritage buildings. I liked the “Ladies Only” rooms which are done up in shades of pink right down to the bedroom slippers. The building that used to house the British Army NCO Club shall have four F & B outlets that are not yet open. The top class 10-treatment room Spa by JW goes into the second floor of the East Tower and is slated  open in the second quarter of 2017.

For the South Beach hotel, JW Marriott is also developing nine food-and-beverage outlets. These are not limited to the hotel’s premises, but spread across the South Beach development. The plus point for this area is that it is directly linked to City Hall MRT and Esplanade MRT stations making access very hassle-free.

At this time, five Food & Beverage outlets are open! Beach Road Kitchen boasts live chef cooking stations is located on Level 1 in a separate block from the hotel rooms. I love the name Court Martial Bar, which serves speciality cocktails in one of the conservation buildings. Through the glass floor you can see the preserved artifacts from the time when it was a British Army vehicle repair and maintenance workshop through the glass floor! You enjoy living history with your exotic cocktails!

Other captivating options are Gastropub Media Bar, Gin & Tonic themed cocktail bar called Tonic (what else!) and alluring  Akira Back, a modern Japanese restaurant that infuses Korean elements into the food.

JW Marriott manages three of South Beach’s conservation buildings. On is the former Non-Commissioned Officers Club building. It was supposed to be a private members-only club, but will now have four restaurants and bars inside that are Born inopen to the public.

Akira is Korean but cooks JAPANESE!

Born in South Korea, Chef Akira Back, 42, was inspired to open his cutting-edge restaurant in the South Beach hotel because of its unique potential. A most unusual Chef…he used to be a professional SNOWBOARDER in Colorado, USA where he was brought up. Akira owns a few restaurants across Asia, including an outlet in JW Marriott New Delhi.

He says simply : “I want people to come to my restaurant and get comfortable, and mingle with new faces across the long tables. ”





Akira Back Restaurant

JW Marriott South Beach Singapore

30 Beach Road, Access via Nicoll Highway

Singapore 189763

Tel: +65 6818 1888


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Service with Honor!

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The irreverent and irrepressible Ttavelling Gourmet TM is a poet but most do not know it…Wahahahah! It rhymes!

An original poem by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM..

When I am inspired…I can compose a poem in a short while…I do not need to walk aimlessly in the forests or woods or jungles and listen to the babbling brook or see the clouds floating in the blue sky…or get roaring drunk like Li Bai and some others…QUATSCH!


Attitude and Service

Bad attitude equals bad service

Good attitude means good service

Those who work with no passion

produce bad results

From their bad attitude comes bitter fruits of

Customer complaints

leading to them being FIRED!

Those who serve with Honor


produce very outstanding products

leading to Praise from customers

and PROMOTION and higher pay and

Recognition! A fruitful future!

It is a matter of choices…

Choose well mes amis!


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A Poem on People and things

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An original poem by the implacable and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM who is a bit of a POET…but…

MOST do not know it…It rhymes!Wahahah! 🙂


People are not things

Unless they can be bought

which means they can also be sold

People are not things

if they are FREE and fight for a cause or for their country

and NOT for money

Then they are mere mercenaries

People are not things

and people who think that people are things that can be bought and sold…

THEY are things and one day they will be bought by others and sold…

Free men and women have no price.

They are priceless.

Those who do not value good people

Those imbeciles who do not appreciate good people

DO NOT deserve the love and kindness of good people

They deserve whatever their bad KARMA brings them.

People are not things.

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