The Travelling Gourmet on ICE…

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The astute and audacious Travelling Gourmet TM is positively shocked at this…
MOST unexpected developement…
Where’s the ICE man??
 
To be brutally frank which is not my usual style, Korean Ice Desserts are the biggest CON in F & B…although it can be very pleasing to the eye and to the palate too…it is mainly ICE…shaved with some milk in it! The food cost is so blooming LOW! The margin so HIGH “and yet” as my best friend Kenneth Hui in HK always says…it is not open…Pour quoi! Warum? Wieso? Per que? Orchard Road rentals,as some highly placed reliable sources say, are higher than in New York and Paris…I had a friend who was paying S$ 30,000 a month in rent for his gourmet Japanese restaurant…As The Travelling Gourmet TM Dr. Michael Lim I have seen so many open and then not open…C’est la vie…et c’est le monde n’est pas mes amis…That is precisely why when many friends & associates implore me to open my own Bistro, as I am a trained professional Chef, I always reply,” I prefer to be a consultant and to write about them…than to run and operate them…:-)” Wahahaha!
Only 10% of new F & B outlets worldwide in general are open after one year in business…chew on that…
 
THE MAN IN THE ARENA
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

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Mandarin Oriental Knightsbridge London and…Rosebery Lounge!

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The inimitable and expressive Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about the Rosebery’s NEW and most exciting feature…I simply adore the Afternoon Tea here! OMG! SO bloody good!

 

 ONE of The Travelling Gourmet TM’s most favourite watering holes in merrie olde London…
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US INtel Chiefs warns of the ‘red menace’…

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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On February 14 February 2018 this day of romance and LOVE that is Valentine’s Day…the implacable and irascible Travelling Gourmet TM is SHOCKED at the latest news about the red…
MENACE…Spies from prc – people’s republic of communist china are everywhere! Lierally! OMG!
 
Ministry of State Security [MSS]
Guojia Anquan Bu [Guoanbu]
 
The Ministry of State Security (MSS) is the Chinese Government’s intelligence arm, responsible for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations. Aside from the MSS, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), General Staff Second and Third Departments also engage in military intelligence and counterintelligence operations. The People’s Republic of China’s intelligence infrastructure is the third largest after the United States and Russia. The organizational structure of the MSS reflects the structure of the Russian KGB/SVR/FSB. The MSS is responsible to the premier and state council, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Political Science and Law Commission oversees ministry activities.
***In terms of personnel, the MSS favors non-professional intelligence agents such as travelers, businessmen, and academics with a special emphasis on the overseas Chinese students and high-tech Chinese professionals working abroad with access to sensitive technological material***
 
The double-edged sword of open academics
[[DFBI Wray pointed to China’s use of unconventional intelligence sources at US universities as a salient example of China’s reach.
 
In intelligence jargon, “collectors” are individuals who collect intelligence on behalf of agencies or governments. And he said they’ve infiltrated American universities.
 
“I think in this setting, I would just say that the use of non-traditional collectors – especially in the academic setting, whether it’s professors, scientists, students – we see in almost every field office that the FBI has around the country,” Wray said.
 
“They’re exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have which we all revere, but they’re taking advantage of it,” DFBI Wray added, noting that there is a “naivete” amid academics about the risks posed by foreign nationals at universities.]]
 
In respect to domestic intelligence activities, the MSS is responsible for the surveillance and recruitment of businessmen, researchers and officials visiting from abroad. While the MSS has only visibly subjected dissidents and foreign journalists to surveillance measures, an intricate network of more clandestine surveillance is conducted by state ministries, academic institutions and the military-industrial complex. Surveillance equipment, both video equipment and wiretaps, are often hidden in hotels frequented by foreigners. Surveillance activities range from conversations with visiting scholars, to obtaining information in a certain field, to active recruitment of agents.
Ministry of State Security [MSS]
Guojia Anquan Bu [Guoanbu]
The Ministry of State Security (MSS) is the Chinese Government’s intelligence arm, responsible for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations. Aside from the MSS, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), General Staff Second and Third Departments also engage in military intelligence and counterintelligence operations. The People’s Republic of China’s intelligence infrastructure is the third largest after the United States and Russia. The organizational structure of the MSS reflects the structure of the Russian KGB. The MSS is responsible to the premier and state council, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Political Science and Law Commission oversees ministry activities. In terms of personnel, the MSS favors non-professional intelligence agents such as travelers, businessmen, and academics with a special emphasis on the overseas Chinese students and high-tech Chinese professionals working abroad with access to sensitive technological material.
 
In respect to domestic intelligence activities, the MSS is responsible for the surveillance and recruitment of businessmen, researchers and officials visiting from abroad. While the MSS has only visibly subjected dissidents and foreign journalists to surveillance measures, an intricate network of more clandestine surveillance is conducted by state ministries, academic institutions and the military-industrial complex. Surveillance equipment, both video equipment and wiretaps, are often hidden in hotels frequented by foreigners. Surveillance activities range from conversations with visiting scholars, to obtaining information in a certain field, to active recruitment of agents.
The Ministry of State Security (MSS) is the Chinese Government’s intelligence arm, responsible for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations. Aside from the MSS, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), General Staff Second and Third Departments also engage in military intelligence and counterintelligence operations. The People’s Republic of China’s intelligence infrastructure is the third largest after the United States and Russia. The organizational structure of the MSS reflects the structure of the Russian KGB. The MSS is responsible to the premier and state council, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Political Science and Law Commission oversees ministry activities. In terms of personnel, the MSS favors non-professional intelligence agents such as travelers, businessmen, and academics with a special emphasis on the overseas Chinese students and high-tech Chinese professionals working abroad with access to sensitive technological material.
 
In respect to domestic intelligence activities, the MSS is responsible for the surveillance and recruitment of businessmen, researchers and officials visiting from abroad. While the MSS has only visibly subjected dissidents and foreign journalists to surveillance measures, an intricate network of more clandestine surveillance is conducted by state ministries, academic institutions and the military-industrial complex. Surveillance equipment, both video equipment and wiretaps, are often hidden in hotels frequented by foreigners. Surveillance activities range from conversations with visiting scholars, to obtaining information in a certain field, to active recruitment of agents.
From high level very relaible sources…
EVERY prc/china citizen has to go to the mss office BEFORE being given permission to travel overseas on the explicit and implicit undertaking that when called upon they have to do their patriotic duty…failing which you can imagine what will happen to their relatives and nearest & dearest back in prc…for sure they will not be plied with caviar and champagne…not even on Valentine’s Day…capisch
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Ignoramus persons stick to fried rice ok!

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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All food photos are of REAL food with NO photoshop

ALL ‘Likes” are REAL and ARE NOT FAKE ‘Likes’ bought in blocks of 3000 like some pathetic persons who give bloggers a bad name…those in the know, know who we are referring too an there is more than one capisch!

 

The mischievious and macchiavellian Travelling Gourmet TM was in the outstanding chill-out wine bar and ‘makan place’ extraordinaire when he was…

MOST flabbergasted by a tall chicom man with wife and two children ( I sometimes refuse to use ‘kids’ which are actually the term for baby goats…just for the Hell of it!). He said loudly to my friend the Chef at the open hot cooking station, “beef too raw..no cook enough.” The young bespectacled Chef, used to such gastronomic IGNORAMUS types, asked him nicely what ‘doneness’ he wanted so he could make him another beef tenderloin, The moron replied, “medium rare..” WAHAHAHAH! My eyes popped out googly-like! To be brutally frank which is not my usual style, “Everyone can eat gourmet food BUT NOT everyone should eat gourmet food.” Gastronomically challenged cretins PLEASE stick to Fried Rice and Mee Goreng ok!

What more can we do…

The true story continues…his mousy wife clearly stressed by the two little boys like monkeys went to complain to the Chef, “Beef OVERCOOKED!” What the Hell! Goondooism at its FINEST!!! 🙂

What more, what more can we do???

 

Gastro-goondoos!

Chefs who are experienced in dealing with such diners know how to take these gastro-goondoos like water off a duck’s back! Hell, they are paying premium $$$$ so just humor them, n’est pas Wahahahah! I had to discreetly warn my friends in 10 Scotts of the Grand Hyatt about the gang of four…I have friends in very high and very low places…

Terrific 10 Scotts!

The fabulous food and winsome wines in 10 Scotts of the Grand Hyatt speaks for themselves. Consistent, delicious, well prepared and served by charming and svelte South Korean and Taiwanese and Singaporean waitresses like Hui Xuan. I had two helpings of the Beef Tenderloin with Creamed SAS (Smooth as Silk) served ‘medium’and super-cute Petit pois (baby sugar peas)…and they were PERFECT! Eating is believing. Your Honor, I rest my case…but then, humbly and most respectfully…I am THE Travelling Gourmet TM 🙂 Die dummer Schwachsinnigeren sind ueberall…wahahahah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

PEACE and war

We all want PEACE

Few want war

And yet man kills

His fellow man

For oil, money, land, pride, femme fatales…

Old men give the orders

Young foolish men kill

Or be killed

The world spins

Life goes on…

Man never learns

From history

Like napoleon and hitler

Invading Russia

To be destroyed by General Winter

Kill or be killed

Learn or suffer

The choice for all

 

 

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The Travelling Gourmet TM’s SAS -Short & Sweet Review of Makan@JEN!

 Story & Photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The exuberant and energetic TRavelling Gourmet TM finds the Gateway to good food at…

MOUTHWATERING MAKAN@Jen!

On the 10th Floor of Hotel Jen@Gateway. Hotel Jen at Gateway is part of the celebrated Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts group. As The TRavelling Gourmet TM I must say that the Chinese New Year of the Earth DOG Prosperity Dishes are SUPER-YUMMIE!

I started with the Yu Sheng made with healthy Persimmon and an Asian inpired dressing of persimmon, lemon grass, assam and kalamansi (lime). I was pleased that NO cancer causing Palm Oil is used in the F & B outlets of Hotel Jen@Gateway! There was also Norwegian Salmon in the tossed fish salad which was actually created in Singapore not that long ago.

 

 

The super-rich and luxurious Pen Cai is to inflitrate in to North Korea to assassinate little rocket boy kim for! OMG yummie! Wolfberries, Gingko Nuts for our little grey cells and more!

Hotel Jen Gateway Pen Cai20180123_194035_resized

 

Hotel Jen Gateway Konnyaku dessert20180123_204223_resized

Reduced Sugar Konnyaku Gelee Dessert with White Fungus and Brain-Power Bluberries and strawberries is yummielicious!

 

The Travelling Gourmet TM Dr. Michael Lim says: Eat well, Drink well…to be well! 🙂

 

https://www.hoteljen.com/singapore/orchardgateway/taste/restaurants/makan/?WT.mc_id=HJOG_201801_SINGAPORE_SOCIAL_BLOG_POST_TEXTLINK_CNY2018MT2_EN

Jen’s Prosperity Feast:

16 – 18 February 2018

Brunch @ SGD45++ (12.30pm to 3.00 pm) (Menu available)

Dinner @ SGD78++ (6.30pm to 10.00pm) (Menu available)

*Available at Makan@Jen

Tel: (65) 6708 8888 Call to make reservations for the Chinese New Year Prosperity Menu!

Hotel Jen Gateway

277 Orchard Road

Singapore 238858

 

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Rangers raid Point du Hoc! Normandie… D-Day…where unsurpassed courage was a shared virtue!

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The indomitable and implacable Travelling Gourmet TM visits with great respect and humility…Pointe du Hoc where the incredible bravery and audacity of the US Army Rangers won the day and…

MADE them feared by their foes and respected by their allies. The Rangers are legendary airborne warriors on par with the Royal Marines Commandos! Anyone, libtards excluded, who sees this wind swept crop of hard rock with 100 feet high unforgiving vertical cliffs can only wonder…and be absolutely awestruck at the feat of arms that was accomplished here, not so very long ago. Against near overwhelming odds, the Rangers struck at dawn and prevailed. Scaling the cliffs under enemy fire, when a Ranger fell, another took his place with steely determination. Despite very heavy loss of life failure was not an option.

I was at Pointe du Hoc. Seventy three years almost to the day…Looking at the choppy wild waves of the sea…I said a prayer for those that died. Life and death came fast and furious to many on that day. The cold, biting wind cut through my light windbreaker. The sky was bright but with many grey clouds. My Brietlin told me it was 11:38. It was summer. Cold. Very windy.

At the SAS – simple and stark, Ranger Memorial, I sang Edith Piaf’s famous song which she dedicated to La Legion Etrangere, “Je ne regrette rien!” in honour of these brave and indomitable warriors. Tears of inspiration and much respect welled up in my eyes. Past memories came flooding inside my mind. It was an emotional moment.

Many bomb and shell craters dot this war torn landscape that is preserved like in a time warp as it was all those 73 years ago…

At the C3 (Command Control Communications) centre of the German garrison at Pointe du Hoc the blackened scorch marks of thermite incendiary grenades can still be seen… plus bullet holes and shrapnel marks gouged out in the concrete.

 

D Day

6 June, 1944

At H Hour, 0630, the three companies of the 2nd Rangers, led by Colonel Rudder, were scheduled to touch down at the foot of the cliffs and deliver their assault. They totaled about 225 men, including a headquarters detachment.

Assault Plans 

The three companies selected for the mission at Pointe du Hoe had received intensive training and had developed special equipment for the operation. During April and May, at Swanage near the picturesque Isle of Wight, the personnel had been thoroughly trained by hard practice in rope and ladder work on rugged cliffs like those of the French coast, combined with landing exercises in difficult choppy waters. Swanage is actually on the remote Isle of Purbeck on the British mainland. Personnel of battle hardened British Commando units gave all possible help, based on their bloody experience in hit and run coastal raids. As a result of experiments with all types of equipment for escalade, main reliance was placed on ropes to be carried over the cliff tops…fired by rockets; in addition, the assault wave would take along extension ladders. British landing craft (LCA’s) with British crews were used both in the training and in the actual operation.

Ten LCA’s would be sufficient to boat the three small Ranger companies and headquarters party, including signal and medical personnel, with an average of  21-22 men on a craft. (*Each Ranger company averaged 65 Rangers}

Each LCA was fitted with three pairs of rocket mounts, at bow, amidship, and stern, wired so that they could be fired in series of pairs from one control point at the stern. Plain H -inch ropes were carried by one pair of rockets, affixed to the rocket’s base by a connecting wire. A second pair was rigged for rope of the same size fitted with toggles, small wooden crossbars a few inches long inserted at about one-foot intervals ; the third pair of rockets was attached to light rope ladders with rungs every two feet. The rockets were headed by grapnels. The rope or ladder for each rocket was coiled in a box directly behind the rocket mount. Each craft carried, in addition to the six mounted rockets, a pair of small, hand-projector-type rockets attached to plain ropes. These could be easily carried ashore if necessary.

Extension ladders were of two types. One, carried by each LCA, consisted of 112 feet of tubular-steel, 4-foot sections weighing 4 pounds each; these ladders were partly assembled in advance in 16-foot lengths. For mounting the whole ladder in escalade work, a man would climb to the top of a length, haul up and attach the next 16-foot section, and repeat this process until the necessary height was reached. As a final auxiliary for climbing, four DUKWs would come in close behind the first wave, each carrying a 100-foot extension ladder, fire-department type, with three folding sections. Two Lewis machine guns were mounted at the top of each of these ladders, which would be particularly useful for getting up supplies.

Speed was essential for this operation, and the small assault force was equipped for intense speed & shock (SAS) action of limited duration, with a minimum load of supplies and weapons. Dressed in fatigue uniform, each Ranger carried only a D-bar for rations, two “pineapple” grenades, and his weapon, normally the M-1 rifle plus ammunition.

Mk2 Pineapple Fragmentation anti-personnel grenade

A few of the men selected for going first up the ropes carried .45 caliber pistols or .30 caliber M1-carbines. Heavier weapons were limited to four BAR’s and two light mortars per company.

 

The BAR aka Browning Automatic Rifle. A very heavy weapon with a 20 round magazine that is very unwieldy but reliable in combat.

 

 M14 Incendiary Thermite grenades. Also used by elite teams of MACV-SOG behind enemy lines in VN, to incinerate themselves beyond identification if in danger of being captured by the vile vc

Ten Thermite grenades, for demolition, were distributed within each company. Two supply boats (LCA’s) would come in a few minutes after the assault wave, with packs, extra rations and ammunition, two 81 -mm mortars, demolitions, and equipment for hauling supplies up the cliff.

 

The M-1 Carbine is a beautiful and compact weapon…but having used them, I can tell you that it is only good for close work and lacks stopping power.

 

The powerful and very accurate autoloading M1 Garand rifle with three 8-round clips..far superior to the German Wehrmacht’s bolt action Mauser rifle.

Sounds like a plan…

The tactical plan provided for Companies E and F to assault on the east side of the Point, and Company D on the west . On reaching the cliff top, each boat team had a series of specific objectives, beginning with the gun emplacements and other fortifications on the Point. With these first objectives taken, most of the force was to push out immediately to the south, reach the coastal highway which was a main communications lateral for German defenses of the Grandcamp-Vierville coast, and hold a position controlling that road to the west until the arrival of the 116th Infantry from Vierville. If the assault at Omaha went according to schedule, the 116th would be at Pointe du Hoe before noon. Long before then, the main body of Rangers (eight companies) should have followed in at the Point to strengthen the foothold won by the initial assault.

As a final feature of the plans, fire support after the landing would be available on call from supporting naval craft and from artillery landing after 0800 near Vierville. A Naval Shore Fire Control Party (12 men) and a forward observer of the 58th Armored Field Artillery Battalion were attached to Colonel Rudder’s headquarters, which was distributed among the four LCA’s carrying Company E.

The Landing

D-Day weather was unfavorable for a landing assault, with rough seas that imperiled small landing craft during their approach to the beaches. The sea here is very rough even in good days with powerful waves! Early visibility along the coast was poor, and an eastward-setting tidal current helped to produce errors in navigation. The results, on the Omaha Beach sectors, were delays in reaching shore and enough mislanding of assault craft to interfere seriously with the early schedule for the attack. The Ranger force did not escape these difficulties.

The nine LCA’s touched down on a front of about 500 yards, the right-hand craft just under the tip of Pointe du Hoe, and the others spaced fairly evenly. No great distance separated some -of the boat teams, but according to plan they went into action as separate units, each facing its particular problems of escalade and opposition.

In certain general respects, their problems were similar. The 30-yard strip of beach between water and cliff had been completely cratered by bombs. The craters were to handicap the unloading of men and supplies and were to render the DUKWs useless after landing, for these craft were nowhere able to cross the sand and get close enough to the cliff to reach it with their extension ladders. The cliff face showed extensive marks of the naval and air bombardment; huge chunks of the top had been torn out, forming talus mounds at the base. A few grenades were thrown down or rolled over the edge as the first Rangers crossed the sand, and enemy small-arms fire came from scattered points along the cliff edge. Particularly dangerous was enfilade fire, including automatic weapons, from the German position on the left flank of the beach. Once at the foot of the cliff the Rangers were better off, for the piles of debris gave partial defilade from the flanking fires, and the enemy directly above would have to expose themselves in order to place observed fire or to aim their grenades.

Naval support came to the aid of the Rangers at this critical moment.

The Rangers that had made it to the beach made their way up to the base of the cliff just west of the draw. Only 31 men of C Company made it so far. With the Ranger force pinned down, 4 soldiers, Lt William Moody, Lt Sidney Saloman, Sgt Julius Belcher and Sgt Richard Garrett, began to pick their way up a small crevice using their bayonets for leverage until they finally reached the top of the cliff. They quickly dropped ropes and the Rangers began to climb. By 07.30, C Company was on top of the ridge facing a fortified house.

M1 Garand rifle bayonet..Cold steel, they don’t like it up them.

 

The Rangers assaulted the house and Lt Moody kicked in the door, killed the officer in charge and led the search of the trenches dug behind. The Rangers began the systematic destruction of the pillboxes and positions using grenades, rifles and even their bayonets. Lt Moody was killed clearing one pillbox and command fell to Lt Saloman. Vicious no holds barred hand to hand fighting ensued. Kill or be killed. Sgt Belcher led a furious charge of the German machine gun positions that were pouring a murderous fire down onto Omaha. Using white phosphorous grenades, the Rangers coolly shot the Germans as they fled the burning positions.

Colt M1911 A1 .45 caliber with the sleek, chic profile of a ravishing Italian lady I know. Very good stopping power and reliable when well maintained.

 

Companies A and B of the 2nd Ranger Battalion and the entire 5th Ranger Battalion, came ashore at Omaha shortly before 08.00 and drove inland to link up with C Company.

BOMB AND SHELL HOLES in the narrow strip of rocky beach, at the foot of the cliffs, slowed the Rangers in getting to the shelter of the cliffs after landing. They perservered with iron will.

 

 

For battlefield tours and historical tours in Normandy, The Travelling Gourmet TM recommends mon bon ami multi-lingual Frédéric Maillard of normandifferently@admirall-co.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Dares Wins

 

 

…and see once more…

 

 

 

 

To be continued…work in progress…

Thank you for visiting! We appreciate it 🙂

 

 

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