Palace by the Potomac at Mandarin Oriental DC

Palace by the Potomac…

Luxury in Washington DC at the…MANDARIN ORIENTAL

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

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Palace by the Potomac…

The inimitable and intrepid Travelling Gourmet jets on Singapore Airlines to the city of wheeling & dealing, political Power and spooks, and stays in the…

MANDARIN Oriental Washington DC…

I was very impressed with the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Washington DC, and its very good location within walking distance of the Washington Monument and many other famous sights. Where I stayed, I enjoyed stunning and spectacular views of the Washington Marina, the Potomac River, Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial as well as the splendid skyline of the capital. Two sleek boats in the Marina caught my eye and their names were inspiring. One was named “Patriot II” and the other “Freedom”. To be precise, the body of water is the Washington Channel which feeds in to the mighty Potomac River.

Beautiful bathroom!

The large ergonomically designed bathroom has a separate and spacious shower as well as a bath tub. Really well designed and equipped with premium amenities. I loved soaking in the big triangular bathtub with a view of the Jefferson Memorial…a glass of Bollinger Grande Cuvee 1992 to hand. The cuddly fluffy pillows and firm mattress of the big bed made me sleep like a happy baby. Throughout this palatial hotel are intriguing and expensive Asian objets d’art. When I checked in…I admired two Oriental silk jackets on display behind the counter. A clear glass teapot on a heater was filled with fragrant Jing Silver Needle Jasmine Tea, and the pretty lady at Reception kindly offered me a cup to welcome me. A very nice gesture which I appreciated very much. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

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The lobby’s charming & colourful centrepiece is an exotic floral display.

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MUZE for yummie food!

I savoured very eclectic cuisine and gastronomic delights in Muze by cheerful and knowledgeable Chef Adam Tanner. Modern American cuisine with Thai and Asian influences is the order of the day in this restaurant. Chef Adam’s wife hails from Thailand, the Land of Smiles, and he loves Asian cuisine! I wonder why…:-)

The Sashimi of Tuna and Salmon is really good and comes in chunky 6mm thick slices! Maine Lobster XO with Shitake Mushrooms is a real winner when it comes to gourmet food! Ich liebe es sehr! (I love it very much in German). Sticky Dan Dan Noodles is an authentic interpretation of the classic Beijing dish. You do not have to be Asian to cook good Asian cuisine if you are a very good Chef! Enjoying  cosmopolitan epicurean delights here is “de rigeur”. While feasting,  keep your eyes peeled…and you may just see some VVIPs that frequently appear on the world stage. …Yes,  here is where the elite, rich and powerful Congressmen, Power Brokers, Senators, spooks, foreign Presidents and their paramours, or shall we say “personal assistants” come for power breakfasts, lunches and dinners…They discuss crucial and important deals over good food and fine wines. My lips are sealed when it comes to naming the VVIPs that like to come here. I am nothing if not discreet. Discretion is my middle name…

For something unusual, I recommend the mouthwatering hors d’oeuvre called the the Tropical Roll.It is a Sushi Roll with crispy Soft Shell Crab! Only available in season. A very pleasing contemporary American interpretation of a classic Japanese dish! I matched it with clean and crisp Eroica 2014 Reisling that had very good acidity and balance. Rieslings, especially German and Alsacienne Rieslings like Hugel always go well with seafood. Alas, my pal Etienne Hugel has gone to the great winery in the sky…but Trimbach has replaced him more or less…Trimbach Rieslings are pretty good too…

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Captivating crispy CRAB! Super yummie! Marries very well with a good Riesling!

In marvellous MUZE, the discerning gourmet can savor authentic Asian dishes as well as new wave Modern American cuisine made from the freshest A1 ingredients.

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They also have Wine tasting with captivating  Canapes regularly…I love cooking with wine…sometimes I even put it in the food 🙂

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From L to R, effervescebt Emmie Lancaster, Director of Communications, Executive Chef Adam Tanner and The Travelling Gourmet TM

SAS = Swim & Spa!

My Breitling Titanium watch woke me up at 07:00. I love Breitling and I love Titanium. Titanium is 600 times stronger than steel…I brushed my teeth carefully, and then it was off to the high tech Gym and then the pool! I adored swimming in the spotlessly clean rectangular lap pool everyday although the water temperature was a little chilly. At 50 feet long you can swim laps and burn lots of Calories after enjoying delicious gourmet meals  here. Never mind if the water is a bit chilly because when the water is cold, your body burns more Calories to maintain your body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. That is good. The water caresses your body as you glide through it. The high tech Gym is very nice too! As The Travelling Gourmet TM I work out daily. I have to after tasting all the food and wines! The tranquil and mystical Spa is also not to be missed. You can feel completely re-energised and de-stressed after having some treatments here including massages and facials by beautiful ladies for other ladies…

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Chill Out Club Lounge

In the evening, the views of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial are spectacular. They shimmer and glimmer in the moonlight like the incredible icons that they are. Washington DC is a very magnificent city and very well planned by t he French architect, Pierre L’Enfant so many decades ago.. The exclusive Lounge on level 8 was very welcoming for breakfast plus tea & coffee throughout the day. Cookies and tempting snacks too are on offer. In the early evening, captivating canapes and Cocktails whet your appetite before you go for your gourmet dinner…Be careful NOT to overindulge lest your tummy has no room for dinner! Opulent and chic furnishings in the best possible taste…make you feel pampered and happy. You feel like you are in a posh exclusive gentlemen’s club in the Hamptons when you are here. From the balcony you get the best panoramic photos and stunning views of the Washington Monument!

Another big bonus of staying in the Mandarin Oriental is that it is only 15 minutes to Reagan National Airport or DCA. This made taking my flights a breeze! Excellent for quick business trips.

 

Staying here made me think of one of my favorite songs popularized by Tina Turner, and interpreted with vim & vitality by Celine Dion sporting Christian Louboutin stilettos…much like Chef Adam’s masterful interpretation of Asian cuisine!

Das Leben es ist unbestimmt, isst erst den Nachtisch!

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC

1330 Maryland Avenue SW

Washington DC 20024

Tel: +1 (202) 554 8588

BREAKING NEWS! EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENTS at Mandarin Oriental Washington DC USA! Be there or be square! Wahahah! 🙂

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. Launches “A Taste of Southwest D.C.”
To Celebrate District Wharf Opening

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2017 Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. has launched A Taste of Southwest D.C. package providing guests the opportunity to experience Washington D.C.’s highly anticipated District Wharf. Located within walking distance of the hotel along the Southwest waterfront, the District Wharf provides guests with an assortment of dining options from nationally renowned chefs and local favorites, water activities, nightlife, live entertainment, and shopping. 

 Following a USD 20 million-dollar guestroom renovation, guests will enjoy newly refreshed accommodations, conveniently located across from the District Wharf with stunning and superb views of the waterfront and nearby historic monuments. 

 As a bonus, you can SAS – Savor & Sample the best that Southwest D.C has to offer with a USD 50 dining credit to use at Muze, an ‘East West Kitchen’ concept that features only the finest mostly sustainable local produce combined with distinctive and delightful flavors of South East Asia. The dining credit can also be applied towards savory bites and blow your mind hand-crafted cocktails in Empress Lounge.

 The culinary adventure continues with an additional USD 50 gift card to award-winning restaurateur Mike Isabella’s REQUIN, a contemporary interpretation of classic French cuisine, positioned along the waterfront at the District Wharf.  Incidentally, Requin means “Shark” when translated from the French…

Hence this song, one my favorites which I like to sing in Hochdeutsch (German). It came originally from the iconic and celebrated German Opera ”Die Dreigroschenoper”…

A Taste of Southwest D.C. package is available for booking with check-in starting October 20, 2017 and includes:

  • Two nights’ accommodation
  • USD 50 dining credit for use at hotel, once per stay
  • USD 50 gift card for Requin
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Guaranteed upgrade to a Water View guestroom

Rates for this package start at USD 295, based on double occupancy and a minimum two-night stay.

 Requin for modern French cuisine…

An upscale contemporary French concept from award-winning restaurateur Mike Isabella, Requin offers a modern interpretation of classic French cuisine. Executive chef Michael Rafidi, who also helms the kitchen at Isabella’s lauded Spanish and Moroccan restaurant Arroz, has designed a menu that creatively reworks traditional French dishes with fresh techniques, flavor profiles and presentations. A robust wine and champagne selection matches the upscale menu. Located in District Square as the only free-standing restaurant, Requin offers SAS – sweeping and splendid views of the waterfront, with patio seating available during the warmer months in spring and summer…   

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Viva Las Vegan! Wahahah!

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The irascible and irreverent Travelling Gourmet TM laughed and laughed while watching…

MOST exciting and pulse pounding “Kingsman The Golden Circle”! A irreverent movie about international insanity as a really totally wacko Gangster Boss who is a woman clearly based on Hillary ‘killary” Clinton…linked to voter fraud, rampant corruption, illicit narcotics trading, murder, intimidation and more…There is even a US President which (no prizes for guessing who he is based on) wants to win the war on drugs and narcotics in a “think-out-of-the-box way” Elton John the iconic musical genius famous for his wigs and psychedelic attire steals the show towards the end of the movie and even sings his hit song “Saturday night’s alright for fighting”. With very clever CGI and SFX Elton even does a Bruce Lee jumping Yoko Geri (flying side kick translated from the Japanese). OMG! It is hilarious! I recommend all those who like a really good Spy Action Comedy Thriller to see this movie! It is a masterpiece of irascible Galgen-Humor or “gallows humour” and black comedy. Some of the scenes are acgtually very, very DARK…Worth every cent!

From the very start, it is non-stop action all the way Jose! Gunfire, Karate, Cannibalism, Robotic attack dogs, amazing weapons, trendy gadgets, beautiful fast women…actually not that beautiful,  but what the hell alluring and seductive nonetheless…some of us have very discerning tastes n’est pas…:-)

Nice on location scenes in Italy…in the Dolomites. I recognise the area. I love Cortina d’Ampezzo high up in the Dolomiti…

Incidentally the name of the international nefarious and very deadly criminal organisation is…”The Golden Circle”, and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts layalty program is also called…The Golden Circle! Is Shangri-La like La Cosa Nostra then??? Wahahahah! 🙂

Statesman in the movie is a Whiskey distiller in Kentucky USA…that is also an espionage agency…so is Jack Daniels a cover for SPOOKS? 🙂 I like Jack Daniels neat…Is Jim Beam involved too???? 🙂

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Watch the movie and you will find out the true meaning of my headline: Viva Las Vegan…Wahahahah! 🙂

This movie is “James Bond 007” for the Millennials of the 21st Century! See it soon! A laugh a minute! 🙂

Merlin sings this evocative and poignant song in the movie…

 

https://cliptrends.com/make-it-real-kingsman-umbrella-gun.html

 

Fact NOT fiction. Art imitating life…life imitating Art… KGB Department V for Viktor…mokrie dela

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The story of Gabriel Pasternak…

…and then there were NONE…wahahahahah!

OMG Oh Madonna!

Revenge is a dish served very cold…old Sicilian proverb.

https://www.facebook.com/mo.nabbach.94   Scroll down to 30 Augusts 2017 19:27 for the video please. Absolutely hilarious! 🙂

 

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Crackpot cook anthony bourdain wants to POISON & KILL Donald Trump…

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The irascible and irreverent Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about a has-been crackpot cook whose latest lunatic idea is to threaten the life of the President of the United States of America which is a…

MOST serious offence.

March 21, 2010, a young man in Arlington, Texas posted a rant threatening the life of President Barack “obozo” Obama on the popular online classifieds site Craigslist. The post, which expressed anger over passage of the Affordable Care Act, stated the following: “It is time for Obama to die. I am dedicating my life to the death of Obama and every employee of the federal government.” The Secret Service tracked the incendiary comments to Brian Dean Miller, who was living with his mother at the time, and arrested him for the crime of threatening the President’s life.

As with most other constitutionally guaranteed liberties, the First Amendment right to free speech has its limits. Miller, whose speech most certainly crossed the line, pleaded guilty in a Dallas federal court and was sentenced to 27 months in prison WITHOUT parole.

The federal felony offense of threatening the President of the United States, or other government officials, is a serious crime against the government.

Threatening the President and Other Officials: U.S. Code Basics

The statute criminalizing threats against the President and other federal officials can be found in Chapter 41 of the U.S. Code. This chapter covers several different types of threat-related offenses involving federal government officials, plus related offenses such as blackmail, extortion and receiving kickbacks (corruption) from public works employees.

For a violation of Chapter 41 to occur, a threat must be made to either kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon the President, the Vice President, or other individuals protected by this statute.

What is a ‘Credible’ Threat?

According to the law, the threat must be made “knowingly and wilfully” and must take the larger context of the statement into consideration.

Essentially, the jury is tasked with determining whether a statement is a credible threat against the President, Vice President, or other government official covered by this statute.

Miller, the man who threatened President Obama in 2010, now reviled by many as the worst President in history, reportedly admitted that he wrote the threatening words, and reiterated his threat when initially confronted by federal agents. Since he pleaded guilty, the decision of whether his threat was credible wasn’t in the hands of a jury.

15 September 2017 as reported in the Daily Mail of the UK

Uproar after CNN host Anthony Bourdain says he would cook poisonous hemlock for President Trump if he was hired to cater dinner for him

  • Anthony Bourdain was asked last week what he would serve President Trump and Kim Jong-un if he was hired to cater a dinner for them

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4889090/Anthony-Bourdain-d-cook-hemlock-President-Trump.html#ixzz4t5sJXBH7
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Crackpot low grade cook Anthony Bourdain is facing backlash after saying in earnest that he would like to serve President Trump a poisonous plant.

TMZ posted a video of CNN’s ‘Parts Unknown’ host at the LAX airport last week where one of its reporters asked Bourdain, “If Trump and Kim Jong-un were going to have a bit of a summit to try and mend relations and they wanted you to cater, what would you serve?”  “Hemlock,” Bourdain promptly responded seriously. This is a credible threat to kill President Trump. Hemlock is one of the most famous poisonous plants in history — it’s the poisonous flora responsible for killing Socrates the renowned Greek philosopher.

 

As The Travelling Gourmet TM, a celebrated international Travel, Food and Wine Writer/Editor/Educator/Chef/International Wine Judge, respectfully and inoffensively and tongue-in-cheek, without prejudice:

A Chef is like a Doctor or Lawyer or Priest or Police Officer…once the TRUST is lost we cannot eat his food anymore even if he pays us to eat…because we never have the TRUST that crackpot bonkers bourdain will not poison and kill us with his foul food! That is why good Chefs like mon bon ami The Emperor of Chefs, Paul Bocuse, wears a white Chef’s jacket. It signifies purity and cleanliness and good healthy food that will not poison and kill you. Barmy bourdain is a deplorable disgrace to the Chef’s profession…a pathetic, imbecilic, narcissistic, obnoxious, self-absorbed, foul-mouthed, alcoholic, self confessed heroin and cocaine addict, washed-up has-been, and all round Holzkopf and Schwachsinnige.

Penalties for Threatening the President

Anyone who is found guilty of making a credible threat of death, kidnapping, or bodily harm against the President, Vice President, or other individuals covered by this statute faces up to FIVE years in prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines. In addition, anyone convicted of this crime may be sentenced to three years of supervised release but also may have internet access restrictions imposed upon release.

We hope the US Secret Service will investigate and prosecute bourdain asap.

We have the power to shut down Counterfeit Numbskulls Nincompoops aka cnn which bourdain works for and therefore shut him down too! BOYCOTT!!!!

https://www.thefix.com/content/anthony-bourdain-addicted-past91330

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Lavish and lovely La Ferme Saint Simeon

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The debonair and unruffled Travelling Gourmet TM jets to a land once ravaged by…

MERCILESS wars, but is now a haven for gourmet cuisine and most happy gracious living…especially in picturesque Hornfleur at…

“Lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous” La Ferme Saint Simeon. Relais and Chateaux are famous and justifiably so for the five “C”s. They stand for Comfort, Charme, Character, Cuisine and Calme. Some narrow-minded asinine “nouveau riche” people in Singapore think of the five Cs as Cash, Car, Country Club (membership), Condominium (home), Credit Card (gold or platinum). There are people whose minds are only stuck forever at very low levels…C’est la vie n’est pas…

MARVELLOUS Hornfleur on the Normandie coast is a lovely, quaint and charming place. THE place to stay in this port city is La Ferme Saint Simeon, a Relais & Chateuux property. The fine dining restaurant is really, really good with a view of the ocean and ships, big and small, serenely sailing past. Outside exquisitey manicured gardens and many apple trees with cute little crab apples for which this region is famous for. Eh bien, alors, honestly, who cares about the view when there is yummie food like tomatoes in saison, mussels, fish cooked to moist and juicy perfection, n’est pas! OMG! The dessert by the young and dynamic Chef is also not to be missed…Pavlova with a difference! As the Travelling Gourmet TM, a renowned international Travel, Food and Wine Writer/Editor, I KNOW good food when I taste it! I am in very good Company…Clint ‘Dirty Harry’Eastwood, Harrison “Star Wars” Ford,,,and Pierce ‘007’ Brosnan, they love to come here too. What more can I say? The rooms are simply splendide! Monet the great impressionist painter loved to come here and stay in the 17 Century buildings to get inspiration for his great works of art. I wonder why? JOKE! Ha! Ha! Super comfy rooms delight and dazzle…and so does  the well appointed superbe Spa, and the magical Greco-Roman style pool with the water temperature that is just PERFECT…not too hot and not too cold! Swimming here reminds one of the delightful decadence of the ancient Romans…Absolutely spiffing! OH, mon Dieu I love it or as they say in France, j’adore La Ferme Saint Simeon! 🙂

Pleasures for the Palette…

Great artists especially of the Impressionistic period loved hedonistic Hornfleur and La Ferme Saint Simeon. Pour quoi (why)? I believe it is because this area gave them much inspiration and the incredible beauty of the locale…gave them joy and enthusiasm to produce their greatest masterpieces. Eugene Boudin described La Ferme Saint Simeon Inn where the painters used to stay in Hornfleur as ‘the most ravishing spot in the world’. Monet, Courbet, Cals, Dubourg, Boudin, Bazille, Corot, Sisley and Jongkind all loved Hornfleur and its environs. They created some of their greatest masterpieces here and Monet especially loved La Ferme Saint Simeon. When you come here you will not be suprised…Monet’s favourite room is now Number 22 and you can stay there if you are lucky.

Eugene Boudin, known as the ‘the king of the skies’, was celebrated for his landscapes. Boudin brought his pal Claude Monet to Hornfleur, which was Boudin’s home town. It was Boudin who showed Monet the great possibilities for the artist’s palette by painting outdoors!

Claude Monet is now probably best known for his mastery of painting the water and the sea…outstanding…


Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926
The Seine Near its Estuary, Honfleur, ca. 1868
Oil on canvas
48.1 x 73.7 cm (18 15/16 x 29 inches)

 

 

 

PLEASURES for the PALATE!

 

 

 

 

To be continued…work in progress…

Please stay tuned loyal readers…

 

 

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Terrific TORRES!

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The dashing and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM goes to the land of flamenco and Jamon Iberico to discover the wines of…

MIGUEL Torres…some distance from Barcelona, the capital of Andalucia. Arguably Spain’s most renowned Winery, Torres is like the famous E a& J Gallo winery of California. The leading Spanish brand that the UK imports is Torres. One cool Autumn morning I woke early to the alarm from my trusty Breitling; after a swim and jolly good breakfast in the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona I drove to the renowned winery. It took some 2 hours before I arrived at Vilafranca del Penedès in the heart of Catalunya. I was very happy to be welcomed warmly by…

1870

Jaime Torres Vendrell founded the company. Well aware of the importance of logistics, the company headquarters and winery was built opposite the train station.

1904

As Torres winery grew in fame and importance, His Majesty King Alphonse XIII to visited the winery. A grand Lunch was served to the King and VIP guests in a 500,000 litre wooden cask!

In between was the Spanish Civil War and other momentous events…like the terrible second World War…but let us move on to more positive things…like in

1970

A new white wine fermentation technique under controlled temperatures was introduced.

1979

The wine “Gran Coronas Etiqueta Negra 1970” won an award at the World Wine Olympics organised by Gault-Millau in Paris.

1980

A new phase and new innovations in red wine production. Red wine production was improved with improved fermentation processes, working with wine from stock of a more reduced and controlled yield per hectare. This is to obtain higher quality wines. Oak ageing was perfected to emphasize the importance of the grape’s organic tannins above those from the toasted wood and barrel.

On a VIP tour of the winery and its high tech environment friendly facilties..I was impressed. Wineries are no stranger to me, as I am an International Wine Judge and The Travelling Gourmet TM. Suffice ot to say: I know a world class winery when I see one. It reminded me of the E & J Gallo Winery in California to which you cannot visit…unless you are specially invited. My dear buddy, the late Dr. George Thoukis was the Chief Winemaker of Gallo and a true “Professor” of Oenology and Winemaking, as humble as he was knowledgable.

The Torres winery is cleverly designed to be gravity fed and no expense has been spared on the equipment like the pneumatic membrane pressoirs and stainless steel fermentation  tanks.

The spartan winery is a masterpiece of architecture in the minimalist “Zen” style. After the extensive tour it was time for the BEST part! WINE Tasting!! Hooray!

Ole Rose!

Vina Esmeralda Rose is made with Garnacha Tinta. An appealing delicate, seductive pale salmon-pink in color. Lemon marmalade perfume with hints of a rose flavoured Arabian dessert with a dry and fine palate. Wonderful on a warm summer’s day or in the tropics with a Thai Pomelo Salad, Salmon and Tuna Sushi or the classic Mesclun Salad with a light Vinaigrette dressing!

Long live the King!

Just as Elvis is the King of Rock and Roll so Coronas is the King of Tempranillo that iconic Spanish grape variety! Mr Juan Torres Casals registered it as a trademark on 7 February 1907. Having celebrated its 100th anniversary, it is one of the oldest trademarks in the Spanish wine making world. Hypnotic deep ruby red colour. A lovely wine if great intensity and concentration…aromas of ripe black cherry plus and mixed spices and Sarawak Pepper with nuances of charred oak. Dark fruits of the forest on the palate make this wine excellent with meats and Iberico Ham as well as Kurobuta Pork and Tenderloin Steak with black pepper sauce. Fine palate pleasing tannins that have been nicely structured by oak aging..delight the connoisseur.

VICTOR in Black…

which reminds me of the movie “Good Guys wear black” starring Karate Champion Chuck Norris…only here it is “Good wines wear black” for in the…

MOST respected Paris Wine Olympiad the Wine in Black beat the celebrated Bordeaux Chateau Latour! So who is the mysterious Nectar of the Gods robed in ninja black?…None other than Gran Coronas Mas La Plana 2012! Numerous other prestigious awards have been won by this remarkable wine, including the Gold Medal, International Wine
Challenge 2017. Crafted from the Burgundian grape, the iconic Cabernet Sauvignon, the journey to a great wine starts with meticulous fermentation in stainless steel under controlled temperature of 25 to 28°C for 7 days. Aging in French oak of which 85% are new barrels is the next step to create this dry red which has only 1.2g/liter of residual sugar. Aging potential is up to 18 years and this complex and robust red with cassis and frutti di bosco (red and black berries) flavours is simply divine with game and roast meats like Steak, Lamb, Venison, Wild Boar and the classic Canard a l’orange as well as Peking Duck!

SAS

Sweet and Secret...what better wine to serve with a delectable dessert than Torres Secret de Priorat. The name brings to mind Bond…James Bond 007, but is actually a homage to the Carthusian monks who came to Priorat in 1095 and Suprise! Suprise!… cultivated grapes. This small DOQ Priorat in Tarragona is unique with blackhills and “licorella” soil which produces Cariñena and Garnacha tinta grapes of amazing depth and quality. This intense and deep red wine has been produced for eight centuries!

Red Wine Poached Pears and Confit de Canard and creamy Cheeses like Manchego Queso from Spain and Camembert de Normandie, as well as classic Crema de Catalan go hand in glove with this outstanding wine. Ripe Figs, Apricots and Raisins abound and Plum Marmalade with hints of thyme entice on the 1st and 3rd nose. Complex layers of flavours of licorice and aromatic cinnamon bark appear boldly on the third palate. A pleasing, opulent mouthfeel excites…while the dessert wine’s refreshing acidity of 6.95g/l (PH 3,10)…cuts through the sweetness like a hot knife through butter. At just 13% alcohol by volume one can drink more without getting intoxicated! Wahahahah! 🙂

Bodega Torres in 2016 was voted the most admired European wine brand by the sector’s professionals which includes sommeliers, wine journalists and wine judges and experts, in a poll organised by Drinks International.

Miguel Torres the dynamic CEO says simply, ‘Wine in moderation is healthy’. I’ll drink to that! Salud! (Spanish Toast)

Miguel Torres, SA

M. Torres, 6. 08720 Vilafranca del Penedès.
Barcelona – Spain

Tel. +34 93 8177400

41°20’42.2″N 1°42’17.2″E

 

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Favola means “Fable”…Le Meridien KL

The inspiring and tireless Travelling GOurmet TM tells you about a fabled ristorante in…

MALAYSIA’s capital, KL which stands for Kuala Lumpur…

FAVOLA in Italian means “fable” and here good food in authentic Italian style is no fable. Helmed by affable and talented Award winning Chef Domenico who is an Italian from Sardinia…good food in the Venetian style is de rigeur here. Sardegna is the second largest island of Italy. The largest is Sicilia…As The Travelling Gourmet TM, a celebrated Travel, Food and Wine Writer/Editor/International Wine Judge, I know many , many outstanding Chefs around the world…suffice it to say, I know a good Chef when I taste his food, capisch…

For those connoisseurs who appreciate Italian cuisine, there is much to enjoy and savour…and for those who do not understand or appreciate ‘al dente’ for example (of which there are many…), that can be arranged too…For as they say, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” nicht wahr…

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Let the feast begin!
Sardinian Seafood or Frutti de mare with Pingiadedda and Fregula is like the Italian answer to the provencal bouillabaisse with complex and satisfying flavours! Orecchiette pasta with shavings of Aged Pecorino (sheep) formaggio (cheese) and Broccoli and garnished with fresh basilico (basil) leaves is to assassinate the only fattie in north korea kim jong un for. I never say ‘to die for’ like many asinine writers because when one is dead one cannot enjoy anything, like the King of Fruits, the Durian…but I digress. Anyway, my good amico Chef Domenico fondly known to his best friends as Il Duriano does this dish very well because he is from SARDINIA! 🙂

Back to the yummie food…Salmone (salmon) and Sea Bass Carpaccio with Pine Nuts and Hawaiian Salt no less is an antipasto to parachute behind enemy lines on a covert mission in Syria for. Simple yet exquisite…

So much food…so little time…Oh Madonna, tuck into Porcini Mushroom with Foie Gras lightly seared..yum yum!

DOLCI or desserts. Well, the good ol’ favorite is Tiramisu which means in English, “pick me up” and was invented by a certain lady of a house of ill repute…which I shall not mention here…Madam X created Tiramisu for her VIP clients. Incidentally, they are called “casin-o” not Casino…but that is another story…

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Pick-me-up aka Tiramisu…:-) Image SFX by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GOurmet TM

In interessante ITALIA that I love so very much, many go for Zuppa Inglese and Macedonia but worldwide…Tiramisu is well loved. I like mine with lots of Marsala wine..I like the monogram in cicciolato powder of “F” for Favola or is it Favoloso! Buon appetito e salute! Ciao from Il Turista Buongustaio  aka Il Padrino Gastronimico 🙂

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FAVOLA Ristorante

2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral,

Kuala Lumpur, 50470, Malaysia

Access from KLIA/Airport is so convenient with the rail link. The rail station is between Le Meridein and Hilton. The KL Hilton is not to be confused with the infamous ‘hanoi hilton’ where US POWs were tortured and killed and jailed in the Vietnam War…

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