Yummie Eastway at ANDAZ London

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MERRIE olde England and stays at the first ANDAZ in the world on Liverpool Street in London. The Andaz is one of my favourite hotels in London & I stayed here very soon after it first opened. The luxurious gothic 5 Star hotel is very well located. It is just minutes from Liverpool Street Rail and Tube station and is perfect for exploring the rejuvenated East End of London which includes Shoreditch and Spitalfields Market.

Eastway Brasserie for Dinner!

I went to try the food at Eastway which has a very classy and cheerful decor. Comfortably enscounced at Table Number 1, I had a good view of bustling Liverpool street outside the art deco brasserie. At the end of the restaurant the open kitchen lets the diners see all the action as the Chefs prepare the food enthusiastically. Executive Chef Sam Dunleavy who is is born and bred in London, loves to give a modern twist to classic dishes.

G & T aka Gin and Tonics!

My aperitif was the GINdependant Cocktail which the bartender enthusiastically shook up at the Bar. An aromatic cocktail with an uplifting medicinal aftertaste, it was concocted with Sipsmith London Dry Gin melded with Fresh Raspberries, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic and Thyme. I chose it because I love Gin and also raspberries. Gin lovers, this is the place for you! The reason is that the Gin and Tonics here are made with different Gins, like Audemus Pink Pepper Gin and Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin. All the Gins here have Juniper Berries. However, each Gin has different Botanicals and flavours.

For a very good overview of Eastway, the Degustation Menu is recommended. An Amuse-bouche to whet your appetite is Gin cured Salamon Tartare laced with a tangy Lemon Tonic Gel, Avocado and Radish Medallions paired with a Spanish sparkling wine Cava Pere Ventura.

To be continued…

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I like ROOTS BUT 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? (In French: where, my friends?) The answer is in the…

MOSTconveniently located Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Wallich Street…

Ravishing RACINES!

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 (Racines 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…Bear in mind that “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! Have dishes from both kitchens for a melage of flavours and tastes Chef Edwin Seow is good! The Bread basket is superbe with Ciabatta, Baguette (what else?), Rye Brot, Olive Bread and more, all FRESHLYS baked daily…NO cancer causing palm oil margarine but the REAL deal…The Pastry Chef uses 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?) Enjoy their sexy and voluptuous Grand Marnier Souffle and then sing “Je ne regrette rien!” 🙂 https://youtu.be/fZhSbhd9GKU


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 manner 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!

IN history, Bandung is famous for the Asian-African Conference or Bandung Conference held in Bandung from 8 to 14 April 1955. Twenty-nine governments of Asian and African nations gathered to discuss peace and the role of the Third World in the Cold War, economic development, and decolonization.
The Bandung Conference and its final resolution laid the foundation for the nonaligned movement during the Cold War.  It was most fascinating to visit the site of the conference which is now the Museum of the Asian-African Conference – Gedung Merdeka. The exhibits are very informative and eye opening and I learned a lot about the era.

To be continued

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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 very pleasantly suprised by an ultra-modern airport that reminded me of Bangkok’s International Airport. Much better than “tres terrible” Charles 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. Just one year old, the Pan Pacific Yangon is luxurious and very welcomng with lovely restaurants!

Exclusive interview with Mr. William Lau, the helpful GM of the Pan Pacific Yangon 🙂

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, believe 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!!!! Les diaboliques n’est pas…

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.


Read it and see how bloody complicated it is..




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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
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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