Hermes bags, the choice of corrupt dictators, their money-mad wives and mistresses actually…

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The inscrutable and imperturble Travelling Gourmet TM finds out about the bags that have killed hundreds of innocent crocodiles…
the choice of rosmah aka ‘hippo’, the wife and partner in crime of najib, disgraced EX-prime minister of Malaysia…
A shocking tale of clever marketing, overpricing, greed, and the stoopidity of rich women who think they can become beautiful by buying super expensive bags! Tsk, tsk, tja, tja, you are bloody stooopid! You will just be an ugly woman with a super expensive bag! Wahahahahah!
As a rule I only write on Travel, Food and Wine but this torrid tale is so rivetting that I feel compelled to write something…I wonder what expensive foods they eat…
Moral of najib’s downfall…dictators, take note do not let your wives buy hermes birkin bags that cost US$231,000 each….one maybe ok, BUT hundreds???? 😂😃😅 Bananas!
hermes birkin bags are the choice of dictators’ wives and mistresses…ONLY 6 crocodiles were brutally killed and their skins used to make only ONE bag! Be environment UNFRIENDLY, buy birkin and support your local deplorable dictator! Wahahahah! Even birkin does not want to be associated with the bag that bears her name….I wonder why 😀😂😃😅
 SIX crocodiles died to make this ugly birkin bag
To be frank, if you are an ugly woman, no amount of super expensive luxury bags will make you beautiful capisch. You will still be an ugly woman with an expensive bag, nouveau riche stooopid moron! Wahahahahah!
Tue 22 May 2018
“They’ll do anything for that GOLD…” from Mckenna’s Gold theme song…
najib, disgraced , deplorable ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia has a date with fate today…he is to report to the office of the MACC -Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission….  “For it they lived, for it they lived…”
What happened to disgraced and despicable ex-President of Romania in 1989…
Christmas Day 2 December, 1989
Warning: graphic and may upset the faint hearted…
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The BEST Fish & Chips in London!


POPPIE’S for the BEST Fish and Chips in London, maybe the world even!

The other place a true gourmet goes to is POPPIES in Spitalfields for the BEST Fish and Chips in London if not the whole of the UK! Very near one of my favourite hotels, namely the aamazing ANDAZ in Liverpool Street. They only use FRESH fish SEMPRE…what else…to paraphrase looney clooney…NOT every yummie restaurant has Michelin stars! Some of the BEST have NO Michelin stars! Poppie’s fish and chips and mushy pies are to kill terrorists for! I LOVE ’em!!!!

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Monday – Thursday: 11.00am to 11.00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11.00am to 11.30pm
Sunday: 11.00am to 10.30pm

6-8 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR
Tel: 020 7247 0892




The memorabilia in Poppie’s of Spitalfields is of the WW2 era and reminds me always of the classic movie based on the incredible but true-life exploits of Nancy Wake, heroine of the SOE…

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A poem by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The intrepid and indomitable Travelling GOurmet TM is inspired to write…

An original poem dedicated to the oldest Prime Minister in the world, Dr. Mahathir Mohamed of Malaysia. Against all odds, battling corruption, chicanery, rampant voter fraud and vote tampering, the 92 year old statesman led his Pakatan Harapan coalition to victory in Malaysia’s 14th General Election…Remember that age is no handicap to a…

MAN of determination and true grit!


OLD but bold

OLD but smart

OLD but strong

OLD but resourceful

OLD but audacious

OLD but dynamic

OLD but garang

OLD but energetic

OLD but cunning

OLD but tough

OLD but indomitable

OLD age is NO barrier to Great and Daring Deeds!


Who Dares Wins!



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DR. M strikes again!!

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The usually apolitical and sardonic Travelling Gourmet writes about the good Doctor…

MAHATHIR who shall now be the oldest Prime Minister in history! Oh Madonna! It is a repeat of President Trump’s historic win over evil incarnate murderess killary clinton despite her vote rigging, vote buying and all round evil doing to get POWER that most intoxicating of ‘drugs’…What now brown cow?

Will Malaysia’s Anti Corruption Bureau prosecute the most corrupt man in the world who is alleged to have killed his paramour and blown her up when she was pregnant with his baby???Or will he seek political asylum in Mongolia perhaps????Wahahaha!

Somewhere, someone must be laughing! Schadenfreunde!

NORmally I do not wrote about politics on my web portal but…there is an exception to everything n’est pas?

Looks like the Malaysian people believe in this song too, which, incidentally was Donald Trump’s unofficial Campaign song…

Will Dr. M Make Malaysia Great Again? Wahahah! 

Make Malaysia Great Again! 🙂

Chronological age is NO barrier to greatness.

Keep calm and drink champagne! I like Gonet, Bollinger, Salon…Hell! I love them all! 🙂


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Delightful, Delicious Danieli!

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The suave and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM goes to say Ciao to the Queen of the…

MARE Adriatico…and where else should someone who appreciates “la dolce vita” stay…but the historic and luxurious Hotel Danieli…

NOT one, not two, but THREE palazzi (palaces) comprise the marvellous hotel. They date from the 14th, 19th and 20th centuries. Palazzo Dandolo in Venetian Gothic style, once home to the noble Dandolo family. The Palazzo Casa Nuova was previously the city’s treasury. and Palazzo Danieli Excelsior was redesigned by Jacques Garcia, and features sumptuous guestrooms with balconies overlooking the lagoon on its upper floors. Views are panoramic and spectacular!

The three interlaced palaces house An outstanding and rich collection of precious art and objets d’art liked inextricably to the history of Venice are the city’s history are harmoniously blended with 21st Century contemporary comforts. The preferred hotel for the sophisticated global travellers and the rich , powerful and famous…

The Danieli’s new Executive Chef is modest, humble and hails from Treviso near the Dolomiti. I had the honour of meeting him recently. Stay tuned for my exclusive interview with Executive Chef Alberto Fol!








Commander James Bond MI6 Intelligence officer 007 played by handsome Roger Moore and CIA deep cover Intelligence officer/NASA Scientist, Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), in one of the splendid suites in Hotel Danieli…:-) “Perhaps this would be a good time to pool our resources…” Oh Madonna!!


I played this song when I was the very FIRST gourmet in the world to match Mooncakes from the Marriott’s premier Chinese restaurant Wan Hao with wines, in the 5 Star Singapore Marriott at the heart of Singapore’s “Bond Street”…

The Tourist…

Mayhem, Murder, Mystery, Mystique, Magnificent settings were all to be found in…

another big Hollywood hit movie called “The Tourist”. Starring superstar Angelina Jolie before her double mastectomy (OUCH!), and jolly Johnny “Pirates of the Caribbean” Depp, in a terrific tale of treachery, intrique, love, revenge, humour, glamour, elegance and much more…much like Romeo and Juliet’s tale set in Verona, the city that is also famous for VINITALY every year!

One of the ‘stars’ of this movie which I simply adore is the “Danieli”, a historic hotel beloved of the rich, powerful, influential and famous…Next to the Palazzo Ducale that is next door, this was the Doge (Ruler) of the Venetian Republic’s palazzo (palace). Many of the crucial scenes of ‘The Tourist’ were filmed in the Hotel Danieli. The cast including the ex-husband of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, dined a lot in the Terraza Danieli restaurant on the top of the hotel. Believe me, I know these things, because you see…I have friends in very high and very low places…



Dinner in the Terraza Danieli restaurant on the rooftop…


Nota Bene

Janus is an ancient Roman, composite god who is associated with doorways, beginnings, and transitions. A usually two-faced god, he looks to both the future and the past at the same time, embodying a binary. The concept of the month of January (the beginning of one year and the ending of the end) is both based on aspects of Janus.

It was sunny but there was a slight drizzle of cool rain…as my Turkish Airlines jet took off SAS – smooth as silk…this song played in my mind. Ciao Ciao bambina, Queen of the Adriatico, I will see you again…soon.

Work in progress…thank you for staying tuned or as they say in Italy…a piu tardi 🙂

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Delicious FHA 2018

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The debonair and dashing Travelling Gourmet TM attended the early…

MORNING Opening Ceremony of Food Hotel Asia and Prowine Asia which celebrates its 40th Ruby Anniversary on 24 April, 2018 at Suntec. The Guest of Honour was Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr. Koh Poh Koon.

Jime Essink, President of UBM Asia said, ” FHA will also feature its largest ever showing with 3503 exhbitors from 76 countries, as well as an estimated 78,000 attendees.”

In an exclusive interview with Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM I asked Jime Essink, “Why the split into two separate trade shows for FHA in 2020 in Singapore?

Jime Essink explained candidly, “The size! We are already fully booked this year at two venues, Suntec and Expo. FHA is a leading exhibition and food is a growing industry in Asia! In 2020 FHA will expand into two dedicated shows. FHA-HoReCa will be held on 3-6 March 2020. Ho-Re-Ca stands for Hotel, Restaurant, Cafe. FHA- Food and Beverage on 31 March – 3 April 2020.”

Hans Werner Reinhard, MD of Messe Duesseldorf Group remarked, ” In the global drinks market, the wine segment is the third largest and worldwide revenue of wine is expected to reach USD172 billion by 2021. However, global attention is shifting to Asia. In 2016, wine sales in Asia amounted to USD93.3 billion or 6.1 billion litres and through to 2021, it is forecast to grow 3.9% per annum in volume terms.”


At the UK Pavillion in FHA Expo I tasted yummie Wicks Manor Pork sausages!



To be continued…

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Terrific TURKISH Airlines!

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The irrepressible and indomitable Travelling Gourmet jets to Europe on…

MULTI Award winning Turkish Airlines. Checking in online was very passenger friendly. Turkish Airlines picked up four awards in June 2017 in the Skytrax World Airline Awards. Turkish Arlines won the  Best Airline in Southern EuropeBest Business Class Onboard CateringWorlds Best Business Class Lounge, and Best Business Class Dining Lounge“! Wow!

I am looking forward very much to the food and wines my flight as I shall flying Business Class.

In Singapore’s Changi International Airport Terminal 1, I was invited to the SATS Premier Lounge.

Impressive Istanbul CIP Lounge!

The flagship Istanbul lounge is a humdinger with two levels and an open air atrium plus grand piano. Enchanting and numerous Turkish and international live cooking food stations, stand-alone cafes, Turkish coffee, tea and even olive stations, this is really, really nice! For your amusement, there are amenities like a full golf simulator, pool table, video gaming stations, and even an elaborate slot car racing setup for kids! as well as the usual Top class lounge goodies include free massages, showers, and private baggage lockers with built in USB chargers. By far the best business class lounge comparable with SIA’s First Class Lounge in Changi International Airport.


On the day of your flight you get an email for your online check in which is a breeze and very user friendly even for those that are not very good with computers!

DINING and Turkish wines!

As The Travelling Gourmet TM, a celebrated international Travel, Food and Wine Writer/Editor/International Wine Judge I have to say the food is OUTSTANDING! I especially like and appreciate the SKY Chefs and the Cheese and dessert trolley just like ina fine dining restaurant and they plate the food so nicely too! I love too the Turkish wines that are served. No mundane wines like Chardonnay and Cabernet sauvignon…wahaha!


To be continued…

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