Letter from Verona VINITALY

MARVELLOUS Food and wines and judging literally thousands of wines a day as a member of the prestigious Concorso Enologico Enologico Internazionale panel of wine judges is hard work…really! But so much FUN!!!! The best part is when music form Ennio Morricone plays just as all the wine judges are settling in at about 0900. The theme from that hit ‘sphagetti western’ starring Clint Eastwood entitled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly put all the international wine judges ina good mood ready to taste and judge amazing wines from all over the world in the biggest wine competition in the world!
I am based in the 14th Century palace of the Scaglieri that is now the 5 star luxurious Hotel Due Torri Baglioni facing the historic Chiesa Sant Anastasia. It is really amazing to soak in the history and culture of this romantic city of Romeo and Juliet. The other night, I dined wonderfully in the restorante of my friend Attilia called Al Cristo in the Piazzanetta Pescheria. a wonderful place for gourmets and wine lovers with even New Wave Sushi in the Veronese style. I always say, when fusion is done badly it is con-fusion but when dione well, it is simply divine. Tall and beautiful Attilia who lived for over 5 years in Hanoi, Vietnam has subtly infused the flavours of the mysteriuos Orient in to her food. It pleased me to help her create a new dish of Ravioli with crabmeat in a consomme like broth of blue swimmer crab. She had put ricotta with the crab meat but on tastiing, I felt no ricotta or very little would be better. In a flash her chef had made the new ravioli stuffed with only crabmeat and it was great!
Well, it is 0622 and I am going to jog to the River Adige, do my Ballet exercises and watch the sun rise over this Roman city of Love… O Sole Mio!
By Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet in Verona, Italy

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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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