Vanilla, Violins & VANESSA

                      Vanilla, Violins & VANESSA


Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet interviews the famous and beautiful rock violinist, Vanessa Mae, on what she likes to eat and drink…


MEETING Vanessa Mae, the renowned rock violinist, on board the spanking new 76,800 tonne, US$380 million megaship Superstar Virgo, is something I will always remember. It was love at first sight. Extremely beautiful, shapely, charming, vivacious and bright, she answered my questions with grace, wit, style and humour. Her smooth complexion is flawless and does not need any make up. She also has a stunningly sweet smile with an excellent set of teeth.


I asked her gently, “Is there any food or wine that makes you play the violin better?


Vanessa explained, “Well, when I was a child, and I first turned professional…I was about 11 or 12…my favorite food was caviar. And apparently according to my mother, I calculate how much I needed to make in terms of money to be able to afford caviar every day. I must say that I get enough energy and inspiration from the audience. I eat nothing or a lot before a concert.”


On a subject very close to my heart, I enquired, “Do you like chocolates and desserts?”


Smiling broadly, she exclaimed enthusiastically, “Yeah I do, I do, absolutely! Normally we have an interval and we always take different types of snacks. Now I happen to be here in Malaysia and Singapore, where I was born…this area, and you have all the nyonya cakes and the popiah, and all the nice things…and durian helps me…a lot.”


I probed carefully, “Do you like champagne and vanilla ice cream?”


“Yes! I do! I do like champagne. I like that a lot, and…but I like, I love just the sweet wines, like Sauternes, Muscat, Tokay, things like that, champagne. I can hold my drink but I don’t drink heavily. And yeah, I don’t say it’s my favourite flavour but I do like vanilla, yes!”


The next day, her concert, Vanessa Mae – Live At The Lido saw the two deck opulent showroom on the cruise ship filled to its 930 seat capacity. Vanessa’s show with her troupe of 27 musicians and dancers was electrifying, and filled with the powerful energy of a nuclear explosion. Dressed in a skintight, pink shoulderless top, and black bellbottoms, she played her trademark electric violin with skill, gusto and incredible finesse. Vanessa also played her 238 year old classical violin which she has had since the age of 10. At the end of her ‘Storm Show’, she received a standing ovation and gave 4 encores. I stood up myself to shout "Brava!" so many times until I was hoarse.

Vanessa not only plays as good as she looks, she also has very good taste in food and wine!

What more can I say? Alamak! Beauty, Brains and Talent is smply irresistable!

 Salut!  J



About thetravellinggourmet

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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