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The irreverent and mischievious Travelling Gourmet TM goes to a…

MALL for the most important meal of the day…


Monday, 22 August, 2016
Swiss Bake Bedok Mall

I ensconced myself in a plush armchair the colour of the paratrooper’s red beret, in the position of power in a corner of the Café where I could see everyone and there was no one at my back. Opposite me sat a fat, bespectacled lady in a light grey blouse and black framed glasses and long baggy black pants. Her page boy hairstyle a la “Firecracker” Cameron Diaz needed rebonding…To be brutally frank, which is not my usual style, she was no Cameron Diaz…not by any stretch of your imagination. To wake up in the morning and see her triple chins would give you a nightmare on Elm Street. However, we shared a common Love…the LOVE of food. Her food arrived…breakfast or Fruehstueck as the Germans say. She had carefully set the table with a knife and fork beforehand. Her eyes widened at the sight of the meal, and lit up in delight as she lustfully attacked the Bread Sandwich with Turkey Ham (yes, Swiss Bake is one of those non Halal but Muslim friendly places with no pork…) She tucked in with gusto and in next to no time her breakfast was finished! Those who eat too fast end up becoming fat and also tend to overeat. Eh bien mes amis, c’est la vie…



My Breakfast arrived. A Bagel with 25mm thick Scrambled Egg and lettuce and tomato slices! Alas, no Lox (Salmon) and Cream Cheese. Never mind, it was jolly yummie! I ate slowly and enjoyed my breakfast very much. A few drops of hot Tabasco to spice it up a bit. No gobbling for me. My chocolatey Black Forest Café Latte was really nice too. It was a very good start to a nice and happy day! I’m feeling good…

People may be thin or fat, pretty or ugly, rich or poor but they all love food. Food is Life. No Food, no Life. I don’t mind that the lady I observed was horizontally and aesthetically challenged. It is not my place to judge and she is not in any beauty contest. As long as I do not have to wake up next to her every morning, to echo Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in “Gone with the Wind”…”Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Guten Appetit! 🙂



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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