FIGHT the horrid china virus & Stay healthy!

B00st your immunity!

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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM recommends…

MARVELLOUS foods to make your  immune system strong so you keep healthy. Truly, HEALTH is the true wealth.

The immune system consists of organs, cells, tissues, and proteins. Together, these carry out bodily processes that fight off  and KILL pathogens. These enemies like the horrid chinavirus are the viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodies that cause infection or disease!

When the immune system comes into contact with a pathogen, it triggers an immune response. Antibodies are released by the immune system, which attach to antigens on the pathogens and kills them.

Put these foods into your diet to help strengthen your immune response.

Terrific Turmeric!

Turmeric is a gorgeous golden yellow spice that many people use in cooking. Known as Kunyit in the Malay language. I loved my Mum’s Kari Kapitan which had Turmeric as one of the ingredients. It is also present in some alternative medicines. Consuming turmeric may improve a person’s immune response. This is due to the qualities of curcumin, a compound in turmeric. It comes from the trumeric root. Use in curries and Moroccan Tagines! Or mix with honey and consume! Curcumin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

Chocolate’s DARK Secret

Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called theobromine, which may help to boost the immune system by protecting the body’s cells from free radicals.

Lindt Swiss Classic Dark Chocolate, Hazel Nut, 100g: Amazon.in ...

Free radicals are molecules that the body produces when it breaks down food or comes into contact with pollutants. Free radicals can damage the body’s cells and may contribute to disease. Swiss Chocolate is good but NEVER godiva which is full of artificial ingredients, colouring and preservatives and poisonous palm oil.

Despite its potential benefits, dark chocolate is high in calories and saturated fat, so it is important to eat it in moderation if you do not want to become a sick fattie like midget dictator kim jong un of north korea.

Beautiful BLUEBERRIES!

Blueberries in a bowl to boost immune system.
Blueberries have antioxidant properties that can boost the immune system.

Blueberries contain a type of flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has antioxidant properties that can help boost a person’s immune system. A 2016 study noted that flavonoids play an essential role in the respiratory tract’s immune defense system. You can make Blueberry Jam and Compote and have it with yoghurt and your cereal like Granola.

Researchers found that people who ate foods rich in flavonoids were less likely to get an upper respiratory tract infection, or common cold, than those who did not. Good to know in these days of the horrid chinavirus. If the Spanish Flu is called Spanish Flu, then the virus can be called the chinavirus nicht wahr!

Stay safe! Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Butter by BORDIER

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The inimitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM highlights the butter loved by…

MANY discerning gourmets…

It is Le beurre de Bordier from France. Bretagne (Brittany) to be exact.

 

Bordier Butter is served in my favourite 3 Michelin Star haute cuisine (fine dining) restaurants like Guy Savoy in Paris and Le Cinq in Paris. In Singapore, Ash & Elm in the Intercontinental serves Bordier Seaweed Butter with its Bread Basket.

 

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Bordier Butter is served in exquisite glassware in Guy Savoy

Bordier Butter with Seaweed from Brittany in Ash and Elm

As always, The Travelling Gourmet TM say: Keep calm and carry on eating! 🙂

Guten Appetit!

Jean-Yves Bordier

Jean-Yves Bordier became a butter artisan in St. Malo in Brittany in 1985, acquiring the La Maison du Beurre creamery founded in 1927.  He discovered the art of kneading butter, a traditional 19th century method, that he perfected using the time-honored gestures of past butter artisans, which guarantees the quality of his great butters.  He has developed techniques to pound and shape butter and has passed on his know-how to his team…

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Ruby Roman Grapes!

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The unparalleled and indomitable Travelling GOurmet TM uncovers the secrets of the world’s…

MOST expensive grape. The Ruby Roman from Ishikawa in Japan. It sold not long ago for US$11,000 for one bunch of just 700g!!!! WAHNSINNIG! (insane in German)

There are over 10,000 varieties of grape or Vitis vinifera, although one “so-called wine expert” keeps insisting there are only 1.500 varieties, after reading my friend, Jancis Robinson’s book. Wahahah! Hee hee!

Treasure of Ishikawa

The story began in 1995, Ishikawa grape farmers appealed to the Prefectural Agricultural Research Center to create a large red grape variety. So 400 experimental vines were planted into a test field. Two years later, they bore fruit. Out of the 400 vines, only 4 turned out to be red grapes. Just one out of 400 was deemed large enough to meet the farmers’ expectations. Over the next 14 years, researchers selectively bred this grape variety to constantly enhane not only its size but its taste. The colour and ease of cultivation were other paramount factors to consider. Today Ruby Roman is the “treasure of Ishikawa”.

Ishikawa | HOKURIKU x TOKYO (JAPAN)

The Ruby Roman grape has very low acidity and Extremely high sugar content and juice, Astonishing sweetness overwhelms your tastebuds when you gently bite in to one your mouth. Each grape must be over 20g and contain 18% sugar!!!! If you cannot afford a bunch, forget lunch and dinner…just buy one grape for 2000Yen or US$19!!!! OMG! Bananas!(US slang for crazy!)

The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on eating!

 

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Sofitel Resort and Spa Mother’s Day Special!

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The unparalleled and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM highlights Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa’s special treat for beloved…
MUMMY!
The Perfect Gift for the Queen of the home – Mummy!
Selling Price: $338++/package
Includes: Sofitel’s Indulgent Brunch for 2 Diners + 1 Bottle of Wine + 1-Night Stay in Luxury Room Gift Voucher
Package Purchase Period: now till 30 May 2020
F&B Redemption Period: Fridays to Sundays in May 2020
Stay Redemption Period: 6 Months from the date govt lifts bans on domestic Staycations
Promo Name: The Perfect Gift for Mom
Selling Price: $338++/package
Includes: Sofitel’s Indulgent Brunch for 2 Diners + 1 Bottle of Wine + 1-Night Stay in Luxury Room Gift Voucher
Package Purchase Period: now till 30 May 2020
F&B Redemption Period: Fridays to Sundays in May 2020 Kwee Zeen restaurant is open for takeaway and delivery
Stay Redemption Period: 6 Months from the date govt lifts bans on domestic Staycations
Sofitel SentosaBrunchMenu (1)
To Purchase: Call 6708 8310 or Email h9474@sofitel.com
T&Cs:
All purchases must be made at least one day before day of brunch takeaway/delivery.
Packages are valid for purchase from now till 30 May 2020.
F&B takeaway/delivery are available between Fridays and Sundays from now till 31 May 2020.
Delivery charges may vary and is done via a third party delivery partner.
Stay voucher is valid for 6 months from the date local authorities lift bans on domestic staycations.
Prior reservations must be made for stays and is subject to availability.
Stay voucher may not be used in conjunction with other promotions or vouchers and is not valid on the Eve of and on Public Holidays.
Original stay voucher must be presented upon check-in.
Guten Appetit! 🙂
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Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport Bento to go!

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The matchless and inimitable Travelling Gourmet TM tries the “Bento to go”…

MEALS from Azur restaurant in Crowne Plaza Hotel in Changi Airport Terminal 3. The meals come packed in an environment friendly compartmentalized cardboard box. The Baked Chicken Thigh with Onion Sauce and Gluten Free Spaghetti plus Vegetables like Cauliflower, healthy Broccoli and Baby Carrots plus House-Made “Smiley Face” Bun was appetizing!

Baked Chicken Thigh with Gluten-free Pasta, Seasonal Vegetables, Burnt Onion Sauce, House-made Bread

What you see on the website.

 

What you actually get…

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I also liked the Coq au Vin cooked with Merlot red wine and Mushrooms, paired with Seasonal Vegetables like Carrots, plus Creamy Mash and Smiley Bun. The mash potato is nice BUT needs more butter for taste and texture. The meal was tasty and satisfying. The vegetables were not overcooked but still had that lovely crunch when you bit in!

Coq Au Vin – Casserole Merlot Glazed Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and House-made Bread

What you see on the website

 

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What you  get!

 

Another goodie was the Fisherman’s Catch. It was Seafood Marina with Prawns accompanied by Penne Pasta with Parmesan Cheese and Mushrooms, Seasonal Vegetables and Smiley Face Bread Bun. I was pleased to find that the Penne was still “al dente” as it should be and not limp and soggy.

Fisherman's Catch Seafood Marinara, Pasta ai Fungi, Seasonal Vegetables, House-made Bread

What is on the website

 

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What you actually get!

The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on eating! Bon appetit!

For recent orders in May, the Smiley-Face bun has been changed to a Spinach Roll.

Dessert of Mango Pudding with tangy Pomelo is very yummie too!

 

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https://crowne-plaza-changi-airport.myshopify.com/collections/bento-to-go

Prices are $9.90 per meal with an expensive islandwide delivery charge of $20. Save the delivery charge by going to collect the meals yourself.
 
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, 75 Airport Boulevard, #01-01, Changi Airport, Singapore 819664

Tel. +65 6823 5300 / 1800 787 1221

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Restaurants and F & B stabbed in the back by china virus

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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM outlines the terrible effect the…

MONSTROUS china virus from wuhan is having on restaurants and F & B businesses in Singapore.

13 Feb 2020

Restaurant Association of Singapore President Vincent Tan said that the F&B sector has reported a 50 to 80 per cent decline in business since the virus outbreak, with more shoppers staying home and avoiding malls or other crowded places.

“If we don’t do something to help the industry, there will be a big collapse,” Vincent Tan explained.

 

Manna Pot Catering boss said on Apr 13, 2020, “Business has already dropped by 90 per cent and this is a very challenging time for us.”

https://www.asiaone.com/lifestyle/fb-businesses-are-badly-hit-covid-19-what-it-feels-1-caterer-singapore

 

Mar 30, 2020 BEFORE the circuit breaker “lockdown”…https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/food/chope-survey-captures-devastating-impact-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-on-fb  ->  93% of restaurants have seen a drop in revenue!

 

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/covid-19-wuhan-virus-big-collapse-fb-businesses-looms-landlords-should-slash-rent-like-jewel-changi-airport

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-mcdonalds-singapore-extends-closure-of-restaurants-12691502

All McDonald’s 135 restaurants closed indefinitely affecting over 10,000 staff! https://www.businessinsider.sg/mcdonalds-will-keep-its-singapore-restaurants-closed-beyond-may-4-despite-being-allowed-to-resume-operations

No Big Macs for you…

McDonald's Singapore suspends all restaurant operations, including ...

 

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/covid-19-wuhan-virus-big-collapse-fb-businesses-looms-landlords-should-slash-rent-like-jewel-changi-airport

 

The Sound of Silence in empty restaurants, hawker centres, cafes, bars, cake shops, bubble tea shops and F & B outlets…

 

 

 

https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/singapore-services-manufacturing-firms-bleak-on-outlook-with-covid-19-hit-surveys Apr 30, 2020

 

https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/pandemic-deals-fatal-blow-to-struggling-businesses

https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/coronavirus-more-singapore-restaurant-closures-and-layoffs-to-come-survey-finds May 20, 2020

 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/bar-jekyll-hyde-italian-restaurant-modestos-fnb-close-covid-19-12721132 Jekyll and Hyde and Modesto’s close…

 

 

China virus “circuit breaker” since Apr 7 extended to 1 June 2020 in Singapore. After 1 June, 2020, restaurants and cafes still NO dine-in.

7 May 2020 – 20,939 cases and 20 fatalities in Singapore, the HIGHEST in Southeast Asia.

20 May 2020 – 29,364 cases and 22 fatalities, the HIGHEST in Southeast Asia.

27 May 2020 – 32,876 cases and 23 fatalities, highest in Southeast Asia.

 

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Non, je ne regrette rien.

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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM recounts the profound meaning behind…

MY favourite song…Non, je ne regrette rien sung by la mome Edith Piaf, the sparrow of Monmartre. The lyrics are very meaningful and very POSITIVE and inspiring. Every time I hear it and sing it, tears come to my eyes.

On 24 October 1960, composer Charles Dumont and lyricist Michel Vaucaire visited Piaf’s home at Boulevard Lannes in Paris. Piaf received them in an unfriendly manner. Dumont had several times tried to offer Piaf his compositions, but she disliked them. and had refused them. Piaf felt the standard was too low. On that day she was furious that her housekeeper Danielle had arranged a meeting with the duo without her knowledge. Picques, Piaf made them wait an hour in her living room. Finally appearing, Piaf said irritatedly, “As you can see I am extremely tired”. “Hurry up, only one song! Quick to the piano, go ahead!” she commanded. Dumont sang the song nervously in a low voice. When he finished there was a big silence…”Will you sing it again?” asked Piaf sharply. When Dumont was hardly halfway through the song, la mome exclaimed, “Formidable!“[Fantastic!] “Formidable. This is the song I have been waiting for. It will be my biggest success! I want it for my coming performance at L’Olympia!” Vaucaire, delighted, replied, “Of course, Edith, the song is yours”.

Edith Piaf dedicated this immortal song to La Legion Etrangere, better known as the French Foreign Legion. At that time the French Foreign Legion was fighting a bitter and brutal war in Algeria (1954 to 1962). In 1961, the !st REP (Regiment Etrangere Parachutiste) backed the failed 1961 Putsch/coup d’etat against President Charles de Gaulle and the civilian leadership of Algeria. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other French Foreign Legion battalions.. They left the barracks singing “Non, je ne regrette rien”. The song became part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade. The Legion also sing this song to honour Edith Piaf on every Camerone Day, 30th April, the most sacred day in the Legion. C’est profond, n’est pas.

 

Battle of Camerone 30 April, 1863 where 65 French Foreign Legionnaires fought over 3000 Mexican soldiers to the death.

How 65 French Legionnaires Held off an Army of Thousands

 

 

Legio Patria Nostra

 

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Purdey’s the world’s most famous gunshop

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The indomitable and unparalled Travelling Gourmet TM tells a tale of Damascus steel from the…

MOST famous gunshop on South Audley Street in London. The Founder of the Regiment, Colonel Sir David Stirling used to have his company, Watchguard International at number 22…

I like to visit when I am in London. They also have clothing and accessories.

Damascus Guns - Open Image

Over and under shotgun

Purdey’s all-Damascus gun is a world-first. Available in side-by-side or over-and-under configuration, each is hand-crafted in Hammersmith, using damascene steel alloy forged in Sweden. Each piece has more than a hundred layers, which create the distinctive Damascus pattern. With exceptional purity and strength, it lends itself perfectly to the rigours of long service in the field.
There is no need to engrave a Damascus gun, as each has its own unique pattern, created when it is forged. We simply name and number them, with either conventional lettering or gold inlay.

James Purdey & Sons Ltd

57-58 South Audley Street

LondonW1K 2ED

United Kingdom
Purdey in the New Avengers. She is the lady with the killer chops, and I don’t mean pork chops 🙂
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Chatterbox Chicken Rice for takeaway and delivery!

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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM reveals that…

MANDARIN Orchard’s celebrated Chatterbox Chicken Rice is now available for delivery and takeaway! Well, it is all due to the horrible China virus from Wuhan damaging the world’s economy and killing thousands, that we have to thank for this. If Spanish flu can be called Spanish flu then let us call a spade a spade, nicht wahr! Chatterbox is closed from April 7, 2020 to May 4, 2020 because of the Singapore government’s circuit breaking measures to combat the malevolent China virus.

I decided to order this after hearing about it and it is on 50% discount just for a short time. Well, at least I can savour it in the charming comfort of my own home.

Only delivery and takeaway at present…

   Tapow Chatterbox Chicken Rice at home!

To be brutally frank, Chatterbox Chicken Rice is the “haute cuisine” of Chicken Rice, arguably the best in Singapore…One of my all time favourites. I was even handpicked some years ago to be a Judge in their Chatterbox Chicken Rice Eating Contest! The Chef who actually put it on the menu years ago is mein guter Freund Executive Chef Peter Gehrmann, who is now in Hawaii, and has become a vegetarian!

After I plated the dish…it looks more appetising! Food styling by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM 🙂

Master Chef Liew Tian Heong’s chicken is still juicy and succulent! The takeaway chicken has a mix of breast meat and dark thigh meat. The rice is still yummie and fragrant with hints of Pandan and lovely chicken flavours infused! The rice is not oily and is actually cooked in chicken stock with Pandanus leaves and ginger. The myriad flavours of this iconic dish is enhanced with the thick gooey Dark Soya Sauce and Ginger sauce. PLus of course,  the spicy Chilli Sauce with that Oomph! Bon appetit!

 

When it reopens…then this is what you will get when you dine in Chatterbox! Let it be soon please! Let us combat and defeat the horrible wuhan virus from China!!! We will win!!!

Chicken rice Singapore | Chatterbox

http://www.meritushotels.com/en/mandarin-orchard-singapore/dining/chatterbox.html

Call Chatterbox on  68316291 to order or go to shop-orchard.meritushotels.com

The usual delivery platforms are also available. Like that line in Casablanca 1942: Round up the usual suspects!

Chatterbox

Level 5, Mandarin Orchard Singapore
333 Orchard Road,

Singapore 238867

Tel: 67374411

 

 

 

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5 Star hotels deliver food!

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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM reveals that even 5 Star hotels are now offering F & B delivery and takeaway like the…

MANDARIN Oriental Singapore…where you can get Asian Delights like Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, Wonton Noodles Soup, Siew Mai Tim Sum and more at the click of a mouse. Penne Arrabbiata, Tartufo Tagliatelle and other Italian delights are also on the menu. Desserts cakes too like Strawbery Vanilla Cheese Mousse and Coffee Praline Sable Breton! Delivery charges apply but free delivery for orders over $200. So despite the lockdown due to the horrid China virus you can still enjoy gourmet cuisine in the comfort of your own home! Singapore’s 4,800 restaurants can only provide takeaways and deliveries until May 4, 2020.

There are soups as well…

Hot and Sour Soup

Regular price$12.00
                                                             Just go to :https://singapore.mandarinorientalshop.com/

Tomato Soup

Regular price$12.00

Wild Mushroom Soup

Regular price$12.00

Mains and Pizzas too!

Pan-Seared Salmon

Regular price$22.00

Braised Angus Beef Short Ribs

Regular price$22.00

Mandarin Oriental Pizza

Regular price$15.00
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