A smart Fullerton in a smart Singapore

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The irrepressible and indomitableTraveling Gourmet TM goes to the Presidential Suite of the iconic Fulleron Hotel that was the General Post Office, for the VIP…

MEDIA Launch of Tapendium in-room tablet in the Fullerton and Fullerton Bay Hotels. Tapendium is a composite word made up from “Tap” and “Compendium”. Guests in the Fullertons hotels can now get Hotel Info, order In-Room Dining, use Guest Services like ask the Concierge to help with the luggage or order a Mercedes limousine, get the weather forecast, order a Buckwheat or Micro-Gel pillow from the Pillow Menu and more! It is now digital and paperless! All rooms now have a Samsung tablet which the guests can use. As mio amico, Giovanni Viteralle, the GM of the Fullerton hotels explained, “We’re the first hotels in Asia to have this in our rooms! Our guest satisfaction has increased. At the touch of a button on screen our guest scan order room service, make a dining reservation and many other things. We also reduce paper for the environment and manpower to talk to the guests on the phone, as well as increase revenue”. Affable Giovanni is from the Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast) in ITaly and goes back every year in the summer so he does not lose his Italian touch…

 

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Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM or in Italian “Il Turista Buongustaio” with mio buon amico, Giovanni Viteralle, GM of Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel

So much information at my fingertips…

I tried out the Tapendium Samsung in-room tablet and found it to be user-friendly. When I went to order Room Service Dining and clicked on the Town Signature Beef Burger, I could choose the ‘doneness’, add cheese, select my condiments, etc…and it even had recommendations for a glass of Tiger Beer to go with the burger! Using Nox hardware, the data is secure and each tablet costs the hotels about $560 with the hotels paying a monthly software licence per month to Tapendium. Tapendium is an Australian company that started in 2014, and the CEO, affable Steve Wooding told me of his expereinece as a hotelier previously with the Whitbread group in the UK plus the Crown Hotels and Casinos of Australia. After the Launch, there was coffee and scrumptious Salmon canapes on brown bread, Mini Burger Sliders, Chicken Rice Balls and Lime Macarons! Alas there was no champagne but I enjoyed all these munchies in the high-ceilinged Presidential Suite number 225, which has an area of 2,169 square feet with a baby grand piano, plus a glass enclosed verandah with 20 feet high Doric columns…and costs S$6,880++ per night…The digital revolution has begun…nicht wahr… 🙂

 

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Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM with the CEO of Tapendium, Steve Wooding

 

 

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With Tapendium and Grand Piano in the Presidential Suite of the Fullerton

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Delightful Da Nang!

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The audacious and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM jets to Da Nang in Vietnam where just over 53 years ago…

MARINES from the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landed in Da Nang on 8 March 1965 at 08:15 to be the frst American ground troops in Vietnam. Now all is peaceful…and the terrible Vietnam war is all but forgotten. Today, Da Nang is a modern and hriving metropolisof high rise buildings and many hotels spas and restaurants. The modern high tech airport used to be the air base so fiercely fought over now connects Da Nang with the world. Sweeping tree-lined broad boulevards and impressive futuristic bridges frame the city.

Where I am staying in the salubrious and luxurious Hyatt Regency Da Nang, I feel very relaxed and comfortable. My titanim Breitling woke me at 06:00 and I jogged to the beach to see the sunrise over the swaying coconut trees and white sandy beaches of Da Nang. Breakfast in the exclusive Regency Club s lavish with the biquitous Pho Boor Beef Noodle Soup with Basil and Mint and freshly squeezed Lime Juice plus a Salmon Omeltte a la minute, ot roissants and Cheese and bacon and Sausages and Cucumber Juice and Yoghut and Muesli and more…much more! Yummie! Keep Calm and carry on eating!

 

HYATT REGENCY DANANG RESORT AND SPA

5 Truong Sa Street, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District

Danang,  Vietnam

Tel: +84 236 398 1234

 

To be continued…

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Feeding the 5000 Singapore!

F5K Event Listing

The internationally celebrated The Travelling Gourmet TM shall be the celebrity chef conducting a Culinary Masterclass at 1.40pm at the event ! 🙂

Let the feeding begin!

FEEDING THE 5000 SINGAPORE
EVENT LISTING
#feeding5000sg

 

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The internationally renowned Feeding the 5000 events provide a delicious free feast to
5000 members of the public, made entirely from fresh, top-quality ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. This large community event aims to shine a light on the global food waste scandal, champion its delicious solutions and catalyse community
involvement. Bringing together citizens, students, governments, NGOs, businesses, food
personalities and celebrity chefs, Feeding the 5000 events are open to all.
Feeding the 5000 Singapore aims to raise awareness on the 790,000 tonnes of food that
go to waste every year in Singapore, encourage public acceptance of “ugly” food near
expiry, and spur wholesalers and retailers to start donating their surplus unsold food,
starting a national movement on reducing food waste.
EVENT DETAILS
Date 25 March 2018, Sunday
Time 11am – 3pm
Venue City Square Mall, B1 Square & Outside Square
180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
Train: Farrer Park MRT Station Exit I (North-East MRT line)
Bus: Kitchener Road (Service No. 21, 125, 130) & Serangoon Road
(Service No. 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 141, 147, 857, NR6)

Free & open to the public
Links Webpage: http://www.goneadventurin.com/feedingthe5000singapore/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/167496767199876/

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New York Central restaurant in NYC!

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The debonair and dashing Travelling Gourmet TM reveals one of his fave restaurants in New York, New York, so good they named it twice…it is

New York Central restaurant in the Grand Hyatt of the ‘Big Apple’!

WINNER of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence – 2 years in a row – for its outstanding wine program in New York City…

 

MY favourite place for a cooool dinner or lunch is New York Central restaurant in the Grand Hyatt New York. Just to the right of the main entrance this is the ideal place to unwind with your cocktail of choice in hand and contemporary gourmet cuisine at your table. Attractive view of  every bustling East 42nd Street as you savour gourmet food and fine wines thoughtfully sourced and carefully prepared…like The NYC Burger whch has…
6 oz. Grass Fed Strauss Beef, Raclette Cheese,
Caramelized Shallots, Lettuce, Tomato,
Ginger Ketchup, Brioche Bun and crisp French Fries! With it…a robust Zinfandel 2013
from Buehler in the Napa Valley of California. Salut!

The contemporary open kitchen, dazzling chandelier, illuminated bar, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking New York City all contribute to the restaurant’s stunning, modern ambiance. The creative menu features fresh, seasonal ingredients inspired by flavors of Western Europe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as well as an express menu for those on the go. There is even a Moroccan inspired main course. Dine from the exclusive spot at the chef’s table or experience course after course at a spot with a view. Grand Hyatt New York offers the quintessential urban dining experience at New York Central. Connected to Grand Central Station so it is very quick to get on an Amtrak train after your meal to travel to wherever you want!

New York Central restaurant

in Grand Hyatt New York

109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal
New York,

New York,

USA, 10017

Reservations call 646-213-6865

Email: NYCentral@hyatt.com

HOURS

Breakfast
Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Brunch
Saturday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch
Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dinner
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily

Lounge
2:00 p.m. – late daily

 

 

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665F…ANDAZ on the little red dot

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The impeccable and irascible Travelling Gourmet TM dines at high altitude where the panoramic view is…

MONUMENTALLY good…and the cuisine indescribably delicious!

“665 F” sounds like the code name for a Top Secret black operation, but it is actually the temperature of the PIRA oven used inthis premier fine dining restaurant in the 21st Century style…which means no stuck-up hoity-toity waiters and no dressing-up with stiff collared silk shirts and branded neck ties emblazoned crudely & vulgarly with the name of the fashion house!

ON the contrary, it is good unobtrusive service with courtesy and finesse and…

Jolly good food including STEAKS all done by youthful but capable Executive Sous Chef Chef Josephine Loke and her team. Trained by CIA no less. Yes, a spy like me before my career change…JOKE!! Culinary Arts and wine are definitely safer than the world’s second oldest profession nicht wahr…CIA is the Culinary INstitute of America founded one year before the Company in 1946. The Oxford of haute cuisine as it were. The “C” is the often maligned intelligence agency whose failures are often condemned…but whose many successes go quietly unnoticed…intentionally. C’est la vie, alors…Chef Josephine was in the 1st batch of CIA trained chefs affliliated to the TCA/Temasek Culinary Academy.

Tasty dishes will please the most discerning palate, except those who only like Char koay teow and Yung Chow Fried Rice, in which case, as I always say, “Forget Foie Gras mon imbecile…just eat Leberwurst capisch…” So ist das Leben.

Oh mein Gott! Perigord Truffle also known as Black Gold to gourmets! Libtards I am not being racist ok! Yummie yum yum!!! It is to rob a bank for! I NEVER, NEVER ever say to d_e for because when you are dead you cannot eat or taste anything! This worn-out moronic phrase is only used by wannabe food writers and twits, alas…To live for, to kill for, to hijack a plane for but never never that stooopid phrase…Never mind,

believe me, believe me…the food and wines and service here are all top notch! Come here and see for yourself! Meanwhile, please let me tease you with these two videos with NO photoshop!

 

 

 

Das Leben ohne Suessigkeiten ist total langweilig!

Translated from Hoch-Deutsch (German) : Life without sweetness is totally boring!

Have a Blast with Chef Jennifer’s Bombe Alaska!! Sans alcohol, ALAS, mes amis…as this is halal restaurant…Never mind, I shall go back and drink half a  bottle of Genlivet Scotch Whisky..neat..

JOKE!!!!!

Enjoy! Guten Appetit! Tasting is believing! 🙂

665F

38 Floor

ANDAZ SINGAPORE is the FIRST Andaz in Asia!

5 Fraser Street

  Singapore, 189354

Tel: +65 6408 1234

The Andaz is the HYATT’s premier LUXURY lifestyle brand that is quirky yet very different from cookie cutter old school hotels. 

Extremely near Marina Bay and the picturesque and historic Little India, Kampong Glam and Bras Basah Bugis cultural districts, Andaz Singapore hotel helps the guest explore and discover the rich and diverse culture of sunny Singapore…through multi-cultural cuisine and exotique Asian experiences in the Switzerland of Asia! Guests are inspired to experience this city-state through fresh and colorful perspectives.

  • Remember Stork on Level 39 but that is another story…:-)

 

 

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Fave dining spots near The Farm…

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The audacious and intrepid Travelling Gourmet TM reveals some top spots for good nosh in Virginia…like a place where…

MONUMENTAL nostalgia reigns…in James Shield’s Tavern, where you scoff authentic recreations of the cosmopolitan imports of the Colonies in America in the 18th century. Cane sugar, molasses, and rum from the West Indies and Caribbean. Winsome wines from Portugal…African coffee, and tea from China and more… Savor unique spice blends from around the world…and try colonial favorites like black eye pea soup, butter chicken, and West African casserole.

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James Shield’s Tavern

  • 422 E Duke Of Gloucester St
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
    USA
  •  Phone (855) 268-7220

 

 

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MY favorites at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern…

I love the HUGE and I mean huge yard cloth napkins! For sure NO spots of gravy on your best bespoke shirt from Brooks Brothers…

Man about town Casanova loved OYSTERS before his regular romantic rendez-vous with…?
Tavern Oyster Salet
US$13.25
Plump flash-fried Oysters on a cosy futon of mixed Greens & Coleslaw with sweet Gun-Powder sauce. It won’t explode on your palate but it is mighty tasty!

Christiana Campbell’s Tavern Seafood Restaurant

101 S. Waller St. ,  Williamsburg VA 23185

USA

Phone (855) 546-7748

I am also partial to:
Waterman’s Supper
US$35
Not one, not two but THREE courses! Starting with a cup of the Eastern Shore Clam Chowder followed by a dish of Grid-iron grilled Salmon, with a SAS (shrimp and scallop) Brochette adorning a bed of Pilaf Rice laced with a Lemon-dill cream and…sweet finale with your choice of ice cream! I love ice cream!
Christiana Campbell's Tavern-Colonial Williamsburg: Waterman's Supper at Christana Campbell's
The waiters, waitresses are in traditional historic costumes of the 18th Century period, and there is even Christiana Campbell herself played by a jovial and jolly plump lady, as plump as the oysters here. Christiana entertains with tall tales and ribald jokes! If you are very lucky, General George Washington, America’s first spymaster extraordinaire will make an entrance…Wandering troubadors play the fiddle for you while you dine in colonial splendour…what more can you ask for mes amis?
Casual and cooool place…spooks, pay heed…no need to dress up in your Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses, ninja-black Brooks Brothers men’s suits, dark blue tie and white shirt…:-) ENJOY!
Das Leben es ist unbestimmt, isst erst den Nachtisch – persoanl motto of The Travelling Gourmet TM
John 8:32
Addendum: Brooks Brotheres is the oldest gentlemen’s clothier in the USA, since 1818.
Brooks Brothers 2Pc Madison Fit Wool Suit
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The Travelling Gourmet TM in Verona..a love story…

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The enterprising and romantic Travelling Gourmet TM jets to…

MAGNIFICENT…Verona!

Verona is a captivating city steeped in romance and history, like the well preserved house of a real person immortalised forever by “The Bard”. Casa Giulietta exudes medieval charm and mystique…and high over one archway the observant visitor can see a time-worn stone carved ‘hat’ or capulet in Italian. It is of course the house of Juliet immortalised in Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.

VINITALY in Verona!

A love story with wine and romance!

The 52nd Vinitaly will be in Verona from 15-18 April 2018,
Website: http://www.vinitaly.com

Vinitaly is the largest International Wine & Spirits Exhibition in the world with regards to area and international attendance. Once again this year, the programme starts with the international OperaWine event on Saturday 14 April! Vinitaly is previewed in the imposing Palazzo Gran Guardia through the presentation of wines from107 companies from all regions of Italy, selected by the American magazine Wine Spectator.

Friday 13 April 2018

I am now in the city of romance and love that is vibrant Verona. Straight from Porta Nuova verona train station I went to Veronafiere to observe the 5Star wine competition, and interviewed the organiser and chief wine judge, Korean Stevie Kim who was born in Korea but grew up in America, and now lives in Italy.

The Travelling Gourmet TM (TTG): Tell me about the 5Star Wine competition because I was a Wine Judge 3 times in the previous Concorso Enologico Internazionale Vinitaly before, which ran for 26 years.

Stevie: Yes, 5Star wines is in its 3rd year now, and it is based on a point system. Only 90 points and above…and we produce a guide.

Stevie promptly presented me with a copy of the 2018 edition.

Stevie: Previously, it was by the Enology Association but now it is all done by Vinitaly.

TTG: How did you get in to the wine business?

Stevie: With a whimsical smile, ‘Through the side door really…I wanted to launch a wine investment fund but in 2007 the market crashed! I approached Vinitaly and Veronafiere and got recruited…My job is to promote Italian wines!

 

 

 

 

 

Work in progress…to be continued…

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