Exactly a year ago I had the pleasure of visiting the paradise of Ko Rang Noi. A Billionaires private island now available to rent. I slept in a bed slept in by George Clooney. I was treated like royalty and trod in the footsteps of Thai Royalty. I was privileged beyond measure.
As a small business owner however I am acutely aware of how difficult a journey to success is. I have been grateful for the help given to me and in any small way I believe it is our responsibility to help others too. Many of my good friends in the travel industry have been so incredibly generous to causes they believe in and we all can help in any small way to make a difference to people who need it.
Staying on Ko Rang Noi was such a dream. The location and the beauty was breathtaking and yet this wasn’t the highlight for me. Our visit was filmed by a group of people from Cambodia.
The video team had a story. They had been living homeless in a very poor area of Phnom Penh surviving on the pickings of the main garbage dump.
A team of supporters took these talented young people and taught them about videography. They set them up with state of the art equipment and taught them a trade. They helped them with their business and continued to support them to get business and grow into successful business owners who would then pay it forward to help others who were among thousands of people in the same position as they had been.
Next month I will go with Massimo Capra and a group of Food Lovers to Asia and visit Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. I wanted to document some of our journey so instead of paying someone to come from North America I am hiring these guys to fly to Thailand and meet us and document some of our wonderful experiences we will have on our adventure. I am looking forward to sharing our experiences with you when we return.
Never forget those who are less fortunate than us.. if we can help in some small way then we have a social Responsibility to do so. You never know when that help needs to come back to you!
@chefcapra, #coprporatesocialresponsibility #giveback, #payitforward #BeInGratitude
Whats the difference?
We all want good food when we travel but what is good food?
To you is it the ability to get a Macdonalds if you need it? Is it just good quality home cooking?Is it as many Michelin star restaurants breaking even the fattest of wallets?
Michelin star restaurants? Who can afford those?
As a lifelong foodie and cook I truly am all about the food. I don't care if it is from a street vendor or a hole in the wall as they say but it has to be great quality. I travelled 330km last year in research for my clients to taste the food, find the great restaurants and make sure what I was promoting was the best it can be. I love to eat fabulous food but I'm very very picky. So in the last 12 months I have visited Asia 3 times. I truly enjoyed finding unique experiences in food and here are my top three..
The first you will be surprised about but I absolutely love Mango. I have a thing for a Mango smoothie so to find a delicious Mango smoothie with slices of fresh mango on top of a layer of delicious yogourt that was made just off a flower market in Bangkok was just delight. The taste of this mango smoothie still lives with me and I can not wait to return in March for another one. It was truly divine.
Second was the chicken rice street food from the guy in China Town of Singapore with a Michelin Star... Yes you heard me correctly. This perfectly balanced $4 dish was truly worthy of the Michelin star accolade and I just loved it. It is a hawker stand called Hawker Chan in Singapore and he earned the Michelin star last year and this simple dish of Chicken and rice is soooo great. Night and day hawker Chan has a line up as people want to see what the fuss is all about and from the looks of the faces he does not disappoint.
Lastly we are at a Michelin star Chinese restaurant in the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore. First let me tell you the view was unbelievable and if you like a great view, coupled with amazing service and a delicious breakfast with choices from every corner of the world then this hotel is for you. I adore this hotel and recommend to all who go to Singapore. But the best thing I ate was my lifelong favourite duck pancakes in their Michelin star restaurant. The chef of Summer Pavilion at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is just worthy of every award he has won. Chef Cheung has been at the helm since 2014 when the restaurant underwent an extensive renovation. This is now the second year in a row his contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine has been awarded a star by the Michelin Guide. The signature dishes he introduced to Summer Pavilion all elegantly spotlight outstanding ingredients from around the world: abalone from South Africa, braised and topped with roasted sesame dressing; Japanese wagyu beef sauteed, diced and served with poached rice and lobster; and Iberian pork barbecued with a pleasantly sweet honey sauce. What’s more, diners enjoy Cheung’s masterful cooking in a most sophisticated and relaxing setting: I can not wait to find an excuse to return and actually will be in Shanghai soon and am planning to try the restaurant there to compare!
Traveling as a foodie is much more than just traveling and hoping the food will be edible. It is a search to find unique restaurants that excite you and make you remember that taste for a long time. The feeling you get when you taste something that is out of this world and makes you realize that the talent that the chefs have to create something that makes you feel like you are eating a slice of heaven is the very reason we call ourselves foodies. It isn't the money.... it isn't just the cost of the place .... it is the feeling it gives you when you taste something exquisite.
I will always be a foodie. I may not always have a Michelin star budget, but I will always travel to eat and discover what is the best a travel destination has to offer!!
#foodie #luxury #luxurytravel #foodietravel #Ritzcarlton #michelinstar #travelforfood
Lorraine Simpson, Your Personal Travel Concierge
Self confessed travel addict not looking for a cure, just the next fix! As a writer, College Professor and a Luxury Travel company owner Lorraine Simpson has all manner of access to feed her travel addiction.
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