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The ‘Rat Eaters’ of Bihar: India’s poorest people?

Posted by on 07/12/2017
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The ‘Rat Eaters’ of Bihar: India’s poorest people?

The ‘Rat Eaters’ of Bihar: India’s poorest people?

 The rat kept crawling over Phekan Manjhi’s arm as he battled to pin it to the ground before he eventually managed to kill it with repeated blows to the head. The execution drew applause from neighbors huddled around the 60-year-old in a grimy courtyard outside his mud and straw hut. Another meal lined up […]

Japan, China dominate list of world’s top restaurants

Posted by on 29/11/2017
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Japan, China dominate list of world’s top restaurants

Japan, China dominate list of world’s top restaurants

Japan and China have more of the world’s best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week. Although the French-based list will declare Guy Savoy’s flagship Paris riverside restaurant the best in the world for the second year running-and French cooking dominates the top 100 — the […]

Beef in the buff? Paris opens first nudist restaurant

Posted by on 23/11/2017
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Beef in the buff? Paris opens first nudist restaurant

Beef in the buff? Paris opens first nudist restaurant

Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude. Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O’naturel, billed as the French capital’s first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada. Former […]

Taiwan’s foodie cred given Michelin boost

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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Taiwan’s foodie cred given Michelin boost

Taiwan’s foodie cred given Michelin boost

From streetside stalls dishing out one dollar bowls of braised pork rice to upscale eateries tucked away in quiet alleyways, Michelin inspectors are scouring the Taiwanese capital selecting restaurants for its first ever guide. The island’s reputation among in-the-know travelers as a foodie paradise will be further burnished when Taipei becomes the latest Asian city […]

In Ecuadorean cave, meals offered in darkness by the blind

Posted by on 07/11/2017
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In Ecuadorean cave, meals offered in darkness by the blind

In Ecuadorean cave, meals offered in darkness by the blind

On the outskirts of Ecuador’s capital, young couples and families venture into a pitch-black cave in search of an unlikely experience: a meal in the dark. Blind waiters guide guests to their tables and deliver tangy fruit juices and appetizing dishes like caramelized vegetables and sweet fried bananas – foods the owner believes can taste […]

Extreme dining in Shanghai: Chef’s twist on haute cuisine

Posted by on 06/11/2017
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Extreme dining in Shanghai: Chef’s twist on haute cuisine

Extreme dining in Shanghai: Chef’s twist on haute cuisine

A van spirits ten guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a non-descript industrial building as Strauss’s theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey” fills the air. Inside is avant-garde restaurant Ultraviolet, the city’s newest three-star Michelin eatery, where adventurous gourmands happily pay up to 6,000 yuan ($900) per head and the waitlist […]

Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant a welcome sign for new refugees

Posted by on 16/10/2017
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Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant a welcome sign for new refugees

Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant a welcome sign for new refugees

The queue outside Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant on its opening day showed an appetite not just for Syrian food but for integration in one of the few European countries trying to welcome more refugees. Syrian refugees run Mezze restaurant after money was raised to renovate a former butcher’s shop on a market in the Portuguese […]

Turning weed into drinks in Lebanon

Posted by on 15/10/2017
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Turning weed into drinks in Lebanon

Turning weed into drinks in Lebanon

Sitting among the vines of Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo growing on his spectacular farm in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Michel Emad remembers the not-so-distant time when he opted to cultivate cannabis. The retired soldier was not alone in this illicit trade: cannabis fields used to stretch as far as the eye could see in this part […]

A Rabat restaurant challenges exclusion of mentally disabled

Posted by on 11/10/2017
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A Rabat restaurant challenges exclusion of mentally disabled

A Rabat restaurant challenges exclusion of mentally disabled

They must be inside society to learn with everyone else In a country where nearly half of people with mental disabilities are unemployed, one restaurant in the Moroccan capital is part of a pilot project tackling the problem. When a customer enters the Hadaf restaurant in the capital’s business district, nothing indicates that many of […]

Balkan pepper relish stirs appetites and pride

Posted by on 04/10/2017
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Balkan pepper relish stirs appetites and pride

Balkan pepper relish stirs appetites and pride

It’s a source of Balkan rivalry but one ubiquitous smell: the wood-fire roasting of peppers wafting through towns and villages each autumn as families prepare the region’s best-loved relish. Slathered on bread, nibbled with cheese or served alongside meat dishes, “ajvar” has for generations filled the shelves of winter pantries-and the rich spread’s production is […]

Bugs by design at Bangkok fine dining bistro

Posted by on 04/10/2017
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Bugs by design at Bangkok fine dining bistro

Bugs by design at Bangkok fine dining bistro

Studies show they’re high in protein, good fats and minerals Ants and beetles in the kitchen? Normally that’d close down a restaurant immediately, but for a unique eatery in Bangkok, bugs in the beef ragu and pests in the pesto are the business plan. Tucking into insects is nothing new in Thailand, where street vendors […]

Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

Posted by on 11/09/2017
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Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

GENEVA: Swallow deeply, pinch the nose and repeat the mantra: “Tastes like beef, tastes likes beef.” Then bite into the burger of rice, chopped vegetables, spices and mealworm larvae. The Swiss supermarket chain Coop, to a bit of domestic hoopla, has begun selling burgers and balls made from insects. It’s being billed as a legal […]

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