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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 […]

Bugs on the menu at Swiss supermarket

Posted by on 16/08/2017
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Bugs on the menu at Swiss supermarket

Bugs on the menu at Swiss supermarket

Switzerland’s first insect-based food aimed at humans will go on sale next week following a revision of the country’s food safety laws, a supermarket chain said Monday. Switzerland’s second-largest supermarket chain, Coop, announced it would begin selling an insect burger, and insect balls, based on protein-rich mealworm. The products, made by a Swiss start-up called […]

Dangerously cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYC

Posted by on 16/08/2017
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Dangerously cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYC

Dangerously cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYC

Gourmet fun or just plain cheesy? A three-day pop-up restaurant devoted to Cheetos, yes Cheetos, opened in Manhattan on Tuesday, with every table already booked with diners ready to pay between $8 and $22 for such creations as Cheetos meatballs, Cheetos crusted fried pickles, Cheetos tacos, Mac n’ Cheetos and even Cheetos cheesecake. “I worked […]

A hope for endangered eels, Japanese summer delicacy

Posted by on 10/08/2017
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A hope for endangered eels, Japanese summer delicacy

A hope for endangered eels, Japanese summer delicacy

FUJISAWA: The Japanese summer delicacy of roasted eel, braised with a tangy sauce and sprinkled with prickly mountain pepper, is in question as the creatures with their mysterious migrations become increasingly endangered. Soaring demand for Japanese eel, or Anguilla japonica, helped put the creatures on the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s “Red List” of […]

Uprooted entrepreneurs form ‘Little Damascus’

Posted by on 10/08/2017
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Uprooted entrepreneurs form ‘Little Damascus’

Uprooted entrepreneurs form ‘Little Damascus’

IDLIB: On a bustling street in northwest Syria, young restaurateur Abdulrahim Abulezz serves up juicy chicken wraps crafted according to a traditional recipe from his hometown Daraya, which he left last year. His restaurant Sultan Daraya sits in a row of shops and eateries run by Syrians who quit their formerly rebel-held towns around the […]

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