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Michelin bestows Covid-era restaurant stars despite closures

Paris - The Michelin Guide consecrated France's 30th three-star restaurant on Monday as it presented its awards for 2021 against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, which has seen chefs forced to close their doors.

Powerful Medici family behind Italy's 'plague-free' wine windows

Florence - As 16th-century Florentines dropped like flies to the plague, survivors drowned their fears in wine, passed to them through small windows which are enjoying a renaissance during the coronavirus era.

'Model' customers keep Tokyo diners at social distance

Apo - The coronavirus pandemic might have left many restaurants empty, but one establishment in Tokyo is relying on some model customers to enforce social distancing: life-like mannequins keeping diners from getting too close.

Fresh virus outbreak hinders Beijing's return to normal

Bejing - A fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing has hampered the Chinese capital's hesitant return to normality, rekindling fears for the economy as some businesses grind to a halt and consumers stay away.

Bali's miracle: turning wine into hand sanitiser

Bali - Pharmacists on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are tackling a shortage of anti-coronavirus hand sanitiser by making their own unique, tropical version -- from thousands of litres of fermented palm wine.

God save the pub: Britons rally to rescue local watering holes

Ryton - In the heart of picturesque old Ryton village in northeast England, pub regulars banded together to save their favourite watering hole, in a cut-throat sector where competition is fierce.

Australian woman dies in cake-eating contest

Sydney - A woman died while taking part in a cake-eating competition to celebrate Australia Day, local media reported Monday.Paramedics were called to a pub in the state of Queensland on Sunday afternoon after a woman was involved in a "medical incident".

French chef fails in Michelin lawsuit over lost star

Nterre - A French court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit brought by a star chef seeking to force the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide to hand over its reasons for stripping his restaurant of a third star, just a year after he won it.

From the mouths of babes: bottles that weaned prehistoric infants

Apo - Archaeologists have uncovered the first evidence that our prehistoric ancestors in Europe weaned their infants much the way we do now, using specialised baby bottles to feed them animal milk.

Singapore restaurants make history with three Michelin stars

Paris - Two Singapore restaurants have been awarded the maximum three Michelin stars for the first time ever, the French-based culinary guide said Tuesday.

Can global matcha craze save Japan's tea industry?

Fujieda - From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home.

Golden brew: rare Assam tea bags world record at auction

Guwahati - A rare Assam tea has sold for a world record price at auction in India, highlighting a boom for speciality teas while the industry as a whole is in crisis.A two kilogram (4.

Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high

Tbili - Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars.

Bucking the crisis, Greek microbreweries bubble to the fore

Greece - Bent over a barrel, Greek microbrewer Sophocles Panagiotou lovingly draws a measure of his Septem Red Ale into a glass cylinder and expertly transfers it to a glass.

World Cup host Qatar to introduce 100 percent booze tax

Doha - World Cup 2022 host Qatar is to introduce a 100 percent tax on alcohol from January 1, a government official confirmed on Monday.

Torun gingerbread: the ancient luxury with a secret recipe

Torun - Two master bakers dressed in white use a long knife to carve a heavy, thick slab of molasses-coloured gingerbread dough out of a huge metal vat, where, like wine, it has been maturing for a few months, deep in the cellar of one of the world's oldest ba...

With the jihadists gone, booze is back in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Rows of yellow-labelled whiskey bottles sit alongside imported French wines, while cans of Korean beer chill in the fridge: with Iraq's Mosul free of jihadists, the booze is back.

Teetotal Trump asks world to imagine him drunk

Washington - Lifelong teetotaler Donald Trump is already loud, brash and provocative, so just imagine him after a few drinks, the US president quipped Monday.

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

Geneva - Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year -- more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk.

15 dead in Malaysia from suspected alcohol poisoning

Kuala Lumpur - Fifteen men, most believed to be foreign workers, have died in Malaysia and 33 more are in hospital with suspected poisoning after consuming alcoholic drinks, police said Tuesday.

Drink to old times: World's 'oldest brewery' found in Israel

Jerusalem - Archaeologists have found what they believe is the world's oldest site for alcohol production, a study said Thursday, adding the beer-like beverage may have been served in ceremonies some 13,000 years ago.

Beer-mad Belgium moves to save historic drinking dens

Apo - Belgians are famous for taking their beer seriously, but authorities are now moving to preserve some of the historic cafes where drinkers have been quaffing since the early 20th century.

No safe level of alcohol: Research

How much alcohol is safe to consume? Advice varies considerably between different medical studies, and with different studies offering advice that this sometimes confusing to consumers. A new study cuts through this and puts the case for abstinence.

Frontline pizza: Ukrainian veterans feed soldiers in hotspots

Ukraine - There's no knock on the door, just the tantalising smell of melted cheese, ham and tomato sauce reaching the noses of Ukrainian soldiers. The pizza delivery man has arrived.

Hunting for 'black gold' in Albania's lawless truffle trade

Qafa - Threats, poisoned dogs and massacred trees: Albania's forests are gripped by a war over truffles, the prized and pricey fungi known in this poor European country as "black gold".

Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual assault: report

New York - Already accused of sexual harassment and groping, US celebrity chef Mario Batali now faces allegations that he sexually assaulted impaired women at a New York restaurant, CBS television's "60 Minutes" reported Sunday.

London mayor wants fast-food ad ban on transport network

London - London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday proposed to ban adverts for foods high in fat, salt and sugar from the city's transport network in a bid to tackle childhood obesity.

Trump risks Scottish anger as resort bans iconic drink

London - US President Donald Trump has risked the further ire of Scotland, his mother's homeland, after his luxury Turnberry golf resort banned the sale of national soft drink Irn-Bru.

Symbolism on menu at Koreas summit dinner

Seoul - Symbolism will be the main course of a banquet at Friday's inter-Korean summit, Seoul revealed Tuesday, with a menu featuring Pyongyang's signature dish and food from the home towns of the South's leaders at previous meetings.

Kava, the drink soothing the stress of NY millennials

New York - It's been a mainstay in the South Pacific for thousands of years. Now stressed-out millennial New Yorkers are kissing goodbye to alcohol and gulping down a mildly narcotic drink to ease the pain of long hours, bottleneck commutes and Donald Trump.
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