Chile's agar-agar algae is under threat

Nov 18, 2016

Chile's agar-agar algae is under threat

Farmers in southern Chile still remember when they could make a living just by picking up seaweed on the beach. Not just any seaweed, but the red algae used to make agar-agar — a jelly-like substance used in a plethora of products, including ice ...

Tokyo's first Russian-style maid cafe

Nov 4, 2016

Tokyo's first Russian-style maid cafe

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Twelve men sit in silence at a new cafe in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district as three women dressed in Russian attire start serving a sour-looking plate of borscht. The men have each paid ¥15,000 to attend this soft opening of ItaCafe, which bills itself as ...