Hong Kong's taste for seafood putting oceans in danger

Aug 12, 2015

Hong Kong's taste for seafood putting oceans in danger

A seafood lunch in Hong Kong is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, but with threatened species on the menu and fishing practices that endanger marine life, campaigners want to change the city’s appetite. Hong Kong is the second-largest consumer of seafood per capita ...

Retty plans IPO to fund global expansion of restaurant review app

Aug 3, 2015

Retty plans IPO to fund global expansion of restaurant review app

Retty Inc., the Japanese restaurant-review app backed by an arm of Fidelity Worldwide Investment, plans a domestic initial public offering by mid-2017 to fund expansion into global cities, from San Francisco to Hong Kong. Retty aims to start offering an English-language smartphone app and ...

Jul 8, 2015

McDonald's Japan sales down 23.4% in June

McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) said Wednesday that sales at the fast-food chain slumped 23.4 percent in June compared to a year earlier, on a same-store basis, down for the 17th consecutive month. The pace of decline expanded from 22.2 percent in May. The Japanese ...

Burger King unveils red-colored burgers

Jun 17, 2015

Burger King unveils red-colored burgers

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Burger King Japan surprised the public when it released its black burger series in 2012. Now the fast-food chain has announced a similarly colorful promotion involving red sandwiches. Just as the black burger series had dark black buns and cheese, the new red burgers ...

Leading Tokyo restaurants rise in global top-50 ranking

Jun 2, 2015

Leading Tokyo restaurants rise in global top-50 ranking

Japan-based restaurants rose in the ranks of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which was announced Monday evening in London. Restaurant Narisawa, overseen by chef Yoshihiro Narisawa in Tokyo’s Minami-Aoyama district, placed eighth on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, up from last year’s ...

May 27, 2015

Health ministry to ban restaurants from serving raw pork

The central government will ban restaurants from serving raw pork starting in mid-June, following a similar ban in 2012 on beef liver, the health ministry said Wednesday. Restaurants have increasingly turned to pork after the ban on raw beef liver. The ministry said it ...

Art collector leaves NY waitresses $100,000

May 15, 2015

Art collector leaves NY waitresses $100,000

A longtime patron at a New York steak house chalked up a surprising addition to his final tab: $100,000, given to his favorite waitress and her niece. Maureen Donohue-Peters, 53, got a call from a lawyer after Asian art collector Robert Ellsworth passed away, ...

Increased Asian demand boosts geoduck farming

May 15, 2015

Increased Asian demand boosts geoduck farming

John King plunges his arm up to his shoulder into the mudflats of Puget Sound, roots around and soon pulls from the muck the world’s largest burrowing clam. The mollusk squirts water from its long obscene-looking neck. King dodges the spray, already using a ...

May 13, 2015

Japan restaurant fund mulling Singapore's first Asahi bar

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Seiki Takahashi, who has opened and managed more than 50 restaurants around the world, is seeking to raise $10 million from high-net-worth individuals to invest in Japanese eateries expanding abroad. Takahashi said that he plans to raise the funds from domestic and overseas investors ...

Hawaii food festival explores the wonders of canned meat

May 3, 2015

Hawaii food festival explores the wonders of canned meat

In Hawaii, Spam rules. No, not the kind that you get in your email, but the kind you eat — or don’t eat, as it may be for many mainlanders. To honor Spam-lovers in Hawaii, Hormel Foods will release a new flavor — Portuguese ...