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

by Komaki Ito

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 ...

Social media wrap-up: The day Taco Bell returned to Japan

Apr 22, 2015

Social media wrap-up: The day Taco Bell returned to Japan

After Taco Bell's brief presence in Japan in the 1980s, the U.S.-based chain exited the market (with the exception of outlets on U.S. military bases). To the delight of fans of fast-food Tex Mex, it was announced in February 2015 that Taco Bell would ...

Apr 21, 2015

Yoshinoya sees beer as key to boosting late-night sales

Restaurant chain operator Yoshinoya Holdings Co. will promote its alcoholic beverages and izakaya pub-style food rather than the gyudon slivers of beef on rice bowls it is best known for, in a bid to boost sales to office workers heading home. By the end ...