Feb 6, 2014

China cracks down on 'exclusive' park restaurants

For years, the sumptuous Scholarly House restaurant and its pavilions in the center of Beijing’s Dragon Lake Park have been off-limits to most parkgoers, catering to wealthy businessmen and government officials. But now it has been forced to throw open its gates to the ...

Belgian police probe death of famed freeloader

Jan 24, 2014

Belgian police probe death of famed freeloader

Titus Clarysse was a gastronomic freeloader, from lobster to the after-dinner brandy, infamous in the northern Belgian town of Ghent for walking into restaurants, ordering whatever he craved and walking out without paying. Two days after the 35-year-old was found dead in his apartment, ...

Tiny euglena latest fad in eating healthy

Jan 23, 2014

Tiny euglena latest fad in eating healthy

Euglena, a nutrient-rich, green single-celled organism that features the characteristics of both plants and animals, is starting to win fans as a food item. Some restaurants and convenience store chains have even started developing new dishes and items that contain euglena, which has often ...

China roused by the 'rich scent' of BBC's 'Sherlock'

Jan 19, 2014

China roused by the 'rich scent' of BBC's 'Sherlock'

Zhou Yeling dragged herself out of bed at 5 a.m. for a long-awaited date with her favorite Englishman — Sherlock Holmes. Zhou, 19, watched the third season premiere of the BBC’s “Sherlock” on Jan. 2 on the British broadcaster’s website. Two hours later, the ...

3-D printing set to break out of mold

Jan 12, 2014

3-D printing set to break out of mold

Some of the oddest items on display this past week at the International CES gadget show were edible, origami-like sculptures made of sugar, their shapes so convoluted as to baffle the eye. The treats were just one of many signs that we will all ...

Germany's first restaurant for pets draws protests over 'decadence'

Jan 3, 2014

Germany's first restaurant for pets draws protests over 'decadence'

Germany’s first restaurant for dogs and cats opened in Berlin over the holidays, drawing charges that the luxury eatery for furry friends is “decadent.” “Does Berlin really need a gourmet restaurant for dogs?” asked the top-selling Bild daily newspaper. Pets Deli offers its tasty ...

Chinese tycoon, French vintner missing in crash

Dec 22, 2013

Chinese tycoon, French vintner missing in crash

French police were searching Sunday for a Chinese billionaire and a French vintner who were missing and believed dead after their helicopter crashed into a river in southwest France. There was little hope of finding alive Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property tycoon, winemaker ...

Dec 21, 2013

Chinese firm buys historic French chateau, vineyard

A Chinese group specializing in rare teas and luxury hotels has bought a historic chateau and vineyard near Bordeaux with the aim of turning it into a high-class tea- and wine-tasting center. The Hong Kong-based Brilliant group, whose interests range from Pu’er — a ...

Dec 20, 2013

Hotel operators rapped over misleading menus

The Consumer Affairs Agency has reprimanded Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co. and two other companies for breaking the law on preventing misleading presentation by “falsely labeling” food on their menus. The agency on Thursday urged the three Osaka-based firms to come up with preventive measures. ...