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France savors return of cafes and restaurants

French cafes and restaurants reopened their doors Tuesday as the country took its latest step out of coronavirus lockdown, with clients seizing the chance to bask on sunny terraces after 10 weeks of closures to fight the outbreak.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/4 10:33:41

Virus fears threaten Lyon's famous 'bouchons'

For gastronomes worldwide, Lyon has long held pride of place in France's hierarchy of fine dining, but even as the city's beloved "bouchon" restaurants emerge from the coronavirus lockdown, many fear they might not survive the changes demanded in the coronavirus era.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/3 17:13:41

Cheers in Finland, Norway and Netherlands as bars reopen

Merrymakers in Finland, Norway and the Netherlands quenched their thirst as bars reopened Monday following long closures over coronavirus, though with new distancing guidelines and shorter hours in place.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/2 17:38:41

Timid reopening for France's Loire Valley chateaus

Staff far outnumbered visitors to the elegant Chenonceau castle in France's Loire Valley as it reopened on Saturday with meticulously prepared safeguards against the coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/31 16:28:41

Italians celebrate lockdown's end with ice cream

Strawberry and chocolate or fig and hazelnut? Italians have been celebrating the end of lockdown with one of their favorite treats: artisanal gelatos.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/28 22:23:40

Partygoers rejoice as Iceland's nightclubs reopen

Iceland's dance floors once again pulsed to the beat as the country's nightclubs reopened on Monday after a nine-week closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/28 22:18:40

Japan insect enthusiast makes soup from crickets

In a steamy Tokyo kitchen, a roasted scent wafts through the air as Yuto Shinohara prepares soup stock for ramen, derived not from pork or chicken, but crickets.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/25 16:13:40

Italy's restaurants caught between rock and hard place

The reopening of Italy's restaurants, cafes and stores earlier this week brought hopes of a return to normality for many Italians after a punishing two-month coronavirus lockdown.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/24 16:38:41

India's 'superfood' jackfruit goes global

Green, spiky and with a strong, sweet smell, the bulky jackfruit has morphed from a backyard nuisance in India's south coast into the meat-substitute darling of vegans and vegetarians in the West.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/21 12:53:40

Michelin refuses to put away knife as guides rally round restaurants

The world's top gastronomic guides are split over whether to continue ranking and rating restaurants with many closed because of coronavirus lockdowns.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/20 16:38:40

Michelin-starred chef in Italy delivers gourmet meals

When one thinks of food deliveries, the mind turns to pizza, maybe Chinese food.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/14 14:58:40

Virus hangover for French brewers as they dump 10 mn liters of beer

France will discard 10 million liters of beer - four Olympic-sized swimming pools full - due to expire, undrunk, with consumers in coronavirus lockdown, the national brewers' association said Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/14 13:53:40

Washington food trucks head to the suburbs to find customers

The coronavirus pandemic has emptied downtown Washington DC of its popular food trucks ever since their main customers - lunchtime office workers - fled in March to the safety of their homes.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/27 18:53:42

How a local Wuhan resident spends her week after lockdown ends

As a Chinese saying goes, "The unique local features of a place give rise to the special characteristics of its inhabitants." People living in Wuhan in Central China's Hubei Province are just as great as the city they live in.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/23 18:12:24

Celebrating the culture of Hubei Province's capital city

In China's traditional fengshui philosophy, local geography has a huge impact on a city. Places bound by mountains and nearby waterways are sure to become great cultural or economic centers such as the city of Wuhan in Central China's Hubei Province. The Yangtze River, which runs right through Wuhan, not only brings necessities and food to locals, but also provides vitality, prosperity and opportunities to this important provincial capital.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/22 20:22:11

Women fight for a place at the table as sushi chefs in Japan

Women have warm hands, their periods alter their sense of taste and they can't work long hours - just some of the claims from those in Japan who believe women can't be sushi chefs.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/9 15:53:40

In Houston, restaurant staff face unemployment – or risky gigs

Until last week, Ashlyne Collins worked as a bartender at a restaurant in Houston. But the coronavirus epidemic has shut the place down and the 22-year-old is out of work.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/25 18:03:40

Asia puts own twist on alternative meats

From lab-grown "seafood" to dumplings made with tropical fruit instead of pork, rising demand for sustainable meat alternatives in Asia is spawning creative products to appeal to local palates.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/24 15:53:40