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California restaurant accused of turning away patrons wearing masks

A restaurant in northern California is in hot water following reports that its staff failed to wear masks and patrons were discouraged from using face coverings to protect against the coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/23 13:28:40

Chinese netizens share their hopes while donating to children's charity

Over the past nine years, large number of Chinese netizens have gone to an online shop to donate money that goes to providing free lunches to children in need in China. Visitors to the shop on Chinese e-commerce platform Tmall often leave messages expressing their best wishes for the children and describing their own lives, turning it into a diary of sorts shared by all who have the need to express themselves.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/2 19:48:40

Irish pubs reopen as end of lockdown nears

Irish pubs unlocked their doors and began pouring pints on Monday, ending a 15-week dry spell forced by the nation's coronavirus lockdown.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/2 11:08:41

Czechs mark lifting of pandemic restrictions with bridge dinner

Crowds gathered on Prague's Charles Bridge on Tuesday to celebrate the end of the Czech Republic's coronavirus crisis with a group dinner along a gigantic table set up on the historic landmark.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/2 11:08:40

Individual portions not likely to completely replace communal dining in China despite COVID-19 outbreak: Chinese experts

During Chinese New Year, hundreds of villagers and tourists in East China's Fujian Province gather together in front of a tulou, a traditional communal residence of the Hakka people, to enjoy hand-made beef balls cooked in a huge pot the diameter of which can reach four meters.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/23 20:53:40

Itinerant chefs cooking up a storm to fight poverty

A minivan loaded with folding tables, chairs, pots and pans is the "mobile restaurant" with which Xie Junming tours the countryside of China's Guangdong Province.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/23 10:48:40

Relief for Paris restaurants as virus lockdown ends

Paris cafe and restaurant owners cheered Monday as the government allowed them to reopen their dining rooms after three months of lost revenue during the coronavirus lockdown.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/18 12:48:40

Vietnam's lychees see huge slump in prices

Hundreds of lychee farmers sorted and graded huge piles of the tropical fruit at a busy wholesale market in northern Vietnam on Tuesday, but many bemoaned slumping prices as foreign traders were held up in quarantine.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/11 17:38:41

Reopened Brussels bars reopen after three-month lockdown

As some Brussels cafes reopened after almost three months of lockdown, thirsty Belgian drinkers were more than ready.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/11 17:38:40

Bon Appetit editor resigns

The editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit has resigned amid a scandal over a photo that showed him wearing brownface as the food magazine faces criticism over treatment of employees of color.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/10 18:43:40

Virus fails to put cork in Bordeaux wine pro tasting as venues go small

For a week every year, thousands of wine connoisseurs descend on France's famous Bordeaux region to taste the new vintage, not yet bottled, and reserve stock in an oenological futures system.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/10 18:33:41

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