Best female chef in Asia: ‘Women cook just as well as men’

Best female chef in Asia: ‘Women cook just as well as men’

(Relaxnews) – Thai chef Duangporn Songvisava, better known as ‘Bo,’ was recently named the best female chef in Asia for her restaurant Bo.lan in Bangkok. In conjunction with the launch last week of the inaugural edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, which ranked the top dining destinations in the region, organizers handed out a separate award for […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
The 50 most powerful people in food in the US: website

The 50 most powerful people in food in the US: website

(Relaxnews) – Popular food site The Daily Meal has named a tag team of product managers at Zagat at Google the most influential people in the American food landscape. Ahead of First Lady Michelle Obama, maestro chef Thomas Keller and McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson, editors at The Daily Meal named Jack Menzel and Bernardo Hernandez the […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Online, U.S. News ·
Hyper-sustainable Tokyo restaurant named best in Asia

Hyper-sustainable Tokyo restaurant named best in Asia

(Relaxnews) – Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s eponymously named Tokyo restaurant has been hailed as the best dining destination in Asia, a newly bestowed title that’s poised to launch a banner year for the restaurant which also fetes its 10th anniversary in 2013. The win isn’t a complete surprise, given that the two Michelin-starred restaurant Narisawa was named the […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Chef Wolfgang Puck: 19 years of feeding Oscars’ hungry

Chef Wolfgang Puck: 19 years of feeding Oscars’ hungry

(HOLLYWOOD-AFP) – Hollywood’s biggest stars, after weeks of dieting for the Red Carpet, finally get to pick up their cocktail forks again at the glittering banquet that follows Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. And celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has the daunting task of preparing a post-Oscars spread worthy of the wait. Puck will feed the 1,500 […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Hollywood Stars ·
Americans frequent victims of ‘seafood fraud’: report

Americans frequent victims of ‘seafood fraud’: report

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Fish sold in the United States is often deliberately mislabeled, making American consumers the unwitting victims of “widespread seafood fraud,” according to a report out Thursday. Fully one-third of 1,215 fish samples collected by researchers proved to be a different variety than what was written on the label, according to Oceana, an advocacy […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, U.S. News ·
US wine exports hit record $1.4 bn in 2012

US wine exports hit record $1.4 bn in 2012

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US wine exports uncorked a record year in 2012, bringing in $1.43 billion in revenues as demand grew in Germany, Sweden, Japan and China, the Wine Institute said Thursday. Wine exports — 90 percent from California — rose by 2.6 percent, the third year in a row of increases, said the San Francisco-based […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, U.S. News ·
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to launch their first wine next month

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to launch their first wine next month

(Relaxnews) – Hollywood’s power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will be releasing their first bottles of wine next month, produced from their sprawling French estate in the south of France. According to wine trade publication Decanter, the first bottles to be released out of their Château Miraval vineyards in Correns about 110 km east of Cannes will […]

15.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Hollywood Stars ·
Japan women, not men, throng stores for Valentines

Japan women, not men, throng stores for Valentines

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japanese women packed out stores on Wednesday to buy Valentine’s Day chocolates for all the men in their lives — partners, friends and bosses — while the men sat back with nothing expected in return. The traffic in Japan is all one-way on February 14, with men free to sit back and wait […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Valentine's Day ·
Belgian chocolate stamp has it licked

Belgian chocolate stamp has it licked

(BRUSSELS-AFP) – Belgium has launched a new stamp sure to delight chocoholics around the world. “We have added a chocolate taste to the glue of the stamps… which you can taste when you lick it,” the Belgian postal service said. “The stamps are also imbued with the smell,” it said, while the design side carries […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with vanilla pepper bonbons

Spice up your Valentine’s Day with vanilla pepper bonbons

(Relaxnews) – From erotic, exotic and peppery chocolates to spice up your love life, to fairytale cakes that would make even the hardened heart flutter, master chocolatiers and top luxury pastry boutiques have come out with another wide assortment of sweet treats for this year’s Valentine’s Day. From Pierre Hermé, for instance, described as the French Picasso […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Valentine's Day ·
Turkey tapped as next big market for restaurant growth

Turkey tapped as next big market for restaurant growth

(Relaxnews) – Restaurateurs and chefs are increasingly eyeing Turkey as the next big market for growth, as popular US burger brand Shake Shack and British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announced plans to set up their first outposts in the Eurasian country later this year. New York-based burger chain Shake Shack, which enjoys a cult-like following in […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
The do’s and don’ts of proper dim sum etiquette

The do’s and don’ts of proper dim sum etiquette

(Relaxnews) – While there’s no art to enjoying an authentic dim sum meal, there are a few do’s and don’ts that diners should be aware of before they tuck into the Chinese version of a tapas brunch. With the Lunar New Year rounding the corner, Chinese restaurants around the world are poised to be filled […]

Japanese chef Nobu opens biggest restaurant yet in Las Vegas

Japanese chef Nobu opens biggest restaurant yet in Las Vegas

(Relaxnews) – Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa has opened his biggest restaurant yet inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas which now includes his own Nobu-branded hotel wing. Designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, the 1,187-square meter space takes inspiration from zen Japanese gardens, integrating elements like stone, wood and paper, according to popular food […]

06.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Parisians invited to experience ‘David Beckham’s Britain’

Parisians invited to experience ‘David Beckham’s Britain’

(Relaxnews) – The British tourism office is hoping to capitalize on David Beckham’s arrival in Paris as the newest – and most glamorous addition – to their home soccer team, pitching the sports and fashion icon as a travel ambassador for  the French. Nearly as soon as it was announced that Beckham would join Paris […]

French chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin launches Chinese New Year bonbons

French chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin launches Chinese New Year bonbons

(Relaxnews) – Gourmet chocolate boutique Jean-Paul Hévin has released a special range of bonbons for Chinese New Year that includes a Sichuan chili-peppered dark chocolate ganache as well as a new mandarin-flavored chocolate macaron. Handcrafted in Paris before being flown to his Hong Kong boutiques, the limited edition chocolates have been created to help usher […]

03.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
Starbucks opens first store in Vietnam

Starbucks opens first store in Vietnam

(HO CHI MINH CITY-AFP) – Starbucks opened its first store in coffee-loving Vietnam on Friday, seeking to compete with local rivals in a country known for its strong cafe culture. Vietnam — the world’s second-largest coffee producer — has dozens of local chains as well as small coffee shops on nearly every street corner, presenting […]

02.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Food & Dining ·
US dodges Super Bowl chicken wing shortage

US dodges Super Bowl chicken wing shortage

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – In the run-up to Super Bowl Sunday, millions of American football fans can rest assured: there is no looming shortage of their beloved chicken wings. The National Chicken Council estimates that the nation will wolf down 1.23 billion chicken wings over Super Bowl weekend, or nearly four wings for each and every American. […]

02.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, U.S. News ·
Star-studded anti-hunger campaign tops rising food-related Google searches

Star-studded anti-hunger campaign tops rising food-related Google searches

(Relaxnews) – In this week’s top trending food-related Google searches, a star-studded campaign to end world hunger and unequal food distribution was the most popular search term, notably among Googlers in the UK. According to Google Trends, as of 9:30 am GMT, January 30, the search term “enough food if” experienced a change in growth greater […]

31.01.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Videos ·
Calling all koodies: Cooking show for kids coming to US

Calling all koodies: Cooking show for kids coming to US

(Relaxnews) – Is your kid a ‘koodie?’ Do they know the difference between hollandaise and béarnaise sauce already and scoff with disdain at the idea of boxed macaroni and cheese for lunch? The “MasterChef” TV franchise has put out a casting call for kid foodies who could be the next Thomas Keller. “Junior MasterChef” in […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Food Videos, Local News, Videos ·
Marc Grossman’s anti-depressive chocolate, almond, flax seed shake

Marc Grossman’s anti-depressive chocolate, almond, flax seed shake

(Relaxnews) – Need a lift from the winter blues? American expat Marc Grossman, owner of Bob’s Juice Bar in Paris and author of “Smoothies : Cocktails de fruits et légumes d’un Américain à Paris” (Fruit and vegetable cocktails from an American in Paris), shares his recipe for beating the blahs with a tasty, nutrient-packed chocolate […]

17.01.2013 · Filled under: Free Recipes, Health & Fitness ·