Breadmaking robot startup eyes fresh connections

LAS VEGAS, United States (AFP) — The robot bread-maker came to Las Vegas this week, aiming to bring some freshness to a sector that may be ready for disruption. Wilkinson Baking Company unveiled its BreadBot at the Consumer Electronics Show, a machine that mixes and bakes up to 235 loaves a day. Chief executive Randall Wilkinson said the device can lower costs and produce fresher breads than are available in most American supermarkets. “Consumers want […]

Chewing the fat with Pakistan’s BBQ masters

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) — The sweet aroma of mutton smoke drifts through a maze of crumbling alleyways, a barbecue tang that for decades has lured meat-eaters from across Pakistan to the frontier city of Peshawar, the ancient city that has retained its reputation for some of Pakistan’s tastiest cuisine despite taking the brunt of the country’s bloody war with militancy.

McDonald’s says classic burgers no longer have artificial ingredients

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — McDonald’s USA on Wednesday announced that its iconic burgers, including the Big Mac and the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, no longer have artificial preservatives, artificial flavors or added colors from artificial sources. Only the pickle slices still contain an artificial preservative, the American fast food giant said, noting that “customers are able to skip it if they prefer.” The changes are going into effect in all 14,000 US restaurants, […]

Needle found in Australian strawberries sold in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — The Australian strawberry scare has spread to New Zealand with a supermarket chain announcing Sunday that needles were found in a box of the fruit sourced from the neighbouring country. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves after a sabotaged punnet — a plastic box — was sold in an Auckland store. The strawberries, from Western Australia state, were sold in […]

Conch salad completes the Bahamian experience

By Tenny Tamulong EBC Florida Bureau NASSAU, Bahamas (Eagle News) — The combination of fresh sweet onion, chopped red tomatoes, green pepper, a pinch of salt to taste, a squeezed lime, orange and lemon juice, and most importantly, freshly-caught conch, make up the famous conch salad. This delicious meal has captured the heart of both tourists and locals alike. Conch salad is never missing when one visits the “Fish Fry”, an area in Arawak Cay […]

Italy’s Osteria Francescana crowned world’s best restaurant again

  BILBAO, Spain (AFP) — Italy’s Osteria Francescana was crowned the world’s best restaurant for the second time on Tuesday by an influential list compiled by British trade magazine Restaurant, beating out top eateries in Spain and France. Run by chef Massimo Bottura, the restaurant in Modena, Italy, overtook last year’s winner, New York’s Eleven Madison Park, in the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” awards, which were handed out in Bilbao in Spain’s northern Basque Country, famous […]

Michelin Guides’ quiet American quits

PARIS,France (AFP) —  The first non-French person to head the Michelin Guides said Monday that he is leaving the world’s most prestigious restaurant guides. American Michael Ellis said that he was joining the Dubai-based luxury hotel chain Jumeirah after seven years with the red guides. The soft-spoken Ellis, who previously worked for the French tyre maker’s motorcycle division, has expanded the guides to 31 editions in 30 countries. But there has been controversy about Michelin’s […]

Experts brew up advice on perfect cup of coffee

By Bobby Soriano New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — Cup of joe. Morning brew. Kape. No matter what you call it chances are that either you or someone you know is an avid coffee drinker. But what goes into making a great cup of coffee? What can you do to improve the coffee you make at home? You will probably get a different answer from each person you ask. Industry experts were on […]

Final Fruit-ier: Thailand plans to send smelly durian into space

  BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — It’s one small step for Thailand, one giant leap for Southeast Asia’s smelliest fruit. Thailand plans to shoot durian into orbit to test its durability in a project that could see the staple “king of fruits” consumed in zero-gravity conditions. “In the future we want astronauts to be able to eat Thai food,” said a spokesperson for Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). “We want to see whether […]

An egg a day may keep the doctor away, study claims; lower risk of heart disease noted

  PARIS, France (AFP) — For decades, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. But a study Tuesday said an egg a day may actually reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. While outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study, its authors claimed that Chinese adults who ate an egg every day had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Studying half-a-million healthy adults aged 30-79 over almost […]

Watch: Chef explains how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake was made

  Violet Bakery in east London is seen here putting finishing touches Friday on the “ethereal” lemon and elderflower wedding cake, which it said would be displayed in a special “installation”, according to Harry’s Kensington Palace office. Ingredients for the cake, which will be assembled at Windsor on Saturday, include 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 eggs and 10 bottles of elderflower cordial.   (Video courtesy Agence France Presse)

Philippines takes home top two awards at Embassy Chef Challenge 2018 in Washington DC

WASHINGTON DC (Eagle News) – Chef Abie Sincioco-Mateo’s name was called not once but twice and not for second or third but for first place for the two most coveted awards sought out by more than two dozen international chefs competing in the Embassy Chef Challenge 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the U.S. Capital. Sincioco-Mateo along with Chef Jessie C. Sincioco accepted the Judge’s Choice Award and the People’s […]