Italy’s Osteria Francescana named world’s best restaurant

Osteria Francescana ascended to the top of the annual ranking of world’s best restaurants for its inventive twist on traditional Italian dishes, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list released on Monday (June 13) showed. The restaurant in Modena, Italy, which was runner-up on last year’s list, switched the top spot with the 2015 winner El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. The list, compiled by trade publication Restaurant magazine since 2002, was based on […]

Man survives on artificial heart for 18 months

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Reuters) — Stan Larkin survived for 555 days on an artificial heart which he carried around in a backpack before the 25-year-old underwent a successful heart transplant last month, making Larkin one of the first patients in Michigan to be discharged from hospital with a completely artificial heart. Before his transplant, Dr. Jonathan Haft, who later performed Larkin’s surgery at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, explained why Larkin had originally […]

Restaurant serves edible balloons for dessert

QUEZON City, Philippines – A fine dining establishment in Chicago, United States of America serves edible balloons for dessert. The edible balloons were made of green apple taffy filled with helium. (Eagle News Service Described by Jay Paul Carlos, Video Editing by Jericho Morales, Uploaded by MRFaith Bonalos)

Study suggests fake sweetener link to infant size, obesity

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened beverages may be more likely to have overweight infants than women who do not, a study suggested on Monday. Researchers found that daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was linked to a two-fold higher risk of having an infant who was overweight at age one, compared to women who drank no artificially sweetened beverages at all. “To our knowledge, we provide the first human evidence […]

US woman sues Starbucks for $5 mn over ice in cold drinks

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A Chicago woman is suing Starbucks for more than $5 million, claiming the coffee giant is under-filling its popular hand-blended iced coffee, tea and other drinks, making customers overpay for beverages. In a lawsuit seeking a jury trial and class action status, alleging false advertising and consumer fraud, Stacy Pincus accuses the world’s biggest coffee retailer of serving its customers “much less than advertised — often nearly half as many […]

Food tips for the home during disaster

Some hazards are naturally occurring physical phenomena caused either by rapid or slow onset events which can be geophysical like earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic activity. Others are hydrological like avalanches and floods some climatological such as extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires, meteorological like storms and wave surges, or biological such as disease epidemics and insect or animal plagues. Technological or man-made hazards are complex emergencies or conflicts, famine, displaced populations, industrial accidents and transport […]

Drought hits Thai sugar farms, next year’s crop dying

RATCHABURI, Thailand – The El Nino weather phenomenon has played havoc with crops across Southeast Asia and beyond. Thailand, the world’s second-largest sugar exporter, will ship 20 percent less of the sweetener to international markets this year than last, and farmers fear the damage already inflicted on young cane plants could make the situation even worse next year. A drop in exports from Thailand and India has contributed to forecasts for a widening global supply […]

Coconut – The tree of life

QUEZON City, Philippines (March 21) – In the Philippines the Coconut tree is called the “Tree of Life’’, because of the endless products derived from its various parts.  They say if you’re stranded in a desert island all you have to do is find a coconut tree and you will survive. In fact during the Typhoon Haiyan -known locally as Yolanda- in 2013, affected families survived on coconuts alone for days! From leaves to roots, almost all […]

Food security is strategic issue: official

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Food security is a strategic issue, said Han Changfu, Chinese Agriculture Minister at a news briefing for the fourth session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing on Monday. Han said that food security is always a major issue in China, a country with a population of 1.3 billion. China’s grain output has been increasing for 12 consecutive years to reach 621 million tons in 2015, but in the […]

Climate change poised to hurt food supplies: study

PARIS, France (AFP) — The effects of climate change on food production could cause 500,000 extra deaths by 2050 compared to a world without global warming, according to a study released Thursday. If greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, this would cut projected increases in food availability by about a third before mid-century, the study found. As of 2015, some 800 million people in the world are undernourished, meaning they cannot meet daily minimum dietary […]

Cheaper healthy food could save millions of lives: study

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Scientists have been telling Americans about the benefits of healthy eating for decades, and yet more Americans are obese than ever — more than a third of the country. Now, researchers at Harvard and Tufts Universities have laid out concrete steps officials can take by linking food prices to health effects. Reducing prices of fruit and vegetables while raising prices for sodas and other sugary drinks could save millions of […]