Hot dog-eating champ tastes victory again in US contest

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Legendary competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut wolfed down a record 70 hot dogs — buns and all — in just 10 minutes Monday to reclaim his crown at an annual New York competition. Chestnut’s gastric feat at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island marked a return to form for the 32-year-old Californian, who saw his eight-year winning streak broken by challenger Matt “Megatoad” Stonie in 2015. […]

Kellogg’s cereal cafe snaps, crackles and pops into Times Square

Kellogg Co is offering a grrrr-eat new spot for cereal-lovers, with the opening of its first cereal cafe in New York City’s Times Square. The maker of Frosted Flakes and Rice Krispies said a bowl of cereal at the cafe, which opens July 4, will cost anywhere between $6.50 (USD) and $7.50 and can be eaten in or taken out. There are plans to launch a delivery service later in the year, the Battle Creek, […]

Manila Bakery to give away free cakes for 6 years of Duterte’s presidency

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) — A bakery in Manila will be giving away free cakes for the six years of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency to celebrate his inauguration. Rodrigo Duterte’s win in the presidential election is costing Quim’s bakery in Manila a lot of money. The baker’s offer of free cakes for the next six years of his term in office if he won went viral. Now Duterte’s supporters are turning up in droves to claim […]

Stale Bread? 6 Ways Frugal Italians Get Cooking

By Cesare Zucca – (Zester Daily) “Never throw out leftover bread!” our Milanese mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers used to exclaim. Milanese cuisine has its roots in simpler traditions, and that includes reusing old bread to make exquisite dishes. So if you happen to have bought too much bread, you have two options: Freeze it while still fresh and then remove it a few hours before use, or listen to my granny and try one of […]

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 […]