Food

Japan’s historic Tsukiji market holds final auction

by Natsuko Fukue Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji fish market held its last pre-dawn New Year’s auction on Friday before closing down for relocation, with the highest bidder paying more than $320,000 for a giant…

Feeding a metropolis: Mexico City’s Central Market

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — With hotels, car rental agencies, restaurants and even banks, Mexico City’s main fruit and vegetable market, the “Central de Abasto,” is more than just a place to get your groceries — it is a mini…

Of Cabbages and Kims: Korea’s changing kimchis

By Hwang Sunghee in Seoul and Sebastien Berger in Pyongyang Agence France Presse PYONGYANG, North Korea (AFP) — North and South Korea are radically different societies, one ruled by the same family for decades and the other a freewheeling democracy…

Naples pizza twirling wins coveted UNESCO ‘intangible’ status

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Naples’ pizza twirling joined UNESCO’s list of “intangible heritage” Thursday, securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures including a Saudi artfrom traditionally practised only by women. The art of ‘pizzaiuolo’ — which…

Factory worker wins first Tiramisu World Cup

by Giovanna Girardi with Ella Ide in Rome Agence France-Presse TREVISO, Italy (AFP) — An Italian factory worker won the first ever Tiramisu World Cup on Sunday, beating 700 other amateurs to whip up the softest and creamiest version of…

Balkan pepper relish stirs appetites and pride

by Rachel O’Brien with Rusmir Smajilhodzic Agence France-Presse LESKOVAC, Serbia (AFP) – It’s a source of Balkan rivalry but one ubiquitous smell: the wood-fire roasting of peppers wafting through towns and villages each autumn as families prepare the region’s best-loved relish.…