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US toilet restaurant rides 'poop' publicity wave

A restaurant billed as America's first toilet-themed eatery has just opened in Los Angeles -- and is packing in diners after a wave of free publicity for the concept, said to be imported from Asia.

US toilet restaurant rides 'poop' publicity wave
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New York restaurant serves up silent treatment

At the table, silence is golden, especially in noisy New York. That's the gamble a young restaurant owner is taking with patrons, who are prohibited from talking during four-course meals.

New York restaurant serves up silent treatment
Women promote mosques 'for all' in Britain
Women promote mosques 'for all' in Britain

In the damp basement room of a Caribbean restaurant in London, Naima leads prayers for an audience of male and female worshippers.

Women promote mosques 'for all' in Britain
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Six dead in Philippines restaurant blast

Six people were killed and more than two dozen wounded when a bomb exploded at a restaurant in the southern Philippines.

Six dead in Philippines restaurant blast
Flying chickens, robot waiters: bizarre dining in Bangkok
Flying chickens, robot waiters: bizarre dining in Bangkok

From chickens catapulted across tables to meals dished up with a generous portion of sexual health advice, Bangkok is doing a roaring trade in unusual dining experiences.

Flying chickens, robot waiters: bizarre dining in Bangkok
French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'
French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'

Worried its gastronomic reputation is being damaged by substandard eateries, France is considering banning establishments from calling themselves restaurants if meals are not made from scratch by in-house chefs.

French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'
Top chefs say Latin America will reach food's zenith
Top chefs say Latin America will reach food's zenith

The world's top chefs say it's only a matter of time before Latin America, home to Brazil's black bean stew "feijoada," Peru's refreshing raw fish "ceviche" and Mexico's street tacos, cooks its way into gastronomy's elite.

Top chefs say Latin America will reach food's zenith
'World's greatest' chef Adria seeks digital legacy
'World's greatest' chef Adria seeks digital legacy

From foie gras noodles and liquid olives to air baguettes and mimetic peanuts, much of what elBulli chef Ferran Adria and his team created in their nearly 2,000 dishes defies transcription.

'World's greatest' chef Adria seeks digital legacy
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Classic Philly cheesesteak joint drops 'Chink' name

A classic Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant is changing its name after almost seven decades from "Chink's" because of fear of causing racial offense.

Classic Philly cheesesteak joint drops 'Chink' name
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Beijing restaurant removes 'racist' sign after fury

A defiant Beijing restaurant manager refused to apologise Thursday despite removing a "racist" sign barring citizens of states in maritime disputes with China, along with dogs, following an international outcry.

Beijing restaurant removes 'racist' sign after fury
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Robuchon outlets top Asian restaurant poll

Two restaurants run by French celebrity chef Joel Robuchon in Macau and Hong Kong have placed first and third in an annual poll of Asia's Top 20 fine dining establishments.

Robuchon outlets top Asian restaurant poll
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Calorie-rich shrimp pasta tops Xtreme Eating list

A plate of crispy battered shrimp, mushrooms, tomato and arugula tossed with spaghettini and a cream sauce took the cake Wednesday as the most calorie-rich chain restaurant dish in America.

Calorie-rich shrimp pasta tops Xtreme Eating list
Restaurant fury as France hikes taxes on eating out
Restaurant fury as France hikes taxes on eating out

Dining out and staying in a hotel in France will become more expensive from the end of next year after the government announced plans Tuesday to hike VAT and hinted at an even bigger increase.

Restaurant fury as France hikes taxes on eating out
Shangri-La chef named France's best
Shangri-La chef named France's best

Philippe Labbe, the executive chef at the Shangri-La hotel in Paris, has been named France's chef of the year by the influential Gault Millau restaurant guide.

Shangri-La chef named France's best
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Olympics: Athletes chill out in alternative village

On the other side of London from the frenzy and commotion of the Olympic Park, a hundred competitors are training and relaxing in a more chilled-out, alternative Athletes' Village.

Olympics: Athletes chill out in alternative village
New York bids farewell to 'Queen of Soul Food'
New York bids farewell to 'Queen of Soul Food'

New Yorkers gave a big sendoff to "Queen of Soul Food" Sylvia Woods, whose famed Harlem restaurant served everybody from Muhammad Ali to Bill Clinton.

New York bids farewell to 'Queen of Soul Food'
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US startup seeks to liberate diners from queues

Robb Myer cannot stomach the notion of being stuck at the entrance of a restaurant waiting for word that a table is finally available.

US startup seeks to liberate diners from queues
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Cafe owner dies after serving Obama breakfast

An Ohio woman collapsed and died hours after serving US President Barack Obama breakfast at her restaurant on Friday.

Cafe owner dies after serving Obama breakfast