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Food and Wine magazine picks most promising U.S. chefs in 2017

NEW YORK Some of the most promising U.S. chefs are serving their food in elaborate formats, suggesting multi-course tasting menus might be enjoying a revival, according to Food and Wine magazine which released its annual list of up-and-coming chefs on Monday.

Captain James Cook waistcoat fails to sell at Sydney auction

SYDNEY A waistcoat owned by British explorer Captain James Cook, who claimed Australia for Britain in 1770, has failed to sell at auction, with bids far below its anticipated million dollar price tag, the auction house said on Monday. | Video

28 Mar 2017

Swiss cannabis entrepreneurs develop craving for low-potency pot

KOELLIKON, Switzerland Entrepreneurs have high hopes for cannabis in Switzerland, where business has suddenly taken off in recent months, six years after the country legalized low-potency "marijuana-light". | Video

22 Mar 2017

Of bread and wine: the world's most expensive cities

LONDON Singapore remains the world's most expensive city to live in, a study showed on Tuesday, with two Japanese cities -- Tokyo and Osaka -- returning to the top 10 thanks to the strengthening of the yen.

Life, Japan 21 Mar 2017

Australian beer company brews pint-sized storm over same-sex marriage

SYDNEY Australia's biggest domestic beer maker has pulled off the unthinkable, driving thirsty customers away from drink after it supported a church-run debate about same-sex marriage with beer bottles featuring bible verses.

15 Mar 2017

Australian wine exports to China soar as premium labels sparkle

SYDNEY The value of Australian wine exports to China surged 40 percent in 2016, industry figures showed on Friday, unexpectedly driven by sales of premium labels rather than the cheaper wines that major producers had been looking to boost.

27 Jan 2017

Melania Trump's hometown hopes new-found fame will boost trade, tourism

SEVNICA, Slovenia "First Lady" apple pies in the Kruhek bakery in Melania Trump's hometown of Sevnica in Slovenia are selling like hot cakes.

20 Jan 2017

Decades-old Madrid cafe keeps flamenco spirit alive

MADRID In one of Madrid's oldest flamenco venues, a heart-wrenching voice commands attention as arms rise, fingers curl and feet strike wooden floors to the sound of gypsy chords. | Video

19 Jan 2017

Berlin Christmas market attack threatens European tourism again

BERLIN The truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening is the latest blow for Europe's tourism industry, hitting a city that had been attracting more and more visitors in recent years.

20 Dec 2016

Strange brews as UK whisky distillers cash in on gin boom

METHVEN, Scotland Seaweed, rhubarb, Christmas pudding and even ants - all ingredients used by a new generation of gin makers enjoying a booming British market.

15 Dec 2016