From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home. From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home At Shigehiko Suzuki's tea shop in central Japan, adorned with a traditional "noren" drape, the customers are flooding in but more to scoop up gelato or cake than to sip the bright-green tea. In 1998, Suzuki's company Marushichi Seicha started making powdered matcha green tea -- traditionally made using a bamboo whisk in a tiny room. The firm now exports 30 tonnes of green tea to the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. "The demand for matcha is rapidly growing in the world... There's demand for ice cream, desserts and coffee," Suzuki told AFP at his shop in Fujieda, 170 … [Read more...] about Can global matcha craze save Japan’s tea industry?
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Phạm Hồng Vân (first, left) and her colleagues at the mushroom processing factory in Hà Nội's Gia Lâm District. — Photos courtesy of Phạm Hồng Vân Khánh Linh HÀ NỘI — Back in 2005, Phạm Hồng Vân used to wake up at 2am every day to make homemade mushroom floss to earn money for her family. She sometimes had to lug 100 kilograms of dried mushrooms on her old motorbike from a farm 20 kilometres from her home. She sold the floss, a popular local food, at her small shop in the Old Quarter of Hà Nội. Nine years later, she became the CEO of a company pioneering in manufacturing processed food made from mushrooms in Việt Nam. Looking back on her start-up journey, Vân is proud of her achievements. “Mushrooms have provided the livelihood to help my family get out of poverty." “They have … [Read more...] about Start-up plans to bring mushroom products to the world
Life as a 340-pound man had become unmanageable for Eric O'Grey. When he wasn't traveling for work as a salesman for GE, the 51-year-old rarely left his San Jose, California, apartment. Eric O'Grey in 2010, before he lost more than 150 pounds. He took insulin for type 2 diabetes and about 15 other medications, including anti-depressants and weight-loss drugs. "My entire life was an exercise in minimizing my movement. I just felt miserable all the time," O'Grey told CNN. "It's just amazing how painful it is to be that heavy. Every part of your body hurts. My cholesterol was 400, which is the walking dead level." He tried dieting, but nothing worked. Then two things happened seven years ago that inspired him to go see a naturopathic doctor. O'Grey had an embarrassing incident on a plane when the flight crew had to wait for a seat belt extension for him before taking off. And he saw former President Bill Clinton on the news talking about his new "plant-based" diet. The … [Read more...] about How an overweight shelter dog saved Eric O’Grey’s life
Viet Nam News By Nguyễn Mỹ Hà Phở can be credited as the most popular soup in Việt Nam. You may have tried beef or chicken noodle soup in any city or sizeable town across the country. But phở vịt quay, or roasted duck noodle soup, has appeased the taste buds of Hanoians over the past decade. After first starting at specialty restaurants in the suburbs, duck dishes have made their way into the heart of Hà Nội: the Old Quarter. If you go into the area, it is hard to miss this special roasted duck noodle soup at the crossroads of Hàng Thiếc (Tin Street) and Hàng Nón (Conical Hat Street). Affordably priced at VNĐ30,000 (US$1.30) a bowl, you can opt for more meat for VNĐ40,000. Marinated: Roasted duck soaked in mắc mật leaves, Lạng Sơn style. - VNS Photo Trương Vị The food is quite good with flavorful broth cooked from duck bones and crucial … [Read more...] about Phở vịt quay comes down to Hà Nội