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“If You Can’t Beat Them, Eat Them”
A new kind of out-of-town visitor likes to check out the famous Brandenburg Tor in Berlin these days: Louisiana crawfish scuttles through the site when it rains. After business consultants Lukas and Juliane Bosch learned three years ago that they had become invasive in Berlin, the couple had an aha-moment. “We read that the invasive species has read more

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The Champs-Élysées will be covered in an enormous picnic blanket, and everyone lucky enough to attend will get a free picnic basket of local delicacies
There’s something quite chic about a picnic, and Paris certainly has plenty of spots to throw down a blanket and tear apart some baguette – we even have a guide to the best shops for picnic read more

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The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America
Here’s a superbly-kept secret: All those dates on food products—sell by, use by, best before—almost none of those dates indicate the safety of food, and generally speaking, they’re not regulated in the way many people believe. The current system of expiration dates misleads read more

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This Italian Airport Will Have A Vineyard On Its Roof
From their window seats, future visitors landing at the Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence (sometimes called Peretola Airport) will catch the view of a 19-acre vineyard gently sloping upward toward the new international terminal.

This remarkable feature will visually reflect Tuscany’s integral read more

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From September 16 to October 3, the largest folk festival in the world takes place on the Theresienwiese. The festival site covers an area of 34.5 hectares. 898 companies have applied for Oktoberfest 2023. 474 businesses were approved this year, including 140 from the catering trade, 138 fairground businesses, 196 market traders and several service businesses. There will read more

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PREDAIA, Italy, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Apple farmers in the north of Italy are using natural refrigerators carved under a hillside to store their harvest in a controlled environment that remains at a constant temperature in all seasons. Three hundred metres beneath their fruit orchards in Predaia, a small town in the Trentino region, the Melinda group has read more

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Celebrity wedding cake designer Sylvia Weinstock — who earned the nickname “Queen of Cakes” for her extraordinary edible art — has died. She was 91.
Weinstock — who made appearances on “Gossip Girl,” “Today,” “Top Chef” and “Nailed It” — was a former Long Island schoolteacher who only became a full-time baker at age 50 after surviving read more

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The Top Coffee-Consuming Countries
Canada stands out as the only non-European country to make the list of the world’s top ten coffee consumers.
The traditional Finnish way of brewing coffee is a variation on Turkish coffee where water and coffee grounds are brought just barely to a boil repeatedly.
In 1616, the Dutch were the first Europeans to read more

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NYC food delivery workers face a ‘harrowing world’ New York City’s app-based delivery workers—a lifeline to city residents during the COVID-19 pandemic—regularly face nonpayment or underpayment, unsanitary or unsafe working conditions and the risk of violence, according to a new report released Sept. 13. The report, “Essential but Unprotected,” read more

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — New Year’s Eve got off to a rocky start early Thursday as a 3.6 magnitude struck along the San Andreas Fault just south of Muir Beach and was felt widely in San Francisco and Marin County. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 5:41 a.m. with the epicenter on the famed fault line in the read more

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Next year, French company Agripolis is opening a 150,000-square-foot urban farm in Paris, where, according to The Guardian, it will grow more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables every day during high season. The farm is located in the 15th arrondissement, where it will occupy the rooftop of a sprawling entertainment complex that’s currently read more

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Boston Landmark Durgin Park

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04 January, 2019

Owner cites minimum wage hike in closing of landmark Boston restaurant opened in 1827 when John Quincy Adams was president
Massachusetts has been among the national leaders in the race to raise the minimum wage. In 2014, then-Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law raising the minimum wage from $8 to $11 read more