Food and drink

Customers get out their smartphones and go silent as Shizuo Mori begins his pudding-fling serving technique that made him a viral sensation.

This 80-year-old pudding maker in Tokyo goes viral for his flan-flinging flair


For more than five decades now, Shizuo Mori, now 80, has been waking up at 4 a.m. to prepare the famous flan-style puddings he serves at Hecklen, his cozy corner café in Tokyo’s Toranomon neighborhood.  

Bundz cheese from Poland.

Polish cheesemakers bask in newfound fame

In a hot pan, the streaky bacon made by La Vie starts curling within minutes, bubbling and crisping…just like, well, bacon.

A vegan bacon revolution takes hold in France

At the La Perseverancia market in Bogotá, Colombia customers have noticed that prices for many foods are increasing. With the war in Ukraine, inflation could get worse.

For developing countries, the war in Ukraine means even higher food prices

Nancy Sharabarin hands money to a customer buying strawberries at the Saturday farmers market as business opens up with a successful vaccination campaign in Portland, Oregon, Saturday, June 5, 2021.

There’s still time for canning, preserving and freezing excess fruits and veggies

An adult cicada rests after shedding its nymphal skin, on the bark of an an oak tree early Wednesday, May 5, 2021, on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland.

17-year cicadas — noisy nuisance to some, delicacy to others


Don’t like the deafening sound of 17-year cicadas? Try eating one. You may fall in love.

A plate of white fufu with another plate of food with red sauce

A fufu TikTok trend introduces millions to a West African staple 


“Foodie TikTok,” as it’s called, has rallied around a West African dish called fufu — a soft, spongy, stretchy dough that’s one of the most common foods in the region.

Leo Hornak's Christmas Pudding

Recipe: Victorian Christmas pudding perfect for first-time cooks


Reporter Leo Hornak produced his first traditional holiday dessert filled with fruit, alcohol and centuries of British history. Britons love to serve up the dish — even if they don’t actually like it.

A woman wearing a face mask sells roasted chestnuts as another woman wearing a blue apron minds the chestnuts.

‘Castaloween’: A traditional Catalan chestnut holiday ‘coexists’ with Halloween

Lifestyle & Belief

La Castanyada, or “chestnut feast,” is a centuries-old Catalan tradition celebrated on Oct. 31. But for the past two decades — thanks in part to the increasing influence of American cinema and TV — stores have stopped decorating with chestnuts and instead turn to skulls, pumpkins and witches.

A worker dressed in white protective gear disinfects as a precaution against the coronavirus at a café in Goyang, South Korea, Aug. 25, 2020.  

To quell COVID-19 outbreak, South Korea bans seating at big cafés

Cafés in downtown Seoul are nearly empty during lunch hour as businesses typically filled with office workers dropping in for a cup of their favorite brew go takeout-only because of the pandemic.