Christmas Markets: Watch Out for Weak Glühwein

Christmas Markets: Watch Out for Weak Glühwein

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

Mulled wine is a staple of German Christmas markets, but experts warn that consumers should beware of poor quality. Overcooking the beverage was found to have reduced alcohol content and flavor in more than one in ten mugs in Berlin. more...

Land Grab: Foreign Firms Drive Cambodians from Farms

Land Grab: Foreign Firms Drive Cambodians from Farms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Each year, foreign agricultural corporations deprive thousands of Cambodian farmers of their fields -- with the government's help. Human rights groups claim German taxpayer money is used to fund a program that benefits land grabbers. By Andreas Lorenz more... Comment ]

Meaty Christmas: Classic Holiday Cake Gets Veal Version

Meaty Christmas: Classic Holiday Cake Gets Veal Version

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2013

Throwing tradition to the wind, a German butcher shop has reinvented the country's beloved Christmas fruit cake known as Stollen. Instead of using flour, they opted for veal. more... Comment ]

Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the 'Paleo Diet'

Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the 'Paleo Diet'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The "paleo diet" -- which supposedly mimics what our caveman ancestors ate -- has become a new health craze. But many scientists doubt that this hunter-gatherer cuisine of meat, veggies and fruit is as healthy as advertised, or even historically correct. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Penny Bun Pinchers: 'Mushroom Mafia' Pillaging German Forests

Penny Bun Pinchers: 'Mushroom Mafia' Pillaging German Forests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

The forests of Europe are a gold mine of gourmet mushrooms, and professional foragers are breaking laws to get their hands on them. Four of them tried to run over a forestry worker last week in Germany, where mushroom-madness is widespread. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Golden Calves: Farmers Hungry for Luxury Beef

Golden Calves: Farmers Hungry for Luxury Beef

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

Wagyu beef is the most expensive meat in the world, fetching prices of up to 600 euros per kilogram. Long found exclusively in Japan, the wagyu breed is now spreading across the globe. And German farmers are after a piece of the pie. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Deformed But Delicious: Student Campaign Combats Waste

Deformed But Delicious: Student Campaign Combats Waste

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2013

Deformed carrots, knobbly lemons and discolored zucchini are deemed unsellable by German supermarkets, resulting in an enormous amount of food waste each year. Students here recently launched a campaign to help get the ugly specimens back on store shelves. more... Comment ]

'Spy Rings' in Germany: A Baker's Ode to the NSA and Snowden

'Spy Rings' in Germany: A Baker's Ode to the NSA and Snowden

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2013

Düsseldorf is awash in spy rings this week, with a local bakery chain trying leverage the NSA surveillance scandal into a marketing coup. The rings, of course, are good, old-fashioned American donuts, which share shelf space with Snowdy rolls and Insider muffins. more... Comment ]

Bratwurst in Iraq: German Restaurateur Cashes in on Crises

Bratwurst in Iraq: German Restaurateur Cashes in on Crises

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2013

The restaurant "Deutscher Hof" in northern Iraq sells bratwurst, sauerkraut and German beer, much to the delight of soldiers and diplomats. The owner's strategy: open restaurants in crisis regions where duty-bound foreigners are hungry for a taste of home. By Rico Grimm more...

French Cuisine: Foodies Fight to Protect the Term 'Restaurant'

French Cuisine: Foodies Fight to Protect the Term 'Restaurant'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 10, 2013

An increasing number of establishments in France are serving pre-made food to their customers. Old-school foodies want to put a stop to the practice with an initiative to apply the term "restaurant" only to places that serve fresh food made on site. By Stefan Simons more... Comment ]