McDonald's sees simpler menu as key in turnaround

A McDonald's Israel branch. Photo credit: Otto Magnus
14 Dec 2014
McDonald's is betting that a slimmed-down menu and a push toward greater customization will help it reverse a troubling decline in sales in the US. The fast-food giant aims to simplify the dining experience after concluding that a...

Chef Jamie Oliver's empire whips up investor interest

The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver slices fish during an appearance on NBC's ''Today'' show in Miami Beach, Florida February 22, 2008.
13 Dec 2014
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is looking to outside investors to help expand his growing network of Italian restaurants and to fund an online TV project, sources familiar with the situation said. Oliver, who has amassed a fortune of...

An organic garden of plenty in Mali's arid soil

AFP / by Sébastien Rieussec | Baskets of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs ready for delivery at the agro-organic farm of Malian veterinarian turned-farmer Oumar Diabate in the village of Satinebougou, some 30kms from the capital Bamako
06 Dec 2014
In a strikingly green corner of Mali, one man is leading an agricultural revolution, using organic farming methods to get the most out of the land -- and pass his techniques on to others in west Africa. Oumar Diabate has established a...

How to cut chocolate cravings?

30 Nov 2014
 Looking to cut cravings? A recent study suggests the key may be attaining a sense of detachment from them through a form of meditation with roots in Buddhism. Practicing mindfulness meditation, which emphasizes identifying and...

Chocolate lovers tend to weigh less: report

Packets of M&M's chocolates are seen at the production line of candy and chocolate maker Mars Chocolate France's plant
27 Nov 2014
In a new study, people who ate chocolate a few times per week or more weighed less than those who rarely indulged in the sweet. The finding doesn't prove that adding a candy bar to your daily diet will help you shed pounds. But...

Heritage turkey breeders preserve Thanksgiving bird tradition

1 OF 14. A group of Beltsville Small White turkeys spend time in a field at the farm of Julie Gauthier in Wake Forest, North Carolina, November 20, 2014.
27 Nov 2014
 A tiny but growing number of the 46 million turkeys destined to be eaten in American this Thanksgiving can trace their lineage to the birds that graced the tables of the country's early settlers. Cheaper, big-breasted turkeys...

Downtown Cairo restaurant turns pasta into a favorite breakfast

A worker at Abdel Dayem's pasta restaurant in Abdeen, Cairo
26 Nov 2014
Many believe that fava beans, falafel and cheese are the routine breakfast of average Egyptians, but a 62-year-old downtown Cairo restaurant challenges that belief with morning servings of pasta.   Abdel Dayem’s restaurant in...

Celebrated California farm sows seeds for next generation

 Yellow and green zucchini are seen on sale at Chino Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California May 15, 2012.
26 Nov 2014
Growing up among rows of purple haze carrots, delicate Mara des Bois strawberries and corn sweet enough to eat raw, Makoto Chino might have been one of the best-fed kids in America. He would see celebrated chefs like Julia Child and Alice...

Swedish Merlot, anyone? Warmer world boosts Nordic tipples

Grapes hang on a vine during harvest at the Lerkekasa vineyard in Norway, one of the world's northernmost wine producers, September 25, 2014.
25 Nov 2014
On one of the world's northernmost frontiers, grapevines are growing on hillsides and talk among some farmers is about terroir and aroma as global warming and new technology push the boundaries of wine growing. "Maybe a touch of...

Carbs more harmful than saturated fats: study

Getty/AFP/File | Carbohydrates are associated with heightened levels of a fatty acid linked to increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, Ohio State University study shows
22 Nov 2014
Long-derided saturated fats -- associated with an array of health problems such as heart disease -- caught a break when research revealed their intake could be doubled or even nearly tripled without driving up their level in a person's...