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These beloved desserts preserve sugar’s history

Inle Lake, Myanmar (CNN) — The smell of smoke and boiling sugar filled the air as I pedaled a bicycle along the shore of Myanmar’s Inle Lake. It was December, which is sugarcane season here. Since the cut cane must be processed quickly after harvesting, small-scale producers were hard at …

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Tokyo’s new Toyosu fish market opens for business

Tokyo (CNN) — After two years of delays and uncertainty, the Toyosu fish market in Tokyo finally opened its doors on October 11 at the stroke of midnight. Toyosu replaces Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji market, a popular tourist destination that closed on October 6 following 83 years of operations. The new …

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Melbourne, Australia, bartender named world’s best

(CNN) — Orlando Marzo from Australia bested more than 10,000 bartenders from around the world to win the 2018 World Class competition, the 10th such bartending showdown put on by spirits company Diageo. The newly named World Class Global Bartender of the Year participated in a six-month competition involving hundreds …

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Which has better wine — Gascony or Bordeaux?

(CNN) — For centuries, Bordeaux has dominated the wine scene in France, producing expensive and highly coveted vintages. But Bordeaux better watch out. On the scene is a recent challenger: the lesser-known region of Gascony. Situated in southwest France at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, just east of the …

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End of an era as Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market closes

Tokyo (CNN) — Following years of delays and plenty of controversy, Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale fish market, one of the city’s most popular destinations for international visitors, has finally shut its doors. The October 6 closing marks the end of an era for a structure that has been central to the …

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