[HONG KONG] Luxury cosmetics firm L'Occitane International SA agreed to buy beauty and skincare brand Elemis for about US$900 million, its biggest deal on record as the maker of organic lotions...

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IT'S funny how similar restaurants tend to gravitate towards the same location, to the point that you can almost predict what a new eatery is going to look like, just from its address. Go to...

A QUICK two autoroute exits south of the southern end of Burgundy's Cote d'Or and you land in the river town of Tournus. This is the start of the Maconnais - not far from the famed heart of...

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CONVIVIALITY. Not everybody is into that. As far as we know, there are two camps of diners. In the first one are those who don't like other diners...

ONE of the wonderful things about living, breathing and working in food is all that is new, or at least new to me. New recipes to try, new photos to drool over, new cookbooks to peruse. My desk is...

"WHY don't chefs just open in shopping centres?" is our perennial wail every time we head out to yet another conservation shophouse on a street where finding a vacant parking space is...

EVEN though Henry Laithwaite was born into a prominent family of English wine merchants, he never imagined he would be selling English wine.

PRELUDIO is a restaurant after an extreme minimalist's own heart. From its decor to staff uniforms to even - no, especially - the food, it has created a world where monochrome rules. Woe betide...

PERHAPS it is stating the obvious, but it bears repeating: Not all sparkling wine is champagne. Champagne is the ne plus ultra of sparkling wine.

A GOOD restaurant is kind of like a well-thought-out argument. It's one that holds up under scrutiny, even as naysayers try to pick apart its logic - not unlike the spouse who disses the theory...