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(CNN)Up a twisting mountain road, hidden deep in a tropical garden, behind a reflecting pool and a modernist sculpture, great hulks of industrial equipment are being pulled apart and cleaned. Mauritius is a relative newcomer to global rum markets, where long-time producers in the Caribbean are better established and enjoy an undeniable cachet. For centuries, […]

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(CNN)Graham Holliday has made a career out of eating. The author of “Eating Viet Nam” recently published a new book, this time chronicling his culinary adventures through South Korea. “Eating Korea: Reports on a Culinary Renaissance” explores the country’s rich food history and evolving contemporary culinary scene. Mid-morning, a line forms outside small, family-run Okya […]

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(CNN)“Would you prefer the 2000 or 2003 vintage?” A standard question if you’re deciding on wine in a fine restaurant — but unheard of if it’s beef you’re ordering. That’s because only one butcher in the world, Frenchman Alexandre Polmard, offers (arguably) the ultimate in unique — and expensive — meat. The young farmer, breeder […]

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Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)The droning buzz saw of a motorized longtail boat cruising up Chao Phraya River drowns our conversation, so Wichit Saiklao stops mid-sentence, smiles, and raises a glass of his homebrewed weizen, a crisp, golden-hued ale that goes down easy on balmy afternoons like this one. From Bangkok I’ve taken a train, then a […]

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(CNN)The alarm goes off at 4 a.m. and you drag yourself out of bed. You eat nothing — it’s too early to stomach food. It’s a two-hour commute to the nearest airport. At Departures, growing hunger pangs are curbed with a pre-prepared sandwich from the nearest food outlet followed by snacks in the business class […]

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(CNN)Hong Kong can seemingly transform overnight. Shops open and close in the blink of an eye. Skyscrapers spring up out of nowhere. The skyline never remains the same for long. Unlike cities with old bones — like London and Paris — there aren’t as many tangible artifacts in this Asian metropolis of 8 million people. […]

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(CNN)“The perk of this job is that I’m always extra hydrated,” water sommelier John Zhu tells CNN. Standing on the 87th floor of the Park Hyatt Shanghai, Zhu swirls the contents of his crystal glass, takes a sniff and goes in for a long sip. “The taste is so strong,” Zhu says.”Do you see how […]

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(CNN)Could Dubai be the first place in the Middle East to get a Michelin guide? That’s the rumor going around — and it was started by none other than Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. At the last Global Restaurant Investment Forum he told attendees it was “only a matter of time” before […]

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Beijing (CNN)It’s the most widely drunk hard liquor in the world but it’s rarely found on cocktail menus. Baijiu, distilled from sorghum and rice, rules every festive occasion in China, where it’s the tipple of choice for everything from wedding receptions to business banquets. It’s especially popular during celebrations for the Lunar New Year, which […]

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(CNN)If you show up at one of viral Internet sensation Salt Bae’s restaurants, don’t bother asking for your meat to be cooked a specific way. Forget about medium, rare, or Cajun-spiced. Ask him to make it the only way he knows how: Sexy. Nusret Gokce, a.k.a. Salt Bae, shot to viral fame with Instagram videos […]

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