Just announced live a few hours ago, here are this year's winners for the 2014 Asia's 50 Best Restaurants
no. 20-50 here
top no. 1-10 here
More about this weekend's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants coming soon...
Over the past 5 years, research has revealed that nearly 70 percent of imported products labeled as extra virgin olive oil, did not meet the extra virgin standards.This all sounds like a media-concocted conspiracy against the industry, doesn’t it? But with olive oil being so commonplace in our households, this recent attention has even led to the release of a lengthy investigative book, Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, by Tom Mueller. In it, he reveals that just like old times, many producers today pass off their oils by mixing it with other types, such as canola oil or lower grade olive oil. The in-depth information the book provides is hard to pass off as a hoax.
Even the processors and “experts” can’t always tell by taste alone.A blind tasting was conducted a few years ago consisting of a panel of an importer, an Italian deli owner, and well-regarded foodies. The results were so embarrassing, they were never published until Mueller’s book came out last year. Reportedly by the Guardian newspaper, “the importer went into a fugue after he was informed that he’d pronounced his own premium product ‘disgusting’; the deli owner chose a bottle of highly dubious ‘Italian extra virgin’ as his favourite (£1.99 from a discount store); and both the foodies gave a thumbs-up to Unilever’s much-derided Bertolli brand.”