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Some Southern California customers charged thousands of dollars for Del Taco meals in error

SANTA PAULA, Calif. - What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some Southern California customers. About 150 people who ordered this week at the Mexican-style fast food chain in Santa Paula, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were mistakenly charged thousands of dollars for burritos, tacos and soft drinks. Customer Michael Cole said he was surprised when he was charged $4,050 for one CrunchTada Pizza and two beef tacos. He discovered the error Friday when he tried to withdraw $20 from an ATM and was denied.

Tests find beef, chicken in British lamb takeaways

Britain's Food Standards Agency ordered a new wave of tests Thursday after research found nearly a third of lamb takeaways and curries contained other, cheaper meats. The FSA found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaway meals contained other meat such as beef, chicken and turkey, with 25 of them consisting purely of beef. None of the samples, taken from July to December last year, contained horsemeat.

Taste Holdings surges 10 pct on deal with Domino's Pizza

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Shares of South African small-cap restaurant operator Taste Holdings <TASJ.J> surged 10 percent on Thursday after it said it had signed an exclusive franchise deal with U.S. chain Domino's Pizza <DMZ.N>. The deal makes Domino's the latest U.S. fast-food chain to target rising consumer spending in Africa. Yum Brands <YUM.N> has been rolling out its Kentucky Fried Chicken stores, while McDonald's Corp <MCD.N> is well established in South Africa.

Pizza served with Mexican slang causes stir in U.S. border states

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Even before the first pie is delivered, a jalapeño-heavy pizza with a Mexican slang name has produced chuckles among Spanish speakers in U.S. border states and an advertising ban by broadcasters who say the moniker could get them fined. The new dish called "La Chingona," which can be translated most politely as "badass" but also interpreted as a more offensive profanity, has upset some franchise owners of the Pizza Patrón chain who refuse to put it on their menus.

Peru's Gaston Acurio: from master chef to world food ambassador

He's not even 50, but he's already transformed Peruvian cuisine and his restaurants are ranked among the best in the world. Now, Gaston Acurio says he's abandoning the kitchen to become a self-styled food ambassador, promoting a cuisine without borders. "Twenty years ago, I was a chef. Today I am an ambassador. I'm living sort of an early retirement," a smiling Acurio told AFP in an interview.

Mall-based pizza chain Sbarro files for bankruptcy reorganization for second time in 3 years

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sbarro has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization for the second time in just three years as the pizza chain struggles to turn its business around amid a drop in traffic at shopping mall food courts. The bankruptcy filing on Monday comes after the company shuttered 155 of its U.S. locations last month. The Melville, N.Y., company still has about 800 locations globally, half of those in North America.

Pizza chain Sbarro files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sbarro LLC, the pizza restaurant chain, on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than three years, after struggling with too much debt and lower customer traffic in the malls that house many of its restaurants. Sbarro and more than 30 affiliates filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. The Melville, New York-based company has between $100 million and $500 million in both assets and liabilities, according to court papers.

Pizza chain Sbarro files for bankruptcy protection

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The pizza chain Sbarro LLC has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years after struggling with too much debt and changing consumer tastes that led to fewer customers in the malls that house many of its restaurants. Lenders would take control of the Melville, New York-based company under a "pre-packaged" reorganization, which Sbarro on Monday said would allow a "quick exit" from Chapter 11.

Pretty plating can improve likability of foods

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Decorative flourishes normally reserved for high-end restaurants can make healthy foods seem more appealing anywhere, researchers say. They tested the same meals presented differently to diners in a fine restaurant, and the foods seemed to taste better to participants when arranged in a creative pattern.

Pretty plating can improve likability of foods

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Decorative flourishes normally reserved for high-end restaurants can make healthy foods seem more appealing anywhere, researchers say. They tested the same meals presented differently to diners in a fine restaurant, and the foods seemed to taste better to participants when arranged in a creative pattern.
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