Spanish eatery hopes world best restaurant award boosts tourism

Updated 02 May 2013
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Spanish eatery hopes world best restaurant award boosts tourism

MADRID: An avante-garde restaurant run by three brothers in north-east Spain hopes that being crowned the world’s best restaurant will boost food tourism in recession-bound Spain. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona scooped the prestigious prize from Britain’s Restaurant magazine on Monday, making Spain’s coastal region north of Barcelona the top place in the world to eat once again.
The restaurant ended Danish experimental eatery Noma’s three-year run in the No. 1 slot. Noma took the title from Catalan chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli, which is 48 kms from El Celler, and held the crown for four years. El Celler, which the Roca brothers opened in 1986 and boasts three Michelin stars, favors Catalan ingredients such as fresh seafood and playful presentation, serving caramelized olives on bonsai trees to diners. Dishes at the avant-garde restaurant include desserts based on perfume ingredients, including Calvin Klein’s Eternity, ice cream that tastes like smoke from Cuban cigars, and “Dublin Bay prawns with curry smoke.”


French priest suspended after slapping baby during baptism

Video shows priest slapping crying baby.
Updated 23 June 2018
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French priest suspended after slapping baby during baptism

  • The baby’s parents, visibly shocked, eventually manage to extricate the child from the priest’s grip
  • The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water

PARIS: A French Catholic priest was suspended Friday after a video of him smacking a crying baby during a baptism ceremony went viral, drawing widespread condemnation on social media.
In footage posted on Twitter on Thursday, gasps can be heard when the 89-year-old priest, after ordering the infant he is holding to “be quiet,” sharply slaps his cheek.
A few seconds later he smacks him again.
The baby’s parents, visibly shocked, eventually manage to extricate the child from the priest’s grip during the ceremony in Champeaux, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Paris.
“This loss of self-control can be attributed to the fatigue of an elderly priest, but that doesn’t excuse it,” the diocese of Meaux, which includes the town, said in a statement.
It said the priest would no longer be leading baptisms and weddings nor holding mass until further notice.
“The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water. I was saying ‘be quiet’ but he wouldn’t calm down,” the priest told France Info radio on Friday.
“It was something between a caress and a little slap,” he said. “I was trying to calm him down, I didn’t really know what to do.”