Planeteer: Goa taxi strike, world’s largest oyster, night market for LA’s Koreatown

A traditional paella. Image by r0bz  / CC BY 2.0

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A traditional paella. Image by r0bz / CC BY 2.0

Wikipaella takes aim at phony paella
Three men from Valencia have reacted to the proliferation of non-traditional paella dishes by creating a ‘Wikipaella’ designed to protect the Spanish dish. Launched last week, the site lists all the ingredients allowed in an authentic Valencian paella. They take issue with the inclusion of chorizo in recipes: ‘If Jamie Oliver wants to make his own version of paella, well that’s good,’ they said. ‘But don’t present [it] as something authentic or traditional, because its not.’ Read more: theguardian.com

Third star for Champagne & seafood restaurant
A restaurant in Champagne has become the 27th establishment in France with three Michelin stars. L’Assiette Champenoise, in the town of Tinqueux, offers dishes that are meant to perfectly complement Champagne, using ingredients such as prawns and lobsters from Brittany. It’s the only new three-star restaurant this year. Read more: france24.com

Iceland unlikely to join EU, despite popular support
Iceland looks increasingly unlikely to join the European Union, after the Icelandic government put forward a resolution to withdraw from talks about EU membership. Thousands gathered in Austurvöllur square to protest against the withdrawal on Monday – a recent survey suggests that over half of Icelanders want the talks to continue. Read more: icelandreview.com

Greek online booking company to accept bitcoins
Greece’s AirFastTickets is the first online booking agency in Europe and the US to accept bitcoins. Customers can use the new digital currency to book flights and ferry tickets and to make hotel reservations on the website or through iOS application. Bitcoins were introduced in 2009 and are accepted for online transactions by such companies as Amazon and e-bay. Read more: news.gtp.gr

Russia celebrates ‘pancake week’ to see winter off
This week, Russia celebrates Maslenitsa (‘butter week’ or ‘pancake week’). The week-long Slavic festival has pagan roots and marks the end of winter. It lasts until the start of the Easter Lent and festivities include sleigh rides, contests in ice-pole climbing, snowman-building, snowball fights, fistfighting, dancing and lots of blini (pancake) speed-eating. Finally, straw effigies are burnt to see the winter off. Read more: voiceofrussia.com

Stonehenge sunrise. Image by Stonehenge Stone Circle / CC BY 2.0

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