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A dozen reasons to eat at this new Shanghai restaurant

A roundup of delicious news for the food-loving globetrotter.

A dozen good reasons to go

The hottest reservation in Shanghai these days is the newly opened 12 Chairs, chef David Laris's tiny, super-exclusive, one-table dining room. As the name suggests, there are only 12 seats. You can either dine as a group or, on special nights, with a crew of like-minded strangers. The 10- to-14-course seasonal menu will change monthly.

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Steady on your feet

Among the coolest new features of Princess Cruises' new Royal Princess (a 141,000-ton, 3,600-passenger ship) is the SeaView bar. Extending eight metres from the side of the ship and 39 metres above the waves, the glass-bottom bar will offer 20 brave guests the chance to sip cocktails over the ocean. It gives new meaning to liquid courage.

Rocker turned restaurateur

Jon Bon Jovi has announced plans to open a "pay what you can" restaurant in Red Bank, N.J., in early July. If diners at Soul Food, the non-profit community restaurant, are short on cash, they can instead help out setting tables, serving customers or preparing food. In other rocker restaurant news, Flavor Flav's fried chicken restaurant in Iowa closed at the end of April amid allegations of bounced cheques, unpaid employees and food that had gone bad.

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