Spanish court points to food poisoning at Michelin restaurant in woman’s death

A woman who died after eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain may have suffered food poisoning, a local court said on Friday.

Spanish court points to food poisoning at Michelin restaurant in woman's death
The Michelin-starred Riff is closed while the death is being further investigated. Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP
The 46-year-old woman died on Sunday after dining with her family at the RiFF restaurant in the coastal city of Valencia.
The woman's husband and 12-year-old son suffered food poisoning after eating at the restaurant but “they have made a good recovery”, the court said in a statement.
Another 29 people who ate at the restaurant in the three days before her death also developed food poisoning, it said.
But “their symptoms were very mild, including mostly vomiting” and they made a good recovery, it said.
“The investigating magistrate is waiting for a forensic report and test results from the autopsy.”
A court spokesman told AFP nobody has been charged.
RiFF has been closed “until the causes of what happened are established”, the restaurant's founder, German chef Bernd H. Knoller, said in a statement. He said initial tests found the restaurant “complied with all health regulations” and that the restaurant was cooperating with authorities to carry out further tests.
RiFF was opened by Knoller in 2001 and awarded a Michelin star in 2009. It features a €135 ($153) tasting menu including black truffle, imperial caviar and lobster.


Spanish bar bill goes viral after waitress turns tables on ‘annoying’ customer

It’s the sort of thing one might expect from Manuel, the hapless Catalan waiter in Fawlty Towers.

Spanish bar bill goes viral after waitress turns tables on 'annoying' customer
The waitress charged extra for being annoying. Photo: Taberna Equzki / Twitter

But in this case, it’s a waitress in the Basque Country who has gained notoriety after slapping a customer with an extra charge for being bothersome.

Using the most typical of Spanish swear words – cojones (meaning testicles) – the phrase ‘tocar los cojones’ – literally means “touching the testicles” and is used to describe behaviour that is persistently annoying.

After a round of drinks at Taberna Eguzki, which comprised of four glasses of verdejo, a crianza, a Viña Real and a glass of champagne, all for a very reasonable €12.50, the customer was presented with a bill with an extra €10 added: “Por tocar los cojones”.




The bar/restaurant in the Basque coastal town of Bermeo in the Vizcaya province, shared the joke on social media and it soon went viral.

It turns out the addition  to the bill was a joke thought up by waitress  Anka on her boss, Fernando, who spends every Thursday afternoon in the establishment drinking with a group of friends while playing the Spanish card game Mus.

“Yes, he paid the extra!” confirmed Anka to Publico newspaper. “It was the most well-spent money of his life”.

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