Whether your ambitious spring trip has you headed to Barcelona or to South Africa, we’ve got all your eating recommendations covered here at Food Republic. We compiled a pretty impressive list of restaurants that just opened their doors around the country, along with one spot in the up-and-coming food destination of Tel Aviv, Israel. And right from our headquarters here in New York City, we interviewed Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold, made paella with chef Seamus Mullen, learned how to pair champagne and food with chef Sarah Simmons and had two dinners in one night with comic Ari Shaffir (a “bang-bang,” to use a term that we’ve thoroughly embraced.) Also, we cooked with animal tails, profiled Sierra Nevada and wrote an extensive guide to olives. All that and more on this week’s 10 Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. These tour companies are making dining exciting on South African safaris.
  2. Our exhaustive guide to different varieties of olives.
  3. We sat down with L.A. food critic Jonathan Gold to discuss the state of food media.
  4. Beyond the pale ale: Get to know Sierra Nevada.
  5. We learned how to make paella with NYC chef Seamus Mullen.
  6. This week in restaurant openings around the U.S. featured some big splashes.
  7. Here’s where to eat like a local in Barcelona, Spain.
  8. Cook with animal tails! Here’s how to do it.
  9. We ate two dinners in one night with comic Ari Shaffir.
  10. Sarah Simmons spoke to us about pairing champagne with food.