Glitzy cocktails in Vegas? Hidden speakeasies in Hong Kong? Freshly baked focaccia in Genoa? We certainly traveled the globe this week at Food Republic. On the home front, we grilled steaks and chops in preparation for Memorial Day weekend, tested out five of the culinary world’s newest products and debated issues like the proposed $15 minimum-wage plan at restaurants in NYC and how best to talk to others about your food intolerance. Want to learn the basics of Filipino cuisine? We’ve got you covered. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. Heading to Vegas? Don’t miss these dishes and drinks!
  2. Restaurateurs reacted to New York’s $15 minimum wage.
  3. Shh! Learn the secrets of Hong Kong’s hidden speakeasies.
  4. These are the 11 essential Filipino dishes and ingredients to know.
  5. Pasta, focaccia and gelato! Genoa, Italy, knows how to eat well.
  6. It’s Memorial Day weekend! Celebrate by making these steaks and chops.
  7. NYC is in the midst of an omakase craze. But why?
  8. We tested five of the culinary world’s newest products.
  9. How (and why) to avoid talking about your food intolerance.
  10. Surf ‘n turf: Make these scallop skewers with chorizo!