We took sometime this week to vent and release a lot of built up tension from our daily lives. In the latest episode of Strong Opinions, chef Scott Conant told us all about his pet peeves while we rounded up restaurant trends we’re not fans of. We also took a peek at the current state of food technology, which includes smart salt dispensers (or are they?) and pizza-making robots. Flexitarianism and vegetarianism were also on our minds. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics.

  1. Chef Scott Conant dishes on how he really feels about those young punk chefs.
  2. These 10 restaurant trends are making New York City feel like Disturbia.
  3. Will flexitarianism unify vegetarians and omnivores alike?
  4. Being a vegetarian in Thailand can be tricky. Here’s your foolproof guide.
  5. Seattle’s chef Brendan McGill shares his tips for living a healthier lifestyle and getting kids to develop broader palates.
  6. We tested the Ferrari of grills. Is it worth the hefty price tag?
  7. Seared scallops with a fennel and grapefruit salad is exactly what you need to celebrate the end of the week.
  8. The future is now and this pizzeria using robots to make its pizzas.
  9. There’s now a smart salt device. Does the world really need it?
  10. If you have yet to grill skewers and kebabs this summer, here are all the recipes you need.