Top: Authentic pla rad prik. Bottom left: Ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Bottom right: Making a mean Collins.

With the Northeast facing massive snowfalls and the coldest winter in recent memory, chances are you're finding excuses to stay indoors. Why not crank the heat up — literally — and then again — figuratively — with a vegetarian curry recipe that's sure to clear the sinuses? While you're at it, mix yourself a stiff drink making use of our simple Collins formula as a base. And if your heart is truly set on trekking out, our advice is to hit up one of New York City's best ramen joints for some slurp-worthy, warming comfort food. One of them was even nominated this week as a semifinalist for James Beard's Outstanding Restaurant award. We've got all the awards coverage here. All that, plus a lot more, in this week's Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. Want to know the best places for ramen in NYC? We’ve got you covered.
  2. So you love Thai food. But how do you know if it’s authentic?
  3. You don’t need meat to make a mean curry. Allow us to show you with this recipe.
  4. Tokyo’s bar scene just might be unrivaled. Here are some of the best.
  5. The Collins is one of the most versatile drinks out there. Learn how to tweak the formula. 
  6. The James Beard Awards are fast approaching! Here are this year’s semifinalists.
  7. A Hollywood food stylist shines some light on food in film. Spoiler: Oysters are fake!
  8. How do restaurant critics avoid getting fat? We asked a former professional.
  9. Once a punch line, New York City salsas now pack a serious punch. Here’s a look at five.
  10. Road trip coming up? Here is a list of the top 10 food audiobooks out there.