It was a big week for politics and sports alike. The first of the presidential primaries was held in Iowa, and guess what? There are some all right eats out there. We’re gearing up for Super Bowl 50, but in the midst of party planning, we ventured out to Istanbul for the best street food on either side of the Bosphorus. We also took the author of Food Whore out for her first bang bang and discussed her food version of The Devil Wears Prada. Pancake purses? Powdered soy sauce? Homemade jerky? We’ve got you covered. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. There are kebabs and street food as far as the eye can see in Istanbul.
  2. The East and West coasts are now taking on the battle of the breakfast sandwich.
  3. New York Fashion Week starts next week. Do you have your pancake purse?
  4. What’s better than an Aussie burger with beets? An Aussie lamb burger with beets.
  5. Homemade jerky. Mmm. We learned how to dry our own delicious meats.
  6. Iowa is more than deep-fried things on a stick. Take it from the locals.
  7. We rounded up the 12 best chips, dips and nachos for your Super Bowl party.
  8. Soy sauce now comes in powdered form. Here’s what to do with it.
  9. You may want to stay away from cucumbers for awhile.
  10. Pete Wells hated Food Whore. So we invited author Jessica Tom to a bang bang.