We learned so much this week! From grilling clams with chef Missy Robbins to figuring out bitter melon and the Denver cut, we really got educational here at Food Republic. We also did some traveling and found some delectable eats that aren’t all Mickey Mouse–shaped in Orlando and a farm-to-gondola-to-table concept in Whistler, British Columbia. Talk about high-class dining. All that and more in this week’s Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. Heading to central Florida? Here are 12 dishes that you can’t miss in Orlando.
  2. Clear your schedule now, because you can rent Julia Child’s French cottage on Airbnb.
  3. Let there be French cheese in New York! The French Cheese Board is opening a concept store in May.
  4. We got down to the bitter truth and found out how to cook with bitter melon.
  5. We’re absolutely obsessed with these hoisin duck noodles. #BowlSoHard
  6. We headed out to chef Missy Robbins’s new Williamsburg spot, Lilia, and learned how to make their grilled clams with Calabrian chili and bread crumbs.
  7. Where barbecue is serious, there’s bound to be an outlier doing great things. Pitmaster Elliot Moss is one of them in North Carolina.
  8. Denver has its own omelet, but have you heard of the Denver cut of beef?
  9. We visited the Great White North and found the 10 best places to eat and drink in Whistler, British Columbia.
  10. When did “microbrews” become “craft beers”? We did some digging.