Grant Achatz and Ferran Adrià are two of the world’s most acclaimed chefs. They’re also both in the midst of new projects — the former is experimenting with cocktails, while the latter is collaborating with…Disney?! We’ve got the exclusive scoops here. What’s the deal with vegan cheese? Poke? Shiso? We covered those topics as well this week. And yes, chicken-fried watermelon really is a thing — we’ve got the recipe to prove it. Speaking of recipes, you don’t want to miss out on our garlic-cheddar buttermilk biscuits. Or our expert guides to eating vegetarian food in Cuba and pigging out on France’s Emerald Coast. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. Where to eat and drink on France’s Emerald Coast? We’ve got you covered.
  2. Famed Chicago chef Grant Achatz is out to change the world’s cocktail scene.
  3. Poke! It’s what’s for lunch. Here’s where to eat it in New York City.
  4. Exclusive: Ferran Adrià is teaming up with Disney. Wait, what?
  5. What is shiso? How is it used? The answers, right this way.
  6. Chicken-fried watermelon? Believe it! Check out our recipe.
  7. How to pair cheese with wine. But not just any cheese — vegan cheese.
  8. Southern comfort: How to make garlic-cheddar buttermilk biscuits.
  9. Here’s where to find the best vegetarian food in Cuba.
  10. Testing out Shaker & Spoon, the Blue Apron of cocktails.