INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Dissing Canada’s Restaurants And The Wisdom Of Large Pizzas

April 10, 2017.

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by Talia Kleinplatz | The list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants was released this past week and New York’s Eleven Madison Park took home the top prize. San Francisco’s Saison represents the best of the west coast at spot number 37.

Eater takes a critical look at the above list and some of the issues that have arisen with the awards over the past few years:

“The World’s 50 Best List, routinely criticized for its lack of female-run restaurants, its European focus, and its abundance of exorbitant tasting menu spots, has produced yet another list of male-dominant, European-heavy, expensive tasting menu restaurants.”

And since the 50 Best list has not included a Canadian restaurant since 2002, The National Post looks at why our restaurants have historically lacked international recognition.

It turns out world food prices fell last month after the index hit a record high in February. This is especially surprising given ongoing concerns about global food supplies.

While the West End says goodbye to one of its favourite eateries, the neighbourhood is set to gain a new joint with a veg-mex focus. Taking over the previous Lolita’s location, Lucha Verde is set to open in early May and is drawing on the talents of the Keefer’s Amber Bruce for the cocktail list and Cuchillo’s Sic Kim for the menu.

With gluten intolerant consumers at an all-time high, scientists posit that the underlying disease may be triggered by a common virus.

Lifehacker has an engineer explain why ordering the large pizza is always the smart choice.

From Victoria to Whistler and Pemberton to Tofino, the Georgia Straight explores a few of the top BC getaways for food lovers.

The editors at SAVEUR share their picks for the best cookbooks released this spring. They include Nick Korbee’s guide for putting an egg of every dish you make and Dana Cree’s detailed exploration of all things ice cream.

It takes a lot to impress the editors of Bon Appetit and it seems that a stay-at-home mom in Nanaimo has done it with her chocolate chip cookie recipe.

A new model for the commercial fishing business in America is having a profoundly positive effect on the the industry as a whole. The shift to a catch shares system is resulting in safer and more sustainable practices for both fisherman and commercial fisheries alike.

Needing your caffeine fix? The Georgia Straight rounds up a few recently-opened coffee shops around the city, including Gastown’s Nemesis and downtown’s Incognito.

The Globe & Mail’s Alex Gill explores the slow pick-up of Filipino cuisine in Vancouver.

Looks like the bone broth trend is here to stay (and with it an increasing price of bones).

Eater rounds up their picks for the best restaurants across North America this spring. Montreal’s Le St. Urbain made the cut along with Seattle’s No Anchor and Portland’s Maurice.

Good news, sports fans! The folks behind Wildebeest are planning to open a new sports bar in the Fraserhood.

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to Dorrington Reid and a lovely spring setup at Nelson and Seagull.

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