On How to Close a Restaurant and Not Drink Beer Named After a Murderous Druglord

The Intelligence Brief is our weekly compendium of food and drink news sourced from outlets all over the world, including right here at home.

Good news! Eater just named its top dining destinations for 2020 and our very own Richmond, BC made the cut!

And if you need a place to start, here are 22 spots to check out the next time you cross the Arthur Laing Bridge.

No one really knows what to make of Paris Hilton’s new cooking show, although I’m not sure anybody ever really knew what to make of Paris Hilton to begin with….

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the mounted art at The Magnet and Scout’s Thalia Stopa has the full scoop.

No one goes into the restaurant business planning to fail but if you should find yourself having to close the doors, here are a few tips for saying goodbye.

In an effort to preserve a community tradition, rocket scientist Dr. Howard Conyers continues to prepare whole hog barbecue and share its roots throughout history.

“Whole hog barbecue is different from other styles of barbecue. The hog is cooked in one piece, versus cooking it in parts. It’s considered the oldest form of barbecue in the United States, with roots in the cooking styles of the indigenous peoples of North America. However, the process gained traction in the American South, where enslaved people would cook whole hogs on plantations for celebrations and political gatherings.”

Seattle’s Westland Whiskey is creating some buzz as it prepares to release its first bottles of American single malt made in collaboration with Washington State University’s Bread Lab.

Drinking via Instagram honours this week go to @beaucoupbakery where Hot Chocolate Fest is in full swing, complete with an edible cup and spoon:

 

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So if you’re looking to get your hot chocolate fix over the next few weeks, check out the full list of participating cafes.

As Trump turns up the heat on European wine tariffs, questions arise about how this will affect our own imports north of the border.

Bon Appetit’s Amanda Shapiro shares the story of her foray into alcohol-free dating.

The world bid farewell to Gladys Bourdain this past week – a longtime New York Times copy editor and mother to Anthony Bourdain.

Related: A new book by Anthony Bourdain will be published this fall. Bourdain had been working on his newest travel guide prior to his death in 2018.

The daughter of infamous drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is making and selling a beer named in his honour.

“This is an artisanal beer, with 4% alcohol. This prototype is a lager, and it’s made up of malt, rice and honey so it’s good,” said Adriana Ituarte, a salesperson for the brand. “And the idea is for it to be sold at bars that stock craft beer.”

From a west coast whiskey to a southern apple brandy, Bon Appetit has a list of bottles to pick up on your travels this coming year.

Recent wildfires in Australia and California have researchers declaring support for Indigenous hunting and controlled burn practices as a means of prevention.

“Aboriginal groups use fire in different ways. For many, including the Martu, cultural burning is a traditional part of hunting. Martu hunters set fire to clear patches of land, revealing animals’ burrows. The patchy landscape left by repeated burns creates diverse habitats perfect for local creatures, and the burns maintain a relationship between humans and other species.”

While the snowfall seems to have come to an end, we are still facing several months of winter so these warming whiskey cocktails may just come in handy.

From port to bourbon and scotch to rum, The Daily Beast has some suggestions for the best things to drink over the course of the year.

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