We have vegetarian food and wine on the mind. Meats were temporarily cast to the side lines this week as we discovered the vibrant nature of vegetarian food on the East Coast of Australia and rounded up 15 vegetarian side dishes we’re willing to bet you’ve never tried. We also took a look at a new device that’s designed to pour the perfect glass of wine every time. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics.

  1. This new river cruise will serve street food and have “wine painting” classes.
  2. Celebrate your love of food and comedy at San Francisco’s Colossal Clusterfest this summer. Drink at Paddy’s Pub (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and get yelled at by the Soup Nazi (Seinfeld).
  3. Secret to super-succulent salmon? Sear it just on one side like they do at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco.
  4. What’s vegetarian food on the East Coast of Australia like? Vibrant, extensive and satisfying.
  5. In our latest episode of New Chefs Rising, the ladies behind King tell us about her move from London to New York.
  6. Looking for some veggie inspiration? These 15 side dishes will do the trick.
  7. Terre is a brand-new print magazine about natural wine. The first issue is scheduled to reach stands this fall.
  8. Plum is here to save you of your wine woes. It’ll preserve your wine and pour the perfect glass every time.
  9. Avocados are on the news again and, once again, are driving people crazy.
  10. In our newest series, Food Futures, host Elettra Wiedemann tours AeroFarms, an indoor hydoponic vertical-farming company.