It’s time to get prepared for all the gift giving, party hosting/going and cooking you’re about to do. We rounded up our favorite gifts to give, got the recipes and tips to dinner showstoppers and even looked into the perfect hotel for a holiday getaway, if you so choose to spend them abroad. We also had a great roster of guests on the Food Republic Today podcast this week, including Gail Simmons, David Tanis, the guys behind Snacky Tunes and more. Queue up those episodes for the weekend! All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics.

  1. We map out what to gift your favorite foodies this holiday season.
  2. Don’t just serve any rack of pork. Make a spicy vindaloo and put that bad boy on display.
  3. For the second year in a row, France has awarded a top prize for its efforts in food sustainability.
  4. Michelin-starred Saison will launch sister restaurants in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  5. The art-driven Andaz makes a trip to Delhi, India much more special.
  6. Gail Simmons appeared on our podcast to discuss her new cookbook and the future of women in the restaurant industry.
  7. Greg and Darin Bresnitz of Snacky Tunes guest on Food Republic Today to reflect on past television endeavors and their popular podcast.
  8. Need to stuff some stockings? We have just the gifts for you.
  9. Roasted seafood towers are both delicious and beautiful centerpieces. Here are some chef tips on how to make your own.
  10.  A trip to Oaxaca turns into a jam-packed lesson on mezcal in this episode of Food Republic Today.