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5 Food & Drink headlines you have to read this week

Take a spin around the globe with this week's top food news

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Time Out editors
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Morgan Olsen
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Food news travels fast. Or at least it does at Time Out, where we've got clued-in dining editors stationed in cities around the world – from New York and London to Hong Kong and Dubai. They're constantly taking the pulse of their local food and drink scene and telling important stories about how the industry is changing, growing and evolving. And more often than not, they're able to spot trends before they cross oceans and bubble up in other cities worldwide.

If you're into dining out as much as we are, we've got just the thing: a weekly roundup of the top food and drink news from around the globe – the delicious stories that are making headlines in Time Out cities near and far. We'll tackle awe-inspiring openings, fascinating industry trends and a whole lotta stuff in between.

This week, we're taking our four-legged friends to a retro diner in Hong Kong, sipping wine with Idris Elba and stuffing ourselves silly at a bagel festival in Brooklyn. There's a lot of ground to cover, so let's dive right into the best food news of the week.

Food news from around the world

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Is there anything this man cannot do? From solving crimes in Luther to DJing at Glastonbury and dropping verses on his GRM Daily, Idris Elba has now decided to venture into the world of wine, opening a new bar in London next month. Named after his wine and champagne brand, Porte Noire will offer a selection of international vinos in a sprawling tasting room with an outdoor terrace to boot. Hungry? Guests can expect a French-inspired food menu, with dishes like poached eggs in red wine sauce and slow-cooked beef cheek with pommes purée. We're just hoping for an Idris sighting while we sip.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Most diners are familiar with Michelin stars – the French tire company's prestigious three-tiered rating system that's used to identify and honor some of the world's finest restaurants. But even the savviest foodies might not know about Michelin's Green Star, which was introduced in 2020 to 'highlight the restaurants in its selection that stand at the forefront of a more sustainable gastronomy.' Translation: These kitchens are sourcing ingredients responsibly, cutting down food waste at every turn and eliminating non-recyclables from their supply chain. Want to see which Michelin-approved restaurants near you have a Green Star? Keep clicking.

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

If you're the kind of pet owner who wishes you could take your four-legged friend everywhere you go, there's a new retro diner in Hong Kong that's going to blow your mind. In addition to having a great menu for hoomans, Route99 also offers a robust culinary lineup for fur babies, including doggy burgers and fries, sandwiches, pancakes, pizza and a steak dinner. All items on the menu have been carefully developed by a pet nutritionist so that your pets can enjoy a healthy meal that is as delicious as it is nutritious. Once they've cleaned their plate, treat them to a spa service at the on-site groomer.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

You can't separate New Yorkers from their bagels, and now the city has its own festival devoted to the fluffy halos of flour, yeast, water and salt. Slated for October 2, Bagelfest Brooklyn features a curated selection of standout bagel spots from across the city, including Black Seed and Ess-a-Bagel. In addition to being able to sample classic and unique takes on the doughy round, guests can also enjoy bagel art, listen to live music and sip boozy beverages. Does it get any better than this?

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

After having their restaurant vandalized twice over, the team behind Le Speakeasy in Old Montreal came up with an idea for a new project. As of this month, their first-floor space has been transformed with a revamped interior and a new menu – both of which lean into street art. The crew invited 15 artists to adorn the walls with graffiti and tags that bring out the essence of the place without being intimidating or vulgar. The menu pulls inspiration from each of the artists and their work, too, resulting in dishes and cocktails that tell a story.

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