On All-Hamburger Diets and the Coming End of a West Coast Restaurant Institution

The Intelligence Brief is our weekly compendium of food and drink news sourced from outlets all over the world.

It seems that research is constantly changing its mind about what we should and shouldn’t be eating. This recent study on red meat consumption is no different.

“If there are health benefits from eating less beef and pork, they are small, the researchers concluded. Indeed, the advantages are so faint that they can be discerned only when looking at large populations, the scientists said, and are not sufficient to tell individuals to change their meat-eating habits.”

But before you go switching to an all-hamburger diet, the NYT followed up on this report with 5 important takeaways from the debate that ensued after the hotly contested study was published.

News flash! Vancouver’s Beta5 Chocolates is opening a new 16-seat cafe!

A very Happy Birthday to Victoria restaurant institution John’s Place, which just turned 35 years old.

Scout recently paid a visit to Seattle and came back with food and drink recommendations galore! Check out the full list here.

These whimsical, pop culture-themed meals show just how far one mom will go to get her son to eat healthy.

A new partnership between two Vancouver Island seafood companies shows promise in the development of a west coast seaweed venture.

Malindi Taylor of Fanny Bay Oysters and Taylor Shellfish provides a lesson on the art of eating bivalves.

Baileys season is upon us and VinePair shares 14 things we should all know about everyone’s favourite cream liqueur.

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to Vancouver’s @pourhouse because when it doubt, just put an egg on it.

David Chang is opening a local version of his Momofuku Noodle Bar concept in the upcoming Vancouver House development.

Executive Chef Sam Harris of Victoria’s Boom + Batten shares his favourite spots to eat and drink around town.

Vancouver’s much anticipated Open Outcry opened its doors to the public on Thursday. Scout paid the new restaurant and bar a recent visit during its final preparations.

From face scrubs to foot care, Eater asks a few hard working line cooks about their self-care routines.

Islandist reports on Tofino’s first zero waste concept store, Frankly, which is set to open soon.

Given the terrifying realities of climate change, it’s good to know that they’ve figured out how to grow meat on the international space station. Mmm…space beef.

Five-time Olympic ice dance champion Tessa Virtue recently paid a visit to Vancouver and dished on some of her favourite ways to indulge when she’s in town.

From dosas to raman and fried chicken to sushi, the Vancouver Sun’s Mia Stainsby shares her picks for the best restaurants in the city’s West End.

How current irrigation practices are taking a serious toll on rivers and streams across the high plains in the US.

Vancouver’s Granville Island Market will be making an appearance in the upcoming season of David Chang’s Ugly Delicious on Netflix.

Speaking of David Chang, he’s opening a local version of his Momofuku Noodle Bar concept in the upcoming Vancouver House development.

In sad news for Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood, after almost 20 years in business, West Restaurant will be closing its doors for good this December.

Stop trying to make healthy cocktails happen! They’re not going to happen:

“Marrying booze with ostensibly healthful ingredients doesn’t negate alcohol’s harmful effects; it adds baggage to what should be a purely hedonistic pursuit.”

Breakfast just got a little better as The Takeout recently released their Cheerios power rankings (although how Honey Nut only came in at #5 is beyond me).

Looking for work in the industry? Check out who’s hiring on the mainland and on the island!

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