We got down to the nitty gritty this week with the news. Reports of slave labor out of Thailand have sparked further acting to end and prevent it, a huge acquisition in the spirits world made some influences in the stock market and Amazon’s latest venture in expansion has us thinking “where will they end up?” We also got to making lots of carbonara, pouring over a detailed pizza map and chatting with stylish chefs. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics.

  1. Axe bars are coming to the Boston area.
  2. Salt cod with bread and garlic is a beloved dish from Lisbon. Make it at home!
  3. Carbonara gets remixed in three ways. Here are the recipes.
  4. Bacardi buys Patrón for $5.1 billion. That’s a whole lot of tequila.
  5. Slave labor is still used in Thailand shrimp production despite having been exposed four years ago.
  6. Amazon is looking for a second headquarters location. These are the most delicious contenders.
  7. Action Bronson maps out his favorite places for a traditional slice of New York pizza.
  8. Amazon Go debuted this week, but will it accept food stamps?
  9. Simple Vodka donates proceeds to food banks and organizations dedicated to helping those who are food-insecure.
  10. D.C.’s Fabio Trabocchi stopped by our podcast studio to chat about Italian cuisine, fine dining and style.