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    October 8, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Take a Whack at the Cronut Recipe

    Gastronaut: Meatless Mondays don't have to be bland; vegetarian and vegan dishes can easily be filled with flavor and enticing ingredients, like a veggie panini with a side of cauliflower nuggets at Green Seed Vegan. Katharine Shilcutt writes that the cauliflower nuggets "were as good as ever." The ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Go Fried
    Chicken-Crazy at The Bird House

    Culturemap Houston: Eric Sandler posted the lowdown on The Bird House and it's especially worth mentioning now. H-Town StrEATs food truck chefs Jason Hill and Matt Opaleski have opened what's essentially a long-term fried chicken pop-up. It's in the space that normally houses Boil House at 606 East ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Chicken Sandwich Chronicles: Jerrybuilt

    Following a less-than-stellar experience with Smashburger's chicken sandwiches, advice poured in as to where better versions could be found. Among those venues suggested was JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers, whose seasonal burgers, at least, have been impressive. In fact, prior to the chicken sandwic ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Doughnuts Shaped Like Hook 'Em Hand Signs

    Urban Swank: Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown is definitely not the place you go for a short grocery trip. Joanna O'Leary explains why she loves visiting the downtown location as it is "a multi-sensory experience." You can spend tons of time scanning the aisles for unique items such as smoked kipp ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cherry Bounce Sours & Beer-Glazed Chicken

    Texas Monthly: David Alan of Texas Monthly profiles new Houston bar, Julep. Instead of writing about the julep drinks available at the Southern bar on Washington, Alan describes the Cherry Bounce Sour. Julep's version features cherry bounce (cherries macerated with sugar, spices and spirits) along w ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Glazed Doughnuts & No-Bake Pizza

    Urban Swank: If you haven't been to Glazed the Doughnut Cafe in the Medical Center yet, then take Joanna O'Leary's advice and get yourself to the 24-hour doughnut shop.Two of her favorite flavors are the maple bacon and the lemon poppy seed, but the plain glazed will satisfy that sweet tooth, too. ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Fluffy Pancakes & Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

    Zagat Houston: Searching for the perfect ice-cold treat to cool off with this summer? Check out Zagat Houston's list of the best ice cream parlors in Houston. Indulge in Cloud10 Creamery's twist on the classic banana split featuring caramelized bananas with vanilla bean, chocolate and Nutella with m ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Buttermilk Biscuits & Grilled Oysters

    CultureMap Houston: Marene Gustin loves to indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months. She suggests making a tomato and cucumber sandwich with mayonnaise, black pepper and sea salt stuffed between two slices of chewy sourdough bread; pair it with a glass of Duchman Family Wi ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Have A Hot Dog This Summer

    Urban Swank: Paulie's may be known for its incredible spaghetti and sugar cookies, as noted by Joanna O'Leary, but this Houston family-owned restaurant serves up many more tasty dishes you need to try. O'Leary suggests everyone begins their meal with the simple bucatini amatraciana, or an indulgent ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Trendy Toast & Vegan Bibimbap Bowls

    The New Yorker: Toast is something anyone can make. But, it might be one of the newest food trends. Hannah Goldfield explains that this trend of restaurants serving "artisanal toast" began in San Francisco. Although some believe that it is a joke for chefs to create dishes like avocado toast and hav ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Kick Back & Relax With A Michelada

    Texas Monthly: Summer is quickly approaching and that means it's time to whip out the ice cold drinks. While you could stick to snow cones and lemonade, why not try making your own michelada? Texas Monthly shares its recipe for this cold beer drink made with hot sauce, limes, Worchestershire sauce, ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Make Czech Kolaches At Home

    Texas Monthly: Seriously, what kind of Texan doesn't love kolaches? While we have some awesome places to grab an authentic Czech kolache in Houston (think Revival Market), it's always fun to make your own. Texas Monthly shares a recipe from the Little Czech Bakery in West, Texas, complete with an ap ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Chocolate Banana Bread & Doughnuts for Brunch

    Eater National: Eater is celebrating Pizza Week, and in honor of this splendid Italian food-centric "holiday," Eater National compiled a list of the 38 essential pizzerias across America, and Houston's very own Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana made the list. This Memorial Drive pizzeria is loved by many H ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Your Water's Lemon Wedge Might Be Contaminated

    Urban Swank: The ladies of Urban Swank checked out Nara's Korean Grill Room and have the 411 on the restaurant, especially what their favorite menu items are. During their visit they enjoyed a variety of Korean BBQ items such as the rib eye (bulgogi) and pork belly (kurobata samgyup sal). Each meat ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Have Your Cheesecake And Eat It, Too

    H-Town Chow Down: The guys from H-Town Chow Down decided to check out the re-birthed Bennigan's which opened a week ago in The Woodlands. While we said goodbye to Bennigan's in 2008 after the franchise declared bankruptcy, the restaurant has returned to the Houston dining scene, bringing back classi ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Addicted to Buc-ee's & A Recipe for Pork Tamales

    Hungry in Houston: As Texans, we are addicted to Buc-ee's, and there is no shame in that. This week, Adam Brower writes about his addiction to the gas station mecca. He starts with the coffee, then discovers the Almond Joy creamer, and finally the sausage egg cheese croissant. One bite of that break ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Thanksgiving Recaps, A Look At Foodgasm and Christmas Recipes Galore

    Urban Swank: The ladies at Urban Swank attended the Southern Star Beer Dinner at Fusion Taco with Southern Star Brewing Company and feasted on five courses with beer-taco pairings. They loved the wonton shell taco with tuna tartare and avocado paired with the Grisette, as well as the barbeque pork t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Volcano Rice Wows The Crowd: Laudable New South American Dishes at Latin Bites

    The volcano rice arrived at our table to a chorus of wows: three hot stone bowls sizzling, crackling and steaming hot, with a colorful assortment of vegetables and meats arranged around a perfectly round yellow egg yolk. A Peruvian version of the Korean dolsot bibimbap, it was chef Roberto Castre's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cakes Versus Pies - Which Side Are You On?

    Eater National: Cake vs. pie. It's a food fight we probably will never settle, but at the Southern Foodways Alliance's 2013 Symposium, Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman and the New York Times' Kim Severson tried to settle this battle with a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. Kinsman argues that pies take more skil ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Crazy Mac & Cheese Creations, Buttery Lobster Tacos & More

    Urban Swank: BRC Gastropub recently changed its menu, and Urban Swank has the low-down on the new comfort food items. Executive Chef Lance Fegen added a multitude of comforting dishes, such as the Foie Gras Poutine -- crispy fries, chilled foie gras, mushroom brown gravy and farm cheese. There's als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Why Brunch Is a Must & a List of the Best Candy Bars

    Adventures in a New(ish) City: 99 cent mimosas at Sorrel Urban Bistro for brunch? Sign us up! Kim used to live in New York City, where, according to her, brunches are required components of weekend activities. Keeping up with this NYC tradition, she and a friend checked out the brunch at Sorrel duri ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Origin Stories, Yelp Feuds and Frito Pie

    Houstonia: The folks over at Houstonia were conducting some really interesting reporting on Monday, and decided to go the Buzzfeed route with an entertaining list. John Nova Lomax scoured fast-food companies' histories to uncover fun and surprising facts about your favorite joints. Among the interes ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Summer Means Okra, Grilling and A Toast to the Royal Baby

    Gastronaut: It's all about the big O at Pondicheri this time of year...Okra, that is. Chef and owner Anita Jaisinghani has created a "Summer Okra Menu" that is available Sunday through Wednesday as long as the okra lasts. The okra specials are written on a blackboard so they can be changed often. Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Openings & Closings: 1252 Tapas Bar In Vintage Park Shutters, Camerata at Paulie's Opens & More

    The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations. The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Witchy Sandwiches, Chilled Tomato-Peanut Soup & More

    Jack Around: Sandy Witch Sandwich Company opened last week, so Jack checked out the new food truck from Pi Pizza Truck owner, Anthony Calleo. Sandy Witch Sandwich Company serves up a variety of sandwiches with daring ingredients, like the Madame Blavatsky sandwich featuring brined chicken, and the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cantaloupe Pie, Going Nuts for Nut Milk & More

    H-Town Chow Down: After being asked when he started writing about food, Albert Nurick tells us about his journey into food writing and how it all started with a list of restaurants he liked the best. This 1994 restaurant list, which you can still find online today, turned into an Austin Dining Guide ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: The World Will See How Great Houston Is

    Conde Nast Traveler: Oxheart and Underbelly were featured on Conde Nast Traveler's list of the world's best new restaurants. The list featured 70 restaurants, including the Spoon Bar & Kitchen in Dallas, giving Texas three spots on this worldwide list. Now the world can start to see just how great H ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Barbecue Road Trip Songs & Why the Cronut Is Overrated

    Hungry in Houston: Last week, Adam Brower checked out the newly opened Hurricane Grill and Wings located in Spring on FM 1960. He has been disappointed with Houston's wing offerings; however, Hurricane Grill and Wings met his criteria of good wings. With more than 30 choices of sauces, and the oppor ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Iced Coffee Guides & Medieval Jousting Entertainment

    Blue Jean Gourmet: If you're looking for the perfect summer dessert, look no further. Blue Jean Gourmet made a peach and blackberry cobbler with freshly picked peaches and blackberries. The sweetness of soft peaches combined with the tart, yet subtly sweet, blackberries makes for the ultimate cobble ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cronut Craze and RA Sushi's Watermelon Margaritas

    Eater: The cronut craze has taken the world by storm. After having its origin in New York, the hybrid croissant-donut has made everyone in the United States and overseas go crazy for the sinfully sweet treat. Eater gives us nine cronut imposters from around the world, including an at-home recipe wit ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Cheap, Local Pastries and a New Favorite Burger

    Examiner: Looking for a dessert just for yourself? No, it's not a cupcake. The Examiner serves up a recipe for a single-serving cake on the go. If it comes out anything like what's in the picture, you're in for a sinful yet delicious treat. Gastronaut: Tucked inside a neighborhood grocery store, Fo ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: The Virtues of Getting Completely Wasted

    B4ttlesong: "I was lecturing John Letoto about the virtues of getting completely wasted, every once in a while," begins sommelier Justin Vann in his latest philosophical post on B4ttlesong. "The minimum number I threw out was once a year." I'll just let you read on from there... Eater Houston: If y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: What Is E. Coli?

    Eater Houston: It's Burger Week around the national Eater circuit, and all of the Eater city blogs have posted their favorite burgers to eat right now. In Houston, editor Eric Sandler has compiled a list of 12 must-try burgers around the city including the lunchtime burger at Nosh Bistro, which we r ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Landry's Lawsuits and All-Day Sunday Funday in Sugar Land

    Eater Houston: Congratulations are in order for Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd, who was named Best New Chef yesterday by Food & Wine. Shepherd is one of 10 Best New Chefs listed by the magazine, and is joined by the likes of Michael Voltaggio, at Ink in Los Angeles and Danny Bowien of Mission ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Barbecue Wars in Spring

    H-Town Chow Down: Can't beat 'em? Call in the local government to squash your competition. At least, that's the story told by Albert Nurick at H-Town Chow Down, where The Woodlands-based blogger reports on the barbecue wars between celebrated trailer CorkScrew BBQ and its brick-and-mortar neighbor u ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Burgerland Lands in Houston

    Chili Bob's Houston Eats: If two Nicaraguan restaurants in the same location both fail, what do you do? You open a third Nicaraguan restaurant there, as Bruce found out last week when he tried Selva Negra for the first time. (Its previous incarnations were Managua and Nicaragua Restaurant.) Arbitra ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Brooks Brisket Will Blow You Away, Says Urban Swank

    Eating My Words: Not to be confused with our own blog, this is Texas Monthly's food blog -- mostly penned by head food writer Patricia Sharpe, who recently named her top picks for the 12 best new restaurants in Texas. Spoiler alert: Four are in Houston, by far the most that any city racked up. Scie ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Of Moon Towers and Branch Waters

    29-95: The big news of the week is that David Grossman is leaving his space at 510 Shepherd and taking the name "Branch Water Tavern" with him. Grossman plans to stay on for two months while a new management team leases the building, but will then depart at which point the restaurant will take on a ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: 20 Things Everyone Thinks About Houston (But Won't Say)

    From the Gutt: Riffing on last week's post from First We Feast which listed 20 things "everyone thinks about the food world (but nobody will say)" is local blogger Tom Gutting, who normally writes about wine but has now made me wish he'd write about other food-related topics with much more regularit ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Quails and 'Que

    Urban Swank: What were your favorite meals of 2012? The Urban Swank girls -- along with fellow food bloggers Hank On Food and our own Carla Soriano -- round up their own magical meals, including the spaghetti carbonara from Coppa, jar-jar duck from Uchi and foie gras torchon from Brasserie 19. Eate ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Churro Porn and Houston as Mutt City

    Robb Walsh: In his continuing series on where Texas cuisine is headed, Robb Walsh talks to Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd about Houston's role as a "new Creole city," citing a recent article by Southern food writer John T. Edge called "Savoring Mutt City." (Mutt City is us, by the way -- and it's a ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Bycatch Gets Bigger and Brownies Bring Doom

    CultureMap: Houston Restaurant Weeks starts today, and celebrated earlier this week with a kick-off party at Momentum Audi. The Houston Press was not invited (was it something we said?), but luckily CultureMap was there to cover the event and remind folks that, above all, HRW is about raising money ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Parcel Pies and Zoos Without Tigers

    Weapons Grade: Whether or not this story of a zoo with no tigers is a metaphor for sommelier Justin Vann's work at Oxheart is beside the point; zoos do need to have fewer tigers, and we need to learn to appreciate the zoos that showcase something other than tigers. Don't know what I'm talking about? ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

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    June 20, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Torchy's Second Spot in the Heights and Auto-Cannibalism

    Arbitrary Criticism: Go ahead and start the Wednesday with a laugh: Catherine Martin visits Joe's Crab Shack in Kemah, where she "immediately fell in love." Why? "Do you know what they have in the middle of the tables there? Buckets for you to put your trash in. Just sunk into the table." That's why ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Brand-New Beer Bars and Capri in Spring

    CultureMap: Craft beer fans have been waiting patiently for Mongoose versus Cobra to open since news of the Midtown beer bar broke earlier this year. Sarah Rufca has news on its impending opening -- any day now! -- and what you can expect in the newly renovated space. Home.: In an intimate, touchin ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    He8, She8: The first of two new (to us!) blogs this week, He8, She8 is similar in concept to 2 Dine For, in which a couple eats together and then reports independently on their own experiences at a restaurant. He8, She8's latest review is of Feast, where they both gave the nose-to-tail palace a soli ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Blue Jean Gourmet: Exciting news from last year's Houston Web Awards winner for Best Food Blog: Nishta and her partner, Jill, have applied to become adoptive parents. Until the baby arrives, they've taken to calling their future child "Peanut." In honor of Peanut, Nishta has assembled a few of her f ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Urban Swank: We're leading off this week with a new [to us] local food blog, Urban Swank. And coincidentally, the latest post is on one of the 2012 Burger Bracket Final 4: Bernie's Burger Bus. Of the tried-and-true food truck, Urban Swank says: "You can pretty much guarantee that if you ask someone ... More >>

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    February 24, 2008

    Miss Pop Rocks Loves (the First Half of) the Oscars

    As I type this, my belly is swollen with Star Pizza and my dearest pal Tamarie is eating raw cookie dough…yeah, it’s that night. The Oscars. The Super Bowl for girls. The freaking show hasn’t even started yet, and we’ve already eaten too much. So here we go with the running commentary… ... More >>

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