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    Food Fight: Battle Empanadas

    Empanadas with a side of chimichurri sauce. It's not often that we get so grossed out by a certain food item that we nearly immediately throw it in the garbage, walk away from the entire plate and go off to sulk angrily, our appetites lost for the...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on February 18, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Pound Cake From a Box?

    It looks good...but how does it taste? True pound cake is a decadent delicacy. A pound each of butter, eggs, sugar and flour -- with an underlying hint of citrus, vanilla or even almond, depending on the recipe you use -- blended heavily together ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on February 18, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Health Dept. Roundup: 77021 to 77023

    At Toni's Caf (5270 Griggs) in 77021, a February 11 look found bulk food removed from its original containers or not stored in a containers identifying the food by its common name. The moist cloths used for cleaning nonfood-contact surfaces of equip...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mike Morris on February 18, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Houston Heavily Honored by James Beard Foundation

    Robert Del Grande If anyone is still under the impression that Houston is trying desperately to play catchup with culinary empires like New York City and Chicago, they only need to look at the 2010 James Beard Award nominations -- released today -...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on February 18, 2010 @ 2:18 pm
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    The Annual Tomato Crapshoot

    So how many tomatoes would you have to grow to justify a $40 investment? I have paid five bucks apiece for heirlooms, so at that rate it would only take eight tomatoes. I think you could count on eight tomatoes out of one plant if you get started now...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 18, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Houston Coffee Scene: Nicholas Lundgaard of Home-Barista.com

    Nick's imported grinder is probably the only one in Texas and rivals the grinding capacity, speed and consistency of any shop around town. We thoroughly encourage any coffee geeks-in-training to send him a message through home-barista.com and help gr...

    @ Eating Our Words by Greenway Barista on February 18, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    More Bakery Case Attractions at Rustika

    It took me a long time to notice the jalapeo gefilte fish and the other Mexican-Jewish items on the menu at Rustika Bakery because I was distracted by the bakery display case. I have already written about the amazing dulce de leche-filled alfajores ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 18, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Happy Hour Scene: Mardi Gras Grill

    ? The wheelchair ramp leading to the front door of Mardi Gras Grill was packed with people, waiting to get in the small bar and restaurant on Tuesday evening. The bar was so packed that the options were to wait for a table with the people outside on...

    @ Eating Our Words by Paul Knight on February 18, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #97

    At La Michoacana Meat Market # 10 at Gessner near the West Park Toll Road, I spotted a bin with what they called chicharron de barriga. I asked the butcher what "barriga" means. He turned sideways to show me his profile and patted his belly. There ar...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 18, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Giving up Meat for Lent? Try This

    Banyan Foods is a little family-owned company that operates right here in Houston. We first caught wind of it from the wonderfully scrumptious samples that they hand out at Whole Foods and Central Market. Banyan offers an assortment of products, from...

    @ Eating Our Words by Geri Maria Harris on February 18, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Chef Chat, Part 2: Carlos Rodriguez of Vic & Anthony's

    Eating Our Words: When not at work, where do you take the family? Carlos Rodriguez: I cook a whole lot at home. It is a lifelong passion that transcends work. When we do go out to eat, the kids love going to a nice little place called Cajun Family R...

    @ Eating Our Words by Greenway Barista on February 18, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Barley Vine: Tedo considers t...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on February 17, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Heini's Yogurt Cheese vs. Grafton Classic Reserve

    Feeling both entitled and slightly lame, we took both cheeses along with some palate-cleansing crackers to our favorite new bar, Nouveau Antique Art Bar on Main and Tuam, to get some opinions on the cheese-versus-cheese throwdown. The ever- so-charmi...

    @ Eating Our Words by Geri Maria Harris on February 17, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Kick Ass Coconut Soup

    As we were leaving, the waiter caught up to us with a to-go order that we hadn't asked for. It was another order of tom kha gai, only this one was a whole hell of a lot hotter. We ate it for lunch today with tears running down our cheeks. What a love...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 17, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    King Crab Season

    If you watch Deadliest Catch, you know that most of the world's king crab fishing takes place during the coldest winter weeks off the coast of Alaska. If you watch Deadliest Catch you also know that king crab fishermen are prolly the biggest bad-asse...

    @ Eating Our Words by Ruthie Johnson on February 17, 2010 @ 2:07 pm
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    Jalapeo Gefilte Fish at Rustika

    In this week's review, I sample the Mexican gefilte fish at Rustika Bakery. Those green peppers strips all over the plate in the photo are actually jalapeos. And I can attest that they are extremely hot. It seems that in Mexico, the Jewish p...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 17, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    Wine of the Week: Israeli Wine

    In the last 25 years, the Israeli wine industry has boomed, growing from 20 wineries to 250. Jim Veal, Director of Trade and Investment Promotion for the Israeli Government, calls Israel the "birthplace of wine." So, why is Israel perfect for wine? I...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jane Catherine Collins on February 17, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
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    #98 "You Buy We Fry" Trout Basket at Hank's Fish Market 4319 Lockwood Fifth Ward

    There is a Buddhist shrine behind the counter of Hank's Fish on Lockwood in the Fifth Ward. The Vietnamese who arrived on the Gulf Coast after the fall of Saigon in the 1970s gravitated toward the seafood industry. They now own most of the "you buy, ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 17, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Dinner at Courses

    The place has no more than 10 tables, most of which have a view of the kitchen through a large window along a wall in the restaurant. Ours was a non-dairy dinner, as our dining companion had called ahead to arrange this for us, so our meal varied sli...

    @ Eating Our Words by Becky Means on February 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Chef Chat, Part 1: Carlos Rodriguez of Vic & Anthony's

    As we entered Tilman Fertitta's venerable mansion, Vic & Anthony's, we were greeted by his stalwart concept chef, Carlos Rodriquez. He told us about the ins and outs of this dynasty's crown jewel. Eating Our Words: How long have you been with Vic & ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Greenway Barista on February 17, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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