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    Oh No, I Got the Baby!

    In New Orleans, Twelfth Night marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras season. New Orleans bakeries start selling King Cakes on January 6 and continue until Fat Tuesday. The cakes are usually decorated in Mardi Gras colors and range in quality from dry,...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on January 22, 2010 @ 10:15 am
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    Wine of the Week - Budget-Friendly Wines

    1. Excelsior Shiraz 2007 - Don't get turned off by the screw cap. Screw caps are no longer a sign of inferior wine. This $7.62 South African Shiraz is a nice, jammy everyday wine. It's juicy and full of dark fruit flavors with a standard peppery fini...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jane Catherine Collins on January 22, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    Food Fight: Battle Supper Club

    Dessert at a Reality Dinner / Click here for a slideshow Other cities have had them for years, but -- as with many concepts -- Houston is a bit behind the curve. We're talking about chef-driven, intimate, fiercely modern, multi-course dinners that...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on January 21, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Taco Truck Gourmet: Taconazo

    Some taco truck enthusiasts insist that Taconazo is the best taco truck in town. It is actually a permanent operation consisting of two taco trucks parked side by side, locked up behind an iron fence. One truck serves as a prep kitchen, and the other...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on January 21, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Health Dept. Roundup: (Vaguely) Sports-Related Edition

    Smokin J's, at 550 FM 1959, committed an unspecified ordinance violation in a January 20 inspection, while perhaps draining some jump shots. Huddle House, at 8619 Richmond Ave., also stepped afoul of an unspecified section of a city ordinance on Janu...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mike Morris on January 21, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Carnival Kick-Off

    Owner Mark Shim says he hopes to get the girls in their carnival costumes to come and dance regularly. Pradaria has a sign out front offering an $8 lunch special on a churrasco platter these days too. The usual price for lunch is $15.95 on weekdays a...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on January 21, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    The 10 Most Useless Kitchen Appliances

    We talk a lot on this blog about eating. We talk a lot about cooking. We also talk a lot about booze, food porn and the "less polite" bodily functions (in case you're wondering, the "more polite" bodily functions include yawning and sneezing, but onl...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on January 21, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Dolce Vita Open For Lunch

    After four years, Dolce Vita (500 Westheimer) has finally expanded its hours. This casual wine bar and pizzeria has been feeding the hip Montrose crowd since January 2006 -- but never for weekday lunch. "We had a lot of requests to open for lunch, an...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jane Catherine Collins on January 21, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Happy Hour Scene: Nick's Place

    ? Certain bars have this game -- a machine, really -- that has a mechanical arm with a punching bag on the end, and when a person puts in money, the bag swings down, waiting to be belted. Usually it's a group of three of four guys playing, standing a...

    @ Eating Our Words by Paul Knight on January 21, 2010 @ 11:01 am
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    A New Orleans Saint

    We felt the waiters here were less stuffy about us splitting the gigantic dish than some have been in Houston, partly due to New Orleans's "every customer counts" mentality. The waitstaff was prompt and did not intrude, and the vibe was calm and cool...

    @ Eating Our Words by Greenway Barista on January 21, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Sunny Fruit Stand

    Sunny is one of half a dozen "flea markets" that make up Houston's north end mercado district at Airline Drive and Louise Road, just south of Gulf Bank. The Airline Improvement District reports that 50,000 people visit the Airline Mercado on an avera...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on January 21, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    The Taco Truck Gourmet: El Chilango

    The El Chilango truck is parked at the intersection of Veteran's Memorial and West a few miles south of Beltway 8. Zorrito, the owner, has erected a structure over some picnic tables in the gas station parking lot beside the truck, forming a little o...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on January 20, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Fast and Fresh: Pho 99

    We ordered the spring rolls; pho with meatballs and brisket; and vermicelli with grilled shrimp, pork and egg rolls. The entire meal cost about $16, and we had food left over. All the portions are large at Pho 99. If you aren't famished, opt for an o...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jane Catherine Collins on January 20, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Yelapa's Platos Crudos

    The cebiche was outstanding, but for the $10 Yelapa charges, it seems the place could spare a couple of chips or something to eat with the fish. I had to pay $2 for a side order of chips and salsa. Charging for tortilla chips in Texas is like chargin...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on January 20, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    The Basics: How to Boil an Egg

    If you get super-fresh farm eggs, they will be hard to peel, so this is a great way to clear out a carton of eggs that's getting close to its expiration date. Some folks say to salt the water the eggs boil in, but it really doesn't make a difference ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Becky Means on January 20, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
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    Our Second Reader Judge: The Houston Press Cupcake Smackdown

    JG claimed that her mother offered her an "exquisite pair of $1,000 heels" in exchange for her foregoing cupcakes for a month. Not only did she decline, she made another outrageous claim: "If I still had it, I would lose my virginity for a cupcake." ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Cathy Matusow on January 20, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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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. Foodie Houston: We can't disa...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on January 20, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    The Big 3: Banana, Chocolate Chips and Walnuts

    We love chocolate - who doesn't? It's delicious, versatile, and even good for you if you get some with a high cocoa content. We also love bananas: They're like little travel-ready packs of sweet, potassium-rich energy. And walnuts - yes, we love waln...

    @ Eating Our Words by Geri Maria Harris on January 20, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    Donut Patrol: Bagels and Lox

    I always ask for the bagels that just came out of the oven (unless they are sweet). This time I got a plain bagel. I bought a little plastic container of lox spread that Kornhaber keeps in the refrigerator case. I cut my bagel with a plastic knife an...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on January 20, 2010 @ 11:10 am
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    Brew Blog: Baltika No. 6 and No. 4

    Baltika labels its beers with numbers at the top of their necks. We tried No. 6, the porter, and No. 4, the dark lager. Each was $1.99 in one pint, .9-ounce bottles at Central Market. The porter weighed in at 7 percent alcohol but didn't feel that r...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mike Morris on January 20, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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