Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

Arbitrary Criticism: New (to us) food blog alert! And this one is hilarious. Welcome to Arbitrary Criticism, a food blog written by Catherine Martin -- a University of Houston student majoring in restaurant management, so you know she's bona fide. In her latest entry, Martin visits Dry Creek Cafe, from the same people who brought Houston "Canyon Creek, Onion Creek, Cedar Creek, and Oh S*** We're Up a Creek."

Fat City Houston: New favorite Tumblog "Fat City Houston" has been busy working its way down our list of Houston's 100 Favorite Dishes. For the No. 90 entry, Fat City visited -- and was won over by -- El Pollo Norteño. "It holds dreams and promises that you didn't even know existed until now," says Fat City.

The Loop Scoop: You can't live in Houston without noticing the baffling popularity of Collina's Italian restaurants. Perhaps you're even a fan yourself. (Probably because you like to BYOB, and I'm not complaining.) The Loop Scoop tries to figure out Collina's massive popularity for itself, but doesn't quite succeed.

Jack Around: Jack Highberger lives by Coughlin's law: Always eat from street vendors. And it's a life well-lived: He recently ended up with an amazing seafood soup from a street vendor for about $2 while on vacation in Veracruz.

The Ferm: I don't know if you realize this, but frequent commenter and beer blogger Sir Ron is still hard at work refuting every last one of our entries on the United States of Beer map from January 2011, one by one. The latest state he's tackled is Wisconsin. We assigned Wisconsin Leinenkugel; Sir Ron has assigned it good old Miller Brewing.

Eater Houston: Last but not least... This month's Eater Heat Map is out, with 13 of editor Amber Ambrose's favorite places to eat right now. And guess what, Outer Loopers: A handful of Ambrose's choices are in the 'burbs.



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