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.

Downtown: With killer photos and thoughtful stories, this magazine from -- yep! -- downtown Houston is my favorite local mag to pick up and read cover to cover. Check out their recent cover story on the future of downtown's dining scene to see why.

Jack Tyler Dines: Jack has found a treasure trove at Caribbean Cuisine Restaurant along Bissonnet: part tropical grocery store, part restaurant, all colorful -- just look at the photos. All of the expected delicacies are present, too: beef patties, coco bread, chicken roti and goat curry. And Jack tried them all.

Cheap Eats in Houston: Cheap Eats has a feature I love, spotlighting the best "cheap" cooking classes around town each week. You can brush up on your cooking skills for $50 or less in all of these classes.

The Loop Scoop: I like to pretend that the fine folks at The Loop Scoop headed out to try Himalaya for the first time after reading our cover story on Little India. But the truth is that it doesn't matter why they went, just that they enjoyed the phenomenal Pakistani cuisine and took some beautiful photos.

Dude, You Going to Eat That?: Summer movie season has arrived, and it's particularly welcome in Houston; the cold darkness of a movie theater is an easy retreat on a hot weekend afternoon. Dr. Ricky wants to know what your ideal movie snacks are -- either those that you sneak in yourself or those that you wish theaters would sell.

Blue Jean Gourmet: If you read no other recipes today, read Nishta's recipe for five-ingredient strawberry ice cream. Not only is it a perfectly refreshing idea for the hot weather, it's as uniquely moving as all of Nishta's essays. When's the last time a recipe made you want to read it like a novel, after all?



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