This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Traveling Foodies and Checking Out What's on Tap

This week, a few Houston bloggers head out of town and share beautiful pictures of their travel and food. Other bloggers share recipes that combine both coffee and dessert as well as on new ways to enjoy wine while out and about.

Lizzy of "A Tasty Mess," Sue from "We Are Not Martha" and Erica from "Nibbles & Feasts" go on a girlfriends’ getaway to the Russian River Valley. Lizzy shares their adventures of the Superior Farms Pasture tour in her blog this week. The trip includes herding sheep, a lesson on vineyard biodynamics and an incredible wine dinner with chef Tom Schmidt of Gracianna Vineyard.

The beautiful photographs of the California landscape include distant mountains and abundant greenery. Lizzy also shares a mouthwatering recipe for herb-crusted saddle of lamb with fresh morels, Romano beans, sweet onions and a plate of creamy Front Porch Farms Red Floriani polenta.

Nguyet of "Taming of the Spoon" shares a refreshing way to have coffee and dessert together. Her recipe for creating Vietnamese coffee affogato is surprisingly simple. She recommends using an authentic Vietnamese coffee, like the gourmet blend by Trung Nguyen, but mentions that any dark roast would be fine. Nguyet reveals her two-ingredient ice cream recipe along with a ton of other easy-prep recipes and beautifully crafted photographs of her cooking and dishes on Taming of the Spoon.

Ty Morrison of "Your Glass or Mine?" uncovers the latest trend in the Houston bar scene: wine on tap. According to her, restaurants and bars find that having wine on tap is a more cost-efficient way to keep and store wine commercially. Ty discovers a number of Houston restaurants and bars that currently have wine on tap. The list includes Oporto Fooding House and Wine, Brasil Café, Max’s Wine Dive, Siphon Coffee and Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room.

Only a handful of places have the even more elusive Enomatic wine dispenser system. The cost ranges from $10,000 to $100,000. Local places that utilize this machine include Crisp Houston, Cork & Tap, 3rd Floor and Gage Lounge.

Jamie Alvear of "The Drunken Diva" visits Current, 2 Waterway Square Place, located inside the Westin at the Woodlands Hotel, and shares beautiful photos of her meal. Each dish looked decadently fabulous, starting with black and tan onion rings, crab cakes with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, shrimp and grits and topping the evening off with a bacon sundae. According to Alvear, Current's menu features locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Current is also participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks this year.

Zain Mohammed of "Zain's Halal Reviews" reviewed Al Caliente,  20210 Katy Freeway in Katy, and is happy to share that he finally found a local halal Mexican restaurant.  Zain mentions that the only other option he has found for halal Mexican food is M&M Grill, which is located at 6921 Almeda Road in Houston.  He admits that having an option in Katy is better because it is closer to his home, and mentions that Al Caliente is not necessarily a better restaurant choice. 

Editor's note: If Al Caliente sounds familiar, that may be because it was mentioned in our coverage in March on the 59 Diner locations' closing and the judgments against its owner, Naveed Baig. Attorney Alex Mabry, who represented former 59 Diner employees who alleged they were owed back wages, claimed that Baig was involved with Al Caliente. 

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