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.

Dirty Kitchen Adventures: Although she's currently living abroad, Houston food blogger Jen still keeps us filled in on her adventures. Her latest obstacle, however, isn't a fun one: gestational diabetes. Given the strict dietary restrictions she's been placed on during the last part of her pregnancy, what's a food-lover to do? It's a thought-provoking piece on how a diabetic and a foodie can find some middle ground.

Homesick Texan: Inspired by Robb Walsh's speech at the recent Southern Foodways Alliance symposium, Lisa tries her hand at making saag paneer enchiladas. In her own words:

Robb Walsh delivered the Houston talk and he discussed how in Houston he sees a glorious evolution of Texan cuisine as new immigrants arrive and merge their native foods with what we already eat. So you'll see, for instance, Lebanese-Mex fajitas, spicy beef wrapped in pitas or Armenian bean soups that taste like chili.

The largest Asian population in Houston, according to the 2000 census, is Indian. And this got me thinking: why not make saag paneer enchiladas?

29-95: With the weather getting cooler and patios looking even more inviting, several restaurants are offering movie nights this fall. Some are indoors -- such as the long-running Chick Flick nights that Gravitas has been doing for years -- while some are outdoors. Yelapa's movie nights on the patio will occasionally see double features, too, with movies like Saturday Night Fever and Urban Cowboy played back to back.

H-Town Chow Down: The fact that the 2011 Zagat rankings for Houston restaurants came and went with barely a blip on the radar is a testament to how horrendously outdated the shameless popularity contest dining guide has become.

Appetite: Part-time Houstonian and Saveur photographer Penny De Los Santos recently spent some time among the oyster beds with one of America's foremost oyster experts...and it's wasn't our own Robb Walsh. Her photographs will make you ache for your first taste of oyster season if you haven't already slurped some up yet.

Blog of an Aspiring Foodie: Last but certainly not least, have you ever heard of a seahorse allergy? Neither had Chris until he traveled to China and discovered this food allergy the hard way.

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