Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

San Antonio Express-News: The big stink of the week still has to do with Top Chef: Texas, which -- so far -- is shaking out to be one of the worst decisions that Bravo has ever made with its successful franchise. The stinging insult of Houston being left off the list of Texas cities for the upcoming Top Chef season has been mostly forgotten in the face of news that Texas taxpayers paid $400,000 for the show to film in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, and news that the latter paid an additional $200,000 for the privilege.

Eater Houston: Eater editor Amber Ambrose was among the people yesterday who were amused by the website for Dorsia, a new members-only wine bar with a restaurant helmed by an unnamed "celebrity chef" in River Oaks. The webpage for the new nighttime spot was filled with errors and typos in everything from the name of the street -- "Kriby" instead of Kirby -- to the names of dishes and ingredients. A sampling of our favorite Twitter responses to Dorsia's mangled menu are below:

  • @foodiggity: "I'd really like to try their Atrisan Meat and Cheese board. Sounds so eclectic."
  • @wynkoutloud: "'Baratta Cheese' is that meant to be burrata?"
  • @groovehouse: "Why is that picture crooked on their homepage?"
  • @kylejack: "Creme Brule Invused with Green Tea & Rose Peddles ahahahaha"

Esquire: Speaking of typos, Esquire had the city a-titter yesterday when its annual Best New Restaurants list highlighted El Rey as one of the country's best new restaurants, when the article clearly meant El Real Tex-Mex Cafe. Syd Kearney at 29-95 pointed out that the mistake -- which was first noticed by J.C. Reid on Twitter -- was corrected quickly online, but 29-95's Greg Morago further reported that the error hadn't been caught in time to be corrected in print. I'm sure El Rey will appreciate the increased business, however.

CultureMap: What does the new Cottage Food Bill mean for aspiring home-based bakers? CultureMap outlines the new laws as they apply to those wanting to make cakes and canned goods, pies and preserves.

Robb Walsh: Houston may have another national celebrity chef on its hands soon, as Ziggy Gruber -- the man behind Kenny & Ziggy's -- is currently starring in a documentary called Deli Man. The filmmakers were impressed by the dual facts that Gruber is one of the last third-generation Jewish guys running a deli, and that the deli -- one of the best in the country -- is in Texas of all places.

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