Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

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Robb Walsh: When we make references to Houston being a "new Creole" city, it's for reasons like the ones Robb discusses in this post: Long Point Creole. Read and learn (and try not to get your feathers too ruffled, New Orleaneans).

Houston Food Adventures: After a long hiatus, Phaedra is back! And what a post to make her return with: the Money Cat brunch, an all-local meal devised by Chef Justin Yu at his family's [currently closed] restaurant, Umai. It's not your normal brunch, though -- but you'll figure that out just from looking at the photos.

H-Town Chow Down: It seems that everyone is determined to taunt our poor photographer, Marco Torres, who's currently on a kamikaze mission to avoid any and all Mexican food for 30 days. Albert has a shout-out to Marco's #30DaysNoTacos quest in his latest post, on the Texas Tamale Company. The company delivers fresh, homemade tamales to your front door; we're thinking about having a few dozen delivered to Marco at the beginning of December.

J.C. Reid, Texas: Chris is back, doing what he does best: being a food historian. His latest post explores the history and background of the much-vaunted San Marzano tomatoes from Italy.

Hummingbird Tongues: Finally, "spank that cookie" will now be in all of our heads for the rest of the day. You're welcome.

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