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Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

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29-95: If you hadn't heard already, the restaurant that was to be conāt is no more (at least in its initially envisioned incarnation). Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook has the scoop from chef Randy Rucker on why the location didn't work out and what his future plans are in Houston. Says Cook of the mercurial chef: "I'm keeping my fingers crossed that even after three locations have fallen through, two in Tomball and now one in Houston, Rucker will figure out how to put together the restaurant he envisions."

Blue Jean Gourmet: If you've never had uppma for breakfast, head out to Pondicheri to see what you've been missing. If you're already familiar with the grits-like breakfast dish topped with peanuts and yogurt and you want to re-create it yourself at home, check out Nishta's latest post on "the food of my people."

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: In a city like Houston, it was only a matter of time before someone opened a dual Mexican and Mediterranean restaurant. (After all, 32 percent of Houston's population is Mexican -- not just Hispanic -- and Houston has long had one of the largest Arab populations in America, two-thirds of whom are actually Arab Christians.) Bruce has found that very restaurant in M & M Grill, where the two M's stand for -- of course -- Mexican and Mediterranean. And believe it or not, he says it's pretty good.

H-Town Chowdown: Food trucks aren't just limited to the Inner Loop; they're increasingly popping up in the suburbs as well. Albert has a report from one of our favorites, the Wicked Whisk truck in The Woodlands, which rolls up during the day in a decked-out Mercedes van.

Patty and David Said: Another new (to us) food blog this week sees husband-and-wife bloggers Patty and David review restaurants and, occasionally, food events and outings. We mentioned the Sushi Club of Houston several times last week, and it just so happens that Patty and David have a recent post about what a club meeting entails for those who are curious.

Eater Houston: Finally, rapper and local celebrity Bun B is all about promoting Houston's great food truck scene at every turn. First, it was in a video with Eater Houston; now it's in a video for Channel 39's Newsfix (where you can also catch our own Craig Hlavaty every week).


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