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.

H-Town Chow Down: Albert runs not only one of our favorite local food blogs, but also one of our very favorite local Twitter feeds at @HTownChowDown. This week, he steps into the fray of the eternal Inner Loop vs. Outer Loop battle and weighs in on the best OTL (that's Outside The Loop) restaurants.

Foodie Houston: Someone had to do it! Jodie ventured into the "Midtown Mexican Madness" and tried out the new Ruby Tequila's, a Texas-based Tex-Mex chain. What did she think of it? Read on and find out.

Fat Baby: For reasons we can't understand, this food blog has music that automatically plays when you first open the page -- so be sure to hit "mute" before heading over. Once you've done that, check out Fat Baby's list of Houston restaurants that serve the best mac 'n' cheese. Our favorite mac 'n' cheese (Beaver's Ice House) didn't make the list -- did yours?

Jeff Balke: Zombie Kroger. Disco Kroger. Ghetto Kroger. Posh Kroger. Which Kroger is which? And how did Zombie Kroger get its name? This and more is revealed by grocery store connoisseur Jeff Balke.

Drink Dogma: As soon as one throwdown ends, another rises from its ashes. Bobby Heugel of Anvil discusses the upcoming Michelada Throwdown Part 2 (and Bloody Mary Throwdown) that's happening this Sunday.

And on the national scene...

Chocolate & Zucchini: It's not too late to get your delicious desktop wallpaper/calendar fix, courtesy of Chocolate & Zucchini. This month's is a particularly yummy one, too.

Food Goat: Ladygoat discovers the sugary deliciousness that is Mexican Coke (oh, those funny Northerners) and its replacement in a pinch, Cleveland Coke. Yeah, really. Cleveland. We were surprised, too!

My Tiny Plot: Yes, we read gardening blogs over here too - your food does come from somewhere, after all. And although this English gardening blog is usually all about veggies and dirt, the author occasionally throws in some savory recipes like this one for "Posh Mushrooms on Toast" -- a recipe which even the Shameless Chef could throw together.

Cooking for Engineers: Although it isn't updated as frequently as we'd like, we still adore this extremely left-brained approach to not only cooking, but equipment and gear. This particular entry left us longing for a set of brand-new knives.

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