Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

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Urban Swank: We're leading off this week with a new [to us] local food blog, Urban Swank. And coincidentally, the latest post is on one of the 2012 Burger Bracket Final 4: Bernie's Burger Bus. Of the tried-and-true food truck, Urban Swank says: "You can pretty much guarantee that if you ask someone for a burger joint recommendation in Houston, Bernie's Burger Bus will top their list." Truth.

CultureMap: CultureMap's Sarah Rufca recently put in a pit stop at new French restaurant Artisans and found what she calls "Houston's next great date spot."

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: Also on the brand-new beat, Bruce checks out a strong new barbecue contender in town. Broussard's Links + Ribs + Bar-B-Q is a new "Houston outpost of a long-time Beaumont institution, offering a unique take on links apparently known only in the Beaumont area." How are those links? Not bad, says Bruce.

Jack Tyler Dines: The Union Kitchen has been receiving a fair amount of press lately for its beautiful-looking burgers. Alison Cook at the Chronicle gave its onion ring-topped burger a hearty nod recently, and this week Jack Tyler spotlights a few more of the kitchen's creations. It's the ahi tuna burger with wasabi mayonnaise, jalapeño, cucumber and cilantro that's calling my name right now...

Lushtastic: Every month or so, Live It Big puts on Camp Beer: a tasting class featuring unusual or very specific styles of beer. The 10th Camp Beer pulled out a wild card: sours. Luckily, sour-loving beer blogger Leslie was there to recount the individual stories of all 12 sour beers, which are the only beers to have "terroir."

Robb Walsh: A camp of a different kind occurred this past weekend, when food fans and preservationists from across the state convened in Austin for the 2nd annual Foodways Texas symposium. Founder Robb Walsh has a recap of all the symposium's events, which focused on the theme "Texas Preserved."

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