Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

The Loop Scoop: TLS has some choice words for D'Amico's, which recently invited the Chronicle's Alison Cook to eat in the restaurant with a chalkboard sign meant as a counterpoint to a sign banning the critic at Liberty Kitchen.

Dude, You Going to Eat That?: Just because the whole city is in love with a dish doesn't mean you have to be. Remember: Taste is subjective, and there's nothing wrong with that. Dr. Ricky celebrates this idea with a post in which he compares the much-vaunted Exmoor toasts at Feast to whole-fried female capelins at Friends' Kitchen.

Cheap Eats in Houston: Cheap Eats continues to have the most comprehensive and straightforward listing of upcoming wine, beer and spirit tastings in town -- most of them free. We don't know how she does it!

Hummingbird Tongues: Meanwhile, Rachael continues to have the most beautiful step-by-step recipe photography in town, which you really have to see in her latest post on buttermilk and date ice cream with orange blossom water. Who the hell cares that it's cold outside? I must have this ice cream.

CultureMap: CM's resident vegan, Joel Luks, talks about how he finally shook his love of lactose and learned to embrace vegan "cheese" and other non-dairy dairy products.

Jack Tyler Dines: Lastly, Jack's family recipe for cornbread looks similar to my own, which means I'm endorsing it wholeheartedly. You say you've never put creamed corn into your cornbread? You're missing the secret ingredient, folks.

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