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.

Dude, You Going to Eat That?: One of Dr. Ricky's most recent posts covers a favorite conundrum of mine: the definition of food. As he so accurately questions: "Why else would mainstream America find the heads of fish inedible (even as the filets from the bodies are prized) while conveniently accepting quasi-non-milk "milk" as health food?" Feel free to leave your own ideas in the comments section. My simple take on it: We are creatures of habit, but are easily swayed by slick marketing and other cultural pressures.

Robb Walsh: And speaking of the definition of food, why do we find it acceptable and even fashionable to "fetishize" foods like bacon, fried chicken or -- as in New York now -- donuts? Robb Walsh takes a long, hard look at America's current obsession with scaling-up down home foods.

Jack Tyler Dines: Jack Tyler recently returned from a trip to Chicago and began the hunt for authentic Windy City food here in Houston. How do dogs from BB's Beef & Hot Dog, Sonic, James Coney Island and Chicago Pizza & Italian Beef measure up? At least one did surprisingly well, and I bet you can guess which one.

The Ferm: If you've never read all about Sir Ron's adventures in attempting to become an EOW blogger, you can peruse the entire affair over at his blog and take in his suggestions for the Top 3 Chain Restaurants in Houston while you're at it. I'm with you on Sweet Tomatoes, Sir Ron.

ROFL House: Matt Chow was one of the attendees at the final Pilot Light dinner earlier this month, a dinner that channeled Noma by way of the Gulf Coast -- even the table decorations were actually part of the meal, as seen in the dainty eggs gently placed in birds' nests, then cracked open to reveal a dressing for the first course, a salad. His gorgeous photos truly do the meal justice.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: Bruce decides to go vegetarian for a week while still hitting all of his favorite ethnic haunts around the city. He wasn't as in love with the veggie pizza at Cedars Bakery as I am, but found plenty of other top-notch veggie dishes to fill out his week.

Cheap Eats in Houston: Finally, use this handy guide from Cheap Eats to find the best places in town all week to enjoy complimentary cocktails, gratis appetizers and free beer. If you head to Cactus Records on Saturday, you'll even get some free music thrown in with that beer too.

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