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.

Cheap Eats in Houston: Whether you're interested in learning more about wine, spirits, beer or coffee, Cheap Eats has a fabulous list of inexpensive upcoming classes that won't break your budget.

Hank On Food: A new contender in Hank's ongoing "Battle of the Burritos" has entered the arena. How does Bullritos stack up against other build-your-own-burrito standards like Mission Burrito and Freebird's? Hank investigates in his latest blog post.

Cafe Express Chef: "When it's this hot outside, it just makes sense to do something simple, fast, easy and healthy." Preach, brother. Greg has just the recipe to suit the weather (and your waistline) with his low-fat skirt steak tostadas.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: If you've been wondering how that Swedish crawfish festival shook out at IKEA this year, Bruce went and reported back in his latest blog post. I'm disappointed to hear it wasn't actually all-you-can-eat, as was Bruce.

Eater Houston: My favorite entry so far in Eater's long-running "Shit People Steal" series is this post from Amber Ambrose on an attempted lobster theft at Brennan's. Executive chef Scott Castell recounts the story of a lobsters-smuggling gone very wrong.

CultureMap: Sarah Rufca's interview with Paula Deen in advance of Deen's appearance at the upcoming Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show shows the feisty side of the Southern belle. Deen counters the recent attacks on her by Anthony Bourdain with aplomb, but it makes me wonder: Just how much of this public poking is real and how much is crafted to garner attention before these stars' new TV shows and home-and-garden shows?

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Katharine Shilcutt