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.

Culture Map: Former Eating Our Words blogger Sarah Rufca dishes up a tasty scoop about local ice cream bar/sweet shop The Chocolate Bar getting some well-deserved national attention for its dreamy and decadent creations. The Food Network's new show, Kid in a Candy Store, will feature the shop in one of its first episodes, airing on July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: In his latest post, Bruce elaborates not only on the finer points of Jamaican food and sweetened carrot juice at Tropical Diner & Cocktail Lounge, but also on the service you do to yourself (and any readers you have, if you're a blogger) by giving a place a second shot even if the first time wasn't very good.

The Wynk: Although you don't typically associate summer with gingerbread, local baking queen Melissa has a brilliant recipe for some bright-sounding gingerbread muffins that might make you change your mind (and breakfast plans).

Dude, You Going To Eat That?: Dr. Ricky reports on finding that most rare of Houston treasures in Gulfgate: a refresqueria that lets you pay by credit card.

Hungry In Houston: Summer is the best time for pickling, especially the sweet cucumbers that are ubiquitous at farmers' markets. Hungry In Houston shows you an easy recipe for making your own spicy pickles at home...if you can wait three whole weeks after sealing up the jar to dig into your bounty.

Coffee Corner: I'll leave you today with a post that captures two of my great interests: food and literature. Mike is in the process of starting a food library. Check out what cookbooks and food literature he's starting out with and leave your own suggestions of food writing that is invaluable for any home cook.

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